Jewish Family & Career Services thrives today as one of the largest and most progressive human services agencies in our community thanks to the legacy of our leadership.
Leadership of a cause "to serve the needs of others" is not inspired by a desire for fame or fortune. The individuals who committed to guide our agency were driven by a genuine concern for others and a passion for their community. Indeed, our leaders have changed the world for thousands of people they will never even meet.
That commitment has carried over from one generation of leaders to the next and remains true today.
Meet our management team and board members, all of whom who give countless hours in the name of tikkun olam - repairing the world.
|Michael Levy||First Vice President|
|Lauren Harris||VP of Board Development & Volunteers
|Ellen Chalef||VP of External Communications|
|Michael Alterman||VP of Building & Facilities|
|Sheryl Blechner||VP of Resource Development|
|Jodi Weintraub||VP of Internal Communications / Secretary|
|Cherie Aviv||VP of Program, Planning & Evaluation|
|Lynn Redd||Past President|
|Jeff Alperin||Presidential Appointment to Executive Committee
|Ann Kay||Presidential Appointment to Executive Committee|
John Perlman, President
John Perlman is one of JF&CS’ longest-serving volunteers. He became involved with Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) in 1987, serving as president from 1992 through 1994. In 1997, JVS merged with Jewish Family Services to become Jewish Family & Career Services. From an initial role as a board member, John became even more active in the new organization. For many years, he served as vice president of building & facilities, responsible for all real estate owned by JF&CS, including the acquisition and expansion of our headquarters in Dunwoody and the construction of the Ben Massell Dental Clinic in midtown Atlanta. John helped select the site of the clinic on 14th Street and worked with the team on building the facility.
In addition to his role as JF&CS president, John co-chairs the agency’s Campaign to Complete the JF&CS Campus. The campaign aims to transform JF&CS’ current space into a true client service center of excellence with a strong focus on our counseling service areas and Tools for Independence programs.
John and his wife, Maxine, also a long-time volunteer, have given to JF&CS in numerous ways over the years.
John graduated from Emory University’s School of Business and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Since 1983, he has served as president of Adams & Company Real Estate Inc. They have a son, Sam, who works in real estate with his dad in Atlanta, and a daughter, Betsy, who works in digital marketing in New York City.
Rick Aranson, Chief Executive Officer
Rick Aranson joined JF&CS as Chief Operating Officer in January 2004 and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in July 2015. An attorney by training with extensive expertise in business operations, process development and technology, Rick has a proven record of program development, revenue generation, change management and client relationship management.
As COO, Rick oversaw the agency’s five core service areas as well as grants, technology, outreach and operations at the Ben Massell Dental Clinic. As CEO he envisions JF&CS as “an impact-driven, progressive and dynamic organization that balances a sophisticated business strategy while respecting its mission, tradition and core values.” His strategic priorities include collaborative approaches to service delivery, a deep focus on the service areas where JF&CS is best in class, the creation of a total resource development strategy and assuring the agency’s relevance through the provision of dynamic programming that is responsive to changing needs and multiple demographics.
A native of Pittsburgh, Rick received his B.A. from Emory University and his J.D. from the School of Law at the University of Miami. He has completed additional coursework in nonprofit management from the Harvard Business School. During his time as COO, he developed the PEPS program planning and evaluation system for nonprofit organizations, which is now licensed across the United States and Canada. He co-authored "Mission-Market Tensions and Nonprofit Pricing," which is published in The American Review of Public Administration. He has received several honors, including the Claudia Fogel Award from the International Association of Jewish Vocational Service agencies, in recognition of exceptional skills and commitment to communal service, and the Marilyn Shubin Professional Staff Development Award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, for outstanding contributions as a professional within the Atlanta Jewish community. In 2015, Rick was recognized as one of 50 most influential individuals in the world of metro Atlanta nonprofit organizations by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Rick lives in Alpharetta with his wife, Nancy, his daughter, Lindsey, and his son, Danny.
Faye Dresner, Chief Program Officer
In August 2015, Faye Dresner became JF&CS’ first Chief Program Officer (CPO), a role that has her overseeing the entire range of programming at JF&CS. Faye is focused on providing comprehensive leadership, strategy and oversight in order to develop, refine and maintain — as well as continually evaluate — the highest-quality and most effective delivery of all programs and services.
