Elana is a retired private-practice therapist, specializing in marriage and family counseling for 28 years. She joined the Peace House Board of Directors in 2019. She has also served as past Chair and a member of the Peace House Spring Luncheon Committee and as a member of the Development and Fundraising Committee.
Elana developed and built the Gatesworth at One McKnight, an award-winning senior retirement community in St. Louis, MO. She has been involved in community service since the age of ten, is a community activist, and has served on many national and international boards of directors, including United Jewish Appeal and Hillel International. She also started and served on the board of the LEAD Foundation (Leadership Education and Development), an organization that provided information for the support of Israel and U.S. funding for Jewish Federations in more than 30 communities in the United States.
Elana was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1958. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has also lived in Chicago. She has a BA from Syracuse University and the Institute of Gerontology at St. Louis University. She earned her MSW and MBA at Washington University in St. Louis. She and her husband Avi moved to Park City as full-time residents in 2015. Elana has two children and four grandchildren and enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and cooking.