Our Board

Leading our growth

Our Board of Directors provides Keshet with the direction and forward momentum needed to not only grow our services but also our impact and connection to our community. Many board members have been with us from the very beginning, while many are new voices, helping us navigate the decisions needed to continue our growth now and in the future. Keshet’s board is unique with at least 51% of directors being families members of people with disabilities.

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Board of Directors

Michelle Friedman, Board Chair

Michelle is an author, life coach, and self-described professional board member, who has given her time and talents to many Jewish nonprofits. As a blind woman, Michelle holds fast to the motto of the disabled community, “nothing about us without us,” and feels a deep, personal commitment and connection to Keshet’s mission.

Gil Bathgate, Vice Chair

Gil has worked in the advertising, graphic arts and direct mail printing industry for over 35 years. He was introduced to Keshet in 2008 and served as an active member of the Professional Leadership Board until 2018. Gil joined the Board of Directors to help make a difference in the lives of our participants and families.

Mitchell Roth, Treasurer

Mitchell is an accomplished attorney at Much Shelist with more than 20 years of experience. He has long been a supporter of civic and charitable causes in Chicago and beyond and has made social responsibility and philanthropy two of his firm’s highest commitments.

Barbara Kent, Secretary

Barbara is a retired Chicago Public School principal. As the mother of Bradley, Keshet has been part of their lives for over twenty years and is so grateful for the outstanding programming and friendships it has given him.

Estella Levin, Board Liaison

Estella is a GADOL participant. She lives in a home with five roommates and loves to paint and cook. Estella is dedicated to Keshet and helping people.

Jeremy Amster

Jeremy is a long-term health care operator at Tower Hill Healthcare Center. He generously gives his time as a board member to many organizations in our community. Keshet is important to his family as his daughter is a student in our school.

Asher Bronfeld

Asher is a proud parent of Keshet GADOL team member Noah Bronfeld. He is a CPA and experienced owner with a demonstrated history of working in the investment management industry.

Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman is the CEO and Founder of Hilco IP Merchant Banking, an integrated provider of intellectual property advisory and monetization services, and principal investor in intellectual property-related transactions. He is also a Lecturer in Law at The University of Chicago Law School and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University Law School.

Jamie Greenebaum

Jamie is a funeral director at Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home in Wilmette. She plans and leads services for families experiencing loss. Keshet has been a part of her family's life for over 25 years, as her brother Luke was a student, camper, and is a current GADOL participant.

Gail Metrick

Keshet has been a part of Gail’s life since her daughter Sarah first took part in Keshet Sunday School at five years old. Gail started her career as a CPA and recently retired from working in her family’s medical practice.

Elliot Pessis

Most of Elliot's career has been focused on real estate as he has worked at Harrison Street Real Estate since 2007. Elliot has been exposed to the impact that Keshet has made on people since a young age. He is excited to dedicate his time and energy to benefit Keshet, the board, and Keshet families.

Andrew Silver

Andrew is an associate at Much Shelist with a focus on corporate law and representing private equity firms. He is also the brother of Rachel, Keshet MY Life resident. For the past two years, Andrew and his wife, Galya, have sat on numerous Keshet fundraising and event committees.

Doug Weiner

When it comes to passion about Keshet, Doug is it. He is inspired by all the organization does for his son and so many others. Professionally, Doug is an accomplished media and marketing executive having worked with the Walt Disney Company, Oprah Winfrey, Sony, Nate Berkus, Queen Latifah, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and Hearst Magazines.

Doug Winkelstein

Doug currently serves as BBYO’s Director of Learning and Development, where he works with staff to train on and support their work with teen leaders. Doug has chosen to commit time to Keshet because of his passion for inclusion—in all forms and settings—and is excited to help however he can.

Honorary Trustees

At Keshet, we are fortunate to have such a dedicated, caring and wide-reaching community. We recognize the following Honorary Trustees for their tremendous service to Keshet. Keshet honors these people for their years of leadership and/or role in founding of Keshet.

Shari Coe
Sharon & Charles z”l Frankel
Phillip Goldstick
Robert & Debra Hartman
Mark & Micki z”l Iris
Dr. Sandy & Glenda Mason
Michael Maling
Milton & Laurie Wakschlag

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Leadership Council

The Keshet Leadership Council is a group of young, passionate professionals who want to make a difference by supporting Keshet. As a member of the Keshet Leadership Council, you will play a crucial role in shaping the organization’s future by actively contributing to board activities, assisting in event development, and helping us achieve our ambitious fundraising goal of $40,000 for the year 2024.

The Leadership Council is currently accepting new members! If you are interested in joining, fill out the application below and email to Hillary Mittelman.

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