Jewish Family & Career Services thrives today as one of the largest and most progressive human services agencies in our community thanks to the legacy of our leadership.
Leadership of a cause "to serve the needs of others" is not inspired by a desire for fame or fortune. The individuals who committed to guide our agency were driven by a genuine concern for others and a passion for their community. Indeed, our leaders have changed the world for thousands of people they will never even meet.
That commitment has carried over from one generation of leaders to the next and remains true today.
Meet our management team and board members, all of whom who give countless hours in the name of tikkun olam - repairing the world.
|Jeff Alperin||First Vice President|
|Rashelle Berry||VP of Board Development
|Beth Arogeti||VP of External Communications|
|Michael Ulin||VP of Building & Facilities|
|Ellen Chalef||VP of Resource Development|
|Lauren Harris||VP of Internal Communications / Secretary|
|Lindsay Borenstein||VP of Program, Planning & Evaluation|
|John Perlman||Past President|
|Jodi Weintraub||Presidential Appointment to Executive Committee
|Bruce Lindemann||Presidential Appointment to Executive Committee|
Michael Levy, President, JF&CS Board of Directors
Michael Levy first came to JF&CS in 2009 through the Ann and Michael Kay Tools for Leaders program. Since graduating from the program, he has served two board terms — first as treasurer, then as first Vice President.
Now, as JF&CS President for the 2017-2019 term, Michael is focusing on guiding and implementing JF&CS’ strategic plan. As First Vice President, he played a key role in crafting that plan, which will guide his presidency in three areas:
- Enabling a responsive and adaptable organization by making smart, responsible investments in people, processes and infrastructure.
- Focusing & scaling programs to maximize self-sufficiency and quality of life through collaboration and maintaining impactful programs that meet community needs.
- Growing and diversifying JF&CS’ base of support by increasing volunteers and donors.
Professionally, Michael is a partner at Aprio (formerly Habif, Arogeti and Wynne), responsible for the firm’s Transaction Advisory Services practice. He has more than 20 years of audit and merger, acquisition and divestiture due diligence and structuring experience.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in accounting from the University of Alabama. In addition to JF&CS, he is involved in numerous professional and civic organizations around the Southeast.
Michael lives in East Cobb with his wife, Betsy, and two daughters – Lilly and Sophie.
Rick Aranson, Chief Executive Officer
Rick Aranson joined JF&CS as Chief Operating Officer in January 2004 and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in July 2015. An attorney by training with extensive expertise in business operations, process development and technology, Rick has a proven record of program development, revenue generation, change management and client relationship management.
As COO, Rick oversaw the agency’s five core service areas as well as grants, technology, outreach and operations at the Ben Massell Dental Clinic. As CEO he envisions JF&CS as “an impact-driven, progressive and dynamic organization that balances a sophisticated business strategy while respecting its mission, tradition and core values.” His strategic priorities include collaborative approaches to service delivery, a deep focus on the service areas where JF&CS is best in class, the creation of a total resource development strategy and assuring the agency’s relevance through the provision of dynamic programming that is responsive to changing needs and multiple demographics.
A native of Pittsburgh, Rick received his B.A. from Emory University and his J.D. from the School of Law at the University of Miami. He has completed additional coursework in nonprofit management from the Harvard Business School. During his time as COO, he developed the PEPS program planning and evaluation system for nonprofit organizations, which is now licensed across the United States and Canada. He co-authored "Mission-Market Tensions and Nonprofit Pricing," which is published in The American Review of Public Administration. He has received several honors, including the Claudia Fogel Award from the International Association of Jewish Vocational Service agencies, in recognition of exceptional skills and commitment to communal service, and the Marilyn Shubin Professional Staff Development Award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, for outstanding contributions as a professional within the Atlanta Jewish community. In 2015, Rick was recognized as one of 50 most influential individuals in the world of metro Atlanta nonprofit organizations by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Rick lives in Alpharetta with his wife, Nancy, his daughter, Lindsey, and his son, Danny.
