Executive Staff

Executive Staff


Linda Foster

Linda P. Foster joined JFS as its president & CEO in November 2018. She relocated to Denver from the Chicago area, where she served as Head of School at Solomon Schechter Day School for nine years. She has deep Colorado connections and owns a home in Steamboat.

Linda has an impressive background as a leader of both nonprofit and for-profit organizations and business units in a variety of industries, ensuring mission fulfillment and sound financial viability. She has extensive organizational, operational, and management experience, and has successfully led capital campaigns, endowment growth, and donor cultivation and stewardship efforts. She brings the vision, passion, and experience to take JFS to new heights of service to the Denver and Boulder community.

Prior to her tenure at the Solomon Schechter Day School, Linda was the owner of RCLA, a successful residential property development company in Highland Park, Illinois. Before launching her own company, she was president of TJW Residential, a privately held commercial real estate finance company, also in Highland Park. Linda earned a BA degree from Wellesley College and has participated in the Kellogg School of Management Center for Non-Profit Management at Northwestern University.

“I am truly honored and humbled to lead this incredible and impactful organization and to have the opportunity to work with all the talented people invested in it. JFS’s mission and core values bring together so much of what is important to me, both personally and professionally. I look forward to meeting JFS’s supporters, volunteers, and partners to build and strengthen relationships and the agency’s impact in the greater Denver community.”

Shyanne Ching

Shyanne Ching joined JFS as chief financial officer in May 2019. She has an extensive nonprofit and healthcare financial management background spanning more than 20 years, including serving in various leadership roles at the Dumb Friends League, Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council, Children’s Eye Physicians and Colorado Center for Eye Alignment, and PacifiCare of Colorado. Her financial management experience includes organizational budgeting, strategic planning, human resources, grants management, financial analysis, and risk management. Shyanne has spent much of her career with organizations focused on improving the lives of Colorado’s children and their families. She has served on the Board of St. Andrew Children’s Learning Center since 2018.

Shyanne received a Master of Taxation from the University of Denver and a BSBA with a major in Accounting and a minor in Japanese Language and Culture from Washington University in St. Louis.

“I am honored to serve as a support for the life-changing work that is done each day by the many talented JFS team members and volunteers.”

Jessica Zeidman
Ph: 720.248.4663

Jessica Zeidman joined JFS as chief development officer in June 2019. She relocated to the Denver area from San Francisco, where she spent the last 10 years as an accomplished fundraiser for the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and Stern Grove Festival. Jessica has a real passion for philanthropy and looks forward to connecting donors to the incredible programs and services at JFS.

Jessica has a diverse background in leading fundraising departments, board and event committees, and program staff in the successful execution of vibrant campaigns, compelling proposals, and engaging fundraising events. Jessica has worked with a variety of stakeholders, including major donors; corporate partners; private, family, and community foundations; and government agencies to build and increase financial resources for dynamic nonprofits.

Prior to her development experiences, Jessica worked for several high-profile California politicians in various capacities. She received her master’s degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from California State University Chico. A Los Angeles native, she is thrilled to explore Colorado with her husband and young son.

“My first year at JFS was filled with so many unique challenges, opportunities, and experiences to raise vital resources to support the incredible programs at JFS and our COVID-19 Relief Fund. I have been overwhelmed by the community’s generous response to the evolving and increasing demands for service during this pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis it has created. I look forward to meeting more of our amazing donors to raise funds to support our programs and services to serve the most vulnerable in our community.” 


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Nancy Benyamin, CVA
Ph: 720.248.4642

Nancy Benyamin joined JFS in 2006 as the director of Volunteer Services. She is responsible for the vision and strategic direction of the volunteer program and for leading the civic engagement activities at JFS. Nancy is passionate about helping to transform the lives of others in a positive way through volunteerism.

Nancy has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years in the fields of education, counseling, and advocacy.

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Metropolitan State University with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management and is credentialed in Volunteer Administration (CVA).

