School Board

President & Founder: Yisrael Pinson
Yisrael Pinson is the founder and Board President of Orchard Academy. He is a 4th generation educator in his family. He was born to pioneers who founded a day school in Nice, France where he grew up. His grandparents founded schools in New York, Morocco and Tunisia.

Yisrael has previously worked for Friendship Circle, Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network and the Daniel Sobel Friendship House. He is the recipient of the Jewish Federation’s 2017 Frank A. Wetsman Young Leadership Award.

Vice President: Kyra Williams-Thomas
Kyra is a native Detroiter who is committed to cultivating, sharing, motivating and challenging the people of this great city to “think outside the box.” She has been in administration for over 15 years working with non-profit and faith-based organizations, helping to  create better solutions to be organized, be informed and be involved. She is a co-laborer with her family at Greater Faith Assembly on the Northend side of Detroit, where she serves as an associate pastor. Empowering individuals to live their best lives is Kyra's daily goal. Her greatest and most prized accomplishment is her little son Maximus-Langston, who brings complete and utter joy to anyone he meets.

Secretary: Benjamin Rosenzweig
Ben assists owners of properties who are frustrated with the seeming lack of qualified leasing and selling prospects in the market. Owners who are worried about not only ensuring enough people are seeing their property, but that the right people are seeing their property. He helps business owners who are concerned about making the right site selection and who are anxious about getting their best opportunity with a landlord. He also aids buyers and investors who are tired of sifting through piles of properties they cannot or will not buy and who need someone who can help them turn opportunities into closings.

Treasurer: George Roberts 
Detroit resident, committed urbanist, public space lover, and dedicated-but-inexperienced cyclist. George moved back to Detroit from New York City in 2015 to lead redevelopment and activation of parks and public spaces in Detroit for the Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund. Prior to returning to Detroit, George lived in SoHo and worked on creating new public spaces in New York and across North America. George grew up in Birmingham and attended Wylie E. Groves High School before heading to the University of Michigan for an undergraduate degree in Urban and Metropolitan Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development. George is also a board member of Federation's NEXTGen, where he chairs the Israel Engagement Committee. George is usually outside, typically in the city of Detroit, always carrying a book or paper, and is generally overdressed.