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Welcome New Trustees

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership Proudly Welcomes Four New Members to the Board of Trustees

Dr. Jessica Lederhausen

Dr. Jessica Lederhausen was born and raised in Stockholm. A dentist by degree, she has lived in Chicago with her husband Mats and four children since 1999. She is Co-Organizer of TEDx Chicago 2017 and she serves on several nonprofit boards—including Spertus and North Lawndale College Prep in addition to Spertus—and is an avid golfer. The Lederhausen family was introduced to Spertus when they arranged their daughter’s rehearsal dinner through our event partners, VenueSix10. Soon after they became the lead sponsors for our 2016 Center for Jewish Leadership Symposium.

Odette Olson

Odette Olson is a Vice President and Financial Advisor at Rappaport Reiches Capital Management, LLC in Skokie. Her nonprofit board experience includes serving for six years as a Trustee of Temple Beth-El in Northbrook, with terms as Treasurer, Secretary, and a member of the Finance Committee, as well as her active involvement with Camp Kesem, a passion she shares with her husband Mark and four children.

Michele Sackheim Wien

Dr. Michele Sackheim Wein is a periodontist with a practice in Bolingbrook. A native of LA before, she now lives in Chicago with her husband and three children. Her extensive work as a community leader includes board terms with the Jewish Federations of North America and the local Federations in both LA and Chicago. She was National Chair of the Jewish Leadership Forum and a member of AIPAC’s National Council.Todayshe serves on the boards Anshe Emet Synagogue and the Chicago Jewish Day School, in addition to Spertus, and works on a local project for Keshet, a national organization whose mission is to promote LGBT inclusion in the Jewish community.

Lauri Konik Zessar

Lauri Konik Zessar is the founder and president of Bienali Promotions, LLC, an import and sales-premium company, and a signature member of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. An active and longtime supporter of Jewish causes, she has served on the board of JCC Chicago and a number of Jewish United Fund committees. With her husband Bruce and three children, she is a member of North Shore Suburban Synagogue Beth El. She looks forward to bringing her passions for Jewish philanthropy, arts and culture, and entrepreneurship to Spertus.

Monday, July 10, 2017

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