Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Jen Shankman, Director of Aaron Milken Center graduated from Hamilton College in 1994 and received her Masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. Jen has worked in a wide range of educational settings within the Jewish community for well over 25 years, from early childhood education to youth development, music education to camping. She has had rich experiences as both an educator and as an administrator of some incredibly diverse programs, including the JCC in Manhattan and at Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps. Most recently, Jen completed a fellowship with JECELI-LA, the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute. Jen is skilled as a mentor and supervisor and understands the importance of leading a community through the building of a shared vision

Tami Weiser, Head of School, has a rich background of educational experiences including serving as the Head of School at Heschel West Day School and Principal, of Palisades Elementary Charter School. Mrs. Weiser worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 22 years as Principal, Assistant Principal and Magnet Coordinator for a highly gifted magnet, Annenberg Grant Coordinator, and classroom teacher.

Senior Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback graduated from Princeton University in 1991 and was ordained as a Rabbi by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1998. He trained as a Jewish Educator at HUC’s Los Angeles campus, where he received an M.A. in Jewish Education. He served Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California, as Rabbi and educator for eleven years, until moving to Israel with his family in 2009 to become the Director of HUC’s Year-in-Israel program. In addition to overall management of the graduate level program, he served as an instructor in Jewish Liturgy. Rabbi Zweiback is a lecturer at HUC-JIR and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

Sharon Spira-Cushnir, Executive Director, brings to her role over two decades of service to Los Angeles-area nonprofits, including having overseen programs as Chief Operating Officer of two premiere social service agencies, St. Anne’s and Chrysalis. She also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit capacity-builder Executive Service Corps, leading a cadre of more than 100 volunteer executives in providing transformational consulting services to over 150 nonprofits annually.

Jayne Rosen, Director of Admissions, Aaron Milken Center, comes to us with over 25 years of experience in early childhood education. Most recently, she was the Director of Admissions and Assistant Director at Temple Israel of Hollywood’s Bay-Nimoy Early Childhood Center. Jayne is known for creating interactive events and curricula that promote connection and support a life-long love of learning. Along with some of our Parenting Center Team, Jayne was awarded a fellowship from the First 36 Project, a groundbreaking pilot program by Simms/Mann Institute, providing professional development with the goal of facilitating strong, meaningful bonds between parents and children.

Jenna Pitson, Aaron Milken Center Parenting Center Coordinator, has a background in early childhood education and was a preschool teacher at Wise. Jenna has her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed her fellowship with the Simms/Mann Institute’s First 36 Project in 2018. Jenna is a Wise School Alumna and her three children also currently attend Wise School.