Meet Our Regional Board

Sam DumanPresident
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Sam Duman is a diehard NFTYite and lover of all things temple youth. He hasn’t missed an event since 8th grade, and doesn’t plan on starting now. He started his TYG, SiTY, in 2016 and has loved seeing it grow. His hobbies are walking his friends dog (his parents won’t let him have one) and eating salad in the backyard.


Ariana Zwern, Programming Vice President (PVP)
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Ariana is absolutely thrilled to be serving on regional board as your PVP this year! Her favorite things (aside from NFTY) are succulents, fairy lights, and genuine conversations. She lives in Sacramento, is the current PVP of BSTY, and attends the local Waldorf school. Her hobbies include playing with the school sheep, making a mess with acrylic paints, writing, and riding horses. She’s passionate about empowering youth, strengthening communities, and creative programming. She can’t wait to spend the next year growing with you!


Nina HellerSocial Action Vice President (SAVP)
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Nina Heller is a senior at Carlmont High School and a member of Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, CA. She served as the Regional Communications Vice President last year, and has spent two years on the board of her TYG, PARTY. When not at a NFTY event, you can find Nina talking about NFTY, watching The West Wing, or writing for her school newspaper. She spent this past summer as a CIT at URJ Camp Newman, and the summer before that on NFTY in Israel! She is so incredibly excited to be your Social Action Vice President this year, and can't wait to talk to you at the next event!


Sydney GeeReligious & Cultural Vice President (RCVP)
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Sydney is looking forward to giving back to NFTY CWR by serving on Regional Board as Religious and Cultural Vice President. She attended a JCC Hebrew Immersion preschool, 6 years of Jewish day school, and 3 years of Hebrew school at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City. This, combined with 8 consecutive summers at URJ Camp Newman (and counting!) and 2 years in CWR, has given her a strong Jewish education and a passion for Judaism. She feels so thankful for CWR and all of the love and support it has given her, and she is ecstatic to have the chance to give back.

Sydney lives in Menlo Park and will be a junior at the Nueva School in San Mateo next year. She does not belong to a TYG, but she is excited to start working with the RCVP network across the region.


Brandon FolbMembership Vice President (MVP)
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Brandon is ecstatic to have the opportunity to serve as Membership Vice President for the 5778-5779 term. He has been coming to regional events since eighth grade and has come back for every regional event since. This year he will be exiting his second year as Co-President of his temple youth group, DRTY.  Brandon really enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, exercising, and playing sports. Brandon is really excited to give back to the community that always been there for him. If you have a chance, please come up and say hi to him, as it is his goal to get to know everyone in the region next year!


Leah Atkins, Communications Vice President (CVP)
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Leah is thrilled to be joining regional board as Communications Vice President! She joined NFTY in 8th grade and has loved being a part of the community ever since. She is currently Co-President of her temple’s TYG, EETY (formerly EQUALITY). She loves doing sports like lacrosse and field hockey (although she is not the best, she really loves the community). She also enjoys learning more about science and exploring all different sorts of creative things such as painting, photography, acting, and dancing. She is super stoked to get to know even more wonderful people through the role 🙂


Jacob CohenFundraising & Membership Vice President (CVP)
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Jacob Cohen is a Sophomore at Design Tech High School. Outside of NFTY, he is part of his school's leadership team, Jew Crew and Sponsorships and Budgeting manager for TEDxDesignTechHighSchool. Jacob enjoys theater and dance and is a comic book fanatic!

NFTY CWR Cabinet

The NFTY CWR cabinet is comprised a group of passionate and devoted NFTYites who represent the extended leadership of the region. Cabinet applicants apply at the end of the year and are appointed prior to C-Dubb Smash, the first event of the year. The work closely with the regional board to planning components of weekend events and help reach out to the great region.

Running for Regional Board

Thank you for your interest in running for NFTY CWR Regional Board! This is an extremely exciting process. The first step in beginning your journey is to understand the responsibilities and obligations required for the seven Regional Board positions. Each position requires great dedication, time and a financial commitment. Please read through the packet thoroughly with your parent/guardian and discuss the commitment it will mean for you and your family if elected. In order to officially begin the process of running for the 2018-2019 Regional Board, please review the packet below, and ensure you meet all deadlines. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at
Download the Central Western Region Board Application

NFTY Central West Region is governed by a board of teen leaders who are elected by their peers that serve a one-year term. Regional board members play a critical role in all aspects of running the region including event planning and marketing, and mentoring teen leaders from our local youth communities. The regional board is mentored by a Senior Regional Director of Youth Engagement who oversees all programs and administration.


Sierra Meszaros


Sierra is excited to join the NFTY CWR and Camp Newman Family, as the NFTY CWR Regional Advisor. Sierra is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she…