AFKMC Leadership

AFKMC is honored to have so many experienced and highly-respected professionals serving on its Board of Directors.

Professor Peter A. Gottlieb, MD

Chairman of the Board, AFKMC

Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Barbara Davis Center, University of Colorado at Denver

Professor Peter A. Gottlieb received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and then attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, from which he graduated in 1984. Dr Gottlieb completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He then continued his fellowship training in endocrinology and metabolism there and worked in the laboratory of Dr. Aldo Rossini.

In 1990, after completing his fellowship, he moved to the Weizmann Institute in Israel to do post-doctoral training in T cell immunology with Dr. Irun Cohen. After working through Gulf War I, he returned to UMass and joined the staff as Clinical Director of Diabetes. He subsequently joined the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in 1995, where he is now a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and the Director of the Translational Research Unit at the Barbara Davis Center.

Dr. Gottlieb has collaborated with Drs. George Eisenbarth, John Hutton, Marian Rewers, Satish Garg, and other members of the BDC since coming there. In addition he has worked with colleagues throughout the world to improve the detection of T cell responses in human type 1 diabetes and is a member of the IDS T Cell Workshop. His current research areas of interest include the immunology of type 1 diabetes with a focus on novel autoantigens, innate immune system abnormalities that contribute to disease phenotype and intervention trials to prevent or reverse type 1 diabetes.

He had led several multi-center trials in new onset type 1 diabetes and is an active member of the Steering Committee for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet and the Immune Tolerance Network, both NIH sponsored trial groups.

Jacques S. Abramowicz, MD, FACOG, FAIUM

Chairman Emeritus, AFKMC

Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Director, Ob/GynUltrasound

Co-Director, Rush Fetal and Neonatal Medicine Center, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA

Professor Jacques S. Abramowicz is the Frances T. and Lester B. Knight Professor at Rush University in Chicago. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology with special training in Ultrasound and Maternal Fetal Medicine.

He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS).

He was on the Board of Governors of AIUM until 2006 and is the past Chair of its Bioeffects Committee. He was recently elected as the United States (AIUM) councilor on the Board of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology and Chair of its Safety committee. He is the Chair of the Illinois section of ACOG. He is the recipient of the 2011 March of Dimes Jonas Salk Leadership award.

He is the author of more than 140 peer-reviewed and 250 other articles, books, book chapters, and presentations. He served in the Israel Defense Forces as a battalion physician in Armoured Brigade 7 (“Hativah 7”) and as Chair of the Medical Committee of the Army Recruitment Center.

Professor Steven L. Warsof, MD

Secretary, AFKMC

Professor, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Professor Steven Warsof received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine. He did his training in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Maternal Fetal Medicine at George Washington Univ. Medical Center, and Georgetown University in Washington DC, and at Kings College Hospital London, UK.

He currently serves as Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He is also the Director of the Prenatal Diagnosis program.

He is a Senior Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and a member of the American College of Ob-Gyn, Maternal Fetal Medicine Society and International Society of Prenatal Diagnosis.

He is a volunteer in the Israeli Emergency Medical Corps through American Physicians Fellowship for Israel and has done volunteer work in Israeli hospitals and Army. He was the chosen 2018 Honorary member of Israeli Ob-Gyn Society for his volunteer work at Bar Ilan Univ Medical School. He is on the executive committee of Temple Emanuel in Virginia Beach,Va. He is married with six children.

Steve Schimmel

Treasurer, AFKMC

Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts

Mr. Schimmel is Executive Director of Jewish Federation of Central MA [Worcester, MA]. He was previously the Executive Director of Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester, & Salem Counties [Vineland, NJ]. He is a representative to the Mid-Atlantic Region for the State of Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Young Jewish Diplomatic Seminar and is a representative of Jewish Federations of North America FEREP Program.

Annie Abramowicz

Board Member, AFKMC

Born and raised in Israel, Annie went to high school in Tel Aviv. Upon graduation, she joined the Israel Defense Forces where, after basic training, she worked in the army social services, with wounded soldiers and their families. After her military service, she received a BA in social work from the School of Social Work at the Tel Aviv University.

