Ted is presently President and owner of RTA Furniture Distributors, Inc. dba Just Cabinets Furniture & More, a retailer and e-tailer of home furnishings and cabinetry.
Ted grew up in the Boston and Philadelphia areas. After attending Ithaca College and Philadelphia School of Textile and Science, Ted joined H. Cotler & Sons in 1981, an apparel manufacturer in New York, where he was relocated to Chicago and served as Midwest Regional Sales Manager for the company. While in Chicago, Ted served on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Apparel Mart from 1984 until 1990.
In 1990, Ted moved his family to Harrisburg to join his father, Mort, in business, subsequently taking over Just Cabinets and becoming President and owner. A 15-store retail specialty chain, Just Cabinets has locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware. RTA Furniture Distributors, the importing arm of the business is extensively involved in importing, working with factories in Asia and South America.
Ted’s volunteer leadership in the Jewish Community of Greater Harrisburg included service on the Board of Directors of The Jewish Home and the David L. Silver Yeshiva Academy. He served as President of the United Jewish Community & Chairperson of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Harrisburg. Ted and his wife, Lorri are members of the Susquehanna Tzedakah Society and Ted is a past recipient of the Javich Young Leadership award.
Ted served on the Board of the Harrisburg Academy and the Board of Directors at PinnacleHealth Systems.
Ted has been a member of World Presidents Organization (YPO/WPO) since 1999. He currently holds the position of Education Chair 2014 – 2015 and will become Chapter Chair for Philadelphia WPO in 2015 – 2016.
Ted and Lorri reside in Villanova, Pennsylvania and have four children.
Nickie Boston, principal at Nickie Boston Consulting, develops marketing, public relations and creative strategies for clients in the retail, service, medical and food industries, specializing in product development, merchandising and brand design.
A serial entrepreneur with flair and vision, she co-founded Ma Jolie, a unique women’s retail/manufacturing business that she co-owned with her sisters for 19 years, and My Life Q, a website that visually curated QVC products.
Nickie’s network in and around Philadelphia runs broad and deep. She served as president of the Manayunk Development Corporation, where she helped spearhead the dramatic revitalization of Manayunk’s business district, cultivating strategic partnerships with industry, media and civic leaders.
Nickie met Emily when the self-assured 5-year-old was helping her mother shop for a dress at Ma Jolie’s Bala Cynwyd store. She has championed Emily’s cause ever since.
Nickie and her husband, Len Buckley, have a son, Philip, and twin daughters, Alexandra and Claudia. She is thrilled to bring her creative energy and entrepreneurial expertise to Emily’s Entourage.
Heather Kahn Braver
Heather is an award winning broadcast journalist with 25 years in the television news business. She anchored the number one rated evening newscast at WCVB-TV in Boston for nearly 10 years – also serving as the station’s chief medical reporter.
Craving more flexibility after the birth of her fifth child, Heather decided to leave the anchor desk in 2001 to become the television spokesperson for Parenting Magazine. She has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS This Morning and CNN’s morning news. This seasoned communicator and supermom also hosted the nationally acclaimed American Baby Show for five years on The Discovery Health Channel.
Since 2007 Heather has been coaching executives, physicians, and anyone else who wants to feel more comfortable in front of an audience. For the last eight years she has been the media spokesperson for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She emcees numerous events for the Harvard teaching hospital and hosts monthly podcasts featuring the hospital’s top doctors.
Heather is a staff writer for the Philadelphia based lifestyle magazine “Gladwyne Living”. From college commencement addresses to motivational speaking, Heather has had the privilege of presenting to hundreds of groups up and down the East Coast.
Heather is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and five children.
Joan runs Denenberg Communications, a highly specialized marketing firm which develops professional programs and special events for shopping centers, downtown districts, real estate developers, retailers and non-profits. She has been involved in shopping center marketing since graduating from Boston University in 1982.
Joan is also a past executive board member and current board member of Har Zion Temple. She and her husband David are part of The Bridge, a giving circle with Jewish Family Children Service, and they co-chaired their gala in 2011. She is passionate about helping to raise awareness and funds to send teens on peer-to-peer experiences in Israel.
Joan is married to David Denenberg and they are the proud parents of Jesse and Becca.
Jessica Kurtz Erlbaum
Jessica’s educational background includes a BA in Religion and Women’s Studies from Colgate University and a MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from NYU with a certification in Non-Profit Management. She continued her education in Jewish Studies spending a year and a half at Midreshet Rachel V’Chaya College for Women in Jerusalem.
