Board of Directors

Karyn Barer, President
Eric LeVine, President-Elect
Mike Adler, Treasurer & Vice President
Cindy Strauss, Secretary
Rochelle K. Goffe, Immediate Past President
Beth Balkany
Larry Bensussen
Jeff Bernson
David Bley
Zane Brown, Jr.*
Barrie Galanti
Gail Giacobbe
Carolyn Hathaway
Rachel Hyman
Delia Jampel*
Wendy Kaplan
Rivy Poupko Kletenik
Lauren Lavoie
Neal Mulnick*
Jessica Shapiro
Donald Shifrin
Arthur Shwab
Ray Silverstein
Lynne Herer Smith
Larry Wissow
*At-large Executive Committee Members

Executive Team

  • Rabbi Will Berkovitz, Schocken Family CEO

    Rabbi Will Berkovitz is the Schocken Family CEO of Jewish Family Service in Seattle, leading its strategic direction and mobilizing philanthropic support to meet the community’s needs, such as food access, financial stability, social connection, domestic violence support, and resettlement. As an outspoken and passionate community advocate, Will addresses issues facing the Jewish community, refugees and immigrants, and the Puget Sound region as a whole—from antisemitism and humane immigration policies to the importance of building relationships for positive social change. He is a contributor to national and local news outlets, including The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The Hill, and has appeared on CBS and MSNBC. He is a graduate of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and has held leadership positions at Repair the World, Hillel at the University of Washington, and Jconnect Seattle. He also serves as a Leap of Reason Ambassador. Will has lived in Israel, England, and several cities around the United States.

  • Kristin Winkel, Chief Impact & Operating Officer

    Kristin is responsible for the successful management of the day-to-day operations of the agency, including client services and programs, IT and facilities and budgetary accountability. She acts in the CEO’s capacity in his absence. She provides daily oversight of agency activities and leadership in crafting a vision for the future direction of the agency’s programs and administrative services. Kristin provides leadership in the agency’s strategic planning process and transformation to an outcomes-driven model of service.

    Before coming to JFS, Kristin spent nine years at King County Housing Authority, where she led the Section 8 voucher program and Homeless Initiatives. Previously, she worked at Abt Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts, providing technical assistance and analysis to government agencies.

    Kristin has a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

  • Lisa Schultz Golden, Chief Development Officer

    Lisa is responsible for the fundraising and marketing functions of JFS. She leads a team that engages the Board of Directors and a generous philanthropic community in a partnership to serve vulnerable individuals and families in the Puget Sound region.

    Lisa has over twenty years’ experience in development, volunteer engagement and management in the nonprofit sector and has been in her current role since 2005. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University. She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.

  • Michelle Matheson, Chief Financial Officer

    Michelle oversees all financial operations for JFS, including accounting, treasury, budgeting, forecasting and financial reporting. Michelle’s experience prior to joining JFS includes over six years of public accounting and six years working as an accountant for private and nonprofit organizations

    Michelle is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she received her Bachelor of Science in Communications Studies and a Certificate in Accounting. She has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2004 and is a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.

    Michelle was born in Washington state and enjoys spending non-working hours volunteering for several local nonprofits as a board member and as a hands-on-volunteer.

  • Galit S. Ezekiel, Chief People & Culture Officer

    Galit is responsible for developing a strategic vision for JFS education, volunteering and outreach and manages the Human Resources functions of the agency.

    Before joining the JFS team, Galit was Director of Development and Operations at Hillel at the University of Washington. She spent the past 16 years in nonprofit fundraising and various management capacities. Previously, she worked in recruiting and business development in the corporate sector.

    Galit holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with minors in Marketing and Human Resources and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington and is a SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources). She is a recipient of the Pamela Waechter Jewish Communal Professional Award from the Jewish Federation. Galit enjoys traveling, volunteering and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Griff Lambert, Director of Programs

    Griff is responsible for ensuring that JFS uses effective measurement, monitoring, and learning to support meaningful and sustained change in the lives of clients. In addition, he provides leadership and support to the Board and staff in all aspects of strategic planning and is the strategic advisor to the Chief Operating Officer.

    Prior to his current role, Griff spent six years working in the JFS Refugee & Immigrant Service Centers. He started as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, coordinating volunteers and furniture donations and then became a Resettlement Case Manager. Most recently, Griff served as Resettlement Coordinator.

    Griff received his Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Whitman College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington.

  • Amie Newman, Director of Marketing & Communications

    Amie is responsible for setting the marketing and communications strategies and executing communications plans that support JFS’s work, mission, and goals, and is honored to do so.

    Amie has over 15 years of experience as a strategic and creative communications professional for social good, mission-drive organizations and private foundations. She is also a polished writer and editor. Amie’s professional experience includes Managing Editor for the award-winning reproductive health and rights publication Rewire News (formerly RH Reality Check), leading digital communications campaigns to support global health efforts with the Gates Foundation, and staff writer for Our Bodies Ourselves. Amie has also authored hundreds of blog posts and articles for publications including Lilith Magazine, Kveller, Entropy Magazine, and Huffington Post and her work has been cited in multiple books.

    Amie holds a BS from New York University and a Certificate in Documentary Video Production from the University of Washington.

  • Sophia Mahr, Executive Assistant to the CEO

    Sophia is responsible for executive administrative support of the CEO and CIOO, as well as the JFS Board of Directors. She aims to streamline organizational efforts and initiatives and to provide project management for the Executive Team to better serve our clients and community, and to best support our staff. In her daily role, she serves as liaison between the CEO and internal and external constituencies, including agency staff, the Board of Directors, community groups and representatives, and political and community dignitaries.
    In addition to prior executive assistant experience, much of Sophia’s past work history involves services to the community – as an Enrollment Specialist in North Carolina, helping non-traditional community college students plan their future educational and career paths, as a caregiver companion to an elderly man with dementia, and as a member of an Immigration Legal Services department in Minneapolis.
    Sophia holds a BA in Global Studies from Pacific Lutheran University. Along with concentrating in International Development with a Peace Corps Prep Certificate, Sophia is proud to hold minors in Holocaust & Genocide Studies and French. Highlights of her education include published undergrad research papers and study abroad opportunities in Rwanda and Germany, as well as studying as an exchange student in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford in England.
    When not at JFS, you can find Sophia cooking with fresh herbs from her garden, singing her heart out at a concert or petting her cats, Eleanor and Rigby.

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