Learn. Lead. Inspire.
Jerome J. Bornstein
Leadership Development Program
WHERE TRADITION MEETS INNOVATION
The Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development Program is designed to develop future leaders for the Central Florida Jewish community. Past graduates of the program have gone on to serve on boards and hold top leadership positions in Jewish organizations locally, nationally and internationally.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Bornstein Program, named in honor of longtime community volunteer and leader Jerome J. “Jerry” Bornstein (Z”L), is designed to find the next generation of Jewish leaders in Central Florida and prepare them to address the challenges and opportunities of serving the community. The yearlong program, which commences again in September 2019, includes monthly in-depth sessions, each devoted to a different leadership skill; one overnight Shabbat retreat; and a group capstone project.
Much of the Bornstein Program’s success is attributable to the outstanding quality of the people selected to participate. Applicants must show leadership potential and a commitment to the Central Florida Jewish community; must have demonstrated civic or community engagement; do not plan to relocate out of Central Florida; and must complete an online application, which includes two references. An in-person interview is also required. The program is designed for professionals in their 30s and 40s.
Participants must attend all sessions and retreats. A gift to JFGO’s Annual Campaign, at a level that is personally meaningful, is expected. Upon graduation from the program, each participant will announce involvement with his or her selection of a local Jewish organization at the board, committee, or volunteer level, depending on the individual and the needs of the organization. Participants who demonstrate exceptional leadership commitments and abilities may be eligible for certain subsidized travel opportunities under the Jewish Federation of North America’s Leadership Development umbrella.
Meet the new Bornstein class
Personal Trainer and Strength Coach
Yonit Arthur, a.k.a. “Coach/Dr. Yo,” is a personal trainer and strength coach, and is currently building a boutique gym for women. She is also a licensed doctor of audiology with specialties in hearing and balance disorders, so she can get you fit and test your hearing at the same time! Yonit’s family moved to Israel when she was a child, and although she has made Central Florida her home, she visits her parents, siblings and nephews there often.
In the leadership program, her special interest is in helping working women and young mothers — who are often overwhelmed with demands on their time and emotional energy- connect to their Jewish community and heritage in actionable, attainable ways.
By empowering people to find meaning and purpose on their own terms, she hopes to create momentum for positive change in our Central Florida community.
Recreation Guest Experience Manager
Stacey is originally from Springfield, NJ. In 2006, she graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island with a degree in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management. From there, she was accepted into the Disney College program for a 7-month internship. During her internship, she knew she wanted to make working at Disney a career. She was able to advance in her Disney journey overseeing roles under the Recreation umbrella, including Lifeguards, Children’s Activities, Marinas and Training.
Upon moving to Orlando, she became involved with the Jewish Federation’s Or Hadash group, which connected her to other young Jewish people. In 2015, she and her husband, Mike, welcomed their first son, Joshua.
Stacey says it was important to them that Joshua carried on the same Jewish values as she did growing up. They were happy to learn about The Roth Family JCC’s Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) and knew it would be a great learning environment. In 2017, they welcomed a second son, Ethan, and later enrolled him at the ECLC.
Since 2017, Stacey’s family have been active members at the JCC and have built strong relationships in the community with other ECLC families. Stacey am excited to start her journey with the Bornstein Leadership Development Program and develop as a young Jewish Leader in the community.
Public school principal
Stacy Gotlib is married to Daniel Gotiib and has lived in the Orlando area since 1994, moving here from South Florida. She is very active both in her school community and the Jewish Community.
As a public school principal, she is a facilitator in training for the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Leadership Academy. In the Jewish Community, she serves on the Board of Trustees and is stepping into the role of Youth Committee Chair at Congregation Ohev Shalom. She has been a table captain at Choices for several years and she is very involved in SPARK Orlando’s leadership team.
Both of her children are very active in the Jewish Community, too. As such, Stacy is very passionate about building lasting relationships in the Jewish Community so that people of all ages continue to benefit from all that we offer.
Sarah is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Education Law. She serves as an attorney in the Orange County Public School’s Office of Legal Services where she specializes in exceptional student education and Office of Civil Rights student matters. She also provides legal support in the areas of McKay Scholarship, testing, behavior support, restraint/seclusion, accommodations and transition. Prior to joining the Office of Legal Services, Sarah served as an attorney in the Special Education and Mental Health Law Unit of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., where she represented dependent youth and families in special education, dependency, delinquency, and mental health matters. Prior to working at CLSMF, Sarah worked at the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, as an Equal Justice Works Fellow/Guardian ad Litem Program Education Attorney representing the educational and dependency (foster care) needs of foster youth.
