Officers

 

President Leah R. Kaplan (2002)

Leah graduated from Wellesley in 2002 as a Cognitive Neuroscience major, and then received a Master's in Neurobiology from Lund University in Sweden.  She worked in clinical research for Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Neurosurgery, as a human factors analyst for the Air Force Studies and Analysis Agency, and moved in to private sector biotechnology in 2010. She currently works for a private biotech company leading their research and development lab and holds a (pending) patent on an augmented reality system for physical movement and rehabilitation.

 

Leah has been active in volunteering for Wellesley since 2012.   She was on the admissions committee of the Washington DC Wellesley Club 2012, then served as Vice President for Admissions from 2014 until 2017, where she wrote the first comprehensive guide for alumnae admissions interviewers which was used by the College nationwide.  Leah then founded the Washington DC Jewish Alumnae Special Interest Group, and also served on the board of her synagogue in Washington DC as the young adult chair. She joined the board of the Wellesley College Hillel Alumnae and Friends in 2016, and enjoyed being involved with the community so much that she became its president in 2018. Leah spearheaded the reformation of HAFA into WJA in 2017.  Leah lives in Washington DC with her husband and dog and 6 month old son.

 

Treasurer - Elizabeth L. Reede (1984)

Elizabeth is Co-Founder and CEO of Boulevard Arts, the leading developer of arts-based experiences shared through virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies. Partnering with the world's great art museums, cultural sites and global technology companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Facebook, Boulevard’s App has been downloaded by users from around the world, and is available in schools, museums, homes, workplaces and hospitals.  Prior to founding Boulevard, Elizabeth was an Assistant Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. She joined MoMA in 1996 and throughout her tenure held a variety of curatorial and managerial positions in the Painting and Sculpture Department.  Elizabeth holds a BA from Wellesley College in Art History and History (1984), an MBA in Finance and Management Policy from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (1987), and an MA in Art History from the Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams College (1994). 

 

Elizabeth is a member of Wellesley Friends of Art, the NYC alumnae club admissions committee, and has been a board member of Wellesley Hillel
Alumnae and Friends since 2015. Elizabeth and her family are congregants of Temple Emanu-El in in Manhattan where she is a member of the
Program Committee and her husband is on the Finance Committee. Elizabeth lives in New York City with her husband and two teenage daughters.

 

Secretary - Marjorie Siegel Greenberg (1966)

Marjorie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College in 1966 as a Political Science major.  In 1968, I received a Master of Arts degree from Harvard University in Russian Area Studies, an interdisciplinary program of political science, history, economics, language and literature.  I spent the majority of my career in health data policy at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from which I retired in 2013. While at NCHS, I was a manager, serving on the Executive Staff, and held a number of national and international leadership positions, including Executive Secretary of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for the Family of International Classifications for North America.  I also was a founding member of the Public Health Data Standards Consortium, serving on its Board for many years. After retiring, I served as an Advisor to the Board of the American Health Information Management Association Foundation from 2014-2017.

 

Marjorie was Class Secretary between my 40th and 45th reunions and served on our 50th Reunion Committee. Our class made the mentorship program of the new Wellesley Career Education Office a priority. Marjorie has served on the Board of Wellesley Hillel Alumnae and Friends Association (HAFA) since 2016, and has also worked with the student Hillel, the HAFA Board, the Alumnae Association, and the Career Education office to launch the Wellesley Jewish Mentorship program through the Wellesley Hive. In 2018, Marjorie participated in a pilot program of the National Council of Jewish Women on holding Courageous Conversations.  Marjorie’s husband of fifty years, George Greenberg, whom she met at Harvard Hillel Kol Nidre services in 1966, passed away in 2018. Marjorie and George have three children, a son in Brooklyn, NY, and a daughter in Hollywood, FL and three grandchildren. Marjorie resides in Washington, D.C.

 

Religious Life Advisor - Debra E. Goldstein (1972)

Debra graduated from Wellesley in 1972 as a History major and received a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1975. Debra has practiced marketing/advertising/intellectual property law as Sr. VP, Associate General Counsel at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, as Director of the Council of Better Business Bureau's National Advertising Division (the ad industry's self-regulatory body), and as General Counsel, Advertising/Marketing for Bates Advertising. In 2002, Debra went to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion rabbinical school, and was ordained in 2007.

 

Since then Debra has balanced her professional life by continuing to practice law as well as taking on part-time, freelance clergy work. She has been active over the years on boards and committees of three synagogues and has volunteered on the Wellesley HAFA Board for the last several years.  Having recently moved to Natick, MA, Debra has enjoyed occasionally leading services at the Wellesley College Hillel and getting to know the current students and Rabbi. Debra has three grandchildren and two daughters; one in Newton, MA and one in Baltimore, MD.

 

Vice President of Programming - Nicole Spiegelman (2013)

Nicole graduated from Wellesley in 2013 with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Psychology. In the fall of 2013, she joined the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at Cornell University and earned her PhD at the end of 2018. Nicole is currently a scientist in the Translational Biology group at Dicerna Pharmaceuticals. While at Wellesley, Nicole served as co-president of Hillel for two years and was active member for her other two years. Since graduating, Nicole has been involved with the Wellesley Jewish alumnae group, and is looking forward to being more active in the Boston Jewish Community.

 

Vice President of Membership - Farrah Berse (1999)

Farrah graduated from Wellesley in 1999, with a double major in Jewish Studies and Psychology. She was active in Hillel all four years at Wellesley, holding Board positions including co-President. After graduating from Wellesley, she attended law school at NYU School of Law, graduating in 2002 and has been practicing law in NY ever since. For several years, she coordinated alumnae interviewing for prospective Wellesley students in NYC. From 2014-2019, she served as President of the Class of 1999. She is an active supporter (and volunteer) of the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO), having served on its Young Professional Board for NY and is also am an Advisory Council member of a non-profit called Glamour Gals.

 

Vice President of Communications - Margot Slade (1974)

Margot graduated from Wellesley in 1974 with a major in Political Science; followed by an MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; a Pulitzer Fellowship; training in Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government “Women and Power Program”. Professionally, she reported on science globally, and worked for long stretches at news organizations such as The New York Times/sr. editor, Consumer Reports/editor-in-chief, Bloomberg News/global managing editor, The Daily Voice/deputy editorial director, and now, editor-at-large/contributing editor at Everyday Health, a leading health and wellness digital content provider.

 

Originally from Greenwich, Connecticut where her parents founded the Greenwich Reform Synagogue, she moved to New York where she married and had twins, one of whom graduated from Wellesley in 2015. She now lives in New Paltz and serves on the board of The Jewish Congregation of New Paltz. She is a founding member of The Chai Notes choir (to her children’s lasting amusement), singing at services and sending song prayers via mobile phone app to members who need healing support, and a founding board member of the Mid-Hudson Valley Wellesley Club.

 

 

 

Geographic Representatives

Geographic representatives are appointed as non-voting members of the board and work with the VP for Programs and Communications to help plan, implement, and advertise activities in their local areas, and facilitate communication between WJA and members, regional Wellesley clubs, and others in their region. 

    

Boston metropolitan area - Holly Simons, 1972

Northwest - Linda M Stern, 1966

Southwest - Joy (Conlon) Zelmanovich, 1995