Bruce spent his 40-year professional career at Cole Taylor Bank. He served in various positions including president, chairman and CEO during that time. Since leaving his full-time role at the bank in 2014, he founded Taylor Investment Partners investing with his family in venture and private equity transactions. He co-founded the NextLevel Exchange, an entrepreneur support program that partners with several organizations serving diverse minority communities in the Chicago Area. He currently serves as chairman of 18Doors. Bruce is treasurer and on the board of governors for The Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago. He also serves as director of the Jewish Federation of Chicago, director of JCC Chicago and director of Midwest trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He sits on the advisory board of MTL Insurance Company, a life insurance and annuity company located in Oak Brook, Illinois. He is also a past chairman of the Illinois Bankers Association. Bruce earned his B.S. from Babson College in 1977 and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1979. He and his wife Barbie have lived in Northbrook, Illinois, for 37 years, and they have three children and five grandchildren.
Jodi Bromberg has been the president of InterfaithFamily since October 1, 2013—the day that the Pew Report on Jewish Americans came out. Prior to joining InterfaithFamily, she most recently practiced corporate law, predominantly with non-profit organizations and small businesses.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University Beasley School of Law, Jodi is excited to now advocate and work on behalf of interfaith families interested in exploring Jewish life, and in the past year, has written for eJewish Philanthropy, the Jewish Journal, the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent and the Jewish Daily Forward. She has also been speaking and advocating on behalf of the inclusion of interfaith families in Jewish life, most recently at the International Lion of Judah Conference, and serves on the Advisory Boards of Honeymoon Israel and Seder2015. After growing up in northern New Jersey, and living in the Philadelphia area for the past 20 years, Jodi, her spouse and preschooler twin boys now live outside of Boston. (But she remains a diehard New York Yankees fan!)
Joanna S. Ballantine is a financial representative for The Davis Financial Group (DFG). Based in Western Massachusetts, it is focused on financial planning and wealth management and serves clients nationally. Prior to joining the DFG team, Joanna was vice president at The Trustees of Reservations whose mission is to preserve—for public use and enjoyment—places of exceptional scenic, historic and ecological value in Massachusetts. Before her career in conservation, Joanna was executive director of The Harold Grinspoon Foundation for over a decade and was instrumental in creating and growing the organization’s three signature programs: PJ Library, PJ’s sister program Sifriyat Pijama in Israel and JCamp180 focused on the Jewish overnight camping sector. In her 20-plus years of work in the Jewish world, Joanna has focused on outreach and engagement of interfaith families. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her teenage son Caleb and husband Clay, and is proud of her daughter Hannah, who attends Hampshire College.
Laurie Beijen runs a real estate investment and management business, after a lengthy career in political and policy communications. She has a long history of non-profit volunteer work. Laurie serves on the Leadership Council for 18Doors in the Bay Area, as well as serving on program committee on the national board. Laurie also serves on the JCRC- San Francisco board.
Laurie is actively involved with Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco, where she is on the Interfaith programming committee and the Tribe for Women (moms’ group) programming committee. In the past, Laurie served as the founding president of the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee, as well as the president of the National Women’s Political Caucus- SF Chapter. She has also served as the vice-president of the board of the California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (CARAL- now NARAL Pro-Choice California), chair of the CARAL PAC Board and chair of its political committee. She lives with her interfaith family in San Francisco, California. Her family has been involved in the interfaith community in San Francisco for a long time and building and sustaining this community is very important to her.
Michael Cedillos is an attorney and shareholder in the litigation department of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Michael joined the 18Doors Board in May 2013 and is also a member of the Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Cabinet and a past Campaign Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Group of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Dr. Mary Fernández consults with non-profit organizations on strategy, operational planning, and leadership development. During her three-decade career, she has been a non-profit leader, a research computer scientist and technology leader, and a passionate mentor and advocate of students from historically under-represented groups in science and engineering. She earned an AB and ScM at Brown University and the PhD at Princeton University. Mary became a Jew after raising two Jewish daughters with her husband, Adam Buchsbaum. Mary is currently is trustee and VP of Education and Worship at Temple B’nai Or in Morristown, NJ, where she especially loves singing and praying at Mishpacha T’filah (Family Prayer) during Sunday morning religious school.
Michael is a Vice President of Technology Banking at Silicon Valley Bank’s Atlanta Office where he focuses on helping early-stage tech companies grow. He has an MBA from Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business and attended the University of Colorado as an undergrad where he double majored in Political Science and Sociology. In his free time, you can find him enjoying the outdoors with his wife Kasia, sons Milo and Luka and dog Stella either mountain biking, hiking, or snowboarding.
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff is a resident scholar at The Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center, with expertise on topics including family dynamics, gender, women in the workplace, communication, mothering and Jewish education. She speaks and writes about intergenerational and interfaith relationships and is the author of two books: Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children and Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-laws into Family. Ruth is also the advice columnist for the American Israelite and is a frequent blogger for various sites. She is the former assistant minority leader in the New Hampshire Legislature and has served on the boards of the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, the Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy/University of Massachusetts. She is currently on the board of the Jewish Grandparents Network and she joined the 18Doors board in 2014. During the pandemic, she has spoken extensively about Jewish grandparenting.
Karen Osterheld is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy at Bentley University. Karen has been a full-time member of the Bentley faculty since 1990. Karen has eleven years of business experience, primarily as a manager in the financial services industry. She has a strong background in the areas of internal control analysis and accounting policy formulation. She earned her B.S. Degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany, and her M.B.A. Degree from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Massachusetts. Karen joined the 18Doors Board in 2016 and is the Chair of the Finance Committee.
Linda Silberman is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, where she is also co-Chair of Premier Gifts Community Campaign 2019, President of Women’s Philanthropy. She also serves on the board of Jewish Kids Groups and was the Chair of Development. She has four amazing kids, six grandkids, and a great daughter and sons-in-law.