Career and Family
I have always been involved in tikkun olam. Our family relocated 15 times as my husband's corporate career evolved. This necessitated "re-inventing" myself each time in both my career and community involvement. At each opportunity, I became involved in organizations that gave back. I worked for the Chagrin Valley Therapeutic Riding Association. I was involved in ORT. I served on many different boards of directors - for four Jewish temples, for the Lexington, KY Arts & Cultural Council and the American Women's Group in Paris, to name a few. When I came to Naples, I found Hadassah. This organization is the synthesis of everything! It is the perfect combination of sisterhood, advocacy - working to better the community and the world, ensuring the state of Israel and promoting Jewish values. It is all rolled into one!
How did you get involved with Hadassah?
I began as chairperson of the Crown of Esther program, which is now the Chai Society program. After several years, I became chairperson of the Nominating Committee. I helped on various committees and attended board meetings to better understand the operational workings. In 2016, I became co-president of our chapter with my good friend, Karen Cohn.
What is it about Hadassah that resonates with you?
I believe in humor! I love to make people laugh and I always try to provide a positive approach even while I am kvetching! We need Hadassah! We need to do more! We need to come together and help one another! I want to thank all Hadassah members who work hard -- we are providing funds for ground-breaking medical research, for humanitarian work, and to repair the world. I am honored to be a small part of it!
I am a licensed interior designer and have been a member of the American Society of Interior Designers for more than 30 years. In addition to keeping active with design clients, I am an avid orchid grower and mah-jongg player. I enjoy teaching both orchids and mah-jongg at Florida Gulf Coast University's Renaissance Academy. I also work part-time for a cardiologist, helping in the office. Throughout my career, I have managed different companies -- design-related and others, such as a large art gallery headquarters and even a forklift company. I love working with people and making a difference.
Previous Members of the Month
“I am inspired by Hadassah’s efforts to connect healthcare professionals internationally.”
Find out more about Sarah Elgart›
"Rather than just an organization, Hadassah is like family."
Find out more about Sandra Goldman›
Palm Harbor, FL
"I am so moved by all that Hadassah nurses have achieved in Israel in the past 100 years."
Find out more about Sally Laufer›
"I chose Hadassah because its main focus is Israel."
Find out more about Ruth Fein›
Las Vegas, NV
“Board certified pediatrician passionate about Hadassah.”
Find out more about Randi Lampert›
“I owe much to Hadassah, including meeting my husband.”
Find out more about Randi Cohen›
Paula M. Schiff
Walnut Creek, CA
"Along with my wonderful Hadassah members, I have presented three Israel advocacy programs."
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"Hadassah is an amazing organization!"
Find out more about Marlyn Bradshaw›
"I love being part of a group where I feel a true kinship to the other members."
Find out more about Lori Reszutek›
“I love that Hadassah is this amazing organization for Israel, about Israel, in Israel.”
Find out more about Leslie Gonzalez›
Treasure Island, FL
“I love that Hadassah finds ways for every woman to get involved and get empowered to help others.”
Find out more about Laura Freed›
"I am proudest of the cutting-edge medical research done at Hadassah, including research on treating ALS, cystic fibrosis, heart stents, stem cell therapy and more"
Find out more about Judi Babcock›
“When I hear about new medical advances that have come out of Hadassah, I feel proud to support Hadassah.”
Find out more about Joyce Backman›
“Hadassah supports everything I feel strongly about.”
Find out more about Helene Schilian›
“I grew up witnessing my mother’s deep commitment to Hadassah.”
Find out more about Hannah Cohen›
“A prior service military engineer officer inspired by Hadassah.”
Find out more about Erin Coleman›
"It is a great honor to say I am a Hadassah nurse."
Find out more about Ellen Audet›
“For over 30 years, Hadassah has been the constant in my life.”
Find out more about Elise Feldscher›
"Nurses are the heart of Hadassah."
Find out more about Dorothy Lasensky›
"I enjoy being surrounded by bright, creative and talented women who share my passion."
Find out more about Carol Konecky›