Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Foundation of America

Nathan Halegua

Nathan Halegua has been involved with AFA since 2018 and joined the AFA Board of Directors in 2021. Mr. Halegua and his family are passionate champions of the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, particularly supporting research for a cure for Alzheimer’s. Mr. Halegua’s mother, Oro Halegua, lived with Alzheimer’s disease for more than five years.

Along with his personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease, Mr. Halegua brings an extensive business background to his position. He has over 40 years experience in New York City real estate and is a principal owner of Jonis Realty, a real estate acquisition and development firm, and a principal owner of Citi-Urban Management, a real estate management company. He also has extensive experience in the acquisition, management, financing, leasing and supervision of residential and commercial real estate.

Mr. Halegua is a graduate of Queens College, where he sits on the Board of Jewish Studies, and has a master’s degree from Michigan State University.

Lee J. Brodsky

Lee J. Brodsky joined AFA’s Board of Directors in 2021 and is the Chief Executive Officer of BEB Capital, a privately held, multifaceted real estate company. Since its formation in 2013, Lee has led BEB to become an institutional-grade owner and operator of industrial assets along the East Coast. In addition to their industrial portfolio, BEB owns and manages numerous multifamily assets and development sites in New York City and the surrounding region.

Lee oversees the overall direction of BEB and spearheads strategic planning for the business including the execution and management of key partnerships. Under Lee’s leadership, BEB launched their lending division in March of 2020, a significant component to the firm’s growth since inception. He serves on the Investment Committee, which makes continuous contributions to drive BEB’s growing real estate and investment portfolio. In addition to his contributions on the investment side of the business, Lee leads all asset management related functions. Prior to joining BEB, Lee worked as a corporate real estate advisor at Newmark in its Manhattan headquarters.

Lee holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Steve Israel

Former Congressman Steve Israel joined the AFA Board of Directors in 2017, following sixteen years as a Member of Congress, from 2001-2017. During his tenure, he was instrumental in securing passage of funding for the Defense Department to research Alzheimer’s and potential links to brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He also served as House Democrats’ chief political strategist for four years. President Bill Clinton called him “one of the most thoughtful Members of Congress.” Israel also published two critically acclaimed satires of Washington entitled “The Global War on Morris” and “Big Guns.”  

Israel is Director of the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs at Cornell University, and is a regular political commentator on MSNBC. His insights appear regularly in The New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, 6O minutes, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Fox News 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.

Gerald Angowitz, Esq.

Gerald (Jerry) Angowitz, secretary of AFA’s Board of Directors, brings to AFA many years of 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 since 2012. 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 of 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.”

Barry E. Berg, CPA

Barry E. Berg, CPA, has served the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) since its inception in 2002. As a founding AFA board member and treasurer of the AFA Board of Directors, Mr. Berg has played an integral role in supporting AFA’s growth and expansion of its programs and services while ensuring its commitment to fiscal responsibility, accountability and transparency.

Serving families affected by Alzheimer’s disease is extremely personal to Mr. Berg. His mother, Phyllis, lived with Alzheimer’s disease for nine years and his father, Milton, lovingly cared for her. AFA’s Milton and Phyllis Berg Respite Care Grants are named in their honor and are awarded twice a year to AFA member organizations to provide respite care scholarships to families in need.

Mr. Berg is the managing partner of Nussbaum, Berg, Klein & Wolpow, CPAs LLP and has established himself as one of the New York tristate area’s leading advisors to entrepreneurs and their businesses. His experience as a controller and medical administrator provides him with a unique client-sided perspective that enables him to proactively advise clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, distribution, service and technology. Mr. Berg earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration Degree in Accounting from Hofstra University and holds a Certificate in Education Achievement, Business Valuation.

Luisa Echevarria

Luisa Echevarria 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.

Luisa is the former Director of Community Empowerment for Univision Communications Inc. in Chicago. She earned several Emmy awards for her public service campaigns and news productions during her 30 year career. She has been a member of the board of directors of Chicago’s El Valor organization for over 20 years. She volunteers her time with several Latino service organizations in the Chicago area including Association House, Casa Central, Mujeres Latinas en Acción and Arden Shore. She joined the board of Chicago’s Equal Hope organization in 2019 and is an advocate for ending health disparities in communities of color.

Luisa was born in Cuba and moved to the Chicago suburb of La Grange in 1961. Luisa and her husband have lived in Chicago’s Lakeview community for the past 30 years.

Edward D. Miller

Edward D. Miller joined AFA’s Board of Directors in 2016 and currently serves as its Vice Chairman.

Mr. 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 Directors. 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.

Arthur Laitman, Esq.

Arthur S. Laitman, Esq. has been a member of AFA’s Board of Directors since 2018. He 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 named to the Legal Affairs Counsel to the Interactive Advertising Bureau.