2019 Menorah Heritage Foundation Board of Directors


John Goldberg, MD, President

Andrew Kaplan, Executive Vice President

Dan Stolper, Vice President, Investments

Edward Goldstein, Vice President, Grants

Howard Mayer, Vice President, Grants

Margie Robinow, Vice President, Incubation

Barbara MacArthur, RN, MN, Treasurer

Scott Slabotsky, Secretary

Howard Wizig, Immediate Past President


Nola Adebo

Diane Azorsky

Tom Barnett

Michael Berenbom

Stanley Brand, MD

Stevi Brick

Diane Federman

Michelle Goldsmith

Samantha Hammontree

Justin Johl

Jeffrey Kramer, MD

Sharon Loftspring

Jeffrey Mallin

Scott Picker

Juan Rangel, Jr.

Brian Scharf

Bob Shaw

Phyllis Stevens


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 our predecessor foundation, 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 and General communal nonprofit organizations. Kim earned her BS in Event and Recreation Management from the University of Kansas.

913.327.4623 | Email Kim

Mirra Klausner| Grants Manager

Mirra Klausner joined the Menorah Heritage Foundation in June, 2018.

913.327.4638 | Email Mirra

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