The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics is privileged to be guided by three boards, each comprising important facets of the professional and advocacy communities. They include:

Board of Directors 

The Sarnoff Center's governing body, composed of “leaders in their field” from a variety of backgrounds and professions. The Board of Directors provides oversight for all Center programs and services.

Edward Linn, MD, Chair
Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Rush Medical College

Joel Charrow, MD, Medical Director
Head, Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Susan CohenRN BSN
Senior Regional Manager
Fertility Source Companies 

Aron Greenburg, MBA
Presence Consulting Group, Presence Health

Marty Horn, MA
Marketing Consultant

Dennis Kessler
Midwest Family Business Advisors

Karin G. Klein, PhD 
Consultant, Science Education and Professional Learning

Dena Levy, JD
Reproductive Attorney

Gershon Locker, MD
Senior Director, External Medical Relations
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

Shelly Weiss McQuaid, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Rabbi Aaron Melman, Treasurer
Congregation Beth Shalom

Sivan Schondorf, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist, Midwest Integrative Therapies, LLC
Peer Support Group Leader, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

Steve Singer, PhD
Director of Education and Outreach
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

Andrea Rozran Yablon 
President, Diversified Health Resources, Inc.  

Advisory Board

"Ambassadors” of the Center, dedicated to volunteerism and leveraging their respective networks to help the Center further its mission to educate the community about Jewish genetic disorders and hereditary cancers.

Nancy Block
Center for Egg Options Illinois

Kelly Bontempo, MS
Genetic Counselor

Laurie Borden
Community Representative

Marilyn Allswang Eisenberg, MSW
Women’s Board, JUF

Emily Engel
Community Representative

Beth Fenton, RN
Community Representative

Lynn Fleisher, JD, PhD
Sidley Austin LLP

Alan Genender
Community Representative

Deborah Green
JUF Women's Board

Dan Greenberg, Esq.
Law Offices of Daniel M. Greenberg, Chtd.

Aron Greenburg
Health Strategist

Allen Horowitz, MD, PhD
University of Illinois Medical Center Chicago

Laurence Jacobs, MD
Fertility Centers of Illinois

Peter Hulick, MD
Director, Center for Genetic Medicine, NorthShoreUniversity Health System

David Jacobson
Chicago Jewish Funerals

Jami Josefson, MD
Lurie Children’s Hospital Chicago

Arthur Kessler
Community Representative

Sigal Klipstein, MD
InVia Fertility Specialists

Sarah Leibov
Community Representative

Arielle Levitan, MD

Susan Loeb, JD
Your Benefits Advocate

Sara Segal Loevy, DrPh
The Loevy Consulting Group

Julie Maeir
Young Women’s Board, JUF

Rabbi Pam Mandel
Congregation Am Shalom

Rebekah Noven
Community Representative

Rabbi David Russo
Anshe Emet Synagogue

Jillian Segal
Community Representative

Lee P. Shulman, MD
Professor, Department of OB/GYN
Director, Division of Reproductive Genetics
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Susan Sirota, MD
Pediatric Partners

Ardis Sophian
Lab Supervisor, Advocate Health System

Steven Tovian, PhD
Health Psychologist

Lydia Usha, MD
Director, Rush Inherited Susceptibility to Cancer (RISC) Center
Rush University Medical Center

Yosef Walder, MD
President, IDT Technologies

Michelle Wasserman, PhD

Scott Weissman, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, NorthShoreUniversity Health System

Pat Yuzawa-Rubin
Foundation Officer

Lois Zoller
Community Representative

Laurie Zoloth, PhD
Professor, Medical Ethics and Humanities, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 

Associate Board 

A similar “ambassador” group to the Advisory Board, but comprised specifically of those in their 20s and 30s who have a connection to the Center from either their personal or professional lives. Associate Board members assist in planning new, innovative and exciting programming for the Center to help reach their peers. If you are interested in joining our Associate Board, please contact Sarah Goldberg


We are proud to announce that our Carrier Screening Program is open with our new medical provider Insight Medical Genetics (IMG). Visit our Get Screened page to learn more about our program and how to register!


Do You Know What's In Your Genes?

What is the most valuable gift you can give to your family? The gift of good health! There are many health conditions that run in families. Knowing your family health history can alert you to the potential risk for a variety of genetic disorders . Talk to your relatives for warning signs and assess your risk for hereditary cancers.

Did you know: Ashkenazi Jews are 10 TIMES more likely to have BRCA mutations, which significantly increases lifetime risks for hereditary cancers, so what does this heightened risk mean for you? Click here to learn more .