Friendship Circle is guided by a 12-member Board of Directors, comprised of a diverse group of medical professionals, philanthropists, executives, and community leaders, each committed to the mission of the organization.
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Julie has been with NJA since January 2005. She runs the Las Vegas office and oversees all southern member activities, services, and CLE in addition to member services, recruitment, and retention. She is a community liaison, creating and maintaining relationships with our business partners and friends. She is also the Director for a local nonprofit Autism Community Trust.
Sam is responsible for the transformation of downtown Las Vegas. Sam has purposefully built a company that is known not only for its innovation, but also for its honesty, integrity, and dedication to doing truly great work. This philosophy first took shape as SOHO Lofts, the first residential high-rise to redefine the Downtown skyline. Soho Lofts are comprised of a 16 story, 120 Unit solid concrete structure with elegant and modern art deco finishes. Some of his other projects include ShareDowntown with 63 residential units and retail on the ground floor, located in the heart of the Arts District. Newport Lofts, The Lady Silvia, Pop Up Pizza, Beer Garden, Resnicks Grocery and more.
Rabbi Levi was born in Las Vegas and received his education in Yeshivas in Chicago, IL & Detroit, MI. He commenced his Rabbinic studies and received his Rabbinic certification in Morristown, NJ. He went on to mentor students in schools abroad including London, England and Montreal, Canada. He is the Rabbi at the Chabad Center on Las Vegas Blvd. as well as the Director of Programming for Chabad of Greater Las Vegas. His passion and insight for the local special needs’ community helps him guide, lead, and raise the critical and necessary funds for the Friendship Circle.
Nechama grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She went to school in Yeshivas Achei Temimim of Pittsburgh and continued her education in Beis Chana Teacher’s Seminary in Tzfat Israel. She is a dynamic teacher and educator connecting with her pupils from preschool through high school. She has been working with the special needs’ community since a very young age when her youngest sister Bracha was born with downs syndrome. Throughout the years, she has been involved with the Friendship Circle in Pittsburgh, helping at various programs including a head counselor for their winter camp. Her passion lies in reaching out to and advocating for families of children with disabilities. Through Friendship Circle here in Las Vegas she hopes to help create genuine and long-lasting friendships to last a lifetime.
Laurie has a master’s in educational administration and has over 40 years of experience in teaching and education. She was an administrator in Broward County and has helped with professional development of teachers, a facilitator for special education projects as well as special education legal compliance in the Clark County School District.
Henry E. Lichtenberger practices primarily securities, corporate, real estate, and franchising law. Mr. Lichtenberger was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the “Red’s” restaurant chain, special securities counsel for AutoNation, Inc., and previously practiced law at Proskauer Rose LLP and as a staff attorney for the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lichtenberger is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Texas Southern University School of Law, where he was the Business Editor of the Texas Southern Law Review and received a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University in 1982. He is a member of the Nevada, Florida, and Pennsylvania bars.
Philip Patent is the former president and chief operating officer of a pair of synergistic franchise eateries — FC Juice Partners LLC and Las Vegas Coffee Investors LLC. He has been in the restaurant industry for over 40 years, previously serving in leadership roles with Cafe Tostino’s and Lyons Restaurants. Patent’s knowledge and expertise have helped to establish Jamba Juice and the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf franchises throughout Las Vegas and into parts of California.
Michael graduated from the National University School of Business and has over 25 years of experience in the retail and sales industry. He owns and operates high-end retail locations throughout the states of California, Nevada, and Washington. His entrepreneurship continued into property management as well as purchasing of residential and commercial properties. Michael and his family are very charitable and community oriented.
For over 30 years, Rolando Damian Rodriguez has been leading fundraising campaigns and creating new revenue streams for humanitarian causes. He has created, launched and managed various Board of Directors and dozens of innovative programs while generating over $200 million in revenue for worthy causes.
Dr. Lisa Rosenberg, MD is a Geriatric Medicine Specialist in Las Vegas, NV and has over 28 years of diverse experiences in the medical field. She graduated from University of Florida medical school in 1992. She graduated with honors from Medical University Of South Carolina College of Medicine in 1996 specializing in Hospice care. She is a provider part of Southwest Medical in Nevada and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area.
Mark Sherman has owned Sherman CPA for 26 years. After graduating from the California State University at Northridge, Mark spent four years working for the nationwide accounting firm BDO Seidman. He then moved into industry handling corporate banking for Avery Dennison Corporation, managing the accounting of a nursery, and finally working as the Controller/CFO for Steel Engineers Incorporated. To keep up with the growing demand for his expertise, he opened his own accounting firm. He particularly enjoys structuring businesses to minimize what his clients must pay the IRS, and also represents them if they do receive an audit notice.