Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School is charged with safeguarding and upholding the mission of the school. Trustees are responsible for setting policy, long-range planning and financial management. The Board makes major funding decisions for the school, sets the yearly operating budget, including tuition, adopts investment policies and guides the finances of Bernard Zell. Board members share a passionate commitment and dedication to Jewish education and support the school with their time, experience, vision and resources.

Current members of the Board of Trustees include parents of Bernard Zell students, Bernard Zell alumni and parents of alumni. Members of the board of trustees have expertise and experience in education, law, business, finance, marketing, real estate, development and philanthropy.
For any questions related to the Board of Trustees, please contact Board Chair, Andy Lucas, at
Andy Lucas, Chair (Current Parent)
Michael Pierce, Chair Emeritus (Class of '59)
David "Scooter" Simon, Co-Vice Chair (Parent of Alumni)
Mike Lufrano, Co-Vice Chair (Class of '79, Current Parent)
William (Billy) Pekin, Treasurer (Current Parent, Parent of Alumni)
Dana Hirt, Secretary (Parent of Alumni)

Craig Albert (Current Parent, Parent of Alumni)
Daniel Baskes (Parent of Alumni)
Debbi Cooper (Current Parent)
Rosanne Diamond (Grandparent of Alumni)
Steve "Coby" Derringer (Parent of Alumni)
Jodi Harris (Current Parent)
Jim Hirshorn (Parent of Alumni)
Lori Komisar
Barry Malkin (Parent of Alumni)
David Mann (Current Parent)
Michael Masters (Alumnus, Parent of Alumni)
Lonnie Nasatir (Current Parent)
Michael Pucker (Parent of Alumni)
David Rosenbaum (Parent of Alumni)
Andrea Lavin Solow (Grandparent of Current Students)
Honorary Trustee:
Richard Sager
In addition to voting board members, the following people serve as ex-officio board members:

Michael Siegel, Senior Rabbi, Anshe Emet Synagogue

Meet Our 2017-2018 Board of Trustees

Craig C. Albert - Board member since 2013
Craig Albert has twice served as Co-Chair of the Guardian Level for the Bernard Zell Annual Campaign and now serves as the Development Chair. Mr. Albert is a partner and portfolio manager of Sheffield Asset Management, L.L.C., a Chicago-based investment management firm focused on equity long/short investing, primarily in equities in North America, Western Europe and Australia. He is a CFA charterholder. Mr. Albert holds degrees in economics and international relations from Lehigh University. He earned a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, followed by two years of corporate law practice for Dewey Ballantine and for Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. Mr. Albert is the parent of two Bernard Zell alumni and two current students. 

