President & CEO
Paula Goldstein serves as the Board Chair for the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies.
Paula has served as the President and CEO of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia since September 2011, has worked within the Jewish community for more than 30 years. Prior to assuming the role of CEO, Paula served as the COO for JFCS and held numerous director positions. As CEO Paula has established a dynamic executive team, implemented a strategic plan and moved the organization’s budget from $10 to $17 million. Strengthening the leadership development of both the board and staff has been one of Paula’s primary goals, along with expanding JFCS’ reach in the community to ensure that the organization is providing care for the changing needs of individuals and families.
At NJHSA, Paula served as Chair of the Network’s inaugural 2018 Conference in Chicago, Il. She also served as Board Secretary and as Chair of its Membership Committee. Paula is a member of the Forum for Executive Women and is past president of Temple Sinai synagogue in Dresher, Pennsylvania. Paula received her certificate in Executive Leadership from the Non- Profit Executive Leadership Institute of Bryn Mawr College in 2011 and her master’s degree from the Columbia School of Social Work in 1981. She is married, has four children and four grandchildren.
Senior Counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Erik was a partner in the Firm’s Banking and Project Finance groups from 1989-2015. His practice focuses on transactional banking, commercial law, reorganizations and bankruptcy. Erik also currently serves as a Director of the Third Street Music School Settlement, a community music school founded in 1894 to serve impoverished immigrants of the lower East Side of New York. He also helped to organize and serves as a director of the Good People Fund, an organization that provides financial support and management guidance to small and mid-sized non-profits headed by dynamic Good People who are devoted to tikkun olam. He holds a JD from SUNY Buffalo Law School.
Chief Executive Officer
David B. Marcu has been a member of the professional team at Israel Elwyn, an organization that provides support services for about 4,000 children and adults with disabilities throughout Israel, since he moved to Israel in 1984 and has been its CEO since 1993. David assumed the position of Senior CEO in 2022. The organization has grown more than 10-fold under his leadership and is the largest non-profit organization serving individuals with disabilities in Israel.
David currently serves as the Treasurer of the NJHSA and is a past president of the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services. He serves on the board of Civic Leadership, which is the umbrella organization of civil society and non-profit organizations (NPO) in IsraeI and is a member of the board of the “CEO Forum” of NPO’s in Israel. He has long been a member of the Board of Directors of the Israel Council on Social Welfare and is active in many other organizations in Israel and overseas.
David has been married to Rona (Solomon) Marcu of Vancouver, BC, Canada, for 32 years. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. David received his BA from Brandeis University, an MA in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and an MBA from Temple University.
Sandy Muskovitz Danto
Sandy Muskovitz Danto is a vice-president of the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), JDC-Israel Eshel Committee chair, and former JDC-Israel Ashalim co-chair. She is also on JDC’s board engagement and development committees. Sandy is a member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s (JFMD) board of governors, Israel and Overseas Allocations Committee, and a Jewish Women’s Foundation trustee. She serves as NJHSA’s Development committee chair in addition to her role as Network secretary.
Sandy served as president of Detroit’s Jewish Family Service from 2007-2010, is a past JFMD Campaign and Community Development chair, and is a former board member of Hebrew Free Loan, Jewish Senior Life, JVS, the Mission and Purpose Foundation, the Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families, and Michigan State University Hillel and the Hillel Campus Alliance of Michigan. She serves on various advisory boards and committees including Federation’s Senior Task Force and Magen David Adom. Sandy has an M.A. in counseling.
Joan Grayson Cohen
Joan Grayson Cohen, Executive Director of Jewish Community Services, has dedicated her career to helping families and enriching communities. Joan has been a staff member of JCS and Jewish Family Services, one of its founding agencies, for 26 years. Prior to assuming the position of Executive Director, Joan was responsible for the creation and management of a broad array of programs and services at the organization that addressed the diverse needs of children, teens, families, and older adults.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University. She then became the second graduate of the dual degree program at the University of Maryland, receiving both a Juris Doctor from University of Maryland School of Law and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning.
