President & CEO
Danielle N. Hartman, MNM
Danielle N. Hartman joined Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) as President and CEO in March 2010. Under her leadership, the operating budget at JFS has more than doubled from $3.4M to $14M and their Endowment Funds have increased from $6M to $11M. She has significantly diversified their funding base; the staff has more than doubled; and partnerships have been built with several community organizations including several Florida Atlantic University (FAU) colleges.
Danielle received her M.S. in Nonprofit Management from FAU in 2010 and her B.S. in Marketing with a specialization in International Business from Drexel University in 1993. Danielle was recognized as the FAU Distinguished Alumna for the College of and Design and Social Inquiry in 2017. She is a graduate of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship (2017).
Before deciding to work in the nonprofit sector, Danielle spent seven years in the private sector as a Manager of Operations for GE Supply, a division of General Electric. She has since taken on numerous roles, which, aside from JFS, include the Board of Advisors for the FAU School of Social Work and the Palm Beach County Hungry Relief Advisory Committee (Since 2018). She is a past Board Member of the National Association of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA).
Chief Operating Officer, Senior VP
Beth Levine has a BBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Miami. Beth started her career at JFS in 1992 as a part-time financial assistance processor. Less than one year later the position became full time and she took on the additional responsibility of processing all financial assistance requests and working closely with donors specifically for financial assistance. Beth played an integral part in the establishment of the food pantry in 1996. Beth took on the additional responsibility of overseeing this department and has carefully helped the pantry grow into a $500K entity. In 2003 she was given additional HR responsibilities and oversight of the front office staff. In 2011 her job responsibility expanded again to include oversight of the Volunteer Services Department and a case manager for families in crisis.
In 2013 Beth was promoted to Senior VP/COO overseeing all programs at the agency. Over her 28 year career Beth has seen much change and has been an integral part in the agency’s success. With each new challenge Beth’s positive attitude and willingness to try new things has enabled the agency to work through any barriers and has helped the agency maintain our positive reputation in the community.
Chief Development Officer, Senior VP
Cindy Orbach Nimhauser
Cindy Orbach Nimhauser has held multiple local and national leadership positions in a number of internationally known philanthropic organizations. Ms. Nimhauser is currently the Chief Development Officer at Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services. As a volunteer, she is a Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. She was the 2008-2009 Co-Chair of United Jewish Communities – UJC (now JFNA) National Young Leadership Department and Cabinet, and has had the opportunity to travel around the world to witness firsthand the needs that exist. As a speaker and fundraiser, she has raised significant capital for the charities that she has worked with. Ms. Nimhauser was on the Speaker’s Bureau for UJC, training and motivating others to enhance their volunteer experience. Cindy is a graduate of New York University and Hofstra University School of Law, as well as the Wexner Heritage Program, a two year leadership course.
Senior VP of Finance
Jeff Kurth has held various senior financial positions in the non-profit sector, from Controller to Chief Financial Officer. His experience in non-profit regulatory affairs, external audits, management of financial and IT teams, and budget oversight over a wide spectrum of program budgets make Jeff a key addition to JFS. Jeff received his undergraduate degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University and his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. From the midwest, Jeff is a huge Green Bay Packers fan.
VP of Financial Services and Food Programs
Shari Cohen was born and raised in New York on Long Island. She graduated from Dowling College with a BA in English/Elementary Education and has a Master Degree in Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University. Shari has worked for more than 20 years in Jewish Community Centers in New York and Florida. Over the years at the Jewish Community Centers, she had many diverse responsibilities as Director of an Early Childhood Center, Camp Director and Children, Family and Teen Director. Her focus has always been on dedicating her career to helping others and making a difference within the community. At JFS, Shari is the VP of Financial Services and Food Programs, overseeing the Financial Assistance Department, the Jacobson Family Food Pantry, Food Pantry Outreach and the Meals on Wheels program.
VP of Mental Health Services
Ron received his graduate degree at Barry University. He has worked in the clinical/medical field for the past 22 years in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and psychiatric care. He began his career as a psychotherapist and eventually took on positions in clinical management. His experience is in both outpatient and inpatient programs providing clinical and executive leadership to multidisciplinary teams of professionals. He has also provided lectures and trainings throughout his career for professional and lay audiences.
VP of Weisman Delray Community Center
Risa Demato, VP of The Weisman Delray Community Center loves planning programs that enrich the lives of seniors and assists them in creating new friendships. She appreciates all of the Center members and gains valuable knowledge and life skills daily. Prior to coming to Delray, she worked as a Regional Director of two facilities for the Soref JCC in Broward County. Risa is also a Religious School teacher and has taught all ages from preschool to adult for over 30 years. She is a graduate of The University of Massachusetts’ School of Management where she received a degree in Business Administration. Risa feels very strongly about helping seniors age in place and making the Center “their home away from home.”
