David Markovich was born into a family of Jewish Soviet immigrants. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, he forged a close connection with his grandfather – a Holocaust survivor – who instilled in him a deep passion and love for Judaism. As an undergraduate student, David founded Hillel at John Carroll University and served as a student director for the Cleveland Hillel Foundation. He went on to study at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where he received dual master’s degrees in Gerontology and Health Administration. Most recently, David served as the Assistant Director for a life science laboratory at USC, where he focused on developing creativity and aging initiatives. Simultaneously, David managed a nonprofit production company which aimed to raise awareness for disabled communities through multimedia projects. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards for his creative work. Additionally, David was an active community member of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, where he served as a Religious School teacher. In his spare time, David enjoys being a freelance writer, particularly taking interest in the life stories of our older generations. His writing has also focused on topics of disability empowerment. He is excited to be joining the wonderful community at NVHC and is eager to meet all of the congregation’s members.
The first friendly voice you may hear (or face you might see) when you call NVHC, Mozelle Karnette Stanton, the Administrative Assistant, has been employed with NVHC since August, 2007. A longtime member of NVHC, with both children attending the Preschool and Religious School, and a member of Kol Shirah (our adult choir) since 2001, Mozelle has many diverse interests and commitments to NVHC. She also teaches ballet at a local area dance school, as her greatest passion in life is dance.
Education Administrative Assistant/Communications Coordinator
Emily joined NVHC in July, 2017 as the Education Administrative Assistant. She was a teacher’s aid in the pre-K classroom of our Preschool for the 2017-2018 school year, and now serves as both Education Admin and Communications Coordinator. It is a wonderful privilege to get to be a small part of the lives of our students and their families! She holds a Master’s degree in Religion from Temple University with specialization in Jewish feminism, and Bachelor’s degrees in History and Religion from the University of Mary Washington. When not at NVHC, Emily can be found playing tabletop games, volunteering at the Loudoun County Animal Shelter, advocating for animal welfare and sustainability initiatives, and making a mess in the kitchen.
Sam was born and raised in South Salem, New York. He has been involved in Jewish education at local synagogues from his Bar Mitzvah onwards, most recently teaching at Congregation Adath Israel in Middletown, CT. Sam is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he studied English, Film, and Jewish & Israel Studies. Sam has spent eleven summers at URJ Camp Harlam and loves nothing more than finding new avenues of joy and Judaism along the way each year. When not engaged with the brilliant young minds of NVHC, you can find Sam listening to hockey podcasts, nourishing his sweet tooth, or catching a flick at the local cineplex.