Before coming to work at Jewish Community Services, Joan worked in both the legal and social service fields. She clerked for a Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge and worked as an Attorney for the Attorney General’s Office Asbestos Litigation Division. For many years, Joan was the in-house Adoption Attorney for Jewish Community Services and the former Jewish Family Services. Joan was a Protective Services Worker for the Baltimore County Department of Social Services and a Clinical Social Worker for Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland. Her area of practice was focused on child sexual abuse. Joan is also the author of “Playing It Safe: Eli and Ellie Learn About Safety” and “Feeling Good: Being Safe, a Pre-School Curriculum.”
Susan R. Friedman, MSS, is an Independent Consultant and Principle of Board Dynamics Consulting. Prior positions and consultancies include: Managing Director of the Jewish Communal Net-work Commission of UJA-Federation of New York, supporting the work of the Commission Board and managing and evaluating the Federation’s $80 million in funding to its affiliated agencies; Principle Consultant to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, for a major older adult study and planning initiative; Consultant/Director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) of New Jersey; Executive Director of the Grotta Foundation; Director of Program Development for the New York City Department for the Aging; Director of Corporate and Foundations Relations for CityMeals on Wheels; and Board consultant to the Wallerstein Foundation; the Jewish Community Relations Council; and The Silverman Charitable Trust and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest.
Susan has served on the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committees of various non-profit and philanthropic organizations in New York and in her local community, including HAZON, the Fund for Aging Services, the Brookdale Center on Aging, Congregation Beth El and the Solomon Schechter Day School. She is currently a member of the NJHSA Board and Co-chair of both its Grants and Opportunities and Board Education Committees
Susan has authored papers and professional presentations in the field of aging and organizational development. She received her MSS from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Service and Research. Susan has certification in Executive Non-Profit Management from the Columbia School of Business, in Nonprofit Leadership from the Center for Creative Leadership and in Board Consulting from Board Source, and a Post-Masters Degree in Gerontology Planning and Administration from the Hunter Brookdale Center on Aging. She lives with her husband Joel in West Orange, New Jersey, and is the proud mom and grand mom.
Chief Executive Officer
Judy Halper has more than 30 years of experience in the social service sector, with more than 2 decades in the Jewish communal service field. She currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis where she has held the position since 2005.
Judy was born and raised in Minneapolis. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University West in San Francisco and undergraduate degrees from the University of Minnesota in both Psychology and Women’s Studies. Judy’s early career focused on therapeutic interventions with victims of abuse, those with dual diagnoses, and criminal populations. She authored a training manual on prevention of child sexual abuse which was implemented in many states throughout the U.S.
Judy held licenses as a Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist. Prior to employment with Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, Judy worked in the Minneapolis Public Schools and several social service agencies. Her employment over the past 28 years at JFCS Minneapolis includes serving as Clinical Director, Chief Program Officer and Development Director.
Judy currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies. Judy also serves as a member of the Minneapolis Foundation Board where she serves on its Audit Committee.
Judy is known for her public speaking skills and her big vision perspectives. She is an advocate for children, families, and vulnerable populations.
Al Benarroch holds a BA (Hons.) in Psychology Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Al was in private practice for 10 years, before taking the position of Clinical Director at JCFS Winnipeg in 1999. In 2014, Al stepped into the role of Executive Director and has moved JCFS into its future by growing the agency through new and innovative planning and programming.
Al’s graduate research focused on aspects of health psychology and immunology in mental illness, including behavioural teratology. Al has been dedicated at focusing the agency to its core Jewish values in all areas of service. Al is a certified Master Trainer in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), the leading suicide first-aid intervention program.
AL has been active on the NJHSA Canadian agencies group, numerous NJHSA committees (e.g. annual conference, membership committee) and recently co-chaired the 2022 Executive Networking Forum.
