Meet Our Trustees

Officers:

Beth Guttman, President

Beth Guttman was elected President in October 2014. She has been a long-time leader and volunteer in several community organizations throughout Greater Cincinnati. At the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati she served as President and Annual Campaign Co-chair. She is also a member of the executive committee of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. She joined the board of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2013.

Beth is a volunteer at Tender Mercies in Over-the-Rhine, the Winners Walk Tall program at Silverton Paidea Elementary School and Adath Israel Congregation. In 2007 she was recognized for her contributions to the community as a Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year.

J. David Rosenberg, Vice President of Investment and Finance

David Rosenberg is an attorney with Keating, Muething & Klekamp. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Investment Committee Chair of Isaac M. Wise Temple. He serves the American Jewish Committee Cincinnati chapter both on its Public Policy Committee and its Advisory Council. He also serves on the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati Investment Committee, and was its Chair from 2002 until 2011.

David has also held the positions of Trustee and Secretary of the Hillel Foundation of the University of Cincinnati, served as Director of the Fair Care Foundation in Chevy Chase, Maryland, sat on the Board of Overseers of Hebrew Union College, and on the Visiting Committee of University of Kentucky College of Law.

David was presented with the “Peace of the City Award” in June 2001 by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Jewish Community Relations Council, an award that honors those who have been “actively involved in the public affairs of their day, so as to secure their own rights, as well as those of their neighbors.”

Leslie Newman, Treasurer

Leslie Newman has played an active role in many organizations throughout Cincinnati. In addition to her position as Trustee with the Jewish Foundation, she currently serves on the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Planning and Allocations Committee.

Previously, Leslie served as both a Trustee and Campaign Co-Chair for the Jewish Federation, as well as Vice President and board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council. She has also served on the board of the Hillel Foundation, the American Jewish Committee, and Yavneh (Rockwern) Day School.

In 2005, Leslie was a co-chair of the group that brought “350 Years of Jewish Life in America” to the Cincinnati Museum Center. In addition, she Co-Chaired “Celebrate As One”, a multi-cultural music festival on Fountain Square in honor of Israel’s 60th Birthday.

Robert E. Brant, Secretary

Robert E. Brant is an attorney and partner at Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild. He plays an active role in the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, serving as Vice President on its Executive Committee, as a member of its Board of Trustees, and on the Finance and Administration Committee. Bob is a Trustee of the Mayerson Jewish Community Center and serves on its Executive and Investment Committees. He is also a Professional Advisory Board Member of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Over the years, Bob has served as a Jewish Federation of Cincinnati Campaign Co-Chair and as Co-Chair of the Jewish Federation’s Community Efficiencies Group, which developed innovative collaborative strategies for external partnerships among Jewish communal agencies and congregations. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Jewish Family Services. In recognition of his community volunteerism, Bob was a recipient of the Jewish Federation’s Goldstein Volunteer of the Year Award and the Mayerson JCC Kovod Award.

Michael R. Oestreicher, Immediate Past President

Michael Oestreicher is a partner at Thompson Hine LLP. He is the Immediate Past President of The Jewish Foundation and is a former President of Isaac M. Wise Temple. He was a co-founder of the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati, Inc., and continues to serve as an observer on its Finance and Investment Committee. He served as Chairman of the Board of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and is an Emeritus Trustee of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Michael has also held leadership roles in numerous other organizations throughout the community, including the Cincinnati-USA Regional Chamber, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Downtown Cincinnati Inc., Cincinnati Arts Festival Inc., the National Conference for Community and Justice and Glen Manor Home for the Aged (now Cedar Village). He is a recipient of the 2011 Community Service Award of the American Jewish Committee Cincinnati Regional Office, recognizing his outstanding volunteer roles and civic accomplishments. In addition, he was a 2012 recipient of the Venue Civic Leadership Award.

In 2006 President George W. Bush appointed Michael to the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation (ACTPN). His term was extended for an additional two years in 2008.

Trustees:

Bret Caller

Bret Caller is a Founder and Co-Manager of Viking Partners, LLC and President of Equity Management Group, Inc. He is a board member of the Cedar Village Foundation, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) and a member of the Board of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, of which he is a Past President. He has also served on the boards of Adath Israel Congregation and Ohavay Zion Synagogue in Lexington and was a Co-Chair of the Barbash Family Vital Support Center Sustainability Campaign.

