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Officers & Board


2018 Federation Officers

President – Steven J. Weiss
Vice President – Blaine S. Schwartz
Vice President – Leslie Shuman Kramer
Treasurer – Sheldon Yellen
Secretary – Andrew J. Shaevel
2018 Campaign Co-Chairs – Stephen Yonaty, Kim Yonaty

Elected Governors

Jessica Altman
Dr. Harvey Arbesman
Steven Awner
Jordan Balsom
Hadar Borden
Marjorie Bryen
Hon. Brenda Freedman
Sariti Kaganoff
James Kramer
Leslie Shuman Kramer
Risé Kulick
Nina Lukin
Sheri Rodman
Dr. Laurie Sadler
Joanne Shatkin
Kenneth Shuman
Cheryl Stein
Julie Weinberg
Ellen Weiss
Dr. Gil Wolfe
Stephen Yonaty
Sonia Gellman Young

Agency Governors

Ellen Weiss, Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning
Raymond Fink, Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies
Shawn Frier, Jewish Federation Apartments
Jonathan Gellman, Ohr Temimim
Charlotte Gendler, Jewish Federation Cemetery Corp.
Susan Freed-Oestreicher, Jewish Community Center
Kenneth Rogers, Weinberg Campus
Jonathan Epstein, Kadimah Academy
Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, Buffalo Board of Rabbis & Cantors
Blaine Schwartz, Jewish Family Service
Rachel Kranitz McPhee, Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo

Past Presidents

Howard S. Rosenhoch, Immediate Past President 2014-16
David H. Desmon, 2012-14
Holly W. Levy, 2010-12
Gary Greenfield, 2008-10
Arthur A. Glick, 2006-08
Dr. Kevin B. Kulick, 2004-06
Dr. Howard Benatovich, 2002-04
Janet R. Desmon, 2000-02
Jordan Levy, 1998-2000
Irving M. Shuman*, 1996-98
Martin E. Trossman*, 1994-96
Nathan Benderson*, 1992-94
Richard Ament, M.D*., 1990-92
Stuart G. Lerman, 1988-90
Joel N. Lippman*, 1986-88
Ann H. Cohn*, 1984-86
Gordon Gross, 1983-84
Gail C. Kaplan*, 1981-82
Leonard Rochwarger*, 1979-80
Morris Himmel*, 1977-78
Donald Day*, 1975-76
Samuel J. Weinstein*, 1974
J. Milton Zeckhauser*, 1972-73
Ruth Kahn Stovroff*, 1970-71
Robert Hayman*, 1968-69
Louis Bunis*, 1965-67
Irving Levick*, 1964-65
Joseph Desmon*, 1962-64
Arthur Victor, Jr.*, 1961
Hon. David Diamond*, 1959-61
Alfred M. Saperston*, 1958
Victor Wagner*, 1956-58
Arthur Victor, Jr.*, 1954-56
Joseph Markel,*, 1952-54
Stanley Falk*, 1950-52
Howard T. Saperston*, 1948-50
Edward H. Kavinoky*, 1946-48
Maurice Tabor*, 1944-46
Harry J. Lehman*, 1930
Dr. Lester I. Levyn*, 1927-30
Charles Polakoff*, 1926
Hon. Samuel J. Harris*, 1922-26
Emanuel Boasberg*, 1921
Eugene Warner*, 1919-21
Theodore Hofeller*, 1916-19
Isaac Harris*, 1913-16
Solomon Ginsberg*, 1911-13
Henry Weill*, 1909-11
Julius Saperston*, 1903-09

*Deceased