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President  – Jeremy van Frank

Jeremy is an engineer with over 20 years working in the military and defense contracting environment. He is currently a Program Manager for PMAT, Inc, a small San Diego company, working on analytics of disparate intelligence products. Jeremy is also an officer in the Navy Reserve having served 9 years active duty on submarines, one year in Afghanistan performing provincial reconstruction, and is currently the Executive Officer for a Maritime Partnership Program unit focused on West Africa. Jeremy has an MS in Management of Information Systems and BSE in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. Jeremy lives in North Park with his wife, Alex van Frank, and their two children – both of whom attend Kavod.

Vice President and Founder – Tamar Caspi

Tamar graduated with a BA in Women’s Studies from UCLA. She has been a journalist since 2003 working as a writer and reporter in broadcast news, radio and print. Currently, Tamar is writing a book. In addition, Tamar has worked in the non-profit world serving on the boards and committees of many local organizations where she initiated new programming and was involved in fundraising and planning. She also has experience in marketing, promotions and internet marketing. Tamar is a local San Diegan with an Israeli father and was raised speaking Hebrew in the home.

Treasurer – Avi Frohlichman

Avi started his financial planning career in 1994.  From 1994 to 2001, Avi held various positions around the state of California with national banks including Wells Fargo Private Client Services andCalifornia Bank & Trust’s Wealth Management group. Avi earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California in Davis.  Avi holds a life and disability insurance license (CA license #0D83176) and a series 7, 63, 66 securities licenses.  He is an investment advisor representative withSagemark Consulting, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Avi served on the Executive Committee and on the Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League of San Diego.  He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service of San Diego, & Hebrew Free Loan Association Committee. Avi and his wife Margarita, became new parents and welcomed their daughter, Milana in December 2010.  The Frohlichmans live in the University Town Center area of San Diego, CA.

Secretary and Founder – Harriet Herman

Harriet is an educator with more than 30 years experience in grades pre-school through 8th grade, including 6 years in administration as the school Principal of an Independent Kindergarten-8th grade school. She presently serves on the Board of Directors of a parent advocacy non-profit organization for parents of special needs children. Harriet has direct experience with CAIS and WASC re-accreditation as the team leader in charge of the writing of the document, as well as the contact person during the weeklong visit. Her education experience includes curriculum development, assessments, materials selection, professional and parent presentations. Harriet has an MS in Curriculum Development and a BS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

Member – Reverend Wendell Bass 

Reverend Bass is a Minister and Director of Christian Education at New Creation Church of San Diego, CA.  He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Point Loma Nazarene University. After 37 years in public education, he retired from the San Diego Unified School District as high school Principal. Reverend Bass has been in education for 41 years.  He is a former Board of Director’s member of the Association of African American Educators, Keiller Leadership Academy Charter School and The Jackie Robinson YMCA. He has  been married to his wife, Dr. Angela Bass for 35 years and they have have two children and a grand-daughter.

Parent Committee Liason to the Board – member – Svetlana Sowers

Svetlana is currently a technical sales Life Science Specialist at VWR International – a distribution company serving the Biotech, Government, Education and Medical Research segments.  Prior to this, she worked as a scientist at UCSD where she completed her post-doctoral degree in Endocrinology and Metabolism. She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Pathology from SUNY Stony Brook and her B.Sc. from McGill University in Canada where she grew up. She has lived in San Diego for 10 years and resides in UTC area which is a drastic contrast from her childhood in Siberia and Ukraine. She is a proud mom of 3 children with her husband Firmen Sowers, 2 of whom are current Kavod students. She is an elected member of the Kavod Parent Committee and in her spare time, loves to spend time with her family, find bargains and have impromptu dinner parties with friends. Her motto in life is “Carpe Diem”.

Interested in Joining the Kavod Board

Though we are not actively seeking new members for our Board of Directors, resumes are always welcome. If you are interested please email your resume and a letter of intent to tamar@kavodelementary.org for consideration.