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Board Officers

Clement Erbmann is a managing director of First Analysis Corporation, where he is a General Partner in the Private Equity Funds specializing in education, marketing services, and clean-tech investing. He has been investing in education for more than 15 years, particularly in technology applications for Alternative and Special Education. He serves on the boards of, AdvancePath Education, and Gapbuster (UK) Ltd. Mr. Erbmann has previously worked for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He served on the Education Industry Association Executive Board, the ADL Regional Board, and the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Alumni Advisory Board. He serves on the Tel Aviv University (TAU) Board of Governors, Chair, Dean’s Advisory Board Coller School of Business at TAU, and on the Scientific Advisory Board of Minducate at TAU. He earned his MBA at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and B. Bus. Science at the University of Cape Town.

Richard Sincere, TAU Overseas Program alum, is Founder/CEO of Sincere & Co., a third-party marketing company representing start-ups and mutual funds to Registered Investment Advisors. He was Senior VP of Fidelity Investment Advisor Group and NatWest Bank Brokerage Group. He also held strategic marketing/sales management positions at Citibank/Citicorp. He is an alumnus of the Tel Aviv University Overseas Program in 1973-1974. He has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MBA from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Sincere is Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Friends of Tel Aviv University and is a member of the International Board of Governors of TAU. He is also on the boards of the American Jewish Committee, the Friends of Israel Defense Forces, the University of Wisconsin Board of Visitors, and the Center of Jewish Studies.

Michael Shaoul is Chairman and CEO of Marketfield Asset Management. Mr. Shaoul is one of the founding partners of Marketfield, which was created in 2007. In his role at Marketfield, he helps formulate the top-down insights that inform the firm's investment decisions and authors a daily commentary that communicates these ideas with clients. He is a frequent contributor to the financial media, which values his views on economic cycles and investment markets.

In 1996 Mr. Shaoul joined Oscar Gruss and Son Incorporated. He became its CEO in 2001 and held this position until 2014. He is Treasurer of American Friends of Tel Aviv University and a member of the Board of North American Friends of Manchester University. He was awarded a PhD in Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester (UK) in 1992.

Ralph B. Mandell is the Co-Founder of PrivateBancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary The PrivateBank (Chicago). He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PrivateBancorp, Inc. and The PrivateBank and Trust Company from 1993 to 2007 and Executive Chairman from 2007 to 2011. He retired from the Board in 2016.

Ralph is active in numerous civic and charitable affairs. Ralph is a long time member of the Board of Directors of The 100 Club in Chicago and currently serves as its Chairman. He has been a Midwestern Board Member of Operation Hope, and a board member of The Chicago Anti-Defamation League, and also served as Chairman of the Board of Gottlieb Hospital. Ralph has been honored by Keshet, which provides schooling for developmentally disabled children, for his outstanding service and longstanding support of the organization.

Ralph is a graduate of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Joel D. Tauber received his BA, MBA, and JD from Michigan and an honorary degree from TAU. He joined the family manufacturing business; and simultaneously launched a 50-year history of philanthropic service, with UJA, UIA, and the Jewish Federations of North America, where he participated in its founding, serving as its first Chairman of the Executive. Mr. Tauber is a former co-chairman of the Greater Detroit Interfaith Round Table of Christians, Jews and Muslims, of the United Way and of Michigan's $3.2 billion campaign. He is a member of the Advisory Committee to the UM President. Mr. Tauber is currently working to help integrate the Ethiopian community into Israeli society.

Ex Officio Members

Jennifer Gross, Chief Executive Officer, previously served as Vice President of UJA-Federation of New York, heading its Affinity Campaign, and was a member of UJA's senior management group. While at UJA, Ms. Gross oversaw the Affinity Campaign, which raised $78 million in her final year. She brought innovative fundraising approaches and initiatives, as well as inspiration and leadership to a team of 70.

