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Agnelli, Mark
Mark is a dually-registered financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments in Lake Worth. He is also licensed by the state of Florida for life insurance, long-term care insurance, and annuities. His passion is educating people about proper investing principles and strategies to help them achieve their financial goals.

Bergstein, Alan
Alan retired from the New York City School System, where he served as an Administrator and Supervisor. Currently, he is the Chair of the South Florida Zionist Organization of America. His studies and research aid him as a journalist, lecturer and speaker on Israel and Zionist issues.

Fass, Raymond
After completing his BS degree at CCNY and MFA at Fordham University, Ray worked as a stage manager off Broadway & Equity Library in New York City. Afterwards, he moved on to TV production work and supervisory direction at WJAR-TV and WSBE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island. His lifetime hobby and passion for TV and sports has led to fun and engaging lectures at Palm Beach State College and various community groups.

Feirstein, George
George, a graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, has been an adjunct lecturer of American Musical Theater at Lynn University and Palm Beach State College. His love of the theater and his experience as an actor and performer led him to share this knowledge with various community groups and educational venues.

Gellert, Andrea
Andrea Gellert has been in the insurance and financial services industry for 13 years. She owns and runs a financial services firm called Wealth Strategies. She is a registered representative and has had her insurance license for over a decade. She is a two time past President of Women in Insurance and Financial Services of South Florida and serves on the Board of Directors for Kids-4-Kids in Miami, Florida and The Plaza Theatre in Manalapan. She runs a firm which takes a holistic approach to customizing planning for individuals. Andrea believes delivering education and understanding to her clients and audiences, takes precedence over everything else.

Goodman, Lee
Lee is an Award winning artist. He is a N. J. native and a retired corporate executive. He has exhibited his works in the Boca Raton and Coral Springs Museums. He has memberships in the Delray Art League, Boca Raton Art Guild, Coral Springs and Edison Art clubs.

Hecht, Horace
Horace is a member of the ACE program who shares an interesting and profound story of survival through the Holocaust years. Imprisoned as a young boy, he managed to survive and relocate to America.

Kalner, Bruce
Bruce is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State College, earning his degree in history and speech communication. He continued his education with post graduate work in media ecology from New York University. After working as an advertising account executive in New York for 34 years, he retired to South Florida and now enjoys a full schedule of activities including playing senior softball, mentoring at the Jewish Family Services, and a newly found passion for teaching.

Landy, Arny
Arny’s lifelong interest in nature started as an Eagle Scout at 13. A summer job in college led him to develop a Nature Craft program at Pittsburgh’s JCC Emma Kaufman Camp. He then served as a Boy Scout leader for 40 years. He is currently a docent at the Green Cay Nature Center conducting free tours and does extensive photography of the inhabitants, and native plants of our wetlands. 

Malkin, Milton
Milton is a graduate of N.Y.U. and has lectured at Temple B’nai Shalom in Rockville Centre, NY.

Oltchick, Jerry
Jerry had a distinguished career for over 32 years as a teacher for the New York City Department of Education. He taught Social Studies on the high school and middle school levels with the final 24 years at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens, NY.

Pearl, Fern
After more than 50 years in the medical field (South Florida, Colorado and New York), both in hospitals and private practices, Fern retired to a quiet retirement. However, the healing arts kept calling her. She began to study and practice Reiki and it became her calling. She became a Reiki Master and has spent the last few years healing at a local center and then forming a Reiki Circle in her home.

Pivor, Carl
Carl is a local resident in the Boynton Beach area and an avid ACE member. He retired from a career as a sales representative and began to follow his hobbies and interests including the foreign film genre of cinema. 

Reed, Wally
Wally was an advertising executive, TV & radio producer and radio personality (known as “Sy the Guy”) in the 60s & 70s in Miami, New York City and Atlantic City. His programs featured Rhythm n Blues and Jazz. He then went on to producing TV programs for the Dumont network in politics (Political Roundtable) and women’s issues (the Wendy Barrie Show).

Rothman, Dr. Nicole
Dr. Nicole as she’s known, earned a B.S. in Biology at the University at Albany, and her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Life College in Marietta, Georgia. She established Rothman Family Chiropractic in 1998. Since 2002, she has hosted ‘Kids Day America’ in Boynton Beach at which hundreds of children have their spines checked, and thousands of dollars are raised for charity.

Schwartz, Alvin
Alvin includes a B.A. in History, Masters in History and Education and a Law Degree in his background. He taught in the N. Y. City schools and was an adjunct lecturer at various colleges. He was a candidate for State Assembly in 1982 and has practiced law for five years.

Segal, Sharon
Sharon’s interest in current events led her to present for discussion groups in Boca Raton. News, magazines, and internet background research are the basis for the weekly interactive groups. Her focus on human interest stories motivates her discussions and sharing with audiences to encourage their input.

Simon, Judiann
Dr. Simon has a Master degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate degree from The Institute for Advanced Studies of Human Sexuality. She has taught all aspects of human sexuality at colleges, universities and hospitals. As a leading authority on disability, she educates health care professionals world-wide. She has a private practice in Palm Beach. 

Tiberian, Paul
Paul has more than 40 years experience in sales, sales management and marketing.  He began his career selling office machines business to business and over the course of his career gained experience selling consumer audio products, medical supplies, banking products and legal publishing information. Many of Paul’s positions involved business development, sales management and product analysis.  He has consulted various corporations on improving sales plans, sales strategies and motivating sales teams. Currently, Paul is focusing on motivational speaking and personal, business and sales coaching.

Vessal, Elissa
Elissa is a native Floridian and an attorney member of the Florida Bar with 20 years of legal experience in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida. She opened her own law office and since 2004 practices in Boynton Beach. The firm concentrates in estate planning, probate, real property law and business counseling. Additionally, Elissa serves on the Mandel JCC Board of Directors.

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