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.”

Aleah Horstman, Ph.D.

Aleah Horstman joined JFS in July 2019 as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for leading agency programs, facilities, and IT functions. With 20 years of strategic nonprofit leadership experience, she brings a background in program delivery, operations, development, strategic planning, and creating an inclusive and diverse organizational culture.

Aleah has a Master of Science degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver. She has enjoyed working for organizations that are dedicated to serving the most vulnerable in our community.

Aleah was a member of Leadership Denver 2011 and chaired National Philanthropy Day in Colorado in 2014. 

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work for such an outstanding organization. JFS continues to be a champion for providing quality, life-transforming services for everyone who walks through these doors.”


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 Denver 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 Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) as Chief Development Officer in June 2019. She relocated to the Denver metro 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 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, then Bay Area transplant, she is thrilled to explore Colorado with her husband and young son.

“I am excited to build upon the incredible legacy of success within the Development and Marketing teams to expand our fundraising capabilities to increase resources for our amazing programs and the people who benefit from our work.”


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Nancy Benyamin, CVA
Ph: 720.248.4642

Nancy Benyamin joined Jewish Family Service of Colorado 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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Shelly Hines, MSW

Shelly Hines is the director of the Family Safety Net department. She has worked at Jewish Family Service since 2004 and has led the department since 2010. She is responsible for coordinating, developing, and implementing homeless prevention 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.”

Sara Leeper, MS

It is reported that nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States are personally impacted by having a disability. And, we are all at risk of having a disability at some point in our lifetime. These statistics are alarming and the reason we continue to support the purpose of our program, and to provide the support needed to work, learn, and live in the community.

Sara is the director of the Disability and Employment Services department. She has worked at JFS since 1993 and has been the department director since 2015. Sara received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Special Education from Fort Hays State University.

“What an amazing career to be a part of, working with people with disabilities and people needing support to become part of the workforce and part of the Denver civic community. I am privileged to witness amazing growth and strength in individuals every day, watching as persons overcome barriers and find success.”


Jean Marshall, SPHR, CCP

Jean is the director of Human Resources, responsible for promoting and implementing human resource values by planning and managing human resources programs and directing staff.

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

She is the past president of The Learning Source (TLS) nonprofit and is president of the TLS Foundation. Jean received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Regis University.

Jean’s 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 community.

Chandra Matthews, MSW
Ph: 720.248.4601

Chandra Matthews is the director of the Jay and Rose Phillips Senior Solutions Center, where she is responsible for providing leadership, vision, strategic direction, and program development to all JFS programs serving seniors.

Chandra spent 12 years at Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) within the Area Agency on Aging, first as a long-term care ombudsman and later as compliance program manager. Most recently, she worked for Colorado Access as the executive director for Access Long Term Support Solutions. She also serves on several boards, stakeholder groups, and advisory committees that support the older adult community. She is focused on maintaining the services offered through the Senior Solutions department and finding new ways to better meet the needs of the growing older adult community.

Chandra received a bachelor of arts in psychology from Texas Tech University and a master of social work from the University of Denver.

“I am drawn to programming that’s focused around health promotion, education, and disease prevention. I want to help people understand what ‘aging well’ means and provide some support to allow them to do just that.”


Ann Veenstra

Ann Veenstra is the director of Administration, where she is responsible for providing administrative support for the CEO and COO. She serves as the staff liaison to the Board of Directors and supervises reception and office/facilities management.

Ann has worked at Jewish Family Service for over 20 years. She previously worked as the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Bethesda PsycHealth Hospital.

In her spare time Ann enjoys traveling with her husband and spoiling her grandchildren.

“I have always enjoyed working in the nonprofit sector, where service to people is the primary focus. I enjoy supporting the work of Jewish Family Service and have appreciated the many opportunities I’ve been provided. The professionals I work with every day inspire me!"

Stacey Weisberg, LPC

Stacey Weisberg, Licensed Professional Counselor, has more than 25 years of clinical experience and directs Mental Health Services at Jewish Family Service, 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.”