Before coming to JF&CS, she was Senior Director of Program and Strategy for five years at Year Up Atlanta, where she was accountable for all programmatic and operational outcomes through leadership of a cross-functional team of 26 employees. Before Year Up, Faye was a nonprofit consultant with her own business for five years. Dresner Consulting specialized in strategic planning, fundraising strategy and organizational development. Prior to that, Faye worked at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta for seven years in various roles including Senior Planner, Director of Long Range Planning and Director of Community Engagement, where she worked on planning the distribution of raised funds to beneficiary agencies and for community engagement.
In addition to her professional life, Faye has served on the board of JF&CS and volunteers as a philanthropic consultant. She has been a volunteer consultant with Community Consulting Teams and an advisory board member for the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Faye has a master of social work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University of St. Louis and an MBA from J. Mack Robinson. Faye's unique combination of business and social work experience gives JF&CS the thought leadership needed to drive success in our clinical practice and other centers of excellence.
Faye is a mother of three grown sons and spends her free time indulging in her love for travel, singing in her synagogue chorus, spending time outdoors and sitting in a comfy chair reading novels.
Brenda Fiske, Chief Marketing Officer
When Brenda Fiske took on the role of Chief Marketing Officer of JF&CS in 1998, the Annual Report touted the agency as a $7 million organization. Its balance sheet has doubled since then, and Brenda has taken the marketing function to new heights.
In the past 12 years, Brenda has developed the agency’s first strategic marketing plan, facilitated a vigorous branding initiative and played a lead role in planning and implementing an ambitious community and synagogue outreach program. In addition, under her leadership, the marketing group has won three KOVOD awards from the Association of Jewish Family and Childrens Agencies (AJFCA) – including one for that first Annual Report and one for the agency’s eNewsletter. She was also the recipient of the 2008 Marilyn Shubin Professional Development Award from Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (JFGA).
Brenda began her career in marketing as an account manager with the local office of Cargill Wilson & Acree, a subsidiary of what was then the New York-based Doyle Dane & Bernbach. Working with national accounts like Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation and Bryan Foods provided a broad-based experience in creative and strategic planning.
After a few years in the corporate side of marketing, she found her true inspiration in “cause marketing.” She served as vice president of membership and marketing for a Chamber of Commerce that served the fastest growing county in the United States at the time and moved on to work for Piedmont Hospital before joining JF&CS. She also served on the board of the Northside Hospital Foundation for three years.
A native of Atlanta, Brenda is a cum laude graduate of Georgia State University. Her interests beyond the agency include a long-standing love of classical music and a passion for ballet – the first career she sought at the age of 5.
Lesli Greenberg, Chief Development Officer
Lesli has spent the majority of her career working in the nonprofit sector in direct services, development and management. For the past five years, she has served as the development director for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF). The position had her overseeing all aspects of fundraising, including the annual and specialty campaigns, special events, grant writing and major gifts. She also was instrumental in transitioning the AJFF to an independent 501(c)3 from a program under the American Jewish Committee. Her passion for human services began in the foster care and adoption units for the DeKalb Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). After six years there, Greenberg founded The Giving Tree, a nonprofit child placement agency specializing in developing adoptive homes for children in foster care and providing a comprehensive adoption support program for families of special needs children. She then joined Kool Smiles, a national dental company with 139 offices, as director of community services. Greenberg holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Emory University and a Master of Science in community counseling from Georgia State University. Greenberg will focus on the agency’s overall development strategy, manage the department and engage in direct fundraising efforts.
Jeff Holland, Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Holland joined the JF&CS management team as Chief Financial Officer in October 2016. His career includes leadership roles in general management, accounting and financial management as well as facilities oversight in both for profit and nonprofit sectors.
A native of Detroit Michigan, Jeff earned his B.S. in Accounting from Oakwood College and his M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati. He spent the first eight years of his career in corporate positions including financial management with Ingersoll-Rand, General Manager with Cintas, and Financial Accounting Leader with Owens Corning.
Accepting a position as Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Financial Officer for Lott Industries Inc. of Toledo, Ohio gave Jeff a new source of professional inspiration for leadership in the nonprofit world. For almost ten years, he managed the financial and operational aspects of this established organization and helped to revive its viability through the economic downturn. Jeff found the opportunity to work in an organization that provides meaningful employment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities extremely rewarding.
For both personal and professional reasons, Jeff and his family decided to move to Atlanta in 2013 where he joined a start -up public corporation but found that the nonprofit world was where he belonged.
A long-standing athlete, enjoying basketball and various other sports, Jeff finds that both he and his wife spend most of their free time with their two active teenagers.