Before joining UJA professionally in 2014, Ms. Gross was a principal and managing director at Archview Investment Group, an event-driven credit opportunities hedge fund seeded by Blackstone, where she led the capital-raising team. She also has an impressive track record of lay leadership and community involvement. Throughout her financial services career, Ms. Gross was an active lay leader at UJA, chairing its Women's Executive Circle, Investment Management Division, and serving on UJA's Board of Directors, Wall Street Strategic Council and Campaign Steering Group. She is a chair of AIPAC's Women's Division, a member and past chair of Hadassah's Investment Group and a board member of the Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach, Meir Panim and Northwestern University Hillel. Additionally, she is a Mandel Executive Leadership Fellow. Ms. Gross received her BA from Northwestern University.

Ahron Wein, CFO, has been the Chief Financial Officer of American Friends since 1996. His previous financial and accounting positions include: Manager of Accounting at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; the Director of Finance & Budget at the Opportunity Development Association; and a staff accountant at Loeb and Troper, CPAs. He has also served as a consultant to the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Wein received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in computer science from the City University of New York, Brooklyn Campus.

Honorary Directors

ALAN L. AUFZIEN, National Chairman Emeritus, z"l
GABY BRILL, Boca Raton, FL
WILLIAM F. COHEN, National Chairman Emeritus, Paterson, NJ
JON GURKOFF, National Chairman Emeritus, North Caldwell, NJ


Ofer Alon, TAU alum, is CEO of Quality Acceptance, a company that provides financing for purchasers of new and used cars who do not meet traditional credit standards. He is a former Partner with Ernst & Young International, where he was in charge of B.M.W. Israel, and other publicly traded companies. He was also CEO of buildcom Spain, a high tech company specializing in B2B. Mr. Alon has a BSc in Accounting and Finance and a BA in Middle East History from TAU; an MBA from the University of Bradford, England; and is a CPA. He supports Larger than Life, a charity that addresses the needs of families with children suffering from cancer.

Ricki Alon was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and came to the United States in 1972 to study at UCLA.

She co-founded RIMI System Integrations in 1980. As the CEO of RIMI, Ricki managed and ran the operation, which had three locations in California. RIMI developed, designed, and installed high-end security systems, home entertainment, networking, and smart home automation for residential and commercial properties.

In 1990, Ricki established joint ventures with five governments in Eastern Europe, bringing Israeli wireless technology in the security field to a total of 60 cities in Hungary, Latvia, Slovakia, Lithuania, and Russia. After ten years in Europe, she and her partners established an international distribution company for security equipment with offices in South America.

Ricki sold RIMI Systems Integration in October of 2009. She remains active in real estate investments as well as in Alon Ventures LLC, a private company actively involved in several investments in high tech as well as clean tech.

Ricki is active in the Jewish community and supports various organizations including the American Friends of Tel Aviv University, Friends of Israel Defense Forces, and others. She remains a passionate advocate for Israel.

Ricki is married to Zvi Alon. They are presently living in the Silicon Valley and also maintain homes in Tel Aviv and New York.

Gil Arie is a corporate and business partner at Foley Hoag LLP. His focus is on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and emerging businesses. He's also a globetrotter, having gained significant international experience assisting foreign companies operating in the US to structure, form and conduct business operations abroad. Gil is the co-chair of the firm's Technology Practice and advises startup founders and investors on entity formation, corporate governance and management. He received an LLB from the TAU Faculty of Law and an LLM from Cornell Law School.

Lisa S. Aufzien earned her BA in Psychology from Vassar College and an MA in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. Her thesis was an analysis of the resort timesharing industry, including the present and future effects of timesharing. Ms. Aufzien spent her entire career in food service management with Standard & Poors, Continental Insurance, and Bell Labs. She was also Director of Food Service Management for the Verona and Caldwell School Districts in New Jersey. Ms. Aufzien is now retired.

Leslie Gelrubin Benitah is a member of the AFTAU Board of Directors. She was born and raised in Paris; she earned her PhD in Journalism from the Sorbonne. Leslie became a broadcasting powerhouse right out of university, eventually becoming Executive Producer for primetime content for TF1, the most popular French network. Leslie moved to Miami and abandoned TV to become a fashion pioneer. Trend, her first boutique, instantly made the scene, with its highly sought-after clothing from promising new European designers. Leslie has also served as the Vice President of Groupe Terrot, a family-owned French development company, and recently became Editor in Chief of Challenges Magazine, a GB Group monthly printed in French and distributed in the United States and Haiti, highlighting politics and economics.

