Board of Directors

Tamir has a volunteer Board of Directors who share a commitment to ensuring responsive, high quality services are provided at Tamir. Directors are elected for a 1 or 2 year term and may serve a maximum of 6 consecutive years as Board Members at Tamir.

2018-2019 Board of Directors:

  • Shira Brass
  • Joe Brownstein
  • Paul Finn
  • Melanie Fremeth
  • Hedy Gutman
  • David Granovsky
  • Hudi Kaiserman
  • Adam Moscoe
  • Morris Neuman
  • Jacob Polowin
  • Miriam Rappoport
  • Rebecca Rosenstock
  • Richard Zuker
  • Mark Palmer - Executive Director

Board of Directors

Shira Brass

Born and raised in Ottawa, Shira has always has always been involved in community life. Shira is a lawyer practicing criminal law with Brass Law Office. She completed her Juris Doctor degree at Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law. While at law school, Shira founded the Business Law Association of Dalhousie and acted as president of the Jewish Law Students Association. For two years, Shira worked on Parliament Hill, and served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of International Trade. During this time, Shira was a member of the founding executive of the Glebe Shul and served on the JNet Major Events Committee. Shira received her undergraduate degree from Queen's University in Sociology. While at Queen's, Shira was involved in a number of student groups including Hillel, Israel on Campus, Queen's Gymnastics Club, Queen's Model Parliament and the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society Marketing Commission. Shira has volunteered with vulnerable groups including disadvantaged youth through the KidsSport Running and Reading Program and with at-risk Ethiopian-Israeli youth through the Ethiopian National Project. Shira has served on the Tamir Board of Directors since November 2015.

Paul Finn

Paul was born in London, UK and moved to Canada where he received his Honours Bachelor in Commerce from the University of Manitoba. After working at the Canadian Transport Commission for a few years,Paul then worked for 18 years with two national associations; Canadian Teachers” Federation and the Canadian Nurses Association in senior administrative positions. Following this, Paul was employed in the fundraising field for 17 years as the senior fundraiser with the Grace Hospital Foundation, the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation and finished his career at the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre Foundation. Paul has remained active with several charities including the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation, the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank, the Ottawa Rotary Home and Hillel Lodge, among others.  Paul brings a wealth of experience to the Tamir Board with his background working with non-profit organizations and fundraising.  Paul is married to Sharon (Lesh) and they have 3 children; Joshua who works in the Federal Government, Jordan is a resident at Tamir and Davina is a lawyer.  

Melanie Fremeth

Melanie was born and raised in Toronto, but has deep family roots in Ottawa.  After completing a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto and working at Bridgepoint Health, she moved to Ottawa in 2010.  Ever since, she has warmly embraced her new city and has been an active member of Ottawa’s Jewish community, through her participation on the Young Women’s Leadership Council, involvement with the Glebe Shul, as a board member of Hillel Lodge, and most recently sitting on the planning committee of CHOICES. 

Currently, Melanie serves as a Geriatric Assessor on the Geriatric Assessment Outreach Team with the Queensway Carleton Hospital and has spent the past five years at this institution, working on several units.

Melanie is so excited to bring with her a unique mix of professional experience working with adults with developmental disabilities and her passion for improving Ottawa’s vibrant Jewish community.  She hopes her unique background will help contribute to the important work that Tamir does every day.

Hedy Gutman 

Hedy Gutman was the former Vice-Principal with experience in the administration of classes for students with developmental disabilities and Autism and experience in the integration of students into appropriate and relevant educational opportunities. She is experienced in special education teacher in system designated classes for students with wide ranging needs secondary to developmental disabilities. Experienced occupational therapist working with children to adults serving a population living in residential centres and group homes in the community.

David Granovsky

David Granovsky is currently serving as lead government relations for the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). In this role, he is responsible for the overall management of CNA’s government relations portfolio. He began his career more than 10 years ago and has worked in various roles such as a legislative assistant for a Member of Parliament and in-house government relations practitioner for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada).

Hudi Kaiserman

Hudi Kaiserman is a psychologist who had lived in Ottawa for most of his life. He currently works in private practice, providing psychotherapy to children, adults and couples struggling with a wide variety of concerns. He also is an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa where he supervises doctoral candidates as they learn to become clinical psychologists.

Adam Moscoe

Adam Moscoe is born and raised in Ottawa and first joined the Tamir community as part of the 25th anniversary production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has also worked with young people with developmental disabilities at Camp Ramah in Canada. Adam works in the Government of Canada and serves as Curator of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community (Ottawa Hub). He holds an MA from the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. 

Morris Neuman

Morris Neuman is retired executive, who spent over 30 years in a variety of senior management positions in policy development and delivery of federal government social programs, primarily in the areas of Employment Services and Immigration and Refugee settlement.   He then moved into the technology industry where he was responsible for delivery of Software Services for the Eastern Canada region with SHL Systemhouse and its successor companies, retiring from Hewlett-Packard in 2009.  Together with his wife Pat, and others, for 10 years he produced the annual JCC Theatreworks musical theatre shows at Centrepointe.  This ultimately led to him connecting with Tamir to produce their 25thanniversary production of Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat.  He has been involved with Tamir in various ways ever since.

Jacob Polowin

Jacob Polowin is a lawyer and member of the Business Group in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office, with a practice focusing on development, municipal and planning law and other development issues. Jacob holds a BA (Honours) from Queen’s University, and a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School. While at Osgoode, Jacob served as president of the Osgoode International Law Society, and volunteered with Law in Action Within Schools, a collaborative academic and extracurricular education program assisting at-risk students in some of Toronto’s most challenging high schools.

Jacob was born and raised in Ottawa, and attended Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa as a camper and staff for many years, ultimately serving as Head of Operations. He is a member of the Steering Committee of Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Emerging Generation Division.

Miriam Rappapport

Miriam is a Casual Educational Assistant at the Ottawa Board of Education with a B.A. Psychology from Concordia University in 1988 and an Early Childhood Education Diploma from Algonquin College in 1997    For the past 12 years Miriam has been working with children, teens, young adults, and adults on the autism spectrum and who have other exceptionalities. In the last four years her work has primarily been in a high school autism unit. Miriam is passionate about inclusion and believes everybody can reach their potential at their own pace. She is looking forward to being on the board and promoting inclusion within the Jewish community.

Bob Thompson

Bob Thompson has sat on the Tamir Board of Directors since 2009 and has been President of the Board since June, 2015.  Previously, Bob has been President of The Parent Council for The Crystal Bay Centre For Special Education and has been active as a Director with the Canadian Angelman Syndrome Society.  As a parent of a special needs young adult, Bob has an in-depth understanding of the many challenges faced by families.   A graduate of McGill University with a BSC (Agr), Bob brings a strong business background to the Tamir Foundation having worked in Marketing leadership roles in private industry for the past 30 years.

Dick Zuker

Dick Zuker graduated from McGill U with a BSC and and MBA and completed his graduate studies in regional economics at the U of Pennsylvania. He worked for the federal government in economics and finance from 1973 to 1996. Thereafter, he consulted domestically, mainly to Aboriginal organizations,  and internationally.

He was chairman of the finance committee of Temple Israel for many years and was a board member of AJA50+. Dick has been a board member of Tamir for over ten years, including a term as president. He is committed to the achievement of Tamir's full potential for its participants.