Daniel Baskes - Board member since 2012
Daniel Baskes serves as the Chair of the Committee on Trustees, and is a past Chair of the school’s Annual Campaign.  Mr. Baskes is an attorney with his own practice focused on transactional real estate. He is the President of the Camp Thunderbird Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of Camp Thunderbird in Bemidji, MN, which raises money to send underserved children to summer camps. Mr. Baskes is the fund director for the 1987 class of Grinnell College, where he received a BA in History. He earned his JD from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1990. He and his wife Allison have two children: Jacob, a 2012 Bernard Zell graduate, and Chloe, who graduated in 2015.  
Debbi Schnitzer Cooper - Board Member since 2017
Debbi Cooper is the Associate Vice President, Community Outreach & Engagement of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.  In this capacity, she oversees the young family engagement department which connects over 10,000 families annually to Jewish life in Chicago.  Ms. Cooper oversaw the implementation of PJ Library in Chicago, growing it to the largest program in North American and recently launched jBaby Chicago, an innovative approach to serving expectant and new parents, which is now being replicated in communities nationwide. Additionally, she chairs the Advisory Board for Mishkan Chicago’s Mensch Academy. Prior to coming to the Federation, Ms. Cooper was a consultant with the national fundraising firm Campbell & Company and a program manager at the Institute for Mental Health in Washington, D.C. She graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and has a Master’s in Public Administration/Non-profit management from George Mason University. Ms. Cooper lives in Chicago with her husband, Aaron and their three children: Gabe, Judah and Noah, who are all current Bernard Zell students.
Coby (Steve) Derringer - Board member since 2015
Coby (Steve) Derringer has served as the Co-Chair of the Guardian Donor Level and recently served on the Strategic Planning and Strategic Development Committees.  Heis a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, LLP, where his litigation practice encompasses a diverse set of subjects including product liability, mass torts, intellectual property, class actions and general commercial disputes. Mr. Derringer is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Law School, where he teaches a course in high-tech trial techniques. He chairs the board of advisors for the Goldman Union Camp Institute and is a member of the board of the Midwest Chapter of the American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU). In 2015, he was honored by AFHU with its Leader of Distinction award. Mr. Derringer's two sons, Micah and Rafi, are both Bernard Zell alumni.
Rosanne Diamond - Board member since 2013
Rosanne Diamond, has served as Co-Chair of the Bernard Zell Grandparents and Special Friends Committee, and has driven the growth of grandparent/special friend programming and participation in the Annual Campaign. Outside the school, she has served as a board member for the Chicago Jewish Federation/Jewish United Fund. Prior to moving to Chicago in 2000, she served many years on the Board of Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, including as Treasurer, and also on the endowment fund board, as Chairman of Major Gifts, and as Co-Chair of the Women's Division campaign. Other volunteer service in Atlanta included being on the board of Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta and the board of the High Museum of Art, as well as being a founding member and board member of Temple Sinai. Ms. Diamond is also a long-serving board member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), previously serving as Chairman for the Latin America Area Committee of the JDC. A native of Detroit, she earned a BA at the University of Michigan. Ms. Diamond, is the grandmother of three Bernard Zell alumni: Justin, Sydney and Emily Schwartz.
Jodi Harris - Board member since 2017
Jodi Harris is a member of the Bernard Zell Board of Trustees and President of the Bernard Zell Parent Teacher Council. Ms. Harris spent her professional career as an attorney and lobbyist. In 1994, Ms. Harris began her legal career at Pretzel & Stouffer, Chtd. focusing on insurance and environmental coverage litigation and appeals. She then served as Assistant Counsel at Allstate Insurance Company, where Ms. Harris maintained primary responsibility for all legal and regulatory compliance matters for four states, the entire Allstate subrogation operation, and for the new law/regulation notification process. While at Allstate, she then shifted her focus assuming responsibility for Allstate’s legislative and regulatory program in eight states. During her employment at Allstate, Ms. Harris also served as an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School. Ms. Harris concluded this portion of her professional career at Motorola, Inc., where she served as Director, Government Relations and Compliance Counsel. At Motorola, she maintained primary responsibility for prioritizing and driving Motorola’s legislative strategies and agenda and represented Motorola with the Office of Ethics and Compliance on state and local government issues; and developed policies to ensure compliance with state and local laws and Motorola internal policies. Since taking a break from her legal career, Ms. Harris has engrossed herself in Bernard Zell volunteerism. Ms. Harris is the mother of two current Bernard Zell students and is the wife of a Bernard Zell alumnus.