Yosi "Joe" Benlevi, TAU alum, is a VP and Senior Underwriting Counsel with Chicago Title Insurance Company, where he underwrites complex commercial real estate transactions for shopping centers, office buildings, and power plants. Before joining Chicago Title, he headed the legal department of one of New York's largest title agents in New York State. Mr. Benlevi was a lawyer in Israel before moving to the United States, and served as a career IDF officer in the Intelligence Core. He holds an LLB and LLM degrees from Tel Aviv University. Mr. Benlevi is also a member of the American Friends New York Alumni Committee.

David Brand, TAU Overseas Program alum, started his career with Haynes Furniture Company; 35 years later, he turned to philanthropy and now directs the Alliance for Global Good, which works with private philanthropy to address global health, education, poverty, the environment and the relationships between nations. He has directed projects on four continents. David also works closely with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, having served as president and campaign chairman. He is a graduate of American University with a degree in government and public administration.

Arturo Constantiner, MD, is a practicing physician specializing in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Born in Mexico City, Dr. Constantiner received his Medical Degree from the Faculty of Medicine at The National University of Mexico in 1975. He served as the Director of Nephrology and Dialysis at New York Downtown Hospital and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at NYU Medical Center. He was a member of the Board of Overseers of the Center for Jewish History; and received a Doctor Honoris Causa from TAU in 2004.

Richard A. Edlin is a Vice Chair of Greenberg Traurig LLP and Chair of the Litigation Department. He is a trial attorney, with experience in both trial and appellate courts including the US Supreme Court. He handles a variety of litigation and routinely acts for companies and their management; is a lecturer on litigation strategy; and the author of Courtroom Strategies for Litigation Success. Mr. Edlin is on the boards of the Urban Justice Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, and The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He received his BA from Tufts University and JD from Columbia University, where he was Notes Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. Mr. Edlin is a member of Temple Sinai in Tenafly, NJ.

Jack Feiler is a co-founder and principal of Palisade Capital Management, and a member of the firm's investment Policy Committee. In 1970, Mr. Feiler joined Burnham & Co., as an Account Executive and was later promoted to Senior Executive Vice President of Broad Street Investment management. From 1990 until the founding of Palisade Capital Management in 1995, Mr. Feiler was Senior Vice President of Investments at Smith Barney. He received his BBA in Accounting from City College of New York and his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Dr. Kathy Fields-Rayant is a Stanford-trained, board certified dermatologist who has been in private practice in San Francisco since 1987. She is an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Stanford and an Assistant Clinical Professor Emeritus of Dermatology at UCSF.

Dr. Kathy Fields and Dr. Katie Rodan co-founded Proactiv Solution in 1995, a paradigm shift in the treatment of acne, helping millions of patients world wide. The doctors are also the co-founders of Rodan and Fields, the number one premium skincare brand in North America, focused on life changing skincare available through a new platform of Consumer Connected Commerce.

The doctors have co-authored two books, Unblemished and Write Your Skin: A Prescription for Change.

Allen L. Finkelstein, DDS, the Chief Executive Officer of Bedford HealthCare Solutions, is the former Chief Dental Officer of AmeriChoice/United Health Group, insuring over 3.5 million lives in dental government coverage.

Dr. Finkelstein is a 1965 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1969, he graduated with honors from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA, where he was awarded a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. In 2009, Dr. Finkelstein was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the A.T. Still University (Hon) and in 2011 was awarded the Dr. Harry Strusser Memorial Award from New York University, College of Dentistry.

Dr. Finkelstein is a member of the American Dental Association, the Essex County Dental Association, and the dental associations of the States of New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. He serves on the New Jersey Dental Medicaid Advisory Committee, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island Coalitions of Oral Health, the Center for Health Care Strategies, American Friends of the Hebrew University New York Board Advisory, the Board of the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders, the Vice Chairman of the Shils Entrepreneurial Educational Fund, a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Academy of Oral-Systemic Health, a member of advisory board for Healthy Smiles-Healthy Families Oral Health for Children in California's Healthy Families Program, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Children's Dental Health Project, Washington, DC.

Dr. Finkelstein is the former President of the Rockland County Dental Society, former Trustee of the Ninth District Dental Society of the State of New York, former member of New York University College of Dentistry Admission Committee, and former Trustee of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity.

