The OU participated in the 2014 Legislative Planning Meeting of the Jewish Leadership Coalition. Elliot Schreiber, Director of Field Operations for OU Advocacy, chaired the meeting and Maury Litwack, National Director of State Political Affairs and Outreach for OU Advocacy, spoke about important policy issues to the South Florida Jewish community that the Florida Legislature is considering.
Other speakers included:
Doug Tuthill, President SUFS
Doug Tuthill has devoted most of his professional life to improving education, first as a college professor and then as a classroom teacher, policy advocate and teacher union president. In 1984, he helped create Florida’s first International Baccalaureate high school. He was elected President of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association in 1991, serving two terms. He served on a state commission that created Sunshine State Standards and the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). He spent six years in the private sector, directing K-16 sales for an online learning company, Saba Inc., and serving as Chief Operating Officer for the media company, Creative Loafing. He received his bachelor and master of education degrees from the University of Florida.
Allison Hertog, PA. Founder, Making School Work, Board of Directors, Step Up for Students
Allison is the founding attorney of Florida School partners, a private law firm whose mission is to help parents access the right placement – public or private – for their special needs children. Allison, who is one of only a handful of lawyers in the country with a Master’s Degree in special education, has long been an advocate of school choice and has gained particular expertise in Florida’s groundbreaking McKay Scholarship – a special needs voucher for students with disabilities. She has worked with the U.S. Congress and has spoken nationally about special education law and special needs vouchers. She graduated from Smith College, Columbia University’s Teachers College, and the Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.
Glen Gilzean, Vice President, Advocacy and Outreach SUFS
Glen oversees the advocacy and outreach efforts for the organization. On January 23, 2012, Florida’s Governor appointed him to the Pinellas County School Board. He also served as Regional Field Director for the Florida Department of Education. Glen received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida. He also has a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of South Florida’s Center of Entrepreneurship.
Maury Litwack, Director of State Political Affairs and Outreach OU, Senior Advisor JLC
Maury is the Director of State Political Affairs and Outreach for the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center. Maury heads up a state-by-state plan for political action and advocacy in the OU’s many communities around the country, with a principal focus on seeking greater government support for Jewish day schools and their families in order to address the acute educate affordability challenge the Orthodox community is facing.
Tobi Ash, Executive Board Member JLC
Tobi Ash joined the executive board of the Jewish Leadership Coalition in 2012. Her extensive community involvement includes Miami’s Community Kosher Food Bank, President of Aryeh Leib Gemach, first chair of Ohel of South Florida, a board member of Jewish Community Services, serving on several committees of Greater Miami Jewish Federation, part of the planning committee of the Miami Beach JCC, the Health Care Committee of the City of Miami Beach, the creator and chair of the Mid-Beach Community Garden and a Refuat Hanefesh fellow. Her educational background is a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, Masters in Business Administration and she is completing her PhD in Health Policy.