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Village Shalom Announces Addition of New Board Members


The Village Shalom Board of Directors announces the addition of three new members and the continuation of its executive officers for a second year of their term. Rod Minkin serves as Chairman of the Board; other officers include Ann Darke, Vice Chairman; Jonny Girson, Treasurer; and Marcia Schoenfeld, Secretary.

Rita Cortes, Barry Fink and Alana Muller are newly elected to the Board of Directors. They join Michael Abrams, Jerry Bernard, Bernard Erdman, Pella Fingersh, Karen Glickstein, Shirley Bush Helzberg (Life Member), Joseph Hiersteiner, Ann Slegman Isenberg, Dr. Andrew Kaufman, Bruce Kershenbaum, James Klein, Michael Liss and Vicki Novorr, who are continuing their service as Board members.

“Our Board of Directors represents a full complement of leadership skills and experience,” said Minkin in making the announcement. “The three new members who have joined this formidable team will add valuable insight and passion to our dynamic group of community leaders.”

Rita Cortes has long been active in the Kansas City community, and has served as chairperson and board member of both the Kansas City CARE Clinic and Menorah Legacy Foundation. She also has held board membership at Congregation Beth Shalom; the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri; EDC Loan Corporation; Pembroke Hill Alumni Association, and Truman Medical Centers. She formerly served as chief executive officer of Hoffman-Cortes Contracting Company, a commercial construction company. An attorney, Cortes is currently of counsel with Kansas City law firm Seigfreid Bingham.

Rita Cortes

Barry Fink recently retired as chief operating officer of American Century Investments, and continues in his role as an American Century mutual-fund board director. In his community involvement, he is a member of the board and investment committee of Lakemary Center, which serves children and adults with disabilities in Johnson and Miami counties in Kansas. Fink holds a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

Barry Fink

Alana Muller is president of Kauffman FastTrac, a global provider of entrepreneurial training. Previously she was an executive with Sprint Corporation in areas including marketing, corporate strategy and leadership development. She is the author of a book, Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking, and a companion blog,, and has been a contributor to, The Huffington Post, CNBC and other publications. Muller serves on the board of directors of the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Community Foundation and Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City. She is also a member of the advisory board of Morningstar Communications.

Alana Muller

“I am extremely enthusiastic about the breadth and depth of our Board of Directors,” said Matthew Lewis, President and CEO. “We have assembled an exceptional group of individuals that will serve our organization well as we begin strategic planning for Village Shalom’s near- and long-term future.”