Don Ashkenase, Great Neck, N.Y.
Don Ashkenase, one of the most respected hospital administrators in the country, is Special Advisor to the President at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Don served as Executive Vice President-Corporate as the organization grew from $500 million in revenue to $3 billion. A former U.S. Air Force captain and marathon runner, Don now also serves as chairman of HealthFirst, a $3.5 billion managed care company; as chairman of Hospitals Insurance Co., New York’s most financially viable malpractice carrier; as chairman of the Bronx Regional Health Information Organization; as a board member of the Samuel Field YM & YWHA in Queens, N.Y.; and at 30 years of service, is the second-longest serving member in the 100-year history of Great Neck’s Board of Education. Don holds a master’s degree from Wagner College and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University School of Public Health. His children have been very active in Young Judaea – all went to Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake and TY. Jeffrey was vice president of the national mazkirut, Andrew was national mazkir, and both went on Year Course. His daughter, Debbie, and daughter-in-law, Jana Meyers, were Assistant Directors at Sprout Lake. Don’s wife, Karen, was president of Junior Hadassah, and they are founding members of The Friends of CYJ Sprout Lake.