2017 Board of Directors

Officers: Howard Wizig, President; John Goldberg, M.D., Executive Vice President; Diane Azorsky, Vice President-Grants; Phyllis Stevens, Vice President-Grants; Nola Adebo, Vice President-Incubation; Howard Mayer, Vice President-Investments; Scott M. Slabotsky, Treasurer; Andrew Kaplan, Secretary; Frank Sterneck, Immediate Past President

Members: Tom Barnett; Loren Berenbom, M.D.; Stanley Brand, M.D.; Stevi Brick; Ann Darke; Diane Federman; Michelle Goldsmith; Edward J. Goldstein; Bob Grant; Justin J. Johl; Jeffrey Kramer, M.D.; Arthur Liebenthal; Frank Lipsman; Sharon J. Loftspring; Barbara MacArthur, RN, MN; Jeffrey K. Mallin; Carol Porter, Juan Rangel, Jr.; Marjorie Robinow; Brian Scharf; Bob Shaw, Dan Somberg, Ph.D.; Daniel Stolper; Gary Wolf



Rita M. CortesRita M. Cortes | Executive Director

Rita became Executive Director in July, 2015. Her prior professional experience includes practicing law with Seigfreid Bingham, P.C., where she was a shareholder, and Hoffman Cortes Contracting Company, where she served as president. Rita’s community involvement includes prior board service and leadership roles with diverse organizations in the greater Kansas City business and civic communities, as well as the Jewish community. In addition, she serves as a mentor in the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program and tutors B’nai Mitzvah students at Congregation Beth Shalom.

913.327.8109 | Email Rita

Kim LewisKim Lewis | Program Officer

Kim Lewis joined the Jewish Heritage Foundation in December, 2013.  She previously served as Special Events Coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City for eight years. Before moving back to Kansas City in 2002, Kim spent six years as Director of Administration for the Bureau of Jewish Education, Orange County, California. Kim brings to the Foundation an extensive knowledge of Jewish communal nonprofit organizations. Kim earned her BS in Event and Recreation Management from the University of Kansas.

913.327.4623 | Email Kim

Celeste Aronoff | Grants & Communications Manager

Celeste Aronoff joined the Menorah Heritage Foundation in June, 2017.  Previously she served as Director of Communications for Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City, and most recently spent three years in Jerusalem, Israel, studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She has a BA in Communications from Boston University, with expertise in non-profit communications and grants management. She also has a great love for Jewish texts, theology, and religious studies.

913.327.4638 | Email Celeste


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