Board of Directors

Emily Kramer-Golinkoff
Emily is a Project Manager at the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab and a patient advocate and speaker that has given talks at Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, TEDx and elsewhere.

Emily recently completed her master’s degree in bioethics and certification in clinical ethics and mediation at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007, she graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, where she was the recipient of the Honorable Walter H. Annenberg Award. Currently, she works in health care marketing as a social media and video production specialist.

In 2011, Emily was named Abbott’s “Thriving Graduate Student” and awarded a $19,000 scholarship through the CFCareForward program. She recently served as the patient representative on the “Communications Action Team” as part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s five strategic planning committees.

Emily is a co-founder and board member of Emily’s Entourage.

Coby Kramer-Golinkoff

Coby is a senior at Tulane University, where he’s studying business management and international development. He’s a member of Tulane’s men’s tennis team and Tulane Jewish Leaders. He is a co-founder of Emily’s Entourage and established Emily’s Entourage NOLA as an official organization on campus and the recipient of Tulane University’s Social Justice and Advocacy Award.

 

Julia Kramer-Golinkoff

Julia is a junior at Lower Merion High School, where she will serve as an officer of BuildOn and vice president of the Best Buddies Program in the 2012-2013 school year. Julia has traveled to Haiti to build a school with BuildOn’s Trek To Haiti. She participates in the Lower Merion Little League Challenger Baseball League and regularly travels to the Dominican Republic to provide medical care to disadvantaged populations with the Institute for Latin American Concern.

Julia is one of Emily’s sisters and a co-founding member of Emily’s Entourage.

 

Annie Kramer-Golinkoff

Annie Kramer-Golinkoff is one of Emily’s sisters. She is currently a student at Haverford High School. Annie is a member of the Lower Merion Little League Challenger Baseball Program and The Friendship Circle. She is a founding member of Emily’s Entourage and proud of all that her sister has accomplished!

 

 

 Liza Kramer, MSW

Liza Kramer graduated from Colgate University in 1978. She received her master’s degree in social work from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois. She worked at a variety of social service agencies helping children and families with special needs and delinquency.

Liza is the proud mother of Emily, Coby, Julia and Annie and a co-founder of Emily’s Entourage.

 

Michael Golinkoff, PhD, MBA

Michael is a founding member of Emily’s Entourage and the proud father of Emily, Coby, Julia and Annie. Michael graduated with a BA in psychology from Colgate University.  He then earned a PhD in Developmental and Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He completed a pre- and post-doctoral internship at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center-Westchester Division. Michael then completed the Executive MBA program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael currently serves as the Head of Clinical Specialty Programs at Aetna, Inc.

 

Bea Abbott

Bea graduated from Lower Merion High School in 2010. She is currently a sophomore at Bard College in Hudson Valley, New York, where she is majoring in Political Science and Latin American studies. Bea enjoys photography, working in restaurants, cooking and traveling to new places.

 

 

Madeline Baron, MSW

Madeline Baron has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSW from the Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work. She worked for the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York in their Government Relations Division, and for the Pew Charitable Trusts in their Community Development and Human Services grant-making areas. She has served as head of Home and School Associations for the Merion School and Friends’ Central School, and on the Boards of several not for profits. She is has three children, Valerie, Lizzie and Charles; and in her spare time enjoys painting and gardening.

 

Richard A. Baron

Mr. Baron holds a BS in Economics with a concentration in Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Richard has held senior executive positions with various health care companies.  He is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Globus Medical Inc.  Prior to this position he held similar positions with Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, the biotech company which developed an imaging agent for Alzheimer’s, eResearch Technology, Inc. (NASDQ: ERES), a clinical research organization specializing in cardiac safety, Animas Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of insulin infusion pumps, (NASDAQ: PUMP), Genex Services, a managed care provider for workers compensation and disability and Marsam Pharmaceuticals Inc., a generic manufacturer of injectable anti-infectives.

Mr. Baron began his career in public accounting and worked at Ernst and Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has also served on the boards of various education and religious institutions.

 

Elizabeth Cohen, MBA

Elizabeth (Liz) Cohen is a marketing research professional who has worked for the past 18 years at The Melior Group in Philadelphia. She specializes in research for healthcare, higher education and nonprofit organizations. Personally, Liz is the mother of three girls, Cara, Jane and Allison Whellan. She is married to David Whellan.  She also serves on the Board of Smith Playground in Fairmount Park.

