MJCC Board Members
Jordan D. Schnitzer - Chairman
Jordan Schnitzer is President of Harsch Investment Properties, the largest privately held real estate development and investment company based in the Pacific Northwest. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, it has regional offices in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Las Vegas, San Diego and soon Phoenix. He serves as Chairman of the combined Mittleman Jewish Community Center and Portland Jewish Academy campus facility, after having served the past five years as President of the MJCC. Jordan has dedicated significant time and funding to support Portland’s Jewish community over the past 30 years, serving in a leadership capacity on a variety of boards and projects including as Co-Chair of the development of the id=mce_marker4 million Rose Schnitzer Manor Assisted Living Center; as a Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; as President of the Robison Jewish Home; and as trustee of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and Temple Beth Israel. In addition to his dedication to Portland’s Jewish community, Jordan has served over the years on over 30 local, regional and national civic and cultural boards.
Barry Benson, Co-President
Barry Benson is originally from Massachusetts has been a Portland resident for the last 15 years. He received his BBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington. Barry is a Senior National Account Executive with Merck & Co., Inc. He is the immediate past president of Congregation Shaarie Torah. Barry and wife, Karla, are the proud parents of PJA student, Molly.
Robert Philip, Co-President
Robert Philip served on the boards of the MJCC and Jewish Federation of Greater Portland in the 1980’s. Recently, Robert was the President of the JFGP board. Currently he is Chairman of Schnitzer Investment and a retired Chairman and CEO of Schnitzer Steel Products. He has also been an active member on the boards of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Waverly Children’s Home, Portland State Foundation, and Boys and Girls Club. Robert received his MS in Engineering from San Jose State University. He is involved with the development of PSU’s Jewish Studies program and the Portland Hillel. Robert has been supportive of many Jewish and secular initiatives in both Portland and Palm Desert, CA. Robert’s wife, Rita is a longtime Portland volunteer, having served on many boards in the city. Robert and Rita’s son, Josh lives in Portland. Their daughter lives in New York and is very involved in New York philanthropy, currently serving on the Young Leadership National Board of the Jewish Federation of New York.
Jerry Sadis - Executive Vice President
Jerry Sadis was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. He started his career as a Ceritifed Public Accountant with the firm that is now Delloitte and Touche. In 1972, he joined Fred Meyer Inc., as Assistant Controller and worked for there until 1987, leaving as Executive Vice President. Jerry and his wife, Bunny, have two grown daughters, both living out of town. Jerry has served on the boards of Robison Home, Congregation Beth Israel, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, and was President of Congregation Beth Israel and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation.
Stacy Barna is the National Sales Manger for a Portland based Promotional Products Company. Stacy moved to Portland in August of 2004 from Scottsdale Arizona in need of cooler weather, a smaller landscape and a solid place to raise her children. With a sense of adventure she sold her house, packed her kids, the dogs, the cat and the fish into her van and headed off to search for a more peaceful way of life.
Stacy’s son Ben is in high school and plays classic soccer for Lake Oswego and hopes to study medicine someday. Lily is in 6th grade at PJA, also plays soccer and hopes to be a Super Star someday (she will probably make it).
Stacy graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Management from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and a minor in communication. Along with running a progressive ad specialties company Stacy has over 20 years experience as a Make-up Artist working in films, television and runway, manages Ben’s soccer team and moonlights in the food and wine industry.
Stacy currently resides in Lake Oswego Oregon; is a member of the Oregon Media Production Association, licensed airbrush artist, member of the PJA /MJCC Marketing committee and club manager for the Lake Oswego Soccer Club.
Brian Carleton is a husband, father, and during the daylight hours, an architect. Brian received his architectural degree from the University of Oregon. He is the founding principal of Carleton Hart Architecture and has thirty years of architectural and community development experience. He maintains an expertise in working with non-profit organizations, community groups, social service providers and government agencies to vision, plan and execute complex projects. Brian’s work in creating community solutions has resulted in countless successful neighborhood planning and design projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. His designs have won several awards and the gratitude of many a neighborhood.
Brian has made Portland his home town since finishing school in 1984. He lives in Southwest Portland with his wife, Caron Kushner, and son Benjamin. Benjamin is a thriving student at the Portland Jewish Academy. Brian’s past Board service has included Friendly House Community Center in Northwest Portland, Adelante Community Development Corporation, Our House, Goose Hollow Neighborhood Association, Saint Clare Parish, and the American Institute of Architecture.
Edith Dorsen is a business development and marketing strategist who brings her experience as a senior executive and consultant in the private and nonprofit sectors to the boards of MJCC and Portland Jewish Academy. Currently, she is Managing Director of The Women’s Venture Capital Fund. Since relocating to Portland in 2001, Edith led a successful marketing effort for the Pearl District and strategic assignments for The Standard and Samaritan Health Systems. In NYC, she served in senior management roles at Children's Television Workshop, Physicians' Online and a community based organization. Earlier in her career, she was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers and management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
In addition, Edith has served in board and other voluntary capacities for The Educational Alliance, Jewish Federation in NY and Save the Children. Edith is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government. She is married to Dr. Michael Dorsen and is the step mom of Marcus Dorsen.
