Leadership

2024 Board of Trustees

Executive Committee and Members at Large are voting members of the Board.

Robb Layne – Co-President
Robb Layne is the Senior Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies.  Prior to his current role, he spent over a decade working in the California State Senate and Assembly serving as Legislative and Committee Staff. Robb has standing relationships within the Legislature, state departments, and past and current administrations where he is known for his integrity and a proven legislative track record. Before his Senate experience, Robb was recruited to work at Partnership Health Plan of California, where he was a part of the executive team and responsible for legislation (State and Federal), legal, compliance, communications, and grievances. Besides his health plan experience, he also held a leadership role at the County Behavioral Health Directors Association (CBHDA). Robb has extensive experience sitting on local boards including the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Robb is an open and proud advocate for foster care and lives in Sacramento with his husband Marc, and their son Tyler. He spends his spare time walking their dog Riley and enjoying outdoor sports like surfing, snowboarding, and running. 

Marion Leff, M.D. – Co-President
Marion Leff is a retired family physician with long-standing commitment to the Sacramento Jewish community — from participating in young leadership decades ago as well as the former Jewish Women’s Business and Professional group, past Einstein board director and now a director for the Trust Fund for the Jewish Elderly in addition to our Federation where her passion is Jewish Family Services. “The opportunity to serve the Jewish community in various ways is a gift for which I receive much in return and am grateful.”

Melissa McElheney – Vice President
Melissa was born in and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She grew up going to Congregation Beth Israel Judea in San Francisco. She has been a member of Congregation B’nai Israel for 30 years. She has served as the President of Women of B’nai Israel and on the Board of Directors for 9 years holding various positions. She is retiring from her over 35 year career with the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office. She joins the Board with the desire to work on the issues of fighting antisemitism and integrating unaffiliated Jews in the Sacramento area into the many Jewish organizations and/or synagogues that we have. She is the mother of Malcolm, 29, who works for Steven S. Wise Congregation in Los Angeles as a program director for youth related projects and Elizabeth, 27 an aspiring actress/comedian who, like many others who share this career, work as a server at Ella’s Fine restaurant. She is also the mother of an old cranky dog, Norm, who will have his “bark mitzvah” in February.

Ben WaldBen Wald – Treasurer
Benjamin is a retired CPA who worked for the State of California as a financial auditor and accounting administrator for thirty-five years. In the 1980s he served on the executive boards(s) of Mosaic Law Congregation and the Jewish Family Service Agency. Growing up in Sacramento he attended Camp Ramah and served as the Vice President of Religious Affairs of the New Frontier Region of United Synagogue Youth. The son of Cantor George Wald, Benjamin has a passion for Jewish music. He has been a lay Cantor at Mosaic Law Congregation since his youth. Benjamin values supporting the local Jewish community as well as the State of Israel; he looks forward to joining the Federation Board.

Mike Dean – Secretary
Mike is a retired attorney whose practice primarily revolved around municipal law, land use, and energy law, representing various cities, counties and public power agencies. While originally a Brooklyn NY expatriate, Mike was largely raised in Los Angeles until leaving home to attend UCB. He has lived in the Central Valley since law school and has long been an active member of the Sacramento Jewish community. His family have been members of Temple Or Rishon almost since its founding, serving TOR in various capacities. Both Mike and his wife Lynn are former presidents of the synagogue. Mike has also served on the board of and is a former president of the Jewish Community Foundation of the West, as well as on the board of Shalom School where both of his and Lynn’s children were students. Mike enjoys cooking, reading, and taking classes that involve no homework or tests. When not quarantined, Mike enjoys traveling all over the world and eating out at local area restaurants.

Barry Broad – Immediate Past President
Barry Broad has been active for many years in Sacramento’s Jewish community. He has served as both the President of the Federation and the Chairperson of the Jewish Community Relations Council. He has also served as a Board Member of Jewish Labor
Committee and is a member of AIPAC. Barry is an attorney, who worked for many years on behalf of organized labor. After retiring from private practice in 2018, he was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve as a member of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board. He is also the author of three novels. He is married to Dr. My Huynh and is the father of four children.

