Jane E. is a native Denverite. She graduated from George Washington High School and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Wisconsin.
Jane E. has been active in the Denver community for many years, having served on the boards of Jewish Family Service, JEWISHcolorado, Jewish Federations of North America Disability Workgroup, the Anti-Defamation League, Denver Jewish Day School, the Hebrew Educational Alliance, the Autism Society of Colorado, and Kabbalah Experience, as well as the board of Keshet, a national organization that is working for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life.
Jane E. is currently serving a two-year term as the JFS Board chair and has served as vice chair and at-large member of the JFS Executive Committee, Development Committee chair, co-chair of Reel Hope, and chair of the Jewish Disabilities Network Advisory Committee. Jane E. has served on multiple committees and held many leadership positions through her years of volunteer service.
She has received the Moses M. Katz Young Leadership Award and the Golda Meir Award from the JEWISHcolorado; the Etz Chaim Award from Denver Jewish Day School; the Face of Autism Award from the Autism Society of Colorado, and the Jack Shapiro Community Service Award from Jewish Family Service.
Shepard Nevel became Jewish Family Service of Colorado’s (JFS) president and CEO in December 2016, succeeding Yana Vishnitsky, who retired after serving in the role for the past 16 years. Shepard was most recently the president and CEO of LiveWell Colorado, where he strengthened core functions, diversified funding and other revenue opportunities, and refocused the mission on underserved populations and the social determinants of health.
Shepard Nevel is a seasoned, successful leader in nonprofit, government, and for-profit contexts. He has managed large teams, grown organizations, and demonstrated a passion for Colorado through a number of community leadership roles.
Prior to LiveWell Colorado, Shepard served as a vice president of Policy, Evaluation and Communications, and of Operations, at the Colorado Health Foundation, the nation’s third-largest health foundation. Before that, he was president and CEO of Jovian P4, LLC, a technology- and education-focused entity founded by entrepreneur (and now Congressman) Jared Polis, and earlier, executive director of the Denver Workforce Region. Shepard earned a BA degree from Brown University and a JD degree from Columbia Law School.
Shepard is personally passionate about the broad mandate of JFS. “I am excited to join this remarkable, 144-year-old organization with its extraordinary legacy of impact, and to work with the outstanding board, talented staff, and dedicated partners and supporters of JFS,” he says. “I offer a special expression of appreciation for Yana and her superb record of leadership and accomplishment.”
Eric Pollock has owned and managed several Denver-based businesses. Currently, he is CEO of TransVac Solutions, a company that provides specialized solutions for transporting waste and recycling.
Eric is a sixth-generation Coloradan (his grandmother was a past chair of the JFS Board) who has been involved in a variety of community organizations. He’s served on the Jewish Family Service Board since 2003.
Charlie Gwirtsman is co-founder and managing director of KRG Capital Partners, the largest Denver-based private equity fund. He has over 25 years of experience in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, and corporate finance. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Columbia University and a master’s of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Denver.
Prior to co-founding KRG, Charlie served as a senior vice president with Fiduciary Capital Management Company. He has also served as a corporate vice president with Paine Webber, Inc. in the Private Finance Group and as an investment banker at E.F. Hutton.
“Jewish Family Service continues to act as a vital provider of basic services for a portion of the population that has been increasingly challenged by the faltering economy and the erosion of the safety net. I have been happy to be a financial supporter and hope I can make a further contribution as a board member.”
Laura has spent her career in the field of mental health and wellness, first in the nonprofit sector and now in the private practice of counseling. Before becoming a professional counselor, she served for 20 years as executive director of the Colorado Psychiatric Society, the district branch of the American Psychiatric Association. She also worked at the University of Colorado Depression Center as director of Public Policy and Administration.
Laura was a founding member of the Behavioral Health Partnership, a consortium of nine mental health stakeholder groups and managed the Colorado Physicians for Mental Health Political Action Committee. She has served on numerous committees and advisory groups both nationally and locally in the area of mental health. Laura is an active volunteer at CHARG Resource Center, a treatment and drop-in facility for people who live with serious mental illnesses. She also serves on the Board of Directors for her synagogue, B’nai Havurah.
