Board of Trustees

Daphne Kaufer   President
Katie Wolff
(Temporary Leave until January 2020)
  Vice President 
Rachel Canning   Secretary
Larry Pascal   Treasurer
Liki Abrams   Trustee
Sarah Blake   Trustee
Andy Fradkin   Trustee
Udi Hoffmann   Trustee
Catherine Koss   PTO Representative
Fran Lent   Trustee
Tamar Miller   Trustee
Dr. Irene Moff   Trustee
Michael Wornick   Trustee

Board of Trustees FAQ

What does the Board of Trustees do?

Wornick Jewish Day School is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees. Your Wornick board is united by the shared goals of providing our students an excellent academic experience within a nurturing Jewish environment, and ensuring the long term sustainability of the school. The responsibilities of the Board include strategic planning, financial oversight, and ensuring that the mission of the school is carried out. Board members dedicate a great deal of their time, skill, and energy in carrying out their responsibilities.  Board members serve as volunteers and are expected to attend meetings, participate in the School’s fundraising efforts, and work collaboratively for the best interest of the school. They are asked to keep Board matters confidential, so as to protect the privacy of sensitive topics and encourage open discussion. 

What does the Board of Trustees NOT do?

The board of trustees is not involved in hiring faculty or staff or employment related matters, other than those related to the Head of School (HOS), curriculum or academic choices, student programming, operations of the school, admissions decisions, or tuition assistance decisions.

Board Meetings

The board meets monthly to hear committee reports and discuss strategic matters. The board is set up to do most work in committees. Committees are comprised of trustees and some community members.

We have the following committees:

  • Governance - guides growth and development of the Board
  • Development - fundraising
  • Strategic Planning - works with the Head of School (HOS) on developing a long-term high level plan/direction for the school
  • HOS Support and Evaluation- supports the HOS by helping set up yearly goals, offers advice and support. Completes annual HOS evaluation.
  • Communication - works with senior administration and HOS to share Board updates with the community, and supports outreach efforts.
  • Finance - works with the HOS and CFO to develop a budget and ensure it is maintained

How many people are on the Board of Trustees?

We currently have 13 trustees that are a mix of community members and parents.

How are trustees selected?

The governance committee looks for candidates for the Board of Trustees who may have a background that would be helpful to the operation of the Board, such as community-building, marketing, finance, law, or schools. The committee also considers volunteer work with the school, philanthropic giving, and other connections to the school. Generally, the slate of candidates is presented to the board in May and new members are announced in June.

How long is a term?

Trustees are elected to two year terms (with a maximum of 6 years) at our annual meeting in June.

Mission Statement

Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School develops students who are socially and academically prepared to meet their full potential as engaged leaders committed to a life steeped in Jewish ethics and values.

About Wornick

Enrollment: 176
Grades: TK-8
Average Class Size: 14
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
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