ACE Lifelong Learning CenterWinter 2017
Dr. & Mrs. Jacob Barie — The grandparents of transgendered teen Jazz Jennings have lectured and appeared on numerous TV and radio shows to document their support for their granddaughter. Their personal story is both touching and fulfilling as they pledged their unconditional acceptance of their grandson – who developed into a beautiful young girl. They were featured on an 11 part documentary series on TLC Network.
Bobbi Benson — Bobbi Benson is the founder of the multi-million dollar Benson Realty Team. She is a former Executive V.P. of a large advertising agency. A consummate professional; integrity, and proficiency sum up the work ethic that Bobbi offered in professional real estate services in Palm Beach County. She is an expert negotiator and fully qualified to meet the needs of today’s real estate market.
Alan Bergstein — 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.
Susan Berkowitz — Susan was a teacher for 28 years in New Jersey. Upon retiring to Florida, she rediscovered her love of writing, especially stories about her childhood and family. She offers a method to guide others in writing and organizing their memoirs.
Barrie Brett — Barrie is an Emmy Award-winning television producer/writer. She has produced a variety of projects – from commercials to features, magazine & talk shows, celebrity interviews, news and documentaries. As an executive producer, she helped develop lifestyle programming for
national syndication ranging from relationship and parenting to gardening, exercise, living better, design and cooking shows – including The Main
Ingredient with Bobby Flay, Rebecca’s Garden, Way To Grow, Late Date With Sari and Living Better With Carrie Wiatt.
Steven Brill — Steve is a financial consultant at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co and facilitated the opening of the Boynton Beach office in 2014.
He is also a Certified Financial Planner and a veteran of the financial services industry since 1992. He is a member of the Ambassador’s Legacy Council of the Miami Children’s Hospital and the Partnership for the Aging.
Ron Browne — Ron is a seasoned group leader, teacher, and speaker in the areas of life-long learning, creativity, wellness, and spirituality. He has been active for many years in promoting meaningful personal change and his experience leading men’s discussion groups has opened new possibilities for men in the second half of life. Ron is the former director for the Cleveland Foundation, a funded life-long learning project called “What’s Next!” and formally Vice President for smart living for Judson at University Circle.
Eileen Budwig — Eileen has had a very successful career in the real estate industry. Since 1963, she has been involved in commercial real estate sales and marketing. In addition, she has been involved in the coordination of public art exhibits. Her interest in cultural arts and film has led her to be a co-presenter of Film Fridays.
John Chase — John is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. He is on the staff of the Mandel JCC Wellness & Fitness Center. His current ongoing training focuses on nutrition and health. He continues to stay current on trends and new information to improve fitness to his clients and JCC members. He also performs over 100 concerts every year for various audiences.
Senator Jeff Clemens — Senator Clemens was elected to The Florida State Senate in November 2012. He represents Florida’s 31st District which includes parts of Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Greenacres, Lantana, Hypoluxo and Boynton Beach among others. He previously served as State Representative of the former Florida House District 89. Mr. Clemens was elected Mayor of Lake Worth in 2007. He also served as the President of the Lake Worth Kiwanis Club and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
Irene Cohen — Irene is a graduate of the School of Industrial Arts (now School of Art and Design) and Hunter College-CUNY with a degree in Art Education and Psychology (Chicago). Irene was a docent at the Museum of Contemporary Art until retiring to South Florida. Her deep interest in the visual arts brought her to the Norton Museum of Art and the Boca Museum of Art where she currently serves as a gallery expert and docent.
Marshall Cohen — Marshall earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Monmouth College in New Jersey and Master of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in curriculum and instruction. He is a retired award winning drama director and speech teacher from Miami, Florida. His passion is to make a difference.
Charlie Deitch — Charlie is the emcee and the voice of Charlie D Disc Jockey, a mobile deejay service in Palm Beach County. He has served the South New Jersey and Philadelphia areas for 25 years. Now, relocated to South Florida, he is currently scheduling gigs at various venues and parties. He has developed a highly skilled level of entertainment for all age groups. He claims to own “every song you ever heard on the radio”!
