2020 – 21 Board of Directors

Mishkan’s Rocking Board of Directors is leading our organization as we grow and realize our vision.

Meet the incredible group of smart folks who love this organization and are going above and beyond to put their time, talents, and treasure to ensuring our long-term sustainability. They keep us motivated and grounded as we continue to pioneer new entryways into Jewish life.

Our Board’s main role is to help envision Mishkan for the present and future and ensure our financial responsibility and stability. We meet regularly to discuss the nuts-and-bolts of responsible organization running, from 30,000 feet up.

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If you’re interested in learning more about the Mishkan Board, we’d love to talk to you.

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Mark Achler

Mark Achler

Board Chair

Mark (he/him) is passionate about joyful creation – because starting something new should be joyful, building inclusive communities, and empathy. He practices this as a Managing Director of MATH Venture Partners and as a Guest Lecturer at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business. He is married to Marcie and they have three wonderful daughters – Emily, Sarah and Haley.

Lisa Portnoy

Lisa Portnoy

Treasurer

Lisa (she/her) is a retired partner with Ernst & Young. Lisa spent many years in the San Francisco Bay Area and relocated to Chicago in 2012. She has been an active community volunteer in Jewish and secular organizations including the Executive Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco and the audit committee of Jewish Federations of North America. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning and a member of the International and Chicago regional councils of New Israel Fund. She is also a member of the advisory council for the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University. Since retiring, Lisa spends her time traveling and cooking for friends.   

Jane Charney

Jane Charney

Board Secretary

Jane Charney (she/her) is the director of domestic affairs at the Jewish Community Relations Council. She previously served as the assistant regional director of AJC Chicago, where her portfolio focused on building lasting relationships with leaders in Chicago’s ethnic, religious and diplomatic communities. Jane holds a B.A. in journalism and international studies from Indiana University, and an A.M. in international relations with a focus on nationalism from the University of Chicago. Born in Moscow, Jane came to the US with her family as a teenager. In addition to English, she speaks Russian, Spanish and French. Jane and her husband live in Chicago’s Lincoln Park with their two young children.

 

Hannah Bloom-Hirschberg

Hannah Bloom-Hirschberg

Board Member

Hannah Bloom-Hirschberg (she/her) is the Program Manager for JECELI Chicago, a program for Jewish early childhood education professionals which seeks to transform Jewish education through collaborative leadership. Prior to this role, she developed professional development curricula for daycare providers and taught young children. Hannah holds a Bachelor’s  from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s from Erikson Institute. She serves on a number of JUF committees as well as the Board of Vanderbilt Hillel. Hannah lives in Lakeview with her husband, Gary, and their sons.

Adam Case

Adam Case

Board Member

Adam Case (he/him) was drawn to Mishkan for its vibrant vision of Judaism, and is thrilled to support this community by serving on the Board. He lives in Lincoln Square with his wife Alicia and children Elsa (who just finished the Bonim cohort) and Ben. He works for Right At School, an organization that provides high-quality after-school programs across the country. 

Stephanie Cohen

Stephanie Cohen

Board Member

Stephanie (she/her) has experience in Brand Strategy and Marketing and has worked at both Media and Creative agencies, as well as a Global Brand Consulting firm. Nowadays, you can find Stephanie on a myriad of Chicago stages, as she pursues her passion for improv and comedy. Stephanie holds an MBA from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a B.S. from New York University. When she’s not Yes And-ing her fellow performers, Stephanie and her wife, Anita, are busy chasing after their two kids and dog. 

Alexandra Corwin

Alexandra Corwin

Board Member

Alexandra Corwin (she/her) loves creating, contributing, and experiencing spirited and warm Jewish communities. She has directed Jewish education programs for children, is a former teacher, community organizer, and adjunct instructor in education for rabbinical students. She has a Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is delighted to serve her spiritual home Mishkan, as a board member. Alexandra is married to Jacob and is a new mom. 

Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann

Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann

Board Member

As the founding Rabbi of Mishkan, Rabbi Lizzi (she/her) is also on the board. Read more about her here. 

Michael Kornick

Michael Kornick

Board Member

Chef Michael Kornick (he/him) is a nationally recognized leader in the culinary arts and co-owner of DMK Retaurants. In 1998 Kornick, together with his wife Lisa, opened mk, the restaurant. In 2009, Michael Kornick partnered with David Morton to open DMK Restaurants, the group that owns four DMK Burger Bars, Fish Bar, Ada Street, County Barbecue, Henry’s, and Rec Room. Although known primarily for his accomplishments as a chef, Michael Kornick has developed into one of the country’s leading restaurateurs. Chef Kornick lives in Evanston, Illinois with his wife and business partner Lisa and their children.

Avi Lewittes

Avi Lewittes

Board Member

Avi (he/him) is excited about helping to create opportunities for progressive and spiritual engagement in the Jewish community. He and his family moved to Chicago in 2010 from New York City, where they had been longtime active members of B’nai Jeshurun, a leading synagogue community with similar values, passion and impact as Mishkan. Avi is the Chief Investment Officer of The Scion Group, a national owner and operator of student housing communities located in major university campus markets across the US. Originally from Montreal, Avi graduated from McGill University and received an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is also on the Board of Hillel at Northwestern University, and proud dad to Dani, Eitan, and Orly.

 

Shira Marks

Shira Marks

Board Member

Shira Marks (she/her) spends her days as a Partner Solutions Manager at Salesforce, and her evenings trying to find a great pair of earrings and binging podcasts in Lincoln Park. She has also served on the Board of Base Hillel since moving back to Chicago after graduating from the University of Rochester and spending a few years in Manhattan. 

Josh Turnbull

Josh Turnbull

Board Member

Josh (he/him) is a vice president at TransUnion, responsible for the company’s business with 5,000 banks and credit unions in the United States. Recognized as an industry innovator and a frequent speaker, his career in financial services technology and data has focused on business management, strategy, and marketing roles. Josh lives in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood and has a passion for travel and the culinary adventures that come with it.