Leadership Team

Tony Frank

Tony Frank, Head of School, brings a strong background in Jewish education and administration to Rochelle Zell Jewish High School. Originally from the Chicago area, Mr. Frank made aliyah with his family when he was 14 years old. After serving in the Israeli army and earning a Bachelors degree from Hebrew University, Mr. Frank returned to the States to begin his career as an educator. He taught at Sager Solomon Schechter Middle School, then spent ten years as a member of the administrative team at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School.

Mr. Frank holds a Masters of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Northeastern Illinois University. He completed the Senior Educators Program at Hebrew University’s Melton Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora and has taught courses in adolescent development at the University of Illinois at Chicago while conducting research on Jewish identity development in adolescence.

Mr. Frank is a resident of Evanston where he lives with his wife, Rachel, and their children, Ella, Jonah and Daisy.

Jason LoebJason Loeb, Academic Dean, brings a wide range of experience teaching and leading in both Chicago Public Schools and open-enrollment charter schools.

A proud native of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and a product of Jewish day-schools, Mr. Loeb graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in English and Textual Studies. Mr. Loeb worked as an editor and writer for a children’s book company in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood before moving on to teaching and leadership roles with Perspectives Charter Schools, The Noble Network, and Kenwood Academy High School.

While serving Kenwood Academy as an AP English Language and Composition instructor, Data Team Coordinator, Course Team Lead Collaborative Facilitator, and Principal Intern, Mr. Loeb earned his Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from DePaul University. He also earned his principal endorsement through the Illinois State Board of Education, and he is a PERA certified qualified teacher evaluator.

Mr. Loeb resides in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood with his wife, Samantha, and his son, Ezra.

Stu JacobsStu Jacobs, Dean of Faculty. has a B.S. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Jewish Education from Hebrew College—Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education and a certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. He has taught Jewish Studies at de Toledo High School in West Hills, California, has served as an Israel Exchange Coordinator and has also had several positions at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco.

Stephanie SandermanStephanie Sanderman, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, has worked with a variety of Jewish organizations including JUF, ORT and AJC, overseeing significant annual campaign operations and working with a variety of professional and volunteer leaders locally and nationally over the last 20 years. Stephanie has a great deal of experience in leadership development, gift cultivation and event planning, and has led over 10 missions to Israel and other countries. 

Most recently Stephanie has served as the Director of Development at the Cove School in Northbrook, working with parents, community members, young professionals and the Board of Trustees to raise over $6 million dollars in annual and capital funding. In addition to fundraising, Stephanie was responsible for events and community building efforts, including all Parent Association events. Finally, Stephanie and her team oversaw the communications and marketing efforts for the school and raised Cove’s social media profile significantly.

Stephanie lives in Highland Park with her husband and two step daughters. 

Staci Studnitzer

Staci Schachter Studnitzer is thrilled to be the Director of Recruitment & Admissions and AP Economics teacher at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School. Staci is responsible for recruiting and admitting students to the school in accordance with RZJHS admissions criteria, in consultation with the Head of School and Academic Dean.  She previously served as our Director of Student Activities & Community Engagement from 2021-2024.  Prior to joining our faculty, Staci taught social studies at Deerfield High School for nearly 20 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science in Education from Northwestern University.
Outside of her professional pursuits, Staci is very active in the community. She is the Co-Founder of the Project Channie Philanthropic Fund and serves on the Next Generation Board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  She is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, and the Young Women's Board of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
Staci and her husband Ari both grew up in the Chicago area and are proud day school graduates.  They live in Northbrook with their three children, including their oldest who is a member of the RZJHS Class of 2027.

Jim BaumstarkJim Baumstark, Director of Finance and Operations, stepped into an administrative role at RZJHS after serving eight years on the RZJHS faculty as Math Department Co-Chair, teaching AP Statistics/Advanced Topics, Intro to Calculus, and AP Microeconomics while also volunteering as the RZJHS math team oralist coach and the DECA team faculty adviser. 

Prior to teaching at RZJHS, Mr. Baumstark worked for over 20 years in “Corporate America” in various capacities including finance, accounting, corporate risk management, investment management, and employee benefits consulting as an actuary. He is eager to leverage this business experience combined with eight years as an educator to help shape the future of our school.

Mr. Baumstark holds degrees from Brown University (A.B.), University of Chicago (M.B.A.), and National Louis University (Teaching Certification). He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Coach MartinezDavid Martinez, Director of Athletics and Facilities, graduated from North Park University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Coaching, and an endorsement in Health Education. He was hired in March of 2014 to coach the girls' varsity soccer team. In April of 2014, Coach Martinez became the acting athletic director and has held the position of athletic director since July 2015. He also took over the head coaching duties for the boys' varsity soccer team in the fall of 2017. That same year, he completed his Master's in Coaching and Athletics Administration from Concordia University Irvine.

Coach Martinez has led the girls' soccer team to the program's first three conference championships in 2015, 2016, and 2019. In addition, he has led the boys' soccer team to their two conference championships in 2018 and 2021.

Biny CohenBinyamin Cohen, Director of Jewish Life, has a B.A. in History and B.Ed in Jewish Education from York University, and completed the Pardes Educators Program, received a Master’s in Jewish Education from Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College. Prior to his role as Director of Jewish Life, Binyamin taught in the Jewish Studies department at RZJHS.

He lives in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, and is originally from Winnipeg, Canada. 

Becca BubisBecca Bubis, Jewish Studies Department Chair