The Board of Directors (Board) is the trustee of the mission of Gray Academy and is responsible for overseeing the school's strategic direction. The Board is the primary policy-making body for the school.

Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education Directors | 2016-2017

Back Row (Left to Right): Evan Roitenberg, Matthew Leibl

Middle Row (Left to Right): Viviana Goldenberg, Diane Shindleman, Bruce Caplan, Tracy Kasner-Greaves, and Tara Kozlowich

Front Row (Left to Right): Lori Binder, Cindy Lazar, and Sean Shore

Camera Shy: Evgeny Gottfrid, Marla Levene, Brenda Tessler-Donen, Jen Dimerman, and Richard Hechter


Key Responsibilities

  1. To ensure that Gray Academy's mission is fulfilled
  2. To provide policy guidance, monitoring and evaluating the management of Gray Academy
  3. To maintain Gray Academy's financial security and infrastructure, and to provide the resources necessary to fulfill the its mission on an ongoing basis
  4. To help Gray Academy maintain the highest standards of character and integrity as an institution
  5. To lead, through careful recruitment and ongoing evaluation of: the members of the Board, the Head of School, and CEO.

2015-16 Annual Report

Click here to view the 2015-16 Annual Report.

Elected & Appointed Officials

Executive Committee

Sean Shore, President

Sean is currently a lawyer at Canadian Compliance & Regulatory Law. He holds law degrees from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law (LL.B., 1993) and the London School of Economics (LL.M., 1994) and has been practicing law in Winnipeg since 1995. He has two daughters that attend Gray Academy in Grades 5 and 8.

Evan Roitenberg ('84), Vice-President

Evan is a Trial and Appellate lawyer and practices with Gindin, Wolson, Simmonds, Roitenberg. He is a proud alum (class of '84) of Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, a founding school of Gray Academy of Jewish Education. He has two children at Gray Academy in Grades 7 and 9.

Bruce Caplan, Secretary

Bruce Caplan is a partner with BDO Canada LLP and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Licensed Insolvency Trustee. Bruce is a past president of Jewish Child & Family Service. He is married to Sheri and they have two daughters attending Gray Academy in Grades 5 and 7. 

Diane Shindleman, Treasurer 

Diane Shindleman is a CPA, CGA and is a manager of Corporate Finance. Diane has been a volunteer on the finance committee and a board member since 2011. Diane and her husband, Sandy, have one daughter, Annie, who is in Grade 7 at Gray Academy. 

Board Members

Jen Dimerman, PAC Representative 

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Social Work from University of Manitoba in 1997. For the past two years she has co-coordinated the PAC elementary hot lunch program.  Jennifer is married to Ian ('88) and they have two sons attending Gray Academy in Grades 3 and 6.

Viviana Goldenberg

Viviana graduated as B.Sc. in Information Systems Engineering and B.Sc. in System Analysis and has a Social Psychology Diploma. She received a Certificate in Project Management in 2008. Viviana and her husband Marcelo came to Canada from Argentina in 2003 and have 2 daughters, one who graduated from Gray Academy in 2015, and one graduating this year, the class of 2017.

Evgeny, Gotfrid (’13)

Evgeny is an entrepreneur and a student pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the I.H. Asper School of Business, with the intent to major in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He is an active member of the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization at the U of M. Born in Ukraine and raised in Israel, Evgeny came to Canada in Grade 4, where he attended Gray Academy until graduation. 

Richard Hechter

Richard Hechter is an Associate Professor of Science Education and Acting Department Head in the Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the University of Manitoba. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota where he studied the science teaching self-efficacy of preservice elementary science teachers. Before joining the academy, Richard was a high school physics and science teacher for 11 years at the U of W Collegiate.

Tara Kozlowich ('94)

Tara earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree with a double major in Marketing and Management from the U of M, Asper Business School. After living in Toronto, Tara and her husband, Paul, returned to Winnipeg. Their two daughters are in Grade 3 and Kindergarten at Gray Academy.

Cindy Lazar ('87)

Cindy has been a labour lawyer for over 20 years, currently serves on many boards and committees and is heavily involved in volunteerism for the Jewish community. Cindy and her husband, Joel, have two children attending Gray Academy, one in Grade 4, and one in Grade 1.

Matthew Leibl ('03), COR Representative 

Matthew Leibl is a proud graduate of the Gray Academy. He's been involved in synagogue life since he was 19 years old, when he started working at Congregation Shaarey Zedek as a Torah reader and Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor. He studied journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax and worked for 6 years as a radio host with TSN 1290 before deciding to become a rabbi. He's currently studying with Rabbi Steven Blane of the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute (JSLI) in New York and is on track to receive ordination in July 2017. His passions in life are sports (especially baseball), music (especially live music), travel, Seinfeld, and, of course, his wife, Heather Wadsworth. 

Marla Levene ('93)

Marla received her Law degree from the U of M in 1998, and is now a partner at Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP. Marla has been a member of the board since 2011. She is married to Adam and they have two children attending Gray Academy in Grades 3 and 6.

Brenda Tessler-Donen

Brenda is currently the CEO of BB Camp. She holds degrees from the U of M in Psychology and Recreation Studies. She and her husband have four children, three who graduated from Gray Academy, and one graduating this year, the class of 2017.

Ex-Officio Members

Tracy Kasner Greaves ('94), Past-President
Lori Binder ('91), Head of School and CEO
Carlos Benesdra, CPA,CMA, Chief Financial Officer
Ron van der Hooft, WJSTA Vice-President

Check out the WBJE's Policy Manual to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations that pertain to the business of the school.

To Learn More

The Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education office is located on the second floor of the school (A202). 

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

For more information about the WBJE, please call 204.477.7425 or email

Upcoming Meetings More >
    • TueMay09 WBJE Board Meeting Gray Academy Staff Room
    • TueMay09 WBJE Executive Meeting 6:00 PMGray Academy Conference Room
    • MonMay29 WBJE Advisory Committee Meeting 4:30 PM
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