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JFCS Leadership

annual community report 2019Current Governance Board

Chair

  • Paul E. Stander, M.D., MBA

Vice Chair

  • Janice Dinner

Secretary

  • Noel Williams

Members

  • Vicki Cabot
  • Marc T. Giannone
  • Carol A. Kern
  • Pam Meyer
  • Ken Miller
  • Edward M. Ober
  • Karen Owens
  • Jeffrey Packer, D.O.
  • Michael J. Seiden
  • Edna Sitelman, Ed.D.
  • Richard Wolf

Immediate Past Chairman

  • Carol A. Kern

Emeritus Members

  • Lenore Schupak
  • Carol Seidberg

Executive Leadership Team

Lorrie Henderson Lorrie Henderson, Ph.D., MBA, LCSW
President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Henderson has led a long and expansive career as an organizational and executive leader in the fields of healthcare and behavioral health including hospitals, group homes, foster care, community based services, prevention for children and families, developmental disabilities, residential programs in non-profit and for-profit organizations. He has served in the implementation of integrated healthcare systems. Dr. Henderson has grown multiple organizations in both size and margin through a combination of executing acquisitions and internal 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. He was appointed by Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, to the Workforce Arizona Council (WAC) and appointed by Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey to the Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment. CONTACT

For his dedication to the good of the Arizona community, Dr. Henderson was featured in So Scottsdale Magazine, The Man Issue. Click here to read on page 21.

Terrence DanielsTerrence Daniels
Chief Financial Officer

Terrence is an experienced CFO and has worked for for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Aside from his financial degrees and credentials, Terrence worked at Value Options of Arizona for over 9 years a for-profit organization. During his tenure as JFCS’ CFO, Terrence has gained the confidence of the organization and demonstrated a capacity to guide us in a fiscally responsible manner. CONTACT

Gail BaerGail Baer
Vice President of Philanthropic Services

Gail previously served as the Associate Vice President of Philanthropic Services of JFCS for two years, and in that time has made numerous valuable contributions to the agency. During her time at JFCS, Gail has partnered with the Jewish Community Foundation to develop and grow the JFCS Legacy Society, a comprehensive planned giving program; created the JFCS Professional Leadership Development Program; as well as played a key role in the Sojourner Center affiliation and in developing its fundraising program. As the Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Gail oversees all fundraising for the annual campaign and legacy giving program, grants, marketing, and the JFCS volunteer program. Prior to JFCS, Gail served as the Vice President of Major Gifts at Valley of the Sun United Way and was also the past President of Congregation Beth Israel. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. CONTACT

Mark CallesenMark Callesen, M.D.,
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Callesen has served as Chief Medical Officer here at JFCS since 1999. Dr. Callesen completed his Adult Psychiatric Residency Training at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Callesen is Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Callesen has been practicing Psychiatry for well over 25 years. Dr. Callesen has a special interest in helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD as well as Bipolar Affective Disorders. Dr. Callesen is a Member of the Executive Leadership Team, provides supervision and Consultation to the Medical Staff and continues to provide Psychiatric care for our clients here at JFCS.. CONTACT

Megan LipmanMegan Lipman
Vice President of Quality Management & Compliance

Megan Lipman has over 14 years of experience in the behavioral health and medical industry, five of which she spent at JFCS as the Director of Quality Management, where she oversaw and analyzed key performance indicators and implementation of initiatives in alignment with Triple Aim, which focuses on improving the patient experience, health populations and cost reduction. Megan is a graduate of Arizona State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is also a graduate of the JFCS Leadership Academy and has been presented with the agency’s “Exemplary Practice Story” in recent years. CONTACT

Ellie SchwartzbergEllie 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

Linda ScottLinda 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

Megan LipmanGwynn Simpson
Vice President of Human Resources

Gwynn Simpson served in leadership roles with 2 PAC 12 Universities; U of Washington, Arizona State University, Director of Human Resources for Maricopa County, Corporate VP of Human Resources for Sprouts Farmers Market Stores, VP of Human Resources for the American Public Transportation Association in Washington DC, Director of HR for Gila River Health and Director of HR for Houston Metro, prior to coming to JFCS. She has published research through the National Academies of Science, and in 2019, her first book with Austin Macauley Publishing House NY, London, United Emirates. She holds a MSW in Psychiatric Social Work and Organizational Development. She obtained certification in Global Human Resources from the Harvard Business School in Cambridge, and certification in Managing Diversity from Columbia’s School of Business in New York. CONTACT

Mary JoMary Jo Whitfield, MSW
Vice President of Integrated Health

Mary Jo Whitfield, MSW holds the position of Vice President of Integrated 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. CONTACT

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