Keynotes

Rabbi Robert Wexler

February 23, 2015

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Robert D. Wexler has served as president of the American Jewish University. He was ordained as a rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York where he also earned a Master of Arts degree in Hebrew Literature. While enrolled in rabbinical school, Dr. Wexler also earned his M.B.A. degree from Baruch College in New York City with a specialization in accounting. Following his ordination in 1977, he spent a year on the faculty of Princeton University teaching in the Department of Middle East Studies.

In addition to his work at the American Jewish University, Wexler served in a variety of community leadership roles. He chaired the Los Angeles Federation’s Commission on Israelis and the Committee on Jewish Education. He also sits on the executive committees of several Jewish organizations.

Wexler was included by Newsweek in its list of America’s 50 most influential rabbis, ranking #7 in 2007 and #3 in 2008. He has also been included on the Forward’s list of the 50 most significant American Jewish leaders.

Kathleen Griffin

February 24, 2015

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Kathleen Griffin is recognized as one of the nation’s foremost authorities in post-acute care and senior health services continuums. Dr. Griffin pioneered the development of subacute
units, rehabilitation facilities, and longterm acute care hospitals as well as consolidated home care as components of integrated health systems. She is considered to be one of the most prominent of our nation’s thought leaders on post-acute care within health care reform.In a career that spans more than 30 years, Dr. Griffin has assisted more than 400 hospitals, health systems, and health organizations with strategic planning, feasibility studies, and development and operation of post-acute care as well as senior services
care continuums.Areas of expertise include: strategic and business planning for health care organizations particularly related to hospital throughput, post- acute care, and geriatric/senior services care continuums, redesigning health care delivery systems for chronic care management and home- and community-based services for hospitals, long-term care providers, and senior living communities, and joint ventures for long-term acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health.

Previously, she served as National Director, Post Acute and Senior Services for Health Dimensions Group, Minneapolis, MN; President and CEO, Griffin Management, Inc.; Scottsdale, AZ; CEO, American Transitional Hospitals, Houston, TX; and, President and COO, Rebound, Inc., Nashville, TN. She also was CEO and COO for national health
care associations in Washington, DC and began her health care career in hospital administration. She holds a PhD from the University of Oregon, an MA from Stanford University and a BS from University of Wisconsin at Madison.


Matthew E. Lewis

February 24, 2015

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Matthew E. Lewis is President and Chief Executive Officer of Village Shalom, a continuing-care retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas. The Jewish-sponsored organization celebrated its centennial year of operation in 2012.
Matt joined Village Shalom in August 2000 as Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance of the newly opened 220-resident campus, and assumed his current leadership role in June 2005. While at the helm, he has successfully steered the organization through a major capital debt-reduction campaign, conversion to electronic medical records, and refocusing and revitalizing the Village Shalom community following a hate-related crime on the CCRC’s campus in April 2014.
Matt has more than 25 years’ experience in the long-term-care industry. Prior to joining Village Shalom, he founded and served as president of Long Term Care Solutions, Inc., a private consulting agency in St. Joseph, Missouri. He also was president and a partner in the Progressive Health Care Group of St. Joseph, and previously served as vice president of finance for The Groves retirement community in Independence, Missouri, and as chief financial officer of Tiffany Care Centers, Inc., in Mound City, Missouri.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, and is a certified public accountant and licensed nursing home administrator. He has been a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Health Care Financial Management Association, and the Missouri, Kansas and American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (LeadingAge).Matt and his wife, Rada, reside in Overland Park, Kansas, and have nine children.

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