Objective and Board of Directors

The purpose of Seacrest Foundation is to support Seacrest Village Retirement Communities (SVRC) and Seacrest at Home in their efforts to meet the growing and changing needs of seniors. Seacrest Foundation has many years’ experience in helping to structure planned gifts that fulfill charitable, financial and estate planning goals. We share with you the opportunity to be a part of our planned giving program, the “Legacy of Promise”. Your legacy, which will ensure that funds are available for Seacrest Village residents to have a warm and loving home for generations to come, or for Seacrest at Home clients to receive needed services in their own homes, even when resources are limited and there is no one else to help. There is a great need now, and an even greater need on the horizon, as more and more seniors are aging in our society.

Your personal investment in Seacrest Foundation is a means to express compassion and concern for the future well-being of frail, elderly adults who need housing and healthcare services, but have limited ability to provide for themselves. Outstanding opportunities to save on taxes, enhance income or protect assets are available. For questions or more information, please contact Robin Israel, Chief Foundation Officer at risrael@seacrestfoundation.org or call (760) 632-0081 so that we may assist you in meeting your goals. Seacrest Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; your contribution is tax deductible as allowed by law.

July 2020 – June 2021 Seacrest Foundation Board Members

Robert Haimsohn – President

As a second generation San Diegan, Robert Haimsohn has a long history with the San Diego Jewish Community and San Diego Hebrew Homes. As President of San Diego Hebrew Homes, he was instrumental in leading the way to a successful capital campaign to expand the Encinitas Campus. His work helped to create Seacrest at Home, which is a Home Care Agency now serving clients throughout San Diego County. Robert currently serves as the President of Seacrest Foundation with a goal of significantly growing the Foundation’s assets to ensure a brighter future for Jewish San Diego.

Robert is the President of Robert M. Haimsohn, Inc., and consults for companies outsourcing products from Asia. He is married to Merrill and has two beautiful children and two very special grandchildren whom he adores.


Mary Epsten – Vice President

Mary is a 2nd generation native San Diegan, and has been married for 35 years to her husband, Jon. They have two children, Michael (Rebecca) and Alana (Jared), and three adorable grandchildren. Mary is a Registered Nurse, and works with the Sharp Healthcare system in cardiac rehabilitation. She enjoys tennis and spending time with her family and many friends.

Mary’s passion and commitment to Seacrest Village began in her teen years as a volunteer at the 54th Street Home. Inspired by her interactions with these seniors, she has continued throughout her life to support and promote care for seniors, especially those less fortunate. Mary has an extensive history of involvement in San Diego Jewish and other charitable organizations, notably the Salvation Army, where she was named a Woman of Dedication in 2010. She is a member of Temple Emanu-el, and has been a Board Member. She helped raise almost 8 million dollars for their Capital Campaign in 2004. She has served as President of the Seacrest Village Women’s Auxiliary since 1993, and has been a member since 1989. Additionally, Mary serves on the Seacrest Foundation Board, including the Budget and Finance Committee. Previously, she was a member of the San Diego Hebrew Homes Board of Trustees for many years.

Mary has received many awards and honors for her passionate dedication to her philanthropic causes; she was honored at the Seacrest Village Gala in 2009 for her tireless commitment to the needs of the residents and their quality of life.


Dona Alpert, Ph.D. – Secretary

Dona Alpert is the oldest of the David and Annette Alpert offspring and her involvement is inspired by her parents who taught her to volunteer her time, energy, knowledge, and skills as a way of giving back for all that she has received. Dona is eager to use her years of practice in research and grant-writing to further the accomplishments of the Foundation in supporting residents in need as well as funding acquisitions and/or activities designed to enhance quality living experiences.

Dona’s involvement is also inspired by her desire to support the continuation of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities as vibrant, nurturing, senior living options in the Jewish tradition. This is, in part, selfish—she is aging, too. And, who knows, at some point Seacrest may become her residence.

And perhaps most importantly, Dona’s involvement is inspired by the people of Seacrest Village—residents and staff alike. Together, they embody the true meaning of community.