Outside of work, Al is involved in many aspects of community life, sitting on various community boards and committees both within and outside the Jewish community. He is on the board of the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre, Winnipeg’s Jewish Personal Care Home, sits on several board committees, and chairs their Spiritual Health Care Committee. He is very active in synagogue and communal ritual life. He serves as a lay spiritual leader and cantor at the Chevrah Mishnayes Synagogue, in Winnipeg.
Al is the father of 2 adult daughters and is having a second go at parenting of his 8-year old twin nieces.
Compliance Development Officer
Efrem Billauer has over 20 years of internal audit and compliance experience. He began his internal audit career at American International Group, Inc. (AIG) working as a Junior Auditor and progressed to Audit Manager over the course of his 12 years with the company. Efrem joined the Claims Conference in 2012 as the Compliance Development Officer, working with all levels of management to ensure proper controls are in place throughout the organization to help mitigate risks.
He segued from the For-Profit sector to the Non-Profit sector and brought his knowledge to the Claims Conference and helped create a control structure within the organization. He earned his BS from the Sy Syms School of Business, Yeshiva University.
President & CEO
Jordan L. Golin, Psy.D., is the President & CEO of Jewish Family and Community Services of Pittsburgh (JFCS). Dr. Golin has been with JFCS for 17 years, having served as Director of Clinical Services, Director of Senior Services, and Chief Operations Officer during that time. Dr. Golin is responsible for JFCS’s expansion into community consulting and was instrumental in creating Age-Well Pittsburgh, the award-winning organizational partnership dedicated to the health and engagement of seniors in community life. Dr. Golin also guided the development of the PFMI, an outcome measurement tool developed by JFCS and currently being marketed to other organizations around the country.
Prior to coming to JFCS, Dr. Golin served as the director of the Department of Psychology for Sharon Regional Health System and completed his clinical psychology internship at Allegheny General Hospital.
Dr. Golin obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in clinical psychology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Bachelor of Science from University of Florida. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
President & CEO
Mark Hetfield first joined HIAS in 1989 as a caseworker in Rome, Italy. He has worked for the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, a large law firm as an immigration attorney, and has held multiple roles at HIAS over the years. Since being named HIAS’ President and CEO in 2013, Mark has led the trans-formation of HIAS from helping refugees because they were Jewish to helping refugees because we are Jewish.
Mark is proud of HIAS’ role in resettling refugees and asylum seekers of all faiths and ethnicities in partnership with Jewish family service agencies and other community-based organizations across the country. Overseas, HIAS is a major partner implementing refugee programs with the United Nations Refugee Agency and the U.S. Department of State. He is a frequent commentator and writer on refugee issues on television, radio, newspapers, and other media outlets. Mark holds both a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University.
Yossi Heymann was appointed Director-General of JDC-Eshel in May 2014. A partnership be-tween JDC and the government of Israel, JDC-Eshel is tasked with formulating comprehensive responses to the complex challenges facing Israeli society as its population ages. With a project-ed population growth promising to be one of the most dramatic demographic transformations in the country’s history, JDC-Eshel, with Yossi at its helm, will continue to develop innovative services to aid Israel’s elderly age in dignity. Yossi comes to JDC-Eshel from the municipality of Jerusalem – Israel’s largest and most complex city by virtue of its demographic, religious and socioeconomic diversity. As the city’s Director-General, he managed an 8,000-strong workforce and oversaw a total budget of some 5.6 billion NIS.
During his tenure, Yossi lead a reform in the way that the city formulates its annual work plan and conducts ongoing outcome evaluations and assessments. Prior to his work in the Jerusalem municipality, Yossi had an impressive army career, reaching the rank of brigadier general. From 2007 to 2010, Yossi served as head of the Strategic Planning Division in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). In this position, he managed three areas within the IDF’s general command: strategic planning, international defense cooperation, and military liaison. He was previously an instruc-or at the National Defense College, the Chief Officer of the Infantry and Paratroopers, and commander of the IDF Officer’s School. Yossi started his army service in the infantry, where he rose from platoon to division commander. Yossi earned a B.Sc. in economics and management from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in political science from the University of Haifa. He lives with his wife and three children in Mevaseret Zion, near Jerusalem. A devoted marathon runner, Yossi is also a volunteer escort for visually disabled long-distance runners.
