Please feel free to contact the Planned Giving team with any questions.
Toll Free: 1.800.428.8884
40 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Attn: Planned Giving & Estates
Lori B. Lasson, JD
National Director, Planned Giving & Estates
Lori joined Hadassah in 2006. She hails from Philadelphia, where she attended the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduating magna cum laude in 1980, Lori lived in Israel for a year where she taught English as a volunteer in Beit Shemesh. Following her return home to attend the Temple University School of Law, she relocated to New York were she began her legal career first as a litigator, before specializing in trusts and estates.
Lori lives in Brooklyn together with her husband. They have four children and three grandchildren.
Lisa S. Smith, JD
Director, Trusts and Estates
A Brooklyn native, Lisa joined Hadassah in 2008 after living and working in Israel for several years. Lisa oversees Hadassah's active trusts and estates program and helps members who are interested in making a legacy gift to Hadassah. Lisa previously worked as an attorney in private practice and for the federal government. Lisa graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and from New York University School of Law. Lisa is active in her synagogue and enjoys running marathons. She lives with her husband and three children in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Associate Director, Planned Giving and Estates
Desiree began her career in banking and economic development in Georgetown, Guyana, before emigrating to the United States. She joined Hadassah in 1998 and specializes in estate administration and planned giving. She also oversees the marketing and budgeting for the department.
Desiree graduated from Queens College with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cycling and traveling. She currently lives in Queens, with her husband and children.
Assistant Director, Trusts and Estates
Melody Hobebesion joined Hadassah in 2013 where she handles estates and trusts leaving gifts to Hadassah. She graduated magna cum laude from the Queens College Honors program and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
In 2011, she graduated from St. John's University School of Law, where she received the Pro Bono Service Award and was faculty assistant of the Elder Law Clinic.
She is fluent in Farsi and is a member of the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), and the American Bar Association.
Senior Planned Giving Officer
Jessica works with donors to aid in the establishment of charitable gift annuities and other gifts that meet their needs and make a lasting legacy to Hadassah. She has been with Hadassah since 2005.
Jessica grew up in Stony Point, NY and graduated from Wells College with a Bachelor's degree in Women's Studies. After college, she moved to New York City, and currently lives in Brooklyn. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with her friends and family, and traveling the world to experience new places and cultures.
California residents: Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under this agreement, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. Oklahoma residents: A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
South Dakota residents: Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.