David Freidenreich, President (email@example.com)
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 second-grader at Levey.
Larissa Crockett, Vice President
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 third grader at Levey.
Jane Frederick, Secretary
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 3rd grader at Levey, who believes that “Levey Day School should be called Lovie Day School because everyone loves each other so much.”
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 (graduate of 5th grade at Levey, 6th grader), Beatrice (Levey 5th grade), and Sadie (Levey K), live on Ten Apple Farm in Gray where they raise goats, chickens, turkeys, and vegetables, make cheese, and live as sustainably as possible.
Reuben P. Bell
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.
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.
After retiring from careers in nursing (20+ years) and food marketing (10+ years), David Handwerker found his true calling in the performing arts. Since 2011, he has devoted himself to acting, Shakespeare, storytelling, and puppetry. He is the cofounder and principal of Peaks Island Puppets, whose raison d’être is to create original works of Jewish themed puppetry. He holds a BS in agricultural economics and a Masters of Public Administration from Cornell University as well as a BS in nursing from Columbia University.
Barbara Merson has an extensive background in nonprofit and corporate leadership. She is currently the executive director of the Maine Jewish Film Festival. Prior experience includes senior leadership positions at Temple Shaaray Tefila in Westchester, NY, the Stamford JCC, the ISEF Foundation, and the Slifka Foundation. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, has received graduate degrees from Columbia University School of Business, SUNY Stony Brook, and Hebrew Union College, and is currently a PhD candidate in a joint program of Lesley University and Hebrew College. Her area of focus is values education. An avid kayaker and hiker, Barbara lives in North Yarmouth with her glass artist husband Marty Kremer.