She worked as a social worker for several years and then in the academic accreditation unit at the Tel Aviv University. She accompanied her husband, Professor Jacques Abramowicz, to the USA in 1987 and after teaching at Hebrew School in Norfolk Virginia, returned to college and obtained a certificate as a travel consultant.

She worked in a travel office, specializing in travel to Israel until moving to Chicago. She was a fund raiser for NATAL, a non-political, non-for-profit Israeli organization, involved with psychological trauma in terror victims.

Albert Algazi

Board Member, AFKMC

Albert Algazi was born in Cairo, Egypt the year of Israel's birth, 1948. His family left Egypt in early 1966 as a young teenager with his family. In Cairo, he attended French Catholic schools as a Jew in the Muslim country. He is the oldest of 5 siblings and currently resides in Yardley Pennsylvania and Sunny Isles, Florida. He speaks French and Arabic fluently and learned to understand the Moslem Arab culture.

Mr. Algazi is a licensed professional engineer with more than 40 years experience in the transportation industry managing bridge projects. He has several Engineering and Management Master Degrees. Mr. Algazi was the President of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) for 12 years for the NE Region and for 6 years was one of 8 National Direcotrs on the ASHE National Board.

He recently served as National monitor for the 2017 National conference in New York City. Albert Algazi is involved with various Jewish and Christian organizations who support the state of Israel unconditionally. They include the ZOA, Friends of Israel, CUFI (Christians United For Israel), Israel Forum at the Synagogue, American Friends of Kaplin Medical Center, and more. Albert is married to Judee, a former teacher, with two sons Jonathan and Jason and two beautiful daughters in law, Wendy and Jackie and three gorgeous grandchildren, Jordyn, Alexis, and Ethan.

Ann Atkins

Board Member, AFKMC

Author of Golda Meir — True Grit

Ms. Atkins is a non-Jewish author specializing in writing on dynamic women in leadership, and is gaining national recognition for her books. Through her research on Golda, she has become a strong advocate for Israel. Ann is a nationally sought after speaker. She has spoken at the National Press Club, for International Women’s Day Celebrations, and for the Peacemaker Award, among others.

Jerome Baxley

Board Member, AFKMC

Co-Chair, National Brick-by-Brick Campaign for the new Cardiac Center

Jerome Baxley is Co-Chair of the AFKMC Brick-by- Brick Campaign to build the new Kaplan Cardiac Center. Following is a bio as only Jerome could share: Born on July 15, 1947.   Mother was the only secretary at Baxley BlowPipe Co., so I came back to work with her when I was 2 weeks old and stayed in the bottom right drawer of her desk.  I have been at work at Baxley ever since.   

Graduated from Dothan High School in 1965.  Attended the University of Alabama until I realized that you don’t go to college to get smart; you go because you are already smart.  And if you ain’t smart when you get there, you won’t be smart when you leave.  So I came back home and went to work with Daddy.    Married in July of 1966 and left for Parris Island in December of same year.  Talk about jumping from the frying pan into the fire!   Spent three years in the Marines.  A year and half in Force Recon where I attended Jump School with the Army, Underwater Swim School with the Navy Seals, Ranger School with a mixture of forces and USMC Advanced Demolitions Schools where I really had a good time. 

Spent part of 1968 and 1969 in Viet Nam where I experienced God's protection in a mighty way.   Discharged in Dec. 1969 as an E5 Sargent.  They wanted me to sign up for 4 more years and was going to promote me to E6 but the way I handle bureaucracy I figured I'd be a buck private before I got my first pay increase, so I headed home.  

Started back to work in 1970 and have been here ever since.  Trying to retire since I turned 70 in July of 2017 but can’t seem to do it very well.   All I’ve ever done in my life is work and it's hard to stop.  

Married with three children, four grandsons, four granddaughters.  My two sons work with Baxley BlowPipe and my daughter is office manager for the Trailer Division.  We live in a log house I built myself with help from my (at the time) 72 year old Daddy.    I attend First Baptist Church of Headland and teach Sunday School occasionally.  Saved at age 7 and started living for the Lord at age 36.  Twenty Nine years wasted.   

