From left: Irwin Engelman, Chairman, Board of Governors, HUC-JIR; Richard Michael Powell, 2011 Inductee, Board of Governors, HUC-JIR; Joan B. Seidel, 2011 Inductee, Board of Governors, HUC-JIR; Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR
The following distinguished communal and civic leaders were inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at its meeting in Los Angeles on February 7, 2011:
Richard Michael Powell is currently President of Ashjer, LLC, where he devotes his time to assisting non-profit organizations raise money. He is a consultant to private companies and serves on numerous boards and committees, including the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management Advisory Board. Previously, he served for over 30 years as President, COO, CEO, and Chairman of The L. Powell Company. "An esteemed mentor and member of the Advisory Board of our School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, Rick Powell will help strengthen our institution through his expertise in business, fundraising, Jewish communal activism, and philanthropy," stated Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President. "His counsel and vision will be indispensable in realizing our goals of excellence and service to the Reform Movement and the Jewish People."
Joan B. Seidel, President of Morton Seidel & Co, Inc., has been associated with Morton Seidel & Co, Inc. since 1974 in the capacities of variable annuities agent, municipal bond principal, financial and operations principal, and registered principal. She served as a charter member of the national committee of the small firm advisory board of NASD (now FINRA) and was Chairman of the NASD District #2 Committee. As Treasurer of the City of Beverly Hills (1990-2001), she bore investment responsibility for over $220 million. "A distinguished member of the Board of Overseers of our Los Angeles campus since 2004, Joan Seidel will now bring to our international Board of Governors the benefits of her extensive expertise in finance, government, and communal leadership," stated Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President. "We look forward to her guidance and wisdom in advancing our mission in preparing professional leaders for the Reform Movement and the Jewish People.