Board of Directors


Judi Card
President

Judi was appointed to the Board of JFS in December 2005 and has served as Treasurer since 2006 and President since 2017.  She retired from Government service after 35 years in 2008 specializing in non-profit financials.  Judi is on  the board of National Council of Jewish Women, was on the board at the Drop-In Centre and has worked/volunteered with Victim Services supporting victims of crime/violence.  She continues to volunteer where needed and gives a half day per week to the Community Information and Volunteer Centre in St. Albert.

Barry Goldberg
Treasurer

Barry completed a term as President in the 1990’s,  and currently has served as a Board member since 2011 and is the agency’s treasurer. Barry was a teacher at Edmonton Public School Board and now currently enjoys retirement.

Barry has been a supporter of Jewish Family Services for many years as the agency has made an integral impact in our communities.

Dr. Michael Alpern
Past President

Michael immigrated to Canada November 30, 1966 and his earliest memories were the cold winds and the warmth of so many Edmontonians focused on helping others.  Over the years, this sense of giving back to the community has shaped both his professional career and his involvement in multiple charitable and not-for-profit organizations.  He is a graduate of the University of Alberta earning  BEd, MEd and PhD degrees… the latter focused on organizational culture,  development and leadership. Mike taught in the British Army, at the university and college levels, in junior and senior high schools and in private vocational schools.  As a volunteer, Mike served as President of the Canadian Royalaires Drum and Bugle Corps, as a Board member of the Alberta Safety council, as the President and Board member of a number of other charitable organizations. Mike is currently the past-President of Jewish Family Services Edmonton and a past-President and current Board member of the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council.  Mike was a founding member and for 17-years the Executive Director of the Job Safety Skills Society. He has worked as an educational consultant to Alberta government departments, to the business sector and to other agencies in areas relating to the design, development, delivery and assessment of educational and training programs.

Tulane Rollingher
Past President


Linda Hartum
Director

 

I have served on the Board of Directors for Jewish Family Services since June of 2017.  It has been my great pleasure, in addition to regular Board duties, to assist with a number of events focused upon the well-being and enjoyment of our seniors.

I have been involved in a volunteer capacity since the age of twelve, mostly in service to disabled individuals and seniors.  My previous Board experience was as an Education Facilitator and then as a Treasurer.

My husband and I were entrepreneurs and operated several businesses throughout our working careers.  Although retired from business life, we continue to farm and raise cattle at our ranch home west of Edmonton.

Naomi Amato
Director

Naomi has been board member for the past 4 years. She is passionate about the work that Jewish Family Services does for the Jewish community and the greater community. “It is an honour to work with organization who’s value of “tikkun olam”fit so wonderfully with my 30 year career in Community/ Public Health Nursing” .

“Acts of kindness never die. They linger in the memory, giving life to other acts in return.” Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Toby Rabinovitz
Director

Toby has worked as an independent consultant in Ottawa, Calgary and now Edmonton. She brings a breadth of experience working in the nonprofit and public sectors in Alberta and across Canada, with a specialization in nonprofit management, planning and facilitation.  Toby recently stepped down as the Executive Director for Compass Centre for Sexual Wellness and will continue to pursue her consulting practice.   Volunteerism is integral to her professional and private life and she has served on the Board of Directors for various local and provincial nonprofit organizations and was recently elected to the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) Board.   For  more information on her background check out her website:  tobyrabinovitz.ca.

Linda Goody
Director

Linda has been on the JFS Board of Directors since 2013. In 2009 she retired from Alberta Children’s Services after serving for 25 years as a registered social worker. She also had a private counselling practice for 24 years. In the past she has served on boards of other non-profit organizations, including Edmonton Musical Theatre, the l’Arche Association of Edmonton, and was treasurer of the Alberta Association of Social Workers.

She is currently chair of the Executive Director Evaluation Committee which supports, evaluates and is the formal liaison for the ED with the board. She led the Hiring and Transition team that recently hired our new E D.; Robert Mitchell. She is also on the Casino volunteer organising committee

Linda states “I feel it is important to support JFS in whatever way is helpful. I feel deeply committed to Tikkun Olam, to healing the world in small ways”.

Judy Garber
Director

Judy served on the JFS Board from 2006-2010 and was eager to return to an organization that successfully integrates core values with new initiatives.

Judy moved to Edmonton from the United States in 1990 to teach urban political and American politics at the University of Alberta, where she is an Associate Professor.  She has always been aware of the importance of local efforts to solve problems like poverty and homelessness, so volunteering with Edmonton nonprofits is a priority.  Judy States “JFS has been a significant path to my involvement in Edmonton’s Jewish community, and I am a member of Temple Beth Ora. I live with my husband and university-aged step-son”.

Marilyn Sheckter
Director

Marilyn has been a family law lawyer for 31 years, running her own firm. She is a member of 2 synagogues, the reform and the conservative, and has held a board position on the conservative synagogue board. She also has 2 children who are independent.

George Abrams
Director

Lawrence Rodnunsky
Director

Lawrence Rodnunsky is professional engineer, a Fellow of the Engineers of Canada and an Honorary Fellow of the Geoscientists of Canada, who has been instructing at NAIT for 19 years. Over the past 20+ years, Lawrence has volunteered his time on numerous boards in the Edmonton Jewish and secular communities including: the Jewish Federation of Edmonton, Beth Israel Synagogue, Jewish Archives and Historical Society of Edmonton, Edmonton Heritage Festival Association, APEGA, and the NAIT Academic Staff Association just to name a few.

“To foster change and improve the world around us, we must give of ourselves.”

Mel Wyne
Director

Born on the longest day of the year in the City of Edmonton.  After High School I received a scholarship at UBC where I took Commerce and then my Masters at Washington State University.  Went into the Insurance Business on my return to Edmonton. I enjoyed my 40 years both as a Manager and an independent financial consultant.   I continued to volunteer for Non Profit Organizations and this was my way of giving back to the communities in Edmonton.  Retired at age 80 but continued to support community.

Victor Linetsky
Director


Adrian Albert
Honorary Board Member

Barry Goldberg
Honorary Board Member

Danny Assh
Honorary Board Member

Jane Karstaedt
Honorary Board Member

Ruth Nolan
Honorary Officer

Ernie Schlesinger
Honorary Officer

Netta Phillet
Honorary Officer