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JFCS Leadership

Governance Board 


Carol Kern

Vice Chair

Paul E. Stander, M.D., MBA


Noel Williams


Sandy M. Benson
Vicki Cabot
Jay S. Fruchtman
Jerome S. Gutkin
Carol A. Kern
John A. Linder
Larry Lytle

Robert Meza
Jessica M. Pacheco
Jeffrey Packer, D.O.
Michael J. Seiden
Edna Sitelman, Ed.D.
Paul E. Stander
Noel A. Williams
Richard Wolf

Immediate past chairman

Rick Naimark

Emeritus Members

Lenore Schupak
Carol Seidberg

Executive Leadership Team

Michael R. Zent, Ph.D., CEO of Jewish Family & Children's ServiceJavier R. Favela 
Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Javier Favela was appointed by the Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) board as interim President & CEO in January of 2016 after the sudden passing of Dr. Michael Zent. Javier served alongside Dr. Zent for nearly eight years and played a primary role in the management and growth of JFCS as their Chief Operating and Financial Officer. He also formally holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Topaz Information Solutions (Topaz), an integrated healthcare IT solutions organization founded and owned in part by JFCS. A graduate of Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Javier is not new to Topaz, serving as their Chief Financial Officer from 2010-2015, overseeing all business operations including sales, finances and contracting. He played a major role in developing the Topaz business foundation and most recently in securing investment partners to expand Topaz to a national platform. Until a replacement for Dr. Zent is appointed, Javier will serve concurrent roles as both CEO of Topaz and interim President & CEO at JFCS. CONTACT

Michael R. Zent, Ph.D., CEO of Jewish Family & Children's ServiceMaryjo Whitfield
Interim Deputy Chief Executive Officer
(Deputy CEO)
Vice President of Behavioral Health

Mary Jo Whitfield, MSW was appointed by the board of Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) as interim Deputy CEO in January of 2016. Mary Jo also holds the position of Vice President of Behavioral Health. Possessing 40 years of experience in the behavioral health field, 35 years of which have been spent in Maricopa County, Mary Jo has wide-ranging experience developing and implementing programs within Medicaid systems that provide services to children and families, persons with substance abuse disorders and persons with serious mental illness. She was also instrumental in creating and implementing a Maricopa County Peer and Family Mentoring program for Direct Care Clinics. More recent accomplishments include the successful Youth in Transition Program, Zero to Five Project, and Integrated Health Project. Mary Jo has worked in direct service at the provider level and for the Regional Behavioral Health Authority. She brings an enduring commitment and unswerving passion for programs that promote wellness, self-determination and the interdependence and/or independence of the service recipients and their families by connecting them with the communities in which they reside. Until a replacement for Dr. Zent is appointed, Mary Jo will serve concurrent roles as both Vice President of Behavioral Health and Interim Deputy CEO at JFCS. CONTACT

Eduardo Aliskevich
Director of Learning & Development

Mark Callesen, M.D.,
Chief Medical Officer

Teresa Celaya-Garner
Executive Director of Finance (reporting to CFO)

Terrence Daniels
Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Michael R. Zent, Ph.D., CEO of Jewish Family & Children's ServiceCarol Felton, BA
Executive Director of Human Resources

Carol has over 20 years in Human Resources Management and Operational Management experience in the behavioral health field as an HR Professional. Carol began her career at JFCS in 2006 and is currently the Executive Director of HR. Carol provides executive-level vision, strategy, innovation and leadership for human resources and oversees all human resources functions and disciplines including organizational development, professional development, wellness, compensation, benefits, employee relations, personnel policies, performance management, talent management, employment, recruitment, diversity initiatives and employee retention programs. CONTACT

Michael R. Zent, Ph.D., CEO of Jewish Family & Children's ServiceFrank Jacobson, MFA
V.P. of Marketing & Development

Frank joined Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) in 2009 as the VP of Marketing and Development. Frank is responsible to provide direction and management of major donor solicitation, institutional fundraising, planned giving, and special events to support an endowment and capital expansion. Frank has more than 30 years experience working with nonprofits and municipalities in the areas of management, fund raising, strategic planning, public affairs, working with boards, and public officials. Frank served as founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Scottsdale Cultural Council for nearly two decades (1987-2006). Frank worked collaboratively under the Cultural Council’s Board of Trustees, fostered a positive and supportive relationship with the City Council and City Management, served on numerous civic boards and committees including the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce and Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. With an MFA in Directing from Boston University College of Fine Arts and a BA in Speech and Theater from the University of Wisconsin, Frank taught drama at the university level and managed a local repertory theater company. Prior to moving to Scottsdale, he managed arts, sports and convention facilities for the City and County of Denver’s Division of Theatres and Arenas, served as Executive Director for the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, and worked in management and programming for the Western States Arts Federation. 