Dr. Finkelstein is a former Post Preventive Dental Officer at Fort Bragg, NC, receiving the Army Commendation medal for the Preventive Dental Program developed to reduce caries and emergencies for the US Army Dental Corps during the Vietnam War.

Dr. Finkelstein served on the Forensic Staff at the New York City Medical Examiners Office after September 11th and currently is an advisor to the New City Department of Health for the New York Cares Health Improvement Program.

Dr. Finkelstein is currently an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at New York University, College of Dentistry, Senior Advisor for Oral Health Strategies adjunct facility member of the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health A.T. Still University, a member of the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine Dean's Advisory Board, a member of Drexel College of Medicine Student Advisory Board, and a member of the Visitor's Board of the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University.

Dr. Finkelstein testified before the Domestic Policy Subcommittee on and Government Reform in the United States House of Representatives on "Evaluating Pediatric Dental Care under Medicaid" and advised Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland on the Child Health Insurance Plan Reform Act on dental coverage.

He is a long time proponent of Integrated Dental and Medical Care and has lectured at dental and medical schools and conferences on the subject of Early Childhood Caries and the need for Medical/Dental Integration to achieve the establishment of a quality outcome based Health Home.

Dr. Finkelstein has passed the National Dental Boards, North East Regional Boards, and is licensed to practice dentistry in New York and New Jersey. He currently maintains a dental practice, specializing in Periodontal Prosthesis located in Great Neck, NY.

In addition, Dr. Finkelstein has been active in many community activities, both philanthropies and dental outreach programs for the underserved.

Isaac "Ike" K. Fisher is a principal of Coral Gables, FL-based Capital Realty Services, Inc., which has been providing services for commercial investments since 1988. Prior to that he was vice president of Sonnenblick-Goldman Southeast Corp. Ike enthusiastically supports Jewish philanthropies and other national and community charitable organizations. He currently serves on the national Board of Directors of AIPAC and is the Financial Management Chair and serves on the Executive Board of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Ike holds degrees from George Washington University and the University of Florida College of Law. He is a member of the Florida Bar.

Sander Flaum is principal of Flaum Navigators, a leading healthcare sales and marketing consultancy focused on transformational thinking for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. He is an acknowledged business leader, marketing and sales effectiveness coach, motivational speaker and best-selling author, and leads workshops and seminars that are credited with helping clients exceed expectations, improve sales productivity and foster leadership values. Following a military career, he went on to work for 18 years at Lederle Laboratories, which merged into Wyeth, then Pfizer. He later became chairman and CEO of Euro RSCG Becker (now Havas Life), where he led a worldwide team of marketing strategists in introducing six blockbuster, $2 billion healthcare brands. He serves on the boards of Eagle Pharmaceuticals and The Ohio State University James Cancer Center, College of Arts and Sciences, The John Glenn College of Public Affairs and Fisher College of Business, where he also serves as executive-in-residence. Mr. Flaum holds an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Dr. Anita Friedman has a distinguished record of public service, both as a professional and as a volunteer leader. Her roles in the Jewish and general communities extend from the Bay Area to the national and international arenas.

Professionally, Dr. Friedman heads Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the largest and oldest family service institutions in the United States.

As a speaker, lecturer, and author, Dr. Friedman's expertise includes social policy and programming for diverse populations, from children and youth to families and the aged; the financing of health and human services; and the development of innovative business and social enterprise models. Dr. Friedman is also an expert on Holocaust and genocide education. She is the editor of the English-language edition of Rywka's Diary (Harper), which has also been published in Polish and more than a dozen other languages. She has served as a consultant on the forthcoming (2019) documentary about the diary.

Dr. Friedman has served on various local, state, national, and international commissions, including as Commissioner of the San Francisco Human Services Commission. She has received numerous awards for her public service leadership.

As a policy consultant to the State of Israel Ministry of Social Affairs, she has advised on effective policy strategies for human service provision and immigrant absorption. She also serves as a trustee on the national boards for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation, and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.