Bret is a board member of the Branch Bank & Trust (BB&T), The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Foundation, the Caller Family Charitable Foundation and The United Way of Greater Cincinnati. He is also member of The United Way’s Tocqueville Society.

In 2006 Bret was honored to be named one of the inaugural “Fisher FLIGHT Fellows,” a program of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation.

Ed Frankel

Ed Frankel is a native of Cincinnati, and he has made extraordinary contributions to the Jewish community and civic life in our region. A long-time senior executive at Standard Textile, Mr. Frankel is an attorney who worked for a decade at the law firm of Strauss & Troy. His many volunteer leadership roles include serving as President of Adath Israel Congregation and Yavneh Day School, as well as board or committee positions with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, American Jewish Committee’s Cincinnati Chapter, Cedar Village and the Cedar Village Foundation, JCRC, the Jewish Hospital and Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati. He has also been an officer of the Cincinnati Bar Association, Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and the Drake Center.

Gloria R. Lipson, L.I.S.W.

Gloria R. Lipson brings a long track record of activity and accomplishment within and beyond the Jewish community as well as a tenured background in clinical social work. She had a private practice for 20 years, and later served as a senior caseworker for Jewish Family Service. Gloria has also served as an adjunct professor at the Smith School of Social Work and as an Associate Professor at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.
Gloria has served on numerous boards including the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Isaac M. Wise Temple, Glen Manor and Cedar Village. Currently she sits on the Board of Governors at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, where she and her late husband Alvin Lipson, underwrote the Pastoral Counseling Division on the Cincinnati campus.

In the civic community, Gloria has served on the advisory board of the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Human Services and the Adolescent Clinic of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She is currently the President of Midwest Centers, Ltd., and Urban Management, Inc., both local real estate companies. She holds both a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University.

Guy Peri

Guy Peri leads Procter & Gamble’s enterprise data strategy and Business Intelligence and Analytics team to enable strategic/operational insights and new business models. A native of Israel and Florida, he led P&G’s global analytics organization responsible for serving as objective and trusted advisors, and he helped to establish the company’s House of Innovation in Israel more than a decade ago. In Cincinnati, Mr. Peri has served as the President of Rockwern Academy’s Board (as well as the coach of its undefeated championship basketball team), and he has also served on the JVS-Career Services Board. In addition, Mr. Peri has been active with REDI and Cintrifuse in efforts partially funded by the Jewish Foundation to engage Israeli startup companies and connect them with economic development efforts in our region. 

Arna Poupko Fisher

Arna Poupko Fisher is an acclaimed educator and speaker with more than 30 years of experience teaching, working and volunteering within the Jewish community. Arna was the first individual to become a permanent, full-time Scholar in Residence for a federation when she began her pioneering work as the Judaic Consultant of the Montreal Federation and its 20 constituent agencies. Today, she remains a frequent Scholar in Residence for synagogues and other federations throughout North America

Arna is a core faculty member of the Wexner Heritage program, and currently serves as an adjunct instructor in the Judaic Studies department of the University of Cincinnati, where she teaches Bible and Jewish Thought. She is also Vice President for Leadership Development for the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, serving on both the JFC Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. Arna, along with Bret Caller, are co-chairing “Hineini”, a leadership development program at the Federation to help identify, educate and inspire future fundraising leaders for the Jewish Community. 

Arna graduated from Yeshiva University with degrees in both Jewish education and Medieval Jewish philosophy and did doctoral work at the University of Toronto and McGill University. Previously, she has served as President of the Jewish Community Relations Council, and as a board member of Cincinnati Hillel, the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education, and Jewish Family Service. 

John Stein

John Stein is the President and Co-Founder of FSI Group, LLC, a registered investment advisor managing funds focused in the financial services sector.

John serves on the Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and the American Jewish Committee and the board of trustees to the Natan Fund. He is a Past President of the Cincinnati regional office of the AJC and also sat on the board of the Mayerson JCC. He serves on the Board of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and is member of the Rotary Club of Cincinnati.