Liz holds an AB Degree in Psychology from Duke University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Liz had the privilege of living across the street from the Kramer-Golinkoff family in Bala Cynwyd for 4 years.  Her life has been greatly enriched as a result.

 

Becca Denenberg

Becca Denenberg is a senior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2013, she will graduate with her BA in Organizational Studies focusing on Leadership, Management and the Media in the Nonprofit Sector. Becca works for charitybuzz, the leader in upscale online auctions to benefit nonprofits, headquartered in New York City. As a member of the Business Development team at charitybuzz, Becca works with nonprofits to raise funds in an exciting and unique way in this new era of fundraising. Becca, along with her parents Joan and David, and brother Jesse, is a proud member of the Emily’s Entourage board.

 

David Denenberg, JD

David Denenberg is a partner at Abramson & Denenberg, a center city law firm. He specializes in civil litigation and real estate law. He is a graduate of University of Maryland and received a law degree from Widener Law School. David is a past board member and current pro bono attorney for Senior Law Center, an organization that offers free legal service to Senior Citizens in Philadelphia. He was recently named by the Legal Intelligencer as one of Philadelphia’s ‘Unsung Heroes’.

David’s passions include concert photography and his Bruce Springsteen photographs taken over the last 30 years are featured in Pop Culture Vault – galleries in Florida and California. David serves on the board of Emily’s Entourage along with his wife, Joan, and children, Jesse and Becca.

 

Jesse Denenberg

Jesse Denenberg is a senior at Lower Merion High School. He plays soccer, baseball and swims for Lower Merion. Jesse recently returned from a high school semester program where he studied in Jerusalem, Israel- an experience he found life changing. Jesse has been an active volunteer with the Lower Merion Little League Challenger Baseball Division, a baseball program for kids with physical and developmental needs, since he was eleven. His buddy, Annie Kramer-Golinkoff, is also actively involved in Emily’s Entourage.

Jesse looks forward to working on the board and bringing EE to Lower Merion students and eventually taking EE and its efforts to a college campus in the fall of 2013!

 

Joan Boroff Denenberg

Joan Denenberg runs Denenberg Communications, a highly specialized marketing firm which develops professional programs and special events for shopping centers, downtown districts, real estate developers, retailers and non-profits. She has been involved in shopping center marketing since graduating from Boston University in 1982.  She is also a past executive board member and current board member of Har Zion Temple. Joan and her husband David are part of The Bridge, a giving circle with Jewish Family Children Service, and they co-chaired their gala in 2011.  She is passionate about helping to raise awareness and funds to send teens on peer-to-peer experiences in Israel.

Joan is married to David Denenberg and they are the proud parents of two members of the Board of EE: Jesse & Becca.

 

Jessica Stein Diamond

Jessie is a freelance writer who specializes in science and medical journalism and fundraising communications. Her clients include the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Jefferson Medical College; SteegeThomson Communications; the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; and several organizations serving children and adults with disabilities.

Jessie holds a BA from Cornell University. Her published work has appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Buffalo News, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., The Buffalo Physician, Business First of Buffalo and the Taupo Times of New Zealand. She has also worked as senior editor with JCK Magazine, a corporate communications associate with M&T Bank, and a development coordinator for the Arts Council of Buffalo and Erie County.

 

Scott Diamond, PhD

Scott L. Diamond received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1986 from Cornell University and his PhD from Rice University in 1990. He taught at the State University of New York before joining the faculty of Penn Engineering in 1997 where he holds the Arthur E. Humphrey Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Additionally, Diamond serves as the founding director of the Penn Center for Molecular Discovery.

