Moving Forward Together

Our Board of Directors

Our Purpose

Jewish Family Service partners with people of all backgrounds to build stable and dignified lives. Together, we create a stronger and healthier community where everyone can thrive.

OFFICERS

Emily Jennewein – Chair Retired, Marketing Communications
Deborah Bucksbaum – 1st Vice Chair Principal, Bucksbaum Law Group; Of Counsel, Scheidemantle Law Group
Sean Joseph, PhD – 2nd Vice Chair Vice President, Calibr at Scripps Research
Sheldon Derezin – Treasurer CPA, CFP
Jenny Meiselman, PhD – Secretary Retired Child Psychologist and Learning Specialist
Adam Welland – Advisory Officer Legal Director, Illumina, Inc.

DIRECTORS

Jan Adler United States Magistrate Judge (Ret); Mediator, Judicate West
Sarah Bakhiet Retired Headmaster and Attorney
Juli Bear Community Volunteer
Li-Rong Lilly Cheng, PhD Director of the Chinese Cultural Center at San Diego State University
Theresa Dupuis Community Volunteer; HR/Organization Development Specialist (Ret)
Kira Finkenberg Owner & Founder, Kira Company
Susanna Flaster Principal and co-owner Karney Properties
Gary Frost CEO & Founder, Frost & Associates
Brian Jinings President, Venture Commercial and BJ Foods
Michael Lees Partner, Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP
Gabrielle Oratz IT Consultant
Marie G. Raftery President, Smart Management Three, Inc.
Scott Schindler Vice President – Tenant Representation, Jones Lang LaSalle
Brad Slavin Managing Partner DuoCircle, LLC
Joel Smith CFO & General Counsel of Epic Sciences, Inc.
Rabbi Jonathan Stein Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shaaray Tefila of New York City
Karin Toranto Founder & Partner, KT Marketing
Sid Voorakkara Senior Vice President at Strategies 360

Jewish Family Service is honored to be recognized as the 2022 recipient of the University of San Diego Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance. This prestigious award honors engaged board leadership in San Diego’s nonprofit sector, and annually recognizes organizations for the exceptional work of their boards in providing crucial leadership, guidance, and oversight to the nonprofits they serve. We are proud of the partnership between our board and executive leadership to live our Jewish values with diligence, integrity, and dedication to serving our community.

Thank you to the JFS Governance Committee for their efforts to receive this distinguished recognition: Sarah Bakhiet, Deborah Bucksbaum, Theresa Dupuis, Michael Hopkins, Emily Jennewein, Sean Joseph, Mike Lees, Jenny Meiselman, Marie Raftery, Scott Schindler, and Adam Welland.

PAST BOARD PRESIDENTS

Rose Neumann

1919-1946

Carl Esenoff

1947-1948

Morris Douglas

1949-1951

Harry Mallen

1952-1954

Dr. Walter Ornstein

1955-1956

William Colt

1957-1958

Harry Mallen

1959-1960

Dr. Maurice Zemlick

1961

Dr. Edward Buchner

1962-1963

Sylvia De Woskin

1964-1965

Maynard Hurwitz

1966-1967

Donald Solomon

1968

Robert Berton

1969-1970

Ruth Zanville

1971-1972

Joseph Feldman

1973-1974

Seymour Grossman

1975-1976

Herbert Reder

1977

Evelyn Rady

1978

Mortimer Rosenbaum

1979-1980

Natalie Stolper

1981-1982

Jay Zybelman

1983-1984

Sam Ackerman

1985-1986

Jack Stern

1987-1988

Barbara Drosman

1989-1990

Candice Fagan

1991-1992

Charles Zibbell

1993-1994

Marcie Merel

1995-1996

Jill Stone

1997-1998

Robert Lazarus

1999-2000

Lawrence A. Oster

2001-2002

Nadja Kauder

2003-2004

Fern Siegel

2005-2006

Ron S. Zollman

2007-2008

Steven J. Levine

2009-2010

Felicia Mandelbaum

2011-2012

Jennifer Levitt

2013-2014

Meg Goldstein

2015-2016

Marie G. Raftery

2017-2019

Adam Welland

2019-2021