“Working with and witnessing the impact that our volunteers make in the lives of our clients is the motivation that keeps me dedicated to the work we do at JFS.”

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Kristine Burrows, MPH

Kristine is the director of Jay and Rose Phillips Aging Care & Connections (ACC). Kristine provides strategic leadership, community engagement, and program development to the ACC team. Kristine is responsible for ensuring ACC programming meets the needs of the growing older adult community. ACC programs aim to ensure older adults in Colorado remain healthy, happy, and independent.

Kristine serves on the board of trustees of the NextFifty Initiative and the Denver Commission on Aging. She is a certified “Reframing Aging” trainer, working to fight ageism. Kristine has spent her career serving older adults in direct service, governmental, nonprofit, and academic research capacities.

Kristine grew up in Denver and can usually be found in the mountains when not working. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon and her Masters of Public Health with emphases in Leadership and Healthy Aging from the Colorado School of Public Health. She lives in Denver with her husband and dog.

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Jenny Herren
Ph: 720.248.4629

Jenny joined JFS in December 2019 as the director of Marketing and Communications. In her role Jenny oversees a team that creates and implements communications designed to increase awareness of and support for JFS programs and services.

Jenny has more than 15 years of experience in traditional and new media marketing, strategic planning, campaign management, branding, and creative oversight. She previously worked for the Dumb Friends League, where she served as the Director of Marketing and Communications.

She enjoys spending time with her daughter and exploring Colorado.

“I am excited to be part of an agency that provides services that make a difference in people’s lives.” 


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Shelly Hines, MSW
Ph: 303.597.5000

Shelly Hines is the director of the Family Safety Net department. She has worked at JFS since 2004 and has led the department since 2010. She is responsible for coordinating, developing, and implementing homeless prevention assistance, overseeing employment and career services, and creating strategic goals for the department.

Shelly researches and implements best practices and poverty-work theories regarding homeless prevention strategies, case management, and food pantry services to ensure that each of our programs are effective and adaptable. She strongly believes that everyone in our community deserves access to resources and opportunities and that we all have an obligation to be part of the solution.

Shelly received a Bachelor of Social Work from Metropolitan State University and her Master of Social Work from Colorado State University.

“I believe that poverty impacts all of us and the more we can do to reduce barriers, increase access and provide opportunities for everyone, the stronger our community will be.”

Jean Marshall, SPHR, CCP

Jean is the director of Human Resources, responsible for aligning Human Resource initiatives and functions with the Agency’s business objectives and needs. She plans strategic Human Resource initiatives, oversees recruitment of the right talent, assists management in enhancing staff performance, and supports employee development.

Jean has served in this capacity with JFS since 2004. She previously worked in the banking and mining industries.

For several years, she held many positions within The Learning Source (TLS), including Board president two different times. TLS is a 58-year-old nonprofit agency that focuses on providing educational opportunities through collaborative partnerships for adults and families to support their future achievements. She was also president of the TLS Foundation.

Jean has also held various positions within the Colorado Human Resource Association, including Board president.

Jean received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Regis University.

Her career change from the private sector to nonprofit has been fulfilling by giving her the opportunity to be part of JFS’s mission by supporting the staff who provide direct care and services in the Denver/Boulder community.

Roxane Miller-Freutel
Ph: 303.623.0251

Roxane is the director of Disability and Employment Services at SHALOM Denver, a division of JFS (Jewish Family Service). Prior to beginning this position in July 2020, she served as senior operations manager at SHALOM Denver for five years. In her current leadership role, Roxane provides vision, strategic planning, and oversight of the various programs serving persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities throughout the Denver metro area.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and brings more than 40 years of experience working to improve the lives of children and adults with special needs and abilities. Roxane’s advocacy and commitment originate from a lifelong experience with her older brother who was diagnosed at the age of three with Autism and IDD.At a time when members of this population were traditionally institutionalized, Roxane’s parents resisted this trend, opting to immerse their son in newly created integrated community programs.Hence began Roxane’s entry into this field.