Devin Chodorow – Treasurer

Devin moved to San Diego in 2002 from the East Coast to join his parents and grandmother in paradise. He currently owns, manages and operates several business entities, developing and commercializing health care and personal care products sold into hospitals, home care and retail store locations globally. Devin has been involved and interested in Seacrest Village from the time his grandmother moved into the home in 2002. He has been actively involved on the board of the Guardians of San Diego, serving as the sitting President for past 3 years. Devin has recently joined the Seacrest Foundation Board following in his late father, Ingram’s, footsteps in securing funds for those in need. He is the Annual Giving Committee Chair, Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and serves on the Investment Committee. Devin resides in San Diego with his wife, Jessica, and their two children.


Earl Altshuler

Earl’s association with the Homes dates back to his childhood. Many of his family members have been residents of the Homes dating back to the 1950’s. He is a native San Diegan who attended Crawford High School where he was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1968. He attended UCLA on a baseball scholarship and graduated with a degree in Political Science. Earl has been in the insurance business for 39 years with his own company, Altshuler Insurance Services, Inc.

Earl served on the Seacrest Village Board of Trustees from 2003-2016. He served on the Executive Committee, the Financial Resource and Development Committee, and the Governance Committee.

Earl has been an active lifetime member of the Guardians since 1996 and previously held the position of President for 11 years. He is currently on the Guardians Board, serving on the golf and tennis event committee.

Earl lives in Point Loma with his wife, Sandra, and enjoys film, theatre, traveling, golf and tennis; however, baseball is his passion. Earl and his two sons, Ryan and Brent, along with Sandra and her two sons, Robbie and Alex, are enjoying life to the fullest.

With lifetime experiences at the original San Diego Hebrew Homes and now Seacrest Village, Earl has the goal through his work on the Seacrest Foundation Board of helping the frail and elderly have a wonderful life.


Cindy Bloch

Cindy and her husband, Larry, have been patrons of Seacrest for over 15 years. They have supported Seacrest’s annual campaign efforts as well as capital drives for building new facilities. With Larry’s mother now residing in the independent living community on the Encinitas campus, the Bloch’s are truly considered part of the Seacrest Family.

Cindy attended Parson’s School of Design in New York City and had a very successful career in sportswear design. After an early position as an assistant designer at Ellen Tracy, she was recruited and worked as Design Director for several well-known brands including Leslie Fay, Evan Picone and J.G. Hook. In 1993, the Bloch’s moved to San Diego, with their twins, Reisa and Matt, and Cindy began her involvement in the community by joining the Women’s Division Board of UJF.

In 1995, Cindy was a Founding Member of Kids Korps USA, a non-profit that engaged children, ages 8 through 18, in community based service. Cindy served as the Inaugural Rancho Santa Fe Board President and helped lead Kids Korps’s growth to 80 chapters over the next decade. Cindy served that organization in many roles during this time and her family received the Kids Korps USA National Service Award in 2005.

Cindy is also a founding member of Circle of Angels (COA), a Women’s Philanthropy Circle, whose purpose over the past twelve years has been to identify grass roots organization focused on the disabled and disadvantaged population within San Diego County. COA assists with funding for capital expenses, scholarships and job training.

She is also working to ensure the future of Jewish aging as a Seacrest Foundation Board member and Chair of the Legacy Committee.


Suzanne Cohen

Born and raised in New Mexico, Suzanne made her way to San Diego after finishing college. She currently serves as a Vice President at Private Asset Management, Inc. In addition to the Seacrest Foundation Board, Suzanne serves on the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center Board and on the Advisory Council for Girls on the Run of San Diego. At home she chases around her lovable son and his dog.

Suzanne was originally introduced to San Diego Hebrew Homes by her uncle, Stephen J. Cohen, a Past President of the Homes. As she learned more about the organization, it won a place in her heart as Alzheimer’s care and the loss of independence have been topics of concern to her since college. At the Homes, she understands how, with assistance, one can continue to live with dignity. Knowing some very happy residents over the years cemented her commitment to support the Seacrest Foundation. As a member of the Seacrest Foundation Board, Suzanne is honored to take that support to the next level and hopes her involvement will make a greater difference in the lives of seniors in our Jewish community.


