Meet our Va’ad – Tamid’s Leadership Council

We are all grateful to these Tamid Council members, they are trusted advisors who dedicate their time, energy, and resources as representatives of our community. Todah Rabbah, thank you for the love and care you bring to Tamid.

Jason Carmel, M.D., Ph.D., Va’ad Co- Chair
Jason lives in Mamaroneck with his wife, Amanda, and their 2 daughters, Phoebe and Sasha, and son, Elias, who attend the Rye Neck schools. Jason is a neurologist and neuroscientist at Columbia University. He directs the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center and the Movement Recovery Laboratory. On the weekends, Jason can be found cheering his kids at their sporting events, cycling in northern Westchester and Connecticut, or assisting Amanda in her backyand garden. Amanda is an internist at Mount Sinai’s practice in Hudson Yards. The Carmels joined Tamid because of their connection to the Weiner Family through running and for their desire to have a close Jewish community where people know one another.

Sandee Walker, Va’ad Co-Chair
Sandee lives in New Rochelle with her youngest daughter, Remy, with her two older children on their own nearby in NYC. Her marketing career has spanned the worlds of fashion, art, summer camps and small businesses. She is currently focused on marketing events for a national law firm. She is honored to be a founding member of Tamid and feels she has truly found a community that shares her Jewish values.

Erica Aisner  
Erica is a founding partner of Kirby, Aisner & Curley LLP where she practices corporate and consumer bankruptcy and commercial real estate law. Erica is a firm believer in giving back to her community, taking on pro bono representations, serving her neighborhood association, and volunteering her time with Hearts & Homes for Refugees. In addition to the Va’ad, Erica also serves on the Board of the New Rochelle Bar Association and the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of New Rochelle. Erica resides there with her husband Michael, their children Mollie, Samantha and Andrew, and their dog Fred.

Amy Bass, Ph.D.
Amy is Professor of Sport Studies and Chair of the Division of Social Science & Communication at Manhattanville College. She is the author of four books, a frequent contributor to CNN, KCBS, and WAMC, and  an Emmy winner for her work at the Olympics in London.  A native of Massachusetts, she lives in New Rochelle with her husband Evan and daughter Hannah, and loves being part of the inclusive, flexible, and welcoming community that is Tamid, particularly the Friday night Shabbat gatherings.

Karen Bloom
Karen Bloom is the co-owner of Fund Up, a fundraising consulting company helping non-profit organizations find and raise more money. She is passionate about the power of philanthropy to transform individuals and communities. An avid hiker, Karen and her husband Ira, coordinate Tamid Westchester’s second day Rosh Hashanah service on the mountain. She has hiked every trail in Harriman, all 35 Catskill Peaks over 3500 feet in winter, and the 67 mountains over 4,000 feet in New England. Karen is a published writer and the mother of two grown sons who share her interest in being outdoors. She feels lucky to be a part of the growing community of Tamid Westchester.

Ellen Meiner
Ellen Meiner is currently the Senior Vice President of Planning at Tommy Hilfiger North America. She has held senior leadership positions in the fashion industry for more than three decades. Ellen is committed to a number of local and national charitable causes, providing both philanthropic and pro bono support. Raising her family in New Rochelle with husband Lee “has been a joy”. As empty nesters, they recently relocated to Stamford, CT. Ellen is thrilled to be a part of this diverse, warm and inclusive Tamid Westchester community.