Board of Directors
Alvin S. Trenk
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Co-Founder, Owner and Director of Sightseeing Tours of America and Liberty Helicopters, Inc., a group of companies providing helicopter charter and air tours. He is also the Co-Founder and Director of Saker Aviation, Inc., which provides Fixed Base services at air and heliports in the US.
Since the 70’s Trenk held high level executive positions at such diverse companies as Holding Capital Fund, Air Pegasus, International Health Company, which was bought by Kenton Corporation a diversified publicly company. At Kenton Corporation, Trenk served as Vice Chairman.
Trenk served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and is a licensed helicopter and airplane pilot. He is a member of the Helicopter Association International and the Eastern Region Helicopter Council and has been awarded Golden Eagle Membership in the Wings Club for his leadership, patriotism and support to the development of aeronautics.
Trenk serves on the Boards of Global Gateway Alliance and No Labels, both not for profit organizations and is the proud recipient of the Ellis Island 2017 Medal of Honor Award.
Trenk attended Syracuse University and Seton Hall University from which he earned his Bachelor’s degree. He was born and raised in New Jersey and resides in Florida for the past 15 years.
Samuel “Sam” Feldman
After graduating from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Sam Feldman became the Chairman, CEO and President of Webster Menswear in Baltimore, MD, which became a public company in 1986. In addition to running Webster, he was an integral part of the Baltimore philanthropic community. Among his many contributions, he helped to purchase an old synagogue in Baltimore city and was a founder of Beth Am Congregation. His philanthropy continues to support many Jewish, educational and cultural endeavors in Baltimore and elsewhere.
His family moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 2000 where he spearheaded many philanthropic efforts and is known as a community activist. He founded The Farm Institute, the Farm Based Education Association, the National Widowers Organization, the Martha’s Vineyard Donors Collaborative and Polly Hill Arboretum. In addition, Sam was an initial funder of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, YMCA, The Martha’s Vineyard Charter School and the new Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
Feldman’s philanthropic roots were established post-World War II, when his father Herman Feldman took an initiative to relieve the plight of Jews; he participated in the purchase of Old Bay Line Steamer named “President Warfield.” The ship was re-outfitted and armed in Baltimore, and renamed “The Exodus”.
Feldman, with his life companion Marilyn Meyerhoff, divide their time between Baltimore, New York, Palm Beach and Martha’s Vineyard. Sam is the proud father of Dene Elizabeth and Leigh Erika and has three wonderful grandchildren.
Ms. Marilyn Meyerhoff brings a wide array of philanthropic and board experience to The Exodus Institute’s Board of Trustees.
Some of the Palm Beach organizations that benefitted from her energy and expertise include The Palm Beach Dramaworks–“as soon as I saw a play there, I knew that I wanted to devote my time and energy to this wonderful company!”—and the Town of Palm Beach United Way.
A longtime Baltimore resident, she was instrumental in establishing Center Stage, a professional, not-for-profit theater company, of which she is a former trustee and a current Honorary Board Member. Marilyn was also on the boards of The Baltimore Ballet Company and the Maryland Eye Bank.
Ms. Meyerhoff is presently on the boards of the American Visionary Art Museum and the Kimmel Cancer Center of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Marilyn also served many years on the board of the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (Kenya and United States).
Ms. Meyerhoff summers on Martha’s Vineyard, and is currently associated with the Vineyard Playhouse and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center.