Michael R. Zent, Ph.D., CEO of Jewish Family & Children's ServiceMartha Miller
Director of Quality Improvement & Compliance
Martha has more than 25 years’ experience in the Behavioral Health field. Martha began her career at JFCS in 1988 and has effectively held several positions within JFCS. Martha currently serves as the Director of Quality Improvement and Compliance and is responsible for compliance of Federal, State, Council on Accreditation, HIPAA regulations and policies and procedures. Martha is also responsible for the development and improvement of effective quality and compliance reviews and for resolution processes to ensure the organization is alerted to potential adverse effects on the customer, company image/reputation and/or the business. Martha has led the agency to a successful accreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA). In 2007, Martha received a Vice President Distinguished Service award for her dedication and valued service to JFCS. CONTACT

Michael R. Zent, Ph.D., CEO of Jewish Family & Children's ServiceKevin Rhode, MBA, PMP
Director of Information Technology
Kevin has more than 22 years of experience in Project Management and Information Technology. Kevin began his career at JFCS in June of 2009. Kevin is responsible for oversight, long-term strategic goals and short-term tactical plans in managing and maintaining all aspects of information technology for JFCS. Kevin’s background in application development, quality management, and project management within the information technology field allows him to provide broad scale guidance in improving JFCS information technology based processes. Kevin’s focus is to ensure business requirements, needs, and service levels are met for all JFCS information technology projects. CONTACT

Michael R. Zent, Ph.D., CEO of Jewish Family & Children's ServiceEllie Schwartzberg, MC, LPC
Vice President of Older Adults and Jewish Community Services
Ellie has 36 years of experience working with the older adult population. She began her career at Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) in 1980 as the Director of the Osborn Senior Center. From that position she became the Coordinator of Jewish Family Life Education, was then promoted to Director of Older Adult Services in 1985, and became the Vice President of Older Adults and Jewish Community Services in 2006. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor through the State of Arizona, and has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Arizona State University. She also has a two-year certificate in Family Therapy from the Post Graduate Institute for Family Therapy. Her undergraduate degree in Education was completed at Syracuse University. CONTACT

Michael R. Zent, Ph.D., CEO of Jewish Family & Children's ServiceLinda Scott, MSW
Vice President of Child & Family Solutions
Linda Scott has been with JFCS since 1994. Her career in public non-profit social work began in 1983 with a baccalaureate degree from the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. Linda obtained her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1989. Linda’s experience spans direct care, supervision, program development and management. Her clinical experience began with several years of psychosocial rehabilitation and crisis work, and expanded into family therapy grounded in client-centered principles. She has developed and implemented behavioral health programming for children, adults, and adults with serious mental illness. Linda also served as project manager for the development and implementation of an integrated electronic medical record knowledge base. Linda is committed to the outreach to minority communities and to bring service to the under-served. She is additionally skilled at collaboration, building relationships with stakeholders, and at coaching and training staff. Linda currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers and chairs the Child Welfare Sub-Committee. She has also served on the Steering Committee for the Senior Leadership Conference of the Alliance for Children and Families. Linda has spent her work life in the public behavioral health system because that is where her career heart lives. The rest of her heart, time, and energy are reserved for her family, friends, and the outdoors.  CONTACT

Robin Trush
Director of Business Intelligence
Robin joined JFCS in 2013. She is a seasoned health care leader having held management positions for the Arizona Department of Health, managed care organizations and within provider organizations. Her experience and expertise lies in system transformation and change management, operations, health care financing, project management and technology innovations. For several years, she guided technology advancements in over 20 states as a Project Manager for an electronic health record (EHR) company. The Business Intelligence Department is responsible for managing the companies EHR, providing end-user training and support and data analytics. CONTACT





JFCS 2014 Annual Community Report

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