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Our Team

Board of Directors

Ben Arnold

Ben is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Arnold Family Corporation, a South Carolina based development company, and has over 30 years of experience in all facets of commercial real estate. Arnold Family Corporation has received several awards and industry recognition for its new construction as well as historical renovation and preservation projects.  Ben earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in both finance and real estate. Ben and his family moved to La Jolla, California in 2016 and became active in several community organizations. Ben currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Congregation Beth El, the Finance Committee of the Jewish Community Foundation San Diego and the Burnham-Moore Center for Real Estate Advisory Board at the University of San Diego. Ben recently became a founder of the Hebrew Free Loan of San Diego in an effort to address Jewish poverty throughout the San Diego region. Ben and his wife, Lisa, established the Arnold Family Tzedakah Fund to provide support to charities, particularly those that enhance quality of life through healthcare and education. 

Lesley Davis

Lesley has been involved with several non-profits in the San Diego area, including the Kindness Initiative, Shabbat San Diego, and the South African Film Festival USA, which she helped to co-found. 

Mitchell Dubick

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Mitch and Julie came to San Diego in 1981. Mitch is a partner in the law firm of Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, specializing in tax controversy matters. Since coming to San Diego, he has served on the National Young Leadership Cabinet of the United Jewish Federation, the San Diego Federation Board of Directors, the San Diego Anti-Defamation League Board of Directors and as an ADL National Commissioner, the Seacrest Board of Directors, the Hillel Board of Directors, and the Congregation Beth Israel Cemetery and Mausoleum Committee. Outside the Jewish community, Mitch has served on the Boards of Interfaith Community Services, Serving Seniors, and Second Chance. He attended Yale University, Case-Western Reserve University Law School, and Georgetown Law School. He and Julie have three children and four grandchildren, all of whom live in California. 

Leo Eisenberg

Leo has been in business for over forty years in the senior healthcare housing sector and support services. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of Seacrest Retirement Communities here in San Diego as well as serving on the board of the Holocaust Memorial Center in Michigan. He and his wife, Robin, split their time between San Diego and metropolitan Detroit. He is still active with the Jewish Community in Michigan where he is Past President of the Jewish Senior Life Board of Directors as well as having served on the Jewish Federation and Hillel Day School Board of Directors. He and Robin have three children. 

Graeme Gabriel

Graeme is the Co-Chairman of the Board of ColRich, a residential real estate development and investment company based in San Diego. He is a current Board Member and Past President (2017-2019) of Congregation Beth El, and is a current Board Member and Chair-Elect of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego. Graeme is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Graeme and his wife, Dr. Simone Kanter, have three children. 

Leonard Gregory

Leonard has been a member of the San Diego Jewish Community for over thirty-five years.  In addition to raising a family here, he has been involved in Pro-Israel organizations and has worked with a number of Israeli businesses in the sale and distribution of their products in the western US.  He is committed to building vibrant and secure Jewish communities both here in San Diego and in Israel. 

Kay Gurtin

Kay recently retired as Head of Recruitment at Gurtin Municipal Bond Management, a PIMCO company, where she actively recruited professionals for this growing financial services firm. Prior experience includes being the co-founder and president of Executive Options LTD, an executive search firm specializing in placing professionals in part-time and project consulting positions. Kay serves on the Executive Board and is a Trustee at the La Jolla Playhouse and is a long time volunteer and former Board Member of Words Alive. Kay graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior and management.  

Tanya Hackel

Tanya Hackel recently moved to San Diego with her family from New York City. Tanya is a non-profit professional with decades of experience in fundraising, communications, and marketing. Tanya most recently served as the Chief Development and Communications Officer at JCCA, a $110M child welfare agency in New York City. Prior to that, Tanya was the Director of Development at the Hebrew Free Loan Society in New York. Tanya and her family are loving their new San Diego community and are excited to find ways to get involved and give back. In addition to her time at HFL, Tanya and her family volunteer at Feeding San Diego.

Hilary Isakow

Hilary brings a background in volunteering to our board. She was born in South Africa and came to the United States in 1976. Hilary is an Angel at the Kindness Initiative where she assists 3 clients.  For the past 11 years, Hilary has been a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) through Voices for Children, where she helps kids in the foster care system. Hilary has held many leadership positions on boards in Detroit, and sat on the Hebrew Free Loan board in Detroit for 5 years. She has 3 sons and 4 grandsons and is an enthusiastic grandmother, traveling to see her grandkids as much as possible.  

Selwyn Isakow

Selwyn is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Oxford Investment Group, Inc., a private equity, real estate and venture investment firm. He is Founder and Chairman of Private Bancorp of America and CalPrivate Bank and previously founded several other commercial banks in Michigan. Selwyn holds an MBA from The Wharton School, is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA), and has been a director of several NYSE and numerous private companies, various healthcare systems, and civic organizations. Selwyn founded several non-profit organizations in San Diego focused on alleviating poverty and Judaic education. He is past Chairman of the Board of City of Hope, a leading cancer care and research organization. He has received various civic and business honors and awards including E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year. 

Miriam Norten

Miriam was born in Mexico City. Since her arrival in San Diego in 1978, she has been involved in the Jewish Community serving on the Boards of Congregation Beth Israel, Beth Israel Day School, Hillel of San Diego, and the Jewish Federation of San Diego, where she devoted 18 years serving as Women’s Philanthropy Director, Campaign Director and Legacy Society Director.

She has a degree in Clinical Psychology from Universidad Anahuac (Mexico) and is married to Alex Stolarski. Together they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

 

Charlene Seidle

Charlene is the Executive Vice President of the Leichtag Foundation, a private independent foundation which works to ignite and inspire vibrant Jewish life, advance self-sufficiency and stimulate social entrepreneurship in coastal North San Diego County and Jerusalem. She has served on the boards of the Jewish Funders Network,  San Diego Grantmakers and many committees and councils. Charlene earned her degree from UCSD, and spent 18 years working for the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego in increasingly responsible positions including serving as President and CEO of the organization. 

Lawrence Sherman

Lawrence is an attorney in private practice and has been actively involved in the San Diego Jewish community for many years. He has served on the boards of directors of the Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation of San Diego, Seacrest Village Foundation, San Diego Hebrew Homes, JFS Foundation and Hillel. He also served as President or an executive officer of those organizations. 

Mindi Frankel, Executive Director
Selwyn Isakow, President
Len Gregory, Treasurer
Hilary Isakow, Secretary

Mindi Frankel was named Executive Director of HFLSD in January, 2021. As Executive Director, she will be responsible for community outreach, development strategies, loan programs, marketing, finance and fundraising. Mindi is excited to bring her background in cross-cultural communication, marketing, coalition building and development to this new endeavor, creating processes and partnerships that will launch HFLSD in the San Diego community.

Mindi has spent her career in marketing and strategic planning, and for the last 15 years has focused in the non-profit sector. She also ran her own independent communications consulting firm, Just Write Marketing, since 2000 and has served on multiple boards. She finds it extremely gratifying to spend her time helping non-profits achieve their goals and make a difference in their communities, and is excited to launch Hebrew Free Loan of San Diego.