Randy DelLago — Randolph DelLago, Creative Director of the Delray Beach Playhouse has created showcases of well-known playwrights, stage actors and actresses for the Delray Playhouse Theater. Supporters of the Delray Beach Playhouse will be pleased to note artistic director Randolph DelLago has been recognized with a special Hindman Award as “the dean of Palm Beach County Community Theater” for his long service. The Delray Beach Playhouse
is also the longest-running community theater in South Florida and Mr. DelLago has been the Artistic Director since 1982.
Bonnie Dropkin — Bonnie earned a B.A. in Speech & Theater Arts. She has taught high school AP English Lit and Composition, creative
writing, drama speech and debate. She has previously performed in Community Theater.
Linda Eisen — Linda has formerly taught ballroom and other dance at Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire studios in New York. She enjoys sharing her love of dancing with people at all levels of interest.
Melissa Engelberg — Melissa is the Book Festival Coordinator at the Mandel JCC where she has been working since 2005. Originally,from Minnesota, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Youth Studies. Melissa has been working for Jewish Non-
Profits for over 20 years.
Rose Feinberg — Dr. Feinberg has been a presenter at programs and meetings for organizations and groups during the last twenty years. Rose earned her Doctorate at Boston University and was a school administrator in Massachusetts for many years. She was an adjunct professor at many New England
universities and FAU in Florida. Her prior careers in education, business and educational publishing, as well as a professional training as a presenter, have enabled her to create a variety of dynamic, informative and entertaining programs.
George Feirstein — George is a featured speaker at Current Events seminars at local colleges. He is also a respected and noted lecturer on the American Musical Theater. He has been an actor and performer on stage and in movies. This experience and love of the heater led him to share this knowledge with
various community groups and educational venues. He has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Lynn University and Palm Beach State College.
Carol Fischetti — Carol is a Senior Mortgage Advisor heading up the Reverse Mortgage Division of the Professional Mortgage Alliance.Her career includes working in Human Resource positions at the Exxon Corporation for over 20 years. She develops and maintains trustworthy relationships and has chosen to
work primarily with seniors after navigating many issues and road blocks during her mom’s bout with Alzheimer’s.
Vera Fried — Vera is a humorist and a story teller in the tradition of Sam Levenson. She uses her life as a focal point for the stories she tells about
her family, friends and the adventures of a single woman in South Florida. She was educated at Hunter and Brooklyn Colleges in New York and Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Vera taught in the New York City schools for 25 years and retired to Florida where she is a member of the Florida Storytellers Association and Toastmasters. She works for Brandeis University in Delray Beach as well.
Jerry Goodman — Jerry Goodman completed his Bachelors at Champlain College (SUNY), his Masters at Columbia University and PhD. at St. John’s University. He has been the Director of Psychology at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Jerry has been a Professor at SUNY New Paltz and has maintained a private practice. Presently, he volunteers at Peer Place and received a past Presidential Volunteer Award for dedication to veterans,
seniors and those living with mental illness
Ed Gray — Following his father’s footsteps, Ed joined the Navy after graduating high school. While serving, he earned a degree in electronics and went to work for Cybex, a manufacturer of physical therapy equipment. He then decided to pursue a career in physical and occupational therapy at Lynn and Barry Universities. After 12 years of successfully treating neurological and other disorders, Ed and his wife Jodi, opened Avenue Therapy and Wellness INC. in Boynton Beach. Later after adding a second clinic it was rebranded as Florida Movement Centers for Excellence.
Kenneth Green — Ken has a B.S. from Columbia, a Masters from N.Y.U. and PhD. from Sedona University. He has taught at N.Y. Institute of Technology, Pilgrim State Hospital, Cutler Hammer Industries, Lynn University, the FAU Lifelong Learning Center as well as the Palm Beach County Schools. His is also an accomplished painter and art educator. His work seeks to integrate art with esoteric topics of an occult nature. Ken is the author of Shochet,
which is currently on the Amazon Kindle.
Andy Greenberg — Andy is a sought after speaker and trainer on Secular and Jewish topics. He has reached millions as an established national and local radio personality,weekly TV talk show host and author whose book appeared as a focal point in an award winning movie. His motivational messages were heard daily for five years on hundreds of radio stations listened to by millions, which makes him the most listened to speaker in America.