Her professional background includes technical recruiting, fundraising for the United Jewish Appeal, Organizational/Change Consultant for Burson-Marsteller, and Director of Marketing for JESNA (Jewish Education Service of North America).
Currently, she serves as an Associate Director for The Chevra, a social and educational organization for Jewish young professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Her community involvements include serving on the Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia Executive Board of Directors, The Mesivta High School of Greater Philadelphia Founding Member and Member of the Executive Board of Directors, and Emily’s Entourage Executive Board of Directors.
Nancy Astor Fox
Nancy is the Chief Development Officer of JEVS Human Services. Previously, she served as the Associate Director of the Gerda and Kurt Klein Foundation, an organization dedicated to sharing the Kleins’ message of tolerance, acceptance and hope with youth throughout the country. Prior to coming on board as Chief Development Officer, Nancy served on the JEVS Human Services Board of Directors.
In her volunteer life, Nancy worked with the Jewish community through her involvement with the Jewish Federation of North America and the local Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. She is co-founder of the Acharai Fund, Fox’s Fight to raise funds and awareness for melanoma research, and serves on the Leadership Council of the Abramson Cancer Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Nancy is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in Merion, Pennsylvania with her husband, Robert. She is mother to Rebecca and Ken Starr and Emily Fox and grandmother to Annabelle Lily and Alexander Beau Starr.
Michael Golinkoff, PhD
Michael graduated with a BA in psychology from Colgate University. He then earned a PhD in Developmental and Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He completed a pre- and post-doctoral internship at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center-Westchester Division. Michael then completed the Executive MBA program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael has been a clinical psychologist for over 30 years. He has spent the past 20 of them as a business executive running large national organizations with a focus on helping individuals receive high quality care. Currently Michael is the President of PerformCare, a national behavioral health company assisting Medicaid recipients.
Michael is a founding member of Emily’s Entourage and the proud father of Emily, Coby, Julia and Annie.
Emily Kramer-Golinkoff, MBE
Emily Kramer-Golinkoff, a 31-year-old with advanced stage Cystic Fibrosis, is Co-Founder of Emily’s Entourage and an internationally recognized patient advocate and speaker.
Named a White House Precision Medicine “Champion of Change,” Emily has given talks at The White House, TEDx, University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication graduation, and Stanford University’s Medicine X conference. Her story has been featured on CNN.com, People.com, Time.com, Yahoo Health, AOL, CBS’s The Doctors, and more. She is the recipient of the Global Genes 2016 Rare Champion of Hope for Advocacy Award.
Emily has a master’s degree in bioethics and certification in clinical ethics mediation from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed her undergraduate degree.
Liza Kramer, MSW
Liza graduated from Colgate University in 1978. She received her master’s degree in social work from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois.
Before leaving the professional workforce to raise four kids, Liza worked as a teacher and at a variety of social service agencies helping children and families with special needs and delinquency. She had a particular interest in at-risk juveniles and worked closely with the juvenile court system.
Since co-founding Emily’s Entourage in 2011, Liza has worked tirelessly to help run and oversee all aspects of the foundation.
Liza is the proud mother of Emily, Coby, Julia and Annie.
Beth Shapiro Lavin
Beth graduated in 2006 with a degree in French from the University of Pennsylvania, where she met Emily through their involvement in Sigma Delta Tau Sorority. After graduating, Beth lived in Philadelphia and worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Beth currently resides in her hometown of New Orleans, LA with her husband Austin and works as a Development Officer for Tulane University Law School. Additionally, Beth is pursuing her MBA part-time at the Tulane Freeman School of Business and is involved with local nonprofits such as the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans, a young professionals giving circle.
Beth has been excited to help out and witness the amazing work being done by the Emily’s Entourage organizers and supporters at Tulane University. Rarely a day goes by without spotting an EE tank on campus or in her neighborhood!
Jessica Rutstein Lazarus, PsyD
Jessica grew up in Lower Merion, where she first met Emily when they attended middle school together. She currently resides on the Main Line with her husband, Jordan, and works as a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist at a private practice in Northeast Philadelphia.
