Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) elected new board members, Derek Conn, Stacey Aviva Flint, Amanda Greenberg, Steve Gross, Rabbi Rachel Kobrin, and Nneka McPhee, at its Annual Meeting on June 30, 2021. Aaron Hyatt will now serve as Board Chair. Board members completing their service were David Asarch, Ed Barad, Charlie Gwirtsman, Gareth Heyman, Mark Krivel, Rabbi Rick Rheins, Jane E. Rosenbaum, Jamie Sarché, and Barry Silvestain.
Derek Conn is a partner and executive vice president at Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners. Derek is active in multiple real estate organizations including NAIOP and ULI and was recognized in 2018 as one of Colorado’s Top 25 Young Professionals by ColoradoBiz magazine.
Stacey Aviva Flint is a longtime nonprofit and Jewish professional and currently serves as the Executive Director of Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder. She began her career as the Policy Director for Chicago’s Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) and went on to specialize in Economic Development as Senior Director of Real Estate Development for Affordable Housing, Mixed-Use Spaces, Brownfield Redevelopment, and New Market Tax Credit financing. Stacey is passionate about Jewish African American relationship building with current and past membership in the Jewish Black Business Alliance, American Jewish Committee, JCRC of Chicago Jewish Federation, Chicago JCC Engagers, MOED of Jewish Federations of North America, Alliance4Israel, and a Board Member of West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest, Illinois.
Amanda Greenberg is a commercial real estate and land use planning attorney at Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff + Ragonetti. She served on the JFS Executive Luncheon Committee in 2014, and shortly thereafter joined and still serves on the JFS Development Committee. Amanda was on the Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado for eight years, is a graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Leadership Denver Program, and the Anti-Defamation League Partners-in-Leadership Institute. She also served on the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado’s Denver Area Campaign Committee.
Steve Gross has been a Senior Director in Institutional Advancement and Planned Giving & Endowments at the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) for almost 10 years. Since March 2020, he has also been a senior member of JFNA’s SBA Loan team, giving guidance to hundreds of Federations and Jewish agencies on PPP Loans and employee retention tax credits. He has been active in the community as an elected official for his district, served on several nonprofit and town boards, which included board treasurer and then president for JFS of Greenwich, Connecticut. He is also immediate past board president for a nonprofit human services foundation which he helped establish.
Rabbi Rachel Kobrin moved to Denver in 2018 to become the spiritual leader of Congregation Rodef Shalom. Rabbi Kobrin is active in many aspects of Jewish life and thought, including as a CLAL Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, and a contributing writer for the Denver Post, MyJewishlearning.com, huffingtonpost.com, TimesofIsrael.com, and God: Jewish Choices for Struggling with the Ultimate. She serves on the board of Faith Forward, combining political and social activism with interfaith work.
Nneka McPhee has more than 16 years of experience in resource development and non-profit management. She currently serves as the Vice President of Administration and Development Services for Americans for Ben-Gurion University, or A4BGU. Nneka’s prior roles have included Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff for JEWISHcolorado. She is the co-founder of the Sisterhood of Philanthropists Impacting Needs and serves as the current Board Chair for the Colorado High School Charter and as the Treasurer and Secretary for Lincoln Hills Cares. Nneka is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Denver and a 2013 graduate of Chamber Connect, a program of the Urban Leadership Foundation.
The complete 2021-2022 board includes:
Executive Committee: Aaron Hyatt, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Chair; Linda P. Foster, President & CEO, Jewish Family Service of Colorado; Leanna Harris, Diane Sweeney Consulting, Immediate Past Chair; Scott Stillman, Treasurer; Jennifer Kraft, Moving Traditions, Secretary; David Feiner, Highline Property Group, Development Committee Chair; Laura Michaels, mental health counseling private practice, Governance Committee Chair; and Gilad Gordon, ORRA Group, LLC, Executive Committee Member.
Directors: Jonathan Alpert, Westfield Company; Jonathan “JJ” Asarch, attorney in private practice; Michael S. Asarch, Centennial Leasing & Sales; Jason Cooper, Iris Companies; Derek Conn, Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners; Stacey Aviva Flint, Congregation Bonai Shalom; Amanda Greenberg, Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff + Ragonetti; Steve Gross, Jewish Federations of North America; John Keith, Harvard Communities; Rabbi Rachel Kobrin, Congregation Rodef Shalom; Nneka McPhee, Ben-Gurion University; Mac Mascovits, Cask Catalyst; Mindy Levy Peckar, J & B Building Company; Earl Pettet, Community Volunteer; Marty Rosenbaum, Community Volunteer; Victor Sulzer, Tschetter Hamrick Sulzer; and Sam Zaitz, Jones Lang La Salle.
About Jewish Family Service of Colorado
Founded in 1872, Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human services agency serving metro Denver and Boulder. JFS believes in strengthening the community by providing vital services to vulnerable individuals and families. JFS offers a variety of programs to help those in need navigate life’s challenges through integrated support. The full continuum of care includes helping older adults stay supported, connected, and engaged as they age while maintaining a high quality of life; providing quality mental health counseling and case management to children, adults, immigrants, and refugees; offering training, job placement, and community enrichment to people with disabilities; and providing housing stability, employment support, and food security to individuals and families. Every year, the agency serves thousands of individuals and impacts more than 25,000 people of all faiths, races, ages, incomes, abilities, sexual orientation, and gender identities. Learn more at jewishfamilyservice.org.