Meet DOROT’s Board Members
Renée Adler Ascher became involved with DOROT as a Friendly Visitor in 1989 and joined the Board of Directors in 1990; she became President in 1994. Renée has served on several committees including the Program and Development Committees and is the current Chair of the Nominating Committee. She was a Spring Benefit honoree in 1998, has served as the Benefit Chair numerous times, and is a staunch supporter of the Generations Society, the group of supporters who have made a planned gift to DOROT.
She has worked as National Sales Manager for two large corporations in the garment industry, owned a children's wear boutique, and attended New York University.
Renée and her husband, Arthur, live on the Upper East Side and have four adult children, and nine grandchildren.
"Second only to family, DOROT has defined who I am as person. Teaching for DOROT UWW, gave me the courage to go back to college. Volunteering for DOROT'S many programs helped me to form a strategic plan for aging well myself. By leading the organization, I honed my skills as a communicator and facilitator. I am wiser than I would have been. I am more elastic and resilient. Mostly, I am grateful for the opportunity to give of myself and to receive in return the immense satisfaction of helping others."
Rodney Cohen became involved in DOROT because the intergenerational aspect resonated deeply with his personal family experience in South Africa. His commitment to DOROT was complemented by his family’s enthusiastic participation in Holiday Package Deliveries, Thanksgiving Dinners, Bubbe’s Bakery and summer internship programs. He spent many years as a member of DOROT’s Finance and Operations Committee prior to joining the Board of Directors in 2005. He is currently the Treasurer of the Board.
Mr. Cohen is a Private Equity Investor in New York City. He earned his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Business and Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rodney and his wife, Dr. Sheryl Green, have two children and live on the Upper West Side.
"The collective family experience at DOROT has been immensely rewarding and we are so glad that each of our daughters volunteer so much of their own time to this wonderful organization."
Laurie Davidowitz originally learned about DOROT in the late 1980’s from her sister, Amy Falk Russell, who was a Friendly Visitor. Laurie joined the board in 2007 and has served on the Executive, Gala and Westchester Committees, including the Board’s Westchester Oversight Committee. After the birth of their first child in 1998, Laurie and her husband, Jim, were encouraged to begin volunteering at DOROT by Amy and Neil Katz, former Board members.
Prior to having children, Ms. Davidowitz was in product development and production for private label women’s knitwear in New York City and graduated from Syracuse University. She is on the board of Greenburgh Hebrew Center and active with her children’s local public schools.
Laurie and Jim have three children and live in Westchester.
"Our family’s volunteer experiences are as much a gift for us as they are for the seniors whom we visit."
Brian Doppelt represents the fourth generation of his family’s involvement with DOROT. In addition to Brian’s involvement as a Board Member for DOROT, Brian and his wife, Caryn, are founders and inaugural co-chairs of Next Dor, DOROT’s young leadership/philanthropy group.
In his professional capacity, Brian currently serves as the Vice President for Capital Markets & Legal Affairs, as well as corporate counsel, at the Bainbridge Companies - one of the nation’s preeminent developers and operators of multifamily real estate. In this role, Brian has oversight over all aspects of Bainbridge’s legal affairs in addition to overseeing its capital markets relationships.
Before joining Bainbridge, Brian was an associate at the law firm Hafetz & Necheles, LLP, where he litigated, among other things, complex civil, criminal, and regulatory actions involving securities and financial issues. He has also previously served as both a prosecutor and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Integrity Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and was a law clerk to the Hon. Richard M. Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Brian received his BA from Colgate University and his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Brian and Caryn live on the Upper East Side and have one child and one on the way.
Sandy Edelman, Vice President, became involved with DOROT as a Friendly Visitor, and has been a Board Member since 1998. Ms. Edelman, along with her husband, Rabbi Burton Visotzky, was honored at DOROT’s 35th Annual Spring Benefit.
Ms. Edelman is a Partner at Dorsey & Whitney, where she practices trademark, copyright, and false advertising law. She holds a BA degree from Cornell University and received her JD from George Washington University.
Sandy and Rabbi Burton Visotzky reside on the Upper West Side and have two adult children.
"I am proud to be both a Board member and longtime participant in DOROT’s programs, helping the seniors in our community to engage with volunteers across the generations in a fulfilling and meaningful way."
Barbara Ellis became involved with DOROT in 1999 through her college classmate, Reeva Mager, a former DOROT social worker. Ms. Ellis joined DOROT's Board in 2000 and immediately became active on the East Side Committee. She has served on the Program Committee, the Development Committee and the Executive Committee. Barbara was honored at DOROT's 34th Annual Spring Benefit.
Having attended Barnard College and Columbia University Graduate Faculties, Barbara holds a Master's Degree in the Classics. She taught Greek and Latin both at the Dalton School and at the Fieldston School where she was a member of the faculty for over 30 years.
Barbara and her husband, Joseph, live in New York City and West Cornwall, CT. and have two children and four grandchildren.
"DOROT works so innovatively and thoughtfully to enhance the lives of the elderly by bringing together the generations and I am very proud to be a part of it!"
