Who better to describe the science of medicine and the inexplicable miracles of life than a nationally recognized radiation oncologist who had a near-fatal diagnosis of bone marrow cancer? A thankful patient returned to health, Jeffrey D. Forman, MD is an inspiration to many today. An academician, a mentor, a community leader, a physician on a life-changing mission, Jeff now continues his work as the first Medical Director of the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network.
Listen carefully and you still hear that Texas lilt in her voice. From Corpus Christi, Beverly Liss has committed herself wholeheartedly to Jewish Detroit since moving to the community 45 years ago. For her beloved husband, Arthur, for her family and close friends –those who have watched and lauded her community work and steady rise through the ranks of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit - it comes as no surprise that Beverly Liss is Federation’s 28th President – with the distinction of being the third woman to hold that office.
She has a smile that lights up a room. She laughs easily and often. A petite brunette in jeans and a ponytail, working with teens, she’s easily mistaken for a big sister rather than a mom of three. Given her boundless energy at 43, Rachel Grey Ellis has found the perfect match for her professional and personal skills in her role as Senior Regional Director at BBYO, a position she has held since 2015.
She grew up on Velvet peanut butter and Krun-Chee potato chips – her father’s industry and inspiration. Daughter of Velvet Peanut Butter Company founder, Paul Zuckerman, Linda Z. Klein proudly maintains the Z in her name - her signature signifying her family legacy and her longtime role as a community leader, fundraiser and philanthropist.
Linda was 21 and newly wed to Tom Klein when she attended her first Federation Annual Meeting. She vividly recalls that Irwin I. Cohn was named that year as the recipient of Federation’s highest honor - the Butzel Award – the award her father would receive in 1969. This is Linda’s year. Recognized for more than four decades of outstanding service to Federation, greater Detroit and to Israel, Linda is one of the rare and few: a second generation Fred M. Butzel Memorial Awardee.
After her first (and only) marathon run in 2008, Stacy Doctoroff turned in her running shoes for other equally focused pursuits: returning to school; earning her Master’s degree and credentials as a licensed therapist; starting a private practice; and stepping up to more and more challenging roles in the Jewish community. “My commitments grow out of my passions,” she says. Married to Andrew Doctoroff, mother of three teens, Board Member of Federation, Board Liaison for Tamarack Camps and current Chair of the Israeli Camper Program – still running at her own pace - Stacy has won the esteem of the community as recipient of Federation’s Sylvia Simon Greenberg Award for Young Leadership.