Rachel brings to the Bornstein program years of leadership in her passion for working with and helping individuals with special needs. Rachel earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Special Education from Penn State University and has been working in the field for over 25 years. Rachel has taught special education in the K-12 system and was Special Education Department Chair of a public school district in Pennsylvania before moving to Central Florida. Rachel now serves on the faculty of Seminole State College in the Adult Education department. As a facilitator for Social Bridges, she leads social skills therapy groups for adolescents and adults with social challenges.
Rachel is one of the founding members on the Jewish Federation’s RAISE (Recognizing Abilities & Inclusion of Special Employees) Leadership Team and currently serves as Director of Employment and Education. Rachel’s family is the center of her life. She married the boy 7 houses away (so not technically next door). Rachel and her husband have two children, a son in college, and a daughter just beginning her post-collegiate “adult” life. Rachel is enjoying being an empty-nester with her husband and their 2 dogs.
Financial Advisor and Growth & Development Director
Danielle is a Florida native, who grew up in Coconut Creek, Florida. She moved to Gainesville to pursue her undergraduate and masters’ degrees at The University of Florida (Go Gators)! Danielle now resides in Altamonte Springs with her husband, Sam.
Danielle enjoys practicing exercising, reading, and family time. She is a Financial Advisor and Growth and Development Director at Northwestern Mutual in downtown Orlando. She specializes in providing strategic, comprehensive advice to help successful women, attorneys, families, and business owners meet their financial goals. Danielle brings passion, drive and desire to her clients every day.
As Danielle grows her business, she never loses site of the reason that she began her financial planning career: to help her clients have a stronger financial future while protecting their loved ones.
Renee Friedman moved from Dallas, TX, to Orlando to purchase FASTSIGNS Orlando Central in 2001. Her FASTSIGNS center is #23 out of 750 centers nationwide. This is an exciting and fast-paced business, providing full-service signage and printing solutions of all sizes and types to every type of business and organization and beyond. From making almost every sign on the Jewish Community Campus in Maitland, as well as signs for UCF, Amazon, WaWa, American Heart Association, Orange County Government and many more.
Renee is very involved in the community and is proud to have received the 2017 Orlando Business Journal Women Who Mean Business – Business Owner of the Year Award, the 2018 Women’s Central Florida Resource Center Pinnacle Award, the 2019 Oviedo/Winter Garden Chamber Ovations Best Printer Award, and numerous FASTSIGNS International Sales and Community Service Awards over her 32 years with FASTSIGNS.
Renee went on the Spark/Join/JFed Momentum trip to Israel in 2016! She has a BA in Business Administration from The University of Alabama. ROLL TIDE! Her amazing daughter, Haley Codron, was raised at the J and JAO from 15 months through 6th grade and is a Sophomore at The University of Georgia.
She met her handsome husband, Richard Goldstein, at the J while passing in the hall on the way to aftercare, and they were married last December at Congregation Ohev Shalom. She gained a husband and an awesome son, Jake, who also grew up at the J, and is now a Junior at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Renee is excited to be part of the Bornstein Leadership Program, to learn more about our community, to improve her leadership skills and is proud to be in such great company with these other members!
Life insurance and wealth management professional
Jason, a native of Florida, attained his undergraduate education from the University of Florida (B.A. Sociology 1995). Jason then went on to business school to earn his MBA (Finance Concentration) from the University of Central Florida. In addition to his graduate studies in Business and Finance, he taught several undergraduate finance lab classes at UCF. Jason’s financial career began in the banking industry immediately after graduating with his MBA. He continued in banking and Private Wealth Management for seven years before joining the SmartWealth team.
Jason takes pride in the relationships he builds with his clients who know their best interest is his top priority. He thrives on educating his clients while tackling their most pressing issues. He also cares a great deal about the community in which we live and work. In the past, Jason served on the Board of Directors for the local JCC, has served on the campaign cabinet for Heart of Florida United Way, and continues to be very active with the UCF Alumni Association, volunteering regularly.
For his history of community service, Jason received a Jefferson Award for Public Service at a ceremony held at UCF in 2011. Jason married his loving wife, Erika, in 2006 and they love spending time together with their two sons, Asher and Ethan.
Senior operations manager
Jessica works at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). As a Senior Manager of Campaign Services, she offers internal support for the Team In Training and Big Climb campaigns to chapters in the South and East regions. Prior to working at LLS, Jessica worked in television and film production in Los Angeles. She now resides in Longwood with her husband, Josh, and 4-year old son, Benjamin.
