The Community Chest Board of Directors is comprised of individuals dedicated to volunteering their time to help those in need. That is the essence of our "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program.
Steven J. Spiro, President, of Community Chest South Shore and a 3rd generation “Five Towner”, has roots that run deep in this community. Beginning as a Lawrence High School student, he has always been involved with community service. That dedication has only grown over the years as he currently is serving his 5th year as President of the organization. He is a local insurance agent and lives in Woodmere with his wife Deborah. They have 3 sons, 2 daughters in-law, one soon-to-be daughter in-law and a grandson.
Eric Keslowitz, Chairman, has served Community Chest South Shore in various capacities throughout many years of involvement, as Board Chairman, following many years as President and board member. For Eric, there is a special feeling of victory after each successful event, including the 5K Run, Annual Fair and basketball tournament, while working alongside a great team. The efforts of the "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program cannot be matched because there is no better satisfaction than knowing Community Chest has helped a neighbor in need.
Steven Schlaff, Secretary and his wife Susan moved from Belle Harbor to the Five Towns in 1982 and have raised three children here. Steven has served on the board of directors of various charities and organizations, and in 1990, joined the Board of Directors of the Community Chest, a local charity that fulfills the health and human services needs of the community. He served as Campaign Chairman, Secretary, Vice President, President, and Chairman of the Board. Susan Schlaff was mayor of one of the local villages for over 19 years. Taking care of the community is central to the Schlaffs’ lives.
Leonard Fliegel, Co-Treasurer lends his expertise as a certified public accountant to the Community Chest South Shore Board of Directors. He and his wife Beth also enjoy working with the 5K Run/Family Walk committee and help supervise their children and others as they volunteer their time with our youth board.
Steven Liebman, Co-Treasurer has been proud to serve as Vice President, Treasurer, Fair and Marketing Chair. He always works to keep his eye on the bottom line and looks for “out of the box” ways to raise funds for the organization”. Planning outings to hit Broadway shows has become a labor of love because the concept serves to bring the Chest board together, gets the name out to the public and earns income for Community Chest South Shore.
Shortly after joining the Board of Directors it was evident to Raquel Israel, Campaign Chair, that her true calling was organizing the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program. She first served on the committee and that evolved into chairing the event. You cannot imagine the gratification one experiences when hundreds of community members respond to our call to action on behalf of our Neighbors in Need.
Cal Nathan, Vice President has served on the Board for the past 5 years. Cal and his wife Janine, along with their 4 children, live in Woodmere and have been active members and supporters of Community Chest South Shore. They are imbued with a sense of giving and helping that is an important part of their dedication to community. Cal helped create the 5K Run/Family Walk for Chest and has chaired the run each year since, and has chaired the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” benefit in years past as well.
Until she attended the first Annual Dinner, Trudi Haberman, Vice President of Community Chest, never realized how many people need help in the community where she lived all her life. She was hooked on Chest at that event, and from that moment knew she had to be part of a great initiative where neighbors reach out to neighbors in need. The people at Community Chest give to the Five Towns and the surrounding areas with a full heart. Trudi is thrilled and honored to serve on the Board of Directors.
Corinne Berke has lived in the Five Towns since moving in 1960. After brief stints living elsewhere, Corinne’s family moved back to the area and each started their own family. She has always been active in her community, serving in many organizations with positions including PTA President in the Lawrence Public Schools, board member of the Woodmere Club, President of the Woodmere Charitable Foundation and of course, as a board member of Community Chest. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Having lived in the Five Towns for over 40 years, the community is near and dear to Anne Bernstein’s heart. She had the honor of creating and co-chairing the first Neighbors in Need (now “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”) campaign in 2010 which refocused the organization’s mission by putting a face and story to the recipients of much-needed help. This event launched a new way of thinking and introduced a new set of donors to keep the organization strong. Anne is proud of the direction Chest is taking and the vital work the organization does everyday to make the community a better place to live.
As a boy, Philip Bernstein came to recognize the red feather decal in the window of his home as a symbol of giving public service to the community. His parents enrolled him in after school programs at the community center in Lawrence, not only so he would have something to do but, more importantly, so he would see that not everyone in his community had the same advantages. He is now the longest serving member of the Community Chest’s Board of Directors. Phil is proud to be part of an organization which serves as a catalyst to bring the community together in the furtherance of charitable activities.
Ed and Mary Cooper have been involved with the Community Chest for over 65 years, combined. Ed was the Campaign Chairman, President, and Chairman of the Community Chest. He restarted the Community Chest Fair over 33 years ago and have been involved in it since. Mary was in charge of the Allocations Committee for at least 25 years, and Ed served on it. They are very proud to continue helping neighbors in this capacity.
Amy Epstein is truly honored to serve on the board of the Community Chest South Shore. The organization strives for the betterment of the entire community. With the sponsorship of activities such as the 5K Run/Family Walk and the Annual Fair, and by maintaining an extremely active youth board, Chest engages its neighbors. People of all ages, races and religions participate, feel welcomed and help by extending a financial olive branch to neighbors in need. Amy hopes to serve on the Chest board for many years to come.
As inspector of the Nassau County Auxiliary Police Danny Gluck leads the largest volunteer police unit on Long Island. He takes his responsibility very seriously as he maintains a safe 5K Run/Walk course, a secure Fair environment, parade routes and any special event Community Chest or the local Villages produce. His actions exemplify “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”.
