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NCCJ 2013 Humanitarian Award Honoree: Mary Rita Weissman

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Published on Nov 1, 2013

Mary Rita Weissman
Mary Rita Weissman has shown untiring devotion to the Jewish concept of "tikkun olam" - healing the world. Mary Rita brings to every organization she touches her belief that together we can build a better world. She is inclusive, unbiased and fair in her approach to work. She has been an active board member of United Rehabilitation Services, serving as chair of the Personnel & Policy Committee of that board for many years. She has also served as a trustee of the Miami Valley School, as chair of the The Disability Foundation, as a volunteer consultant with the Yellow Springs School board, as a volunteer with St. Charles School, on the Board of Hillel Academy and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton. She is currently president of Beth Abraham Synagogue and serves on the national board of the Jewish Community Center Association.

Mary Rita's volunteer work shows her commitment to diversity, with her efforts spanning religious, cultural, education and social service organizations. As one of the staff people she worked with said about her "she believes deeply in promoting the inclusion of (all) people...in our community."

In her professional capacity as an officer of The Weissman Group, a management consulting firm, she has assisted organizations in enhancing employee relations, conducting labor negotiations and designing human resource systems for employers throughout North America. Prior to joining her husband in The Weissman Group she was vice president for Human Resources for divisions of the Mead Corporation.

Mary Rita has been recognized for her service to the community with several honors, including the YWCA's Women of Influence Award, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton's Past President's Award and the Robert Shapiro Volunteer Award, Beth Abraham's Women of Valor Award, and United Rehabilitation Services Distinguished Services Award.

Mary Rita and her husband Norman have raised five accomplished children of whom they are very proud.

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