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Village Shalom Board of Directors Announces New, Retiring Members


The Village Shalom Board of Directors has announced the addition of five new members and the retirement of four long-standing members. Joseph Hiersteiner will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board; other officers continuing their two-year terms include Marcia Schoenfeld, Vice Chairman; Barry Fink, Treasurer; and Alana Muller, Secretary.

Newly elected to the Board of Directors are Allison Berey, Frank Lipsman, Dr. Howard Rosenthal, David Spizman and Jill Willen. They join Michael Abrams, Jerry Bernard,  Jonny Girson, Karen Glickstein, Shirley Bush Helzberg (Life Member), Dr. Andrew Kaufman, Bruce Kershenbaum, James Klein, Rod Minkin and Vicki Novorr and Tracy Shafton, who are continuing their service as Board members.

Members of the Village Shalom Board whose terms are expiring are Ann Darke, Bernard Erdman, Pella Fingersh, and Michael Liss.

Board Chairman Hiersteiner noted that the newly installed members bring a wide range of skills and experience to the continuing-care retirement community’s governing body. “Our new members are very talented in a number of disciplines of significance to Village Shalom.  They share our collective passion for providing the best care and service to our residents.  We are very fortunate that they have agreed to join our Board.” 

Allison Berey is Chief Marketing Officer for Polsinelli, overseeing brand strategy and business development for the national, 750-attorney law firm headquartered in Kansas City. With an MBA from the Wharton School and an M.A. degree in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania, she has held a number of strategic marketing management posts for companies in Asia and North America, including GE Capital and Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. She currently serves on the Marketing Committee of the Jewish Federation. She also serves as Chairperson of the Kansas City Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association. Allison, who resides in Leawood, has two sons, Jonah and Aaron. 

Allison Berey

Frank Lipsman practices law with Hubbard, Ruzicka, Kreamer and Kincaid, L.C., where his primary focus is business dispute resolution. He came to Kansas City in 1984 to join the firm Smith, Gill, Fisher and Butts, which later merged with the Bryan Cave law firm. He joined his current practice in 2002. Frank has volunteered for a number of local agencies and charitable organizations, serving as chairman of the boards of the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee, and the Jewish Community Campus. He recently concluded his term as President of the Board of the Jewish Heritage Foundation. He has also served as an officer of the Kansas City Trolley Corporation. He and his wife, Janet Mark, live in Leawood and have two grown children, Jacob and Danielle. 

Frank Lipsman

Howard Rosenthal, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Kansas Medical Center. A nationally known orthopedic oncologist, he is the Medical Director of the Sarcoma Center, a division of the University of Kansas Cancer Center. Howard has served as President of Congregation Beth Israel Abraham Voliner, and as Chairman of the Board of Menorah Medical Center. He has been a board member of the Jewish Heritage Foundation and Kansas City Kollel, and he serves on the Board of Governors of the Orthodox Union (OU) and the Board of the Nation Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY). He is an active member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and serves on numerous advisory committees of Jewish and medical industry interests. Howard and his wife, Brenda, live in Overland Park. They have four grown children – Daniel, Naftali, Aryn and Davida – and two grandchildren. 

 Dr. Howard Rosenthal 

David Spizman, an executive with the Children's Hospital Association (CHA), currently manages their financial services program and most recently oversaw the group purchasing program of CHA’s 200-plus member hospitals. He received his Juris Doctor degree with a concentration in gerontology from the University of Kansas School of Law, and has held positions with AARP, Fleishman-Hillard and the Social Security Administration. David’s organizational involvements include serving on the Board of Congregation Beth Torah, where he is Co-chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee. David, his wife Karen Loggia, and their sons Shaefer and Elliot live in Leawood.

David Spizman

Jill Willen, Director of Navigant Consulting, possesses more than 25 years’ strategic, financial and operational experience as an executive in the healthcare field. She is a member of the Board of The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah, and serves on its Social Action Committee. She has also chaired the congregation’s Mitzvah Day. She has served as President of the Ohio State Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society and as a Board member of the Ministry Leadership Center. She is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. Jill and her husband, Mark Bohen, live in Leawood. They have four daughters: Allyson, Katie, Rachel and Mackenzie.

Jill Willen

Matthew Lewis, President and CEO, welcomed the new members and commended those who are stepping down from the Board of Directors.

“Ann Darke, Bernie Erdman, Pella Fingersh and Michael Liss have collectively given more than 30 years of dedicated service to our organization,” he noted. “Their strong leadership has helped to guide Village Shalom through much growth and change, including a major debt-reduction effort that allowed us to pave the way for the next stage of our development. We would not be where we are today without their insight and involvement.”

Lewis added that “the continued high caliber of our Board of Directors gives Village Shalom – and, most importantly, the senior adults of our community – the prospect of a truly exciting future.”