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Meet the Board

Board Members, 2015-17

Michelle Rubin — Chair
Michelle RubinMichelle 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.

Angela Flotken – Vice-Chair, Engagement
Angela FlotkenAngela began volunteering for the Jewish Federation of St. Louis shortly after she moved to St. Louis in 2003. Her journey began with the Young Professional’s Division and led her to Women’s Philanthropy. She has served on the Women’s Philanthropy Board for six years. During that time, she has served as Vice-Chair, has chaired numerous events including the inaugural year of “L’Chaim!” and currently serves as Vice Chair of Engagement. Angela also serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Auxiliary Foundation for Jewish Aged. Married to J.J. and mother to their three daughters, Angela finds few things more fulfilling than giving back. Outside of Women’s Philanthropy, she is involved with the Clayton school district where her children attend school as well as a number of non-profit organizations in the community. She particularly enjoys working alongside her children to repair the world through their joint and loving involvement with Birthday Joy.

Amy Bender-Levy – Vice-Chair, Education
Amy Bender LevyAmy 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.

Dana Schwartz — Vice-Chair, Development
Dana-SchwartzDana Schwartz has been involved with Women’s Philanthropy since 2011 and joined the board in 2013. As a hospital account executive in the pharmaceutical industry, Dana is motivated to work with Women’s Philanthropy because it keeps her connected to the Jewish faith and culture and enables her to network with the Jewish community in St. Louis. She is excited to bring in new members to Women’s Philanthropy and to give back to the community and meet new people. She also serves as an advisor to the board of a micro-lending bank on behalf of NCJW, which provides loans to women in need. Her favorite things in St. Louis are the zoo and the botanical gardens.

Bonnie Solomon — Vice-Chair, Community Service
Bonnie Solomon
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.

Victoria Singer — Immediate Past Co-Chair
Vicky SingerVictoria (Vicki) Singer, a native of New York City, pursued her undergraduate work in Judaic Studies at Dartmouth College and graduate work in Psychology at Columbia University. Her commitment to volunteerism and the Jewish community at large developed from her Hillel involvement and the Federation-sponsored fellowship, Project Otzma, in Israel. Vicki was a development professional, including development director, for several non-profit organizations in New York City, Washington, D.C. and St. Louis before becoming a professional volunteer and stay-at-home mom. She is currently immediate past chair of Women’s Philanthropy. In addition, she is a board member of the St. Louis Jewish Light, Past Co-President of the Wydown Middle School PTO and has previously served on the boards of the JCRC and AJC. Vicki resides in Clayton with her husband, Barry, and their two children.

Sherry Shuman — Immediate Past Co-Chair
Sherry ShumanSherry Shuman has been working with the Jewish Federation of St. Louis for the past five years. She enjoys working with incredibly intelligent women who care about helping the less fortunate. Sherry works as a physician at BJC helping heal the body and as a volunteer to help heal the soul. She finds the women inspirational and the cause of helping others even more so. On Fridays, you’ll find Sherry at the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry working with some of the world’s funniest and most generous women. Sherry is immediate past chair of Women’s Philanthropy. Currently, Sherry is on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and Chair of the Caring for Jews in Need Overseas Subcommittee.

Chair

Michelle Rubin

Executive Committee

Angela Flotken, Vice-Chair, Engagement
Amy Bender-Levy, Vice-Chair, Education
Dana Schwartz, Vice-Chair, Development
Bonnie Solomon, Vice-Chair, Community Service
Sherry Shuman, Immediate Past Co-Chair
Vicki Singer, Immediate Past Co-Chair

At-Large Board Members

Stacy Abeles
Fran Balk
Lizzie Berman
Emily Corson
Dorit Daphna-Iken
Helene Frischer
Lauren Gelber
Sharon Greenstein-Gorman
Stephanie L. Gross
Susan Kemppainen
Melissa Klein
Amy Lampert
Emily Stein MacDonald
Jean Margul
Lisa Nixon
Lynne Prywitch
Angela Sandler
Erin Schneider
Christy Singer
Abbey Small
Lisa Suffian
Gaby Tullman
Stacey Wallach
Rachel Weiss

Life Members

Judy Abrams
Ellen Alper
Ilse Altman
Lisa Graivier Barnes
Terry Bloomberg
Lee Bohm
Susan R. Bosse
Marilyn Fox
Henrietta Freedman
Diane Gallant
Nancy Green
Cynthia Kretmar
Jayne Langsam
Leslie Litwack
Lynn Lyss
Myrna Meyer
Galia Movitz
Lynne Palan
Lenore Pepper
Adinah Raskas
Betsy Rubenstein
Shelley Sarver
Karen Schechter
Pearl Serota
Karen B. Sher
Heidi Silberman
Carole Simon
Nancy Siwak
Lynn Spewak
Alice Sudin
Marcia W. Weber
Sherri Frank Weintrop
Jane Roodman Weiss
Lynn Wittels