David Ellman

David is a resident of La Jolla since 1987 and is the Chairman of the Gerber Goldschmidt Group (GGG), a 96-year-old international private investment, finance and trading group. The company has a diversified portfolio of investments. Mr. Ellman received his Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of the Orange Free State, South Africa. He formerly practiced as an attorney and joined GGG in 1978. He currently serves as Chairman of GGG and sits on numerous commercial boards, including The San Diego Private Bank. He is on the International Board of Governors of the Beit Hatfutsoth, Israel. In San Diego he serves on the Boards of the Seacrest Foundation, UJF, AIPAC, FIDF, JCC-Advisory, and Shabbat San Diego. He currently serves as Vice President of the Seacrest Foundation.

David is married to Claire, and they have three married children and 6 grandchildren.


David Gilbert

David Gilbert is the Founder and CEO of National Funding, one of the largest U.S. specialty finance companies serving small- and medium-sized businesses. To date, National Funding and its subsidiaries have provided more than $3.5 billion in working capital and equipment leasing for more than 60,000 SMBs nationwide. National Funding has made the Inc. 5000 list six consecutive years. Gilbert received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California in 1997. Gilbert is an Executive Level member of the USC Marshall Partners, the business school’s premier giving society. In 2017, Gilbert received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Finance category in San Diego. In 2007, he was named the USC Marshall School of Business “Entrepreneur of the Year” and was also recognized as a San Diego “40 Under Forty” honoree.


Jeffrey Lipinsky

Jeffrey is considered a philanthropic leader in San Diego for his longtime efforts on behalf of the community’s less fortunate. He is no stranger to the San Diego Hebrew Homes with his family being amongst the original founders of The Homes, recognizing the need to provide care for Jewish seniors. He and his wife, Sheila, continue their legacy with continuous philanthropic work throughout San Diego. Both native San Diegans and alma maters of San Diego State University, they have given generously to SDSU in support of the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in the form of scholarships and gifts. Jeffrey and Sheila have also been honored as major longtime sponsors of the arts and arts education. Jeffrey served on the Board of Trustees of the San Diego Hebrew homes for many years and now serves on the Board of Seacrest Foundation.


Sheila Lipinsky

Over many years, Sheila has contributed tirelessly toward cultural and philanthropic organizations in San Diego. She is a pioneer in the education of children with special needs, and her innovative models resulted in the start of the Itinerate Program in the Chula Vista and South Bay School Districts. Sheila graduated at UCLA and completed her graduate studies at SDSU. With her husband Jeffrey, they generously sponsor local theatre and Sheila serves on the board of directors of The Old Globe theatre. Sheila has been the chair of numerous events for the San Diego Hebrew Homes, has served on their Board of Trustees for many years and now serves on the Board of Seacrest Foundation.


Anne Nagorner

Anne Nagorner has a long and special history with Seacrest Village. She served on the Seacrest Operating Board, and was one of the first, and remains a current board member of Seacrest at Home. Anne now serves on the Seacrest Foundation Board and is a member of the Legacy Committee.

Anne and her family have been instrumental in the creation and success of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities, Seacrest at Home, and Seacrest Foundation. Having had family members who resided at the Encinitas Campus, Anne knows first-hand the work that is done on a daily basis. Anne believes that we must secure the future for Jewish San Diego and is very passionate about building the Seacrest Foundation so that it can support those who are in need for generations to come. Having been involved with the Jewish Community Foundation, served on the Jewish Federation Women’s Board, Hillel and Temple Beth Israel Boards, Anne is also a Wexner Heritage Alumni.