As a long time executive of Community Chest South Shore, Alan Hoffman has steered many committees through evolving times. His financial expertise has guided our board through many budgets, allocations and investment decisions. Alan is honored to help provide foresight and creativity to the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” initiatives with the production of the first annual Neighbors in Need dinner concept six years ago.
William Henry is a community man. Through his Inwood business, temple membership, club membership and various charitable endeavors, Bill tries to continue the Henry family legacy of supporting neighbors if one is fortunate enough to be able to do so.
Lee Israel has seen the positive effects of genuine caring and the difference it has made in people’s lives while serving on the Board of Community Chest South Shore. The organization is dedicated to the long term welfare of the South Shore communities by supporting those who need it most. Lee is proud to be associated with this organization and all that it represents. He welcomes all that feel the same to take action, get involved and be part of something truly good.
Jacqueline Kaminer is proud to be on the board of Community Chest for almost 10 years, thanks to one of the organization’s fearless leaders and a dear friend, Eric Keslowitz. Jackie and her husband Ron were so impressed with Eric’s efforts and accomplishments in the community that they wanted to experience the same sense of fulfillment. As the Youth Board Advisor, Jackie is privileged to work with kids, which she enjoys tremendously! Chest represents a dynamic camaraderie of individuals who are about spreading goodness; enhancing a sense of community through its core value...helping others!
Being a Community Chest South Shore board member for many years has allowed Ronald Kaminer to be part of the most important aspect of the organization: giving. Through funds raised by Chest’s endeavors, the community has been reached and many lives have been changed. Ron is proud to be part of this special organization and he looks forward to seeing all the great things it can do for the community for years to come.
Gary Kaplan first joined Community Chest South Shore because someone asked him to. He first gave money because the recipient deserved it. Gary stayed involved and became every position possible because he believed in the work Chest does. He’s still here and continues to put in his ‘two cents’ after 33 years because he loves it and the people whose hearts tick like his, and most of all because he has seen the faces of “thanks” and they are unforgettable.
Marc Kemp has been a board member for over 20 years. Community Chest South Shore has always been near and dear to his heart - for the work that the organization does in the community, and because there has always been a very dedicated core group devoted to the cause which has always led by example. Marc considers it an honor to be on the board and is happy to help in any way he can.
Robin Matza has been a board member since the mid-1990s. Having moved to the Five Towns in 1987, she was inspired by Chest’s activities and believed it was important to give back to the community she called home. The Annual Fair quickly became a “family affair” with her husband, daughter and extended family helping throughout the years – not to mention the close ties developed with other board members. The Chest journey has been a challenging but worthwhile one, and Robin believes the organization is well-positioned to carry on the mission of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”.
Diane Rattner is a lifelong resident of the Five Towns area and a 2nd generation member of the Community Chest South Shore Board. Her parents were both involved in Chest in the 1960s and 70s. She first joined the Board of the Special Events Division in the 90s. Although she left the Board for a period of time, the organization was always important and she always supported efforts to help the community. Diane is back now and is thrilled to be part of the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” initiative-it is truly what Community Chest is all about.
For almost two decades Arthur Robbins’s family has joined him in his efforts to produce the annual youth board basketball tournament. Teaching the young students the meaning of community service is an added bonus to this great event. The teams and participants come and go, but the tournament’s results continue to help build character through friendly competition while raising funds for Community Chest South Shore and the Adam Barsel Memorial scholarship Fund.
Although new to the Community Chest South Shore family, Michelle Schornstein couldn't be prouder to be involved with an organization whose purpose it is to help those in the community who are less fortunate. As a longtime resident of the Five Towns, Michelle feels an obligation to give back to the community that has given her family so much. The best way to fulfill that obligation is through the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program which is an invaluable resource to those in the community who have fallen on hard times. There is no greater satisfaction for Michelle than knowing she’s helped make a difference.
Community Chest South Shore s an organization that allows Craig Spatz to feel he’s given back to those less fortunate. It gives him happiness when he sees Community Chest is able to help feed and clothe families. Over the past 18 years it has been a rewarding experience for Craig to serve as Past President, Chairman, and board member.
As proprietors of Phil’s Body Works, Dominick and Vera Valenti have found success and are not shy about giving back to those in the community. They support every event Community Chest South Shore produces and are always ready to pitch in with special projects. The Valentis have been involved in Community Chest for over 30 years and are committed to the mission of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”.
Richard Waxman is a corporate attorney with offices in the Five Towns; a lifetime Five Towns resident; a Lawrence High School graduate (as are his kids), and he currently lives in Atlantic Beach. Wishing to “give something back” to the community, Richard volunteered to help with the Annual Community Chest Fair. This participation in events quickly led to service on the Board of Directors. Ultimately, his role morphed into current service on the Board of Directors and on the Corporate Governance Committee of the Board. Chest is about “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” and that is why Richard serves.
Philip Altheim; Mitchell Binder; James Boas; James Champlin; George Coleman; Joseph Fife
Curtis Granet; Linda Gruman; Lila Holland*; Edward Kerschner; Abner Levine; Marc Marinoff
Gayle Morrow; Mark Plumer; Michael Premisler; Marvin Ross; Bert Rothstein*; Tom Scheinman*; Michael Yohai