Lila Lazarus - President

Lila Lazarus is an award-winning journalist who has anchored the news in Michigan, Maryland and Massachusetts. Lila runs a production company, Lila Productions, and currently hosts the award-winning Discover Remarkable series on WXYZ.

Never afraid of a challenge, Lila swam the Straits of Mackinac to raise money and awareness for Mentor Michigan. Each fall, she climbs from one end of the Grand Canyon to the other and back again. In 2007, Lila was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. An avid motorcyclist, Lila was recently named Michigan’s Ambassador of Motorcycle Safety.

Extremely active in community and charitable organizations, Lila serves on multiple boards and is currently President of Kids Kicking Cancer. She’s also very involved with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. She’s been a Big Sister for 20 years.

A graduate of Kalamazoo College, University of Michigan, University of Massachusetts and the University of Bonn in Germany, Lila holds two Masters Degrees. Her professional accomplishments include covering Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in South Africa and receiving multiple Emmy Awards, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Award, two Clarion Awards and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award in back-to-back years.

Little known fact: Lila loves to talk. In fact, she speaks 5 languages! Lila creates adventures each and every day. Whether she’s attempting the Firefighter Fitness Test, flying an F-18 with the Blue Angels or flying a hot air balloon to fulfill the wishes of a young woman battling cancer, she inspires people to live life to the fullest.

Neil Schloss - Treasurer

Neil M. Schloss is vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Mobility, Ford Motor Company, effective August 1, 2017. In this role, he is responsible for the financial operations of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, a subsidiary formed to design, build, grow and invest in mobility services, IT and Global Data Insight & Analytics. He reports to Marcy Klevorn, executive vice president and president, Mobility.

Previously, Schloss was treasurer and elected a corporate officer in March 2007.He had overall responsibility for the company’s treasury operations. In addition to his role as treasurer, he was appointed CFO to Ford Smart Mobility LLC in August 2016. Schloss joined Ford Motor Company in 1982 in the Controller’s Office at Ford Aerospace where he held a variety of finance positions before transferring to Ford in 1990. In 1991, he joined the Treasurer’s Office and held numerous positions in funding, risk management, international financing, banking and trading.In 1998, he was named assistant treasurer, Ford Credit, responsible for debt issuance, capital planning, and affiliate financing. He maintained that position until December 1999 when he was named director, Financial Strategy, Treasurer’s office, Ford Motor Company.In December 2002, he assumed the role of director, Global Risk Management, Treasurer’s office. He served as assistant treasurer, Ford Motor Company, from March 2003 to March 2007. Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Schloss, born in 1959, earned an undergraduate degree in Finance from San Diego State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Doug Filzek - Secretary

Doug is a dedicated father to four wonderful children, Megan, Angel Brendan, Caitlyn, and Landon, and has been blessed to share the past 20 years with soul mate, and wife, Maureen. He is the President and founder of Hydraulic Parts Source, an international supplier of hydraulic components. Doug is a founding board member of the Brendan Filzek Childhood Cancer Assistance Fund, which supports children with cancer and their families. Since their efforts began 7 years ago, we have raised almost $300,000. Brendan was in the very first Kids Kicking Cancer class and received our “Master Teacher" Blackbelt in 2003.

Daniel Bral

Daniel’s dedication and passion for cancer advocacy and being a prominent member of the cancer support community comes from his personal experience with cancer. At only eleven years old, Daniel was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was placed on an intensive chemotherapy protocol until the age of fourteen, when only then he began experiencing normal teenage life. During this time, he attended some of the very first Kids Kicking Cancer classes and first hand knows the benefits and distances that the KKC training goes for anyone needing to manage stressors of any type and at any age.

Daniel holds dual undergraduate degrees from Yeshiva University in Sociology with a Pre-Medical Concentration as well as a degree in Judaic Studies. He earned his Masters of Science education at Georgetown University in Biophysics and Physiology while concentrating in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He is currently a third year dual-degree medical student earning medical doctorate in addition to his Masters of Public Health.

In addition to his dedication with Kids Kicking Cancer, Daniel also serves as the Chairman of the Teen Cancer America Young People’s Advisory Committee and is one of the longest standing survivors with Imerman Angels, helping give one-on-one support to newly diagnosed cancer patients. He is a national ambassador for The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry, serving as both a speaker and organizer for bone marrow drives and fundraising efforts.

Robert Bronstein

Robert Bronstein co-founded The Scion Group with his brother Eric. Over 17 years, he has helped lead the company’s evolution from a two-person consulting firm to North America’s leading privately-held owner, operator and advisor of student housing. Scion has participated in the acquisition or development of over 65,000 beds, totaling more than $5.0 billion of project value. The company has also acted as an advisor to colleges and universities, foundations and private-sector providers in more than 180 campus markets, representing an additional $3.5 billion of project value. Scion is currently the largest privately-held owner/operator of student housing in the United States. The company controls over $4.0 billion of student housing assets, comprising nearly 46,000 beds in 67 communities and supported by a staff of over 1,100. In early 2016, Scion announced one of the largest private equity commitments in the sector’s history – a $1.0 billion+ equity partnership with sovereign wealth funds of Singapore (GIC) and Canada (CPPIB). The initial investment of this partnership, completed in June 2016, was the $1.3 billion acquisition of University House Communities, then a subsidiary of publicly-traded REIT InvenTrust Properties. Subsequent to this initial investment, the partnership completed an additional $1.6 billion of transactions in the first quarter of 2017.