A third-generation Denver native, Laura graduated from George Washington High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, her law degree from the University of Denver, and her master’s degree in counseling from Regis University.
David is the chief investment officer and a partner of Monroe Group Ltd. and its development partner Steele Properties LLC. He oversees the legal, underwriting, and acquisition teams related to the affordable property management and development activities of each company.
David currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service where he also has been an active member of the Finance and Development Committees.
Adam is a shareholder and serves as the Managing Partner of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and formerly served as the co-chair of the firm’s Corporate and Business Department. In his practice, Adam represents private and public companies, investment banks, private equity and venture capital funds, sponsors and entrepreneurs in a diverse set of transactions, including securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, leveraged and management buy-out transactions and corporate restructurings. Adam also serves on the firm's Executive Committee.
Adam joined the JFS board in 2009. He is also a council member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and serves on the finance committees for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.
In addition to his work at Brownstein, Adam has served as an adjunct-law professor of mergers and acquisitions at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
Debra is a freelance graphic designer and president of a family foundation.
Debra is a past board member of the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, the Mizel Cultural Arts Center, the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Women’s Fund of Colorado, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, and the National Hadassah Foundation. Debra currently serves on the Ekar Farm board. She joined the JFS board in 2009.
Leanna has worked in the field of education in a variety of capacities for more than 20 years. She worked for several years as an elementary classroom teacher in both independent and public schools in the Denver area. She then brought this experience to the larger educational setting as a consultant and staff developer with the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC), and later as a school-based instructional coach across grades K-12.
She currently works with Diane Sweeney Consulting helping teachers and schools improve instruction and student achievement. Leanna has an MA in Education from the University of Colorado at Denver and an undergraduate degree in Theology from Georgetown University. She also has a Certificate in Sustainability Leadership and Implementation from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
Steve Kris is the principal of Conundrum Capital LLC, a private investment company. Steve currently serves as a board member and advisor to several portfolio companies.
Steve serves on the boards and committees of several charitable institutions, including Children’s Hospital Foundation and National Jewish Health.
He earned a BBA in Finance from The University of Colorado in Boulder.
Barry Silvestain is a retired partner of Wenner, Silvestain & Company, LLC, and its affiliate WS Investment Advisors, LLC.
A native of Colorado, Barry graduated from the University of Colorado. He previously served on the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA) Board and ran that organization’s Peer Review Board.
Barry served as treasurer of JFS. He currently serves as chair of the Investment Committee and Audit Committee, and has been on the Board since 2006.
Ed is a shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, where he represents institutional and private equity fund investors in entity structuring and commercial real estate, development, acquisition, and finance. He is chairman of Brownstein’s Ethics and Opinion Letter Committees and previously served as chairman of the firm’s Real Estate department
Ed has practiced law for 43 years and has served on many boards in the Jewish community as well as boards in the Colorado and legal community. He is dedicated to the work of JFS and hopes to help it maintain and grow.
Carla began her involvement with JFS when she was asked to work on the first Reel Hope event in 1996. She was hooked. She served her first board term from 2001 until 2007. Carla continued to work on and chair the Reel Hope event for several years. She chaired the first JFS Executive Luncheon in 2005.
Carla is now on her second term on the JFS Board and serves on the Development Committee. In addition to JFS, Carla has served on the board of Allied Jewish Federation (now JEWISHcolorado) Jewish Women’s Philanthropy Center as well as the Rose Women’s Foundation.
Carla is a real estate broker with Perry and Company Real Estate and loves to help people buy and sell homes.
Jack joined the Board after serving on the Budget and Finance Committee.He has served since 2013.
“JFS is a resource that fills vital needs within our community. I want to give back to JFS and our community in a tangible, thoughtful way and hope that my skills and experience will be useful. I hope to better understand needs in our community through my participation. I want to make life better for people in need.”
