Appreciation & Welcome for Our Board

Jewish Family Service is fortunate to have a longstanding tradition of community involvement and passionate volunteerism that supports our client-centered work. The JFS Board of Directors consists of up to 32 key volunteer leaders who steward the agency in accordance with its mission. Board work is focused on governance, strategic planning and fiduciary accountability. Board Members commit to a three year term and may serve up to three consecutive terms. As we begin a new fiscal year, we are grateful to outgoing Board Members for their generous years of service, and we enthusiastically welcome incoming community members to their leadership roles.

With great appreciation, we thank…

  • Stephanie Axelrod for insights on fundraising, communications and governance.
  • Etan Basseri for leadership in refugee services and engaging young professionals.
  • Eric Candell for an always thoughtful approach to strategic planning and financial issues.
  • Gerry Goldman for financial leadership and commitment to the strategic planning process.
  • Julia Schechter for her fundraising leadership.

We are very pleased to welcome…

  • Gail Giacobbe, who is a Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft and has been involved in JFS Outreach & Education planning.
  • Josh Herst, who is, most recently, co-founder and CEO of Walk Score, Inc. He and his wife are active community volunteers.
  • Wendy Kaplan who has served on the boards of the American Jewish Committee and Temple B’nai Torah and has been involved with philanthropic work at Virginia Mason Medical Center.
  • Sarah Litt, who is a lawyer and has served on numerous boards including American Jewish World Service, the Utah Film Center and Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York (as its President).
  • Greg Schechter, who had a two-decade long career at Microsoft and now works at Facebook in Seattle.

Frockt.VBy Deb Frockt
Deb Frockt is Director of Marketing & Communications. She enjoys baking, beaching and learning about golf, both kinds of football, fashion and pop music from her husband and sons.

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