She attended Lower Merion High School with Emily and graduated in 2003. Jessica graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude with a BA in psychology from The George Washington University in 2007. She concentrated in Developmental Psychology and was a part of both the University’s and Psychology Department’s Honors Programs. She then earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University in 2012. She concentrated in Neuropsychology and completed pre-doctoral neuropsychology internship training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her post-doctoral neuropsychology fellowship was completed at the private practice of Malamut & Moss, PC in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She also completed the School Psychology Certificate Program and is a Certified School Psychologist.
At Widener, Jessica was awarded the 2010 Suzanne Reed Price Neuropsychology Award and the 2011 Leadership and Citizenship Award. She received the 2012 Francis Field Memorial Award from the Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society for research related to her dissertation and her findings were also published in the journal HIV Medicine.
Rachael currently works for The Vanguard Group as a Change Management Leader and Communication Project Manager. She has been with Vanguard for eight years, and has her series 7 and 63. Rachael received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at West Chester University in 2006 and a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania in 2007.
She is the mother of two boys, Tripp and Jameson. Rachael has had the privilege of working with Emily’s Entourage for over a year. She looks forward to helping to drive EE’s mission and raise funds for continuous research.
Greg is a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP and leads the Firm’s US Life Sciences Consulting practice. In his role he is responsible for the delivery of all consulting services to the portfolio of life sciences clients, practice operations and the development of solutions, methods and research related to the transformation of life sciences companies.
Greg has more than 25 years of experience in the life sciences, process manufacturing, consumer and government sectors. His consulting career has spanned such topics as technology strategy, integration solution development and implementation of emerging and disruptive technology. His clients have included multinational pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical manufacturing organizations where he successfully led consulting services in support of regulatory, clinical, commercialization and manufacturing operations.
Prior to his consulting career Greg held positions at a government research lab, where he led teams in the design and development of life support devices; and was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.
Greg holds an MS from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BSME from Drexel University.
Juliet I. Spitzer, MSEd
Juliet received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MSEd from Temple University. She is the Director of Inter-Cultural Exchange at the International Center for Contemporary Education, promoting the peaceful management of conflict through cultural understanding and tolerance for religious, ethnic, and racial differences. Juliet also teaches on a variety of topics in Judaism in the Philadelphia area, and is the Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Beth Israel in Media, PA.
Julie Wertheimer, MGA
Julie is the Deputy Director of Public Safety for the City of Philadelphia. Prior, she served as Pennsylvania Finance Director for Senator Arlen Specter’s 2010 re-election campaign, Assistant Budget Director for the City of Philadelphia, and Deputy Finance Director for Mayor Michael Nutter’s 2007 mayoral campaign.
Julie is native to the Philadelphia area. She grew up in Rydal, PA, and graduated from Abington Senior High School. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Diplomatic History, where she met Emily, and her Masters degree in Government Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
Julie was recently named one of the “most promising and impactful young people” in the city by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia’s Connectors and Keepers initiative. She is a member of PhillyCORE Leaders and a 2015 Fellow with the Philadelphia chapter of the New Leaders’ Council. In addition to Emily’s Entourage, Julie serves on boards and committees of several other non-profits, including as Vice President for Governance of the Spruce Foundation, as a founding member of Friends of Greenfield Elementary School, and with Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy. She is also an avid Phillies fan and frequent patron of many of Center City’s best restaurants, where she lives with her husband, Ben.
Doug is the Director of Communications & Development for Lower Merion School District in Ardmore, PA, where he oversees external and internal communications, government relations, strategic partnerships, special events and development for one of the nation’s top-rated public school systems. Prior to his work with the District, he spent four years with the National Basketball Association in New York, where he developed marketing strategies, events and community relations initiatives for the league and its teams. Young also served on the communications staff of former U.S. Senator Alan Cranston in San Francisco.
Young serves as the volunteer director of the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, where he has helped direct philanthropic strategy with a particular focus on youth homelessness in Los Angeles. He serves on the board of the Education Foundation of Lower Merion and Bethel Academy. He was named one of 15 “Men to Watch” by Main Line Today Magazine and has been a keynote presenter for the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association. He has twice earned the National School Public Relations Association’s highest honor for excellence in school communications. He is a past participant of the MIT-Harvard Program on Negotiation and Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Strategy in Action program.
For the past ten years, Young has also served as a volunteer high school assistant basketball
coach and helped guide the Lower Merion Aces to two state championships. He recently summited Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of a fundraising climb to benefit a boarding school for orphans in Tanzania and led a group of Lower Merion students on a school-building service trip to rural Haiti.
Young is a proud graduate of Dartmouth College.