Robert earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. Robert has served on the Board of Kids Kicking Cancer since 2008 and is now involved in starting a Chicago-area chapter. He lives in Highland Park, IL with his wife Rosellene and three children Mia, Nate and Sydney.

Stephen Cheifetz

Stephen M. Cheifetz is a principal with the firm of Corrent & Macri LLP in Windsor, Ontario specializing in corporate-commercial, tax and international law. He has lectured on business law at the University of Windsor. He has been retained by the Government of Ontario to present seminars throughout the U.S. on doing business in Canada, and has also lectured for the U.S. Small Business Administration on the U.S./Canada Free Trade Agreement. Mr. Cheifetz serves on the Board of Directors of a number of U.S. and European companies doing business in Canada. He is active in community organizations in and around Windsor.

Carolyn Fein Levy, MD

Dr. Fein Levy graduated Brandeis University with a BA in psychology in 1990. She received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 1994. Following medical school, Dr. Fein Levy did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. She completed her fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2000. After completing her fellowship, Dr. Fein Levy worked for Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at their affiliate, St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. From 2002 through 2008, she joined the Brooklyn Hospital Center as a part-time pediatric hematologist oncologist.

Currently, Dr. Fein Levy is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Northwell School of Medicine. She is the head of the Pediatric Oncology Rare Tumor and Sarcoma (PORTS) program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, part of the Northwell health system. Dr. Fein Levy cares for infants, children and young adults with cancer and serious blood disorders. Her main clinical focus is the treatment of rare pediatric tumors and sarcomas of the soft tissues and bone. She is an active member of the Children’s Oncology Group, an organization dedicated to clinical research in the field of pediatric cancer. Currently, Dr. Fein Levy is involved in studying the biology of solid tumors and the implementation of new drugs and treatment plans that improve the long-term survival of patients with cancers.

In addition to her clinical practice since 1998, the girls of Camp Simcha have had the privilege of having Dr. Fein Levy as the camp doctor and since 2009 she serves as the associate director of the Camp Simcha Girls Medical Staff. Dr. Carolyn, as she is known in camp, is more than a gifted physician who dispenses smiles and hugs along with band-aids and chemotherapy. As a cancer survivor herself, she brings a unique combination of medical expertise and personal experience and serves as a role model and living illustration of all the possibilities of life after cancer. Dr. Fein Levy is on the medical advisory board for Camp Sunrise, the only day camp for children with cancer in New York.. She is also a sought after inspirational speaker who has shared the insights gleaned from her life as a cancer patient, survivor, wife, mother, and physician to thousands of women throughout the New York area.

Dr. Fein Levy and her husband, David, live in New York with their three children Margalit, Eliana and Yoni.

Brad Feldman

Brad Feldman has been a wealth adviser for Schechter in Birmingham, MI, since 2007. He joined the firm after working as corporate and real estate litigator at Jackier Gould, PC in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Brad's expertise is working with high net worth families in the areas of wealth accumulation and preservation, wealth transfer, charitable giving programs, and estate and tax planning. He also works with closely held companies on business succession planning, as well as executive compensation and group benefit programs. He has been a frequent author and lecturer on a variety of financial topics.

Brad holds a JD from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, and a BA from the University of Michigan. He plays an active role in the community, serving as a board member for Kids Kicking Cancer, and on the Planned Giving Committee of ORT America. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

Brad resides in Franklin, Michigan with his wife, Melissa, and their children, Emily, Allison, Robert, Max and Talia.

Josh Kaplan

Josh Kaplan has always been an entrepreneur (he founded his first company at 15). At the age of 27, he co-founded SLI Automotive, a multi-sector manufacturing distribution company based in Novi, Mich. Having started with one employee in a 2,500-square-foot facility, SLI automotive is now the SLI group and has offices across the country and its headquarters in Novi MI. Josh Kaplan serves as President of SLI group, and President of Sunscreen Mist (an innovative company that changes the way sunscreen is applied).
Josh is a Black Belt in Isshin Ryu Karate and has been training for 25 years.

Josh resides in Commerce Twp. with his dog Bossco.

