Our Leadership

Jewish Family Service’s Board of Directors is comprised of business, civic, and social-service leaders. The Board provides strategic leadership focused on agency effectiveness, financial stability, and policy-making. Meeting on a monthly basis, the Board ensures integrity, efficiency, and accountability in the delivery of the agency’s life-changing services.

Our expert staff includes licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, school mental health counselors, school and family liaisons, diagnosticians, speech-language pathologists, play therapists and care managers. All of our professional staff continue their own education and training as appropriate to their licensure.

Pictured: Chief Financial Officer Steve Brown, Chief Executive Officer Cathy Barker, and Chief Operations Officer Deizel Sarte

JFS leadership C-suite

Board of Directors


Julie Gothard, Chair
Weezie MargolisChair-Elect
Andrew Kaufman, Vice Chair
Seth Margolies, Vice Chair
Steve Berger, Vice Chair
Rebecca BuellTreasurer
Rachel Biblo BlockSecretary
Eric GoldbergImmediate Past Chair


Rachel Biblo Block
Rebecca Buell
Shelley Glazer
Dr. Jeff Haggard
Jonathan Herskovitz
Michelle B. Kravitz, MD
Michael Landgarten
Monita Moore
David Olesky
Michael Saks
Andrew Silver
Mark Spalding
Richard L. Wasserman, MD, PhD
Bob Weinfeld
Dr. Simma Weiss

Honorary Members

Linda Garner
Ethel Zale

Immediate Past Chair

Eric Goldberg

Administrative and Leadership Staff


Cathy BarkerChief Executive Officer
Steven BrownChief Financial Officer
Deizel SarteChief Operations Officer
Dr. Heather Esquivel, Chief Medical Officer
Marlene Schaub, Human Resources Generalist

Programs & Services

Sally Gleason, LCSW-S, Clinical Administrator
Ariela Goldstein, LCSW, Senior Director of Clinical Services Emerita
Robin Raxlin GormleySenior Director of Special Programs & Hunger Relief
Allison HardingSenior Director of Career & Financial Services
Deborah Leibensberger, LCSW-S, ACSWDirector of Older Adult Services
Ruth Josenhans, LPC, Senior Director of PLAN
Carey Nottingham, MS, LPC, Director of Client Navigation Services
Yaffa Podbilewicz-Weinberg, Ph.D., Director of Holocaust Survivor Care
Rabbi Howard WolkCommunity Chaplain
Lyz Latson, Kosher Home Delivered Meals Manager
Beth Coles, Director of Children’s Services

Philanthropy & Community Relations

Leah GuskinSenior Director of Philanthropy & Community Relations
Jake Cook
, Grants Manager
Maya Lefkovits, Events Manager
Cheryl Scaglione, Contributions Manager
Sophia StollerMarketing Director
Michelle Cannon, Volunteer Engagement Manager
Chris Walters, Director of Development
Basha Rubinstein, Marketing Coordinator

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