Cary is managing director of Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management, a company that has sponsored several JFS events in recent years. He is a senior investment professional and client relationship manager with more than 23 years of professional experience creating complex, customized portfolio solutions for clients. Previously he worked at Rocky Mountain Wealth Advisors, LLC, which he established as a new registered investment advisory firm servicing foundations, endowments, and high-net-worth individuals and families. Prior to this position, he directed the due diligence and manager selection process for Curian Capital, LLC, a Colorado-based registered investment advisor.
Cary earned his Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Denver Society of Security Analysts and is a CFA charter holder.
In addition to his work with JFS, Cary is a past president and life member of the Kavod Senior Life Board and served on the Jewish Community Relations Council through JEWISHcolorado.
Jason Cooper is a founder and principal of Iris Companies, a Denver real estate investment, property management and construction company. He serves as its Chief Financial Officer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Jason holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and is also licensed in Colorado as both a Certified Public Accountant and a real estate broker.
Over the past several years, Jason has served on numerous nonprofit boards and he has held various leadership positions as part of his board service.“I really appreciate the good work that JFS does in the community – it is a great organization with an incredibly important mission.”
Randy Davis works in the Corporate Finance Department for ServiceSource, where he is responsible for global analytics, budgeting and forecasting, customer
profitability, as well as various other financial projections and analyses. He has gained extensive business experience holding several finance, accounting,
and IT positions across several industries. He began his career as a CPA and auditor with Arthur Andersen, where he worked with several leading Colorado
businesses and nonprofits.
He has served on several JFS committees including Audit, Budget and Finance, Development, and JFS at Home.
Randy holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Arizona. Additionally, he received both an MBA and MS in Information Technology from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
“JFS serves its clients with true compassion and professionalism and has exceptionally dedicated staff delivering the highest quality of services. I’m very honored to serve on the Board and be involved with such a wonderful organization.”
David joined Miller Frishman Group as a director in 2012. His responsibilities include sourcing and extensive evaluation and due diligence of real estate acquisition and disposition opportunities, augmenting new and existing capital relationships, and implementing new value-add business lines. He is experienced in many facets of real estate, including acquisitions, asset and property management, brokerage, development, financing, sales, and securitization. Since joining Miller Frishman Group, David has helped source over $300 million in acquisitions.
David graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009.
David is president of D.H. Friedman Properties, LLC, a real estate development company whose projects include commercial and residential properties primarily in the Denver Technological Center area.
David received a B.S. in marketing and finance from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the 2009 Kal Zeff Business Leader of the Year.
David and his family have a long-standing relationship with JFS.Not only was his brother, Brad, a past board chair, but his father, Sheldon, won the Business Leader of the Year Award in 2002. He was a member of the JFS Board in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
David is a former board member of Life United and a former board member of Cherry Creek Schools. Through the years, he has also spent time fundraising for Children’s Hospital by working on the Golf Tournament Committee.
Ken is CCO of Braddock Financial and managing director of Braddock Holdings Company. He is responsible for identifying, evaluating, structuring, and managing private equity investments in both operating companies and in real estate assets.He is also responsible for overseeing all aspects of the compliance program at Braddock. He has over 25 years of experience in private equity, corporate finance,operations management,and strategy. His experiences include roles in Booz Allen & Hamilton’s Operations Management Group, Ernst &Young’s Strategic Management Services Group,and as a Financial Analyst in the Corporate Finance Department at Salomon Brothers Inc.
Ken holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University. He also holds two graduate degrees, both with distinction, from Northwestern University—an MBA from its Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a Master in Engineering Management from its McCormick School of Engineering.
Ken currently serves on the Advisory Board of Startup Colorado. He previously served for eight years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, where he was a member of the Finance Committee and served one term as treasurer. He served as a member of the founding Board of Directors of the Denver Venture School, a charter high school in Denver.
After receiving a degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Will worked with Shearson Lehman Brothers in New York before joining Gold Bug in 1988. In 1993, he assumed the presidency of the company to usher it into a period of extraordinary growth. Since then, Gold Bug has more than tripled its revenues and its workforce. Today, the company sells products under several well-known brands—including Eddie Bauer, Carter’s, and Osh Kosh—with placement in major retailers across the nation.
