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Jewish Family Service of San Diego Announces the July 2025 retirement of CEO Michael Hopkins, names COO Dana Toppel as CEO Designate

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Michael Hopkins, MSW

Chief Executive Officer

Since starting as CEO of Jewish Family Service in January 2012, Michael has led JFS through multiple collaborative strategic planning processes, an $11M capital campaign resulting in the client-centric Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus, and a $50M endowment campaign. Under Michael’s leadership, JFS has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating for the 16th year in a row, an achievement that less than 1% of nonprofits nationwide can claim.

Michael has been a Jewish Communal professional for over 40 years, strengthening communities across the country. Prior to JFS, Michael served as Executive Director of Nehirim, a national Jewish LGBTQ organization, and CEO of Jewish Community Center MetroWest, one of the largest JCCs in the country located just outside of New York City. Michael has also worked in the Jewish communities of Pittsburgh, PA, Columbus, OH, Tucson, AZ, and Richmond, VA.

Throughout his career, Michael has focused on the needs of vulnerable community members who are often left out or left behind—often our youth, older adults, and most recently, asylum seekers and refugees.

Michael has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Yeshiva University. He is a Board Member of the Network of Jewish Human Service Associations and of the San Diego County Continuum of Care, which addresses homelessness in San Diego. Michael is an avid artist and dedicated yogi.

Dana Toppel, LCSW, MBA

CEO Designate/Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Dana Toppel provides overall leadership for the impact-driven, multi-service organization with the bold vision of building a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego. Dana joined JFS in 2009 as director of older adult services, served as the divisional director of clinical services in addition to the chief program officer prior to assuming the role of chief operating officer in 2015.

With almost two decades of experience working with a variety of populations in both direct service and management capacities, Dana has a proven track record of program development, revenue generation, change management and leading strategic, innovative, high-impact organizations. Prior to joining the JFS team, Dana worked as a director, consultant, and therapist for the San Diego LGBT Community Center, University of California at San Diego, and San Diego Youth & Community Services.

Dana is dedicated to advancing equity and participates in local, regional, and national conversations to advance efforts related to inclusive leadership, professional training, and ensuring access to opportunity for all. Currently she also serves as Chair of San Diego for Every Child, as a Commissioner on the California Commission of Aging and is the Founder of Make Work Work For Moms.

In 2016, Dana was recognized as one of San Diego’s “100 Most Influential Leaders”, as an “SD Metro Mover and Shaker”, and by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber as a “79th Assembly District Woman of the Year”. In March of 2019, she was recognized by Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins as a Women’s History Month Honoree.

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Toppel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of California.

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Bernadette Griggs

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Bernadette oversees the fiscal integrity of JFS and Charitable Adult Rides & Services (CARS). With more than 30 years of experience in finance, primarily in the education sector, Bernadette brings the expertise and a passion for serving the community. She has worked for Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community College District, Southwest Community College District, and the LA County Office of Education. Formerly she was with the Pasadena Unified School District, where she was the Chief Business Officer and was integral in developing the strategic direction and managing the finances of the school district.

In 2023, Bernadette was named CFO of The Year in the nonprofit sector by the San Diego Business Journal.

Originally from Belize, Bernadette is an SDSU alum and holds a master’s degree in business administration, certification from the California Association of School Business Officials for Chief Business Officers, serves as an adviser to the board of Optimist Club International, Belize Branch, serves on the board of a charter school, and is chair of the CFO cohort for the Network of Jewish Human Services Agencies (NJHSA).

Tanya Hackel

Chief Advancement Officer

As Chief Advancement Officer, Tanya oversees the Development, Marketing, and Volunteer Engagement Teams at JFS. She works closely with all departments to enhance our relationships with supporters, stakeholders, and our community. Tanya joined JFS from Lifeline Community Services where she served as the Chief Development Officer, overseeing the private fundraising, volunteer program, and internal and external marketing and communications efforts for the 50-year-old, $16MM human service organization.

Tanya is a non-profit professional with decades of experience in fundraising, communications, and marketing. Prior to her tenure at Lifeline, Tanya served as the Chief Development and Communications Officer at JCCA, a $110M child welfare agency in New York City. Prior to that, Tanya was the Director of Development at the Hebrew Free Loan Society in New York. Tanya began her development career at UJA-Federation of New York. Before her work in the non-profit sector, Tanya worked in account management at various advertising agencies in New York City.

Tanya earned her Master in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and her Bachelor’s degree from Williams College.

Tanya sits on the board of the Hebrew Free Loan San Diego and North County Philanthropy Council.

Staff Directory

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Lisa Bruner Senior Director, Controller (858) 637-3209
Kate Clark, Esq. Senior Director, Immigration Services (858) 637-3359
Cally Clein Director, Center for Jewish Care, Holocaust Survivor Programs (858) 637‑3018
Ben Coyle Senior Director, Institutional Giving (858) 637-3370
Christine Edwards
Senior Director, Community Impacts (858) 637-3019
Ross Fackrell Director, Refugee Resettlement  
Rabbi Susan Freeman Director, Center for Jewish Care, Community Engagement (858) 637‑3018
Ashley Frez Director, SDRRN Supportive Services  
Marilyn Greenblatt Director, Transportation (858) 637-7333
Heather Hocking Director, Community Services (858) 637-3320
Erin Hogeboom ‪Director, San Diego for Every Child  
Sol Kempinski Director, Philanthropy (858) 637-3207
Lacey Lee Director, Planned Giving (858) 637-3217
Kim Lesnau Director, Learning & Development (858) 637-3391
Josh Lipsky Senior Director, Philanthropy (858) 637-3034
Nichole McCune Director, Safe Parking  
Colleen McEniry Senior Director, Advancement  
Jesse Mendez Director, Safe Parking  
Alyssa Miceli Director, Human Resources (858) 637-3336
Gina Mittal Senior Director, Family & Community Services (858) 637-3371
Dave Myers Director, Safety and Security (858) 256-4877
Jamie Nadel Director, Center for Jewish Care, Jewish Integrated Community Services (858) 637‑3018
Mike Phillips, Esq. Senior Director, Patient Advocacy and Housing Services (858) 637-7302
Khea Pollard Director, Economic Mobility and Opportunity  
Anita Reichert Vice President, People and Culture (858) 637-3005
Sunni Robertson Director, Volunteer Engagement (858) 637-3352
Becky Ruiz Director, Supportive Housing (760) 656-2220
Shreya Shah Sasaki, M.P.H. Vice President, Family & Community Services (858) 336-8964
Kristine Stensberg Senior Director, Nutrition and Aging Care Services (858) 637-7365
Michael Stern Senior Director, Marketing (858) 637-3048
Tom Stewart Director of Division Operations, Nutrition Services (858) 637-3357
Sherrie-Lyn Thompson Vice President, Operations & Organizational Capacity  
Carole Yellen Senior Director, Center for Jewish Care (858) 637-3395