We want to thank the following distinguished members of our Advisory Board for their expertise in their fields of medicine, religion, and business. They are leaders and innovators in their various professions and are a great resource for our organization in its pursuit of educating the public about the benefits of genetic testing.

Medical Leaders:

  • Jeanne Brungar, MS, CGC
    Board Certified Genetic Counselor
    South Atlantic Regional Marketing Specialist
    Myriad Genetic Laboratories
  • Debra Somers Copit, MD
    Director of Breast Imaging
    Department of Radiology Albert Einstein
  • Talia Donenberg, MS, CGC
    Board Certified Genetic Counselor
    The Dr. John T. Mac Donald Foundation for Medical Genetics
    Miller School of Medicine University of Miami
  • Julie Gralow, M.D.
    Associate Professor, Medicine/Oncology
    University of Washington

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Emily Gutter, MS
    Genetic Counselor
    Myriad Genetic Laboratories
  • Kevin S. Hughes, M.D., FACS
    Co-Director, Avon Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Lisa K. Jablon, MD
    Department of Surgery
    Marion-Louise Saltzman Women's Center
    Albert Einstein Medical Center
  • Noah D. Kauff, M.D.
    Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Clinical Genetics and Gynecology Services
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Ksenia P. Koon, MS
    Director of Breast Cancer Education and Outreach
    Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington
  • Elisa Krill-Jackson, MD
    Fellow of the American College of Physicians
    The Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care
  • Gina Montie, PA-C , MS
    Center for Breast Care
    Boca Raton Community Hospital
  • Louise E. Morrell, MD
    Medical Director
    Center for Breast Care
    Boca Raton Community Hospital
  • Manuel A. Peñalver, M.D.
    Gynecologic Oncology, Advanced Pelvic Surgery
    South Florida Gynecologic Oncology
    Doctors Hospital/Professor University of Miami School of Medicine
    2000 Distinguished Surgeon of the Year

    "It is an exciting time to be doing gynecologic oncology, because of all the recent discoveries.  One of the most important things that has come across in the last few years is the ability to identify patients who have genetic predisposition to cancer of the ovary and cancer of the breast.  With BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing, patients who are suspect of having a familial tendency to cancer can receive increased surveillance, chemo-prophylaxis and even surgical prophylaxis in some cases.  These procedures can be life saving and it is important to be able to know who to offer these tests to as well as what to do in interpreting the results."
  • Rochelle G Sheib, M.D.
    Hematology, Medical Oncology
    Internal Medicine
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center
  • Elizabeth D. Tan-Chiu, M.D.
    Medical Office of Charles L. Vogel
    Medical Oncology, Board Certified Internal Medicine

Religious Leaders:

  • Rabbi Richard Address
    Director: Union for Reform Judaism: Department of Jewish Family Concerns

    “One of the highest of our Jewish values is that of pikuach nefesh , the saving of life. The rapid progress in medical technology in general, and genetics research in particular, has brought increased attention to the issue of genetic testing and various types of organ and tissue transplantation. Across the denominational spectrum of contemporary Judaism, involvement in these areas is increasingly seen as being a modern mitzvah. Education and awareness are fundamental aspects in breaking down the barriers of fear and misinformation that may still exist within our community. The "gift of life" is our most precious possession. To "save" a life is among our highest of callings. The blessing of medical technology has begun to make it possible for us to remove the barriers of fear and ignorance in order to save and enhance life. May this continue to be God's will.”
  • Rabbi Richard Agler, DD
    Congregation B'nai Israel
    Senior Rabbi
  • Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
    Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
    Vice President, University of Judaism
  • Andrea Cannon
    National Board of Director of WRJ & District #13 Area Director for WRJ
  • Betsy Dobrick
    Executive Director
    Temple Torah
  • Shelley Herman
    Jewish Women International
  • Rabbi Jack Riemer
    Co Editor of So That Your Values Live On: A Treasury of Ethical Wills
  • Rabbi Amy R. Scheinerman
    Beth Shalom Congregation
    "Knowledge is power, and I mean religious power. We make the most appropriate decisions when we have the best knowledge available to us. Judaism treasures learning and knowledge in all realms, because all knowledge enables us to make appropriate Jewish decisions. The premium our tradition places on pikuach nefesh (the obligation to save life) requires not only commitment and will, but information, as well. JACOB International and Reach Global exists to help Jews and non-Jews acquire the information they need to make informed choices and save lives."
  • Cantor Stephanie Shore
    Congregation B'nai Israel
    Cantor, Song Writer & Composer
    Leads the Alter Chai Notes, the Shultones and the Junior Chai Notes
    Named Best Cantor

    “With the advancements in technology I am awestruck that we are able to test for these devastating diseases that in many cases will spare countless women so much pain and suffering.  To quote a famous phrase, "If we can save one life, it is as if we have saved the world".  There is no doubt that lives will be saved due to the efforts of JACOB International.  It is my honor to serve on the Advisory Board.”

Business Leaders:

  • Tamara Bream
    Vice President
    HB Associates
  • Edward Federman
    Lexi Management LLC
  • Jennifer B. Kivitz
    Emerging Market Debt
    Goldman Sachs
  • Linda B. Kivitz
    Attorney at Law
    Norman Kivitz Company
  • William J. Korff, PMP
    Senior Consultant


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