Board of Directors and Leadership
Founder and Chairman
Bert E. Brodsky
Bert E. Brodsky is founder and board chairman of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA). He is also chairman of Sandata Technologies, a leading provider of workforce and operational management solutions and services that help optimize the delivery of home care services. Brodsky founded AFA in 2002, after caring for his mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease.
“It took years for me to realize the scope of what was happening and how to deal with it,” he said. “There was nowhere to turn with questions, no resources for support and very little regard for how the disease affects not just the individual, but his or her family as well.”
Mr. Brodsky graduated City College of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in finance, economics. He is the third CCNY alumnus to receive that institution’s prestigious Finley Award.
Gerald Angowitz, Esq., Barry E. Berg, CPA, Luisa Echevarria, Edward D. Miller, Steve Israel
Congressman Steve Israel is Chairman of the Long Island University Global Institute and a university Writer-In-Residence. He was a Member of Congress for sixteen years and served as House Democrats chief political strategist for four. President Bill Clinton called him “one of the most thoughtful Members of Congress.” He also published a critically acclaimed satire of Washington entitled “The Global War on Morris”. His second novel, Big Guns, is expected to be published in 2018 by Simon & Schuster.
Israel is a political commentator on CNN. His insights appear regularly in “The New York Times,”“Washington Post”, “Foreign Affairs” and on “6O minutes,”“Jon Oliver,” FoxNews, MSNBC and elsewhere.
Israel graduated from George Washington University with a BA in Political Science. He has two daughters – one works as a farmer, the other in Pharma. His home is in Oyster Bay, Long Island.
Congressman Israel was instrumental in securing passage of funding for the Defense Department to research Alzheimer’s and potential links to bring injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Barry Berg, C.P.A., is treasurer of AFA’s Board of Trustees and managing partner, Nussbaum Yates Berg Klein & Wolpow, L.L.C. He has established himself as one of the New York tristate area’s leading advisors to entrepreneurs and their businesses.
AFA’s Phyllis and Milton Berg Family Respite Care Grants, awarded twice per year, are named for Berg’s parents, both of whom passed away in 2009. Berg’s mother, Phyllis, had Alzheimer’s disease and his father, Milton, lovingly cared for her during her nine-year illness.
Berg earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree from Hofstra University.
Edward D. Miller is chairman of the board of American Express Centurion Bank and a director of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. He is also a trustee of the New York City Police Foundation and Phoenix House, and a member of the AFA Board of Diretors. In addition, Mr. Miller is chairman of the Partnership for New York City’s Security and Risk Management Task Force
Mr. Miller is the former president and chief executive officer of AXA Financial, Inc., and served as a member of the supervisory board and senior advisor to the chief executive of AXA Group from June 2001 to April 2003. He majored in finance at Pace University and completed management programs at Harvard and Columbia Universities. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Pace University, Long Island University and Lehman College. Mr. Miller also served in the United States Marine Corps.
Gerald Angowitz brings to AFA many years’ experience counseling companies on executive matters, general business management and human resources. Currently, he serves as managing director at Lloyd Staffing.
Angowitz has served on AFA’s board for a number of years. He was drawn to the post, in part, because of his personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease.
“I’ve served on a number of boards and am terribly impressed with the quality of commitment o f AFA’s board members and staff,” he said. “It’s not a business; it’s an occupation of passion and love and it radiates throughout the organization.”
Luisa Echevarria is the former director, community empowerment at Univision Communications Inc. in Chicago, where she earned several Emmy awards for her campaigns and news productions. She has been a member of the board of directors of Chicago’s El Valor organization for over 20 years. She joined the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s board of directors in 2012, inspired by her memories of her mother and grandmother, both of whom lived with Alzheimer’s disease. She volunteers her time with several Latino serving organizations in the Chicago area including Association House, Casa Central, Mujeres Latinas en Accion and Arden Shore. She currently serves on the Mather Lifeway Institute’s Positive Aging for Latinos Study.