Scott Greenberg — Scott is currently President and CEO of ComForCare Senior Services, a private duty home health care agency serving Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Scott serves on the board of the National Guardianship Association and is Past President and current board member of the Florida State Guardianship Association. He is also on the Advisory Council for the Area Agency on Aging. He has served on Alzheimer’s Community
Care’s special goodwill task force, and is a former AmeriCorp volunteer. Scott has written an award winning book entitled Oh My God, I’m Getting Older and So is My Mom and hosts a weekly radio show on 900AM The Talk with the same title. Scott received his National Certified Alzheimer’s Educator designation from the National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care in July 2014.
Bruce Gropper — Bruce is the owner of Right at Home (In Home Care and Assistance). Elaine Grossman — Elaine is a graduate of the Cleveland College of Jewish Education in Beachwood, Ohio. She has taught Hebrew to various ages and groups for over 50 years. Her professional tenure at temples and synagogues stretches through Ohio, New Jersey and Florida. She was past-president of her residential Hadassah Chapter and periodically assists in Florida Atlantic Region’s Department in education.
Susanne J. Hale — Susanne, an experienced Family Law Mediator and Parenting Coordinator, believes compassion and communication are often missing from legal disputes. This can lead parties down a contentious path. Prior to mediating full-time, Susanne worked as a teacher and counselor of high-risk students in an effort to reduce the drop-out rate and learned that respect and the ability to listen was needed to help young people make the best choices. She has transferred her kindness, understanding and patience to her mediation practice. Susanne is a graduate of the State University of Albany
and a cum laude Masters graduate of New York University. Susanne is a volunteer with PAP Corp. (for cancer research), Anti-Defamation League
and has written and been awarded various grants for the betterment of education and dropout prevention in New York and Florida. Susanne is the author of Shades of Gray, an account of life in inner-city schools.
Lowell Halpern — Lowell has had two careers. First, as a New York City educator; then after moving to Florida, he became an insurance/financial professional. He has presented topics that are relevant to pre-retirees and seniors. Recently he became tasked with finding his ancestry. He enthusiastically presents his research results and feelings to the enjoyment of the audience, while enabling the techniques he has used in his ancestral search.
Jim Hansen — Jim earned a B.A. from the University of Connecticut in Psychology. He is a Certified Senior Advisor. At the present time , he is President and C.E.O. of Seniors Helping Seniors, a private duty Homemaker and Companion agency serving Palm Beach County.
Judy Herman — Judy is a former “Jeopardy” Champion who delights in setting mental challenges for her audiences. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin. She developed and has been successfully conducting “All Aboard the Brain Train” for many years in various venues in Florida, New York and New Jersey. The new program “Braintertainment” has been a successful addition at many local communities and organizations. Judy has traveled extensively throughout the world. Recently she has created “Cruisin’ the Brain Waves” as an at sea lecturer on voyages to various destinations.
Leonard R. Hock, D.O. — Dr. Hock was born and raised in Oklahoma. He was President of Internal Medical Specialists in Kansas City where he served as a TV Health Reporter for WDAF Fox 4. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Certified Medical Director and a Master Fellow of MACOI, AOA.
Michelle Hollister, ESQ — Michelle earned a law degree as well as an M.B.A. She is admitted to practice law in Florida and is Board Certified in Elder Care Law. Prior to private practice, Michelle was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush as the Executive Director of the Statewide Guardianship Office where she was responsible for the oversight of Florida’s public guardianship as well as education and licensure of Florida’s public guardians. In September of
2011, Michelle had the privilege of testifying to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and most recently, was invited to participate on
the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.
Susan Jaffe — Susan earned her B.S. degree from Hebrew Union College in Jewish education. She also attended the Reform Rabbinical Seminary. Her studies included a time with Harold Schulweiss at the University of Judaism. She has served on the staffs of various Temples in Florida and Los Angeles.
Jeff Kadel — Jeff is the Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition. He has been in that position for the past six years. He is a graduate of the National Coalition Academy and ranks as an Environment Strategies Expert.
