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Village Shalom Board Of Directors Announces New Officers, Adds Member

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The Village Shalom Board of Directors has elected new officers for the 2014-2016 term and gained a new member. Joseph Hiersteiner will serve as Chairman of the Board; other officers include Marcia Schoenfeld, Vice Chairman; Barry Fink, Treasurer; and Alana Muller, Secretary.

Joe Hiersteiner

Tracy Shafton is newly elected to the Board of Directors. She joins Michael Abrams, Jerry Bernard, Rita Cortes, Ann Darke, Bernard Erdman, Pella Fingersh, Jonny Girson, Karen Glickstein, Shirley Bush Helzberg (Life Member), Ann Slegman Isenberg, Dr. Andrew Kaufman, Bruce Kershenbaum, James Klein, Michael Liss, Rod Minkin and Vicki Novorr, who are continuing their service as Board members.

Tracy Shafton

Joseph Hiersteiner assumes leadership of the Village Shalom Board of Directors from Rod Minkin, who has served as Chairman since 2012. Hiersteiner has more than 35 years of experience in the practice of general business, transactional and health-care law in Kansas City. He has served as managing director of Kansas City law firm Seigfreid Bingham, P.C., since 2006. Prior to joining the firm, he was executive vice president and general counsel for Health Midwest Hospital System, and represented the health-care organization as inside counsel during its purchase by HCA in 2013.

Hiersteiner’s community involvements have included membership on the boards of Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center; Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance; Health Midwest; Menorah Legacy Foundation (formerly Menorah Medical Center Foundation); and Menorah Medical Center, where he served as chairman. He was co-chair of a $2 million Clubhouse Fundraising Project for Truman Medical Centers from 2006-08. He also served on the board of the Jewish Heritage Foundation from 1993-2007, and as its chairman in 2003.

Hiersteiner has been a member of the Village Shalom Board of Directors since 2007. He and his wife, Cathy, reside in Kansas City, Missouri, and have two grown sons.

“Our community is fortunate that Joe Hiersteiner has agreed to chair Village Shalom’s Board of Directors,” Minkin said of his successor. “Joe has distinguished himself in the Kansas City community as an attorney with significant experience in the area of health care. He has served in numerous leadership roles for not-for-profits devoted to health care and Jewish causes as well. Village Shalom will certainly benefit from the breadth of his leadership skills and the commitment he has exhibited as a longtime member of our Board.”

Minkin also was pleased to note the addition of Tracy Shafton to the Village Shalom Board. “Tracy is a respected attorney, and she has demonstrated her dedication to the Kansas City Jewish community, especially in helping to cultivate the next generation of leadership. We welcome her to the dynamic group of individuals that comprises our Board.”

Shafton brings a broad spectrum of skills and experience to the governing body of the continuing-care retirement community. She is an attorney and shareholder of the Kansas City firm of Gilmore & Bell, P.C. She specializes in the area of tax-exempt bond financing for local governments, universities and colleges, hospitals and other private institutions, and has served as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel on a wide variety of tax-exempt financings.

She serves as a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and chairs the organization’s Engagement and Leadership Development Committee. She also serves as a board member of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the Menorah Legacy Foundation. She and her husband, Alan, live in Overland Park with their two children.

“I am extremely enthusiastic about our Board of Directors for 2014-16,” added Matthew Lewis, President and CEO of Village Shalom. “Its members represent a diverse range of capabilities and experience that will serve our organization well as we begin strategic planning for our near-term and long-term future. I am confident that, with this leadership in place, we are well positioned to grow in our ability to provide exceptional care for senior adults in our community.”