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Board of Directors

The Bialik Board of Directors is made up of 23 committed and dedicated volunteers who oversee the school’s direction and priorities, upholding Bialik’s core values and vision, as well as ensuring Bialik’s financial integrity. We are parents, community leaders, professionals, and more and we commit our time and energy towards a common goal – the success of each child and family’s experience at Bialik. To find out more about the Board, please email

Absent: Sandy Brown, Elsa Chandler, Jonas Cohen, Tina Erlich, Mel Finkelstein, Janie Goldstein,Pearl Mekler, Heidi Miller-Dicker Joey Steiner and Jodi Tanentzap.


Aviva Lowe


Rochelle Waxman


Heidi Miller Dicker


Deanna Peranson

Board Members

Gerry Anklewicz
Michael Betsalel
Sandra Brown
Elsa Chandler
Jonas Cohen
Tina Erlich
Mel Finkelstein
Janie Goldstein
Joanna Grossman
Renee Fogelbaum-Kraft
Amanda Kushnir
Pearl Mekler
Barb Nachman
Mary Richmond
Janis Spinner
Joey Steiner
Jodi Tanentzap
Michael Tylman
Melanie Zeitz


Dr. Aviva Lowe, President of the Board

Dr. Aviva Lowe is the President of the Board of Directors and is a Na’amat representative on the Board. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2012. Dr. Lowe is the proud parent of Adina and Daniel, both students at Bialik. Dr. Lowe has served on many Board committees including the Executive Committee, Governance Committee, Finance Committee, Development Committee, and Head of School Support and Evaluation Committee. She is also the Past Chair of the Tuition Support Committee. Further, she has served on Bialik’s ad hoc Security Committee. Dr. Lowe is a pediatrician who, since 2003, has developed two diverse consulting pediatric practices, at the Albany Medical Clinic in Toronto and at Malvern Medical Centre in Scarborough. In addition, she has an expertise in lactation medicine, which she practices at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic as part of the International Breastfeeding Centre.

Rochelle Waxman, Vice President of the Board

Rochelle Waxman is the Vice-President of the Board of Directors and has served on the Board since 2015, including on the Finance and Governance committees. Professionally, Rochelle began her career in management consulting for both public and private sector clients. Rochelle joined TELUS in 2004 where she has held various roles and is currently the Director of People & Culture for TELUS Retail Ltd. Rochelle is the proud mom of two daughters, Hallie and Maya, who are both Bialik students.

Heidi Miller Dicker, Treasurer of the Board

Heidi has been a member of the Bialik Board of Directors since 2012/13 and is currently serving as Board Treasurer and is Chair of the Finance Committee. Prior to joining the Board, Heidi was an active member of the Executive Committee of the PTA. As a Board member, Heidi has served as the Chair of the Board’s special Security Committee, as a member of the Executive Committee, and the Head of School Support and Evaluation Committee. Heidi is a chartered accountant and a chartered business valuator. She specializes in family law litigation matters. Heidi is a proud mom of Ashley, a grade 5 student and Zoe who will become a Bialik graduate this year.

Deanna Peranson, Secretary of the Board

Deanna Peranson has been a member of the Bialik Board of Directors since 1977 and a life member of the Board since 1994. She is the proud parent of two Bialik graduates Mark and Alan. Over the years, Deanna has served as Vice President of the Board, Chairman of the Education Committee, the Public Relations Committee and Communication Committee and as a member of the Executive, Education, Personnel and Admissions and Tuitions Committees. Deanna is also a Bialik classroom volunteer in Grade 2 and 3. Professionally, Deanna is a Psychoeducational Consultant who has worked for the Toronto District School Board and the Jewish Vocational Services in both public schools and Jewish Day Schools. While at JVS, Deanna also served as the Assistant Program Director of the Educational Counselling Services.