Leadership Team

Board of Trustees

Vice Presidents

Vice President

Ruth was the first female President of the JASA Board of Trustees (1983-86).  Ruth has always been an active philanthropist holding numerous board positions including: The Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York, Director of UJA-Federation, The Jewish Women’s Foundation. As a participant in the work of UJA-Federation, she was Co-Chair of Institutional Trustees Committee, Task Force on Aging, Volunteer Leadership Development Committee, and Strategic Planning Level of Grants. Also, Chair of the Task Force on The Jewish Woman, The Women’s Public Policy Task Force.  Through UJA-Federation, she formed Yab b”Yad, a support group for women leaders.

Ruth earned a BS, cum laude, in 1958 from CCNY – The Baruch School of Business and Public Administration and an MS from CCNY, The School of Education (1964).  She is listed in “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and as Editor-in-Chief of The Ticker, undergraduate day session newspaper of The Baruch School, won an All-American award.  Permanently appointed to Sheepshead Bay HS, Brooklyn, and while on maternity leave, taught at Baruch College, NYS Community College and The Katherine Gibbs School.

Post college, she was awarded the UJA-Federation Hurowitz Leadership Award; JASA Humanitarian Award; NYC Council Presidents Award for Outstanding Leadership, Woman’s History Month, May 1989.

With her sister-in-law, founded Perelson Personnel, Inc., employee recruitment and placement for non-profit organizations.  She retired during the recession of ’83 and ultimately became the Director of Volunteers at Beth Abram Hospital, Bronx, NY.  During this time, she conducted workshops at Central Synagogue, NYC. The book she authored, “An Invitation to Shabbat, A Beginners Guide to Weekly Celebration,” (URJ Press) is still available on Amazon.

Ruth lives in New York City. She is blessed with a spectacular family: her college sweetheart husband Sam Perelson (z"l), two daughters, two sons-in-law and five grandchildren.

They recently dedicated the Ruth and Sam Perelson Suite to the Hillel chapter at Baruch College.

“Celebrating my 40th year of JASA Trusteeship, I am the self-appointed Matriarch (and historian). Providing aid to the ailing and programs for the wellness participants ages 55 to 100+ has made a profound impact on my life.  I “give back” honoring my grandparents, Morris and Rebecca Cohen, z”l, who emigrated to NYC in the late 1880, early 1900s.”

Ruth Perelson

Trustees

TRUSTEE

Sabine Charles is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, board advisor and exam prep expert.  Sabine has over 20 years of experience as an Executive Audit Director. She has proven leadership and results-driven success advising fortune 500 senior executives in Internal Audit Controls, Business Risk, Fraud Investigation and Operational Auditing.  Her “Big 4” background contributes to her level of expertise and successful collaborative approach in building financial infrastructure and refining audit systems that improve productivity, reduce cost and stimulate growth. She offers a broad range of knowledge with extensive expertise in global operations, information technology audit, investigations, and accounting in financial services and higher education industries.  Some of her previous places of employment include Deloitte, Citibank, and American Express. 

As an Entrepreneur, Sabine is CEO and Founder of Transformational Audit Practitioner Apprenticeship (TAPA) Institute, which is focused on adult education methods to assist professionals pursuing accounting and audit related certifications. Sabine is regarded as an extraordinary communicator, fluent in 5 languages with the ability to engage at all levels and on a global stage. Considered an industry expert and highly effective at coaching and motivating individuals to perform at their fullest potential, Sabine is highly sought out to speak and facilitate for conferences, workshops, business meetings, podcasts and lectures. She published her first book “Cracking the Code: Techniques for Certification Exam Success” which provides clear and concise techniques to help maximize productivity and optimize professional’s time when preparing for certification exams.

Sabine serves several boards and professional associations.  She is a past Board Member of, ISACA, New York Metropolitan Area Chapter, and currently serves as the Audit Committee Chairperson for Image Impact International. She is an active participant of Baruch College’s Executive on Campus Mentorship program, and she serves as a peer evaluator for Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 

Sabine received a MS in Accounting and a BA degree in Accounting & Economics, from CUNY - Queens College.  She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB), Certified in Risk and Information System Controls (CRISC), Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), ITIL 4 - Foundation Certification, Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Certified Healthcare Internal Audit Professional (CHIAP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT). Her proudest achievement is her family, including her son, Alexander who is on his way to becoming a professional soccer player, daughter, Victoria, who is her biggest advocate and spouse, John, a successful banker and farmer.  Sabine is an avid meditator and enjoys inspirational reading, fitness, and travel.

