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Board of Directors

Wende Levitas, President

Wendy has been succeeding in the real estate industry for more than 30 years.  Currently, she serves as the Executive Vice President of Leasing and Property Management at Attman Properties where she oversees leasing and the day-to-day operations for commercial, industrial and residential properties throughout Maryland. She serves as the Vice President of A&G Management Company which manages residential apartments and townhomes throughout Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Howard County. Wende is also very active in the Baltimore Community, including The Jemicy School Parents Association; The Associated:  Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and she is a lifetime member of Hadassah. Wende is a Founder of the Erin Levitas Foundation. After the passing of her daughter in 2016, it was Erin’s personal experience with rape years prior that inspired her family to ensure others wouldn’t endure the same pain and horrors.  

 

Michael Levitas, Vice President

Michael is the owner of and racer for TPCRacing. He founded DSC Sport and spends his days living out his passion for sports cars and motorsport. Levitas and his team of engineers, technicians, and professional drivers have helped set the bar for suspension engineering across various professional race series over the past decade. Since 2001, Michael has won 12 races in the Rolex Series, finished 2nd eight times, finished 3rd 10 times and racked up an additional 25 top-ten finishes. Michael’s creativity, business experience, and passion for reducing sexual violence make him a valuable member of the Erin Levitas Foundation Board.

 

Leonard Attman, Treasurer

Leonard  serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Attman Properties Company. Mr. Attman is a builder and developer of apartment communities and commercial real estate throughout the great state of Maryland. He has been a visionary in the Real Estate industry for over 60 years with expertise in building, developing, marketing, sales, and leasing. He is actively involved with several local charities and community partnership committees, including the Maryland Stadium Authority, and the Reginald Lewis Museum Board. Mr. Attman is a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, the Board of Directors for Sinai Hospital, and the Advisory Board for the Neurosurgery Department at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Attman’s years of board experience and vision make him invaluable to this board.

 

Harris Levitas, Secretary

Harris spends his days managing racing operations for the professional racing program at TPCRacing. He also enjoys racing and coaching. As a member of the Porshe Club of America, the Sports Car Club of America, and IMSA he travels the world racing, managing, and handling dealer development. His passion for his family, community, and business makes him a talented and valued member of our Board. 

 

Marissa Neuman Jachman, Executive Director

Marissa is an experienced development professional with more than 10 years of experience. Prior to the Erin Levitas Foundation, she was the Director of Development for Hillel at Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. Prior to that role, Marissa was a Senior Associate, Principal, and Major Gifts for the American Red Cross, and before that, managed annual giving for the Jewish Social Service Agency. Marissa’s skills, including the coordination and cultivation of annual giving campaigns, programs, and fundraising events, combined with her passion for the Erin Levitas Foundation’s mission, have allowed her to find ways to grow the organization and expand its reach.

Dr. Jay Perman, MD

Dr. Perman is the fifth chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM). Prior to this appointment, Dr. Perman, a pediatric gastroenterologist, served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) for nearly a decade.   Dr. Perman received his Doctor of Medicine degree with Distinction in 1972 from Northwestern University. After his residency in pediatrics at Northwestern University Children’s Memorial Hospital, he completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Harvard Medical School and at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston in 1977. 

Dr. Perman’s career includes service on many national and regional boards and committees, including chair of the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board, as well as the boards of the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans, the Children’s Cancer Foundation, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is the immediate past chair of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.  Dr. Perman is a past president of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, a former section chair of the American Gastroenterological Association, and a former executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

 

Dean Donald B. Tobin

Dean Tobin has been dean and professor of law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law since 2014. A Maryland native, Tobin began his career on Capitol Hill as a professional staff member for U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes (D.-MD), the Senate Committee on the Budget, and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. Later, he served as a law clerk for The Honorable Francis Murnaghan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and as an appellate attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Justice Department. Prior to his deanship at Maryland Carey Law, Tobin was professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean for faculty at Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

At Maryland Carey Law, Dean Tobin is committed to fostering a supportive community that provides personalized learning experiences empowering students to realize countless possible career pathways. Passionate about mentorship, he strives to connect directly with students, teaching the popular Lawyers as Leaders class and putting his tax knowledge and Maryland Bar membership to use by working with students in the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. 

 

Merton Cohen, CPA

Merton has more than 40 years’ experience in public accounting. He is president of BBC Processing Services Inc and an officer at Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn, a regional CPA firm. During his career, Mr. Cohen has developed extensive expertise in the general accounting and taxation areas of public accounting, and has particular experience in privately-held, closely-held, and family-held businesses; commercial and residential property management, construction and land development; and estate, trust and gift planning. Mr. Cohen’s experience and attested personal dedication and commitment to those he works with makes him a true asset to the Erin Levitas Foundation Board.

 

Randy S. Stevens

Randy currently serves as the Head of School of St. Timothy’s School in Baltimore and has served in various administrative posts at Cornell University and Dean of Student Life at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Massachusetts. Stevens’ ingenuity and experience in the school systems make him an important member of the board.

 

Jessica Schwartz

Jessica is the Director of Sales, NJ 101.5/WPST at Townsquare Media. After her leadership at iPlay America as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, she went back to radio where her career began. Attending the University of Maryland College Park and being a Maryland native Jessica cares deeply for the Maryland community and has great insight into the needs of the area. As a Committee Member of the Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey chapter, she is always using innovation and experience to better her community. 

 

Ellen Yerman

Ellen has over 30 years of professional experience in leadership roles in government, corporate America, the nonprofit education community, and consulting. A founding partner of Road to Success (RTS): Career Development Program LLC, she promoted career education and career planning for middle and high school-aged students and adults. RTS Programs included Bullying and Civility prevention in school and the workplace. Her background in Social Work, experience as Director of Baltimore County Government Office of Family Resources and volunteer history with youth (including infant and toddler programs), Business organizations, serving on task forces makes her role on the board a perfect fit as the foundation aims to reach more families to over resources to prevent sexual violence. A writer for Baltimore Business Journal and Executive Director of Career Services & Cooperative Education her skills will support the foundation’s focus on education and support the foundation’s staff growth with great skill in career development. As a passionate mother and community member Yerman advocates for the foundation’s mission through community experiences and grant support. She currently resides in Florida with her husband.