Officers

Stephen J. Savitsky, President

Stephen J. Savitsky of Hewlett, Long Island, from 2002-2014 served as either president or chairman of the board of the Orthodox Union. Mr. Savitsky was a dynamic President, introducing a stunning variety of new programs, traveling North America and the world on behalf of the Orthodox Union, and visiting Jewish communities large and small – not to mention the White House -- to deliver the OU message. Mr. Savitsky has also served as Chairman of Community and Synagogue Services, Personnel, Conventions and Kashrus Division of the OU. He has held many additional leadership positions in the Jewish community, including President of the Vaad Hakashrus of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway; founder and President of the Kew Gardens Hills Eruv; President of Congregation Ansche Chesed in Hewlett, Long Island, NY; and Chairman of the Board of Mesivta Ohr Torah, in Forest Hills, NY. Mr. Savitsky was a member of the International Board of Governors of the Mesorah Heritage Foundation and has served as a scholar-in-residence at synagogues throughout North America, South America, Europe, Israel, and South Africa. Mr. Savitsky is the President and Chairman of the Board of ATC Health Care Services, a nationwide provider of temporary medical staffing. He also founded and served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Tender Loving Care – Staff Builders, one of the nation’s largest providers of home health care services. Mr. Savitsky is the National President of Bnai Zion Foundation; supporting humanitarian projects in Israel that benefit thousands in need. Mr. Savitsky graduated from Yeshiva University with a degree in Economics and received an MBA from The Bernard Baruch Graduate School of Business of the City University of New York, with a specialization in finance and marketing. Mr. Savitsky is married to Genie (nee Tennenbaum) Savitsky. They have four children: Julie (married to Shabsi Schreier), Avi (married to Cheryl Stein), Penina (married to Zvi Weiner), and Estie (married to Yehuda Berman). The Savitsky’s have 17 grandchildren who – much to the Savitsky’s delight – live within walking distance of their grandparents.

George W. Schaeffer, Chairman of the Board

George W. Schaeffer’s story is a unique and inspiring example of living the American Dream, filled with adventure, philanthropy and entrepreneurial spirit. As the son of Holocaust survivors he rose to become a business innovator, an industry leader and a foremost philanthropist, particularly for humanitarian causes. Schaeffer was born in Hungary and immigrated to America with his family in 1956. As a young boy, he developed a strong work ethic and passion for business. After receiving his degree from City College of New York in 1970, he honed his business skills working in his family’s garment manufacturing business in New York City. Seeking new opportunities and challenges, Schaeffer moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and started the business that would ultimately become a dominant global consumer brand, OPI Products, which introduced nail lacquers preferred by professionals and loved by customers. With an eye for detail and a unique name for every color, Schaeffer shaped and infused OPI’s brand with his passion for excellence and innovation. His generous spirt was reflected in the work environment he created that treated everyone like family, regularly providing new computers and school scholarships to children of OPI employees. He applied the same approach when he founded People’s Trust Insurance Company. He now serves as President and CEO of the company, which grew in a short time to be one of Florida’s top home insurance providers, with a culture that puts the needs of its employees and policyholders first. Schaeffer placed the highest priority on giving back to the community. He established the George and Irina Schaeffer Foundation, which has donated millions of dollars to charities worldwide, including the American Heart Association, the Leukemia Research Foundation and the University of Southern California, as well as many others. He was recognized by ELTE University in Hungary with its most prestigious award, the Senate Medal, following his generous donation that made the Visual History Archive of the Shoah Foundation accessible to students, faculty, and researchers throughout all of Hungary. In 2012, the City of Hope Cancer Center presented Schaeffer with the hospital and research center’s most prestigious honor, the Spirit of Life Award, in recognition of his compassion, dedication and for the Endowment for Innovation in Diabetes Research at the COH. Schaeffer is also actively involved as a Former President and as current Chairman of the Board of the Bnai Zion Foundation, whose projects support critical health and education projects in Israel. These Social projects have received significant financial support from Schaeffer’s Foundation. He is the benefactor of the George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center which includes the George W. Schaeffer Music Conservatory in Ma’aleh Adumim near Jerusalem, which is home of the internationally renowned Ma’aleh Adumim Youth Orchestra. In France, the year-old George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention at the American University of Paris conducts numerous activities toward understanding the causes and consequences of genocide and mass violence. His philanthropic nature isn’t limited to major projects on a global scale. A 2015 overseas vacation to Australia that was interrupted by a hospital stay was made much more bearable by the exceptional care and attitudes of the staff. Schaeffer said “thank you” with a donation that enabled the medical center to purchase and install new televisions for patients to watch during their own stays at the hospital. George is married to Irina Schaeffer and they have three grown children. George and Irina reside in Boca Raton, Florida.