Bonnie Larson

Bonnie Larson is an active philanthropist and civic leader in the Detroit area and has served the community for more than three decades. Bonnie has a particular passion for supporting and expanding the arts. At the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), she has served in multiple leadership roles since the 1980s, including her role as a docent and member of the Board of Trustees. Bonnie is also a prominent leader at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Cranbrook Art Museum, where she serves on the Board of Governors. Bonnie serves on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Community Foundation of Detroit. She is also a member of the Meridian International Arts and Culture Council at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., as well as a member of the Board of Directors for Kids Kicking Cancer-Detroit and the Detroit Zoological Society. In addition, Bonnie is a founding board member and chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Edith and Eli Broad Museum at Michigan State University.

Recently, Bonnie was awarded the Lifetime Service Award by the Detroit Institute of Arts in recognition of her many years of service and support.

Bonnie graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in social science and history and a teaching certificate in secondary school education. She is the mother of three married children and grandmother of nine grandchildren. Currently, she resides in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and spends her winters in Naples, Florida. Bonnie enjoys extensive national and international travel, bridge, golf, music, art, shooting and sports.

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David Nicholson

David Nicholson is Vice Chairman of PVS Chemicals, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of PVS Chemical’s Sulfur and Distribution Groups. In this role, Mr. Nicholson has responsibility and oversight for operations throughout the United States and PVS’ European operation, as well as business development through acquisitions and divestitures.
Mr. Nicholson is involved in many civic and charitable activities. He is a Governor of Wayne State University in Detroit. He also serves on the boards of the Detroit Historical Society, DMC Legacy, Kids Kicking Cancer and the University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center. In addition, he is the past Chairman of the Board of Forgotten Harvest.
Mr. Nicholson graduated with a BA in Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992 and obtained a MBA from the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business.

He resides in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan with his wife Kristin and two sons.

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Susie Schechter

Susie brings valuable insight and skills to her role as philanthropic advisor. These skills were developed through her diverse professional and personal experiences. Susie guides her clients through a strategic process designed to bring passion and purpose to their philanthropy.

A graduate of Duke University School of Law, Susie honed her advisory, strategic thinking and communication skills as an employment litigator for 12 years. Determined to find a job that brought her more joy, Susie switched gears and focused her attention on combatting the deadly affects of tobacco. As Director of Advocacy with the American Lung Association, Susie played a lead role in developing the strategic plan for a statewide ban on smoking. Her advocacy and effort paid off when Michigan became the 37th state to prohibit smoking in indoor spaces. Susie then became the first Executive Director of the start-up nonprofit, Reading Works, which addresses a serious issue in our Detroit community – adult illiteracy. Susie built the organization’s systems and developed community connections to raise funds and build awareness. Susie then worked with Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, helping its donors connect to philanthropic opportunities within the Federation and its network of agencies.

Susie has been active in her community, serving on a variety of boards. Susie’s greatest joy comes from her loving partnership with her husband, Marc, and raising their three incredible children.

Alan Siegel

Alan has been the most influential voice in Hollywood for Kids Kicking Cancer. He continues to introduce us to the talent that he manages, including Gerard Butler. The stars have supported our kids with empowering messages and their fans have very significantly embraced our organization financially. Despite the time demands of Hollywood, Alan Siegel continues to make our children a priority in his life.

Michael Stafford

Dr. Michael D. Stafford is an archaeologist and anthropologist with an extensive background in North American and Northern European research, fieldwork, and publication. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; his M.A. in anthropology from the University of Wyoming, Laramie; and his B.A. in sociology and archaeology from Alma College, Michigan. A former Fulbright scholar, Stafford’s professional and academic affiliations include the American Anthropological Society, Society of American Archaeology, American Association of Museums and the Det Kongelige Nordiske Oldskriftselskab in Denmark. Dr. Stafford is Director of the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and is a former President and CEO of the Milwaukee Public Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has held adjunct teaching appointments Michigan’s Oakland University and St. Mary’s College, where he developed and taught courses in anthropology, archaeology, and regional history. Dr. Stafford's academic research interests include the origins of agriculture in Northern Europe, Paleoindians, the Great Lakes fur trade, digital surveying, and computers, and the archaeological evidence for the activities of children and structured learning in the prehistoric past. A passionate beekeeper, musician and scuba diver, Stafford and his wife, Theresa, have seven children.

Arthur Weiss

Arthur Weiss, has been a director of the Company and Talmer Bank, since May 2007. Mr. Weiss is a shareholder and Chairmen of the Board of Directors of the of the law firm of Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss, Professional Corporation, where he has practiced since 1976. He represents business owners, professionals, corporate executives and corporations with stock and asset sales, debt restructurings, financings, mergers, and acquisitions and all aspects Of taxation. Mr. Weiss has served on the board of directors of Sun Communities, Inc., a publicly traded REIT that owns and operates manufactured housing communities, since 1996. He also serves on the board of USMM, LLC, a majority owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a publicly traded company. Mr. Weiss also serves as a board on a number Of non-profit private foundations and public charities, and he is an executive officer Of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Inc. Mr. Weiss’s over 36 years of legal experience provides out board not only with legal insight, but also a unique perspective of the markets in which we operate.

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