Dr. Diamond researches Cardiovascular Therapeutic Technologies in several key areas: mechanobiology, blood clot dissolving therapies and protein therapeutics, blood coagulation, drug discovery and nonviral gene therapy, viral and lipoplex delivery. His laboratory has advanced chemical and biomolecular engineering methods with more than $23 million in research funding from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. He has produced over 160 publications and patents. He is the recipient of the NSF National Young Investigator Award, the NIH FIRST Award, the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, the AIChE Colburn Award and the Penn Heilmeier Research Excellence in Research Award. He is an elected fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

 

Jessica Kurtz Erlbaum, MA

Jessica Kurtz Erlbaum lives in Merion, PA with her husband, Jon, and five children, Akiva, Dovi, Yonah, Hillel and Shifra. Her educational background includes a BA in Religion and Women’s Studies from Colgate University and a MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from NYU with a certification in Non-Profit Management.  She continued her education in Jewish Studies spending a year and a half at Midreshet Rachel V’Chaya College for Women in Jerusalem.

Her professional background includes technical recruiting and fundraising for the United Jewish Appeal, Organizational/Change Consultant for Burson-Marsteller and Director of Marketing for JESNA (Jewish Education Service of North America). Currently, she serves as an Associate Director for The Chevra, a social/educational organization for Jewish young professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Her hobbies and community involvements include serving on the Torah Academy Board of Directors, matchmaking, one-on-one Jewish learning, Shabbos hosting, spending time with her family and driving carpool.

 

Nancy Astor Fox

Nancy Astor Fox served as the Associate Director of the Gerda and Kurt Klein Foundation, an organization dedicated to sharing the Kleins’ message of tolerance, acceptance and hope with youth throughout the country. In her volunteer life, Mrs. Fox worked with the Jewish community through her involvement with the Jewish Federation of North America and the local Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Mrs. Fox currently serves on the Board of Directors of the JEVS Human Services and is a founding member of the Acharai Fund, a multi generational giving circle.

Mrs. Fox is also actively involved in Fox’s Fight to raise funds and awareness for melanoma research. Mrs. Fox is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in Merion, Pennsylvania with her husband, Robert. She is mother to Rebecca and Ken Starr and Emily Fox and grandmother to Annabelle Lily Starr.

 

Lisa Friedman, MSN, CRNP

Lisa originally grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. In 2007, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, with a bachelor of arts in Biology. She spent the next several years working on clinical research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, including two pharmacologic trials investigating new therapies for Friedreich ataxia patients.

In 2010, Lisa earned her bachelor of science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, in 2011, she completed her master of science in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing as a Family Health Nurse Practitioner. Currently, she is a board-certified family nurse practitioner practicing in the Philadelphia area.

 

Jillian Goldberg

Jillian Goldberg is a current Tulane University Undergraduate Student from Cincinnati, Ohio. Jillian plans on graduating in May 2013 with a major concentration in Jewish Studies and minors in Business, Psychology, and Spanish. She currently has an internship at Tulane Hillel where her efforts are focused in the Tulane Jewish Leaders Program. She is the founder of the Tulane Bone Marrow Drive and has helped to start the Emily’s Entourage NOLA and Tulane Chapters.

 

Elliott Golinkoff, MPA

Elliott graduated from Brooklyn College in 1968.  He taught elementary school in Brooklyn, NY and Ithaca, NY before receiving a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Graduate School for Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh in 1973.  He served as Director of Planning, Special Assistant to the Mayor of Wilmington, DE, and Commerce Director of Wilmington, DE from 1974-1983.  He was Executive Vice President and Partner in the commercial real estate development firm, Delle Donne and Associates from 1983-1992.  He was a partner and developer of the TGI Fridays franchise in North Carolina and Virginia from 1993-1996.  He is currently a senior Vice President and financial advisor at RBC Wealth Management in Wilmington, DE.

 

Janet Olcese Golinkoff, MBA

Janet Olcese Golinkoff received a BS degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970 and an MBA from Widener University in 1994. She is presently retired from her career in health care as a childbirth educator, physical therapist and health care administrator where she worked primarily in the field of adult rehabilitation. In addition to Emily’s Entourage, she now spends her time in lifelong education, voter registration and masters rowing.

 

Beth Shapiro Lavin

Beth Shapiro Lavin graduated in 2006 with a degree in French from the University of Pennsylvania, where she met Emily through their involvement in Sigma Delta Tau Sorority. After graduating, Beth lived in Philadelphia and worked in the Development Office of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Beth currently resides in New Orleans, LA with her husband Austin and serves as the Director of Development at St. George’s Episcopal School. She also serves as the Chair of the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans, a young professionals giving circle.