Andrew Kahn — Andrew is an Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University. He has taught at the JCC ACE program for many years. He has studied political science at various universities including the New School in New York. Mr. Kahn has been offering lectures for organizations and groups around the South Florida communities.
Bruce Kalner — 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 M. A. in Media Ecology from New York University. After working as an advertising account executive in N.Y. for 34 years, he retired to South Florida and now enjoys a full schedule of activities including senior softball, mentoring at the Jewish Family Services and a newly found passion for teaching.
Geoff Kashdan — Geoff is a retired educator, college instructor and school administrator. After decades of perfecting the art of classroom learning lecturing, he has created a series of counter-intuitive historical power point presentations aimed directly at adult life-long learners.
Tali Kentof — Tali is a Jewish Community Liaison with Vitas Healthcare. Tali is an author, lecturer and authority on relationships. Tali, who also gives classes on caregiving and how to have a conversation about planning for end of life care, said she was motivated to create her class after meeting a senior who asked her for help with online dating.
Sharon Koskoff — Sharon Koskoff is a professional visual artist known for murals, architectural tours, multigenerational community projects, volunteering, and preservation efforts. She was a Fine Art major of sculpture and photography with a minor in Education graduating cum laude from Brooklyn College, and
has second degree in Color Theory from New York School of Interior Design. Koskoff teaches mixed media collage at Old School Square and was awarded Educator of the Year for the Cultural Council Muse Awards. She is the founding president of the not-for-profit historic preservation organization, Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches, since 1987 and author of Art Deco of the Palm Beaches, Arcadia Publications.
Dr. Travis Lamperski — Dr. Lamperski is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician with Palm Beach Chiropratic and Rehabilitation. He is currently working towards his post-doctorate diplomate in the field of Chir0pratic Neurology. His work provides specialized care for back and neck pain, numbness-tingling and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Arny Landy — Arny is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh earning a B.B.A. He retired after 45 years as an independent manufacturer’s representative moving to Boynton Beach 8 years ago. A lifelong love of nature prompted him to join the Green Cay Nature Center as a volunteer. As a docent he conducts guided tours for visitors, summer camps, schools and outreach programs. Currently, he is a board member and Vice President of the Friends of Green Cay.
Donald Lapinsohn — Don has been an invited speaker at professional seminars, business and professional consortiums, community groups and on college campuses. His background includes degrees in from Villanova University and American College at Bryn Mawr. He has certification as a CLU/CHFC and was an associate member of the American Association of Pension Actuaries. His company won the National Quality Award for 25 years successively.
Terryl Lawrence — Dr. Lawrence earned her doctoral degree in the Arts from Columbia University. She studied at the National Academy in New York and has numerous exhibitions of her painting and photographs in New York and Florida. She is a recipient of many awards including a national grant in the Humanities. She wrote the preface to Chaim Potok’s Artist in Exile and taught at Palm Beach State College, C.W. Post, FAU and has lectured at other public
and private institutions.
Bea Lewis — Formerly a Journalist for Newsday in New York, Bea was featured as a columnist in the Palm Beach Post writing exclusively on the issues and challenges that today’s parents face with their adult children. She is currently a popular presenter on the South Florida lecturer circuit and an author.
Jewel Littenberg — Jewel’s advocacy for seniors began several years ago when she became involved with her late parent’s caregiving. She is a noted speaker and continues to contribute articles on senior issues for various publications. She has produced and hosted programs for both radio and TV.
In 2002, U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings introduced her “home care resolution” which was incorporated into the Affordable Care Act in 2010. She was former attorney General Janet Reno’s spokesperson when she ran for Governor in 2010.