Nomi P. Ghez, Ph.D., is the Co-Founding Partner of Circle Financial Group, LLC, a private wealth management company. She served as Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs until 2003. She is on the Executive Board of The Jewish Museum and a Member of the NYU Stern Board of Overseers. She also serves on the Management Advisory Council for the New York University Stern School of Business Michael Price Student Investment Fund. She is on the Board of TAU and the TAU Recanati School of Business. Dr. Ghez holds a PhD from NYU; and a BA and MA from TAU.

Ellen T. Horing is the President/Founder of ETH Corp, a family investment office, and runs a hedge fund-of-funds, Highgate Partners. She was a Founding Partner of the Sterling Stamos group of fund-of-funds until Merrill Lynch invested in the firm. She was a research analyst and Director of Research for Gabelli Funds, Inc. She has an MBA from Columbia and a BA from the University of Colorado; and spent one year at the London School of Economics. Mrs. Horing is a member of Neshamot, a Westchester UJA-Federation venture philanthropy group and on the Board of "A Cure in Our Lifetime," which raises community money for breast cancer. She is a member of the Woman's Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

She works with underprivileged students at Harlem Village Academies teaching financial literacy and initiated a college coaching program.

Harold L. Kaplan is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, leading the firm's Corporate Trust and Bondholders Rights Team and a member of its Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations Practice. Mr. Kaplan was Chair of an AmLaw 200 Law Firm (2004-2006) and has been Peer Review Rated as AV® PreeminentTM, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2007 and as Chambers USA's "Leaders in their Field" since 2006. Mr. Kaplan received his MA and BA from the University of Wisconsin and his JD from the University of Chicago.

Melvin L. Katten is a Founding Partner of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. He is a former chairman of the Anti-Defamation League's Chicago Regional Board and past president of the Better Government Association; and serves as the Senior Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Roosevelt University, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Auditorium Theatre, President of the Pamela B. Katten Memorial Leukemia Research Foundation. Mr. Katten is a member of the TAU International Board of Governors. He has a JD from The John Marshall Law School; a BS from the University of Illinois; and is a CPA.

Vinna Katz fuels her journey through life with curiosity. Venezuelan-born, Californian-schooled and globally-raised, she has a deep understanding of the importance that diversity gives in perspective, innovation, and resilience. She began her career in banking at 20 years old and proceeded in graduating with degrees in Finance and International Business from Florida International University. Since then, she has been passionate about the vast world of entrepreneurship and has been involved in a series of ventures. Although the deep ties with TAU have been ingrained since childhood due to the fact that her grandparents David and Yolanda Katz entrusted the University with the Faculty of the Arts, it was not until the last couple of years that she has developed a profound connection and commitment.

Behzad Kianmahd is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Maxim Commercial Capital, a specialty finance company dedicated to providing capital to under-served small and mid size businesses. He is also a Principal at Axiom Investments & Management, Inc., which manages multiple companies and investment vehicles. With over 35 years of entrepreneurial experience, he has been a co-founder and executive of several domestic and international companies involved in a range of activities including general trade; garment manufacturing and related notions; health care; deep sea water desalination and bottling; and finance. He has sat on the boards of several for-profit and not-for-profit companies, including as the chairman of the board of Scribes Stats (Essia Health) and is currently chairing the board of Cross Campus. He is a co-founder and serves as a Member of Advisory Board of TAU Ventures, a university sponsored fund investing in start ups. He received his degree in international finance at the University of Akron, Ohio. His favorite philanthropic causes are education, cancer research and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

Michael Leit has been a fixed income financial analyst for more than 30 years. He recently retired from Pinebridge Investments, an $80+ billion mutual fund, where he was the Vice President of the Fixed Income Corporate Bond Research Department. Mr. Leit also held senior management positions at Gleacher & Company, MEAG New York, Corp., Prudential Securities Inc., and Bear Stearns Companies. Mr. Leit is a long-time member and former trustee of Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope. Mr. Leit is a board member and Treasurer of the Brooklyn Dreams Charter School, a pro bono SAT tutor, and practices Tai Chi.

Joan C. Lessing is a second-generation member of the TAU International Board of Governors. Her father endowed the Fred and Helen Lessing Professor of Ancient History; she created the Lessing-Yavetz Fund to provide ongoing support for the Department; and she and her mother endowed the Fred W. Lessing Institute for European History and Civilization. Ms. Lessing was the Coordinator of the Oral History Project of the Research Foundation for Jewish Immigration. Ms. Lessing serves on the Executive Committee of the American Friends of the Israel Museum and is a trustee of the Leo Baeck Institute of New York.

