Hinda Institute Board Members

Our board has three functions:

  1. Managing the budget for tax purposes (the fiscal directors meet with the executive director and accountants).
  2. Advising on the direction of programs (Advisory board).
  3. Expanding our reach with sponsors and foundations.

Financial Directors  

Rabbi Scheiman

Executive Director

Mr. Dovid Grinker

Former Project Manager including project development implementation budgeting and business requirements at JUF

Rabbi Naftoly Hershkovich

Rabbi of Free Synagogue in Niles; Rabbinic counseling for new immigrants and the provision of social services for 37 years

Mr. Yakov Weingrow

Paid Management and Legal Consultant

Mr. Yakov Weingrow is an attorney and business consultant, who holds a J.D. and an MBA. He has over 30 years of experience establishing and guiding businesses and non-profit organizations.

Advisory Board Members

Dr. Edna Erez

Prof. of Criminology, Law and Justice at University of Illinois (UIC)

Professor Erez has a law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and MA in Criminology and PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. She received over two million dollars in state and federal grants in the U.S. and overseas to study victims in the criminal justice system, the use of technology in criminal justice, and terrorism related topics. Dr. Erez was a visiting professor or research fellow in universities and research centers in Australia, Germany, Poland, India, and Israel. Her publication record includes over 100 articles, book chapters and research reports. She is past editor of Justice Quarterly and is currently Co- Editor of the International Review of Victimology, Associate Editor of Victims and Violence, and Co-Chief Editor of Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Criminology. Her current research interests include victim participation in justice, violence against women including immigrant women, the use of technology in domestic violence cases, and gender and terrorism.

Dr. Lara Segalite

Psychiatrist and Addiction Specialist

Dr. Lara Segalite, MD is a Addiction Psychiatry Specialist and has over 37 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Vilnius V Kapsukas State University Medical School in 1984.

Mr. Ashley Dworsky

Attorney JD

Ashley D. Dworsky is a top-rated attorney practicing in the Illinois area. Providing legal representation in Illinois for a variety of different issues, Ashley Dworsky was selected to Super Lawyers for 2019 - 2021. He is admitted to practice before the courts in Illinois.

Ms. Vickie Metnick Block


Former Educational Therapist. Director of Promotional Products

Vickie trained staff at a residential center for handicapped adults and children for several years. At the same center she taught pre-adolescents that had severe social and academic challenges. With the birth of her third child Vickie entered the world of sales and entrepreneurship.  She became president of the morning Rotary Club in Northbrook, Il, won the prestigious bronze pyramid award from the PPAI association, was awarded recognition in the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was honored with the “You Make a Difference” Award from YUM.  Vickie was a board member on the Center of Deafness for 10 years and is currently on the board of Hinda.

Mrs. Tammie Mann

Representative of Caslow Foundation

Mr. Greg Pollan

Representative of All Town Bus 

Mr. and Mrs. Sara Kleinman- Blau

Masters Educational Leadership BA Special Education

Representative of Blau and Malmfeldt

Sarah worked 19 years in special education and is experienced in work with incarceration and mental health.

Judge Hyman Riebman

Mr. Riebman is a partner with Grund & Leavitt, P.C.

Before joining the firm, he served for over 17 years as a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, assigned to its Domestic Relations Division during his last six years on the bench.

In September 2018, Mr. Riebman's alma mater, Northern Illinois University's College of Law recognized his years of public service by awarding him its 2018 Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Riebman began his legal career as a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney, and thereafter went into private practice for over 20 years before becoming a judge.

Additionally, in 1999-2000, Mr. Riebman served as President of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association and later served on the Board of Governors of the Illinois Judges' Association.

Professional Associations:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association (former Board Member of Association)
  • Decalogue Society
  • Illinois Judges' Association
Prof. Marc Buslik

Professor Buslik has taught for over 25 years at UIC, Oakton College, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. His courses have included Policing, Criminal Investigation, and Information Technology policy and implementation.

Professor Buslik  returned to school, as a police officer, for a Master of Public Administration degree, and for a Ph. D. from the Criminology, Law, and Justice program at UIC. His research focus is in police accountability and disciplinary systems. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University “School of Police Staff and Command”.

Marc S. Buslik is a retired 39-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), most recently the District Commander of the 19th (“Town Hall”) District on the City’s north side. Just prior to this assignment he was the Department’s liaison to the US Department of Justice (US DOJ) during their civil rights investigation of the CPD. Before that he was the District Commander of the 14th (“Shakespeare”) District on the City’s northwest side. His CPD assignments have included Patrol, Investigative Services, Narcotics, Intelligence, Internal Affairs, Research and Development, and Information Technology units. He was on the Department’s inaugural Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) implementation team. He was a Department Terrorism Liaison Officer, a member of the FBI’s Terrorism Liaison Officers Committee, and was on the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Professor Buslik was the Senior Policing Consultant to the New York University Law School “Policing Project” as they supported the CPD’s “Neighborhood Policing Initiative,” a community-engagement and problem-solving effort. He is a pro bono member of the Chicago Council on Mental Health Equity, providing input to City of Chicago mental health response policies and practices based on his work with people who were in mental health crisis, with substance use disorders, and/or experiencing homelessness in the Uptown community.