2018 Menorah Heritage Foundation Board of Directors


Howard Wizig, President

John Goldberg, MD, Executive Vice President

Howard Mayer, Vice President, Investments

Diane Azorsky, Vice President, Grants

Phyllis Stevens, Vice President, Grants

Nola Adebo, Vice President, Incubation

Scott M. Slabotsky, Treasurer

Andrew Kaplan, Secretary

Frank Sterneck, Immediate Past President


Tom Barnett

Stanley Brand, MD

Stevi Brick

Ann Darke

Diane Federman

Michelle Goldsmith

Edward J. Goldstein

Bob Grant

Samantha Hammontree

Justin Johl

Jeffrey Kramer, MD

Frank Lipsman

Sharon Loftspring

Barbara MacArthur, RN, MN

Jeffrey Mallin

Juan Rangel, Jr.

Marjorie Robinow

Brian Scharf

Bob Shaw

Dan Somberg, PhD

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


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