Sabine Charles
Trustee

A nurse with an MBA, Ilaina has over 25 years of experience in the management of health care organizations.  She has focused much of her business career on developing and implementing enterprise-wide business strategies, improving financial and operational performance, growing new lines of business.  Throughout her career and her philanthropic activities Ilaina has been passionate about supporting programs and services to support independent living for the New York City’s senior population.

Ilaina is the founding CEO of Extend Fertility, LLC.  Extend Fertility is the world’s first purpose-built egg freezing practice management company, partnering with physicians committed to value-based healthcare delivery.  The company’s mission is to create a superb fertility preservation experience that is high quality, affordable and understandable.

Prior to Extend, Ilaina spent 15 years in executive roles within community based health care organizations.  She initiated the Chief Strategy Office function for CenterLight Health System, a long term care organization undergoing a transformation from a nursing home organization to a long term care health plan.  Prior to CenterLight Ilaina served for 11 years as an executive with Visiting Nurse Service of New York , overseeing  both strategy and operations.  Prior to joining VNSNY, Ilaina worked for Deloitte Consulting in their health care practice for 11 years. Ilaina received a BS majoring in Nursing from Binghamton University, and an MBA in Health Care from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine/Baruch College.

Ilaina lives in Manhattan with her husband and two young adult children.  

Ilaina Edison
Trustee

Marty is a Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor and Pinnacle Council Member at UBS Financial Services, Inc. Marty’s 40 years of wealth management advisory experience have made him a sought-after Advisor and speaker in the areas of investment planning and strategy, both within UBS and at Barron's conferences around the nation. Marty chaired UBS's Financial Advisor Advisory Committee for two years and was a committee member for three years. He is a long-standing member of

UBS's Pinnacle Council and was a pioneer in including alternative investments in client portfolios.

Marty was named to Barron's list of "Top 100 Financial Advisors in America," and “Top 50 Private Wealth Management Teams” in 2020, which recognizes the most distinguished advisors and teams in the country. He has been selected for this list every year since its inception in 2004. He was also named to the Forbes Top 100 list in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 and most recently to the Financial Times Top 100 Advisors list. He has been profiled in a number of publications, including within Barron's and as the subject of a chapter in the book The Winner's Circle V by R.J. Shook.

Marty is active in the Park Avenue Synagogue, serving as an honorary trustee, and is a board member of JASA (Jewish Association for Services to the Aged), chairing its investment committee. Marty previously served as an Executive Committee Board Member of the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School. He has also served as a member of the finance, domestic affairs & personal recruitment committees and as prior Chairman of the Leadership Development Division of UJA Federation.

Marty earned a B.A. from Yeshiva University. He resides in New York City with his wife, Lynn, and their two daughters, Bonnie and Caroline.

Martin Halbfinger
TRUSTEE

Lori is a PwC Asset Management Partner in NY with expertise delivering superior client service to registered mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity, offshore funds, and non-registered collective/commingled funds. She advises her clients on operational, regulatory, and reporting issues associated with these investment vehicles and their strategies. She has also been involved with new investment product launches, fund mergers, and conversions of fund accounting systems. 

Driven and tenacious by nature, yet always with an infectious smile, Lori has an ability to identify and assess the full scope of issues and potential ramifications.  Driven by her personality, she can “plow through” the most challenging situations. Passionate about continuous learning/ reading, Lori is often solicited for her advice on fund accounting and operational issues. 

Lori is passionate about client service and the trust she establishes with her colleagues/clients and fosters timely, candid communications. Sharing knowledge and helping others to execute are at the heart of everything she does. 

Lori is motivated to make a difference in her teams while being positive attitude and inspiring the success of others. She is the Partner Champion for the NY Asset Management Professional Development Program and Learning and Development, where she has designed/taught courses.  She is the Relationship Partner at CUNY Brooklyn College and interfaces with different constituents and implements programs to enhance the experience of campus recruits. 

