Linda P Foster, President & CEO
Start Date: 2018
Linda P. Foster joined JFS as its president & CEO in November 2018. She relocated to Denver from the Chicago area, where she served as Head of School at Solomon Schechter Day School for nine years. She has deep Colorado connections and owns a home in Steamboat.
Linda has an impressive background as a leader of both nonprofit and for-profit organizations and business units in a variety of industries, ensuring mission fulfillment and sound financial viability. She has extensive organizational, operational, and management experience, and has successfully led capital campaigns, endowment growth, and donor cultivation and stewardship efforts. She brings the vision, passion, and experience to take JFS to new heights of service to the Denver and Boulder community.
Prior to her tenure at the Solomon Schechter Day School, Linda was the owner of RCLA, a successful residential property development company in Highland Park, Illinois. Before launching her own company, she was president of TJW Residential, a privately held commercial real estate finance company, also in Highland Park. Linda earned a BA degree from Wellesley College and has participated in the Kellogg School of Management Center for Non-Profit Management at Northwestern University.
Aleah Hortsman, Chief Operating Officer
Start Date: 2019
Aleah Horstman joined JFS in July 2019 as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for leading agency programs, facilities, and IT functions. With 20 years of strategic nonprofit leadership experience, she brings a background in program delivery, operations, development, strategic planning, and creating an inclusive and diverse organizational culture.
Aleah has a Master of Science degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver. She has enjoyed working for organizations that are dedicated to serving the most vulnerable in our community.
Aleah was a member of Leadership Denver 2011 and chaired National Philanthropy Day in Colorado in 2014. She lives at 8,000 feet in Conifer with her husband, two kids, and lots of elk, wild turkeys, bears, and hummingbirds.
Jessica Zeidman, Chief Development Officer
Start Date: 2019
Jessica Zeidman joined Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) as Chief Development Officer in June 2019. She relocated to the Denver metro area from San Francisco, where she spent the last 10 years as an accomplished fundraiser for the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and Stern Grove Festival. Jessica has a real passion for philanthropy and looks forward to connecting donors to the incredible programs at JFS.
Jessica has a diverse background in leading fundraising departments, board and event committees, and program staff in the successful execution of vibrant campaigns, compelling proposals, and engaging fundraising events. Jessica has worked with a variety of stakeholders, including major donors; corporate partners; private, family, and community foundations; and government agencies to build and increase financial resources for dynamic nonprofits.
Prior to her development experiences, Jessica worked for several high-profile California politicians in various capacities. She received her Master's degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from California State University Chico. A Los Angeles native, then Bay Area transplant, she is thrilled to explore Colorado with her husband and young son.
"I am excited to build upon the incredible legacy of success within the Development and Marketing teams to expand our fundraising capabilities to increase resources for our amazing programs and the people who benefit from our work."
Shyanne Ching, Chief Financial Officer
Start Date: 2019
Shyanne Ching joined JFS as Chief Financial Officer in May 2019. She has an extensive nonprofit and healthcare financial management background spanning more than 20 years, including serving in various leadership roles at the Denver Dumb Friends League, Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council, Children's Eye Physicians and Colorado Center for Eye Alignment, and PacifiCare of Colorado. Her financial management experience includes organizational budgeting, strategic planning, human resources, grants management, financial analysis, and risk management. Shyanne has spent much of her career with organizations focused on improving the lives of Colorado's children and their families. She has served on the Board of St. Andrew Children's Learning Center since 2018.
Shyanne received a Master of Taxation from the University of Denver and a BSBA with a major in Accounting and a minor in Japanese Language and Culture from Washington University in St. Louis.
John Kayser, Director of Marketing and Communications
Start Date: 2010
Kayser brings more than 25 years of marketing and public relations experience, including more than 15 years in the nonprofit sector. He joined Jewish Family Service in 2011. Kayser was previously with the American Water Works Association and Water For People, where he led marketing programs and fundraising initiatives. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas Tech University in 1982. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Colorado Nonprofit Association.