James Hirshorn - Board member since 2013
Since 2013, James Hirshorn has been a Partner in the Private Equity Group at Ares, where he previously served as an Operating Advisor. Prior to joining Ares, Mr. Hirshorn was the President of Potbelly Sandwich Works and served as Senior Executive Vice President of Finance, Operations and R&D for Sealy Mattress Corporation. He was also a Vice President at Bain Capital in their portfolio group, providing operating leadership to a number of Bain Capital's retail and consumer products businesses. Mr. Hirshorn has also served on the board of Temple Emanuel synagogue in Greensboro, NC and is currently on the Mishkan board. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. Mr. Hirshorn is the parent of three Bernard Zell alumni. 
Dana Hirt - Board member since 2010
Dana Hirt chairs the Capital Campaign Committee and the Head of School Advisory Committee for Bernard Zell. Ms. Hirt is the principal at Dana Hirt Parenting, where she provides parent coaching and education. Previously, she taught at an alternative high school in Rhode Island and has worked as an educational therapist with in-patient and therapeutic day school populations and in private practice focusing on children with learning disabilities. As a Bernard Zell parent, her participation and volunteering has been broad and diverse. She has been involved with the PTC since 1997, chairing Special Friends’ Day, co-chairing the Auction, holding numerous PTC Executive Board positions, co-chairing the 60th Anniversary Celebration, participating in the Field of Dreams Campaign, co-chairing the Challah Committee, and contributing in myriad other ways from working at book fairs to Sukkot decorating to chairing eighth grade Tiyul fundraising. Ms. Hirt also serves on the Jewish Federation Board, where she is the Chair of the Israel and Overseas Commission, and is the immediate past Chair of the Jewish Women's Foundation. She received her undergraduate degree in Education and Psychology from Brown University and her M.Ed. in Human Development and Learning from a joint program offered by DePaul University and The Institute for Psychoanalysis. Her three children, Oliver, Kalie and Quincy, are all alumni of Bernard Zell.
Lori Komisar - Board member since 2015
Lori Komisar is very active in the international Jewish community. As National President of the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled in RamatGan, Ms. Komisar, along with her life partner Morrie Silverman, helps secure the future for young athletes whose lives were challenged by disabilities both in Israel and at chapters throughout the United States. She has devoted her time and resources to nation building through active involvement in nearly every Jewish organization in America and Israel. Ms. Komisar has three children: Miriam, Randi and Davey.
Andy Lucas - Board member since 2012
Andy Lucas is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School. Mr. Lucas is Partner and Vice President in the Knowles Armitage Lucas (KAL) Wealth Management Group at Merrill Lynch. He also serves as a Trustee on the Chicago Metro Hillel Board and is an Executive Committee member and sits on the Chicago Birthright Israel Committee and its National Development Committee. Mr. Lucas has an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and a MBA in Finance from Loyola University Chicago. He has two daughters: Nicole, who is a Bernard Zell alumna and Elizabeth, who is a current Bernard Zell student. 
Michael R. Lufrano '79 - Board member since 1995
A 1979 graduate of Bernard Zell, Michael R. Lufrano has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1995, serving as Chair from 2005-2008. Mr. Lufrano is Executive Vice President, Community Affairs and Chief Legal Officer for the Chicago Cubs, which he joined in 2004. Since that time, he has been responsible for Cubs’ community affairs, government relations efforts, neighborhood relations, and charitable activities, including efforts to develop and maintain positive relations with the community around Wrigley Field. He also leads Cubs Charities, which have consistently donated more than $1 million a year to organizations serving Chicago and its communities. From 1993-95, Mr. Lufrano served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and as Deputy Director of Advance under President Bill Clinton. Mr. Lufrano has served on the Board of Directors of the Lakeview Citizens Council and the East Lakeview Neighbors Association. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a 1992 graduate of Harvard Law School. He is also the proud parent of two current Bernard Zell students.
Barry Malkin - Board member since 2008
Barry Malkin chairs the Capital Campaign Committee. He is also on the school’s finance committee and was actively involved in both the Field of Dreams campaign and the post 9/11 security program. Mr. Malkin is the co-founder and Senior Managing Partner of GEM Realty Capital, a real estate investment company. He also holds a board position at the Holocaust Educational Foundation. He has  two children, Clara and Eli, both of whom attended Bernard Zell from Nursery through graduation.
David Mann - Board member since 2016
David Mann co-chairs the Bernard Zell Endowment Growth Initiative. Mr. Mann is a principal at Dundee Venture Capital, a venture capital investment firm. He graduated from Harvard University with an AB degree in Government, and earned his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law. He and his wife Samantha are the parents of three (soon to be four) Bernard Zell students.