Norman H. Lipoff is Of Counsel for GreenbergTraurig, an international law firm based in Miami. He has practiced Tax Law for more than 50 years. This experience allows him to help clients with innovative techniques for wealth preservation. He also is extensively involved in community, national, and international non-profit organizations. Mr. Lipoff has a LLM, Taxation from New York University School of Law; a JD, with honors, from University of Florida Levin College of Law; and BSBA in Accounting from University of Florida.

David P. Rapaport, MD, FACS, is a New York State board-certified plastic surgeon. He started studying medicine at Boston University at the age of 16, then transferred to Tel Aviv University, where he earned his medical degree. He went on to train in general surgery at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, and in plastic surgery at NYU's Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Dr. Rapaport then moved to Florida, where he was on the faculty at the University of South Florida. While in Florida he helped craft legislation requiring broader insurance coverage for reconstructive breast surgery and did pioneering work in endoscopic and minimal incision breast and oncologic (melanoma) surgery. In 1997, Dr. Rapaport returned to New York City in 1997 to open his private cosmetic surgery practice. He is the son of Holocaust survivors.

Garry A. Rayant, BDS, DDS, LDSRCS, MS, is a dental specialist in periodontics and implant dentistry, and an entrepreneur. He practices part-time in San Francisco. He is the co-founder and a partner in Dear Doctor Magazine Inc., a print and online national consumer healthcare magazine. He also sits on the board of Rodan & Fields, a premium skincare brand built on a legacy of innovative dermatology-based skincare products backed by clinically proven results.

He has a master's degree in behavioral science and has also been active in education reform; he serves on the advisory board of Stanford University's Challenge Success program. He also serves on: the AIPAC National Council; the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Advanced Judaic Studies Program; Tulane University's President's Council; the International Board of Directors of Tel Aviv University; AFTAU, Chair of the Communications Committee.

Shira Ronen is a certified executive coach and leadership development facilitator, helping successful executives become more effective and more fulfilled in their work. She founded Spectrum Consulting in 2002, after working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company for several years and at Johnson& Johnson. Spectrum allows Shira to follow her passion of coaching, training and facilitating interactions between people.

She holds an MBA with distinction from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BA in Psychology and Management from Tel Aviv University. Shira served as a Psychological Assessor in Israel's Intelligence Forces.

Harvey Rothenberg worked his way up from a project engineer to Executive Vice President/Partner at Ruben Companies, the New York-based developer and manager of prime real estate. He oversaw the development of eight million square feet of commercial and residential space. He also taught Real Estate Development at NYU. Harvey moved to Florida in 2005. He expanded his business involvements, becoming a member of the New World Angels, and he is now also a partner at Recognition Properties and EBF Partners. Harvey received a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering degree with a minor in Architecture from City College of New York; and an MBA from Baruch College. Harvey is a member of the board and former treasurer of the America Israel Cultural Foundation and a member of Washington AIPAC.

Dr. Marc Rothman is a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey; and Chief of the Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Rothman is also Chairman of the United States Foundation of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. He is on the Board of Overseers of Hillel at Temple University and a co-chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Health Care Affinity Group.

Timothy A. Schlindwein is Managing Principal of Schlindwein Associates, LLC, an independent investment advisor with US offices in Chicago and Dallas. He has over 45 years of experience in the investment management industry, creating and managing mutual funds and institutional portfolios and heading an investment firm with managed assets exceeding $28 billion. He earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the University of Chicago. He has lectured on portfolio management and investment manager evaluation for the school's Executive MBA program in Chicago and the Executive Education program in Chicago and the United Arab Emirates. He is a Chartered Investment Counselor.

Alan M. Silberstein is President of Allston Associates, bringing his clients 40 years' experience in consumer financial services, payments, and turnaround management. Early in his career, he worked for John Lindsay's New York City Bureau of the Budget and as a design engineer for Ford Motor Company. He serves on the boards of the Columbia University Engineering School, the Forward Association, and the Seton Hall Sister Rose Thering Fund. Mr. Silberstein is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Business Executives for National Security. He received his BS in engineering from Columbia and his MBA from Harvard.

