Faces of JFS Honoree Biographies

Faces of JFS Honoree Biographies

Aaron Hyatt

Aaron Hyatt

Established upon her retirement in 2016, the Yana Vishnitsky Leadership Award is a testament to Yana’s selfless contributions to JFS during her 16-year tenure as president and CEO. She tripled the agency’s budget, significantly expanded services, and led successful capital campaigns for its current buildings. She touched hundreds of thousands of lives throughout our community and her impact continues to this day.

Aaron Hyatt embodies Yana’s commitment to public service and to those in need in our community. A longtime JFS supporter, he is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the JFS Board of Directors. He has been active on the JFS Development Committee and co-chaired the JFS Executive Luncheon in 2016. He currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors of Mental Health Colorado.

Aaron is chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Real Estate Department, where he leads the firm’s premier real-estate transactions practice. His practice focuses on the acquisition, financing, leasing, development, and disposition of various commercial real estate assets. In 2015, Aaron was named a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Denver Business Journal.

Aaron and his wife Niah have two children, Lincoln and Beckham, who attend Denver Public Schools.

“My work with JFS is some of the most fulfilling I do. It gives me an opportunity to support JFS’s critical mission and partner with the staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders who passionately advance that mission in our community.”

Scott StillmanScott Stillman

The Joyce and Kal Zeff Humanitarian Award is named for two legendary community leaders, who during their lifetimes were instrumental in JFS’s growth, stability, and impact. Joyce and Kal Zeff were deeply committed to Jewish Family Service and those in need in our community.

Like Joyce and Kal, Scott Stillman is also deeply committed to the mission of JFS. He first became involved in 1985, helping Russian families new to Colorado and working on the Development Committee. Scott currently serves on the JFS Board of Directors and served as co-chair for the 2017 JFS Executive Luncheon. In addition, both he and his wife Andrea have participated in the Bright Holidays program. Scott also serves on the Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Regional Board.

Scott is the president and managing partner of MassMutual Colorado, a company that provides comprehensive financial planning for small- and mid-sized businesses and professionals in the areas of estate planning, business succession planning, retirement planning, and risk management.

Scott and Andrea have two grown children, Abbie and Jacob.


“JFS is a key partner in the community to help those in need. I consider it an honor to support an organization that does so much good for so many, regardless of age, income, religion, or ethnic background.”