CONTACT: Caren Speizer
Director, Marketing & Development
June 22, 2004

Clifton— Daughters of Miriam Center/The Gallen Institute announced their new slate of officers and new trustees at the recent annual meeting of the Board of Trustees.

The 2004/2005 officers for the Board of Trustees of the Center are: President—Avi Safer; Vice Presidents—Howard Baum, Michael Birnberg, Robert Gutenstein, George Kramer and Stephen Wener; Treasurer—Martin Kenwood; Assistant Treasurer—Jeffrey Silvershein; and Secretary—Harry Mortkowitz. The three new community leaders appointed to the Board of Trustees are Andrew Kanter of Wayne, Bonnie Wener of Franklin Lakes and Michael Wildes of Englewood.

DMC Names New Board Members

Andrew Kanter is the Vice President of the Hertz Passaic/Clifton Driv-UR-Self Systems, Inc., a family owned Hertz Franchise for over 50 years. Recently his son joined the company, making him the third generation of family members to join the business. The Kanter Family has been involved in the Passaic/Clifton area for over 100 years through business and community organizations.

Andrew Kanter received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Passaic Beth Israel Hospital from 1994 to 1997 and currently serves on the Foundation Board of Beth Israel Hospital. Since 1999, he has served as Chairman of the Passaic Beth Israel Hospital Golf Outing.

Residents of Wayne, Andrew and his wife Anne attend Barnett Temple in Franklin Lakes. He has also served as Chairman of the Ritual Committee of Shomrie Torah in Wayne. They have two (2) children, Jared and Veronica.

Bonnie Wener is a native of Montreal Canada where she attended the MacDonald campus of McGill University earning her teaching degree.

Mrs. Wener has been associated with Daughters of Miriam Center for many years. From 1989 to 1991, she and her husband Stephen Wener, a long-time trustee and officer of the Center, co-chaired the Annual Ball. In 2003, she co-chaired DMC’s gala event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center which featured Savion Glover. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes.

A resident of Franklin Lakes, she and her husband are the parents of two children, Beth Shulman and Jimmy Wener.

Michael Wildes, was elected Mayor of Englewood in November of 2003. He is a partner with the immigration law firm of Wildes, Weinberg, Grunblatt, and Wildes. A former Federal Prosecutor with the United States Attorney's Office in Brooklyn (1989-1993), Mr. Wildes has testified on Capitol Hill in connection with anti-terrorism legislation and is internationally renowned for his successful representation of several defectors who have provided difficult to obtain national security information. He is frequently a legal commentator/analyst for network television, most recently in connection with the terrorist threats facing the United States. Mr. Wildes was also appointed by the President of the United States to the District Appeals Board of the Selective Services System for the State of New Jersey. As a certified EMT, he has also been a member of the Hatzoloh Volunteer Ambulance Corps in New York for well over 10 years; sits on the Board of Directors of Boys Town of Jerusalem; and served over 10 years (1982-1992) with the NYPD as an Auxiliary Policy Officer.

A resident of Englewood, Mr. Wildes is married with four children.

Paid for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes, Claudia Colbert, Treasurer