Newsmakers: January 2020

TOP ROW, FROM LEFT: Erica Steen, Shana Katz, Grant Garland, JoAnne Levy and Alvin Wolff.SECOND ROW: Andy Babitz, Barry Glantz, Brad Seigel, Brad Snitzer and Burt Garland. THIRD ROW: Chris Horan, Debbie Becker, Aaron Wahl, Dan Weinstein and Michael Gorman.

By Elise Krug, Editorial & Development Associate

Erica Steen is the new director of the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. She was formerly executive director of the St. Louis nonprofit Give Kids a Smile.

Shana Katz has joined Epstein Hebrew Academy as a kindergarten and pre-school general studies teacher. She attends Young Israel.

Grant Garland, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, was honored as the Ladue Varsity Soccer Defensive Player of the Year. He is the son of Amy and Burt Garland and attends Temple Israel with his family.

JoAnne Levy, vice president of Mercy Research at Mercy and a St. Louis College of Pharmacy Board of Trustees member, has been recognized as a 2019 Leader of Distinction by YWCA Metro St. Louis. The award recognizes women who embody the spirit and mission of the YWCA, which is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Alvin Wolff’s article, “Forty Lessons Learned from the First Forty Years in Practice,” was published by the Colorado Trial Lawyers. Wolff is a personal injury attorney with Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers and attends Congregation B’nai Amoona.

J Associates has announced the lineup of performers for its March 7 Lip Sync Live community fundraising event at the Pageant in the Delmar Loop. The St. Louis Stars are: 

Andy Babitz (United Hebrew, Northwestern Mutual financial advisor) 

Barry Glantz (Shaare Emeth, Mayor of City of Creve Coeur)

Beth Shalom Cemetery ad

Brad Seigel (Shaare Emeth, SSM Health corporate healthcare)

Brad Snitzer (United Hebrew, Cornerstone Insurance Group vice-president)

• Burt Garland (Temple Israel, Ogletree Deakins attorney)

Chris Horan (teacher with Archdiocese of St. Louis)

Debbie Becker (educator/social worker)

Aaron Wahl (Shaare Emeth, chiropractor with St. Louis Allergy Relief Center); 

Dan Weinstein (Shaare Emeth, psychologist); 

Michael Gorman (Shaare Emeth, physical therapist and marketing manager with SSM Health Physical Therapy)

Gay Guller (United Hebrew, community volunteer)

Jan Baron (B’nai Amoona, assistant director of JCC Early Childhood Center)

Jonathan Bloom (Temple Israel, vice-president/group leader at Brado Creative Insight)

Jordan Tenenbaum (Temple Israel, healthcare management consultant)

Lizzie Berman (Temple Israel, office manager with Berman Chiropractic & Wellness)

Morgan Meyers (Temple Israel, attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)

Rich Levy (United Hebrew, director strategic solutions of Mueller Prost); 

Rob Wasserman (B’nai Amoona, senior vice-president at U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation)

Sharon Gorman (Shaare Emeth, CMC and CEO of Certified Care Management)

Sheri Schneider (United Hebrew, teacher) 

Sherri Glantz (Shaare Emeth, writer/author)

Stacy Abeles (Kol Rinah, director of development of Pedal the Cause)

Susan Kemppainen (Temple Israel, program coordinator of the Mirowitz Center at Covenant Place).