Board of Directors
Joseph Wolfson – Chairman
Joseph Wolfson (Villanova, PA), an attorney with Stevens & Lee in Philadelphia, PA, is a former state prosecutor for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office. An active member of the Jewish community, Joe is a past President of JNF’s Philadelphia Board, a member of the Executive Committee of JNF’s Housing Development Fund, a member of the Philadelphia Executive Committee, former Chair of Makor, a member of the President’s Society, a member of the Century Council, and past Assistant Vice President of College Activists. He is a member of the Leadership Council of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Israel Public Affairs
Ron Werner – President
Ron Werner (Denver, CO) is President and Co-founder of HW Home, Inc., a Colorado-based home furnishings retailer and design source. Ron grew up in the Chicago suburbs and now calls Denver home. Prior to forming HW Home in 1998, Ron was a Senior Vice President of Investments with Smith Barney. Ron serves on various boards including Alexander Muss High School in Israel, for which he serves as President and was previously Vice President and Chair of the Sales & Marketing Committee. He is also a proud alumnus (1982) of the school. Ron is Co-chair of JNF’s Nefesh B’ Nefesh Task Force. He served as President for the Mountain States Region from 2014- 2016, and now is the region’s chairman. He is a member of JNF’s Century Council and
Jerry Sokol – Co-Chair of Development Committee
Jerry Sokol is a partner with the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery based in the firm’s Miami office. Jerry is a corporate attorney who deals primarily
Bob Levine – Budget and Finance Chair
Bob Levine (Teaneck, NJ) is a senior partner at the New York City accounting firm Levine Schaeffer Fink & Moss, P.C., and has a personal law practice as well. Bob has served as President of his synagogue, as Chairman of the Board of the American Zionist Movement, and Treasurer of Mercaz, the Conservative movement’s Zionist organization. Involved with JNF since 1968, he has held a number of leadership positions including National Treasurer, Vice President of Campaign, and has chaired the Budget and Finance, Labor Relations, and Missions Committees. As a mission leader, he has brought over 650 individuals to Israel to see the country through JNF’s eyes. Bob was the recipient of JNF’s 2010 Gould Legacy Society Heritage Award and is a Negev Society and World Chairman’s Council member.
Bob Werner – Secretary and Audit Chair
Bob Werner was a Sr. Vice President of the Werner Company for over forty years, the world’s leading producer of climbing products. Mr. Werner applied his expertise in metallurgy and chemistry in developing new alloys, forms and
Jackie Danilewitz - Member
Jackie Danilewitz is originally from South
David Frank - Interim Treasurer
David Frank (Los Angeles, CA) is Associate Manager of Coldwell Banker’s Beverly Hills North office, the number one sales office in the United States. A member of JNF’s Los Angeles board for 30 years, David was LA’s Planned Giving
Karl Kaplan - Co-Chair Sales and Marketing Committee
Karl Kaplan – (Mahwah, NJ) is the Managing Director of The Timna Group, LLC, a New Jersey-based investment firm founded in 2009. Karl co-founded OSG Billing Services in 1992 and served as the COO until 2013. Karl serves on the boards of Green House Data and Nymbl. Karl has been active in JNF since 1997, a past member of the JNF of Greater New York Board of Directors, and a member of JNF’s Century Council. Karl’s interest includes
Susan Sacks - Partnerships Chair
Susan is a native of Long Island, New York. She attended Jewish summer camps throughout her youth as a camper and later becoming a camp counselor. Susan earned a BS in psychology and education from SUNY Oneonta, as well as an MSW from Hunter College in NYC. She spent her professional years as a school social worker at a university campus and in Human Resources for a financial institution.
Susan is an active leader in the Chicago Jewish community. She is passionate about partnering with organizations whose core mission is to engage Jewish teens centered around Israel, experiential education and contemporary Jewish Rock music. Susan serves on the board of directors JUF/JF Board of Chicago with
Most recently Susan and her husband Marc were
Susan is very excited to join the AMIIE-AMHSI national board, where she can combine her passion for Israel, education and teen engagement. Susan, Marc
Lori Miller - Board Member
Lori Miller is a Michigan native with deep roots in the Phoenix Jewish Community. She is excited to shift her focus from being a parent of an AMHSI Impact Fellow, (Hannah Miller, Summer 2017), to an AMHSI National board member helping to position AMHSI for the future.
Lori graduated from
AMHSI has been a part of Lori’s life for many years; coincidentally, her brother was an instructor there in the
Alison Karp - Board Member
A leader in the communication and media planning space for over twenty years, Alison is the President of L’Equipe L’oreal and Executive Director of their Wavemaker content and technology agency. Alison has proven especially adept at consumer-centric, touch-point agnostic, communication planning, stemming from her “consumer needs”-based philosophy. She also has an uncanny knack for conveying otherwise complex media stories in a digestible, succinct, and compelling manner. She lives in New York City with her husband, Dan. Alison is a 1991 alumna of AMHSI-JNF, serves on the Strategic Planning as well as the National Sales & Marketing Committees.
Stephanie Kelman - Board Member
Stephanie Kelman (Portland, OR) oversees global product creation for kids apparel Nike, Inc. Following a strong family lineage of JNF leaders, Stephanie is passionate about growing the future leaders of JNF. She is inspiring future generations to actively ensure Israel’s existence and not take the Jewish homeland for granted. She is the founder of JNFuture’s Arizona chapter, where she spearheaded the creation of JNFuture Shabbat in the Desert. Along with participating on several JNF missions, she chaired the Young Leadership track of the 2017 50th Reunification Tour. Stephanie has served as
Ellen Kelman - Board Member
Ellen Kelman is a licensed psychologist with a
She has a BA from Pomona
Ellen has served on Jewish National Fund's Disabilities Task Force and is a member of the Saphhire Society. She is also the Volunteer Adult Program Director for Stepping Stones of Hope, which runs programs for children and their families who are grieving. She has volunteered with Healthrights International, conducting psychological evaluations for immigrants seeking asylum, both adults and children.
Joel Reinstein - Board Member
Joel Reinstein is an attorney, originally from the United States, residing in Israel. Joel sits on the Board of Governors at Ben Gurion University and is a supporter of Yerucham. Long time AMHSI-JNF supporter, lay leader, parent and grandparent of 2 generations of alumni. Continued as AMHSI-JNF Board member as part of the 2013 AMHSI-JNF merger, former Chair of Alumni Committee.