AMY B. SCHECHNER of Short Hills has been elected chair of the board of trustees of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey (HFNJ).
She succeeds Beth Levithan; the late Lester Z. Lieberman was founding chair.
“I have experienced hard times and good times in my life,” Schechner said, “and strongly believe that if you have the opportunity to work against social injustice and help those who need it, you must do so. You must always turn around and help the person behind you take that next step forward.”
A graduate of Rutgers University’s Douglass College and Widener University’s Delaware Law School, Schechner worked for several years as deputy attorney general in the Human Rights Section of the NJ Attorney General’s Office.
She has done extensive service in local community agencies, including for the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, as cochair of the nursery school board at Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange, and as cochair of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey.
In 2012 she joined the HFNJ board and served as a vice chair and cochair of the Grant Evaluation Committee and, this past year, as first vice chair. “Being chair of HFNJ gives me the opportunity to work with a wonderful, committed, passionate group of trustees and staff to support positive change through strategic grantmaking,” said Schechner.
Sue Wasserman of Livingston and Elizabeth Cohen of Short Hills were elected to the board as first-time trustees. Wasserman worked for 11 years for National Council of Jewish Women/Essex Section, culminating last year as acting executive director, and now has her own fund development consultation practice. Cohen worked as national director of major gifts for the Anti-Defamation League and has served as a trustee for LifeTown in Livingston, Golda Och Academy in West Orange, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest in Florham Park, and Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn.