Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board

Richard C. Sheerr

Chairman of the Board

Richard C. Sheerr is President of Willings Advisors LLC.  Prior to that, he served as the President of The Wagman Primus Group, LP from 1995 to 2014, and the President of Crown Textile Company from 1970 to 1993.  Mr. Sheerr served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Einstein Healthcare Network, and chaired the Moss Rehab Hospital from 1990 to 1993.

Elaine Adler

Ms. Adler co-founded the Myron Manufacturing  Co. a mail order firm specializing in marketing products exclusively to other businesses.  In 1982, she launched her own catalog, “Comfortably Yours.”  Elaine and her husband Mike founded the Adler Aphasia Center in 2003, located in Maywood, NJ.  She is a board member at the Jewish Home and Rehabilitation Center and on the Ramapo College Board of Governors.

Geraldine Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN

Geraldine Bednash, PhD served as executive director and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and headed legislative and regulatory advocacy programs as director of government affairs. She serves as the chair of the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care, a member of the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions and a member of the Quality Alliance Steering Committee. She has served on the Board of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, and on the Advisory Board for the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nursing Associations scholars development project.

Brian E. Benson, MD

Brian Benson, MD is a board certified otolaryngologist. Dr. Benson is leading the development of the robotic head and neck surgery program at John Theurer Cancer Center and the creation of the Dysphagia Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. He is also the Chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the new Seton Hall at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Robert M. Berkowitz

Board Member 2004-2017

Mr. Berkowitz retired as Vice President at Deloitte & Touche where he had been a senior partner, a member of its Policy Committee and its International Board. He has served as President of the NJ Essex County Jewish Community Center, the Paper Mill Playhouse Board, and as a board member for the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, the United Way, and the Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce.

Chair Emeritus

Jordan J. Cohen, MD

Chair Emeritus

Jordan Cohen, MD, is President Emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He also was as Professor of Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and served as Trustee of Morehouse School of Medicine. He served as Chairman of the Board for the Arnold P. Gold Foundation from 20o6-2016.

Laurel Epstein

Laurel Epstein currently serves as President of the Bishop House Foundation, where she is spearheading the restoration of an 1860 historic property. She has previously sat on the Board of Georgetown University’s scholarship program and chaired the Parent Leadership Program while her two daughters attended. Mrs. Epstein has had a floral business for 35 years, which focuses on charity work.

Chair Emeritus

Arnold P. Gold, MD

Chair Emeritus

Arnold Gold, MD is the co-founder of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. He was a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and worked as a pediatric neurologist for over 50 years.

Sandra O. Gold, MS, EdD

Sandra Gold, EdD is the co-founder of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. She is a member of Columbia University Health Science Advisory Council and a board member of the Jewish Community Association of North America.

Joshua E. Hyman, MD

Board Member 2009-2017

Joshua Hyman, MD is Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Assistant Attending at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. He serves as Director of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma Service and Medical School Program Director for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Sarah Jeanne Kalter

Ms. Kalter is Senior Director, Stakeholder Relationship Management at the XPRIZE Foundation. Prior to joining the XPRIZE Foundation, Sarah worked for American Express, Affinion Group, and Bemporad Baranowski Marketing Group. Sarah is a board member of the Mayer Family Foundation.

Vice Chair

Lisa Kravet, Esq

Vice Chair

Lisa G. Kravet, Esq. has been at Kravet Inc. since 1986.  She was a practicing attorney from 1983 to 1986, working at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius as well as Grutman, Miller, Greenspoon, Hendler and Levin.  Both are New York City firms specializing in labor and employment law.  Ms. Kravet was a board member of Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids and of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

Richard I. Levin, MD

Richard Levin, MD is President and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Vice-Principal for Health Affairs at McGill University. He was Vice Dean for Education, Faculty and Academic Affairs, and a Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. He is an Attending Emeritus at Bellevue Hospital. He also served as President of the Council of Deans of the Faculties of Medicine of Quebec and Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Resident Matching Service.

Marsha Levine, PhD

Marsha Levine, PhD has extensive experience in classroom and clinical teaching and has developed education policy at the US Department of Education, the American Enterprise Institute, the American Federation of Teachers, George Washington University, and NCATE – the national body for accrediting schools of teacher education.  She holds degrees from Barnard College, Columbia University Teachers College and the University of Maryland.

William J. Lippman

Board Member 1996-2017

Senior Vice President, Franklin Templeton Investments

Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski, RN, MBA, MTS

Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski, a critical care nurse with years of experience working on international healthcare missions, is a Delegate for the Order of Malta’s Mission at the United Nations, focused on human trafficking and the global refugee crisis, and is on the Board of Councillors for the Order of Malta, American Association. She also serves on the boards of RAD-AID International, the World Youth Alliance, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

Robert Owens

Robert Owens has been the President of Owens Group Insurance since 1978.  He serves on the boards of the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadeship at NYU, the Horace Mann School, and the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz.

