Marvin Gottlieb, Ph.D. is the president of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, and thus ex-oficio on the editorial board. Prior to moving to Albuquerque over 15 years ago, he was a founding member of Greenwich Reform Synagogue. He served on the synagogue’s board and as a family counselor for Greenwich Jewish Family Services for many years. Marvin is president of The Communication Project, Inc., an Albuquerque consulting firm specializing in organizational development, change management, strategic planning, executive coaching, leadership development, interpersonal dynamics, and the development and delivery of innovative training designs. He held the position of associate professor of communications at Lehman College–City University of New York–where he taught for thirty years. He is the author of eight books in the field of organizational development.
Ron D. Hart, Ph.D. is the director of Gaon Web, which publishes books and videos on Jewish learning (www.gaonweb.org). He is a cultural anthropologist with a doctorate from Indiana University and postdoctoral work in Jewish studies at the University of Oxford. He is a former university vice-president and dean of academic affairs, who also worked in South America for eighteen years with UNICEF, the Ford Foundation and other international agencies. He has awards from the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society, National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Fulbright among others. He is president of the board of the Jewish Community Council of Northern New Mexico and on the board of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico. For many years he served as the program director of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society. Hart has written a dozen books on Jewish life and cultural history, and the most recent are: Sephardic Jews: History, Religion and People and Judaism.
Sarah Newman serves as the development director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico, a nonprofit organization that provides comfort, care and a home away from home for families whose children are in medical treatment. Prior to joining RMHC-NM in 2013, Sarah was a retail buyer for Fortune 500 companies, manager of the New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger and worked as a consultant focused on programming and fundraising for nonprofit organizations. She holds a bachelor’s of science from the University of Arizona. She is an active community member, serving in multiple volunteer leadership roles for local nonprofit organizations. Sarah is single and her mom is actively looking for a husband for her.
Sabra Minkus is the immediate past president of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico. She attended Bradley University and pursued graduate study at Emory University. She taught English at an inner city school in Chicago, and was a docent at Lincoln Park Zoo. Minkus became the first female chairperson of the Beth Hillel synagogue’s board of directors in Wilmette, Il, and then its president. In 1992, she became the executive vice president of her family’s large, international business. She founded Chazak, a non-profit organization that provides support to the Bnei Menashe of northeast India. Minkus co-produced a documentary on this community that was influential in having them officially declared one of the ten lost tribes by the chief rabbi in Israel. She is also a founding member of the Holocaust Education Foundation which helps to further Holocaust education at over 500 universities.