Wayne Otchis

Wayne graduated from Stanford University in 1965 and after a 3-year stint in the Army, worked at Price Waterhouse before forming his own CPA firm in 1975. He and his wife, Linda, moved from Los Angeles to Del Mar in 2002. They have 2 boys and 4 grandchildren living in Colorado and Texas. Wayne’s mom, Lee, was a proud resident in Seacrest Independent living for 10 years until her passing in January of 2015. Wayne and Linda were inspired to become members of The 211 Club and have been supportive of the charitable care program for many years.


Jane Ottenstein

Jane Ottenstein has been involved with Seacrest Village for many years. She and her late husband, Victor, were instrumental in the expansion of the Seacrest Encinitas Campus having named the Ottenstein Vitality Center. Jane worked as a designer and manufacturer of haute couture clothing and as a custom home developer in Southern California for more than 25 years. Since her retirement in 1999, Jane has devoted herself to her family’s business and philanthropic interests including the development and funding of the Ottenstein Family Biochemical Research Laboratory at Brandeis University, The Ottenstein Family Hall at the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, CA, the Jewish Chapel project at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and the Ottenstein Center for Prostate Cancer Research at Suburban Hospital in Washington, DC. Jane is currently President of the Ottenstein Family Foundation and is actively involved with the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and the San Diego Opera. Jane is a JNF World Chairman Council member. Jane comes to the Seacrest Foundation Board with a passion for creating a bright future for the elderly.


Stan Pappelbaum, M.D.

Stan Pappelbaum is based in La Jolla and works throughout the United States as a strategic healthcare consultant. He advises hospitals, medical groups, government entities, and biomedical research entities.

Dr. Pappelbaum’s expertise as a physician, management consultant and healthcare executive spans almost four decades. As a newly minted pediatric cardiologist, he taught and practiced medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and at San Diego Rady Children’s Hospital, where he was the founding chief of Pediatric Cardiology. He led the creation of a comprehensive Children’s Cardiac Center serving San Diego and Imperial counties, California.

Subsequently, he was awarded a Sloan Fellowship by the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a master’s degree in Management (health option).

Dr. Pappelbaum was then affiliated with Scripps Health, serving sequentially as Chief Transformational Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer.
Stan is involved with Seacrest Village Retirement Communities and serves as past chair of the Board of Trustees. In addition, he serves as chair of Seacrest at Home and is on the board of Directors of the Seacrest Foundation. His attraction to Seacrest Village stems from it being as an outstanding institution that is compatible with his interest in how to best finance, organize and deliver 21st Century senior healthcare services to a population in need of more affordable, high quality, home-based care as well as other levels of care within the housing options available at both campuses.


Debby Cushman-Parrish

Debby earned a B.A. degree in business administration from the University of San Diego. She is co-owner of Selma Investments, director of Cush Enterprises, and secretary/treasurer for the Cushman Foundation. Debby formerly co-owned businesses in the automotive and travel industries. She currently serves on the San Diego History Center Board of Trustees and is a former member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and USD Alumni Association boards. A Girl Scout leader for 13 years, Debby has mentored more than 20 Girl Scouts who achieved their Gold Awards. Debby’s great-grandmother, Selma (Levi), was on the original Women’s Auxiliary board for the San Diego Hebrew Home of the Aged, dating back to 1944. She’s very proud of her family’s history in San Diego since 1860. Genealogy research is one of her favorite hobbies. Debby and her husband, Kent, are parents to Nikolas (new bride Kristen) and their daughter Britny (new husband Tony).


Mitchell Surowitz

Mitch learned the importance of supporting our seniors from his father, a longtime board member and supporter of the Los Angeles Jewish Home. Mitch grew up volunteering at foundation events and feels honored to continue the legacy at the Seacrest Foundation. He is the Area Vice President for Arthur J. Gallagher & Company, a global insurance brokerage and risk management services firm. Mitch received his Bachelor of Science and Master in Business Administration from the University of Southern California where he met his wife, Lindsay.

Mitch currently holds board positions on the Boys and Girls club of Greater San Diego and he is a founding member of the Summit Springs Charter School Foundation. In this capacity he provided scholarships to low income households and children in need.

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