Jason Weiner – JCRC Chair
Jason has been proud to serve as a member of JCRC since 2017, most recently as Board Treasurer. He is also a Board member of Camp Nefesh, Sacramento Area Congregations Together, and the Commission on Social Action of the Union for Reform Judaism. Professionally, Jason is the Interim Executive Director of the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, an initiative working to empower residents to transform their community by affecting the root causes of intergenerational poverty. Jason, his wife Vicki, and their three children are very involved in the community at Congregation B’nai Israel, where they just celebrated daughter Adira’s bat mitzvah.

Members at Large

Cliff Berg
Mr. Berg is President of Governmental Advocates. He joined Governmental Advocates in 1995 after spending 40 years in state government service, the last 22 of which were spent working for the California State Senate. As the senior partner in the firm, Mr. Berg has provided advocacy strategy to a wide variety of corporate, non-profit and association clients. His areas of expertise include taxation, internet/ technology, financial products and services, telecommunications, health care and local government. Mr. Berg also specializes on developing business opportunities for corporate clients with the state, and has also worked extensively on taxation issues. Mr. Berg is particularly experienced in the state budget process and has worked closely with a wide variety of nonprofit clients seeking state funding. Immediately prior to joining Governmental Advocates, Mr. Berg served 11 years as Executive Officer of the Senate. As Executive Officer, Mr. Berg was responsible for the administration of the State Senate and worked directly for two successive President Pro Tempores, Senator David Roberti and Senator Bill Lockyer. Due to this experience, Mr. Berg brings the firm’s clients a unique perspective on the legislative and governmental process and insights into the politics of policy making in California. He is a member of the California State Bar and a graduate of McGeorge School of Law. He has his B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles. Active in the Sacramento Jewish community, Mr. Berg is currently on the Board of the Sacramento Jewish Federation and is active in a wide variety of civic organizations. Mr. Berg has also served as a volunteer Judge Pro Tempore in the Sacramento Small Claims Court. He is married to his wife Debra and has three children.

Lindie Henderson
Lindie moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Sacramento in 1990. She has been involved in Federations since 1970. In Sacramento she co-founded Pomegranate Division and just completed two years as Campaign Chair. She served on the Congregation B’nai Israel board for 12 years, three as Administration VP and is past president and member of Women of B’nai Israel. She served on the Women of Reform Judaism Board for 18 years and was secretary for two terms, She is an active Past President of Pacific District/Women of Reform Judaism. and is a member of World Union for Progressive Judaism N. American Advisory Board, a life member of National Council of Jewish Women, and served as Sacramento Section President and board member. Lindie and her husband, Ken, operated a wine distribution business serving US Foreign Service locations for 12 years. She has a BA in Social Work/Child Development & Family Relations from Syracuse University and a MSW from Indiana University. She has post graduate training in mediation, conflict resolution/management, non profit and economic development, grant writing, and mindfulness.

Todd Kaufman
Todd retired from a 40-year career in public policy, having worked in various settings and diverse policy areas, including ten years as the Political and Advocacy Chair of the Sacramento-Davis Regional Chapter of J Street. Todd brings knowledge and expertise to our Board. Todd joined the Federation’s Board to participate more fully in helping build our community in the region and to promote a balanced and nuanced view of Israel that is pro-Israel, pro-peace, and pro-democracy. Todd’s success in co-chairing the capital campaign to help rebuild and renovate Congregation B’nai Israel following the 1999 arson attack had a strong influence on his desire to do more for the community.

Karen Keys
I served on the Sacramento JCRC board for the past four years as the Temple Or Rishon representative. I am an artist and represented at the Sutter Street Artist Gallery in Old Town Folsom. I teach watercolor from my home studio in Granite Bay. I have three children and 6 1/2 grandchildren. Two families live in the Sacramento area and the other family lives in Big Sky, Montana. I am dedicated to Israel and served in the IDF four summers in a row as a volunteer. I am dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and to bringing our Jewish community together. I look forward to serving on the Federation board.

Jordan Ollanik
Jordan Ollanik is a civil engineer with experience and passion working in various water industries. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, he spent time living in Providence, Rhode Island, and has been a proud resident of the Sacramento area since 2015. Jordan is passionate about engagement with his community, professional/volunteer organizations, and giving back to the community. He is involved with the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Water For People (WFP), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and Sierra Nevada Journeys. In his free time, Jordan enjoys traveling the United States/internationally, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and adventures in the Sierra Nevada.

