Executive Management & Staff

Executive Management

Janice Weinman
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Janice Weinman was appointed in June 2012 as the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of Hadassah. She came directly from her post as President of K.I.D.S., an organization supporting millions of children in need in communities across the United States and overseas. Prior to her position at K.I.D.S., she served as Vice President for External Affairs of The Mount Sinai Hospital/NYU Medical Center and Health System in New York, where she was responsible for government and community relations, marketing, communications and public affairs of the five hospital consortium.

Janice also previously served as Executive Director and CEO of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a nationwide grassroots network of more than 200,000 members and 600 college and university partners and was Executive Vice President of the College Board, which works to ensure all students in the United States have adequate preparation and the opportunity to enroll in and graduate from college. She also served in both the Carter and Clinton administrations. Among the many leadership positions Janice has held in civic and community organizations, she was an inaugural board member of the Hadassah Foundation, has served as Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Chairman of the Board of the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and member of the Visiting Committee of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She holds doctorate and master’s degrees from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.

Rick Annis
Chief Financial Officer

Prior to his tenure as Chief Financial Officer of Hadassah, Rick Annis served on the Board of Hadassah Medical Organization and has served on non-profit boards and governmental committees in various states. He currently serves as treasurer of an international non-profit.

Sheryl Zeligson
General Counsel

Sheryl Zeligson has been with Hadassah since 1992. Prior to Hadassah, Zeligson served as an associate at the law firms of Fulbright and Jaworski, LLP and Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP. She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science. Sheryl was awarded a J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law. She is a member of the New York and New Jersey State Bars, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey.

Senior Staff

Naomi Brunnlehrman
Director of the Programming, Advocacy, Zionism and Education (PRAZE) Division

Naomi Brunnlehrman has been an advocate for over 30 years and is a co-founder of The Jewish Deaf Resource Center, which builds bridges between individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing and the wider Jewish community. She is a tri-lingual interpreter, a past Assistant Vice President at KeyCorp, a Software Conversion Project Specialist for over 10 years and most recently worked at DOROT as their Education Director. Naomi has her MA in Jewish Studies from the Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Sheryl Hoffman
Director of Marketing and Communications

Sheryl Hoffman has over 30 years of experience in her field in marketing agencies, corporate and non-profit organizations. Prior to Hadassah, Sheryl was the Director of External Affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Jewish National Fund.

Sheryl is a past president of her synagogue, Congregation Beth El in South Orange, NJ and continues to be active in the areas of fundraising, adult education, ritual and marketing. She has also served on various boards and committees including the NJ regional board of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Jewish Theological Seminary Cantorial School Focus Group and the JTS Cantorial School Task Force. Sheryl graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Communications.

Melissa Karachalios
Director of the Member & Unit Services Division

Before coming to Hadassah in October 2013, Melissa Karachalios served as the Director of Membership and Communications at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). There she launched a new membership campaign nationally and with local chapters, and had responsibility for leadership training, direct marketing activity and media relations. Prior to her tenure at the National Council of Jewish Women, Melissa held several management positions in the for-profit sector and in the non-profit sector, including her work at the American Society for Microbiology and the Society for Neuroscience.

David Pasternack
Chief Development Officer

David Pasternack was born in West Hartford, CT and received a B.A. from the University of Georgia. Pasternack spent most of his career in various sales and marketing positions including New Business Development at Kimberly-Clark. He later worked at the American Heart Association where he brought in more donations than anyone in the organization’s history at the time. Additionally, he helped develop and fund the award-winning “GO RED FOR WOMEN” campaign. Most recently, Pasternack was Executive Director at Israel Bonds, where his team sold over $214 million dollars of investments in the State of Israel in 2013.

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