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Glickstein Named Village Shalom Board Chair


The Village Shalom Board of Directors has announced the election of three new officers, the addition of two new members and the retirement of one long-standing member. Karen Glickstein will serve as the new Board Chair, Bruce Kershenbaum has been elected to Vice Chair and Tracy Shafton will serve as Secretary. Barry Fink will continue in his role as Treasurer. The outgoing Board Chair, Joseph Hiersteiner; Vice Chair, Marcia Schoenfeld; and Secretary, Alana Muller will all continue their terms on the Board.

Ellen Chilton and Bob Gershon are the Board’s newly elected members. They join Michael Abrams, Allison Berey, Jerry Bernard, Jonny Girson, Shirley Bush Helzberg (Life Member), Joseph Hiersteiner, Dr. Andrew Kaufman, James Klein, Frank Lipsman, Rod Minkin, Alana Muller, Howard Rosenthal, M.D., Marcia Schoenfeld, David Spizman and Jill Willen who are continuing their service as Board members. Vicki Novorr’s term on the Village Shalom Board will expire.

“It’s an honor to serve as Board Chair for an organization with such a long-standing tradition of excellence in our community,” said Glickstein. “Village Shalom is poised for a bright future thanks in large part to the leadership of Joseph Hiersteiner, and the outgoing officers. We’re excited to welcome Ellen and Bob whose talents will add depth and strength to Village Shalom and to the Board.”   

Karen Glickstein is a shareholder at Polsinelli, where her practice focuses on management-side employment law. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Law Institute of the Defense Research Institute – a national, professional organization of civil defense lawyers. She has also served on boards and committees for the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence and the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers. 

Her community involvements include participation in the Helzberg Leadership Program of the Jewish Federation, and membership on the boards of the CORO Foundation of Kansas City (leadership development program); the Jewish Community Foundation; the Jewish Community Relations Bureau-American Jewish Committee, where she currently serves as a Vice Chair; Solace House; and The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Glickstein is also a former member of Village Shalom’s Associate Board. She and her husband, Don Swartz, have two children


Karen Glickstein has been elected Chair of the Village Shalom Board of Directors. Glickstein has served on the Village Shalom Board since 2009, and is a past member of the Village Shalom Associate Board.

Bruce Kershenbaum has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial real estate development and investment with a primary focus on retail and medical offices.  Bruce's community involvement includes service on the boards of Jewish Family Services, The Jewish Community Campus and Corinth Education Foundation.

His relationship with Village Shalom began in 1976 with his Eagle Scout project at Shalom Geriatric Center. He became a Shalom Geriatric Center Board member in 1994. He and his wife, Eileen, reside in Leawood and have one teenage daughter, Emma.

Tracy Shafton is an attorney and shareholder of the Kansas City firm of Gilmore & Bell, P.C. She focuses her practice in tax-exempt bond financing for local governments, universities and colleges, hospitals and other private institutions, and has served as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel on a wide variety of tax-exempt financings.

She serves as a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and chairs the organization’s Engagement and Leadership Development Committee. She also serves as a board member of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the Menorah Legacy Foundation. She and her husband, Alan, live in Overland Park with their two children.

Ellen Chilton is the owner and president of Pomegranate, Inc. – a Leawood-based Judaica art gallery that represents more than 250 artists from across the U.S. and Israel. She serves on the board of directors for the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy and the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. She and her husband, Dr. Jonathan Chilton, live in Leawood, and have three grown children: Alexander, Ilana and Jonah.   

Bob Gershon is a tax consulting and compliance specialist for Grant Thornton LLP, where he also serves on the Senior Associate Advisory Council. He is a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. His community involvements include participation in LadderUp and the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. Gershon’s professional affiliations include memberships in the Wall Street Tax Association and National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). He currently resides in Leawood.  

“Joe provided unwavering leadership and steady guidance throughout his term, and the in-depth strategic planning process he oversaw produced a solid foundation for our upcoming expansion project,” said Village Shalom President and CEO, Matt Lewis. “We are grateful for Vicki’s tenure on the board and will miss her many contributions. We’re excited to welcome Karen as Board Chair, along with our new members Ellen and Bob – each of whom will play a critical role in this exciting upcoming chapter in our organization’s history.”