Board of Directors

Arthur Adler, Chairman

Arthur Adler is a former sports executive with the New York Yankees and the New York Islanders. He has owned radio stations, an ad agency, a media buying agency, an incentive travel agency and a sports stadium signage company.

Yvonne Ackerman

Yvonne Ackerman has been a member of the Boca West Foundation Board of Directors since 2011, joining the Board one year after the Foundation was created. She and her husband, Don, are very involved in the charitable community.

Stephen Blank

Stephen Blank and his lovely wife, Marsha, have been involved with Boca West Children’s Foundation since 2015. He has been on many boards since he joined. He graduated from Adelphi University with his M.B.A. in 1971. He has been involved with corporate financing since 1973.

Howard Boilen

Howard Boilen was an entrepreneur and businessman for more than 45 years. Experience in company startups, from start to multi department, management of overseas offices and agencies. Howard specializes in marketing.

Avron Fogelman

Avron Fogelman is an American businessman and real estate developer. He is a former part owner of the Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals as well as several Memphis-based sports teams.

Shep Forest

Prior to retiring, Shep Forest was involved with the financing and restructuring of joint ventures with real estate developers, owners, and managers of properties throughout the United States. He also served on the Board of the Edna St. Millay Colony for the Arts and was President of the Grand Street Boys’ Foundation of the Greater New York area.

Bernard Friedman

Bernard Friedman graduated from Boston University in 1960. He has been a real estate developer for more than 50 years in New York. He and his wonderful wife have 3 children and 6 granddaughters.

Neil Gillman
Chuck Isroff

Chuck Isroff has worked in the jewelry business since 1963. He started as a Vice President of a Midwest jewelry chain and ended up starting Charles Isroff Enterprises specializing in diamonds. He and his wife Marjorie have been longtime supporters of the Foundation.

Martin Jaffe

Martin Jaffe is a Senior Advisor to Silvercrest Asset Management Group. Prior to this, Mr. Jaffe served as Chief Operating Officer of Silvercrest Asset Management. Before Silvercrest, Mr. Jaffe was Chief Operating Officer of DLJ Asset Management Group and then as Chief Financial Officer of Credit Suisse Asset Management LLC after Credit Suisse acquired DLJ in November 2000. Mr. Jaffe began his career at U.S. Trust Company. Thereafter, Mr. Jaffe joined Mitchell Hutchins where he was responsible for a substantial book of private client business that he moved in 1981 to Wood, Struthers & Winthrop, the investment management subsidiary of DLJ.

Donald Janower

Dr. Donald Janower graduated from Des Moines University in 1967. He has been an obstetrician for over 28 years. He opened Park Medical Centers in Detroit. Dr. Janower has been married to his wife for more than 57 years.

Philip Kupperman

Mr. Kupperman is a retired partner of Arthur Andersen LLP., a former international public accounting firm and the President, Chief Operation Officer and Chief Financial Officer of a public traded real estate management and oil and gas development company with properties in the U.S. and Canada

Michael Lissauer

Michael Lissauer was Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Strategy for Business Wire from 1990-2007, where he built an integrated and multidisciplinary marketing department. As a member of the company’s Board of Directors, he played a decisive role in its acquisition by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in March 2006.

From 2009-2015, he was an adjunct Professor of Marketing at Baruch College, where he founded Park Bench Marketing Group as an in-house student operated pro-bono marketing communications company.

Joel Macher

Joel Macher practiced public accounting for the Internal Revenue Service. His background consisted of Financial Management, Real Estate ownership and development, and Business Consulting.

Bernard Robinson

Bernard Robinson is a native New Yorker and a World War II veteran. He founded a major construction supply company in the New York metropolitan area. In 2006, Bernard founded the “I Have a Dream” Foundation-New Jersey. He is currently retired and has been married to his wonderful wife, Judy, for 52 years.

Aubrey Strul

Aubrey Strul spent his business years in manufacturing and real estate development both in the United States and abroad. His educational background is in accounting and finance. He owned and operated many companies ranging from kitchen cabinets to plastic injection molding, chemical and epoxy manufacturing, plastic extrusion, etc. He currently owns and manages family partnerships and trusts. He is also involved in private equity, real estate, and other investments. Aubrey represented South Africa in the World Bridge Championships in 1972 and won three American National Championships in 2007, 2012, and 2016.

Richard Zenker

Richard Zenker is the President of Overbrook Management Corporation, a boutique wealth management firm located in New York City. He has more than 35 years of experience helping families navigate issues relating to wealth creation and preservation, including substantial experience helping them achieve their philanthropic goals. Richard holds a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, where he graduated Cum Laude, and a MBA from the University of Chicago.

Jay DiPietro, Honorary

Steering Committee

Michael Sneider

Chairman: Advisory Committee, Boca West Children’s Foundation
Graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. After military service, Michael served as marketing director in Federated Department Stores, Inc. retail operation; board adviser at Gulf & Western Industries, Inc.; Exec. V.P. at MCANY Inc.; and President & CEO, International Marble & Onyx, Inc. Currently, he is retired as a real estate developer of income-producing properties in NY, GA, and California.

Executive Director

Jennifer Bate

Jennifer Bate is Boca West Children’s Foundation’s first executive director. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as a communications and marketing director, and also has experience in university compliance and corporate legal departments. Jennifer obtained her bachelor’s in journalism and master’s in mass communication from the University of Florida. She also earned her law degree from Stetson University where she was president of the student body. Jennifer is an avid equestrian and South Florida native with a passion for helping others.