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Wexner Heritage Program

Jewish learning and leadership development for volunteer leaders in North America

Meet our Heritage Alumni

Daniel Berkowitz
WHP Pittsburgh 07

Daniel is a serial entrepreneur, team leader and strategist with more than 20 years’ experience developing concepts into plans and executing those plans into successful realities. He’s adept at fundraising, business development, strategy and motivating teams to success. Currently, as the CEO of Atlas Development Co., Daniel manages a multi-million dollar vertically integrated real estate development fund in Pittsburgh.

 

Tracey Bilski
WHP New York 5

Tracey is a philanthropic entrepreneur with more than 30 years of leadership experience. She cofounded and chaired J-Teen Leadership (2008-2013,) an award-winning community service and Jewish engagement program for more than 400 high school students that was recognized by Slingshot as one of the 50 most innovative Jewish organizations in North America (2013.) Tracey has developed a reputation for bringing innovation and metrics to not-for-profit organizations.

 

Laura Lauder
WHP San Francisco 3

Laura has held countless positions on the boards of nonprofit organizations, including the Jewish Community Federation and its $2.8B Endowment Fund Committee, where she chairs the Allocations Committee. She has also served on the boards of the Jewish Education Service of North America, the Jewish Funders Network and the National Public Radio Foundation.  She and her husband Gary co-founded the Socrates Society of the Aspen Institute in 1996. She recently became a Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In the late 1990s, Laura chaired the capital campaign for the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, which now houses nearly 400 students K-8, including her own children.

Laura is the founder of DeLeT, a fellowship that gives selected applicants access to a career in Day School teaching. The program is modeled on Laura’s experience in the Wexner Heritage Program. 

“I realized I had an opportunity – no, an obligation—to leverage my extraordinary experience using unique Wexner leadership development model. I had to help another group of much more important people:  those who help us raise our Jewish children every day in the classroom: our Jewish Day School teachers. Thus, the Day School Leadership through Teaching initiative was born in 2001. And now, 7 years later, this program has trained and placed nearly 100 new day school teachers across the country. It was thanks to Les and Abigail for the inspiration and the opportunity for a spectacular Jewish education that led to this effort.”

 

Dan Segal
WHP Philadelphia 1

Having practiced litigation in a 50-person law firm that Dan helped to found in 1994, he is now largely retired. Among his most gratifying career experiences were serving as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and successfully representing the 2,400 juvenile victims of a judicial scandal involving millions of dollars of unlawful payments to two judges, payments intended to bias the sentencing process. Dan’s activities in the Jewish community have focused on Jewish education
(day schools, family education and Hillel), community relations (JCRC) and social justice/human rights/pluralism in Israel (New Israel Fund.) In the broader community, he served for a number of years as president of the Juvenile Law Center, a leading national juvenile justice public interest law firm. He continues to serve on the advisory committee of the Philadelphia ACLU. Dan has been married for more than 50 years and has two married sons and six grandchildren.

 

Betsy Sheerr
WHP Philadelphia 2

Betsy is a public speaking coach and media trainer, specializing in IPOs, mergers and acquisitions and private coaching for C-suite executives. She taught at Haverford College and in the MBA program at Wharton. She had a second office in Tel Aviv, where she served numerous emerging growth companies. A passionate advocate for global Jewry and the US-Israel relationship, she remains active in JDC, JAC PAC (pro-Israel/ pro-choice political action), Washington Institute for Near East Affairs and Shalem College in Jerusalem. Betsy holds two degrees from Yale University. She and her husband Richard lived for more than 40 years in Philadelphia and now reside in West Palm Beach and Martha’s Vineyard. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

 

Tara Slone-Goldstein
WHP NY/Westchester 07


Tara is the President of Marketing Matters Ltd., a consulting firm specializing in branding, strategic marketing and marketing communications. Tara is also currently Chair of the Board of Directors of The Jewish Education Project and on the Advisory Committee for J-Teen Leadership, a community service leadership development organization. Tara also serves on the Board of Directors of UJA-Federation of NY and chairs the Immersive Jewish Experiences Committee in the Jewish Life Department. She
was a member of the 2011 Jewish Community Study of New York Taskforce. Tara has also served as a Wexner Heritage Alumni Delegate and is a past President of the Emelin Theatre. Tara received her BA in Marketing from George Washington University and her MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. Tara and her husband Wayne live in Mamaroneck and they have three sons.

 

Howard Zack
WHP San Francisco 2

Howard was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Lived in Bay Area since 1983. Most recently, Building Community Co-Chair and Capital Campaign Co-Chair for his shul's redevelopment which culminated in move-in August 2010. Capital Campaign continues.  He sits on the AIPAC National Council and a member of the  AIPAC Summit ’13 Cabinet. He is active in the San Francisco Federation Capital Planning Committee; Allocations; Board of Governors and Ex Officio Branding Skunkworks. He has sat on the Brandeis Hillel Day School Board and the  Board of NorCal Camp Ramah.  He is a Board member of Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). He is married to Diane also a Wexner Heritage Program alum.  They have 3 children: Marty, Nathan, and Alana.


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