David Freidenreich, President (firstname.lastname@example.org)
David M. Freidenreich is the Pulver Family Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College and the director of its Jewish studies program. He is a member of the religious studies department, where he teaches a wide range of courses on Judaism, Jewish history, and comparative religion. After receiving a B.A. from Brandeis University, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. His research explores attitudes toward adherents of foreign religions, primarily as these attitudes are expressed in ancient and medieval sources and secondarily as manifest in the history of Maine’s Jewish communities. David and his wife, Sara Kahn Troster, are active members of Portland’s Jewish community and their daughter, Naomi, is an enthusiastic first-grader at Levey.
Karl Schatz, Vice President
Karl Schatz is Director of Aurora Photos, an international stock photography agency in Portland, Maine that represents the work of more than 600 photographers from around the globe. Before joining Aurora, Karl lived in New York City, where he was the Online Picture Editor for Time Magazine. In 2003, Karl and his wife, writer Margaret Hathaway, spent a year traveling around the USA, documenting the goat industry, which led to their book, The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese, written by Margaret with photographs by Karl. Karl’s photography has appeared in numerous publications, including the documentary project A Culture Rekindled: Jewish Traditions Return to Russia, and two other books, Living With Goats and Portland Maine Chef’s Table Cookbook. He received his BA in Soviet and Eastern European studies from Tufts University and an MA in Communications from Syracuse University. Karl’s family has been in Southern Maine, serving the Jewish community, for 5 generations. Karl, Margaret, and their three girls, Charlotte (Levey 5th grade), Beatrice (Levey 4th grade), and Sadie (Levey pre-K), live on Ten Apple Farm in Gray where they raise goats, chickens, turkeys, and vegetables, make cheese, and live as sustainably as possible.
Molly Curren Rowles, Vice President
Molly Curren Rowles is the Intake Manager at Pine Tree Legal Assistance and Assistant Director of the Jewish Community Alliance. Prior to her work with the JCA, she was a Frank M. Coffin Family Law Fellow at Pine Tree, and then spent three years practicing general poverty law as Pine Tree’s York County Attorney. She holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School and a B.A. from Smith College in Religion and Biblical Literature. At Smith, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and won the Sidney Balman Prize for outstanding work in Jewish Studies. After college, she was a Humanity in Action fellow, and spent several years as Coordinator of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies. Molly was raised off the grid in New Hampshire, where she attended a very small Ashram school. She is the mother of Declan (Levey 4th grade), and Hattie and Lila (JCA Preschool) and lives with them and her husband Dustin in Portland.
Larissa Crockett, Secretary
Larissa Crockett has embraced a meandering path of learning, love, and joy. Her three children provided an excellent excuse to travel around the United States, spend years reading, attend many plays, and to teach classes in things Larissa loves as a homeschooling mom. Larissa now works as the assistant town manager for the Town of Scarborough. Her son Hugo is a second grader at Levey.
Reuben Bell holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Zoology from the University of Tulsa, and a Doctor of Osteopathy from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified in Osteopathic General Practice and Integrative Holistic Medicine. He was Associate Professor of Biology while attending seminary at the Bryn Athyn College of the New Church in Pennsylvania, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained into the Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian). He was Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Medical Humanities at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, where he was also Adjunct Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. He is a practitioner of Family Medicine, Geriatrics and end-of-life care, and Traditional Osteopathy. He earned a Ph.D. in Theological Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation in association with Oxford University, Christ Church College. His areas of interest are Jewish Mysticism the lively interface of science and spirituality. Reuben is pastor of the Church of the New Jerusalem in Bath, Maine, and his granddaughter Sophia is a happy Levey fourth-grader.
Kathryn Woodson Barr is an enthusiastic educator who enjoys leading independent schools using what she learned earning her business and curriculum and instruction degrees. From the classroom and school publications office to the positions of Head of Lower School and Head of School, her roles have prepared her to lead schools that desire to achieve more and change lives. Her experience in other countries — leading groups in a several countries and coaching and training principals and vice principals in Abu Dhabi on a project with Vanderbilt University — gives her a unique perspective on global citizenship and being “the other.” Kathryn is married to Tom Barr, and they have two daughters and a son ages 18 – 25.
Ben Bornstein is an attorney who lives in Portland with his wife, Lauren Fine Bornstein, and is a proud Levey alum. Born and raised in the area, Ben has fond memories of attending Levey in the early 90’s, when his mother Debbie was president of the school. From there he went to Waynflete School, where he graduated in 2007. After graduating from Tufts University in 2011 with a degree in psychology, Ben returned home and attended the University of Maine School of Law. Portland’s Jewish community remains close to Ben’s heart, and he hopes to one day be able to give his children the same special Levey experience that he was fortunate enough to have.
Jane Frederick is the Director of Baylight Center for Homeopathy, an alternative healthcare practice and educational program in Portland. In addition to managing business operations and outreach, she is a homeopathic consultant at the center with a practice focused on children and families of children with behavioral and chronic health challenges. She has a degree in fine arts and linguistics and in a former life taught English as a Second Language locally and abroad. She has a passion for leadership facilitation and coaching, and is a 2015 graduate of The Institute for Civic Leadership. Jane is also mother of Gideon, currently a 2nd grader at Levey, who believes that “Levey Day School should be called Lovie Day School because everyone loves each other so much.”