David Poisner
David has been on the Federation board for 5 years, and has previously served on the Board of Directors at both Mosaic Law Congregation and Temple Or Rishon. David moved to Sacramento in 1986 and worked for 30 years as an engineer at Intel Corporation. He “retired” and then started as an Encore Fellow at the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region. David also created and taught several new PJ Our Way technology classes and presented them at the 2018 National PJ Library Conference. In 2018, David “unretired” and is now Director of Engineering for Certus Criticial Care, Inc, a startup using robotics and artificial intelligence to develop precision medicine solutions for severely ill and injured patients. David and his wife Linda (a Sacramento native) enjoy spending time with their 3 wonderful children.

Bruce Pomer 
Bruce’s career spans 42 years in the government and non-profit sector at the local, state and national levels. He spent 12 years at the California State Department of Health where he reached the career executive level at the age of 29. At the Department of Health he held senior positions in policy development and administration directing programs with as many as 400 employees. During this time period he was Chief Departments Office of External Affairs and Chief of the Medi-Cal Field Services program. He left state service to become Director of Governmental Affairs of the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC) where he was responsible for HOAC’s legislative advocacy and public relations program.

Sharon Rogoff
Sharon and her husband, Michael, moved to the Sacramento area in 2003 from San Diego. After retiring from the healthcare field, she became involved in the local community. From 2014 to 2019 Sharon was on the board of Sacramento ACT (Sacramento Area Congregations Together), a non-profit organization focused on faith-based community organizing. She currently serves as a Board of Trustee at Congregation B’nai Israel, as well as holding the position of co-president of Women of B’nai Israel, the temple’s sisterhood. In addition to being members at Congregation B’nai Israel, she and her husband are enjoying membership at Temple Or Rishon. Sharon was born and raised in San Jose and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of California, San Diego.

Dan Weitzman
Dan Weitzman has been an activist in the California Democratic Party since his days as an undergraduate at California State University Sacramento, of which he is a proud alumnus.  For the past twenty-seven years, his energy and enthusiasm have been focused on political fundraising, event planning and neighborhood activism.  Dan served as Finance Director for the California Assembly Democrats for sixteen years. In May of 2017, Dan was elected by the Democratic State Central Committee to be Controller of the California Democratic Party. Currently, he is the owner of Daniel C. Weitzman Consulting, a firm which specializes in raising funds to help elect Democrats across the state. Weitzman is married to Randi Weitzman, an Executive Director of Robert Half International, and together, the couple has two children: fourteen -year-old, Maximilian Jacob Weitzman, and ten-year-old, Matilda Rose Weitzman. In 2020, they added a two-year-old  French bulldog, MARVIN, to their family.

Caron Nogen ZamanskyCaron Nogen Zamansky
Caron is a neuropsychologist working with adults at Mercy General Hospital. She founded the Sacramento Adult Epilepsy Support Group and is a former President of the Head Trauma Support Project. Caron is a member of TDX and Mosaic Law Congregation and has served on the Federation Board since 2019. She worked as a Hillel JCSC Fellow at Penn State and was a participant of Project OTZMA and March of the Living. Caron grew up in Texas where she attended Jewish day school, URJ Greene Family Camp, and was actively involved in BBYO and Texas Oklahoma Federation of Temple Youth. Caron and her husband, Alex, have two young children, Nora and Reece, who attend Shalom School.

Federation Past Presidents

Barry Broad Deborah Hoffman Gonzalez
Carol Loew
Barry Broad
Lisa Kaplan
Neil Soskin
Skip Rosenbloom
Dana Edelstein
Ed Rabin
Danny Weiss*
Andy Beran
Brian Landsberg
Bill Slaton
Lynn Dean
Marvin Kamras
Barbara Ansel*
Kenneth Goore
Arlene Pearl*
Irv Levine*
Alex Fahn*
Frederic Kahn*
Alan Brodovsky
Oscar Morvai*
Roslyn Levy
Milton Levison*
Jack Brandwein*
Arthur Soltar*
Irving Frankel*
Seymour Lewis*
Felix Warhaftig*
Sy Opper*
Frank Goldstein*
William Belson*
Alvin Landis*
William Berman*

*deceased

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