Key Staff & Boards of Directors 2017-07-11T13:15:00+00:00

Get to Know Our Visionary Leadership

Kalman SamuelsFounder & President
Kalman Samuels has directed the nearly three decades of Shalva’s growth across operation oversight, fundraising, and program development platforms; all which have brought Shalva to its current eminence.

Born in Vancouver in 1951, Kalman moved to Israel in 1977 and founded Shalva based on his experiences raising his son Yossi who was injured as a result of a faulty vaccination, being rendered blind and deaf at the age of eleven months. After a miraculous breakthrough in communicating with Yossi, Kalman and his wife Malki pledged to support other families struggling to raise a child with disabilities by providing quality, free-of-charge programs.

Tova BerkovitzDirector of Paramedical Intervention Inclusion Program Development
For the past nine years Tova Berkowitz has worked in various capacities throughout Shalva’s programs; eventually transitioning out of hands-on therapy and into an administrative role. Today, Tova oversees the therapeutic curricula of all of Shalva’s programs.

First licensed as a speech therapist in England in 1982, Tova has worked for organizations providing disability care for over three decades. She completed course work on leadership and inclusion at the University of Delaware and took on an additional position as Shalva’s Director of Inclusion Program Development, shaping each of our programs to include inclusive elements and prime participants for ultimate community integration.

Liat RahatDirector of Education
Liat joined Shalva in 2009 as a social worker in the Me and My Mommy program and currently serves as Shalva’s Director of Education.

Liat first began working with individuals with disabilities after completing high school through volunteer work with the blind. After completing her Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) at Ben Gurion University and a Masters of Social Work (MSW) at Bar Ilan University, Liat went on to provide more than twenty five years of stellar social services in several capacities across a broad spectrum of fields.

Shai Ben-ShushanDirector of the Shalva Band
As director of the Shalva Band and the Annual Shalva Idol event, Shai Ben-Shushan is an instrumental builder of bridges between individuals with disabilities and the community.

Shai is a former IDF elite commando who was injured in the line of duty. While recovering, Shai decided to continue to contribute to the community in new ways, outside of his military service. It was because of this decision that Shai approached Shalva to form the Shalva Band. The Shalva Band has been recognized for its cultural significance both in Israel and abroad, serving as a sterling symbol of hope and inclusion. In addition, Shai directs the annual Shalva Idol event; a musical, inclusion-focused performance which continues to attract thousands of viewers from the broader community for over ten years.

Boards of Directors

American Friends of Shalva Board of Directors

CO-PRESIDENT
Norman Alpert *(Term began 2007)
Carol Levin* (Term began 2007)

CHAIRS OF THE BOARD
Nathan Low * (Term began 2007)
Leon Wagner *(Term began 2007)

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD EMERITUS
Hillel Weinberger * (Term began 2007)

VICE PRESIDENT
Adam Chill * (Term began 2007)

TREASURER
Yoni Leifer * (Term began 2007)

SECRETARY
Jacques Semmelman *(Term began 2007)

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Raanan Agus(Term began 2007)
Jane Gol (Term began 2016)
Michael Kleinberg (Term began 2016)
Mitchell Presser (Term began 2007)
Daniel Schwartz (Term began 2007)
Ari Storch (Term began 2007)
Loren Weiss (Term began 2016)
Dov Wiener (Term began 2007)
*Member of Executive Committee

**BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Raanan Agus
Norman Alpert
Jane Gol
Michael Kleinberg
Carol Levin
Nathan Low
Mitchell Presser
Leon Wagner
Hillel Weinberger
Adam Chill
Yoni Leifer
Daniel Schwartz
Jacques Semmelman
Ari Storch
Loren Weiss
Dov Wiener

**Board member serves without a fixed term, until the earlier of his or her resignation or removal. Board member are independent voting members.

ADVISORY BOARD
Nicole Agus
Jane Alpert
Stanley Black
Ludwig Bravmann
Bradley Cohen
Neil Cohen
Michael DeLuca
Ishaia Gol
Nathan Kahn
Sandy Kahn
Lloyd Lewis
Lisa Low
Basya Lowinger
Andrew Lowinger
Lauren Presser
Gabrielle Propp
Tommy Rosenthal
Debbie Schwartz
Michael Slade
Ruth Slade
James Tisch

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Leo Klein

Board Meeting Minutes February 2016

Canadian Friends Boards of Directors

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Johanna Brooks

PRESIDENT
Lenny Rothschild

PRESIDENT EMERITUS
Jerry Kushner

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gordon R. Diamond
Esty Edell
Eli Grossman
Renee Lieberman
Mery Volcovich

British Friends Boards of Directors

CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Gaby Hirsch

PRESIDENT
Debbie Besorai

TRUSTEES
John Corre
Howard Goldring
Ronen Kannor

HONARARY PATRONS
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
Esther Wachsman

PATRONS
Lauren and Keith Breslauer
Barbara and Mick Davis
Debbie and John Frenkel
Ari Krieger
Louise and Hilton Nathanson
Bianca and Stuart Roden
Michelle and Bob Shemtob

Israeli Friends Boards of Directors

CHAIRMAN
Ehud Savyon

BOARD MEMBERS
Miri Donin
Ofer Feinstein, Adv
Sefi Mei-Zahav
Haim Taib
Helen Roet-Nitzan