Who we are

Our Founder: Karen Berg

Karen Berg is the Spiritual Leader and Director of The Kabbalah Centre and the inspiration behind bringing the once exclusive wisdom of Kabbalah to the entire world. More than a decade ago, Karen began to implement her vision of bringing universal spiritual tools to children, knowing that a child who understands spiritual concepts early in life will make better decisions throughout an entire lifetime. It was this vision that prompted the development of Spirituality for Kids.

Board of Directors

MICHAL BERG, PRESIDENT

As President and CEO of Spirituality for Kids and mother of five, Michal Berg is committed to bringing spiritual programs to parents and children everywhere. Inspired by Karen Berg’s vision of providing children with universal spiritual tools to help them discover their potential, Michal continually explores new ways to support and engage families in spiritual dialogue. In directing Spirituality for Kids she ensures the integrity of the content and finds ways to bring it to as many children as possible.

Michal has always been driven by the belief that not only do parents assist in the spiritual development of their kids, but children also play a significant role in a parent’s potential for spiritual growth. She explores this theme in a weekly blog called Spirituality for Parents and in lectures to parents around the world.

Michal is author of two books: Vokabbalahry: Words of Wisdom for Kids to Live By, a multiple award-winning title, and the newly released Astrologik – Kabbalistic Astrology Guide for Children. Michal Berg lives in Los Angeles with her husband Yehuda Berg and her five children.

WENDY NEWMAN-GLANTZ, SECRETARY

Wendy Newman Glantz is co-managing shareholder of Glantz Law. She is a highly respected Attorney specializing in divorce and child custody that has written articles and chapters for the Florida Bar and has lectured extensively in family law. In 1986 she joined Ron Glantz in the formation of their firm, which currently has over 30 attorneys. She has been extremely active in civic and charity work throughout the years, including children’s causes such as Kids in Distress, J.A.F.C.O., Make-A-Wish, David Posnack Hebrew Day School and Spirituality for Kids (SFK). She has also been the chair of the SFK Advisory Board since 2005.

MIA BAUER, BOARD MEMBER

Mia Bauer is the co-founder and Creative Director of Crumbs Bakeshop. Founded in 2003 and currently with 51 stores in seven states, Crumbs has been recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing businesses in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Ms. Bauer was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2011 for her expertise in retail. Prior to opening Crumbs with her husband, Mia worked as an attorney in a variety of positions for elected city officials, including several years as legislative counsel for a prominent New York City politician. During law school, Ms. Bauer competed for and was awarded a coveted internship at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. She was placed in the prominent Civil Rights Division which has overseen some of the most historic legal decisions of our nation. In addition, Ms. Bauer worked for the National School Boards Association, recognized as the leading lobby organization for public education in the country. Ms. Bauer graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Political Science and received her J.D. from New York Law School.

BRAD FARBER, TREASURER

Brad Farber is a Portfolio Manager for Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co., an investment firm with approximately $5 billion under management. Prior to joining Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co. in 1999, Mr. Farber spent two years as an equity research analyst at UBS covering the medical technology and biotechnology sectors. Brad currently serves as a mentor at Blueprint Heath, a healthcare accelerator. He was also a mentor for Minds Matter for two years, an organization aimed at preparing accomplished high school students from low income families for college success. Brad is a CFA charterholder and received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Michigan in 1996.

JUDITH BOOKBINDER, BOARD MEMBER

As a Vice President of Creative Communications at Hearst Magazines, Judith Bookbinder is responsible for the branding, marketing, advertising and general art direction for the Hearst Corporation’s many endeavors. Judith helped market the launches of Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Food Network Magazine, HGTV Magazine and developed trade advertising campaigns for many of Hearst Magazines established titles. She directs the in-house agency that develops signature integrated marketing programs, as well as customized special advertising sections for leading advertisers, such as Sears, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, Dior, L’Oreal, Lincoln, Intel and others. Judith has been with Hearst for 18 years.

Judith lives in New York City with her husband Larry Fischer. She is the proud mother of her daughter, Dr. Daisy Fischer who is an Emergency Physician at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA.

Audit Committee

KEN FRIED, AUDIT COMMITTEE

After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Science degree in 1991, Ken Fried started his career at Goldman Sachs &Co. where he worked for 11 years. He had the fortune of experiencing many exciting opportunities including sales and trading of debt and equity in both the US and international markets. In 2002, Ken moved into the equity portfolio management role by working at some of the largest hedge funds including Fortress, GLG and Glaxis Capital.

In 2012, he launched his own venture fund called Lightseed Capital. Lightseed’s mission is to find and invest in the next generation of winning companies, either private or public. The fund’s focus centers around the technology, consumer and commodity sectors. Ken also sits on the board of a next generation mobile security platform company called InAuth Inc.

Our Team

ARLENE SANTOS, FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Arlene holds BS degrees in Accounting and Business Management from the Philippines. With a passion for her work, she brings in 11 years of non-profit accounting experience from The Kabbalah Centre. Arlene was part of the team that started SFK’s financial records in 2003 and assumed the position of Controller for SFK in September 2013. Before she joined the Kabbalah Centre accounting team, Arlene had 10 years of Management and Accounting experience from Zuellig Pharma, the major pharmaceutical distributor in the Philippines.

As Controller, Arlene is responsible for Finance and Human Resources for SFK. More specifically, she executes all of the company’s internal and external reporting and ensures that SFK’s financial reports comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Additionally, Arlene assumes responsibility for maximizing SFK’s financial assets and for establishing financial policies, procedures and reporting systems.

ANDREA OLSCHWANG, DIRECTOR MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Andrea Olschwang is an experienced Business Development professional with global and diversified exposure in both the profit and nonprofit arenas. As a business development consultant and manager, Andrea demonstrated success in the technology industry in Europe and Israel. With a focus in competitive market analysis and penetration, strategic planning and marketing, Andrea was able to marry her experience with her desire to help children by establishing the Boston-based site of Spirituality for Kids, in 2008.

As its Executive Director, Andrea managed the site’s team and operations, developed community partnerships and built a strong donor base to fund local activities. In 2011, Andrea transferred to Spirituality for Kids headquarters to assist in developing and managing the programs’ online presence. Andrea is responsible for Spirituality for Kids’ marketing and communication activities.

Andrea holds an Honors degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada.

LUCIA CANO, LATIN AMERICA COORDINATOR

Lucía Cano came to Spirituality for Kids as a volunteer in 2009, while working as a psychologist in a private practice in Mexico City. Equipped with a degree in Psychology from the Universidad de las Américas Puebla, with specialty in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Lucia worked with children and teens, and felt drawn to SFK by a desire to help kids find and develop their inner strength and happiness.

Thoroughly embracing the benefits technology can bring by connecting people and improving society, she transitioned briefly to Private Sector Education in 2011, where she worked as Marketing Coordinator and Project Manager, overseeing website and app developments. In 2014 she joined SFK full time, as the SFK Coordinator for Latin America. Lucía is responsible for growing and implementing SFK throughout Latin America.