Suzi Lynch — Suzi has taught Improvisational Skills for over 25 years. She began her own acting career at age 5 and has never looked back. She has led two separate Improv Troops to performances. She recently performed an autobiographical one-woman-show at the Palm Beach Theater. She was an acting coach to the young man currently starring in the Book of Mormon on Broadway. She brings fun, laughter and a sense of silly that we all need in today’s
Rabbi Jay Lyons — Rabbi Lyons is the Florida Regional Director of Peaceful Return, and in this capacity provides educational opportunities on a broad range of end-of-life issues from a Jewish perspective. Ordained by the Rabbinical Seminary of America in 2008, he is an active member of multiple Jewish burial societies in New York and Florida, and provides practical and supportive guidance to bereaved families and community members dealing with
Angela Margolis — Angela grew up in a tiny farming village in North Dakota near the Canadian border. She went to Smith College, where she majored in English Literature and then to Northwestern University where her Masters was in Theater. She taught theater and English at the Fieldston School in New York City for several years. She also taught meditation and has acted in small theater companies in New York City and Boston.
Roberta Martel — Originally from New York and Westport, CT, Roberta studied interior design and was a business owner in the jewelry, accessory and clothing retail lines. Once she relocated to Florida, she owned three retail boutiques, one in the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach and two in Coconut Grove. She has recently retired and is a part of the ACE faculty after being a regular attending member.
Ann Meyerson — Ann has been a Transition Counselor and Realtor (Keyes Real Estate) since 1985. She specializes in assisting seniors and their families with all aspects of the transition process. She earned an M. Ed. in Counseling from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. She is a frequent presenter on Channel 12, Cablevision in CT. She is a designated Senior Real Estate Specialist.
Joanne Mindes — Joanne earned her MSW degree from Fordham University in New York City. She worked at Fountain House as a psychiatric social worker and was a Director of a half-way house for the mentally ill in New York City. In addition, she collaborated with Dr. Ruth Westheimer in a community conference for the elderly. She worked for Federation and initiated the community geriatric program in Rockland County, N.Y. Upon moving to Florida she is the Facilitator at The Center for Group Counseling in Boca Raton for the past ten years leading both support and therapy groups.
Dr. David Nash — Dr. Nash is a Clinical Professor of Medicine who has published 255 articles and 3 books. He has worked as an M. D. for 61 years. He is a peer reviewer for JAMA, AJC, JACC, and others. He has been asked to speak at the annual meetings of the American Heart Association, ACC, and other national and local associations and societies. He has lectured on 5 continents on medical research.
Jerry Oltchick — 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.
Donald Pasternak — Donald has advanced degrees in both engineering and business. He has been involved in lifelong studies of musical forms including classical, ballet, and opera.
Sherry Picker — Sherry (MSW) is a Social Worker with Paradise Home Health Care. She is a native Floridian who earned her B.A. at Stern College, Yeshiva University and Master of Social Work from Hunter College in NYC. She works in Palm Beach and Broward Counties counseling, running support groups, facilities geriatric care management and public speaking.
Marnie Richey Poncy, RN, ESQ — Ms. Poncy is an attorney, author and a RN. She has received numerous grants related to her work (legal consequences of health care decisions) studies. She is a member of various committees including State Attorney’s Task Force for Crimes against the Elderly, Ethics Committee of Hospice of Palm Beach County and Hospice on the Sea and more. She served as the Director of the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center High Risk Pregnancy Program.
Tina Scott Polsky ESQ — Tina, an attorney and full-time mediator, brings her legal expertise and special training in Elder Law Mediation to the practice. Tina has successfully resolved hundreds of disputes in all areas of litigation. She uses her legal background and extensive mediation experience to help families narrow down their issues and efficiently and cost-effectively formulate agreements to keep the family intact while protecting the elder in
concern. Tina is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate of Columbia Law School.
Marina Ramirez — Marina, owner and President of Assisting Hands Palm Beach, a private duty home nursing care agency has over twenty years of experience in finance. Her personal experience with the difficulty of taking care of an aging parent made her realize the need for quality in-home care and moved her to start Assisting Hands.
Wally Reed — 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).
Dr. Harold “Hackie” Reitman — Harold “Hackie” Reitman, M.D. is the founder of the neurodiversity community site www.DifferentBrains.com, which
features a variety of videos, blogs, and podcasts, including the interview show “Exploring Different Brains,” hosted by Dr. Reitman. He is also the author of Aspertools: The Practical Guide to Understanding and Embracing Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Neurodiversity, an orthopedic surgeon, a former professional heavyweight boxer, an independent filmmaker, and board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. His
films include “The Square Root of 2” starring Darby Stanchfield of ABC’s “Scandal” and the documentary “Asperger’s, Autism, and the Square Root of 2: A Neurodiversity Documentary.”