Lori received a B.S. in Accounting from the CUNY-Brooklyn College. She is a licensed CPA in the states of NY, NJ, and MA and a member of the AICPA. 

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Lori loves organization and efficiency, even in her personal life. She enjoys spending time with her twins and her husband taking in the sights of the city or relaxing in the country.

Lori Kloper
Trustee
Pinchas Lev
Trustee

Nancy T. Polevoy worked as a family and matrimonial lawyer, and as a social worker.  She served as an Assistant Research Scientist at NYU Medical Center, where she developed a nationally renowned Therapeutic Nursery’s follow-up study of autistic children and their families.  She was a coauthor of scholarly articles on early infantile autism and spoke about the subject.  She also worked in the field of child welfare and adoption.

Nancy has conducted extensive genealogical research in the United States and Europe and has authored numerous published genealogical articles.  She chaired the Archives Committee of Central Synagogue, the historic congregation with a landmark sanctuary building.  Nancy’s decision to store the archives in offsite storage during Central Synagogue’s 1998 reconstruction prevented the archives from being destroyed in the congregation’s devastating fire and enabled the congregation to rebuild the sanctuary building based on the original plans, drawings, specifications and interior and exterior photos contained in its collection.

Nancy served as JASA Vice President from 1999–2003 and as Chair of its Services Committee; she currently serves as cochair of JASA’s Home Care Policy and Procedure Committee.  She was a member of the UJAFederation Task Force on Aging.  A founding member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Jewish History, she chaired the Program and Genealogical Committees.  She currently serves on the board of the American Jewish Historical Society.  She has served in a leadership capacity at Barnard College and Riverdale Country School.

She holds a BA from Barnard College, a JD from Columbia University School of Law and an MS degree from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Nancy is a second generation JASA Trustee.  Her father, Charles H. Tally, was a longtime JASA Trustee and served as President from 1986–1987.

Nancy lives in New York City with her husband Martin.  She has two adult sons and three grandchildren.

Nancy T. Polevoy
Trustee

Linda Rosensweig has been interested in public policy since her graduation from Mount Holyoke College.  She worked  for the US Mission to the United Nations and then as Assistant Campaign Manage for Jonathan Bingham who won a resounding Congressional victory in 1964.  Relocating to Baltimore with her husband, Linda was a staffer for the victorious Senate Campaign of Joe Tydings.   She then worked for Congressman Bingham as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill from 1965-1966.  After moving to Scarsdale to raise her family, she continued her involvement in politics and non-profits.  

In 1977, capitalizing on her local athletic successes and expertise,  the Village of Scarsdale recruited Linda to create a tennis program for juniors which grew into a comprehensive recreational tennis program with instruction for adults and juniors, tennis camps, and team coaching,   She established programs in 6 different communities in lower Westchester with a staff of 40 in peak season.  In 2008. Linda stepped down from the daily management of her tennis business and now focuses on team coaching.

For 30 years, Linda volunteered for the United States Tennis Association receiving several service awards, including being named Tennis Woman of the Year in 1999 by the Eastern Tennis Association.  She has particularly enjoyed teaching tennis to the deaf, the disabled and lately disadvantaged children in the Norwalk Grassroots Tennis Program.

Linda is a second generation JASA Trustee.  Her father, Henry Pearce, was a trustee for many years from JASA’s earliest years.  The Sally and Henry Pearce Help Center is named after Linda’s parents.  Linda and her husband, Norton, are active in the American Jewish Committee and the Washington Institute. They host an annual tennis exhibition at their home for the Israel Tennis and Education Centers.

Linda Rosensweig
Trustee

Judith West (aka Judith West Edelman) is a retired entrepreneur, political activist and radio personality who hosted her own cable network TV Show, “Getting Your Money's Worth.” The show discusses added value for your dollars and your life.

She drew from her experience in business, education, philanthropy and activism to inspire people to seek achievement in their own lives. Having come from meager circumstances, Ms. West carved out a career in retail design and manufacturing before founding her own company, Westco. A privately held company, Westco designed and manufactured retail store fixtures for such blue chip companies as Disney, Universal Studios, the NBC Experience Store at Rockefeller Plaza and Caesar's, Las Vegas, among others. 

