Board Members

Parent Board Representative – Svetlana Sowers

Svetlana has successfully completed 2 previous terms in this role (2013-2016) and is honored to serve on the Board again for the 2019-2021 term. She has been actively involved with this school since the Founders Meetings back in 2011.

She is a full-time professional working mom and is proud to have 2 of my 4 children currently enrolled in Kavod. As a Kavod Board Parent Representative she brings her creative, negotiating and organizational skills to the Board. She is a Kavod parent’s main go-to when parents want to connect to the Kavod Board and can be reached at

President  – Jeremy van Frank

Jeremy currently works for VT Group where he is the West Coast Director and Program Manager for the Global Installation Contract overseeing the installation of communication systems on surface ships, submarines, and Navy shore sites around the world. He is also a Captain in the Navy Reserves having served 9 years active duty on submarines, one year in Afghanistan performing provincial reconstruction, and is currently the Communications Officer for the Submarine Force Reserve Component. 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 – a current student and a recent graduate.

Community Liaison – Tamar Caspi

Tamar attended an informational session about bringing a Hebrew language Charter school to San Diego shortly after becoming a mother. Impassioned about the concept, Tamar saw to it that the idea became a reality. Utilizing her career in writing, Tamar and a small team wrote the original charter petition and submitted it to the San Diego Unified School District Board where it was unanimously approved just one month later.

Tamar is an author and has been a journalist since 2003 working as a writer and reporter in broadcast news, radio and print. In addition, Tamar is passionate about giving back and has served in the non-profit world 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 native San Diegan and lives with her family in Del Cerro. She is also a proud parent of two Kavod Explorers!

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 and California 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 lives in Downtown San Diego and is a proud Kavod parent.

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 — John Milikowsky

John Milikowsky represents U.S. and foreign businesses and individuals in sophisticated business transactions involving U.S. tax matters with his firm John is recognized in the legal and business community for his experience and knowledge in the area of taxation and financial analysis. Previously, John was a litigation attorney representing government entities and businesses in civil litigation matters.

John is admitted to practice in California, the U.S. District Court Southern District of California, and the U.S. Tax Court. John is also being admitted to the Israeli Bar as a foreign attorney authorized to practice US law in Israel. He and his family live in Carmel Valley.

Member — Michelle Anderson

Michelle Anderson is the Orange County and San Diego Regional Manager for the California Charter School Association (CCSA). As part of the Regional Advocacy team, Michelle leads policy and advocacy efforts to support member schools’ interests across Orange and San Diego Counties in the areas of charter school authorization, growth, renewals, funding equity and facilities advocacy. Michelle works closely with charter operators and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Michelle is passionate believer that a free quality education can be available for every student. She lives in San Diego with her family.M

Interested in Joining the Kavod Board?

If you are interested please email your resume and a letter of intent to for consideration.


Families can apply via the schoolmint portal.

Enrollment is time sensitive. Some classes are already on a waitlist for the 2019-2020 school year.

You can reach out to our Director of Enrollment to learn more at

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