All Officers Are Members of the National Board and the Executive Committee.
Past National Presidents
Carmela E. Kalmanson
Marlene E. Post
Stephanie Z Bonder
Dr. Stacey Maslow
Third Year Presidents
Second Year Presidents
First Year Presidents
Beth Saltzman Aaronson
Esther Yelen Berman
Linda Freedman Block
Randi Cohen Coblenz
Ruth G. Cole
Joan Chernoff Epstein
Sherri Ades Falchuk
Elizabeth L. Fox
Ruth Ann Freedman
Connie Cirillo Freeman
Carol Goodman Kaufman
Louis Numkin (National Associates President)
Judith L. Palkovitz
Joan Walder Sacarob
Susan Musicant Shikora
Hadassah Boston: Leslie Gonzalez
Hadassah Brooklyn Coordinators: Adriane Adam, Shelli Feldman, Ethel Gold
Hadassah Central Pacific Coast: Leslie Deman
Hadassah Chicago-North Shore: Francine Ephraim
Hadassah Connecticut: Alana Fodeman
Hadassah Desert-Mountain: Renee Sidman
Hadassah Florida Atlantic: Bobbi Prager
Hadassah Florida Broward: Lois Berkson
Hadassah Florida Central: Andrea Holper
Hadassah Great Plains: Elaine Silver
Hadassah Greater Baltimore: Barbara Fink / Barbara Black
Hadassah Greater Detroit: Fran Heicklen
Hadassah Greater Miami: Adrian Fischer
Hadassah Greater Philadelphia: Randi Freeman
Hadassah Greater Southwest: Sandra Smith
Hadassah Greater Washington: Ilene Schneider
Hadassah Lower New York State: Susan Fishman
Hadassah Nassau: Rachel Rosen
Hadassah New York: Peggy Moss
Hadassah Northern New England: Kathy Kerstein
Hadassah Northern New Jersey: Geri Lipschitz
Hadassah Pacific Northwest: Tami Rabin
Hadassah Southeastern: Michele Weiner-Merbaum
Hadassah Southern: Marla Kameny
Hadassah Southern California: Michelle Conwisar
Hadassah Southern New England: Judy Goldman / Stephanie Marks Plotkin
Hadassah Southern New Jersey: Carol Charen
Hadassah Southern Seaboard: Aliza Bricklin
Hadassah Suffolk: JoAnne Shapiro
Hadassah Upper Midwest Coordinators: Marsha Eisenberg and Sarene Silver
Hadassah Westchester Chair: Rachel Freedman
Gerry Sue Arnold
Judith R. Clements
Roberta M. Ebert
Elaine H. Ellish
Linda Elfmon Fleishman
Rae G. Gelfand
Rae M. Ginsburg
Anna E. Greenberg
Betty Rapoport Hamburger
Marjorie G. Housen
Ruth B Hurwitz
Joyce C. Kitey
Bobbee Slotsky Kramer
Linda Glesser Morris
Joy E. Pollock, Esq
Corinne Ravel Retchin
Elaine M. Senter
Rhesa E. Shapiro
Rhoda Smolow is the 27th National President of Hadassah. She is honored by the trust, faith and support the volunteers around the country have bestowed on her! She began her term on January 1, 2020, after having served as the Hadassah National Secretary. She previously served as a National Vice President and National Organization Department Chair and Presidential Development Co-Chair. Rhoda is also honored to be a Hadassah Representative to the AZM-The American Zionist Movement, The Jewish Agency for Israel, The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the World Zionist Organization.
Rhoda is a Past President of Hadassah Nassau and held many positions on the Nassau Region Board. Prior to that she held the position of Great Neck Chapter Co-President. Rhoda’s first trip to Israel as a teen ignited her passion for Israel. She has been to Israel 12 times, 10 of her trips have been with Hadassah.
Rhoda graduated from Washington University with a BA in education and psychology. She went on to the University of Pennsylvania to get her Masters to become a reading specialist.
