Roslyn Turner, Roz to her friends, leads a Jewish life. After participating in a JET Maimonides class, Roz was one of the founding members of JET YP, a similar group for young professionals. And get this, as marketing coordinator for Affy Tapple, LLC, she worked on a line of holiday apples specifically for Chanukah!
Friend and nominator Amy Berger described her as “a fun-loving, warm person who dedicates herself to helping others.” Roz is also incredibly active in many organizations, including the Young Professionals Board of the Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, a cause close to her heart because she lost both of her parents to the disease several years ago. Roz was recently elected co-vice president and sat on the planning committee for the foundation’s 2nd annual Dash for Detection to raise money for early detection and prevention of pancreatic cancer. In this capacity she personally raised almost $3000 and ran her first 5k!
She also supports multiple organizations (both financially and with her time) including the Alzheimer's Association, Bright Pink, ADL, AIPAC, and The Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Pays the bills:
Yes, and usually on time, lol! Working in marketing helps me do that.
On the side:
I am most proud to currently be a co-vice president on the Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation's Young Professionals Board where we raise awareness for the early detection and prevention of Pancreatic Cancer. I am also on the Advisory Board for the Lake Forest College Alpha Phi Chapter. I spend the majority of my spare time supporting the work of many organizations including the Alzheimer's Association, Bright Pink, the American Cancer Society and many other organizations. If I am not already exhausted and sleeping because of everything else I love spending the rest of my time with friends and family!
Describe yourself in 10 words or less:
Someone people can count on.
Honestly, I don't regularly get "Hey, do you people tell you that you look like..." but if I ever do hear that it's usually someone Jewish with curly hair!
How do you Jew in Chicago?
I am very lucky to have amazing friends that work for the wonderful Jewish organizations in Chicago such as JUF, AIPAC, ADL and Israel Bonds. Because of them I am kept up to date on all the current news topics and I am able to attend their wonderful events year round!
I am most passionate about the people in my life and being there for them. After that, is philanthropy - foremost raising awareness and support to fight pancreatic cancer, a cause very close to my heart.
How do you give back?
As already mentioned I like to be involved with many different organizations. I like to give back in any way I can whether it's participating in a walk or run, attending an event, donating my time or making a contribution!
Fill in the blank: If time and money were limitless, I would:
first find the cure to all cancers so the world could be rid of this terrible disease and then I would love to go on amazing travels with all my nearest and dearest!
Chicago's Jewish community in 10 years:
Thriving and awesome! One of the biggest in the country that everyone is envious of! The Chicago Jewish community will be on the forefront of solving any issues facing the Jewish community and will definitely continue to host wonderful events to bring more Chicago Jewish leaders together!
Me in 10 years:
Surrounded by family and friends, enjoying life, being happy!