VP of Strategy & Community Engagement
Marjorie Epstein Aloni
Marjorie Epstein Aloni comes to JFS with more than 20 years of experience in Jewish communal service. In 1993, she worked for the NY UJA Federation where she directed the Russian Resettlement program and coordinated numerous boutique missions to Israel. During her time at UJA Federation, she was awarded a Kessler Fellowship, enabling her to participate in a professional exchange program between the New York UJA Federation and the Jewish Agency in Israel. In Florida, Marjorie created the first ever county wide Jewish Community Relations Council in Broward County, which grew to be the third largest in the country. Prior to joining JFS, Marjorie worked as the Partnership Development Manager for the Miami Jewish Health System, representing the agency in numerous elder and health care coalitions.
VP of Career & Employment Services
Angelica Sandoval is the Vice President of the Career & Employment Services department at Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Counseling from Fordham University. Angelica’s experience includes working at a non-profit agency as an Employment Manager for displaced workers affected by “9/11”. In addition, she served as the Employee Assistance Program Counselor for union workers in New York City. Her greatest asset is her ability to identify solutions to problems while empowering clients to affect change in their lives. Angelica loves her work and is motivated by her desire to help people improve the quality of their own lives.
VP of Senior Services
Alice Tennis, MSW
Alice graduated from the Carver School of Social Work in Kentucky with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Her background includes caregiver education & support, senior housing, geriatric assessments, adult day programs and services to individuals with special needs. Alice recently joined the leadership team at Rales JFS after serving at numerous non-profits in the Twin Cities.
Director of Domestic Abuse & Action
Lorrie has facilitated workshops and trainings internationally and has over 30 years of experience working with both adults and children in a number of settings including foster care, hospitals, nursing homes, public schools and other organizations. She is a mental health counselor, a certified Yoga therapist, and mindfulness trainer. In addition to her role as Director of the Domestic Abuse Education and Action department at JFS, Lorrie is also a member of the clinical staff providing therapy to individual clients who suffer with depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges.
Director, Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program
Howard Horowitz, LCSW
Howard is a native New Yorker and grew up in Plainview on Long Island. Howard attended the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County from first grade through high school. Howard has a BA in Psychology, MSW and Rabbinical Ordination, all from Yeshiva University. In 1987, Howard and his wife Betsy moved to Israel where all of their children were born. While in Israel, Howard worked in a variety of governmental and private organizations dedicated to helping the elderly. In 1998 Howard and his family returned to the US and came to Boca Raton. Howard began working at JFS in September of 1998.
Director of Communications
As Director of Communications, Jeremy Lurie manages JFS’ strategic marketing, public relations and communications activities. During his 20 plus year career, he has held management positions at Porter Novelli, Zimmerman Advertising, Office Depot and most recently Boca Cosmetics Group. Jeremy is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Management where he received a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
Holocaust Survivor PCTI Care Program Director
Avital Meirzon, MSL, CCTP
Avital is the Holocaust Survivor Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) care Program Director, responsible for the development and implementation of the PCTI care program at JFS. Avital earned her bachelor degree in Arts in Humanities from Bar Ilan University (Israel) and her Master of Science in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Avital is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), providing supportive listening and mental health services to local Holocaust survivors.
Director of Grants Management
Victoria Petruzzo joined JFS in 2011 as the Director of Grants Management. Victoria has over 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector as a development professional specializing in grant writing, foundation and government relations. Through her career, Victoria has held positions at noteworthy nonprofit organizations in New York and Florida including Carnegie Hall, The Jewish Museum, Home Safe, and the Legal Aid Society. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College and went on to graduate studies at New York University in Arts Administration.
Director of Community Outreach
Prior to JFS Jaclyn worked with children who suffered mental illness in foster care, as well as in a trauma hospital helping patients and families with coping skills. Jaclyn’s main focus when starting at JFS was on children and families in our community, leading small support groups and providing brief individual counseling. Over the past few years, Jaclyn has worked with various populations in our community in the following areas: special needs, domestic abuse, school based interventions, and synagogue and organizational outreach.
Director of Special Events
Jill Waldman is a native Floridian who has spent more than 25 years raising funds for many non-profit organizations throughout her South Florida community. As a development professional, Jill has held positions with many national and local organizations including the Coconut Grove Playhouse, American Red Cross, Pinecrest School, Jewish National Fund and YoungArts. In 2011, she joined JFS as the Director of Special Events. As a volunteer, Jill has shared her love of fundraising with the Foundation for Fighting Blindness, Special Olympics, BBYO and American Expats. Jill is a graduate of Indiana University and spends her free time with her husband and two sons.
Director of the Jacobson Family Food Pantry & Food Pantry Outreach
Julie Weisberg was born and raised in Miami, FL. Julie joined JFS in 2015 as a Community Outreach Coordinator and Case Manager for the Jacobson Family Food Pantry. In September of 2019, Julie was promoted to Director of the Food Pantry. Before coming to JFS, Julie had worked for 15 years at various non-profits in Community Outreach and Education positions. She graduated from University of Florida with a BA in Environmental Education and has a MEd from the Ohio State University in secondary science education.
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