Board of Directors

Jeff Goldenberg, MD

Board President

Talia’s father, Jeff, is well-acquainted with the way medicine is practiced in North America, having been a doctor for almost 30 years. Jeff completed a residency in Family Practice at McGill University in 1990 and worked as a family physician with Oregon Medical Group in Eugene, Oregon (where he variously sat on the board, chaired the IT Committee, the Patient Care Committee and the Operations Committee) from 1991 until Talia’s death in 2014. As a father and a doctor, Jeff’s voice carried no weight when he tried to advocate for Talia and get her medical providers to pay attention to the care she needed (care that would have saved her life).  Jeff is now on a mission (along with Talia’s mother, his wife Naomi) to get medical, administrative, and support staff to listen, hear, believe and act on behalf of their patients so that no other patient experiences the kind of unnecessary death Talia did, and no other parent experiences the kind of devastating loss that he and Naomi have. He misses his daughter Talia beyond measure, certainly beyond what words can describe.

Naomi Kirtner

Naomi started Talia’s Voice with her husband, Dr. Jeff Goldenberg, after their daughter Talia died from medical errors. Naomi is a devoted mother to six-minus-one: two she gave birth to, two who joined the family nearly 20 years ago after their mother committed suicide, and two she adopted from Ethiopia in 2010. Naomi completed a Master’s program in Counseling Psychology at UBC in 1988, and every one of her children has experienced serious and lasting trauma, so she is comfortable with and well-versed in topics related to grief, death, anger, resilience, heartache, and loss. She has also accrued a wealth of experience—sometimes for better and often for worse—in hospitals across North America, most often as an advocate for members of her family. In her role as a patient advocate, Naomi currently sits on multiple committees at the Collaborative for Accountability and Improvement, and is on the Planning Committee for the annual Northwest Patient Safety Conference. She believes that genuine human connection leads to meaningful relationships—and is key to reducing medical harm. Naomi misses Talia terribly, every minute of every day.

Andy Gitelson

Treasurer

Andy has served as the Executive Director of the Oregon Hillel Foundation since August 2012. He began his career in the nonprofit sector serving as the Baltimore Council B’nai B’rith Youth Organization Director and eventually found his way back to his native Hoosier state where he served as the Assistant Director at the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at Indiana University. During his five years with IU Hillel, he oversaw the fundraising campaigns, worked closely with the Governing Board of Directors, and supervised the student executive board and numerous student committees. Andy then joined the development team at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University,
where he served as a Major Gifts Officer. During his tenure at Oregon Hillel, Andy has helped Hillel provide services to both the University of Oregon & Oregon State University campuses. Originally from Indianapolis, he holds a B.S. from Ball State University in Natural Resources Environmental Management and Interpretation.

Sharon A. Rudnick

Secretary

Sharon is an attorney representing businesses and governments at trial and on appeal, regarding business disputes, constitutional and public policy matters, class action claims, product liability claims, and labor and employment matters. Public service is important to Sharon—in addition to her work as Secretary of Talia’s Voice, she is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Oregon Hillel at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University and is immediate past President of that organization. She has also served on the Board of Trustees and as President of Temple Beth Israel and has served on the governing boards of the United Way of Lane County and the Western Rivers Girl Scout Council. Sharon also regularly donates legal services to a variety of non-profit organizations in Oregon. Sharon is married to Arden Olson and has three children, Kelsey (28), and Will (26) and Aaron (24).

Jeff Kirtner

Jeff has personal and professional connections to Talia’s Voice. He is a health care law attorney at Hershner Hunter, LLP in Eugene, Oregon, where he represents physicians, physician groups and health care providers. He has been a patient and so have his loved ones. And he is Talia’s uncle. Jeff graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with a JD in 1995, from the University of Michigan with an MS in computer science in 1992, and from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in 1981.

Kelly Menachemson

Kelly was born and raised in greater Los Angeles, and lived in both New York and Israel before coming to Eugene. Kelly has worked in the non-profit world, primarily in the area of development, her entire career, including at Young Judaea, The American Society for Technion, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and most recently the University of Oregon. Kelly has a BA from UCLA in Judaic Studies with a concentration in Holocaust studies. Kelly has a lengthy record of serving on Boards and Committees, dating back to high school. Most recently, her board activities have included Oregon Hillel, the Genocide Prevention Committee at the UO, the Jewish Federation of Lane County, and Talia’s Voice. Kelly lives in South Eugene with her husband Steve, her son Noah, and their two cats Rashi and Lavan.

 

Stewardship Council

Jeff Goldenberg, MD

Naomi Kirtner

Elizabeth Reis

Rita Radostitz

Deborah Fuerth, MD