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Jewish Family Service of Colorado

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
35
Full Time Staff:
92
Contract Staff:
8
Volunteers Annually:
1,151
Retention Rate:
74%

Jenny Herren, Director of Marketing and Communications
Start Date: 2019

Jenny joined Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) in December 2019 as the director of Marketing and Communications. In her role Jenny oversees a team that creates and implements communications designed to increase awareness of and support for JFS programs and services.

Jenny has more than 15 years of experience in traditional and new media marketing, strategic planning, campaign management, branding, and creative oversight. She previously worked for the Dumb Friends League where she served as the Director of Marketing and Communications.

She enjoys spending time with her daughter and exploring Colorado.

Linda P Foster, President & CEO
Start Date: 2018

Linda joined Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) as its president & CEO in November 2018. Applying her vision, passion, and experience she is leading JFS through program optimization and new service opportunities throughout Colorado. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Linda has guided JFS in quickly adapting and transforming its programs and services to best meet the changing needs of the community. She relocated to Denver from the Chicago area, where she served as CEO and Head of School at Solomon Schechter Day School for nine years and the school's Executive Director for four and a half years prior to that. She has deep Colorado connections and owns a home in Steamboat.

Linda has been 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. 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.

"I am truly honored and humbled to lead this incredible and impactful organization and to have the opportunity to work with our committed stakeholders. JFS's mission and core values bring together so much of what is important to me, both personally and professionally. I feel fortunate to have gotten to know and work with JFS's incredible staff, Board, donors, volunteers, and partners in building and strengthening our impact."

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.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
7
Term Length:
3
Term Limit:
2
Total # of Board Members:
27
Clients on Board:
Yes
# of Client Board Members:
1

Board Demographics:

Female:
6
Male:
21

White:
27

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

6

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

79%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

25%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

Committees

Audit
Development
Executive
Finance
Investment
Special Events

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