Donna Jakubovitz, President, was elected to the Board of Directors in October of 2011. Ms. Jakubovitz has served on the Executive, Development and Ad-Hoc Technology Committees.
Ms. Jakubovitz is the Vice President of Joremi Enterprises, Inc. where she oversees privately held multifamily residential real estate and investment portfolios.
In addition, Ms. Jakubovitz is the Immediate Past Chair of the Women’s Executive Circle at UJA-Federation of New York, where she is also a Board member. She has a BS in Finance and an MBA in Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Donna resides on the Upper West Side and has two adult children.
Elissa Fishman joined the Board in May 2014, and is the Co-Chair of the Finance Committee.
Ms. Fishman is the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of the Harlem Village Academy Charter School. Previously, she was the Senior Vice President of Finance for the Time, Inc. News, Sports and Entertainment Group.
Ms. Fishman holds a BS degree from The Wharton School and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Elissa and her husband, Howard, have two children and live on the Upper West Side.
"I am honored and inspired to work beside the wonderful team at DOROT and support our seniors in NYC and Westchester."
Ethan Horwitz is one of DOROT’s earliest supporters and has served as the Board President of DOROT. He was honored at the 31st Annual Spring Benefit. Among his achievements are the establishment of the Homelessness Prevention Program and the precursors for Cemetery Visits, and Kosher Meals for the Homebound.
Mr. Horwitz is a shareholder in Carlton Fields, where he practices intellectual property law. He is the author of a number of legal treatises published by LexisNexis. He is also on the Boards of the Shalom Hartman Institute, a pluralistic think tank in Jerusalem, Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, and the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research.
Mr. Horwitz earned a BS in Mathematics from Brooklyn Polytech, an MS in Applied Mathematics from New York University, and his JD from St. John’s University.
Ethan resides on the Upper East Side and has three adult children.
"When my children were little, I brought them to DOROT’s programs where they learned that helping others was a key ingredient to a full life. Now, they are involved in DOROT and their children have also come to DOROT programs. DOROT is truly an intergenerational institution."
Diane Katzin, Secretary, has supported DOROT since 1996, when she was originally drawn to the organization because of its intergenerational volunteer opportunities. She joined the Board in 2001, and has served on the Executive, Development, Gala, and Program Committees. She was honored at the 37th Annual Spring Benefit.
Ms. Katzin is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she majored in theater. She is currently a trustee of The New York Botanical Garden where she serves on the Executive Committee.
Diane and her husband, Rick Kurnit, reside on the Upper West Side and have one adult child.
Alan Laytner was introduced to DOROT in 2004 by Joel Kazis, a close friend and Board Member at DOROT. Mr. Laytner has chaired the Program Committee and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Audit Committee. He enjoys attending DOROT’s Annual Thanksgiving Banquet and he regularly donates household items to the Homelessness Prevention Program.
His parents, holocaust survivors, founded the family business, Laytner’s Linen and Home. In addition to Laytner’s Linen and Home, Alan and his wife, Rachelle Gribetz, run a wholesale company called Mélange Home. He also serves on the Board of Directors at the Hebrew Free Loan Society.
Mr. Laytner received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from City College of New York and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University.
Alan and Rachelle live on the Upper West Side and have three adult children.
"It's not a question of how old you grow, but instead how you grow old."
Ellen Marram, Chair of the Program Committee, became a DOROT Board Member in 2009. Ms. Marram served as the Chair of DOROT’s Strategic Planning Committee, which revised DOROT’s mission and vision statements in 2009. In addition, Ms. Marram will spearhead DOROT’s current Strategic Planning Committee initiatives in the coming year.
Ms. Marram is currently President of The Barnegat Group, a business advisory firm, as well as Operating Advisor and former Managing Director at North Castle Partners. She is the former CEO of the Tropicana Beverage Group and of the Nabisco Biscuit Company. She serves on a number of Boards, including The New York Times, Ford Motor Company and Eli Lilly and Company. She is a trustee of Wellesley College and the Vice Chairman of Newman's Own Inc.
Ms. Marram is a graduate of Wellesley College and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ellen and her husband, David A. Ruttenberg, reside on the Upper West Side.
Barbara Matas, was introduced to DOROT by Donna Jakubovitz, a fellow member of the UJA-Federation Women’s Executive Circle and current President of DOROT’s Board of Directors. After learning about DOROT’s mission, Barbara joined the Board in September of 2016. Barbara currently is Chair of the Audit Committee and serves on the Finance Committee.
Ms. Matas recently retired from Citigroup, where she worked for 31 years, most recently as Managing Director and Chairman of its Leveraged Finance department. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Select Comfort. Barbara holds a BA in Accounting and Quantitative Analysis from NYU and earned an MBA in finance from the University of Michigan.
Barbara lives on the Upper East Side with her 9 year old son.
“This year I attended my first Thanksgiving Banquet at DOROT. I experienced first-hand the tremendous impact this organization has on both the older members of our community as well as our young volunteers. DOROT’s inter-generational model is inspiring.”