Michael Masters - Board member since 2015
Over the past few years, Michael Masters has regularly assisted with security matters related to Bernard Zell. He is Senior Vice President for The Soufan Group, an international strategic security firm providing advisory and technical services to public and private sector entities. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Cook County, responsible for the second-largest county in the country, and is a previous Chief of Staff for the Chicago Police Department. Mr. Masters is a Bernard Zell alumnus and has two daughters.
Lonnie Nasatir - Board member since 2015
Since 2005, Lonnie Nasatir has been Director of the Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest area for the Anti-Defamation League, overseeing a six-state region. Previously, he was Deputy Administrator over collections for the Illinois Department of Public Aid, Division of Child Support Enforcement, and earlier was a prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Mr. Nasatir has two daughters: Rachel, a Bernard Zell alumna and Alexa, who is a current student.
Michael Pierce - Board member since 1999
Michael Pierce served a three-year term as Chair of the Bernard Zell Board of Trustees and is a past Chair of its Audit Committee. He currently serves on the Executive Committee, Finance Committee and Audit Committee. Mr. Pierce retired as a Partner in the Certified Public Accounting firm McGladrey, LLP (now RSM US LLP), having provided audit, accounting, tax, business and financial consulting to primarily family- but also publicly-owned mid-size businesses and entities as well as high-net-worth individuals. Now a contractor to RSM US LLP he continues providing tax services to high-net-worth individuals. Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Technion,Israel's Institute of Technology, and was a co-founder and President of Accounting Group International, an association of CPA firms worldwide. A 1959 graduate of Bernard Zell, he is married to Gayle. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Michael A. Pucker - Board member since 1993
Michael Pucker is President and CEO of DNS Capital, the investment office for his immediate familyand is also a partner in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins (L&W), where he specializes in company representation, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate finance and corporate governance. In addition to serving on the Bernard Zell Board of Trustees, Mr. Pucker is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Board of Directors of After School Matters, the Board of Trustees of Facing History and Ourselves, and the Advisory Board of American Jewish World Service. He and his wife, Gigi Pritzker Pucker, have three daughters, all of whom attended Bernard Zell: Abigail, Maggie and Jessica.
David E. Rosenbaum - Board member since 2012
David E. Rosenbaum is Treasurer of the Bernard Zell Board of Trustees and chairs the school’s Finance Committee. Mr. Rosenbaum is the founder and Managing Principal of WHI Real Estate Partners L.P., a private fund manager that invests in U.S. real estate assets on behalf of a group of university endowments, foundations, pension plans and family offices. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Security Capital Research & Management Incorporated, a real estate investment subsidiary of J.P.Morgan with approximately $6 billion of assets under management. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of Dorsar Partners, L.P. and Dorsar Investment Company. Mr. Rosenbaum is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and a member of the organization’s Investment Committee, which oversees approximately $800 million of endowment and pension fund assets for Jewish communal organizations in Chicago and other U.S. communities. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Urban Land Institute and the Pension Real Estate Association, and is a past member of the Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Cabinet. Mr. Rosenbaum holds a B.A. in Art History from Yale University. He was raised in West Hartford, Connecticut, and now resides in Chicago with his wife Margot and two daughters Amelia and Natalie, both of whom are Bernard Zell alumna.
Andrea Lavin Solow - Board member since 2013

Andrea Lavin Solow is a member of the Bernard Zell Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee. Additionally, she is involved in work to establish a board for the Yitzhak Rabin Center. In 2012, Ms. Lavin Solow was appointed by President Obama to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. She is a past Chair of Partnership Together (formerly Partnership 2000) and member of the boards of JCC Global and the Interfaith Youth Core. She is a former member of the Women’s Board of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and previously served as Vice President of the Hyde Park Jewish Community Center. She worked closely with the now executive director of the Syrian Community Network, helping to build their organization and establish their  board which aids newly arrived Syrian refugees. Ms. Lavin Solow is currently mentoring a dozen young women as they explore business and life opportunities, as well as spearheading an effort to place books in homeless shelters for children. Most recently, she co-chaired the Smithsonian Institution Portrait Gallery’s fundraiser for the installation of portraits of President and Mrs. Obama. She is grandmother of three current Bernard Zell students, Chloe, Samuel and Scarlett.

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