Leadership

Leadership

Board of Directors

Richard Zenker, Chairman

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.

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.

Arthur Adler, Chairman Emeritus

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.

Stephen Blank

Stephen Blank joined the Board of the Foundation in 2014. In addition to his involvement in numerous charities including the Crohn’s/Colitis Foundation (where he served as National President) and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Steve brings over 45 years of experience in investment banking and corporate finance as well as public company management to the Foundation. Steve is a member of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.

Howard Boilen

Howard Boilen has been a successful entrepreneur and businessman for more than 45 years. Experience in company startups, from idea and inception, to multi department U.S Offices, and management of overseas offices and agencies. Howard specializes in management, sourcing, and marketing and has developed consumer products such as; Magic Mesh, Perfect Pancake, Socket Shelf, and the famous SNUGGIE Brand. The Snuggie blanket and other Snuggie products has sold more than 35 million units and over $500,000,000 in retail sales.

Sharyn Frankel

Sharyn Frankel’s professional career began in 1973 when she co-founded Stuart Frankel & Co, presently the oldest privately-owned firm on the New York Stock Exchange. She continues to work alongside her husband, Stuart, on a daily basis.

Sharyn began working in the non-profit world in 1968 in New York City on a newly formed chapter of the American Cancer Society.  It was known for its successful annual “Casino Night” fundraiser.  In the 1970s, the Frankels built a playground in the sand for children in Atlantic Beach, NY. In the 1980s, Sharyn was instrumental in the founding of a breast center in Scottsdale, Arizona for women to receive immediate mammogram results.

Sharyn joined the Boca West Children’s Foundation Board of Directors in 2018.  Her goal is to spread the word about the work the Foundation does for our most vulnerable children and their families.  She is honored to be instrumental in the formation of the Children’s Foundation of Palm Beach County, a new chapter of the Boca West Children’s Foundation to better serve children in central and north Palm Beach County.

Michelle Gluckow

Michelle Gluckow has a Marketing and Sales Management background and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration. She served as Director of Marketing for Helena Rubinstein Cosmetics and later joined a family book manufacturing business where she was Executive Vice President. She is  involved in several charitable organizations located in Palm Beach County.

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.

Donald Janower

Dr. Donald Janower graduated from Des Moines University in 1967. He was a general practioner for 28 years. He was a partner at Park Medical Centers in Detroit. He has been married for 59 years. He has been on the Foundation Board for many years.

Joel Macher

Joel Macher spent part of his professional career in the practice
of public accounting and served as an enrolled agent with the Internal Revenue Service. Simultaneously applying his financial background began a career in real estate development, ownership, and project management. Later in his career he was approached by a public company interested in starting a spin-off in the medical services field. He accepted the role of Chairman and CEO of the new venture and stayed on until this new entity was acquired. Joel actively is involved in other business endeavors and is pleased to be a part of the Boca West Children’s Charities.

Linda Schaps

Linda Schaps worked as a Title One Reading Specialist and a Clinical Social Worker in New York. Her professional career centered in the South Bronx. Problems with teenagers, who couldn’t read nor write, introduced her to gangs and the frustrated families. Often times, they just gave up. The work was endless and frustrating; as the systems were often, at times, as difficult to deal with, as the students and their biological or foster parents. In addition, Linda trained and counseled foster parents. Linda’s background and life experiences have given her a great insight for her work with the Boca West Children’s Foundation.

Beth Schlager

Since retiring from the field of commercial real estate lending to raise her family, Beth has been an active volunteer focusing primarily on women’s and children’s well-being, education and healthcare. While raising her four children she served as a longtime board member and president of the Weston Community Children’s Organization, chair of the parent’s council at her children’s school and numerous committees. Beth has a deep and long connection to Jewish Family and Children’s Services. There, she served as a board member as well as a Visiting Mom for over 15 years, where she would meet weekly with mothers and babies for the first year of life. Beth also serves as a Seven Generation board member of City Year Boston, an organization that places young volunteers in the Boston School System to support teachers and help combat truancy in early education. She also sat on the President’s Council of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In addition, Beth is the co-founder of Cube Art Boston, a small business dedicated to supporting the Boston Arts ecosystem via studio tours and art advisory services.