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Hopkins is the Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS), a human service agency dedicated to empowering, caring for, and connecting individuals and families across San Diego and the Coachella Valley. Building on the agency’s nearly 100-year history, Michael has led JFS through a wide-reaching, collaborative strategic planning process, Repairing the World: Guiding the Heart & Soul of Jewish Family Service, and a capital campaign resulting in the development of a client-centric JFS campus. Michael is also a member of the Regional Continuum of Care Council Governance Board which addresses homelessness in the San Diego community.
Retired Jewish Communal Professional & Independent Consultant
Bob Hyfler has over three decades of service in the Jewish communal field. He has served as the Executive Director of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Senior Executive VP of United Jewish Communities (now JFNA) and COO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. One of his prouder moments was as consultant to UJA Federation of NY on “Connect to Care”, a multi-agency collaboration that served tens of thousands of families impacted by the great recession of 2008.
Mission Driven Leader and C-Level Executive in US Workforce Skills
Balraj is an experienced C-Level Executive with specific experience scaling Workforce Skills programs nationally.
Balraj ran the Workforce Skills division of Cengage Group as Executive Vice President and General Manager. Cengage Group’s online learning business provides opportunities to upskill and reskill outside the traditional higher education degree-conferring path. During his time there, Balraj is scaled the business to deliver proven job outcomes to over a million learners and helping them gain the skills and competencies needed to be job ready and move up in their careers.
During his 10 years at Cengage Group, he brought his experience building and commercializing online services to the US Higher Education and K12 portfolio as a General Manager. He also ran Global Technical Product Management and digital platform development for Cengage before growing Cengage’s Workforce Skills business. Balraj helped accelerate the digital transformation of the higher education business, including the launch of Cengage Unlimited, the industry’s first and only affordable subscription for textbooks and course materials.
Before joining Cengage Group, Balraj held Global Commercial roles at Elsevier and Skype delivering products and results that helped the community through Healthcare Education and democratized communication. Prior to that, he was a management consultant and one of the firs 100 consultants at Simon-Kucher & Partners where he helped companies deliver profitable topline growth.
Balraj earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Balraj is based in Boston, Massachusetts and is an active member his community Green Team and local school PTO.
Elaine E. Katz
Senior Vice President of Grants and Communications
Elaine Katz oversees Kessler Foundation’s comprehensive grant making program and its communications department. During her tenure, the Foundation has awarded more than $50 million for national and community-based employment programs. Katz works with non-profit organizations in board development, fundraising, marketing, and business development.
In addition to her service on the NJHSA Board, Elaine also serves on the boards of JESPY House, Support Center NYC, New Jersey Association of People Supporting Employment First, Essex/Newark Disabilities Issues Committee, NJDDAN Employment Workgroup, and the program committee of the Council of NJ Grantmakers. She is an appointed member of Empower NYC Advisory Board, Workforce Matters National Steering Committee, ReelAbilities NYC Advisory Board, ReelAbilities 2021-22 Film Selection Committee and the NJ Veterans and Community Collaborative Network (VCCN). Elaine served as a member of the Human and Children Services Transition Advisory Committee for Governor-elect Phil Murphy. Elaine received the Community Access Unlimited 2019 Humanitarian Award, 2016 GI Go Fund Jackson Drysdale Civilian of the Year Award and the 2015 Betty Pendler Award from Community Options, Inc.
Jay L. Miller
Jay Miller is a specialist in planning, development and leasing of urban and suburban retail centers. After twenty years focused on development of large mixed-use projects, Miller created his own company, J Square Developers, to identify infill sites for development of retail stores and unique residential projects in West Central Florida.
