Michele Shugarman was elected as the 2011-2012 Hadassah Long Beach/Orange County ARC chair at the recent president/portfolio team meeting. Shugarman, who succeeds Mimi Goldstein, was officially installed at the Hadassah Southern California Spring Conference in Los Angeles and was welcomed into her new position at the Orange County ARC’s in & out president/portfolio team meeting on June 22.
Shugarman works as an ombudsman for the Council of Aging of Orange County. She offers free, unbiased counseling on Medicare and other health insurance questions through the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP).
Pam Ranta is Beth Sholom’s New Preschool Director
Pam Ranta has been named the director of the Temple Beth Sholom Preschool. A native Californian, Ranta grew up in the San Fernando Valley and moved to Orange County in 2005. In addition to her home life, her Jewish identity was influenced by active participation and education at conservative synagogues, Los Angeles Hebrew High School, Camp Ramah, the University of Judaism and Israel.
After living a year in Israel Ranta returned to begin her career in early childhood education. She taught preschool and religious school for five years at Adat Ari El in North Hollywood and then left to work in the business world for the next eleven years. When her oldest son was five and her youngest child two, she returned to early childhood education as the director at Temple Ner Maarav in Encino. Eleven years later she left to accept the position as ECE Director at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills. Ready for a bigger challenge, she headed south to Orange County where she directed the early childhood learning center at the JCC for six years.
Ranta earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from California State University at Northridge. She is a past president of the Association for Early Jewish Educators and has served on the education committee of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Los Angeles. Before moving to OC, she had the privilege of serving as a mentor consultant with the Early Childhood Consulting Service – a collaboration of CSUN and the Child Care Resource Center. In addition to directing two NAEYC and BJE accredited schools, as a validator for the National Academy for the Education of Young Children and the Bureau of Jewish Education, she had the opportunity to visit many other programs and assist them in the first accreditation process.