Staff Profiles

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Tamar Davis, Chief Executive Officer

As a person born with a disability and the daughter of a rabbi, Tamar is keenly aware of the value of volunteerism and advocacy within and on behalf of the Jewish community, which is evident in both her professional and lay leadership career choices. Tamar comes to the CEO position from her seat on the Gateways Board of Trustees, and from her role as the Chief Development Officer for the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston. She came to JCRC after 12 years at Hadassah, most recently as their National Director of Annual Giving. Tamar is an active volunteer in the Greater Boston Jewish community, having previously served as Board Chair of the Young Israel of Brookline in addition to her service on the Gateways Board. When she lived in Manhattan, Tamar was a Vice President of Congregation Ohab Zedek, a member of JNFuture’s Leadership Ring, and co-founded ViZion, a growing network of professionals working for Jewish, Israel and Zionist-related non-profits (now managed by the American Zionist Movement). Tamar has a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Yeshiva University’s Syms School of Business. A proud stepmother and mother to five children, Tamar and her husband, Allan, live in Brookline.Learn more »

Deirdre Munley, Chief Operating Officer

Deirdre has worked in the non-profit field for over a decade, as a Director, Board member, and consultant.  She has a passion for assisting growing organizations in developing the systems, structures, data, and strategic vision that allow them to further their impact.  Prior to joining Gateways in 2012, Deirdre served as Program Director and then Director of Operations for a children’s health foundation, as well as serving as a consultant to a variety of non-profits on organizational development and strategy.  She has held an array of leadership positions on non-profit Boards, focusing on strategic planning and the establishment of best practices.  She holds a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Race and Ethnic Relations, both from Clark University.

David Farbman, Senior Director of Education

David spent over 15 years conducting research and promoting best practices in education in public schools around the country with a particular focus on helping schools to optimize learning time. He has developed systems of measurement and accountability in areas ranging from instruction to developing vibrant learning cultures to professional development. At Gateways, David supports our team of educators both to deliver the highest-quality programs for diverse learners and to empower educators in day schools, congregational schools and preschools to foster positive learning experiences in Jewish educational settings for students with diverse needs. David has served on several boards of Jewish and secular organizations, and earned his Ph.D. from Brown in American history and his B.A. from Brandeis.

Harry Abrahams, Director of Development

Harry completed his undergraduate studies at UCONN and is a MA/MBA graduate of the Heller/Hornstein Program at Brandeis. Harry uncovered his passion for Jewish communal work thanks to some dedicated Hillel professionals, and began working for Hillel as a program professional, working his way up to running a Hillel before starting a non-profit consulting business. As a consultant Harry worked directly with schools and organizations on how to improve their management and fundraising practices. This journey led Harry to Hornstein where he solidified his love of fundraising through education and his work with the JCC. Across these roles Harry has always enjoyed working with students, actively volunteering, managing events, and arranging fundraisers. Originally from Natick, Harry now lives in Cambridge with his wife, Elyse and energetic dog, Angel.

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Sandy Gold, Director of Jewish Education Programs

Sandy brings over 26 years of professional educational experience to her role here at Gateways. She began her career in Jewish education at the Rashi School as both a classroom teacher and a learning specialist and has since worked as a special education consultant in religious school settings. Sandy taught for nine years at the college level teaching both undergraduates and post baccalaureate students working towards certification. Sandy currently teaches in the graduate school of Special Education at Hebrew College and teaches for Framingham State’s on-line graduate program and their professional development program. Sandy holds a B.A. from Tufts University in Social Psychology, an MA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from NYU and an M.Ed. in Special Education from Boston University.

Sharon Goldstein, Director of Day School Programs

Sharon has worked with children and families for more than 15 years. She previously worked as the director of early childhood services at The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, where she managed programs in early intervention, therapeutic childcare, and the development of an early childhood system of care. She has experience working with children (through age 21) and their families, teachers, special education providers and schools, as well as acting as a liaison, regarding case coordination and the IEP process. Sharon received Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She holds Masters in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work and in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a licensed clinical social worker.

Mia Hyman, Educational and Behavioral Specialist

Mia Hyman is involved in many aspects of Gateways’ programming, providing services to Jewish Day Schools, synagogues, Jewish preschools and Gateways’ own Jewish Education Programs. Mia has many years of experience working with students with behavioral disorders, Autism and other Developmental Disabilities in many different settings. She has taught Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) classes at the college level, provides professional development to both adults and teens, and has had an article published in the Journal of Positive Behavior Intervention focusing on the strategies implemented for a young man with Autism to successfully experience becoming a Bar Mitzvah. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Masters in Special Education with a concentration in Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

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Elianna Mentzer, Communications Assistant

Elianna Mentzer is a graduate of Skidmore College, where she earned her B.A. in International Affairs. At Skidmore, she cultivated a love of writing, minoring in English literature and working as the Head Tutor of the Skidmore College Writing Center, where she tutored undergraduate students from every academic department. Herself a former Gateways teen volunteer, Elianna is enthusiastic about Jewish education and community engagement. She loves working with kids and young people, and has held positions at Temple Israel Hebrew School, MWJDS, and Camp Yavneh. Outside of work, Elianna studies classical voice, and has group and solo performance experience in opera workshops and masterclasses, chamber ensembles, and vocal recitals, as well as a position as a community chorus soprano section leader. 

Michal Pullman, Student Services Financial Administrator

Michal joined Gateways after working for 10 years as the medical biller for a physical therapy company. She started at Gateways working part time in the Sunday program and is now working as the Student Services Financial Administrator. Michal graduated New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) in Concord, NH as a certified professional medical coder.

Rebecca Redner, Educational Specialist

Rebecca began her career in special education as a high school volunteer at Gateways: Access to Jewish Education in 2003.  After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Special Education in 2008, Rebecca returned to Gateways as a teacher.  In addition to teaching in the Gateways Jewish Education Program, Rebecca has created the many resources available on the Gateways website,, and is the author of The Gateways Haggadah

Rachel Sommer, Administrative Coordinator

Rachel Sommer joined Gateways’ business office in 2008, and her position has evolved and grown right along with Gateways. She has worked in IT and administrative support for over 20 years, working at computer software start-ups including Transparent Language and Dragon Systems; large companies such as DMB&B, Marsh McLennan, and Lucent; and the Brain Tumor Society. Her first love, however, is working to support education, and her most beloved job before Gateways was as administrative and IT support at Boston University Academy. Rachel graduated from Brandeis University with honors in 1991. Rachel, her husband, and their two children all have neurodiverse challenges and have been grateful for the formal (through the Gateways Jewish Education Programs) and informal support of the Gateways community.