Jonathan Glass, Treasurer -
Jonathan Glass is currently Vice President and CFO of Council Tree Investors, a private equity firm focused on investments in the media and communications sectors. Prior to joining Council Tree, he worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Toronto Dominion Securities in New York City. Mr. Glass received his Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Montreal and his MBA from Columbia University specializing in finance. Mr. Glass currently serves on the board and investment committee of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and is the Co-Chair of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of Portland, OR. Previous volunteer work included the Finance Committee of the Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn, NY and Financial Secretary of the Park Slope Jewish Center in Brooklyn, NY. Jonathan grew up in Toronto, Canada and resided in New York City for 16 years prior to moving to Portland, Oregon in 2010. Jonathan is married to Sarah Kahn Glass and they have three children ages 8, 11 and 14 who are students/alumni of the Portland Jewish Academy.
Eric Kodesch is an attorney at Stoel Rives in the firm’s Tax Section. His practice encompasses a wide array of federal income tax and state and local tax issues in both transactional and litigation matters, including general business planning, financial transactions, trust taxation, executive compensation, and choice of entity issues. Eric specializes in international tax aspects of federal income tax law. He also regularly represents clients in the Oregon Tax Court in controversies involving Oregon corporation excise tax and property tax.
Ellen has lived in Portland for over 30 years. She has a PhD. in accounting and works as an accounting professor at the University of Portland. Prior to that she worked as a CPA for a large international accounting firm. A past board member and Treasurer of the MJCC, she also has served on the boards or finance committees at Portland Jewish Academy, Portland Hillel, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. Ellen is a Wexner Fellow. She and her husband have twin daughters, both graduates of PJA.
Joel Mullin has a long history of supporting PJA, and served as board president in the early 1990’s. Joel’s three sons are PJA alums. Joel is a partner at the law firm of Stoel Rives and concentrates on business and energy litigation. Joel also serves on the boards of Oregon Israel Business Alliance and the Campaign for Equal Justice, an organization that raises money for legal aid in the state of Oregon.
Gayle Schnitzer Romain, Secretary
Gayle Schnitzer Romain is a third generation Portland native. She grew up at the Jewish Community Center as preschooler and teacher, camper and counselor, member and board member. She has served on the MJCC board twice and most recently has co-chaired the campaign to renovate the campus. She has served on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland as campaign chair, allocations chair, and Women’s Division campaign chair. Gayle has served on the board of the United Jewish Communities National Women’s Philanthropy and in 2006 she received a national leadership award. She is a member of the Metropolitan Leadership Council of the Oregon Community Foundation. Gayle attended Scripps College and graduated with a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College in 1971. She is married to Paul Romain and they have raised four children, Bryan Rosencrantz, Laura Rosencrantz, Danielle Romain and Mikhael Romain.
Steve Rosenberg was born in Chicago and received his B.A. from Colorado College and his MS in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Wexner Heritage Foundation. He has been the principal of Aspen Investment Group for the last 20 years, involved in the acquisition, development or financing of real estate, with development emphasis in hotels, industrial and condominiums. Steve has served on the boards or been the president of numerous organizations including Portland Jewish Academy (1985 – present), Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland (past president), TV Channel 32, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, Foundation for Ilan Sport Center for the Disabled in Israel, Oregon DEQ Task Force, and Maxus Real Estate Investment Trust. Steve is an active triathlon participant. He and his wife, Ellen Lippman, have two daughters who are graduates of Portland Jewish Academy.
Alison Rosenfeld was born and raised in Portland, OR. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA and her Master in Public Health from Portland State University. Prior to moving to Israel with her husband, Alison worked for Oregon Human Development in Hillsboro as a social worker with teen parents. She and her husband, Justin, lived in Israel, Virginia and Salem, before returning to their hometown to raise their children. Alison is the co-chair of the PJA used book sale and volunteers extensively with PJA.
Andrea K. Sanchez holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree(s) from the University of California at Berkeley. She is the Development Manager at the Clackamas County Housing Authority where her work focuses on the development of affordable housing for low-income households. In addition to her professional career, Andrea is passionate about spending time outdoors and running. One of her favorite pastimes is running with other mother runners and with her daughter, Sadie. Andrea and her husband, Ben Drucker, have called Portland home for nearly 20 years. They have two children, Sadie and Saul, who are students at Portland Jewish Academy. Additionally, Andrea and her family are members of Havurah Shalom where she served on the Board from 2007-11 and as the Treasurer between 2009-11.
Jason Zidell is a fourth generation Portlander who enjoyed MJCC's early learning program for preschool and kindergarten, day camp, B.B.Y.O., and many other activities at the MJCC while growing up. He attended Willamette University, and is the President of the Argonaut Group, a real estate development and management company. He is also the president of the JEZ foundation, and is proud to continue his family's long tradition of Philanthropy and engagement in the community.