Will has served as a board member for National Jewish Health and Jewish Family Service of Colorado. In 2005, he received the “Business Man of the Year” award at Reel Hope.Will is serving his second term on the Board of Jewish Family Service. He has also served on the Board of the Graland Country Day Alumni Association and volunteered with Big Brothers of America.
Rabbi Gruenwald is associate rabbi of Congregation Hebrew Educational Alliance in Denver. He has served on the JFS Board of Directors since 2009 as a representative from the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council.
He received ordination in 2008 from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles and holds degrees in Rabbinic Literature, Anthropology, and Social Sciences.
Rabbi Gruenwald was raised in southern California and is the son of Jewish immigrants from Peru.
Aaron Hyatt is co-chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Real Estate Department. His practice focuses on the acquisition, financing, leasing, development and disposition of various real estate assets, including apartment and office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, casinos and vacant land. He works with both public and private clients on complex commercial real estate matters on a local, regional and national basis.
In 2015 Aaron was named a 40 Under 40 honoree from the Denver Business Journal. He previously served as board member at the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education. Aaron currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mental Health Colorado, where he serves as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee. Most recently Aaron served on the JFS Executive Luncheon Committee, where he co-chaired the 2016 luncheon.
Aaron was a College Scholar at Middlebury College and received his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School in 2001. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Denver Bar Association.
Gareth is Wizard of All Things at MorEvents.
“There are multiple reasons why I am so passionate about JFS. As an adult seeking volunteer opportunities, JFS embraced me early on and made me feel very important to the cause. As I grew, I saw the multitude of services provided regardless of religious beliefs, financial standing, demographics, or other frequently seen societal barriers. Both the staff and the Board have been dedicated to a solid vision of providing meaningful services to the community. I am privileged to be a member of the Board.”
Julian is the owner of Izbiky & Associates PLLC, a law firm focused on representing small- and mid-sized businesses in the areas of purchases and sales of businesses, corporations and limited liability companies, contracts, trademarks, and real estate. Julian has operated his own business law practice since 1988.
Julian received degrees from Brandeis University and the University of Michigan Law School.
Julian became involved with JFS on the Development Committee and has been an active participant in all of its fundraising activities of the past year.
“JFS does an extraordinary job of providing safety net services to so many people.I want to serve on the Board of Directors because I want to help support this important work.I hope to make a meaningful contribution to the mission of JFS, whether by fundraising, introducing new people to JFS, or just being a worker on projects.”
Carol was born and raised in Denver. She received her B.S. from the University of Colorado–Boulder. She subsequently graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Phoenix, Arizona. She was active in private practice in Denver for nine years.
Carol has been active in several nonprofit organizations in Denver. She served on the Board of My Life Line Cancer Foundation and was active on its Development Committee. She currently serves as a board member for the Zarlengo Foundation, which supports schools and programs for learning disabled children in and around the Denver community. Additionally, she serves as the Adult Advisory for Colorado Kids for Kids, a nonprofit organization started by her daughter, whose mission is to help sick, disabled, homeless, and underprivileged children by supporting their needs, raising awareness, and volunteering.
Carol most recently served on the Development Committee and the Executive Luncheon Committee for JFS.
John Keith has been president of Harvard Communities, Inc. since 1992. Harvard is a home building company, which has built approximately 750 homes in the Denver metro area. Prior to moving to Denver, John owned The Harvard Group in Manchester, New Hampshire, a home building and real estate development company.
John grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey. He has a BA in History from the University of Vermont and a Master's in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
John has served on the Board of New Hampshire Public Radio, the Home Builder's Association of Metro Denver and has been active in the United Way's Tocqueville Society. John has volunteered in numerous roles with JFS and has been a mentor to at-risk youth for years.
