Michael F. Tietz is the President of the New York Foundation for Eldercare. An attorney by background, he served for many years as a Vice President at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, focusing on compliance and regulatory issues. In addition to his position at NYFE, Mike is active in the nonprofit sector, serving as a board member, trustee and music director with arts organizations in New York. A grandson of Margaret Tietz, Mike is committed to her legacy of supporting programs and care for the elderly. Mike is a graduate of Yale University (B.A. 1974) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 1978).
Michael D. Lissner received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1982. He is admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States; is further licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law in the States of New York (Appellate Division, 2nd Department) and Florida and is a member of both the New York County Lawyers’ Association and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He serves as Chairman of The Blue Card, Inc., a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial aid to needy Holocaust Survivors, and has been a faculty member for many years at the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) in New York City. Michael has lectured extensively about Elder Law , Estate Planning and planning for Survivors of the Holocaust and their families.
Eva-Maria Tausig, a long-time member of the Board, is Treasurer. Her grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Paul G. Frank, knew Margaret Tietz and her family in Germany and their friendship continued in the US. Paul’s son, Ernst L. Frank, was one of the funders of the New York Foundation for Nursing Homes, the predecessor organization. Mrs. Tausig served on the Board of the Margaret Tietz Nursing Home and today serves on the Board of the Women’s City Club of New York.
Masha Pearl is Executive Director of The Blue Card and leads its national efforts to provide direct financial assistance to more than 2,400 Holocaust survivor households living at or below the poverty line, of whom two-thirds live in the greater New York area. The Blue Card has provided more than $26 million to thousands of survivors for medical, dental, food, telephone emergency response systems, hospital visits and transportation expenses. Masha received an Interdisciplinary B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Law from Binghamton University in 2006 and is currently pursuing her M.B.A. at Pace University.
Elie Rubinstein is native of Belarus and a graduate of Belorussian Polytechnic Institute and received his Master’s degree in Jewish Communal Service and Management from Brandeis University. Elie has worked in non-profit organizations almost for most of his professional life. Starting as a lay leader in Belarus, former Soviet Union, he was hired in 1991 as a regional director for the International Association for Jewish Studies and Jewish Culture. A second generation Holocaust survivor himself, he worked with needy first and second generation survivors in the former Soviet Union. Elie immigrated to the United States in 1993. Since that time he has worked as an outreach coordinator at the Hillel Student Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then at the Hebrew Union College. In 1996, he became an Assistant Executive Director for Program Development at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA. In 2003, he was hired as Marketing and Development Director for The Workmen’s Circle, a national fraternal organization. From 2006 until 2013, Elie served as the Executive Director of The Blue Card, a national non-profit organization that is the only agency in the United States that provides cash assistance to needy victims of Nazi persecution in the United States. In 2013, Elie Rubinstein joined the Hebrew Educational Society (HES), a community-based multi-service agency, as its Executive Director. With over 20 years of leadership experience working for the advancement of underserved children, individuals and families, he was responsible for managing the HES’ day-to-day operations. Elie currently serves as the Executive Director of Emergency USA – a non-profit organization that builds high-quality, sustainable medical centers (rather than temporary or minimal-care facilities), EMERGENCY partners with the local population in war-torn and impoverished communities to provide healthcare services that reach beyond walls to heal communities.
Elizabeth Scheines has served as the IT and Database Manager at John H. Elton, Inc., spice brokers, for more than 15 years. Previously, she was a Film Archivist and Reference Book Editor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art/Getty Trust, Museum of Modern Art and at other arts organizations. Her husband, Ron Elton, previously served as President and Board Member of NYFE. Her experience as caretaker for her elderly mother sparked her interest in improving elder care. Liz received her BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and pursued graduate work in Cinema Studies at New York University.
Milana Baazov, has made it her life’s work to ensure that fragile populations such as the elderly and Holocaust survivors are not forgotten and receive the care and attention they so desperately need. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director of the New York Foundation for Eldercare she served as first Program Coordinator, establishing and managing vital programs for Holocaust survivors, and then Associate Executive Director of the Blue Card. Ms. Baazov received her BS in Psychology from Brooklyn College, where she is currently in the process of obtaining her Masters’ in Business and Managerial Finance.
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