Beth has been excited to help out and witness the amazing work being done by Coby Kramer-Golinkoff and the amazing team of Emily’s Entourage supporters at Tulane University.

 

Jessica Rutstein Lazarus, PsyD

Jessica grew up in Lower Merion, where she first met Emily when they attended middle school together.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude with a BA in psychology from The George Washington University in 2007. She concentrated in Developmental Psychology and was a part of both the University’s and Psychology Department’s Honors Programs. She then earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University in 2012. She concentrated in Neuropsychology and completed her pre-doctoral neuropsychology internship training at the Delaware Department of Children, Youth and their Families and The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She also completed the School Psychology Certificate Program and is a Certified School Psychologist.

At Widener, Jessica was awarded the 2010 Suzanne Reed Price Neuropsychology Award and the 2011 Leadership and Citizenship Award. She recently received the 2012 Francis Field Memorial Award from the Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society for her dissertation research.

She currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband, Jordan, and is completing her post-doctoral neuropsychology training at a private practice in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

 

Jane Kramer, PhD, MA

Jane Kramer graduated from Vassar College in psychology and continued her academic studies with a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics in Health Policy and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in Urban Policy and Planning. After over a decade as a researcher in adolescent health policy at the Institute for Adolescent Health Policy at the University of California, San Francisco, she was offered a grant to take a year from her career to ‘pursue a passion’.  Jane returned to her oboe studies and founded a school of music for immigrant children in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael, Enriching Lives through Music (ELM).

In her spare time, Jane loves to kayak and spend time with her husband Mitch and border collie, Kyila.  She is the proud mother of Nina and Jonathan.

 

Peter M. Kramer, JD

Peter M. Kramer is a partner with Squire Sanders (US) LLP and focuses his practice on insurance litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Peter advises clients on internal corporate audits and investigations regarding compliance, fraud and theft-related issues. He has assisted in the design and implementation of a mass catastrophic insurance mediation program, now a model for resolution of disputed claims resulting from natural disasters. He often serves as national settlement counsel for pharmaceutical and financial services companies and is a frequent lecturer on settlement negotiations, mass tort resolutions and the aggregate settlement rule. Peter is regularly listed in The Best Lawyers in America and named a Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide. He is a graduate of Florida State University and its College of Law.

 

Scott Shapiro

Scott Shapiro has successfully owned and operated a number of companies in various industries beginning with his first acquisition in 1985. He is currently a partner in West Boca Metals, a steel distribution company that also has other holdings within the steel manufacturing community. Scott completed his studies at The Pennsylvania State University in 1978. He is married to Susan Shapiro and has 3 children. Scott maintains a love of physical fitness and athletics plays competitive tennis and continues to enjoy music as a listener and collector of material from 1960’s through current day.

 

Susan Shapiro

Susan Shapiro, after spending 3 semesters at George Washington University, elected to complete her bachelors of elementary education program at Temple University, graduating in 1981.  Her career in education was relatively short lived as she recognized her interest in decorative art.  After a few years working, Susan met her husband, Scott and dedicated the next 22 years to raising their three children, Shane, Sam and Isabel.

She continues to work on a part time basis in the retail antique industry as well as operating her own interior design business. She resides in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, where she enjoys cooking, tennis and long walks with friends.

 

Juliet I. Spitzer, MSEd

Juliet I. Spitzer received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MSEd from Temple University. She is the Director of Inter-Cultural Exchange at the International Center for Contemporary Education, promoting the peaceful management of conflict through cultural understanding and tolerance for religious, ethnic, and racial differences. Juliet also teaches on a variety of topics in Judaism in the Philadelphia area, and is the Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Beth Israel in Media, PA.

 

Phil Wachs

Phil Wachs graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Religion. He worked at Charming Shoppes, Inc. starting in 1978 and served as president and COO from 1990 until 1996. Currently, he is vice president of business development at Glenmede Trust Company.

Phil serves on various nonprofit boards, including the Perelman Jewish Day School, where he was a past president, Princeton University Department of Judaic Studies, Soloman Schechter Institute (Israel) and Shalom Hartman Institute (Israel). He was also one of the creators of the Kathy and Lee Graub Cystic Fibrosis Center at Schneider Children’s Hospital in Israel. Phil is married to Juliet I. Spitzer and is the proud father of three daughters.