Cheryl Bier, Chief Executive Officer

After graduating from Yeshiva University in 1984 Cheryl Bier has spent more than 20 years working for Jewish non-profit organizations. She spent 8 years as Assistant Controller for the American Committee for Shaare Zedek, an organization that raised over $18 million for a medical center in Jerusalem. She was Controller at Temple Israel for 4 years where she continued to grow in experience and breadth of responsibilities, and for 10 years Ms. Bier served as Controller and Chief Operating Officer for Bnai Zion prior to being named its Chief Executive Officer in 2015. As Chief Executive Officer she brings these years of experience and grooming to integrate the varied aspects of running a foundation dedicated to facilitating physical, mental and emotional well being of its beneficiaries, by identifying a need to generate a greater awareness of the wonderful projects that Bnai Zion supports. She believes in using various methods across many platforms to engage donors old and new from the full strata of society, while honoring Bnai Zion’s proud 108 year history, in order to create a vibrant, contemporary face that will attract caring people to Bnai Zion’s life changing projects. American born to Israeli immigrant parents, Cheryl’s ties to Israel run deep, as much of her extended family still lives there. She currently resides in West Orange, NJ, with her husband Paul, not too far from her parents, and they are all very active in the West Orange Jewish community. They have four children between them, and four grandchildren who live in Israel as well.

Alan V. Schwartz, Treasurer

Alan V. Schwartz is the former President and CEO of Bernard Hodes Group, a worldwide provider of integrated talent solutions. Hodes was a subsidiary of Omnicom Group, a leading global provider of advertising, marketing, and corporate communication services. At Hodes, Alan oversaw more than 30 company offices located throughout the world. During his tenure, he was named one of the 100 most influential professionals in Human Resources. A CPA, Alan began his career at Price Waterhouse (now Price Waterhouse Coopers), one of the "Big Four" accounting firms. He went on to hold senior financial positions at Doyle Dane Bernbach. a major worldwide advertising agency known for several historic ad campaigns. Alan joined Bernard Hodes Group in 1981 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer responsible for all financial, administrative and operational aspects of the company and was given additional responsibilities until being appointed CEO in 2002. Alan is a Board member and Treasurer of Bnai Zion Foundation which supports humanitarian projects in Israel helping thousands in need. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Audit Committee at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, a leader in providing compassionate spiritual and palliative care in hospitals, online, and elsewhere. Previously, Alan was a Vice Campaign Chair for the Y and served as Treasurer and then President of the Lehigh University Long Island Alumni Association. Alan graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in accounting and received an MBA from Cornell University specializing in financial analysis. Alan is married and resides in Manhattan with his wife, Ilene Tannen and has two children, Andrew and Stacy.

Harvey Goldfarb, Vice President

Jan Kiderman, Vice President

Shelley Kilcoyne, Vice President

Donald H. Vogelman Esq, Vice President

Arnold Wagner, Vice President

Board Members

Sanford L. Batkin

Gabriella Diamond

David S. Edrich

Stephanie Garry

Josh Katzen

Ted Kirsch

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik

Sheryl Safran

Larry Strauss

Carole Wolanow

Team

Cheryl Bier, Chief Executive Officer (cheryl.bier@bnaizion.org)

Rebecca Harary, Senior Vice President (rebecca.harary@bnaizion.org)

Debbie Tobias, Director of Development, Texas (debbie.tobias@bnaizion.org)

Patricia Kliman, Executive Assistant, Texas (texasregion@bnaizion.org)

Ayelet Parness, Communications Manager (ayelet.parness@bnaizion.org)

Stephanie Solorzano, Administrative Assistant (stephanie@bnaizion.org)

Giany Mejia, Bookkeeper (bookkeeping@bnaizion.org)