Ken Sonnenschein
Co-Founder:  Ken coordinates our educational activities for those groups that come to the Garden.  During the day, Dr. Sonnenschein is board certified both in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Chuck Luchen
​Garden Coordinator:  Chuck coordinates what is planted and when.  During the day, Chuck is the National Vertical Market Manager at Staples, Managing all aspects of the K-12 national vertical channel including all national group purchasing K-12 contracts and regional/local cooperatives. 
Gay Handler
Since retiring from the practice of law, Gay has worked with individual and group volunteers, finding times that fit with busy schedules and activities that are meaningful and educational. Additionally, she coordinates with area food pantries to schedule produce deliveries.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  The immortal words of Margaret Mead have never been more appropriate than as it relates to the Mitzvah Garden.  Our success has been the combination of hard work and many foundations and individuals willingness to help make our dreams and aspirations a reality.

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About Us

Larry Lehman
Co-Founder:  Larry coordinates with the community and is in charge of congregational relations with various congregations and social service organizations.  During the day he is a licensed clinical social worker and owns The Counseling Office, Inc. which provides family, couple and individual counseling.
Long Term Care
David Ruppel
​Water Capture Manager:  David envisioned, designed, implemented and now manages our water capture system.  During the day, David is the Area Business Development Manager for The Vincit Group which is an industrial water treatment company.
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Andrew Kaplan
​Co-Founder:  Andrew coordinates our relationships with the benefactors that provide the necessary funding to make the Mitzvah Garden a success.  During the day, Andrew works for Commerce Bank as the Director of Private Banking within the Commerce Trust Company.