Jay is actively involved in the St Petersburg and Tampa Bay community, serving as an Advisory Board Member and past Board President of Pinellas Habitat for Humanity. He is Past President and still serves on the Board of Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services in Clearwater. Other past Board participation includes Bayfront Medical Center and its successor, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg (a health care conversion foundation) and Temple Beth El. He is also an active participant on the Public Policy Committee of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.
Jay graduated from the University of Michigan and received his master’s degree in City and Region-al Planning from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.
Leonard Petlakh has served as the Executive Director of the Kings Bay Y since December 2006. The Y also has branches in Windsor Terrace, North Williamsburg, and Clinton Hill under the umbrella of its JCC Brooklyn project. Prior to that, Leonard served as the Associate Executive Director of the Hebrew Free Loan Society in NY.
Leonard earned his B.A. from Hunter College, CUNY; an MBA from Baruch College, CUNY and an MPA degree from NYU.
Community Leader & Retired Executive
Kevin Rhein has been a corporate board member of Bremer Bank and Bremer Financial Corporation since May 2017. He currently serves on the Audit and Risk Committees of the Board. He previously served on the Governance Committee of the Board. Prior to his retirement in April 2016 Kevin was a Senior Executive Vice President for Wells Fargo & Company. A 37-year veteran of the financial ser-vices industry, Rhein was the head of the Technology and Operations Group and the company’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this role, he managed an organization of over 20K professionals and a budget of $6B. The Wells Fargo Technology team was among the largest in the country serving over 70M customers.
Reporting to the CEO, Rhein was a member of the Wells Fargo Operating Committee. In addition, he served on the Enterprise Risk Management Committee and the Consumer Council. Previously Rhein led the Card Services and Consumer Lending group, (CSCL) including seven businesses that provided lending and payment solutions for individuals, families and businesses.
Rhein served multiple terms on four national non-profit organizations including: The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), First Children’s Finance, and the Financial Health Network. Most of his board committee work involved Budget, Finance and Audit activities.
Currently Rhein serves on the Finance Committee of Temple Israel in Minneapolis and on the Com-munity Security Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Rhein has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He and his wife of have three adult children.
Public Affairs Professional, Lawyer, Advocate and Community Volunteer
Rochelle is a public affairs professional, lawyer, advocate and community volunteer. She grew up in Minneapolis, MN and graduated the University of WI-Madison and New York University School of Law. After practicing law in New York and Minnesota, Rochelle became a lobbyist/government affairs and strategic communications practitioner. In that role, she represented interests including affordable housing and real estate, tax policy, health insurance, environ-mental and business concerns. She also worked as Donor Relations Manager with the Minneapolis Jewish Federation cultivating key donors and matching them with funding projects.
Rochelle currently serves as co-chair of JFNA’s Domestic Policy and Government Affairs sub-committee on Human Services.
She served on the Board and as Advocacy Committee chair of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, and as Board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council and National Council of Jewish Women. She volunteers with the Caring Communities Committee of Minneapolis Jewish Federation, Sholom Community, Planned Parenthood, and PRISM food pantry. Rochelle enjoys living in the Minneapolis suburbs and in Rancho Mirage, California.
Amy L. Sales, Ph.D.
Dr. Amy L. Sales recently retired from Brandeis University where she served as associate director and senior research scientist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. A social psychologist, her research concerns Jewish institutions and their role in creating Jewish life and community.
In her 25 plus years at Brandeis, she led major studies on an array of Jewish institutions including, among others, JCCs, synagogues, schools, summer camps, campus organizations, retreat centers, women’s organizations, family foundations, leadership development programs, and others. These studies focused on current issues in the Jewish community: how to raise the level of teen engagement, how to make synagogues more welcoming, how to make Jewish overnight camps more Jewish, how creative leadership changes legacy organizations, how to grow Jewish retreating. In addition to her research, she was on the faculty of the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership where she taught courses on Jewish identity and community and led student trips to Israel, Latin America, and Eastern Europe to help students gain insight into global Judaism. She also organized leadership seminars for professionals and lay leaders in the Jewish community. Along with her colleague David Mersky, she created and led Development at the Core, a nine-month program de-signed to help Jewish organizations and agencies improve their annual fundraising. She continues to consult to many Jewish synagogues and organizations on assessment and planning.