Mitchell Moss became a DOROT Board Member in 2015 and serves on the Development Committee. Mr. Moss is also a founding member of DOROT Next Dor, DOROT’s young philanthropy group. He has been volunteering at DOROT since 2000, and has participated in many Holiday Package Deliveries, Thanksgiving Banquets, and Young Professional events.
Mr. Moss is a research analyst in fixed income at Lord Abbett, covering global power and regulated utility companies. He covers U.S. and emerging market companies across credit quality spectrums.
Mitchell and his wife, Vanessa, have two young daughters and live on the Upper West Side.
"DOROT's engagement with senior adults builds connections within its neighborhoods and helps me teach my children about the many ways to help others."
Matt Novack became involved with DOROT via the UJA-Federation of New York’s Observership program in 2016. Matt is a Vice President of Corporate Foreign Exchange at Citigroup, working with multi-national corporations and advising on their foreign exchange risk management practices. He holds a Masters in Finance and BA from University of Florida. He and his wife, Abbey, live in Midtown Manhattan.
Jennifer Perkins is a longtime DOROT volunteer, friendly visitor and donor in Westchester. She joined the Board in September of 2016.
Ms. Perkins is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She represents clients in complex domestic and cross-border acquisitions and dispositions, and has extensive experience representing private equity sponsors. Previously, Ms. Perkins was a partner at Latham & Watkins and global co-chair of their Private Equity Practice. She is a graduate of Binghamton University and Cornell Law School. Ms. Perkins is also a Trustee of Larchmont Temple.
She and her husband, Ari, have two children, a son, 14, and a daughter, 10.
"My father was always an ‘older dad’ and I grew up with a keen awareness of the physical and social struggles that the elderly face. DOROT addresses these issues head on and makes an amazing, tangible difference in the lives of the seniors whom it touches. I am honored to be a part of this important organization."
Harriet Shaiman joined DOROT's Board in 2014 and serves on the Nominating and Program Committees. She has been a volunteer at DOROT for many years, and she is interested in the long-term planning and implementation of our strategic priorities.
For Ms. Shaiman, DOROT is a family affair. Harriet’s family has participated in many holiday package deliveries from the time her children were very young. Her husband is a former Board member, and her son was a teen intern and then an active member of Next Generation, serving as President in 2009. Her daughter also volunteered through her school and was a summer intern and member of Next Generation.
Ms. Shaiman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Science and received a master’s degree from The Wharton School. Harriet is the Vice President of the Board of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, and serves on pro-bono consulting project teams with PennPAC.
Harriet and her husband, Joel, live on the Upper West Side and have three grown children.
"DOROT is unique in its combination of enhancing seniors' quality of life and offering families of all ages the opportunity to volunteer together. This is what first attracted us to DOROT and has also fostered our continued and growing involvement ever since."
Joyce Silberstang, Chair of DOROT’s Research and Evaluation Committee, joined the Board in 2015.
Dr. Silberstang, who specializes in leadership development, team building and organizational transformation, consults to CEOs of nonprofits in the New York metropolitan area. She serves on the National, New York and Asia Pacific Institute Boards of the American Jewish Committee and is a lay leader at UJA-Federation of New York. Until recently she was an Associate Professor of Management at Adelphi University's Willumstad School of Business.
Dr. Silberstang has a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The George Washington University.
Joyce and her husband, Richard A. Rosen, live on the Upper West Side.
"My grandparents reached out to me when I was young and shaped my life through their values and actions. I want to extend their kindness by helping DOROT reach out to seniors in our community to make their lives better."
Josh Targoff was introduced to DOROT by fellow Board Member, Laurie Davidowitz, and he joined the Board in 2016. Josh and Kim Targoff and the Intergenerational Chess Program, inspired by their son Zachary, were honored at DOROT’s 40th Annual Spring Benefit.
Mr. Targoff is a Partner, Chief Operating Officer, and General Counsel of Third Point LLC, an SEC-registered investment manager, and a director of Third Point Reinsurance.
In addition, Mr. Targoff is a Trustee of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think-tank focusing on U.S. interests in the Middle East.
Mr. Targoff has a BA from Brown University and a JD from Yale Law School.
Josh and his wife, Kim, have four children and live on the Upper East Side.
"I am thrilled to be a Director and am looking forward to helping the organization keep up its excellent track record and, when the time is right, perhaps even help build on it."
Doris Ullendorff joined the DOROT Board in 2005 and serves on the Program and Research & Evaluation Committees. Her family has been involved with DOROT since the mid-1980s as supporters of the Homelessness Prevention Program. The Ullendorff family also established the Ullendorff Chamber Music Concert Series: An Afternoon Concert with Friends.
Ms. Ullendorff, a clinical social worker, has a therapy practice with her husband, Ken Gorfinkle, in Manhattan.
Ms. Ullendorff received her MSW from NYU’s School of Social Work and her MA in Psychology from the New School for Social Research.
She and Ken live on the Upper West Side and have three adult children.
"My father never had the opportunity to bury his parents, they died in the holocaust. His involvement with DOROT gave him the opportunity to make up for the loss. He taught his children the importance of respecting and providing our elders with the best old age possible."