Dr. Diana Ponsky

Ponsky

Dr. Diana Ponsky was installed as The Lippman School board president during the joint annual meeting June 8 at the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life in Akron. She took over as Scott Newman wrapped up his two-year term.

Ponsky, 48, is the founder of Ponsky Facial Plastic Surgery in Beachwood and has been named to Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor list for the last six years. She lives with her family in Pepper Pike and attends Park Synagogue in Cleveland Heights and Pepper Pike.

Ponsky and her husband, Todd, have three children, Sasha, 16, Josie, 12, and Ella, 10, who attend school in the Orange City School District.

Aside from her work and family, she enjoys volunteering in the community with Medworks, MedWish International and Face to Face, a domestic abuse charity.

AJN: When did you first become involved with The Lippman School?

Ponsky: I first became involved with The Lippman School when my oldest daughter, Sasha, went there for second grade. We were looking for the perfect school for her because she is an introvert who needed time to process things and is not the most outspoken as to her needs. We came to The Lippman School from Hanna Perkins in Cleveland. I would literally drive her from our house to Lippman to my work in Beachwood. In a single day I can rack up as much as 80 miles. I did this drive two days a week because we felt that The Lippman School was so special. And that it was the right place for her.

AJN: How do you expect the COVID-19 pandemic to affect your presidency at this time?

Ponsky: I think the COVID-19 pandemic has made it tough for parents to feel that school needs to be in person again. A lot of parents may be opting for at-home education, and a lot of the parents may also be suffering from the aftermath of what the pandemic has done for our society, i.e. fear for school shootings etc., I think this is somewhat of a challenge for me going forward in the future.

AJN: What of your past involvements have prepared you the most for this role?

Ponsky: My three kids have been in school there from the time Sasha enrolled until the pandemic and our eventual move to the Cleveland area. I feel like I know the school for the past six-plus years.

AJN: What are you most looking forward to as board president of The Lippman School?

Ponsky: The multi-cultural educational aspect of The Lippman School is why I am looking forward to my time as board president. Not only does the school encompass and embrace the humanistic approach to the unique individuals that are our K-8th grade kids, the focus on Jewish values is important to me.