Carol Ann Schwartz presently serves as Hadassah National Secretary and on the Executive Committee. Previously, Carol Ann has served as the Hadassah 2016 National Convention Chair in Atlanta, National Social Media Chair, National Presidential Development Co-Chair, President of Hadassah Central States and the Cincinnati Chapter; Carol Ann is an Advocacy Training Specialist through the former Washington Action Office. She was selected as a participant for the 2nd Young Leaders Mission to Israel and was a recipient of the Presidents’ Award. Carol Ann became involved with Hadassah because “I could tell the organization was doing something important — women’s health education, medical research, children-at-risk — and I could personally make a difference”. Carol Ann and her husband Michael are members of the Society of Major Donors as well as Keepers of the Gate. In addition to her national position with Hadassah, Carol Ann is the Executive Vice President of The Morris Investment Company.
Michelle Hubertus is Hadassah's National Treasurer, serves on the Executive Committee and is a Director of Hadassah International, LTD. Previously, Michelle has served as a Henrietta Szold member of the National Board, Hadassah Leadership Fellow, Northern New Jersey Region Membership Coordinator, Millburn Short Hills Chapter President, and served on numerous committees. Professionally, Michelle is a senior risk and capital management executive with over 25 years of experience successfully leading risk management, data governance, regulatory, and systems teams overseeing change initiatives at multiple global, systemically-important banks. Michelle holds a BA in economics and international affairs from Lafayette College and earned an MBA in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Michelle and her husband Jim are Hadassah Founders and proud parents of three resilient children.
Janet was a member of the Portfolio Council and the last Region President of the former Hadassah Upper Mid-Atlantic region, where she held several positions including Vice President, Annual Giving and Treasurer. She served as the Hadassah Northeast Co-Chair of a Leadership Retreat, and within her own chapter, served in a variety of leadership positions culminating in President. Janet was admitted to the US Supreme Court as a participant in Hadassah’s Attorney’s Council Swearing-In Program. She and her husband Miles are Keepers of the Gate.
Clara Gillman is a National Vice President and served as the Co-Chair of Hadassah’s 2019 National Convention in New York City and as the 2017 Co-Chair of the National Business Meeting. Clara has held a plentitude of positions within Hadassah including, but not limited to, President of Greater Miami, SUN Co-op Leadership Development Chair, Treasurer of the Camp Judaea Camp Committee, Region Organization Vice President and Fundraising Coordinator. She has also held numerous chapter offices including President of the Hatikvah Chapter. Clara is a Keeper of the Gate and she and her husband, Steve, are Founders and members of the Society of Major Donors.
Gail Hammerman currently serves as a National Vice President, Chair of the Monetizing Activities Committee of the Strategic Implementation Team, Madricha for Building Hadassah Community and a member of the National Board. She has served as National Secretary and was Resource Chair for the Metro Area Regions. Gail was Region President of Hadassah Brooklyn and President of the Park Slope Chapter in Brooklyn. She represents Hadassah on the National Board of the American Zionist Movement, was named Woman of the Year by Israel Bonds and served as President of her synagogue. As an ardent Zionist, during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Gail volunteered and served with the Israeli army. She is a three-generation life member of Hadassah, including her children and five grandchildren. She is a very proud member of the Circle of Founders, Keepers of the Gate and the Legacy Society to help support Hadassah's mission.
Dr. Rachel Schonberger is a National Vice President and previously served as the Chair of Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO). She has also served as President of both Hadassah Southeastern and the Hadassah Greater Atlanta Chapter. Rachel was a founder and chair of the Hadassah National Physicians Council and led the committee that established the first accredited continuing medical education course sponsored by Hadassah for physicians in Jerusalem. Rachel, whose mother was a physician and Hadassah group president, is the 3rd generation of a 4-generation physician family. Rachel is proud to be a product of Young Judaea and Camp Tel Yehudah. Rachel and her husband Larry are members of the Society of Major Donors.
Marcia Gabrilove Ladin is a National Vice President. Previously, Marcia served as a National Board Member, a National Vice President, and Co-Chair of the Hadassah 2014 National Convention in Las Vegas. Marcia served as President of Hadassah Upper New York State. Prior to that, she was active on her region board, serving in multiple areas of fundraising, programming, Young Judaea and conference chairs. Locally, Marcia is an advisor to the Rochester Chapter.