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
Li-Rong Lilly Cheng, PhD Director of the Chinese Cultural Center at San Diego State University
Congresswoman Susan Davis (Ret.) Retired Congresswoman, Community Volunteer
Theresa Dupuis Community Volunteer; HR/Organization Development Specialist (Ret)
Rockette Ewell Vice President, Community Affairs Manager, U.S. Bank
Kira Finkenberg Owner & Founder, Kira Company
Susanna Flaster Principal and co-owner Karney Properties
Gary Frost CEO & Founder, Frost & Associates
Ryan Goldenhar Partner Advisor (CFA, CFP), AdvicePeriod
Rabbi Jason Nevarez Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel
Marie G. Raftery President, Smart Management Three, Inc.
Brad Slavin Managing Partner DuoCircle, LLC
Joel Smith CFO & General Counsel of Epic Sciences, Inc.
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

1978-1979

Mortimer Rosenbaum

1979-1981

Natalie Stolper

1981-1983

Jay Zybelman

1983-1985

Sam Ackerman

1985-1987

Jack Stern

1987-1989

Barbara Drosman

1989-1991

Candice Fagan

1991-1993

Charles Zibbell

1993-1995

Marcie Merel

1995-1997

Jill Stone

1997-1999

Robert Lazarus

1999-2001

Lawrence A. Oster

2001-2003

Nadja Kauder

2003-2005

Fern Siegel

2005-2007

Ron S. Zollman

2007-2009

Steven J. Levine

2009-2011

Felicia Mandelbaum

2011-2013

Jennifer Levitt

2013-2015

Meg Goldstein

2015-2017

Marie G. Raftery

2017-2019

Adam Welland

2019-2021

Emily Jennewein

2021-2023