Board Members

Board of Directors:

Beverly Shapiro, Chair:

Beverly is a retired social worker who worked for 41 years as a supervisor, administrator, and assistant executive director at a Chicagoland social service agency. In those roles, she provided staff training, led seminars, chaired a variety of committees, provided consultation outside of the agency and was involved in the development of a variety of special projects.

Gene J. Weiss M.D., Vice Chair:

Gene currently manages his family’s business and investment portfolio. He is on the local granting committee of Hedge Funds Care, a charitable organization that distributes grants to organizations that care for victims of child abuse, and is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry serving on their Financial Planning Committee. Gene is a psychiatrist who is Board Certified in both General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

David Rappaport, Treasurer:

David is a Co-Founding Partner of Rappaport Reiches Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor in Skokie. He has an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois in Champaign, and is a CPA. David lives in Riverwoods, with his wife Karen. One of their daughters is on the Autism Spectrum.

Barbara Berman:

As a parent of a child with High Functioning Autism, Barbara has been involved in advocating for children and young adults with disabilities.  She has served on the board for the Stevenson High School Special Education Community Board and the Best Buddies of Illinois Gala.   Barbara has worked at Lubin-Bergman Organization as the Claims Manager for the past 10 years.  She lives in Buffalo Grove with her husband and two children.

Sharon Bielski:

Sharon has been a nurse for 25 years and a certified school nurse for 10 years with a particular interest in Special Education. She has a BSN from the University of Michigan and her Masters in Nursing from Northwestern University. Having participated in multiple triathlons in the last 12 years, Sharon is now involved in several organizations that help athletes with disabilities participate in triathlons and marathons including Dare2Tri, Achilles International, and local Veterans programs. Sharon’s oldest son has Asperger’s syndrome.

Ron Brix:

Ron retired from the William Wrigley Jr., Co. where he worked for 19 years in the Corporate Engineering area. Before that, he spent eight years as a FORTRAN programmer in the material handling business. Ron is on the autism spectrum.

Brad Cohen:

Since 1988, Brad has been a self-employed trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, trading mostly in the S&P 500 pit. He also serves on the Board of the District 112 Educational Foundation and Highland Park High School Giants Hockey team. Since 1997, he has been managing partner in Snippets Mini Cuts, with locations in Chicago, Northbrook and Lombard. Brad graduated from Indiana University in 1984.

Bud Glick:

Bud Glick has over 40 years’ experience as a software development manager, quality manager, process improvement consultant, and hardware/systems/software engineer. He has expertise working in Model-Based Process Improvement using the Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) Software Compatibility Maturity Model Integration (CMMITM). He also has extensive experience providing training related to Process Improvement, CMMI, CMMI-Appraisals, and specialized tutorials on related topics. He is an SEI SCAMPI High Maturity Lead Appraiser and SEI Introduction to the CMMI Instructor. Prior experience includes software testing and creating and managing an organization for real-time software testing.

Marc Mar-Yohana:

Marc Mar-Yohana is the Vice President of Global Program Management at UL.  In this role, Marc is focused on ensuring the success of major initiatives and maximizing the return on investment.  Marc’s prior roles include being a member of the operating team at private equity firm Pfingsten Partners, providing global strategic and operational consulting services with NTT DATA, and both engineering and operations leadership roles with Emerson Electric and Honeywell Aerospace.

Marc is a native of Illinois.  His bachelor’s degree is in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Illinois University and MBA is from Arizona State University.  Most importantly, Marc is married to the fantastic Rachelle Jervis.  Together, they are parents of an amazing little girl with Autism.

Ben Prozinski:

Ben is a highly motivated IT Leader in Systems Integrations and Change Management Consulting with over 10 years of proven success in engaging and managing highly-skilled technical teams to design and deploy innovative application solutions, tools and processes across operations. He currently works as a senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting.

Ester Stein:

Ester Stein is Director of Corporate Reimbursement at Abbott.  She has over 20 years of experience in the health care industry.  In her current role, she is responsible for ensuring that there is appropriate coverage, coding and payment by public and private insurers for Abbott diagnostic products in the United States.  Ester has been involved in healthcare economics in the area of oncology, specifically breast and bladder cancer.  Ester earned her M.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago.  She lives in Highland Park with her husband Bruce and also has two sons that are on the autism spectrum.

Moshe Weitzberg, PhD:

Moshe currently works as Aspiritech’s Director of Operations. Moshe earned a PhD. in organic chemistry followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University. For more than 20 years, he worked as a medicinal chemist in the pharmaceutical industry where he published more than 100 scientific papers and more than 10 patents. Since retiring from Abbott Laboratories, Moshe earned both a high school teaching certificate in chemistry and physics and was also certified in software testing at SigmaSoft. His oldest child has Asperger’s syndrome.

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