Her accolades include 2005 Business Woman of the Year Award, Business Advisory Council, National Republican Congressional Committee; Informal Advisor, Department of Education, Washington, D.C., "No Child Left Behind Workshop"; and Media Advisor, Women's National Forum.

Judith West received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Hunter College following enrollment at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She then earned a Master of Arts degree in career counseling from Manhattan College in New York and was a doctoral candidate in business psychology at Fordham University. Prior to entering the retail world, she taught English as a second language and served as a curriculum and guidance director.

In addition to previously serving on the board of the Center for Education Reform, Ms. West was chairman of the Admission's Committee of the Excelsior Corporation Board of Trustees, was a member of the President's Council, Heritage Foundation, was a member of Development Committee, Count Me In, as well as a member of the Manhattan Institute and the National Association, Store Fixture Manufacturers.

Judith West

Honorary Trustees

Marvin H. Davidson

Marvin Davidson served as Chair of the Finance/Budget/Investment/Audit Committee until 2007.

He was a Managing Member of Davidson Kempner Capital Management LLC and served as Managing Partner from its inception through December 2003. Previously, Marvin was Managing Partner of Bear Stearns, which he joined as associate in July 1959.  He was General Partner in charge of the Risk Arbitrage and Convertible Securities Departments and Deputy Managing Partner before assuming the role of Managing Partner.

Marvin is an Honorary Trustee of the Hackley School, a Trustee of the Museum of the City of New York, and a Member of the Corporation of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He was an Honorary Trustee of the United Hospital in Port Chester, New York.

Marvin received his BA from the University of Michigan in 1957 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1959.

Marvin lives in Florida with his wife Mary.

Martin Lifton

Martin Lifton is owner of The Lifton Company LLC, a real estate, investment and finance firm. Previously, he was Chairman of the Bank of Great Neck and National Property Investors (both were sold to Insignia Financial in 1996). 

Marty is a Trustee of North Shore-LIJ Health System and was the Founding President of the Men’s Division of the Children’s Medical Fund of New York (Chairman Emeritus).  He was the Founding Chair of the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College; a member of  the UJA-Federation Long Island Real Estate and Allied Trades Division. In June 2006, he was the recipient of the UJA-Federation of New York Long Island Caring Community Business Award.

Martin lives in Florida with his wife Ellie.

Chief Executive Officer

Kathryn Haslanger

Executive Leadership Team

Amy Chalfy,
Chief Program Officer, Residential, Protective and Legal Services
Alan Cohen,
Chief Program Officer, Congregate, Care, and Behavioral Services
Sholom Ellenberg,
Chief Information Officer
Denise Robin Freeman,
Executive Director, Human Resources and Diversity
Lana Goykhberg,
Executive Director of Home Care
Donald Manning,
Executive Director of Real Estate & Management
Tracy Welsh,
Chief Operating Officer
Allister Wesson,
Chief Development and Communications Officer

Senior Leadership Team

Hipolito Paul Aponte,
Director of Housing Operations and Compliance
Tamesh Bahadur,
Director of Information Technology, Technical Operations
Arielle Basch,
Senior Director, Health Services & Business Development
Susan Bush,
Director of Contracting and Procurement
Brian Clarke,
Director of Housing Facility Management
BJ Greenspan,
Director, IT Systems Integration, Data Analysis and Project Office
Donna Dougherty,
Senior Director of Legal Services for Elder Justice
Debra Milton-Grant,
Director of Compliance, Privacy and Quality
Lori Hardoon,
Senior Director of Palliative Care Supportive Services
LeAndrew Hill,
Director of Facilities Operations
Michael Klidas,
Vice President of Finance
Molly Krakowski,
Senior Director of Government Affairs
Meredith Levine,
Senior Director of Information and Case Assistance
Lauren Medalie,
Director of Communications
Danielle Palmisano,
Senior Director of Intensive Services & Business Development
Aisha Parillon,
Senior Director of Senior Centers
Alla Pliss,
Senior Director of NORCs
Martha Pollack,
Senior Director of Elder Abuse Prevention Services
Elaine Rockoff,
Senior Director of Care & Case Management Services
Leslie Rosen,
Director of Nutrition Services