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Executive Administration


Mae Bartolome


Mae Bartolome is a seasoned finance and accounting professional with extensive experience in treasury and accounting roles.  Before joining ETTA in February 2014, she has occupied senior finance positions with companies in the technology service, oil and gas, health services and manufacturing.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and earned her Master’s in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. 

Contact: (818) 985-3882 ext 222 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Ken Mintzer

Director of Development

Ken Mintzer is Chief Development Officer at ETTA, working closely with all departments to cultivate philanthropic and community engagement, as well as spread awareness of ETTA's work and cause. Ken has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, development, and strategic planning. Prior to joining ETTA, he served as Interim Chief Development Officer for Gladstone Institutes, as Associate Director of Development at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and as Vice President for Development at City of Hope. Ken has a bachelor's degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master's from Case Western Reserve University, in Ohio.

Contact:  424-249-3300 (office) or 310-926-5750 (cell)  /   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Manijeh Nehorai

Director of Iranian-American Community Services Division

Manijeh Nehorai has been involved in the fields of social work and special education for over 40 years. She has a Master's degree in Social Work and Marriage & Family Counseling.  In Iran, Mrs. Nehorai was the Executive Director of the Social Welfare Office of Queen Farah Pahlavi (Director of the Iranian Social Welfare Department for the Queen), a post she held for 18 years. Upon moving to the U.S., she worked for Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles and taught parenting at such venues as Nessah Israel Synagogue, Valley Beth Shalom, and Maimonides Academy, among others. Since 1995, she has been the Director of  ETTA's Iranian-American Community Services Division.

Contact: (818) 985-3882 ext 221

Allen Remer

Manager, Special Projects & Human Resources

Allen Remer joined ETTA in August 2014, bringing over 30 years of experience in the finance, legal, customer service, and HR fields. Allen was born and raised in LA, and attended NYU and UCLA, graduating with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Sociology, and a minor in Art History. Allen worked for 21 years as CFO of Irell & Manella LLP and then in HR for Remco Wholesale Hardware before starting his own successful custom, kosher, gift basket business called Perfectly Suited. In addition to his current position at ETTA, Allen has been involved in the organization for many years through his four children, all of whom have volunteered for ETTA. 

Contact: 818-860-6957 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Scott Saliman

Senior Advisor
Scott Saliman, Senior Adivsor to the Etta Israel Center, which serves individuals with special needsScott Saliman has served as a Senior Advisor to ETTA on finance, strategic and operating matters since 2004. His broader practice is focused on helping social enterprises become sustainable, high-impact organizations. Prior clients include the Charles & Helen Schwab Foundation (San Mateo, California), Project Zero at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Builders of Jewish Education (Los Angeles), and others.  Prior to advising social enterprises, Mr. Saliman worked in the investment field, where he served as a Vice President of Goldman, Sachs & Co. (San Francisco, New York, London) and founded an institutional investment advisory firm (San Francisco) specializing in Asian debt-equity hybrid securities. He has a Masters in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley. 

Contact: (818) 985-3882 ext 229 (voicemail box)


Josh Taff
Director of Outreach and Jewish Life

Josh Taff, a graduate of Indiana University, has been working with the special needs community for 15 years, beginning as a counselor in Camp Ramah's Tikvah program. Josh started his career at ETTA as an administrator of the ETTA group homes and as co-director of Summer@ETTA. Now the Director of Intake, he is also an integral part of programming that takes place throughout the year. Josh also plays a key role with planning and participating in the ETTA Shabbaton weekends. With strong ties to the local Jewish community and to the entire ETTA family, Josh is a strong advocate for our clients and families. 

Contact: (818) 985-3882 ext 238 (office) or (916) 799-2097 (cell) / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dr. Sara Teichman

Clinical Director

Dr. Teichman has been with ETTA since its founding in 1992. As a practicing psychotherapist, she also sees individuals -- children and adults -- as well as couples and families. In addition, Dr. Teichman is an instructor at Ma’alot College, Los Angeles and writes an advice column, “Ask Dr. T,” which is published bimonthly in Binah magazine. Dr. Teichman’s expertise in diagnosing and dealing with autism and other developmental disorders is an invaluable asset to ETTA and the many clients who use our services.

Contact: (818) 985-3882 ext 223 (voicemail box)


Claudia Wenger

Director of Operations 
Claudia Wenger, Educational Director of Etta's Ner Shoshana Special Needs Education Classroom and Jewish Community Housing for Adult IndependenceClaudia Wenger has a B.S. in Education and M.S. in Special Education, as well as general studies and special education credentials from USC. Ms. Wenger has taught in both typical and special education classrooms and has also run parenting classes and evaluations on high-risk children. For ETTA, Ms. Wenger acts as Director of Supported and Independent Living Skills as well as ETTA's independent living model and private-pay services.


Contact: (818) 985-3882 ext 300 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Eric Yellin

Executive Coordinator

Eric holds a B.S. in Business Management and Finance from Brooklyn College. He has an extensive background in advertising and financial services, with a proven track record of successful origination, strategic planning, and sales customization. Eric is a winner of numerous company awards. He is also an expert in various computer and online technologies. At ETTA, Eric handles IT, special projects, and logistics.


Contact: (818) 985-3882 ext 231 (voicemail box)