Sharon Beth-Halachmy // CEO
Sharon is responsible for the leadership, management and growth of B'Lev Shalem. She is an experienced attorney with a commitment to social change, and brings to B'Lev Shalem sophisticated business and legal expertise, a deep understanding of the wide range of issues affecting the elderly, and a commitment to advocacy on their behalf. Sharon holds a B.A. in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Karen Levine // Clinical Director
Karen is a practiced social worker and care manager. Her experience includes positions at the University of Chicago Hospital in Cardiology and Heart Transplant, and running her own care management practice based in Modiin. Karen holds a B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University and a graduate degree in social work from the University of Chicago.
Dvora Corn // Strategic Growth Consultant
Dvora is responsible for developing strategic relations in Israel and abroad that expand B'lev Shalem's engagement with organizations and professionals and enable us to better serve our clients. Dvora is co-founder of Life's Door, a unique organization in Israel that promotes and incorporates quality of life as a crucial tool in the medical treatment and care of people coping with serious illness and the elderly. She graduated with honors from Boston University Sargent School of Allied Heath in Occupational Therapy, earned her MA in clinical sociology from the University of North Texas, and is a graduate of the post-graduate clinical training program at the Jerusalem Family Institute.
Avigail Buiumsohn // Care Manager, Aliyah Specialist
Avigail has over 20 years of working with older adults in Israel, most recently as the Aliyah Specialist for Retirees at Nefesh B'Nefesh. Past positions include Director of a Day Care Center for the Elderly, and a Social Worker at the Maccabi Rehabilitation Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital. Avigail has extensive knowledge regarding the Israeli healthcare and social welfare system, and is fluent in Hebrew and English. She holds a BA in Psychology from SUNY at Albany and an MSW from Yeshiva University.
Rachel Green // Care Manager
Rachel is Care Manager and Speech Therapist , with many years of care management experience. She has dedicated her career to working with older adults and their families, and is particularly skilled at navigating the Israeli medical and bureacratic system. Rachel holds a B.A. in speech language pathology from Yeshiva University and an M.A. in speech language pathology from Montclair State University..
Michelle Eisner // Care Manager
Michelle is a Recreational Therapist with over 17 years of experience working with seniors and their families, both privately and in community and residential settings. In her private practice, Michelle creates and runs programs for active living seniors and, in addition, has taught the Feurstein Method of improving cognitive memory. Michelle holds a B.A. in Linguistics and Psychology from York University, Canada, a Diploma in Activation Coordination in Gerontology from George Brown College in Canada and a Diploma in Recreation Therapy from the Georgian College, Canada.
Kaila Shimshak // Care Manager
Kaila is a licensed Social Worker and Care Manager. Kaila's past experience includes serving as the Director of Social Services at a 273-bed nursing home in New Jersey, a position with the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, and work in a psychiatric rehabilitation treatment program. Kaila holds an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and BA in Sociology from Stern College, and is a licensed Master Social Worker in in NY State.
Deborah Ackermann-Erlanger // Registered Nurse
Deborah Ackermann-Erlanger consults for B'Lev Shalem in her capacity as a nurse, with expertise in palliative care. Deborah is a registered nurse in both her native Switzerland and Israel. She has specialty training in anesthesiology and holds a masters in palliative care, communications and ethics from the University Institute Kurt Bösch (IUKB) in Sion, Switzerland. Deborah has practiced in many difference settings and in various fields including oncology care and psychiatric care.
Karen Lerner // Alzheimer and Dementia Specialist
Karen is clinical social worker with a specialty in Alzheimer's and dementia, and has a private practice supporting families with a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. Karen holds a Master's degree in social work from Columbia University.
Stacey L. Gordon, LCSW
Stacey is a clinical social worker, family mediator and certified Care Manager, with over two decades of experience in providing home and community-based services to older adults and their families. She is the founder and owner of ElderOptions, New York/Chicago a geriatric care management and consulting firm, established in 1998. Stacey is an an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, teaching courses on Aging. She also writes about issues concerning Aging and Caregiving, and is proud to be a regular contributor to the Huffington Post on these topics.