Nadine Berkowitz MSW



Nadine Berkowitz is president of Next Generations, a 501c(3) organization founded in 2004 dedicated to keeping the memories and legacies of the survivors and the families of the survivors of the Holocaust.  She is a graduate of the school of social work.





Abraham "Max" Zaretsky, JD

Vice President


Abraham “Max” Zaretsky is a business and real estate attorney living and working in West Palm Beach, FL.  He received his BA from Columbia’s school of General Studies in 2001.  Max is active in various organizations and philanthropies in the area.





Matthew Neisser MBA



Mr. Neisser is the COO and Co-Founder of LendingOne. Mr. Neisser has focused his career in real estate, finance and technology. Mr. Neisser is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Turnaround Management Association and Association for Corporate Growth. He is a Cum Laude graduate of Rutgers University-New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a graduate with honors from Columbia Business School.




Lauren Harmon MBA, CFA


Ms. Harmon is originally from North Carolina. She joined Polen Capital, located in Boca Raton, as a research analyst in July 2016. Prior to Polen, she was a performance & risk analyst at GE Asset Management in Stamford, CT, and an investment analyst at Rocaton Investment Advisors. She received her B.A. in Business and in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2008, and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2016, where she was a graduate of the Value Investing Program. Ms. Harmon is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. She enjoys reading, travel, cooking, exercise, watching and attending sporting events, with a particular interest in the NFL.



Liliane Bwakira MIA, MS


Liliane joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2017. She has spent several years guiding global investors with their investment decisions, including ten years on Wall Street. Liliane holds a Master of Science, Mineral Economics, from Michigan Technological University and a Master of International Affairs, International Finance and Business, from Columbia University. She enjoys traveling and is fluent in several world languages, including French. Liliane is a Club 252 children's ministry leader and has served on the advisory board of the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village to help orphans of the Rwandan genocide.




Maria Virginia Sanchez MIA



Maria V Sanchez obtained a master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Today, she is a Financial Advisor at Merril Lynch in Boca Raton. Having lived in 6 countries, she enjoys learning and exploring other cultures and customs. She is a native Spanish speaker and proficient in German. She is driven by her passion for community services and helping people..





Daisy Merey, MD, PhD



Daisy is a graduate of Barnard College and received her MD/PhD from NYU.  She is the medical director of Dr. Merey’s Bariatric and Rejuvenation center and has practiced medicine for the last 33 years in West Palm Beach.  She is the author of six books. 




Stephen M. Borstelmann, MD


Stephen graduated from Columbia College with a medical degree from New York Medical College, and trained in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the University of Miami. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and the Society of Columbia Graduates.  Dr. Borstelmann has published original research, lectured at national meetings, and appeared on national TV media.  He is currently engaged in research in deep learning and artificial intelligence as it applies to medicine, healthcare operations, and hospital administration on which he blogs about occasionally at and


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