Mark Krivel was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and moved to Las Vegas at the age of 7. He attended college in Reno, Nevada, where he remained until a job transfer brought him to Denver in 1997. He began his professional career in accounting, as a CPA and then worked as a controller in the manufacturing industry before discovering the construction industry where he worked for 18 years. Mark retired in 2006. Since then, he volunteers most weekdays.
“As a JFS volunteer for the past 10 years, I have had the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the value that JFS provides to the community. I’m excited about joining the board, as I will not only continue to learn about the organization, but will be a part of guiding JFS into the future.”
Linda’s interest in Jewish community work started with the writing of her book, Paper Plates: When Part of Your Family Keeps Kosher. Born and raised in Chicago, Linda grew up in a totally assimilated Jewish family in Chicago, with two brothers and the annual Christmas tree. In 1972, Linda married Mark Loewenstein, the child of German Holocaust refugees. Several years later, Linda’s youngest brother became observant, surprising their parents and challenging their family dynamic. Thus began Linda’s journey in to the heart of families coping with diverse religious observance.
Linda had started her journalism career as an editor at Scott Foresman, a textbook publisher in Illinois. Then, for 20 years, Linda worked as a writer/columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera. Linda’s book was finished in 1999 and her exploration of Jewish community led to Linda becoming the executive director of the Boulder JCC, from its inception in 2000 to 2010, when she retired. Since her retirement, Linda has trained and works as a volunteer Victim’s Advocate with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.She has served as a chapter president for Hadassah, a synagogue board member, and as a Library Commissioner for the City of Boulder. From 2012 to 2014 Linda chaired the JFS Boulder Advisory Committee. Linda is currently serving as the interim CU Hillel Boulder Campus Director.
Linda has a bachelor’s degree and M.Ed. from the University of Illinois.
Christy Morris has been appointed as the client representative for the board of Jewish Family Service. As a former client with extensive prior involvement in the nonprofit community she offers her input and experience on matters regarding client services. Christy was featured as the client speaker at the 2015 Executive Luncheon.
Christy graduated from DU with a degree in Law and Society and served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Restaurant Association, and was a commissioner on the Denver Women’s Commission. She currently works at Poppies Restaurant and has been in the hospitality industry for over 43 years.
After years of experience in commercial banking and as a commercial real estate appraiser, Mindy joined J&B Building Company in 1995 in the accounts payable/accounts receivable area.
She earned her M.B.A. from the University of Denver in Real Estate and Construction Management, which gave her the background to manage several shopping centers, develop and construct a 668 unit mini-storage facility, and oversee the company's sophisticated property management database system.
Today Mindy is vice president, office manager, and directs the accounts payable and accounts receivable functions and accounting, and has input in strategic business decisions relative to selling, acquiring, leasing and development of commercial property. Mindy holds an active Colorado Real Estate Broker's license.
Mindy is a long-time volunteer in the Weinberg Food Pantry at JFS and serves on the Board of the Colorado Self Storage Association.
Marty was born in Winnipeg Canada. His work as a health care actuary brought him to Denver 36 years ago.
Marty enjoys traveling, being a member of AIPAC, reading, and long walks.
“I’ve been involved with JFS for a number of years and am excited to be able to contribute more to this great organization.”
Before joining the JFS Board, Jamie was deeply involved in the JFS Executive Luncheon. She was recruited to that role by her brother, Cary Chapman, who serves on the Board. "I fell in love with the agency and the staff!"
In her professional life, Jamie is the director of Outreach and Prearranged Funeral Planning at Feldman Mortuary. "I work closely with the JFS Senior Solutions staff, which is another way I've learned a lot about the wonderful work JFS does." Jamie is an ELI Talk speaker and a TED speaker. Jamie is a former member of the Denver Commission on Aging.
“For the last several years, I have worked closely with JFS on a number of projects, including co-sponsoring the Before the Mourning series, serving on the Executive Luncheon committee, and working in the food pantry with my family and friends. I have developed such a love for this agency, its staff, and its incredible commitment to our community. I am so proud and honored to serve on the Board, helping to steer the agency on its incredible journey with leaders from our community.”