Howard Kaplan was born in Boyle Heights and grew up three blocks from the entrance to Griffith Park in Los Feliz. At the time, he could not have imagined that one day he would serve as General Manager of Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries, the largest Jewish cemetery organization in California, located just minutes from his childhood home.
Howard joined Mount Sinai as its General Manager on February 1, 2018. Before joining Mount Sinai, Howard served as Executive Director of Wilshire Boulevard Temple for 13 years. Prior to becoming Executive Director he spent ten years as Director of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps and Conference Center and also held key positions at Temple Aliyah and the Brandeis Bardin Institute.
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Eric Shani joined the Mount Sinai family as Memorial Counseling Manager in December 2017. After spending most of his career in the hospitality industry, Eric was excited to make this significant career transition to Mount Sinai where his time is spent providing personal support to families and assisting members of the Los Angeles Jewish community each day.
A Los Angeles native, Eric grew up in the mid-Wilshire / Hancock Park section of the city. He received his BA in Theater Arts from California State University Los Angeles and continues to stay active in the art community. In his spare time, Eric enjoys cooking, photography and spending time with his wife Jessica and their two daughters.
Marc Granirer joined the Mount Sinai team in 2012. He is instrumental in managing the organization and oversees Accounting, Trusts, Human Resources and Administration. Prior to Mount Sinai, Mr. Granirer has worked in the entertainment and real estate industries for over 30 years as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive in Charge of Production, and Business Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Siena College in New York and a Professional Certificate in Accounting from the University of California, San Diego. Marc was raised in New York and relocated to Southern California in 1977. He and his family live in Oak Park, and are actively involved in his sons’ activities and volunteering in the community.
Stephany Morris-Nelson joined the Mount Sinai team as Human Resources Manager in August 2018 after more than a decade handling HR for numerous nonprofit and for-profit companies including Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis (IABA) and Center for Autism and Related Disorders LLC (CARD), University of Southern California (USC) and Catholic Charities and Center for Community and Family Services.
A Culver City native, Stephany was raised and currently resides near Pasadena. She attended the University of Arizona, received her Human Resources Management Certification from USC and is in the process of completing her Management Certification from Los Angeles Valley College.
Stephany is married and is the proud parent of three adult children.
Matt Sandberg joined the team at Mount Sinai in 1998 after a successful career in the golf industry as a golf course superintendent. Matt also taught Horticulture at Los Angeles Pierce College for several years where he attended college and received an Associate’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture and later a Bachelor’s Degree in Park Administration from California State Polytechnic University Pomona. At Mount Sinai, Matt and his team perform all of the landscape design and installation as well as supervise the maintenance of the grounds and facilities at both cemetery properties in Simi Valley and Hollywood Hills.
In his spare time, Matt is an avid bicycle rider and enjoys hiking in the Sierras with his wife Corby and their dog Buster.
Gail Levy joined the Mount Sinai family in May 2014. A transplanted east-coaster, Gail grew up in Baltimore, MD and received her BA from Union College in Schenectady NY. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Gail spent 20+ years overseeing the marketing and promotional efforts for various retail, consumer products and technology companies including IKEA, Havas Interactive, The Right Start, Munchkin Inc. and TabletKiosk. In her spare time, Gail and her husband Dan enjoy playing with their dog Emma.
David Jacobs joined Mount Sinai in 2017. He received his Master's degree in Information Technology Management from Brandeis University. David brings a background in client-focused technology project management, consulting, and solution architecture. He has centered his experience around nonprofit organizations that aim to serve their communities, ranging from working within organizations, to consulting on their behalf, to working for a software company specializing in systems for nonprofits.
At Mount Sinai Parks where serving families is our mission, David's team works to continuously develop and improve the systems and technology to further that purpose.