Advisor to the Board
Board of Directors
Karl Erdman, Treasurer
Karl Erdman was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in New Jersey, Texas and Pennsylvania. Most of his career has focused on finance, working in accounting, internal audit, international finance, trade financial relations, and controller roles. He currently works for Pfizer Shared Service Center in Memphis, TN as assistant manager in Accounts Payable. Karl has participated in global initiatives for planning and implementing new Accounts Payable software and an Accounts Payable portal solution.
Karl earned a B.A. from Rutgers University in NJ and MBA from American Graduate School of International Management in Arizona. Additionally Karl spent his junior year abroad at University of Konstanz, Germany, and completed a six-month internship with BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Karl resides in midtown Memphis with his basset hound, Bella.
Alayne Shoenfeld, Secretary
Alayne Shoenfeld was born in Philadelphia and grew up in New Jersey. She has spent most of her career in education and community service. She served as the community relations director of a small museum in New York and three public school districts in New York and New Jersey. Alayne moved to Memphis in November 1996 and served for 12 years as Partnership Development Manager at Volunteer Memphis where she developed and implemented a volunteer tutoring program serving Memphis City elementary schools. She collaborated with Memphis City Schools to expand that effort and institute a program known as “Our Children-Our Future” providing more than 40 schools with tutors in math and reading for grades K to 12. In 2002, Alayne became Manager of the Memphis Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a coalition of organizations offering youth mentoring services, providing training and technical assistance as well as volunteer referral to mentoring program managers. MMP moved from Volunteer Memphis in September 2008 to become part of the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation TEAM UP Mentoring effort.
Alayne was honored by Memphis Woman Magazine as one of the “50 Women Who Make a Difference” in 2007. She is an active leader in Beth Sholom Synagogue and volunteers with Memphis Jewish Family Service. She earned B.A. (Magna cum Laude) and M.S. degrees in education as well as a Professional Diploma in School District Administration from C.W. Post College of Long Island University.
Andrea Bienstock is general counsel at Belz Enterprises where her primary area of practice is commercial real estate, including commercial retail, office, and industrial property leasing and transactional work. Ms. Bienstock received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, the Memphis Bar Association and the Association of Women Attorneys. Ms. Bienstock is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. She is currently the Chair of the Board of IRIS Orchestra, a board member and immediate past chair of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, and a board member of Tennis Memphis, Inc.
Chris' involvement with Manos de Madres began with the Trash Bags Honduras initiative in 2000. Chris viewed the project then, as he does our current work in Rwanda, as a unique opportunity to engage directly in grassroots income generation that is both locally driven and sustainable.
Currently, Chris is the Associate Director of the Global Access to Information Program at former President Jimmy Carter’s NGO, The Carter Center. Prior to this, he directed the Medellin regional field office for the Organization of American States' Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia between 2009-2013, focusing on transitional justice and peace building initiatives with victims of violence as well as demobilized former combatants in Colombia's civil armed conflict. Chris has worked for the World Bank's Latin American and the Caribbean Civil Society Team, and the World Bank Institute's Access to Information, Transparency, and Governance Group. He holds a BA in Latin American Literature from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a Master's Degree from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. Atlanta is his current home, although he's constantly scheming up ways to end up back in New England.
Abby is a public service professional with more than ten years of experience in program design and management, monitoring and evaluation, communications, and resource mobilization. She currently serves as the Program Director for the Medical District Collaborative. Prior, she most recently worked as a Program Manager with Innovate Memphis on neighborhood economic vitality and blight remediation. Before moving to Memphis, she worked in Port-au-Prince with Habitat for Humanity as part of the earthquake response and recovery program providing services to over 25,000 disaster-affected families in Haiti. Previous to that, she worked with Americans for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, HealthRight International, and the Inter-American Development Bank on research, public education, fundraising, and advocacy projects. Abby is currently on the Board of GrowMemphis and Hands of Mothers (Manos de Madres). She holds a MPA from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.S. in Media and Sociology from Boston University.
Lane Moten is a native Tennessean and retired attorney. She practiced at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, Glankler Brown and International Paper in Memphis, TN. Lane also designed and manufactured a line of lingerie and accessories, “memfuss,” which was sold nationally. Lane is active in local and national civic causes as well as in improving the lives and protecting the rights of children in Memphis. Lane graduated from Millsaps University in Jackson, MS and her law degree is from Catholic University in Washington, DC.