She is the co-author of How Goodly Are Thy Tents: Summer Camps as Jewish Socializing Experiences, the co-editor of Church and Synagogue Affiliation: Theory, Research and Practice, and the author of numerous articles and reports related to the American Jewish community. Prior to the pandemic, she was a frequently invited speaker, most recently on the topic of innovating organizations in the Jewish community. Dr. Sales spends half of the year in Boston and half in the Berkshires, where she is on the Vaad of The Berkshire Minyan and on the board of her cottage association in Stockbridge.
Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of JFS of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, Andrea Steinberg, LCSW, over-sees all aspects of agency operations. With over 20 years in the mental health industry experience specializing in counseling and Family Life Education, Andrea combines her clinical background with strong leadership and management skills.
Today, JFS has dozens of program areas, more than 180 employees and serves more than 8,000 individuals and families each year. During her tenure, Andrea has been instrumental in expanding the agency’s budget from a $5.7 million to $12 million. The growth is a result of her attention to the integration of medical and behavioral health, as well as the expansion into supportive housing arena. JFS has furthered their reputation as the go-to agency in Atlantic and Cape May Counties.
An alumnus of Boston University and Bryn Mawr College, Andrea is a member of the National As-sociation of Social Workers. Andrea served on the National Board of the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies and was an active with the Young Leadership Division of Jewish Federation of Atlantic County. She also served as the Chairperson of the Executive Director’s Committee of the United Way of Atlantic County Board of Directors. Andrea received the United Way Executive Director of the Year in 2009, Beth El Synagogue Woman of Valor recognition and AJFCA Leadership award recipient in 2015 and Jewish Community Center Sadie Nauy Older Adult Service Award in 2016.
Roselle M. Ungar is the Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS).
Prior to her current position at JFS, Roselle served as the Director of Community and Philanthropic Affairs for Crescent Bank & Trust. In this position, Roselle directed the execution of existing as well as new community and philanthropic initiatives. Roselle is also the owner of Strategic Nonprofit Consulting.
During her professional career, she served as the Assistant Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans including when Hurricane Katrina affected the greater New Orleans area in August 2005. Roselle also served as the Director of Special Projects and Volunteer Supervisor for the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation where she recruited and supervised 6,000 volunteers for the activities related to Super Bowl XXXI.
Roselle is a former National Vice President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. She currently serves on the National Assembly as an advisor to the Philanthropy Division.
Roselle is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a graduate of the Association of Fundraising Professional’s (AFP) Faculty Training Academy and the recipient of the 2017 New Orleans Chapter of AFP Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award. Roselle is also a past president of the New Orleans Chapter.
Eli Veitzer has served as President and CEO of Jewish Family Service LA since 2018. As JFSLA’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and Business Development from 2010 to 2014, Eli developed and launched a number of initiatives integrating JFSLA’s behavioral health and social services with the healthcare sector, including a highly successful Care Transitions Program and geriatric case management services under contract with managed care health plans.
From 2015 through 2017, Eli served as Chief Operating Officer, then Interim CEO, of Prototypes, a behavioral health services agency with operations in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange Counties. Eli led Prototypes through a merger with HealthRIGHT 360, based in San Francisco, building the foundation for a statewide, $100 Million integrated health and behavioral health agency serving many of California’s poorest and most marginalized individuals. Eli graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Development Studies.
June Gutterman, Ed.D
Retired CEO, JFS Columbus
June K. Gutterman, Ed.D., is recently retired as the CEO of Jewish Family Services of Columbus, Ohio. Prior to joining JFS, she served as the Vice-President of Community Services for the Colum-bus Jewish Federation. She served as the Director of the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission’s (ORSC) Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, a post she held from 1988 to 2004. Nationally, Dr. Gutterman served as Co-chair of the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies, and as President of the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services. She is also a founding board member of Hasidah.
