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Spertus Welcomes New Trustees

Spertus Welcomes New Trustees

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Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership Proudly Welcomes Four New Members to its Board of Trustees

Lauri Konik Zessar (top left) is the founder and president of Bienali Promotions, LLC, an import and sales-premium company, and a signature member of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. An active and longtime supporter of Jewish causes, she has served on the board of JCC Chicago and a number of Jewish United Fund committees. She serves on the executive board for the Art Center of Highland Park, and with her husband Bruce and three children, she is a member of North Shore Suburban Synagogue Beth El. She looks forward to bringing her passions for Jewish philanthropy, arts and culture, and entrepreneurship to Spertus.

Dr. Michele Sackheim Wein (top right) is a periodontist with a practice in Bolingbrook. A native of LA, she now lives in Chicago with her husband and the youngest of her three children. Her extensive work as a community leader includes board terms with the Jewish Federations of North America and the local Federations in both LA and Chicago. She was National Chair of the Jewish Leadership Forum and a member of AIPAC’s National Council. Today she serves on the boards of Anshe Emet Synagogue and the Chicago Jewish Day School, in addition to Spertus, and works on a local project for Keshet, a national organization whose mission is to promote LGBT inclusion in the Jewish community.

Odette Olson (bottom left) is a CPA who serves as Vice President and Financial Advisor at Rappaport Reiches Capital Management, LLC in Skokie. Her nonprofit board experience includes serving for six years as a Trustee of Temple Beth-El in Northbrook, with terms as Treasurer, Secretary, and a member of the Finance Committee. She is actively involved with Camp Kesem, a passion she shares with her husband Mark and four children.

Dr. Jessica Lederhausen (bottom right) was born and raised in Stockholm. A dentist by training, she has lived in Chicago with her husband Mats and four children since 1999. She is Co-Organizer of TEDx Chicago 2017 and serves on several nonprofit boards — including Spertus Institute and North Lawndale College Prep — and is an avid golfer. The Lederhausen family was taken with Spertus when they arranged their daughter’s rehearsal dinner through our event partners, VenueSIX10. Soon after, they became the lead sponsors for our 2016 Center for Jewish Leadership Symposium.

Monday, July 10, 2017