New Talent on a Mission: CJE's Associate Board

We have identified a great group of high energy and committed individuals who will help us connect to a new generation and promote us in advancing the value and benefits of CJE.

Mark D. Weiner
President & CEO of CJE SeniorLife


The Associate Board of CJE SeniorLife is composed of civic and business leaders who volunteer their time, raise funds and build awareness for CJE. It was formed in January 2014 and now numbers eighteen members. These young professionals from all different fields are poised to advance the fundamental mission of CJE SeniorLife and are dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults!

Interested in joining CJE’s Associate Board? Please read the CJE Associate Board Guide for more information and then contact Jennifer Elvey Schnepper, Senior Development Specialist at 773.5081321 or sends e-mail).

We are pleased to introduce the members of our Associate Board.

Debby Beerman earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her law degree at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She practiced commercial real estate law for the firm of McGuireWoods for six years and then at the Law Offices of Abraham Gutnicki in Skokie for two more years. She left the practice three years ago when her younger son turned one but is very active with FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), an organization that aims to find a cure for lifethreatening food allergies. She has been active with CJE in the past. Six years ago she and her husband held a grassroots fundraiser involving their family and friends to raise money and awareness for CJE. She and her husband, Jason, live in Northbrook with their two little boys, Cole and Alex.

Dave Berger is a senior trader with Group One Trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. A ten-year veteran of Group One, he makes markets on six electronic exchanges. Prior to trading, he worked as a sportswriter and book editor and attended Duke University. Dave serves on The Night Ministry’s board of directors, as well as its development, finance, and dinner committees. Dave was a founding member of Young Professionals of Chicago and served as chairman of that organization’s first board of directors. Dave andhis wife, Nicole, live in Chicago with their two children. Dave is a member of The Loop Synagogue.

Benjamin Bronner is a Vice President at Prospero Capital Management, a Chicago-based investment management firm. Ben became aware of CJE because his grandfather spent time at Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation where his grandmother also volunteers to lead classes. His mother, Gila Bronner, is a valued member of CJE’s Board of Directors. He also volunteers as Treasurer of CityPAC, and he is a member of the AIPAC Young Leadership Council and CFA Society of Chicago. Ben, an accomplished concert pianist and music enthusiast, resides in Chicago and is a member of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park.
Zach Goldstein recently founded a men's leisure clothing company called Public Rec. Prior to starting Public Rec, Zach was an associate at Shore Capital Partners, a healthcare private equity firm based in Chicago. Prior to Shore, Zach worked at J.P. Morgan supporting the Leveraged Finance Group where he was involved in the negotiation, syndication and execution of strategic debt financings for leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions and general refinancings. Zach received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. In his free time, Zach enjoys spending time with his family in the northern suburbs and playing sports, including soccer, basketball and golf.

Adam S. Guetzow  is an attorney at Hinshaw & Culbertson, L.L.P. His practice focuses on serving clients in commercial/residential services and healthcare services. In addition to serving on CJE’s Associate Board, Adam is an active board member of the Anti-Defamation League, and currently serves as the co-chair of the Chicago region's Associate Board and previously served as co-chair of its Young Leader Development Institute. Adam received his B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Indiana University and his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Adam enjoys listening to the life stories of older adults and through that, he has developed a strong commitment to working to provide homes and services to meet their needs. Adam lives in Lincoln Park with his wife Dana and son Ezra. In his spare time, Adam enjoys spending time with his family and friends and dining out at Chicago’s many great restaurants.

Ryan Hess is an Assurance Supervisor for the National Real Estate Group for RSM LLP. Ryan is very committed to making senior services accessible to all those who need them and to raising awareness of CJE’s many programs. He is familiar with CJE because his grandmother was a resident of CJE’s Gidwitz Place at Weinberg Community for Assisted Living. Ryan is originally from Buffalo Grove and currently resides in River North. His interests include playing golf, hockey, guitar, cooking and attending live music events.
Steve Levine was born and raised in Northbrook. He is the President of SimpleComm Solutions Inc., Telecommunications and Energy Consulting. Besides CJE, his other volunteer activities include membership on the Board of YLD and volunteering and mentoring for the Team In Training program. Plus, he enjoys listening to live music and eating good food. Steve wants to volunteer for CJE because he is interested in improving the lives of older people, especially his beloved Nana, Miriam, who is 94 and lives on her own at home. He also wants to learn more about the changes that occur and related challenges that can be expected as his family members continue to age. In his spare time, Steve likes to participate in triathlons and long distance runs. Steve lives in Chicago with his wife, Natalie, and his daughter, Daniela, and is a member of Temple Beth El in Northbrook.
Rachel Levy is a National Sales Manager at Paradise Point Resort part of Destination Hotels, focusing on Midwest and Northeast sales. Her experience in the hotel field, spans from business to luxury, and has included nine months in Beijing assisting Super 8 corporate headquarters during the 2008 Summer Olympics. In Beijing’s small Jewish community, Rachel was active in developing a pluralistic young professional Jewish group at the local Chabad. Rachel received a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Rosen College of Hospitality at University of Central Florida. Her interest in senior affairs stems from the loss of her grandparents early in her life, as well as the early loss of her father. The wisdom that comes from lifetimes of experience is invaluable, and as part of a younger generation, Rachel feels the responsibilities of herself and her peers to learn, understand, and eventually pass it on. Rachel is from Glencoe, and she remains a member of Am Shalom, her childhood congregation. Rachel enjoys golf, staying fit, and encountering new experiences through interesting cuisine, travel and people.
Michelle Newman is a Program Coordinator in the Health and Aging Department at Rush University Medical Center, focusing on disease prevention and health promotion. Michelle also serves on the Associate Boards of the Respiratory Health Association and Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly. Michelle received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Michelle lives in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood with her husband Josh Newman. They belong to North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys running and spending time with her family.