Marc Sugerman is a labor and employment attorney with the law firm of Allen Norton & Blue, P.A. He also serves on the Orange County Citizens Review Panel for Human Services, which allocates county funding for non-profit organizations benefiting children and family services.
Marc was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, and has lived in Orlando for 10 years. He and his wife, Samantha, a pulmonary nurse practitioner with the Central Florida Pulmonary Group, have two children, Cayla and Eli.
Orly was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She was raised in a traditional Jewish home and attended a Jewish school from kindergarten to 12th grade. She graduated with honors from college in Caracas, studying Marketing and Industrial Design. She then made Miami her home for almost 14 years, followed by five years in Panama. In both cities she belonged to several Jewish institutions.
Orly moved to Orlando 3.5 years ago, where she lives with her husband and a blended family of six children.
Real estate development professional
Natalia holds a Masters of Business Administration from Tel Aviv University and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Global Business from the University of Southern California. In February of 2019, Natalia joined Nvision Development; a Maitland based real estate development firm. She is currently responsible for $180 million in project management. She has previous experience in various industries including retail, healthcare and hospitality. She has experience managing teams of 40 people and $10 million dollars in assets and projects consisting of 21 clients, and exceptional customer service. Prior to Nvision, Natalia founded a concierge medical services company where she brought Americans to Israel for treatment in infertility.
Natalia is entrepreneurial and innovative in thinking and through her varied work experience brings sound judgement in business, operations and strategy. Natalia was born in South Africa and has citizenship in three countries: the U.S., South Africa and Israel. As an American-Israeli Natalia is passionate about Israel and spent time living there as well as taking leadership roles in JNFuture. She is the current Chair of the Orlando chapter of JNFuture. She loves traveling, yoga, pure barre, USC football and wine! Natalia recently received her level II certification in wine and spirits from WSET.
Real estate development professional
Kimberly Harris is a transplant from Richmond, VA, married to an Orlando native. She resides in Winter Park with her husband and 5-year-old son. Kimberly graduated from VCU’s Medical College of Virginia with a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and spent several years working for Virginia’s state public health laboratory in their Immunology and Virology department. Other career highlights include working as an Office Manager and Bookkeeper for a variety of small businesses, both in Virginia and Florida.
With the arrival of her son, she left her job to stay home with him, eventually leading to her involvement with the JCC Preschool. She began volunteering with numerous activities and events, including J-Ball and Teacher Appreciation Week, and serving on the preschool’s Parent Advisory Committee. She now volunteers at Jewish Academy of Orlando, where her son attends kindergarten, and fosters animals for a local pet rescue organization. She recently began turning her love of antiques into a business opportunity with a booth at a local vintage market.
Bari Hoffman Ruddy
Professor and Associate Dean
Bari Hoffman Ruddy is a Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the College of Health Professions and Sciences at the University of Central Florida. She also serves as Director for the Center for Voice Care and Swallowing Disorders at the Ear Nose Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates.
Bari’s research and clinical work has focused on the study of voice and upper airway disorders in pediatric, professional and neurologic populations implementing methods of endoscopy, acoustics and aerodynamic analysis. Her current research involves studying novel treatments for upper airway disorders and head and neck cancer while defining the high impact on quality of life factors.
Bari is a prolific author with a significant record of peer-reviewed publications, authorship of two widely adopted text books: Voice Disorders 3rd edition; Cases in Head and Neck Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach; forthcoming textbook titled, Respiratory Muscle Strength Training, author of numerous book chapters in prominent industry text books and actively lectures nationally and internationally on these topics.
In addition to her research and teaching, Bari has been heavily involved in service to the University serving as Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate and engaged in numerous service initiatives throughout the Central Florida community. Bari and her two daughters, Danielle (15) and Alexandra (12) reside in Maitland and enjoy dancing, traveling and kayaking together.
Shaina White Williams
Homemaker and master's student
Shaina White Williams is a wife and mother to two beautiful boys; her oldest son is enrolled in the part-time program at The Roth Family JCC. Shaina is working toward her Masters of Social Work at the University of Southern California and will be completing her field work at Aspire Health. Shaina is on the Parent Advisory Committee at the JCC and is a member of the PJ Library Committee. She is also Chair of the Young Families Committee and a member of the Marketing Committee at Congregation Ohev Shalom. Shaina grew up in Jewish Orlando and is thrilled to be back and an active member of this flourishing community.
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