Luisa was born in Cuba and moved to the Chicago suburb of La Grange in 1961 where she graduated from Nazareth Academy. She attended Triton Community College and Loyola University. She has been a board member of El Valor since 1994, and recently joined the board of Mujeres Latinas en Accion. Luisa also volunteers her time to countless committees such as the Healthcare Alternative Systems Advisory Committee and the Latino Conference on the Media Committee. Luisa and her husband have lived in Chicago’s Lakeview community for the past 26 years.
Associate Board Members
Arthur Laitman, Esq., Judi Marcus
Arthur S. Laitman, Esq. is a partner with the law firm of Rosenberg, Fortuna & Laitman, LLP in Garden City, NY, where he practices commercial, corporate and real estate litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he served in the Hofstra Criminal Justice Clinic.
Mr. Laitman is a member of the North Shore LIJ Health System Commerce and Industry Council, the American Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association and the Board of Directors of the Hofstra University School of Law Alumni Association. He was also recently named to the Legal Affairs Counsel to the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
Judi Marcus is the Studio Manager for Fred Marcus Photography. She previously worked as a social worker for United Cerebral Palsy. Ms. Marcus has also served as a board member of Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn, NY, the Roslyn Public School Coordinating Council of Parents Association, and was a member of the Parent’s Committee at Emory University.
In addition, Ms. Marcus served on the North Shore University Hospital AIDS Awareness Committee, on the board of the Long Island Jewish Hospital’s Partners in Women’s Health, and was a past president of the Roslyn Chapter of the Children’s Medical Fund of Schneider’s Children’s Hospital (now the Cohen Children’s Hospital). She was also one of the founding members of the Sid Jacobson JCC.
Ms. Marcus was also the primary caregiver for both her mother and mother-in-law who had dementia.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.
Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., was appointed president & chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) in 2014. Prior to joining AFA, Fuschillo served as a member of the New York State Senate for nearly 16 years.
Fuschillo has expanded AFA’s national presence, increasing critical assistance to individuals confronting dementia, caregivers and their families. Under his leadership, the organization has grown to be more than 2,600 member organizations strong. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a national not-for-profit foundation provides optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers. AFA fills the gap that exist on a national level to assure quality of care and excellence in service to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and to their caregivers and families. AFA’s national toll-free helpline provides assistance from licensed social workers.
During his tenure in the senate, Fuschillo authored more than 200 state laws and chaired the Senate Consumer Protection and Transportation Committees. He also served on the Senate Health committee. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer of a nonprofit family service agency that served Long Island and New York City.
In his capacity as a member of the New York State Senate, Fuschillo had been a champion against drunk driving in New York State. He sponsored “Leandra’s Law,” which makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child in the car and requires all convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlocks to prevent them from drinking and driving again. He sponsored laws which lowered New York State’s legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level from .10 to .08; enacted tougher penalties for repeat offenders and those who drive with an elevated BAC; and expanded the use of ignition interlock devices to keep convicted DWI offenders from drinking and driving again.
Fuschillo authored New York State’s Telemarketer “Do Not Call” Registry law, which served as the model for the federal government’s “Do Not Call” registry and authored New York State’s Clean Indoor Air Act to make worksites and public places smoke-free.
Fuschillo also sponsored a statewide ban on over-the-counter products containing the dangerous dietary supplement ephedra. Fuschillo has authored child safety laws, and helped secure new educational technology for local school districts. Additionally, he sponsored a statewide ban on dangerous drop-side cribs, which have been linked to numerous child deaths and injuries.
Partnering with breast cancer advocacy organizations, he wrote the law that requires New York State to match donations made to the state’s Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund listed on state income tax return forms. He also fought to end the practice of disqualifying adoptive parents on the basis of being a survivor of cancer or any other serious illness.
He authored a law, signed on November 1, 2011, to prevent insurance companies from denying treatments and therapies for autism. Autism Speaks, a national autism advocacy organization, named Fuschillo a “legislative champion” in 2012 for authoring the law
Fuschillo has recently been recognized for his lifetime of community service and his work at AFA with awards including but not limited to: The Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award – Long Island Cares, Inc.’s; Pendl Badge of Courage Award, Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Grand Lodge Foundation.