Tracey Rubinoff received her Bachelor’s degree from Washington University after which she returned to Chicago as a Business Analytics Associate at ZS Associates, a consulting firm specializing in sales and marketing effectiveness. In addition to CJE, Tracey enjoys volunteering at the Chicago Children’s Museum and Ladder Up, an organization that files taxes for low income individuals. Tracey grew up in Highland Park and is a member of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El.

Ryan Schraier is a Residential Property Manager for Advantage Management, a property management firm in Chicago. Watching his grandparents utilize the Jewish community’s senior services in his hometown of St. Louis, Ryan learned the importance of the availability of comprehensive care for seniors. As a member of the Associate Board, Ryan wants to help raise awareness of CJE’s services so that anyone in need will know where to turn for help. Ryan has also served as leader for JUF’s Feed Chicago and LEADS programs. Ryan currently resides in River North. He is a marathon runner and completed the Chicago Marathon last October.

Michael Schultz has worked in the restaurant industry for over 22 years and most recently opened Blackfinn Ameripub in River North, which received the award of “Best New Restaurant in River North” and was singled out as one of the top nightlife scenes in Chicago. Michael has served as a consultant and lectures throughout the country on leadership and hospitality to groups ranging from law enforcement to medical professionals. Besides volunteering for CJE, Michael serves as a member of the Ambassador’s Board for the Chicago Children’s Choir and as a member of the Governmental Advisory Committee for the Illinois Restaurant Association. Michael has graciously hosted CJE events at his restaurant. Michael was selected in Oy!Chicago's "Double Chai in the Chi: Chicago's Jewish 36 Under 36 List" for 2015.  Michael is the son of Hazzan Arnold Schultz and lives in Lincoln Park with his wife, Sari, and three daughters.

Cassie Schwartz is an educator in East Maine School District 63 (Des Plaines) currently teaching 1st grade. She earned a BS in Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.Ed in Educational Administration at National Louis University, and is currently obtaining a doctorate at NLU in the field of curriculum and social justice with a focus on telling the stories of refugees and genocide survivors. In addition to serving on the Associate Board, Cassie is an annual walker in the Walk to Cure for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a regular volunteer at the Uptown Café, and a past volunteer at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. She grew up in northern suburbs as a member of Congregation Beth Shalom (Northbrook), and currently lives in Chicago. Cassie is blessed to continue to have a close relationship with all four of her grandparents; they are her role models in their commitment to family, Judaism, education, philanthropy and making the world a brighter place. In her spare time, Cassie enjoys traveling, taking photographs, running, and hiking.
Nick Siegel is a Financial Analyst for the industrial real estate development firm Bridge Development Partners. Nick’s strong commitment to senior services began as a result of his grandmother’s experience with Alzheimer’s. Through her struggle and its impact on his family, Nick saw firsthand how essential it is to be able to access high quality care and the importance of educating the family on all the options for care. Nick is originally from Milwaukee and currently resides in Lincoln Park. Nick attends the Chabad of Lincoln Park. His interests include spending time with family and friends, backpacking, camping and travel.

Seth Wenig is currently selfemployed as an entrepreneur. He has several restaurant clients and is exploring opportunities in the medicinal marijuana arena. Previously, Seth was the Executive Director of a senior living community. He has experience as a financial advisor, and holds several insurance licenses. Seth graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. Through his work with CJE and other organizations, Seth has demonstrated a keen passion for helping others. He served on the National Board of JNFutures, and as the head of its Chicago branch led the JNFuture Leadership Institute Mission trip to Israel in 2012. He was a LEADS leader for YLD. Seth also helps with the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled (ISCD) and helped chair their last three poker fundraisers. Seth’s father, Kal Wenig, is on CJE’s Board of Directors.

Danielle (Dani) Wolf is a graduate student in social work at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and an intern at The Friend Center for Memory Care at CJE SeniorLife’s Weinberg Community for Senior Living. Dani received her B.S. degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During college, Dani studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2012, she was a Lewis Summer Intern at CJE’s Lieberman Center for Health & Rehabilitation in the Life Enrichment Department. Dani lives in Lincoln Park, and enjoys running, spending time with her family and friends, traveling and going to the movies. 
Rich Wolf is an associate with Horwood Marcus and Berk's Litigation Group where his practice concentrates on commercial litigation. Rich received his B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. Rich is very pleased to serve on the Associate Board because he is eager to help to fulfill CJE’s mission and enjoys working with other young professionals to help older adults. Rich grew up in Lincoln Park and Riverwoods. Now he resides in Lakeview with his wife and son. In addition to spending time with his family, Rich enjoys following Chicago sports teams and eating out at local restaurants.

Alon Yonatan is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Ferndale Realty Group, a highly regarded real estate company based out of suburban Chicago which, with its affiliates, focuses on acquiring and operating apartment communities across the country. Alon was member of the Board of Directors of the Chicagoland Apartment Association and, in addition to CJE SeniorLife, is actively involved in numerous philanthropic and community organizations. Alon obtained both his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and his Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He lives in Highland Park with his wife and daughter.

CJE Associate Board Guide