Edith Simchi-Levi graduated from Tel Aviv University with a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science. She is an entrepreneur in supply chain and operations analytics. She was co-founder and executive of Opalytics, an advanced analytics cloud platform that is now part of Accenture; and co-founder of LogicTools, a supply chain optimization software company acquired by ILOG/IBM. She is also the co-author of the award-winning textbook, Designing and Managing the Supply Chain. Edith's father Ady Seidman, of blessed memory, was the founder and fourth dean of TAU's School of Engineering. She and Prof. David Simchi-Levi of MIT supported the renovation and naming of the new Professor Ady Seidman Lobby in the Electrical Engineering building that was home to her father's laboratory.

Michel Steinberger was born in Belgium in 1943. His parents were in hiding during the war; and younger Mr. Steinberger was born in a convent and saved by Abbe Andre, a righteous Gentile. He graduated from Solvay Business School at the University of Brussels. He and his young family moved to Los Angeles in 1979. Mr. Steinberger founded Marble Arch Fine Arts more than 25 years ago, first concentrating on Old Masters and more recently expanding into contemporary art. Mr. Steinberger serves on the International Board of the Israel Cancer Research Fund as well as the Friends of Sheba Medical Center.

Dr. Rada Sumareva is the President and Founder of the Russian American Dental Association and the Vice President of Global Professional Relations at MDwithME, a remote virtual medical diagnostic start-up. She is a Board Certified Periodontist, focusing her attention on oral cancer prevention, anti-smoking campaigns for youth and access to care for the special needs community. Dr. Sumareva earned her DDS degree from the NYU College of Dentistry, where she later completed the Post Graduate Program in Periodontology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, Wexner Heritage Program and Alpha Omega Foundation Board Member. She currently serves as the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program NY Ambassador.

Sara Summers moved from London to Israel in 1971 and from Israel to Denver in 1973. She worked for the Environmental Protection Agency as an air pollution meteorologist and, for many years, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where she developed a program that uses unmanned planes for environmental measurements. Sara worked in the White House GLOBE Program, which enlists teachers and students from 12,000 primary and secondary schools in 48 states and 102 countries to take regular observations of weather and other variables. She was also a science educator for NOAA's Science on a Sphere Program to expand climate and science education for people of all ages. Sara retired in 2014. She earned a BS in Meteorology from Denver Metropolitan University and an MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Denver.

Aaron Tartakovsky, TAU alum, is co-founder and CEO of Epic CleanTec, a San Francisco-based startup that has introduced a revolutionary new technology into the urban wastewater treatment industry. Before that he directed business development for CB Engineers, a leading engineering and R+D firm. Aaron also co-founded the Israel-California Green-Tech Partnership in collaboration with Google to inspire business and technological exchange between the US and Israel. Aaron is a graduate of Tufts University, magna cum laude, and received a master's degree in political science from TAU, specializing in security and diplomacy.

Luba Troyanovsky is the principal of Solaris LLC, a California real estate development and investment corporation. In her work as a community volunteer, Luba serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family and Children's Services. She is also a member of the Northern California AIPAC Board, and the AIPAC National Council focusing on strengthening the US-Israel strategic relationship. Having immigrated with her family to the US as a political refugee in 1978, she is also a longtime leader of the Bay Area's Russian-speaking Jewish community.

Gail White earned a BA in Art History from the University of Miami and did post-graduate work in Economics and Accounting. She serves on the board of Daughters of Miriam Home for the Aged and on the board of Barnert Temple, where she is also a Lifetime Trustee. Ms. White has been a Braille transcriber, translating textbooks from English to Braille for the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, since 1992.

Murray Zucker, MD, is the Corporate Medical Director of Innovation and New Programming at Optum Behavioral Health, a division of United Health Group. Before this, he was a Medical Director with Health Net, overseeing behavioral health needs of military dependants and retirees. He has an undergraduate degree from Penn and an MD from the University of Rochester. Dr. Zucker is a member of the TAU Board of Governors and serves on the San Francisco Federation Israel and Overseas Committee. He was a correspondent for the Jewish Forward during the Six Day War.


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