Board of Directors

Board of Directors


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Executive Committee

Charlie Gwirtsman

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 board chair.”

 

 


Shepard Nevel

Shepard became JFS’s president and CEO in December 2016, succeeding Yana Vishnitsky, who retired after serving in the role for 16 years. Shepard was most recently the president and CEO of LiveWell Colorado.

He 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.

“I am passionate about the broad mandate of JFS. I am excited to join this remarkable, 145-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.”

 

 




Leanna Harris

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.

 


Cary Chapman

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

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.”

 

 


Jane E. Rosenbaum

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.

 

David Asarch

David Asarch is the Chief Investment Officer and a Partner of Monroe Group Ltd. and its development partner Steele Properties LLC. Asarch oversees the underwriting, acquisition, development and legal teams related to the affordable property management and development activities of each company. He received his BA from Middlebury College and his JD from Stanford Law School.

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.



Steve Kris

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.

Laura Michaels

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.


Eric Pollock

Eric Pollock is CEO of Atreo Group, a Denver-based company that provides customized material handling solutions to hospitals.

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.




Directors

Adam Agron

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.

 

Jonathan Alpert

Jonathan joined the Jewish Family Service development committee in 2016. He co-chaired the executive luncheon in 2017. He is a partner in Westfield Company, a real estate investment firm.

Jonathan was born and raised in Denver, embarking on his real estate career in 2003 as a retail broker for Sullivan Hayes. He went to work as a project manager for Shea Properties, where he specialized in retail development and generated more than $30 million in sales, participating in the construction of more than 1 million square feet of commercial space.

Jonathan subsequently created Imagine Infill where he developed and sold for-sale residences as well as having built several innovative urban apartment projects before joining Westfield. Jonathan brings a strong passion for sustainable development to Westfield Company and continues to contribute to the positive growth of Denver.

“I am looking forward to diving deeper into the organization and helping JFS thrive in the future.”

 


Michael S. Asarch

Mike Asarch, a Colorado native, grew up in Littleton and now lives in Greenwood Village with his partner, Chris. For his entire professional career, Mike has been a consultant in the automobile brokerage industry, currently working at Centennial Sales & Leasing in Englewood.

A long-time member of Temple Emanuel, Mike is active in other community organizations such as Project Angel Heart. He has volunteered for several years as a table host at the annual JFS Executive Luncheon and joined the JFS board of directors in 2017.

“JFS has always been an organization I’ve been proud to support. I like that it helps people from all walks of life. I appreciate that they keep costs to run the organization low and most of the budget goes to help the cause.”


Ed Barad

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 44 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.

 


David Feiner

David Feiner is a Managing Partner of FEI Holdings. David sources new real estate investment opportunities, fosters strategic partnerships and focuses on growth. David is experienced in many facets of real estate, including acquisitions, asset and property management, brokerage, development, financing, sales, and securitization.

Prior to starting FEI Holdings, David joined Miller Frishman Group as a Director in 2012. David’s responsibilities included sourcing and due diligence of real estate acquisition and disposition opportunities, augmenting new and existing capital relationships, and implementing new value add business lines. While at Miller Frishman Group, David sourced close to $400 million in acquisitions.

Prior to joining Miller Frishman Group, David directed sales and marketing initiatives for BlackBox Logic. David also undertook project management, financial modeling, and many other components of the business development process within a small entrepreneurial environment. Before BlackBox Logic, David was a private equity analyst at Braddock Financial. David was responsible for research, due diligence, and financial modeling for Braddock Holdings Company’s projects and its subsidiaries and affiliates, all of whom are focused within the residential real estate realm. David graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009.



David Friedman

David received a B.S. in marketing and finance from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He now serves as 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 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.



Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald

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.


Gareth Heyman

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.”

 

 

 


Aaron Hyatt

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.

 


Julian Izbiky

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 Karshmer

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

John Keith has been in the home building industry for over 30 years. His company, Harvard Communities, has built over 750 homes in the Denver area since 1992.

John grew up in Short Hills, N.J. and received a BA in History from The University of Vermont, and a master's in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

John has served on several boards, including New Hampshire Public Radio, the Home Builder's Association of Metro Denver and the Home Builder's Foundation. In addition to his work on the Jewish Family Service board, John is currently active with the Home Builder's Foundation as a board member, committee member, and volunteer.

Mark Krivel

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 11 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 Loewenstein

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.

 

Lorez Meinhold

Lorez brings more than 16 years of health care policy experience as a director of multi-lateral initiatives involving the public, private and civic sectors, working at the local, state, and national levels.

Lorez has worked in many capacities implementing and integrating health programs such as health care reform, access to health care, and delivery system reform. Prior to joining Keystone Policy Center as Senior Policy Director, Lorez served as Director of Community Partnerships Office and Deputy Executive Director at Department of Health Care Policy and Financing under Governor Hickenlooper. She also held the position of Senior Policy Director for health, human services, and education in the Governor Hickenlooper's Office of Policy and Research.

She has served as Senior Health Policy Analyst & Director of Health Reform Implementation for Governor Ritter, Senior Program Officer with the Colorado Health Foundation, and as the Executive Director of Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.

“I am excited to join a board and an organization that transforms lives and impacts community in such a meaningful way.”


Christy Morris

As a former client with extensive prior involvement in the nonprofit community, Christy offers her input and experience on matters regarding client services. Christy was featured as the client speaker at the 2015 JFS Executive Luncheon.

Christy graduated from DU with a degree in Law and Society and serves on the board of directors of the Colorado Restaurant Association and is a commissioner on the Denver Women’s Commission. She currently works at GB Fish and Chips and has been in the hospitality industry for over 43 years.



Mindy Levy Peckar

After years of experience in commercial banking and as a commercial real estate appraiser, Mindy joined J&B in 1995 in the accounts payable/accounts receivable position. Her M.B.A. degree from University of Denver in Real Estate and Construction Management (1988) provided 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, directs the A/P and A/R 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 Rosenbaum

Marty was born in Winnipeg, Canada. His work as a health care actuary brought him to Denver 35 years ago and he now lives in Lone Tree. He is married to his wife Melissa and has four children—Adam, a rabbi in Charleston SC; Leora, a sign language interpreter in Denver; Micah, a very active resident of the Jewish Group Home; and Aaron, a Sales Vice President in Denver.

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."

Jamie Sarché

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. She also serves on the Kavod Senior Life board and is the JFS representative on the Jewish Community Relations Council.

“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.”

Barry Silvestain

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.