Staff

Marci Borenstein
Marci Borenstein
Director of Precollege Programs

Marci is responsible for developing new initiatives and overseeing programs for high school students at Brandeis. Marci has many years of experience working with educators, youth and communities in the United States, Israel, and the former Soviet Union. She has a doctorate in education from New York University where her research focused on diverse immigrant families, urban schools and parent involvement.

Marci lives in Newton with her husband, Joram, and their three children, Eitan, Rina and Dalia.

Charlie Schwartz
Charlie Schwartz
Senior Jewish Educator / Director of BIMA and Genesis

Charlie is a nationally recognized educator focusing on technology and Israel and the founding director of Not-a-Box Media Lab, creator of PocketTorah and The AlephBet App. He was named to the New York Jewish Week's "36 Under 36" as a leader helping to reshape the Jewish community.

Charlie has served with distinction as a squad commander in the airborne battalion of the Nahal infantry brigade of the Israel Defense Forces.

He received rabbinic ordination and a master's degree in education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow.  A native of Portland, Oregon, Charlie lives in Cambridge with his wife Dr. Andrea Wershof Schwartz, their children Maayan, Aviv, Noa, and their sousaphone.

Lydia Casmier
Lydia Casmier
Program Director, Global Youth Summit

Lydia is an educator with a background in social-emotional leadership, college and career readiness training, summer internship programming and case management services. Her approach to program development is supported by her background in positive youth development, and her commitment to expanding college access to under-resourced and first generation students.

Lydia received her Bachelor's degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and served research assistantships at Harvard University and UCLA, where she researched leadership theory and housing inequality, respectively. Prior to joining Brandeis, Lydia taught high school English in Medellin, Colombia, and served 6 years as Senior Youth Development Coordinator at the Mary's Center Teen Program in Washington, D.C.

Kenyora Parham
Kenyora Parham
Assistant Director of Precollege Programs

Kenyora is responsible for directing several programs at Brandeis’ Precollege programs (App Design Boot Camp, Service Corps, Young Leaders Conference on Israel Studies, among others), as well as developing new initiatives. Previously, Kenyora worked at Strong Women, Strong Girls, a nationally recognized mentoring program for girls and women. Kenyora has over a decade’s experience working with youth, families, and community leaders in the nonprofit sector. She was recognized as a finalist of the “EXTRAordinary Women”, a campaign led by the City of Boston in March 2016.

Currently, she serves as the Vice President of the African-American Alumnae/i Association at her undergraduate alma mater, Simmons College. Additionally, she serves on the Alumni Association Board at Boston University’s School of Social Work, where she received her Master’s Degree. Originally from Lynn, MA, Kenyora currently lives in Norwood with her fiance, Franklin.

Michael Golitsyn
Michael Golitsyn
Business Operations Manager

Michael has an extensive background in management, software development, emergency medical services, dance and fitness. Prior to joining Brandeis Precollege Programs, Michael co-founded and ran a medical transportation and emergency medical services company.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University and Master’s degree in Management from Brandeis University.

Tirtzah Bassel
Tirtzah Bassel
Assistant Director, BIMA

Tirtzah is an Israeli artist and educator based in New York. Her drawings, paintings and site-responsive duct tape installations explore the permeable borders separating public and private domains, specifically in airport security zones, subways and border crossings. She has been a member of the BIMA Visual Arts Faculty since 2009 and joined the senior staff team this year.

She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally with recent installations created on site in Harlem, New York and El Paso, Texas. Tirtzah studied drawing and painting at the Jerusalem Studio School in Israel, and she has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Boston University.