Board Members, 2017-19
Bonnie Solomon, Chair
For more than 40 years, Bonnie Solomon has combined her passion for seniors in both her professional and volunteer life. Her community input has been vast, including work with Covenant Place (formerly Covenant House/CHAI), National Council of Jewish Women, Jewish Women International, Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family & Children’s Service and the Mid-East Area on Aging. In addition, she has provided leadership to the Chamber of Commerce, both local and national professional associations, school districts and Congregation Shaare Emeth. In each of these endeavors, she has brought caring and organized action. Her experiences have allowed her to mentor, guide and bring a multi-lensed perspective to community building and collaboration. Her current position as Vice-Chair of Community Service for Women’s Philanthropy continues that tradition.
Amy Bender-Levy, Vice-Chair, Development
Amy Bender-Levy works for the Marks Law Firm, LLC, practicing in the areas of domestic, probate and juvenile law. Prior to joining the Marks Law Firm, she worked for the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry from 2005-2014, providing free legal representation in the areas of domestic and probate law. Amy was elected in 2013 and is currently serving on the Missouri Bar Board of Governors for District 9. She is the current President of Girls on the Run St. Louis and has been a Board Member since 2011. Amy was selected and participated in The Rubin Israel Experience in 2009, a free trip to Israel coordinated by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. She is on the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Women’s Philanthropy Board as Vice Chair of Education, having previously served 2011-2013 on the Executive Committee and as co-chair of the Social Action committee. Additionally, she is on the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Board of Trustees and was nominated and is serving on the Jewish Community Relations Committee for 2014-2016. Amy is a Millstone Fellow Alumni of the Class of 2013. In 2014, she received the Grosberg Young Leadership award. Amy lives happily with her husband and children ages 10, 9 and 4 in Chesterfield.
Michelle Rubin, Immediate Past Chair
Michelle Rubin has been involved with the Jewish Federation of St. Louis in high school, college and throughout her entire adult life. She has held many positions at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis for Campaign, Planning & Allocations and General Programming, as well as other community agencies. Michelle especially loved being an educator for Our Jewish Home for more than 10 years. Professionally, Michelle works as a psychotherapist focusing on areas of grief, loss and spirituality. She is motivated by her overall love of Jewish life and wants to give back to others because of all the privileges in her own life. She thinks it is wonderful to practice Jewish continuity to honor our past and provide for the future. Her favorite things about St. Louis are the beautiful seasons of spring and fall and what a great city it is to raise a family–great schools, great synagogues, a free zoo and so much art and culture.
Lynne Prywitch, Vice Chair, Education
Lynne has been a supporter of Women’s Philanthropy for a number of years. She served on the WP Board from 2015-2017, was a participant on the JWRP Israel Trip, the New York City Mission, co-chaired the Shower our Community Event, co-chaired the Hanukkah Hugs program and regularly participates in the hands-on Women’s Philanthropy Community Service activities. She has also volunteered at the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. Lynne is the owner of The Tasty Tray Company (gourmet candy & nut trays) and Goodies For Guests (welcome boxes) in St. Louis. She’s able to combine her creativity with her love of candy and chocolate. After moving to St. Louis 20 years ago from Chicago, Lynne considers St. Louis home. Lynne and her husband, Brett, live in Chesterfield, have two boys in college and a cute doggie named Winnie.
Julie Yawitz, Vice Chair, Engagement
Julie Yawitz has worked at Logos School for 24 years. She started there as an Adolescent Therapist and now serves as their Special Events Coordinator. Julie has served on several boards for her daughters’ schools and has been very active with Autism Speaks. She has planned many events for them and has been the captain of her family’s Autism Speaks Walk Team, Kaitlyn’s Crew, for 14 years. She has also helped to plan events for Shaare Emeth. Julie co-chaired the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Inclusion Initiative for four years. She has been involved with planning several events for Women’s Philanthropy and co-chaired L’Chaim in 2016. Julie is married to Greg Yawitz and has two wonderful daughters, Alyson and Kaitlyn. Julie thrives on making a positive difference in others lives and is excited to serve as Vice President of Engagement for Women’s Philanthropy.
Laura Fields, Vice Chair, Community Service
Laura has been involved with Women’s Philanthropy since 2011, first as a volunteer and then as a staff member. She was the Development Associate for Women’s Philanthropy from 2014-16, leading many of the events and programs that Women’s Philanthropy offers. She has always been very passionate about the community service Women’s Philanthropy does, so was honored when asked to be the Vice Chair of Community Service. She loves to be able to give back to her community by helping others. Laura was born and raised in St. Louis. She stays at home raising her two wonderful children, Gabe who is 9 and Sarah who is 6.
At-Large Board Members
MaryAnne Smyly Sabin
Lisa Graivier Barnes
Susan R. Bosse
Karen B. Sher
Marcia W. Weber
Sherri Frank Weintrop
Jane Roodman Weiss