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About Crain Maling Foundation

ABOUT - Our Leadership

The Crain-Maling Foundation was founded in 2007 to support education and spiritual growth, cultural activities and medical research.  Its mission is to provide opportunities for innovation in education, spiritual development, sponsorship of cultural events and advances in medical research.  

Dr. Michael Maling

Chairman and CEO



Dr. Michael S. Maling, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice for over twenty years.  He is also on staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a faculty member at Northwestern University. Dr. Maling is a trustee at Hendrix College and the chairman of the Crain-Maling Center for Jewish Culture. He serves on the board of directors of the Associated Talmud Torahs and American Friends of Bar-Ilan University, and is a member of the curator board of Jewish Educational Media (JEM). Dr. Maling was also a Director of the Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation.  For his exceptional philanthropic efforts, Dr. Maling is the recipient of the Arkansas Federation's prestigious Tikkun Olam Award. 

Mrs. Marissa Iancu (Maling)


Marissa Iancu is Co-President/Director of the Crain-Maling Foundation. Marissa is an attorney and former 2nd grade teacher. She enjoys becoming intimately involved with various philanthropic pursuits, but has a special passion for helping Jewish educational and community causes. 

Mrs. Elise Williams (Maling) 


Elise Williams is Co-President/director of the Crain-Maling Foundation. Elise serves as the Foundation's treasurer and oversees day-day functions of the Foundation's finances and operations. 

Mrs. Beatrice Crain

Former Chairwoman / CEO / Director

In Memoriam 1921 - 2021

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