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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 ServiceDr. Lorrie Henderson, PhD, MBA, LCSW (AZ)
President & Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Henderson has led a long career as an organizational and executive leader in the fields of behavioral health care, including group homes, foster care, community based services, prevention for children and families, developmental disabilities, residential programs and non-profit behavioral health organizations. He has served in the implementation of an integrated healthcare system. Dr. Henderson has grown multiple organizations in both size and margin through a combination of executing acquisitions and growth. He has served on multiple national boards and has conducted research, as well as published and presented numerous scientific peer-reviewed journal articles on a variety of topics. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, he contributes to several professional committees and associations, including the Autism Speaks National Family Services Board. He has additionally served on the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems Board of Trustees and was appointed by Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, to the Workforce Arizona Council (WAC). CONTACT

Michael R. Zent, Ph.D., CEO of Jewish Family & Children's ServiceMaryjo Whitfield, MSW
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

Michael R. Zent, Ph.D., CEO of Jewish Family & Children's ServiceEduardo Aliskevich
Director of Learning & Development




Pamela Brotman
– Vice President of Compliance & Quality 
Pam possesses 40 years of experience in healthcare (behavioral & physical healthcare) with thirty-five of these years in Maricopa and Pima Counties. Over the last 10 years Pam has provided leadership for larger system transformations and development, with an emphasis on system startups or re-engineering of existing systems. Her focus has been on the management of organizational sustainability, quality management and data integrity. Pam’s prior 10 years were spent with Mercy Care Health Plan as the Director of Prior Authorization, overseeing the medical, pharmacy and dental programs. Most recently, Pam served as Chief Quality Officer and was a member of the start-up team for an integrated health care clinic. She possesses a wide range of experience in various settings working with adult, children and adolescent populations. CONTACT

Michael R. Zent, Ph.D., CEO of Jewish Family & Children's ServiceMark Callesen, M.D.,
Chief Medical Officer




Teresa Celaya-Garner
Executive Director of Finance

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 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

Michael R. Zent, Ph.D., CEO of Jewish Family & Children's ServiceRobin 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





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