Faye Dresner, Chief Program Officer
In August 2015, Faye Dresner became JF&CS’ first Chief Program Officer (CPO), a role that has her overseeing the entire range of programming at JF&CS. Faye is focused on providing comprehensive leadership, strategy and oversight in order to develop, refine and maintain — as well as continually evaluate — the highest-quality and most effective delivery of all programs and services.
Before coming to JF&CS, she was Senior Director of Program and Strategy for five years at Year Up Atlanta, where she was accountable for all programmatic and operational outcomes through leadership of a cross-functional team of 26 employees. Before Year Up, Faye was a nonprofit consultant with her own business for five years. Dresner Consulting specialized in strategic planning, fundraising strategy and organizational development. Prior to that, Faye worked at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta for seven years in various roles including Senior Planner, Director of Long Range Planning and Director of Community Engagement, where she worked on planning the distribution of raised funds to beneficiary agencies and for community engagement.
In addition to her professional life, Faye has served on the board of JF&CS and volunteers as a philanthropic consultant. She has been a volunteer consultant with Community Consulting Teams and an advisory board member for the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Faye has a master of social work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University of St. Louis and an MBA from J. Mack Robinson. Faye's unique combination of business and social work experience gives JF&CS the thought leadership needed to drive success in our clinical practice and other centers of excellence.
Faye is a mother of three grown sons and spends her free time indulging in her love for travel, singing in her synagogue chorus, spending time outdoors and sitting in a comfy chair reading novels.
Jeff Holland, Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Holland joined the JF&CS management team as Chief Financial Officer in October 2016. His career includes leadership roles in general management, accounting, and financial management as well as facilities oversight in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
A native of Detroit Michigan, Jeff earned his B.S. in Accounting from Oakwood College and his M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati. He spent the first eight years of his career in corporate positions including financial management with Ingersoll-Rand, General Manager with Cintas, and Financial Accounting Leader with Owens Corning.
Accepting a position as Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Financial Officer for Lott Industries Inc. of Toledo, Ohio gave Jeff a new source of professional inspiration for leadership in the nonprofit world. For almost ten years, he managed the financial and operational aspects of this established organization and helped to revive its viability through the economic downturn. Jeff found the opportunity to work in an organization that provides meaningful employment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities extremely rewarding.
For both personal and professional reasons, Jeff and his family decided to move to Atlanta in 2013 where he joined a start-up public corporation but found that the nonprofit world was where he belonged.
A long-standing athlete, enjoying basketball and various other sports, Jeff finds that both he and his wife spend most of their free time with their two active teenagers.
Loren Solomon, Chief Marketing Officer
Since 1992, Loren has developed and created successful marketing campaigns for local to global clients including Arby’s, American Cancer Society, Atlanta Ballet, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, CARE, CDC, CNN, The Coca-Cola Company, Emory University, The Home Depot, MAP International, NIKE, Sears, Sprint/Nextel, Texas/Church’s Chicken, UNICEF, and YMCA.
Her education includes an English degree from UVA and attendance and faculty at The Portfolio Center. Career includes stints at J. Walter Thompson, The Martin Agency, and Grey Global before going out on her own, becoming one of the most respected marketing professionals in the country.
Wanting to use her creative and strategic skills “for good,” Loren joined JF&CS in September 2017 and looks forward to making an impact in the Atlanta community.
Gabrielle Stearns, Chief Development Officer
Gabrielle Stearns brings 12 years of principal and major gift experience to JF&CS. She began her career as a major gift officer, raising funds for pediatric oncology child life programs at the University of Chicago. She continued her efforts to address the needs of the most vulnerable at NYU Langone Medical Center, where she partnered with philanthropic leaders and members of the board to support child life programs. In 2013, Stearns served at the Emory Woodruff Health Sciences, raising crucial funds for JScreen and the Jane Fonda Center, among other notable programs.
Stearns was attracted to Jewish Family & Career Services because of its compassionate care and service of individuals and families. She looks forward to helping JF&CS expand funding sources to reach more families and help them continue their journeys toward a better quality of life and increased self-sufficiency.