Anita Ross — Anita is the long term moderator for “W2W Women to Women Let’s Talk About Us” discussion group. After a background in field training and facilitating groups for over 40 years in corporate practice, Anita has assumed the role as the leader of the W2W group.
Saundra Rothenberg-Lurie — Saundra has been a frequent lecturer around the U.S., Israel, Mexico and Gibraltor. Her professional career
was highlighted as the National Director of Foundations for AMIT. She has been listed in “Who’s Who of American Women, Professional and Business Women, 2000 Notable American Women.
Dr. Nicole Rothman — Dr. Nicole has been practicing in Boynton Beach since 1998. She cares for babies, kids, adults and seniors. She teaches anatomy and physiology at Palm Beach State College and is a Zumba fitness instructor. Dr. Rothman is married and has two teenaged sons.
David Schoenfeld — David earned his Bachelor’s Degree from New York University. He spent his 30 year career as an economics and history teacher at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York. He had a position as an Adjunct Lecturer at Kingsborough Community College and as an Adult Education Facilitator. He has been a regular contributor and lecturer in the ACE program for many years.
Larry Schwartz — Larry is a full service travel agent. Before becoming a travel agent, Larry has traveled extensively in the United States and around the World. He lived in Paris and travel through the continent of Europe during that time. Ask him about his recent trip to Dubai.
Sharon Segal — Sharon’s interest in current events led her to present to 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.
Dr. Jesse Selkin — Dr. Selkin is in the private practice of clinical psychology in Delray Beach, Florida. He specializes in treating those who have anxiety disorders that include panic attacks, obsessions and compulsions, excessive worrying, and agoraphobia. He does this in English and Spanish, both in
person and via videoconference. He has conducted numerous presentations about anxiety and stress within the community. The varied topics include excessive worrying, social anxiety, anxiety impacting parents and children, and stress within law enforcement. He has presented in Los Angeles, California
on “Leadership” and “Self-Motivation” at the Los Angeles Crisis Intervention Conference. Dr. Selkin has a special interest in helping
individuals work through their anxiety issues and educating them on how to effectively manage anxiety.
Rabbi Barry Silver — Rabbi Silver currently serves the Congregation L’Dor V’Dor as their spiritual leader in Palm Beach County. In his past days, Barry served as a Florida State Legislator and was active there as a consumer champion. He is the founder of The Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition. In addition, Barry is a practicing attorney concentrating on public interest law, women’s rights, the environment, humanitarian issues, and Jewish rights.
Richard Rene Silvin — Born in New York, Richard René Silvin grew up in Switzerland. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 1970 and an MBA from Cornell in 1972, he spent 25 years in the investor owned hospital industry. He rose to the head of the International Division of American Medical International, Inc. which owned and operated hospitals in 10 countries. Since retiring after surviving a late stage cancer, René
has published five books, including a memoir about his friendship with the late Duchess of Windsor; a history of Palm Beach, Florida seen through the eyes of the famous society architect, Addison Mizner; and, most recently, this historical novel about the magnificent, 1930’s French Line flagship, the SS Normandie.
Donald Singer — Don Singer is an award winning educator and public speaker and is currently the liaison to the NYC Central Labor Council from the NYC Alliance for Retired Americans. He is also active with the Florida and National Alliance for Retired Americans. He is currently a Vice Chair of the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach and serves as the organization’s seminar and education chair.
Eric Soroka — Eric returned to Columbia University to obtain his advanced degree after service in the U.S. Army during the Korean period. He has served as a political committeeman in New York, a Chaplain for Jewish Veterans, a speaker in local communities and has taught at Queensborough Community College and Palm Beach State College.
