JPA NJ Leadership

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Yana Bar

JPA - Board Member   /  JPA NJ Lead Member

            Yana was born in Saint Petersburg and immigrated to US with her parents in 1990. Growing up in Brooklyn, she attended several yeshivas followed by a public high school and Pace University.  Yana works in financial services as a project manager.  She resides in Livingston NJ and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, skiing, diving, reading, and always trying new things. Yana is passionate about raising her children with a love for Judaism and inspiring others in her community to do the same.

JPA NJ Leadership

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Yelena Kutikova

JPA NJ Lead Member

Yelena Kutikova has over 15 years of Learning and Development experience working for such organizations as UJA - Federation, Estee Lauder, Accenture and AIG. Currently, she is a Vice President, Learning and Development at NBCUniversal where her areas of expertise include leadership development, career development, and team building.

Yelena received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College, spent a semester abroad in France, and then completed her Masters in Social-Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Yelena has a 12-year-old daughter Mariella and husband Gena who is also actively involved in the Russian Jewish community. They recently moved to Livingston, NJ from Brooklyn and are passionate about establishing a strong Russian Jewish community in the area. Yelena is one of the original co-founders of Jewish Parent Academy in South Brooklyn and she is an alumnus of the Wexner Heritage Program.

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Lana Vegman

JPA NJ Lead Member

Lana Vegman immigrated to Brooklyn, NY in 1991 from Riga, Latvia with her parents and grandparents.  Lana holds a Doctorate degree in Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Lana works in the pharmaceutical industry and is currently Head, US Publications for Novartis Pharma. Lana now lives in Short Hills, NJ with her husband Igor, their creative, curious and fun boys - Matthew and Ilan; and Cooper, their handsome golden doodle. Lana’s hobbies include Broadway shows, trying new foods, kickboxing and planning the family’s next vacation. On weekends, Lana can generally be found cheering on the side-lines of her kids’ sport games. Family is and always has been Lana’s priority and she hopes to instill a sense of Jewish tradition, family values, empathy, and culture in her children.

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Alina Tokar

JPA NJ Lead Member

Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, I happily lived my early childhood knowing that I was Jewish and not knowing what being Jewish meant.  Just as many other Jewish families of the late 80’s and early 90’s, my parents decided that “enough was enough” and off we went to Israel.  Growing in the Jewish State, I formed my Jewish identity, learned my history and celebrated my holidays. I did what most people in Israel do, without putting any effort in doing so.   Fast-forward eleven years, and we decided that, yet another immigration is in order.  We packed one more time and came to the US.  Though my formative years were in Israel my adulthood started here.  As an adult I started to appreciate that which the Jewish State gave to me and that which I always took for granted.  It became a mission to retain my love of land, history, heritage and tradition. I want to pass that love, appreciation and pride to my kids.  Now I am a wife, a mom, a daughter and a professional.  I am looking for ways to stay honest to my mission and this is why I am here. 

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Natalie Lisak

JPA NJ Lead Member

Natalie was born in Odessa and grew up in Israel. She is very passionate about Jewish history and Israel advocacy. Professionally, Natalie worked in Wealth Management where she was a Private Banker for high net worth attorneys and Law Firms. Later she worked as an Executive Director of the Israeli Business Forum of NY. She is now studying Adlerian parenting coaching in a combined program with Haifa University and hopes to help parents build strong relationships with their children by practicing positive parenting solutions. She holds a B.S. in Finance and Masters in International Finance and Economic Policy from Columbia University. She lives in Livingston, NJ with her husband and 3 kids.