A member of Gideons International.  Past State President for three years and six years on the International Convention Committee.  Been to numerous countries on Scripture distributions and have had the blessing of personally handing thousands of copies of God's Word to school kids, police, military and people in hospitals around the world. 

Have had the pleasure of going to Israel working at Kaplan Medical Center for 6 years and have developed some great relationships with some of the staff.  Also blessed by being able to donate many rocket shelters in a number of areas around Israel to help protect God's people during terrorist attacks by those who don’t know Him.

Col. Ken Brier

Board Member, AFKMC

Col. Brier is currently a partner in Castle Drawbridge, LLC, a real estate development company. Prior to his current position, he founded and served as Chairman of the Board and President of Sealord, LLC and Sealord Holdings, Inc.

He is a graduate of the United States Army War College, Ohio University (Bachelor of Arts), Southern Methodist University (Master of Business Administration) and Harvard University (Master of Public Administration).

He has provided service to our country as a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and as a Humanitarian and Refugee Officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

He has been a lecturer (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), an Assistant Professor (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and an Associate Adjunct Professor (Drexel University.)

He has received the following honors and awards: The Bronze Star Medal, Us Army Desert Storm; The Legion of Merit Medal, US Army; Peierre Andre Scholar; Honors College Fellow; The Humanitarian Service Medal, US Army; Ohio Fellow; Cutler Fellow; Omicron Delta Kappa Society and the Blue Key Society.

Steven J. Czinn, MD

Board Member, AFKMC

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Chief of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical Center

Dr. Czinn came to the University of Maryland from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, from which he earned his medical degree, in the spring of 2006. In Ohio, he had served as professor of pediatrics and pathology and chief of the division of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Czinn’s research interests focus on mucosal immunology, gastrointestinal infections, inflammatory bowel diseases and the Helicobacter pylori micro-organism, which causes peptic ulcers. He is the lead author or co-author on more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and has served as an associate editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology since 2003.

He’s also served as a reviewer for more than 15 academic journals and is currently acting as Chair of the Pediatric Gastroenterology Committee at the American College of Gastroenterology, Chairman of the NASPHGAN Research Committee, and member of both the Scientific Advisory Board and Pediatric GERD Newsletter for the Children’s Digestive Health Foundation.

Most recently he has been asked to update the Children’s Digestive Health Foundation educational slide set on Pediatric GERD, and a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association.

Steven L. Friedman

Board Member, AFKMC

Partner, Duane Morris, LLP

Steven L. Friedman is an attorney practicing in the area of corporate and commercial litigation. He has handled matters involving trade secrets, antitrust, securities, trademark and patent infringement including ANDA under Hatch Waxman, RICO, class action and corporate control and takeover/proxy fights, and breach of contract as well as other areas of corporate and commercial litigation.

He has appeared before federal and state courts throughout the United States representing clients in both jury and bench trials.

After graduation from law school, Mr. Friedman served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Samuel Roberts of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Mr. Friedman has extensive involvement in business and political activities in Israel. He has served and continues to serve as a legal and personal adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and has served as general counsel to the Likud Party of Israel in the United States.

A member of the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia bar associations, Mr. Friedman is a 1971 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a cum laude graduate of Yale University.

Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg

Board Member, AFKMC

Spiritual leader of Congregation Beth El, Yardley, PA

Rabbi Gruenberg is the president of the Bucks County Board of Rabbis and a member of the national UJC rabbinic cabinet. He is a regional and national “up and coming” community leader, with strong Israel credentials.

Rabbi Abie Ingber

Board Member, AFKMC

Xavier University

Rabbi Abie Ingber is a pioneering advocate of immigrant and refugee rights and interfaith collaboration. For over 30 years, he served as the executive director of the Hillel Jewish Student Center at the University of Cincinnati. In 2008, he founded and continues to serve as Executive Director of the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University, and is Special Assistant to Fr. Michael Graham, S.J., President of Xavier.

His mother escaped from Nazi-occupied Poland on Christmas Eve in 1942. Rabbi Abie and John Feister wrote an article about her escape entitled, A Christmas Miracle for a Jewish Woman.