Most recently Beth has officially become a seasonal Florida resident and excited to devote her energy and experience to improve the lives of underserved children and their families in Palm Beach County. She is married to Eric, a real estate executive (and avid cyclist) and the proud mother to four millennial children and fur baby, Augie.

Leon Silverman

Leon Silverman started in the real estate industry in 1965, first by founding a brokerage, then as owner and developer of commercial properties, as Chairman of Silverman Realty Group. Leon has been active in philanthropy and community service throughout his life, as a board member of the UJA-Westchester Business & Professional Board, the Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester and the White Plains Business Improvement District. He’s an active supporter of the UJA Kaufman Campgrounds. Since becoming a Florida resident, Leon has joined the Board of Boca West Children’s Foundation.

Stu Steckler

Retired since 2012, Stu Steckler was a managing director of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P. and oversaw the D. E. Shaw group’s finance and operations activities as the firm’s Chief Administrative Officer, operating from the firm’s New York headquarters. He joined the firm in 1989 and was a member of the executive committee of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P. and D. E. Shaw & Co., L.L.C., in which capacity he jointly supervised the D. E. Shaw group’s worldwide asset management businesses. Mr. Steckler was also a member of the executive committee of D. E. Shaw Investment Management, L.L.C., which operates the D. E. Shaw group’s benchmark-relative institutional asset management business. After graduating summa cum laude from Queens College in 1979, he joined the accounting firm of Oppenheim, Appel, Dixon & Co., then regarded by many as Wall Street’s most formidable repository of expertise in broker dealer and investment partnership accounting, where he became one of the youngest professionals ever to be promoted to partnership. Mr. Steckler has been a member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s Capital Committee, and in the past has developed and taught courses on stock brokerage accounting, auditing, and regulatory topics for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. and other industry organizations. He also served as president of the board of trustees of the Saddle River Day School between 2010 and 2013. Along with his wife, Mr. Steckler established a charitable foundation in 2009 that has supported dozens of charities, including Boca West Children’s Foundation, and is looking forward to focusing more of his personal time going forward as a member of the Boca West Children’s Foundation Board.

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 and plastic extrusion. 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.

Barbara Stoller Wittenstein

Barbara Stoller Wittenstein joined the BWCF in Dec, 2019.  She looks forward to working with fellow Board members to expand the BWCF community outreach, especially to Palm Beach, where she resides. Prior to her retirement a few years ago, Barbara’s professional career was in executive search, where, for many years, she managed the Human Resources Practice for Solomon Page in NYC.

Barbara is married to Myles Wittenstein, and together, they enjoy being involved in the community, in whatever way they can make a positive impact.

Jay DiPietro, In Memoriam

Jay DiPietro was hired as the President and General Manager of Boca West Country Club in 1975. He dedicated 32 years transforming BWCC in to a leader in the Club industry achieving the Distinguished Clubs and Platinum rankings as #1 in the country for Private Residential Country Clubs, #1 in the State of Florida for all types of clubs and fifth in the world. Jay was a member of the esteemed CMAA Honor Society and was the Past Chairman of the Board for the CMAA Club Foundation. He was actively involved and served on several local and national committees.

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

Pamela Weinroth

Pamela Weinroth is a long-time resident of Boca Raton where she has been deeply involved in the community. She has chaired non-profit events and assisted with fundraising for a number of organizations in the area including Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Levis Jewish Community Center, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, and so many more organizations through out Palm Beach County.

Most recently, Pamela co-founded and served for 17 years as the Chief Operating Officer for Freedom Medical Services in Boca Raton where she grew the company to serve more than 10,000 patients.

A native of Winnipeg, Canada, Pamela is a graduate of the University of Manitaba. She is married to Palm Beach County Commissioner and former Boca Raton City Councilman Robert Weinroth and their blended family includes Chuck, Michael, David and David, as well as their Bishon Poos, Sierra and Siggy.

Christina Irving

Director of Charity Events