ALS Philadelphia - Board Announcement 


The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter is proud to announce new additions to its Board of Directors to put the Chapter in a strong position for 2012 while staying true to our core mission of covering all the bases to fight ALS through Patient Services, Research, and Advocacy.  The board changes include long time board member Jeff Abrams, Esq. accepting the position of Board Chair with the unanimous support of the Board of Directors. 

  Jeff Abrams has served on the Board since 1996 and will take over for Ben Ohrenstein, Esq., who first joined the Board as a trustee in 1981.  Ben Ohrenstein will remain on the board as chair emeritus.

Ben, President Ellyn Phillips, and new Board Chair Jeff Abrams at the 2011 Lehigh Valley Walk to Defeat ALS<sup>®</sup> all share a commitment to our outstanding walk program.

Jeff Abrams joins Chair Emeritus Ben
Ohrenstein and President Ellyn Phillips
at Lehigh Valley Walk to Defeat ALS

  Ben Ohrenstein has been a tireless advocate in the fight against ALS.  Through his vision and leadership, The Greater Philadelphia Chapter has risen to amazing heights from a core group of dedicated families to an organization with over $5 million in assets and a well-earned reputation for excellence.  We are extremely fortunate to have Jeff Abrams succeed Ben as we can continue to advocate on behalf of over 850 patients and families we serve every day and the thousands more who are working tirelessly for a cure.

Ben’s impact in the fight against ALS is immeasurable.  For 30 years, he has dedicated his time, his resources, and his heart to ending Lou Gehrig’s Disease and to helping patients live fuller lives through compassionate care and support.  Ben has been and always will be a shining example of The ALS Association’s core mission.  That is why we want to direct you to the Ben Fund, which you can see at

Our new additions to the Board of Directors follow in Ben’s example of dedication to the fight to defeat ALS.

Ben Ohrenstein
  New Board Chair Jeffrey L. Abrams, Esq. is Managing Partner at Abrams and Ingersoll, LLP, concentrating in matters involving businesses, non-profit organizations, attorney ethics, and estates and trusts.  He has practiced law in the Philadelphia area for over 25 years and has lectured nationally on issues involving ethics and complex legislation. Mr. Abrams is a member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New York, and American Bar Associations and, in addition to his over 20 years of involvement with The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, sits on the Board of Trustees of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia.  Jeff got involved in the fight against ALS through his father Howard, who suffered with Lou Gehrig’s disease and started the Howard I. Abrams In-Home Care Program, which has been supported by Jeff and his wife Margaret through a generous annual gift.    



In addition to the new Chair, The Greater Philadelphia Chapter proudly welcomes four new board members.

  Julie Strong Karnavas is a Relationship Manager-Portfolio Management in the Philadelphia office of The Glenmede Trust Company, N.A.  Prior to joining Glenmede in 1995, she was a vice president with The Northern Trust Company in Chicago, where she was assigned to their Investment Counseling Group, which manages portfolios for Northern’s high net worth clients.  Mrs. Karnavas is a member of the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council and chairs the Investment Committee for the Acorn Club in Philadelphia, where she is also an active board member.  She is also past Vice President of the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation.  
Julie Strong Karnavas
  Robert A. Korn, Esq. has served on our board as an Overseer since 2000 and is now taking on new responsibilities on the Board of Trustees. He is a partner at Kaplin, Stewart, Meloff, Reiter & Stein, P.C.  He has over 30 years of experience as a civil trial lawyer with 20 years of specialization in construction, fidelity and surety, design professional, and complex commercial law.  His cases have ranged in value from $50,000 to over $50 million.  Mr. Korn is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  He has practiced law since 1965. His father was diagnosed with ALS in 1985.  
    Robert A. Korn, Esq.  
  Janet Unger is the President of Unger Consulting Services, which helps nonprofits increase the effectiveness of their governing board and position themselves for the future.  She has taught courses on Board Leadership, Starting a Nonprofit Organization, and Volunteer Development at the University of Pennsylvania from 1996 to 2006.  Janet’s talents have been utilized to great success through participation on the boards of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF – Philadelphia Chapter, Community Accountants, and Woodrock, where she was President for five years.  She has also been a member of the National Advisory Council for Women In Community Service, the Advisory Council of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Philadelphia, Chair of Volunteer Training with the American Red Cross of Southeastern PA and on committees at the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.  
Janet Unger
  Dominick Bartone served as Executive Director of Customer and Trade Operations at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals until Wyeth’s merger with Pfizer.  His tenure at Wyeth began in 1976 and included the roles of Senior Director of Enbrel Global Supply, Associate Director of Customer Operations, and Associate Director of Distribution Operations.  Mr. Bartone is dedicated to the fight against ALS in memory of his brother Michael and the Michael Bartone Memorial Foundation has donated $331,000 to The Greater Philadelphia Chapter.  
Dominick Bartone

We look forward to continued success with our incredible board and look forward to working with the thousands of donors, volunteers and supporters who help us cover all the bases in fighting ALS. To learn more about how you can assist in fighting ALS, visit





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