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Leading By Example

Since 1953, our leaders have been involved and dedicated members of the Greater Dallas community who know how to get things done. We are fortunate to have their leadership and support.

These people have been, and continue to be, our greatest asset.

Our Leadership

Jerry Rasansky

Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Legacy Senior Communities

Melissa Orth

President and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities

The Legacy Senior Communities, a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to serving seniors and their families for 65 years, has announced the election of Jerry Rasansky as chair of the board of trustees. Rasansky has served the organization in various roles, including chairing the board for The Legacy Preston Hollow – Dallas Home for Jewish Aged. Rasansky is stepping into this leadership role at a pivotal time of growth for the organization, as The Legacy Midtown Park (the organization’s rental continuing care retirement community) recently started construction in Dallas. Rasansky also begins his new position as the organization recently completed a series of formal strategic planning sessions to affirm and strengthen the organization’s mission and values, as well as cohesively define goals and strategies for the next five years.

“We are excited about the future of our organization and are thrilled to announce Jerry as chair of our board,” said Melissa Orth, president and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “Jerry has demonstrated integrity and dedication to our organization for a long time and has strong connections to the Jewish community. We are aligned in our vision for the organization, and I personally look forward to partnering with him to ensure we provide compassionate care and excellence in everything we do.”

“As a child, I can remember visiting the Dallas Home for Jewish Aged Golden Acres campus on many occasions. Those experiences helped me understand our responsibility to care for our aging community. I am honored to serve as chairman for an organization that provides an exceptional lifestyle and exemplary care every day,” said Rasansky. “I want to thank Marc Stanley and Carol Aaron, who served before me. I am inspired by their exemplary leadership and will build upon the strong foundation that they have established.”

Stanley is the former chair of the board for The Legacy Senior Communities and will now step into the role as chair of the board for The Legacy Senior Communities Endowment Foundation. Aaron is the chair of the board of directors of The Legacy Midtown Park.

“I have tremendous confidence in Jerry’s ability to lead. He brings a terrific skillset to the board and has shown a real commitment toward the organization and the community overall,” said Stanley. “I’m grateful to have served with an amazing executive staff and committee that was dedicated to our mission, and I look forward to growing our endowment so that we can be in a better position to provide financial assistance as we move the organization towards the future.”

Melissa is currently the President and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities, a Jewish faith based continuum care community in Dallas, Texas. She was previously the COO/CFO of Greenhill School, a co-educational independent school serving 1,300 students, pre-kindergarten through 12th grades, in Addison, Texas, from 2000 – 2017. She earned her B.B.A. from Kansas State University in 1986 and is a certified public accountant. Prior to joining Greenhill, she was the Vice President of Finance for the National Office of the American Heart Association and was a senior manager in the audit and business advisory division of Arthur Andersen, LLP. Melissa currently serves as a board member and Treasurer for the Enrollment Management Association, a national agency serving independent schools, and is also a board member and Treasurer for the St. Philip’s School and Community Center. Additionally, she serves as a board member of Leading Age Texas, a member association providing professional development and advocacy services to not for profit senior service organizations. Melissa also serves as a member of the finance committee for the Texas Women’s Foundation. Previously, Melissa served as a member of the board of directors for the National Business Officers Association from 2009 until 2017, serving as Chair the last two years of her service. She is a past board member and Treasurer for Planned Parenthood of North Texas and past finance committee member of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

  • Jerry Rasansky
  • Sharon Levin
    Vice Chairman
  • Fraser Marcus
    Vice Chairman, Chair – Financial Oversight Committee 
  • Mark S. Zale
  • Josh Skora
  • Dot Hayman
    Chair, The Legacy at Home
  • Paul Michaels
    Chair, The Legacy Willow Bend
  • Marc Stanley
    Chair, Endowment Foundation
  • Carol Aaron
    Chair, The Legacy Midtown Park
  • Sandy Kaufman
    Chair, Audit and Risk Management Committee
  • Amy Korenvaes
    Member at Large


  • Michael Becker
  • Bruce A. Bernbaum
  • Barbi Cohen
  • Harley Cohen
  • Seth Davidow
  • Sandy Donsky
  • David Eisenberg
  • Doug French
  • Linda Garner
  • Marion Glazer
  • Mike Glazer
  • Robert Goldberg
  • Michael Kane
  • Mark Kreditor
    Chair, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
  • Charmaine Lampert
  • Bradley Laye
    Ex Officio
  • Liz Liener
  • Cindy Moskowitz
  • Stephanie Prescott
  • Helen Risch
  • Ruthy Rosenberg
  • A. J. Rosmarin
  • Karla Steinberg
  • Mike Weinberg
  • Mike Friedman
    (Past Chair)
  • Irwin Grossman
    (Past Chairman)
  • Irvin L. Levy
    (Past Chairman)
  • Robert S. Miller
    (Past Chairman)
  • Robert G. Pollock
    (Past Chairman)
  • Gerald Ray
    (Past Chairman)
  • H. S. “Buddy” Rosenthal
    (Past Chairman)
  • Marc Stanley
    (Past Chair)
  • Andrea Statman
    (Past Chair)

Executive Team

  • Melissa Orth, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Alyssa Adam, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Terry Purchal, Chief Financial Officer
  • Andrea Statman, Director of Development
  • Renee Anderson, Director of Human Resources
  • John Falldine, Executive Director, The Legacy Midtown Park
  • Laura Levy, Executive Director, The Legacy Willow Bend
  • Jessica Haecker, Executive Director, The Legacy at Home

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