As a teenager, he talked his way into John Lennon and Yoko Ono's hotel room during their 1969 Bed-In in Montreal, a non-violent protest in support of peace, when they recorded “Give Peace a Chance.”

Rabbi Abie has served as vice president of the Interreligious Information Center in New York City, and co-created an award-winning exhibit, “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People,” which toured 18 cities and the Vatican, and was seen by over a million people. In 2007, he co-convened the first Catholic-Jewish Lay Conference at the Vatican.

Rabbi Abie Ingber's work has been recognized with many awards, including the 2008 Eternal Light Award from the Center for Jewish Catholic Studies in Tampa, Florida and the Dr. Martin Luther King Award from the University of Cincinnati. In 2012, President Barack Obama invited him to the White House. His passion for Tikkun Olam, or “healing the world,” has led him to meet not only with refugees around the world, but also with three popes, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, human rights activist Elie Wiesel, and Miep Gies, the woman who tried to save the life of Anne Frank during the Holocaust. In 2016, Rabbi Ingber received Roosevelt University's highest honorary degree, the Doctor of Social Justice, honaris causa.

Rabbi Abie leads a trip of nursing and pre-med students to Guatemala where they provide medical care to underserved populations.

Rabbi Abie works with people of all faiths and ages toward the goals of mutual understanding and social justice.

Jonathan Kaufman

Board Member, AFKMC

Research Scientist

Dr. Kaufman earned his PhD in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for the US government for 30 years, first serving as a senior scientist for the US Navy, conducting research into human respiratory and thermal physiology. Subsequently, he managed international research efforts addressing defense against chemical and biological weapons for the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

He is currently involved in enhancing biodefense for the US Department of Homeland Security. In 2011, Dr. Kaufman served as co-chair with the Israel Institute of Biological Research for an international workshop held in Israel on multidisciplinary approaches to chemical and biological defense. Perhaps most importantly, he met his future wife in Arad during a year-long program WJUS program in Israel in 1978.

Max Koppel, MD

Board Member, AFKMC

Dr. Max Koppel is a Urologist and ‘Elder Statesman’ of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of Philadelphia, receiving his medical degree at “Jeff” in 1957.

Among his many exemplary accomplishments, he was deployed to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, November 1, 2004-June, 2011, achieved rank of Captain (06) Commissioned Corps Reserves (US PHS), Office of the United States Surgeon General, and organized a national program for medical professionals in volunteer service for disaster relief assignments throughout the US.

Pastor Patrick Neff

Board Member, AFKMC

Church Ministries Director for The Friends of Israel Ministries

After serving as a pastor for 32 years, Rev. Patrick Neff, transitioned to serve with The Friends of Israel, where he serves as Church and Field Ministries Director. Among his many ministries have been “Honor Israel” or “Stand with Israel” events where he has raised funds for causes related to supporting Israel, including Kaplan Medical Center. Patrick has bee married to Ruth for 49 years. They have four adult daughters and ten grandchildren.

Lana Pinkenson

Board Member, AFKMC

PA Accountant, Financial Advisor, Philadelphia Philanthropist

Lana is a community activist, synagogue leader, and philanthropist.

She is a recognized leader for Philadelphia's chapter of American Friends of Ben Gurion University, and personally supports a number of synagogues and other Jewish causes in Greater Philadelphia.

Lana serves AFKMC as the national Co-Chair for the “Brick-by-Brick” Campaign for the Kaplan Cardiac Center.

Joseph Puder

Board Member, AFKMC

Mr. Puder is a native Israeli, columnist, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of StandWithUs, former fundraising Director for B’nai B’rith, founder of the InterfaithTaskforce for American and Israel (ITAI).

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenbaum

Board Member, AFKMC

President Emeritus, Gratz College, and visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenbaum is a specialist in Biblical history, the paleography and epigraphy of ancient Semitic languages, and American Jewish history. He has served as a rabbi in Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox congregations.

Prior to his nomination to the Board, Rabbi Rosenbaum has accepted the role of Co-Chair (along with Annette Sutter) of the Educational Supervisory Committee for the ‘Brick-by-Brick’ National Awareness Campaign.