Scott Solkoff — Scott is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Elder Law. He represents clients who live, at least part-time, anywhere in Florida. The firm he founded, Solkoff Legal, P.A., is based in Delray Beach, Florida. Solkoff Legal, P.A. is a law firm which exclusively represents the elderly, people with disabilities and their caregivers. Scott and his father, Jerome Solkoff are co-authors of the leading textbook on the subject (written for lawyers), now beyond
its 14th print edition. Scott has been elected a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel
Linda Spitzer — Linda is a native Floridian with a Masters Degree in Storytelling. She has been a featured storyteller at many storytelling festivals in the southeast. Linda was the story lady at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables for 10 years and directed and produced 26 storytelling programs on Cable TV in Miami. Linda has told stories at schools, churches, synagogues, assisted living facilities, national parks, nature centers, museums and many women’s civic organizations After performing together for organizations for many years, Linda Spitzer and Bonnie Dropkin created Voices in Play in 2012 to do dramatic readings from play scripts, literature and quotables. Bonnie has many years of experience in dramatic coaching and performance and Linda is an active performing professional storyteller as well as an actress in many of the Bellaggio Broadway presentations.
Romaine Stanger — Romaine is a native of South Africa. Moving to the United States, she settled on Long Island, N.Y. She earned her M.A. in Psychology and is a Certified Social Worker and supervised the Department at North Shore University Hospital. Her experience included work as a therapist, public speaker and writer. One of her best skills is facilitating group discussions featuring humor and energyas required tools.
Dr. Suzanne Stier — Dr. Stier holds a Masters in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Social Psychology. Suzanne completed a two year program in Jewish Spiritual Direction and a two year Spiritual Direction Internship at the Mercy Center in Guilford, CT. She has completed a number of courses in Mussar over the past 8 years. She is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Mussar Institute. A believer in lifelong learning, she has completed two intensive programs in Jewish Spirituality. She is in the process of starting a Spiritual Direction practice here in Florida.
Leslie Gray Streeter — Leslie Gray Streeter is an award-winning columnist for the Palm Beach Post. Since 2002, she has followed the ins and outs of the South Florida lifestyle and entertainment scene, including dining, music and arts, cocktails, celebrities and all sorts of fun. A Baltimore native, Leslie is a West Palm Beach resident who enjoys eating and drinking, slow running and meeting the interesting characters that make South Florida home. She was recently one of the hopefuls on “America’s Got Talent” where she auditioned in Orlando for the national TV Show competition. In addition, she auditioned twice for “The Voice”
Debra Targett — A veteran of the financial services industry since 1982, Debra is passionate about educating the public on smart investing. She has taught many workshops throughout the span of her career. As a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, her practice concentrates on helping individuals achieve their retirement and long-term financial goals. Debra brings a personal approach through strategic relationships with leading money managers and insurance firms, helping you work towards building and preserving your wealth with asset allocation and systematic rebalancing.
Paul Tress — Paul retired from working on complex systems problems and program management on military, economic and computer systems. Originally from Brooklyn, he lived in the Midwest and Northeast before settling in Southeast Florida. He is an avid music lover, especially jazz and the 60s.
Ellen Wedner — Festival directors get to watch a lot of movies, but that’s only part of Ellen Wedner’s job. Wedner, who previously ran the Miami Jewish Film Festival, is currently Director of the Donald E. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, the longest-running and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Besides watching the movies, Wedner is a veteran event planner and television producer with more than 35 years’ experience. Currently, she works out all of the festival logistics like times and dates of showings; works with directors and technicians; implementing a ticketing company; and making sure people know all about the festival.
Marilyn Murray Willison — Marilyn began her journalism career in the sixth grade when she wrote and mimeographed her summer school newsletter. By the time she was in high school, she was a page editor of her weekly school publication. At UCLA, she contributed book reviews to the university’s daily newspaper. The author of six non-fiction books, Willison worked as Health and Fitness Editor at the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, and wrote book reviews,
health, beauty, fashion, and travel articles on a regular basis for the Los Angeles Times.
Marjorie Wolfe — Marjorie is a retired business educator from Syosset N.Y. She is the author of two books: Yiddish for Dog & Cat Lovers and Are Yentas Kibitzers & Tummlers Weapons of Mass Instruction? Yiddish Trivia. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Playbill, Smart Money Magazine, The Jewish Press and Newsday.