Roxane, her husband Tom, and daughter Taylor lived in Steamboat Springs for 18 years where she was the adult director of Horizons Specialized Services, a Northwest Colorado Community Center Board. During her time in Steamboat she served on many boards and committees, including Routt County United Way, Colorado Mental Health Board of Directors, and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. She is currently a member of Alliance Colorado and served on its Executive Committee, Government Relations Committee, Membership Committee, and Employment Committee.

Roxane’s passion has been, and always will be, to advocate for opportunities and inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

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Kammi Siemens, MSW
Ph: 720.749.3401

Kammi Siemens, MSW, is the director of Boulder Jewish Family Service. She is responsible for providing leadership and vision that expand the collaborative nature of Boulder JFS while increasing the impact of Boulder programs and services. Kammi is skilled at facilitating partnerships among nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and policy makers to implement creative, results-based solutions to entrenched social challenges. She most recently served as community funding manager for the Boulder Department of Human Services and was the director of financial wellness for Goodwill Industries International. Kammi has spent her career devoted to advancing social, educational, and economic opportunity for individuals, children, and families.

Being a Boulder County resident and CU graduate, Kammi’s contribution to the Boulder community is personal. She is inspired by the opportunity to advance JFS programs that are built on compassion, inclusion, and social justice.



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Tim Sullivan

While Tim officially joined the JFS staff in August 2018, he has been providing IT consulting and support to JFS since 2002. Tim has served the IT needs of more than 75 nonprofits in the Denver area since 2001, founding Align IT, focusing on the technology needs of nonprofit organizations. In 2012 Tim sold his business and worked for several IT support companies as a technology advisor and account manager to nonprofits and healthcare organizations. Tim is glad to now be at JFS full-time, supporting the organization’s use of technology to further the great work the organization does.

Tim is a Denver native and volunteers his time in various men’s organizations including the ManKind Project and Illuman, a nonprofit that supports men on their spiritual journeys. He holds a BA in Psychology from Creighton University and a graduate-level certificate in Nonprofit Organizational Capacity Building from Regis University.

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Katie Van Hove, CPA
Ph: 720.248.4615

Katie is the director of accounting. She is responsible for accounts payable, receivable, payroll, accounting, and financial reporting and budgeting.

Katie has more than 10 years of accounting and finance experience, with a focus on the nonprofit sector. She previously worked for National Jewish Health and EKS&H (now Plante & Moran). She serves on the finance committee for Project PAVE and has served on the board of the Griffith Centers for Children, Chins Up, and is a regular volunteer at Denver Dumb Friends League.

Originally from Minnesota, Katie graduated from Colorado State University with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, emphasis in Accounting and Finance and a minor in Spanish. She lives in Denver with her husband and two dogs and cat.

“It’s an honor to serve an organization and its people that are doing so much good in our community.”






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Stacey Weisberg, LPC

Stacey Weisberg, Licensed Professional Counselor, has more than 25 years of clinical experience and directs Mental Health Services at JFS, including Mental Health Specialists, Refugee Mental Health, and KidSuccess/International KidSuccess.

Stacey completed her graduate work at Temple University, where she obtained a M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology. Her post-graduate training was completed at the Philadelphia Guidance Clinic, an internationally recognized marriage and family training center. She worked at John’s Hopkins Hospital, where she specialized in treating foster children and their families.

Stacey continues to have a passion for working with the most vulnerable in our community. During her 23 years at JFS, she developed the school-based mental health program that reaches hundreds of children and their families, who would otherwise not have access to healthcare. She has also developed and grown the Refugee Mental Health program that provides culturally competent therapists to treat those new Coloradans who have witnessed atrocities of terrorism and war.

“I am currently inspired to bring our expertise to the youngest community members, including Early Childhood Education students and their parents, paras, and teachers.”