Fran Mendler Lake was born in New Orleans as a first generation American. Her parents escaped Europe during the Holocaust and instilled in her the values of social justice and tikkum olam. Her upbringing coincides with the mission of Avodah. Fran is past president of New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah. She is a member of National Council of Jewish Women and has served on the boards of Congregation Beth Israel, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Children’s Regional Service, and New Orleans Jewish Day School. She is a retired principal and teacher of Ridgewood Preparatory School. She and her husband, Jonathan, are most proud of their 5 daughters and their son-in-laws and their 14 beautiful and amazing grandchildren.