2022 JFS Annual Meeting -- Installations, Recognitions and Awards Celebrated

Posted on June 24, 2022

This year, the Jewish Family Service Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for staff, Board members, volunteers and donors to come together in-person for the first time in two years. At the program, hosted on June 16th, attendees heard about the state of the agency and its continuing evolution and growth as well as installations, donor recognition, volunteer appreciation and staff awards.

“During my tenure over the past 16 years, the agency has made significant strides based on our strengths and desired impact to help the people and communities we serve. At JFS, we work diligently to plan, strategize, build relationships and secure funds to assure that we collectively achieve our mission and vision every day,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer.

At the dinner, JFS Past President Marc Lowenstein swore in four new JFS Board members who each serve a one-year term. They included: Charles Kramer, Robin Pincus-Shields, Adam R. Steinberg, and Aaron R. Sykes. In addition, he swore in Mark Sandson for a two-year Board term and Colin Bell for a three-year Board term. The agency also extended a heartfelt thank you for their hard work and support to outgoing Board members Joel Frankel and Jeffrey Vasser. Then, JFS Chief Impact Officer Laura Rodgers welcomed Alex Marino, Chair of JFS’ Community Advisory Board, to recognize the newest members of this entity – Adam Barker, Esq., Vernon Lawrence, The Honorable Susan F. Maven, Victor Moreno, Roslyn Talley and James “Skip” Williams.

During the meeting, current JFS Board President Joel Caplan presented Sarah Rosenthal with the prestigious President’s Award for her commitment to the betterment of the community and agency. As he shared, “Sarah’s mother instilled a commitment to care for people in the community and do what you can to make it a better place. Sarah is on several fundraising committees and serves as Secretary on the JFS Board of Directors.” He added, “Sarah and her husband, Daniel, are committed to building a strong Jewish community for future generations.”

As the meeting progressed, JFS Senior Director of Communications & Donor Relations Beth Joseph welcomed and thanked new agency donors – The Lynn & Charles Kramer Family Fund, Debbi & Michael Bass, Arlene Groch, Esq., Atlantic City Electric, Janet & Kenneth Grossman, J.S. Goldstein Funeral Home & Monuments, and Visiting Angels. In addition, Joseph thanked TD Charitable Fund, Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, and Mutual of America for increasing their generous funding support. Beth also recognized the agency’s more than 65 Life & Legacy donors who selected to leave a legacy in their will, trust, retirement account, or life insurance policy to JFS.

Volunteers are the backbone of the agency and in 2021, JFS had 104 volunteers who donated 3,575 hours with friendly visits, grocery shopping and delivery, assisting at special events, sorting and stacking products in the food pantry and more. JFS Volunteer Services Supervisor Vanessa Smith announced Paula Koiro as the 2022 Volunteer of the Year. “During the past two years, when many people were sheltering in place, Paula was out in the community delivering groceries and meals to older adults. Despite working three jobs, Paula readily volunteered 111 hours to help those in need. She truly has angel wings.”

With nearly 175 staff members, JFS Chief Operating Officer Ann Thoresen recognized staff members celebrating anniversaries with the agency. Sheila Concepcion, Rita Conti, Brittany French, Patience James, Vanessa King, Lauren Lodato, Michael O’Brien, Christina Swank, Kathryn Turcotte and Lillian Elsohn Whitcraft celebrate five years of service at JFS. In addition, Yesenia Pedroza was recognized for 10 years at JFS. Erin Bowes, Stacy McDonald, and Jessica Reinhardt were acknowledged for 15 year of service. Also, Ann Thoresen and Sharon Simon have been employed for 20 years and Marie Reyes-Canales for 25 years at JFS.

Lastly, JFS Senior Director of Human Resources Greg Rosenblit announced the staff Service, Heart & Soul, and Leadership Awards. As Greg said, “There is no greater honor than being selected by those who truly understand the work you do and what it takes to do it well.” The winners are: Outstanding Service Award – Pamela Palmer, Eric Kaplan, Fatimah Archie, Lauren Lodato and Sheila Concepcion; Heart & Soul Award – Vickie Perry, Eileen Boyer Durante, Leonard Smith, Jeff Willson and Paola Luisi, and the Leadership Award was presented to Lillian Elsohn Whitcraft.

For information on JFS programs, services or employment opportunities, visit www.jfsatlantic.org. For information on volunteer opportunities, contact Vanessa Smith at vsmith@jfsatlantic.org or 609.822.1108 x249.


(Left): Jewish Family Service Volunteer Services Supervisor and JFS Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Coordinator Mary DeMarco (right) congratulate Paula Koiro on being presented with the 2002 Volunteer of the Year Award at the JFS Annual Meeting. Last year, Paula volunteered 111 hours delivering groceries and meals to older adults.

(Left): Jewish Family Service Chief Executive Officer Andrea Steinberg and JFS Senior Director of Communications and Donor Relations Beth Joseph (right) recognize Jason Goldstein, owner of J.S. Goldstein Funeral Home and Monuments, Inc. at the JFS Annual Meeting for becoming an agency donor.

(Left to right): Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties Board Past President Dr. Marc Lowenstein swears in new Board members Aaron R. Sykes and Adam R. Steinberg at the JFS Annual Meeting.