Board of Directors

Louis Brier Home and Hospital Board of Directors

Ron Rozen, Chair

Recently retired as a partner in Assurance Services KPMG LLG, Ron has served on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, the Jewish Foundation, Hillel and Richmond Country Club. He has extensive experience in accounting, finance, general management, budgeting, human resource development, strategic planning, general management and marketing. Ron has assisted in fundraising for many Jewish organizations, as well as with the United Way and the BC Cancer Foundation.

Livia Mahler, 1st Vice-Chair

Livia Mahler is the CEO of Computational Geosciences Inc., a Vancouver-based technology company, and a current board member of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (NYSE/TSX :IVN) and Bennett Environmental (TSX : BEV). Her background includes several years of medical research at the University of British Columbia, and she’s been a venture capitalist since 1994. Livia holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MBA from the University of British Columbia. She’s also a member of the Allocations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver.

Ted Zacks, 2nd Vice-Chair

A Vancouverite from birth, Ted studied at The University of BC, Queen’s University and The London School of Economics. Since completing 20 years of law practice, Ted has been looking after his family’s real estate firm. He has long been active in the Jewish community, including fundraising for the Combined Jewish Appeal for 50 years. Ted was a founder and President of both Camp Hatikvah Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and served as Chair of the Jewish Community Foundation. Nationally, in the past Ted has served as a board member of the Council of Jewish Federations of Canada, United Israel Appeal of Canada, Canadian Jewish Congress and the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Affairs. He joined the Louis Brier Board of Directors in 2017.

Sydney Joel Goldberg, 3rd Vice-Chair

Fourteen years ago encouraged by his family, Sydney moved to Vancouver and less than a week later was invited to join the Friday night Shabbat Services. He also found himself a member of The Vancouver Jewish Men’s Choir. One of his most satisfying experiences has been bringing the warmth and Tradition of Shabbat to the Residents. Becoming The Louis Brier’s Ritual Committee Chair is a very special if challenging honour. Sydney’s background included a twenty plus career in Radio Broadcasting in the Midwest including Manitoba, Iowa and primarily Minnesota. During his twenty plus career, he was a Certified Radio Marketing Consultant, on air personality, sports play by play voice and Station Manager. He has been active in the Jewish Community from a very young age with leadership roles in USY, AZA, Hillel. B’nai Emet Synagogue Minneapolis, JCC Minneapolis 27 to 42 Singles.

Arnold Abramson, Immediate Past Chair

Born and raised in Vancouver, Arny Abramson has a BA in Commerce and a JD Law from UBC. His extensive legal career spanned the gamut of experiences from law firms large and small, including serving as in-house counsel at MacMillan Bloedel and BC Hydro and as Administrative Chairman of the BC Ministry of Labour boards of review. Arny has served the Jewish community as a board member for the Vancouver B’nai Brith Hillel Foundation, the Jewish Federation, the Hillel Endowment Foundation and as a charter member and president of the Macabee Lodge of B’nai Brith. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Louis Brier Home and Hospital and a director of the Weinberg Residence.

Michael Glaser, Treasurer

Trained in South Africa as a Chartered Accountant, Michael moved to Vancouver with his family from Cape Town in 1998. He’s currently a partner in KPMG’s Vancouver Transfer Pricing Group and has a also worked in international trade and corporate tax. Michael’s expertise means that he is frequently asked to speak to professional organizations such as the Tax Executives Institute and the International Financial Centre of BC. A lover of the outdoors, Michael enjoys hiking and cycling with his family and has a warm spot for Jack Russell terriers.

Mark Rozenberg, Secretary

Mark has maintained a general practice of law in North Burnaby for the past 25 years, primarily working in the areas of Wills and Estates and Family Law. Mark is the proud father of 3 young adult children. In his spare time, he is active as a long distance runner, cyclist and enjoys a game of tennis. Mark is also a member of the board of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Vancouver.

Sandra Bressler

Occupational therapist Sandra Bressler is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia and an instructor in the online Masters of Rehabilitation Sciences program. She’s also a senior consultant with Corpus Sanchez International Consultancy Inc. She earned her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from McGill University and a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. Sandra presently serves as Chair of the Louis Brier Jewish Residence Society.

Sheryl Kramer

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Sheryl relocated to Canada in 1993 and obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto before pursuing a Masters in Counseling Psychology from UBC. For the past decade she has worked as a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) with expertise in grief and loss. Her work is guided by the fundamental principle that all human beings deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and by the belief that quality of life is paramount, especially in the twilight years. Sheryl is married, a proud mother of three children and is active in the Vancouver Jewish community.

Dina Schweber


Joel Kallner


Gail Butt

Gail Butt is a retired nurse (2015) with a Master of Health Sciences and a Doctorate degree from McMaster University, Hamilton ON. She had a lengthy and varied career working in education, research, clinical practice and administration. She has extensive expertise in geriatric practice and served as the Director of Resident Care at the Louis Brier 1998-2001. The last 14 years of her career were as Associate Director of Hepatitis Services at the BC Centre of Disease Control where she was responsible for developing provincial education, research and clinical programs to combat viral hepatitis. Her research, publications and education programs led to national and international collaborative work with other experts in the field.

Harry Segal


Irving Laskin



Life Governors of the Louis Brier Home and Hospital

  • Rita Akselrod
  • Louis Eisman
  • David Herman
  • Chaim Kornfeld
  • Stanford Korsch
  • Michael Moscovich
  • Gary Segal
  • Joseph Segal
  • Lee Simpson