Myron Rosner, Esq.

Myron Rosner, Esq worked at the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer. He was a founding board member of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and served as Secretary from 1988-2015. He is also a Trustee of The Russell Berrie Foundation.

Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh

Arthur H. Rubenstein, MD is a professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  He served as Dean of the Perelman School and was the Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System.  He was the Lowell T. Coggeshall Distinguished Service Professor of Medical Sciences and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He serves on the boards of PinnacleCare, Safeguard Bioscience, and the Joslin Medical Center.

Treasurer

Philip K. Ryan

Treasurer

Philip Ryan is an Executive in Residence at the New York University Stern School of Business and is Chairman of the Board of Swiss Re Americas Holding. He served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial Corporation. He had a 22 year career at Credit Suisse Group, a global financial institution spanning banking, wealth management, asset management, brokerage and insurance.

 

Jeffrey L. Saltzer, CPA

Jeffrey Saltzer is a Partner in the Marcum Family Office group and a member of its High-Net-Worth Individuals Practice group. He has more than 30 years experience providing business management, financial advisory and strategic tax planning services. Saltzer is one of the founding board members of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and served as Treasurer from 1988-2015.

Secretary

S. Andrew Schaffer

Secretary

Mr. Schaffer is a Senior Fellow, Center for Research in Crime and Justice, New York University School of Law. He served as Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters at the NYC Police Department. He also held titles of Senior VP, General Counsel and Secretary of New York University.

Mark Seiden

Mr. Seiden is the President of International Technology Solutions in White Plains, NY.

Norman Seiden

Norman Seiden co-founded Melnor Industries and served as President and CEO for 20 years. He was General Partner of Forsgate Industrial Complex and President of Herrod Construction Company. He serves as a board member of American Technion Society, The Norman and Barbara Seiden Foundation and the Russell Berrie Foundation.

Scott Shaffer, MD

Scott Shaffer, MD is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consult/Liaison Service at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and is the associate training director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is the Chair-Elect of the Gold Humanism Honors Society and currently serves on the Advisory Council and is chair of the Program Committee.

Howard Silverman, MD

Howard Silverman, MD serves as the Program Director for the Banner/UA Clinical Informatics Fellowship and is a Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics, Family & Community Medicine, and Bioethics & Medical Humanism at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.

 

Lawrence G. Smith, MD, MACP

Dr. Lawrence Smith, MD, MACP is the founding dean of Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief at Northwell Health. Dr. Smith was formerly at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan where he served as dean and chairman of medical education, founder and director of the school’s Institute for Medical Education, professor of medicine and an attending physician.

Michael Sonnenfeldt

Board Member 2002-2017

Michael W. Sonnenfeldt is the Founder of TIGER 21 and Chairman of Carmanah Technologies Corp. Through his private investment company, MUUS & Company, Mr. Sonnenfeldt has holdings in solar, battery, and other technologies related to alternative energy infrastructure applications. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Sonnenfeldt founded and led Emmes & Company.

Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN

Eileen Sullivan-Marx is the Dean of the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing and the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing. She is also a Professor Emerita of Scholarly Practice, Clinician-Educator at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

George Thibault, MD

Dr. George Thibault, MD is the President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation since 2008. Immediately prior he served as the Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Partners Healthcare System in Boston and Director of the Academy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Thibault is Chairman of the Board of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, and serves on the Board of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Institute on Medicine as a Profession, and the Lebanese American University. In addition, he serves on the President’s White House Fellows Commission and has chaired the Special Medical Advisory Group for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs for the past twelve years

Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP

Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP is Managing Director at Tuckson Health Connections, LLC.  He also worked at UnitedHealth Group as the Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs and was the Senior Vice President of Professional Standards at the American Medical Association and the President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He served as Commissioner of Public Health in the District of Columbia from 1986 to 1990.  He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at ViTel Net, LLC and is a member of the Board of Directors at the American Telemedicine Association.

Barry Waldorf, Esq

Barry Waldorf, Esq. worked for more than 30 years at United States Trust Company of New York and retired as the Senior Fiduciary Officer and a Managing Director of that company. He is on the Board of the Mellam Family Foundation and is on the Leadership Council of the  Roundabout Theater Company and the Patrons’ Council of Manhattan Theatre Company.

Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD

Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD is the Walter A.L. Thompson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the New York University School of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the NYU Langone Medical Center.  Dr. Zuckerman chairs the Medical Advisory Board for Apos Therapy, Inc., Hip Innovation Technology and J3Personica.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation.