Jean and Marc Lehmann
Light the Path to Leadership
After a couple of decades in the concrete jungle of New York City, Jean & Marc Lehmann now call Miami Beach home. Jean & Marc, hailing from quiet suburbs of Philadelphia & NJ respectively, met in their macroeconomics class at NYU's Stern School of Business. After graduating, Jean started her marketing career working at Pepe Jeans USA (a sister co to Tommy Hilfiger), Columbia House/Sony, an internet start up, then at Citigroup before starting a family. Marc embarked on a career in finance by working at Morgan Stanley, SAC Capital, graduating from the Wharton School of Business, then moving on to hedge funds Appaloosa Management and JANA Partners. After suffering through too many years of seasonal changes in the northeast, particularly the frigid winters, Marc felt the draw to warmer and sunnier temps, so he moved his family to South Florida, where he became his own boss, building and managing Riverloft Capital and Flamingo Drive Partners.
After moving to Miami-Dade county in 2010, the Lehmanns joined the Hebrew Academy family as Spencer was entering into kindergarten and Max starting in nursery 3. Within a couple of years, Jean and Marc immersed themselves in the greater Miami community by taking on leadership roles at the HA and the MBJCC. Jean began volunteering for the Hebrew Academy PTSA in 2012, becoming co-president of the PTSA in 2014 and then president in 2016. Jean joined the Hebrew Academy Board of Directors in 2015. Marc joined the board of the Miami Beach JCC in 2014 as a member of their finance committee. As people who strongly believe that each child deserves a Jewish education, Jean and Marc became ambassadors for the Hebrew Academy and have supported many of the school's important initiatives, such as the annual scholarship fund, the refurbishment of the auditorium, the building of the school gym and our current Middle/High School Building campaign, as well as many of the school's smaller initiatives. Jean and Marc feel strongly that it is critical to support the institution that provides their children, and many other kids, an invaluable secular and Judaic education and the place that is their children's second home. Furthermore, they want to support the Hebrew Academy because it teaches their children strong Torah values, which will equip them to go out into the world to be future leaders in their communities and “a light unto the nations.”
Jean & Marc are (more often than not) the proud parents of Spencer (14), Max (12), and Soraya (8), and as a family, they all feel privileged and honored to be HA Warriors!
Dr. Ami Eskanos
Light the Path to Education
Dr. Ami Eskanos has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a specialty in Juvenile Justice, a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She also has teaching credentials in K-12 Art Instruction, K-6 Education, and Middle and High School English. Starting out in 1989, as student teacher in a second grade classroom for gifted and talented students in California, Dr. Eskanos later taught fifth grade until she became a mom of two boys. In 1999, the Eskanos Family moved to Miami Beach and after visiting Hebrew Academy she knew this was the perfect school for her family. With no plans to return to the classroom, Dr. Eskanos volunteered as substitute teacher and often helped out in her children’s classrooms at Hebrew Academy. Not long thereafter the art teacher position became available and she was encouraged to accept that role. Dr. Eskanos was the Chair of the Art Department, the Summer Camp Director, and the After-School Activities Director for several years before being asked to create the Admission Department for which she is currently the Dean of Admission. Aside from her boys, who are now men, Dr. Eskanos has a happy husband who enjoys building things and sharing fabulous bad dad jokes when he isn’t hard at work, a dog named Freddie Mercury who is quite the character, and a 19 year old tough as nails cat named Pilchard who will probably live forever. All of them keep her just as busy at home as she is at school.