Karen Sosnick Schoenberg, David Techner, Ilana Liss and Andrew Echt have been approved by the Detroit Jewish News Foundation for initial three-year terms, effective Jan. 1, 2018, on its 15-member board of directors. They will be replacing Jon Aaron, Daniel Cherrin, Lena Epstein and Sarai Brachman Shoup, whose terms will conclude on Dec. 31.
Aaron, Cherrin, Epstein and Brachman Shoup will be designated as founding board members and be included on the Foundation’s honorary board chaired by Eugene Applebaum, Avern Cohn and Michael Steinhardt.
Karen Sosnick Schoenberg is principal and member of the board of REDICO. Her main focus is on the firm’s overall strategic direction and risk management. With two decades of experience on Wall Street and in the financial information arena, Schoenberg also maintains responsibility for the financial portfolios of REDICO and its associated entities. Prior to joining REDICO, she served as a general manager of Compuware Corporation, and as vice president at McGraw-Hill, Knight-Ridder Financial and Dow Jones Telerate.
Schoenberg holds an M.B.A. in finance from the New York University Stern School of Business and a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Michigan. She maintains a number of board and leadership positions in the philanthropic community, including chair of The Jewish Fund and board member of City Year Detroit and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
David Techner is owner of Ira Kaufman Chapel Inc. and a national leader and innovator in his profession. He has served the Detroit Jewish community in many capacities, ranging from being founding president of the Jewish Hospice Program of Southeast Michigan and founder, along with Rabbi E.B. Freedman, of the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network to the chairmanships of Kids Kicking Cancer and Federation’s Partnership 2000 Steering Committee, which is built upon the relationships between Detroit and Israel’s Central Galilee Region.
He has been recognized by the Jewish Community Relations Council with its Activist of the Year Award and, along with his wife, Ilene, founded the Alicia Joy Techner Memorial Parenting Conference and the Kever Avot (graves of our ancestors) program at Temple Israel. He is a graduate of Wayne State University.
Ilana Liss is instrumental in the development, presentation and execution of custom solutions for Schechter Wealth. Her experience managing wealth, underwriting and custom service teams provides her with a unique understanding of client needs. She plays a leadership role for her company in ensuring its core values are focused on client needs. Prior to joining Schechter Wealth, she worked as a client service adviser for a Chicago-based hedge fund.
She is a graduate of the Ross School of Business at U-M, a past president of Federation’s Young Adult Division and a recipient of the Federation’s Mark Family Young Leadership Award. She currently serves on the board of trustees for Hillel Day School and the United Jewish Foundation, and as a member of Federation’s Israel & Overseas Committee and Young Women’s Philanthropy.
Andrew Echt is the director of the Applebaum Family Philanthropy and the chief operating officer of Arbor Investments Group LLC, the holding company that oversees the Applebaum financial ventures including real estate, private and philanthropic investments. Prior to his current position, Echt served for 20 years as an executive professional in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector, including as chief financial resource development officer of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
He is a graduate of the Sol Drachler Program in Jewish Communal Leadership at U-M, where he earned a master’s degree in social work and Judaic studies, and received a bachelor’s degree in history, also from U-M.
“The Foundation received tremendous benefit from the knowledge, insight and passion for the community provided by Jon, Daniel, Lena and Sarai,” said President Arthur Horwitz. “At a time when the Foundation was little more than a vision, they helped to guide and shape it into a valued, respected and enduring organization.
“We are pleased to welcome Karen, David, Ilana and Andrew as new board members,” Horwitz added. “They bring incredible experience, creativity and community knowledge to the Foundation and recognize the ongoing importance of its work.”
The Detroit Jewish News Foundation is an independent, nonprofit 501-c-3 entity. Among its initial projects were digitizing the pages of the Detroit Jewish News and its predecessor publication, the Detroit Jewish Chronicle.
Spanning 100 consecutive years and comprising more than 325,000 pages, the free archive, known as the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, can be accessed via djnfoundation.org.