Executive Leadership Team

Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Head of School
Rivy Poupko Kletenik is a renowned educator, writer, and sought-after speaker. She has served SHA for almost 20 years, most recently as head of school since 2006. A recipient of the Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education in 2002, Rivy brings deep Torah knowledge and pedagogical skills to classes for children, parents, and community members. 
Sharon Mezistrano, Director of Admissions
Sharon Mezistrano is the director of admissions at Seattle Hebrew Academy. Originally from Brooklyn, she has been living in Seattle since 1988. In Sharon’s years at SHA, she has had many roles: kindergarten teacher, early childhood director, and now director of admissions. Sharon's husband and children are all proud SHA alumni.
Kerri Stern, Director of K-8
Kerri is a seasoned educator who has worked in independent schools since 1998. She holds two master’s degrees from Pepperdine University: one in administration and one in education. Kerri’s commitment to excellence, combined with her hands-on collaborative approach and warm personality, stand out to teachers, parents, and students. Kerri is also mom to two fourth graders at SHA. 
Rebecca Angel-Feuer, Director of EC and Building Operations
Part of the SHA family since 2004, Rebecca has served many roles: as a student, teacher, learning center specialist, and now as director of the Early Childhood Center. She brings organizational skills, versatility, sensitivity, and joy to the EC every day. Rebecca has a masters in Special education from Seattle Pacific University. She and her husband (also an SHA grad) are also the proud parents of four SHA students.

Leadership Team

Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Head of School
Kerri Stern, Director of K–8
Rebecca Angel-Feuer, Director of EC and Building Operations
Sharon Mezistrano, Director of Admissions
Rabbi Chaim Weiss, Rosh Beit Midrash, Director of Judaics
Mike Loebe
, Controller
Benjamina Menashe
, Development Director

Education Team

Kerri Stern, Director of K–8 
Rabbi Chaim Weiss, Rosh Beit Midrash, Director of Judaics 
Sara Weiss, Dean of Middle School Students and Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher
Julia Guard, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist and 5th Grade Teacher
Sarah Seiler, Counselor 

Admin Team

Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Head of School
Kerri Stern, Director of K–8
Rebecca Angel-Feuer, Director of Early Childhood
Sharon Mezistrano, Director of Admissions
Saul Greene, Director of Technology 
Susan Matalon, Office Manager K–8
Mike Loebe, Controller
Kris Hawley, Human Resources/Benefits
Benjamina Menashe, Development Director
Peta Mehlman, Development Assistant
Josiah Rocksmith, Facilities Manager

Faculty

Early Childhood

Hummingbirds: Julia Aroneau and Eli Warshal
Chickadees: Sheryl Warshal and Rachel Rozen
Robins: Gail Ben-Meir and Aimee Christoffersen
Eagles: Tracy Rackham and Rubissa Sharona Hassan
Support: Talya Ben-Meir
Judaic Specialist: Rubissa Sharona Hassan
Curriculum Adviser: Gail Ben Meir

Lower School

Kindergarten

Katie Regala, Sonya Basseri, Lea Hanan

First Grade

Nomi Winderbaum, Kaden OppenheimerNaomi Solam 

Second and Third Grade

Lindsay Powers, Rabbi Saadya DavidoffBlake Wotherspoon, Avi Behar

Fourth Grade

Kristin Teske, Benzy Shani

Fifth Grade

Julia Guard, Benzy Shani

Middle School

Rabbi Chaim Weiss, Director of Judaic Studies
Sara Weiss, Dean of Middle School Students
Rabbi Ben Aaronson, Judaic Studies
Rabbi Ben Hassan, Judaic Studies
Jamie Kahana, Social Studies
Stavroula Voules, Language Arts
Jill Norton, Math
Virginia Kirima, Science
Naama Merromy, Hebrew and Math

Specialists

Kim Hardman, Lower School Learning Center Specialist
Kristin Teske, Middle School Learning Center Specialist
Dr. Jed Davis, Athletic Director
Drew Artiaga, Physical Education
Jan Harvey, Art 
Saul Greene, Director of Technology, Coding 

Board

Naomi Newman, President
Karen Naggar, First Vice President
Ben Lipman, Second Vice President
Jamison Russ, Treasurer
Ilana Robicsek, Secretary
Dina Kaufthal, Immediate Past President

TRUSTEES

Jason Schindler
Scott Michelson
Cynthia Gamel
Janna Harel
Helen Cohen
Jared Brown
Victor Fiss
Daniel Swedlow
Daniel Alhadeff

EX-OFFICIO BOARD MEMBERS

Rabbi Ben Hassan
Rabbi Avi Rosenfeld

Employment

SHA does not have any open positions at this time. 
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