June has represented Ohio on the Council of State Administrators for Vocational Rehabilitation. She has served on the board Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation. She served on Ohio’s Post Trauma Critical Care Commission. The Epilepsy Foundation of America recognized her as the National Advocate of the Year in 1992.
After receiving an undergraduate degree from New York University, Dr. Gutterman completed her graduate work in vocational rehabilitation counseling and administration at the University of Cincinnati, where she received a Master of Arts and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study. She was awarded a Doctorate of Education in special education and rehabilitation administration from the University of Cincinnati, where she received a Master of Arts and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study. She was awarded a Doctorate of Education in special education and rehabilitation administration from the University of Cincinnati. She is married to Arlene Richman and is the parent of two adult children.
Senior Partner, Margolis Edelstein & Past Chair, JFCS Philadelphia
James R. Kahn, Esquire was formerly the Board President of AJFCA and then served as co-chair of the steering committee and interim board for the Network. He was Board Chair of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia from 2003 to 2006 and has been involved with the agency for over 35 years, starting as a volunteer Jewish Big Brother. Mr. Kahn is a senior partner at the law firm of Margolis Edelstein in Philadelphia, PA, where he lives with his wife Debra, with whom he has two adult children. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Harvard Law School.
Chief Executive Officer
Perry Ohren served as Chair on the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies board from 2018-202. Perry has been the CEO of Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit (JFSMD) since 2011. Prior to that, since 2004, he has worked at JFSMD, first as the Director of Older Adult Services and then as the Chief Program Officer. Ohren worked for the Jewish Federation in Detroit as its NORC Director, helping older adults to age in place. Before that he worked for Detroit’s Jewish Vocational Service, supervising and managing a variety of programs and services including refugee employment services, supported employment services and school to work transition.
Before this Ohren worked at Wayne State University supervising a program that trained students to work in the Child Welfare arena. He started his professional career at JFSMD in the early 1990s as a clinical social worker in a family violence intervention program. Ohren has served on the following Boards of Directors: Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies, Metro In-Home Solutions, Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies, Oak Park Business and Education Alliance, Greater Detroit Network of Social Innovators, KADIMA and the Wayne State University School of Social Work Board of Visitors. He received his MSW and BA degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in the 1980s. Ohren grew up in Cincinnati and has three young adult children.
President & CEO
Reuben D. Rotman is the founding President and CEO of the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies. The Network was established in 2017 following the merger of two predecessor associations, as an inter-national membership association, with the mission of strengthening and advancing the Jewish human service sector. Today, the Network serves as the leading voice for the sector; the go-to for best practice research, innovation, and partnerships. Supporting its 150+ member organizations, the Network’s goal is to strengthen the capacities of its member agencies and to advance the scope and impact of the Jewish human service sector.
Reuben came to the Network having served as the CEO of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey, where he held several increasingly responsible positions for 21 years. Previously, Reuben held positions with UJA Federation of New York, Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Reuben came to the Network having served as the CEO of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey, where he held several increasingly responsible positions for 21 years. Previously, Reuben held positions with UJA Federation of New York, Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
Reuben currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of SourceAmerica, which connects the non-profit sector to the US Federal government and commercial sectors to secure employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Social Cur-rent, a newly established national organization which seeks to activate the power of the social sector by bringing together a dynamic network of human service organizations and partners. Reuben also serves as Founding Chair of the Advisory Council for Ta’amod, which provides training and resources to support inclusive, safe and respectful Jewish communal workplaces. In 2021, Reuben was included among the listing of the international listing of the 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, as published by the Algemeiner Publication.
Reuben earned a double Master of Arts from Brandeis University; in the Management of Human Services from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and in Jewish Communal Service from the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership. Reuben also earned his Bachelor of Arts in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and in Sociology also from Brandeis University.