Jordan Herskowitz started Richie's Spirit Foundation in 2008 to honor Richie, his younger brother. Over the last decade, he has seen the foundation's growth from a start-up to a national organization for organ donation awareness. Jordan's non-profit background includes work with AIDS Services of Dallas, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Hillel of Northeast Oklahoma. In addition to his role as Executive Director, Jordan is Creative Director of Jordy Pordy Productions and is the Director of Student Life at Golda Och Academy in West Orange, NJ.
Meghan Wood manages the Foundation's day-to-day operations, which includes program management, donor engagement, and strategic planning. Meghan brings to RSF nearly ten years of development experience and specializes in working with small-sized, medical-related nonprofit organizations. Meghan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Educational Supervision from Loyola University Maryland and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Pace University in New York. Meghan and her wife, Denise, live in Staten Island with their daughter, Lia.
Grant Writer & Marketing Coordinator
Cara Flynn researches and writes grants for RSF, as well as print and e-marketing. In addition to her role at RSF, Cara is the Development Coordinator at a New York City school that serves children who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Cara’s nonprofit background includes over six years of experience with individual giving and special events for various nonprofits that serve children and adolescents. She also serves as a freelance grant writer. Cara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Fordham University.
Social Media Coordinator
Rose Shapiro manages the social media accounts for Richie’s Spirit Foundation. She first joined RSF in the fall of 2017 as an intern, assisting with programming, social media outreach, and event planning. Rose also works in non-profit theatre and as a Boosterthon Team Member where she assists with fundraising in elementary schools across the Chicago area. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from Washington University in St. Louis. Rose is inspired not only by Richie’s story and legacy, but also by the passion and dedication of the Richie’s Spirit Foundation team.
2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lindsay Cobb works at Royce & Associates, an asset management fund, based in New York. She has over ten years of finance experience, including six years for Legg Mason Institutional Services. Cobb holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Loyola College. She knows first-hand the impact donation can have as her close family friend received a bone marrow transplant while battling leukemia. Cobb is an active basketball player and resides in New York City with her wife, Elizabeth.
Phillip Jacobs is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where he received a Bachelor's Degree in business Administration and a Master's Degree in Professional Accounting. He currently works in the Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services Division for Ernst and Young, traveling around the country working on cases. Phillip is a huge sports fan, including football, baseball, and hockey. Phillip is Richie's cousin.
Dr. Scott Pinner is a Physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Kaiser Permanente in San Rafael, CA. Dr. Pinner holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Medical Microbiology from the University of California at Davis. He received a double-lung transplant due to cystic fibrosis in June 2014. Dr. Pinner enjoys BBQ, hiking, and playing soccer. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three-year old daughter.
Molly Richardson is a Coordinator of Alumni Engagement at The University of Missouri in Columbia. A Mizzou alum, she received a Bachelor's Degree in Geography and History. She also holds a Master's Degree in Social Sciences from The University of Chicago. Molly is an avid traveler and enjoys reading, cooking, and yoga. She has been friends with the Herskowitz family since middle school. Molly's focus with the Foundation is on strategic planning and donor engagement.
Stacie Shidler is the Dealer Brand Marketing Specialist at Monitronics, a home security company, in Dallas, Texas. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Texas Christian University. Stacie is also a freelance graphic designer and has worked on national campaigns including Reading Rocks and Jordy Pordy Productions. She has been friends with the Herskowitz family since middle school. Stacie loves painting, musical theater, and spending time with her cat, Zoey. Stacie's focus with the Foundation is on branding, design, and social media.
Maggie Williamson received a double-lung transplant due to cystic fibrosis in November 2014. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations from DePaul University. Maggie comes to RSF with a strong fundraising background, previously serving as the Major Gifts Coordinator for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She enjoys yoga and other physical activities now that she can breathe easier. Maggie currently lives in London, England, with her husband, Tom.
Barbie and Mark Herskowitz are Richie's parents and have been married for over 30 years. In addition to Richie, they have two sons, Neil and Jordan, and a daughter, Bryna. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Mark has worked for Olmsted-Kirk Paper Company for over 20 years. Barbie has a background in Education. Both Barbie and Mark are huge supporters of organ donation and keeping Richie's memory alive.
Past Board Members
We would like to recognize the vitally important contributions of our past board members:
Rabbi Joe Menashe
Dr. Albert Quan