Leadership & Staff




Community Engagement

Donor Relations

IT & Security

Human Resources


Meet Our Leadership and Staff

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is comprised of skilled professionals, highly dedicated to accomplishing the Federations mission & vision. Our leadership and staff accommodate the needs of the federation with professionalism, compassion and resilience.

Explore each team member’s contribution to the Federation and connect with us regarding any of your specific needs.


Shep Englander

Chief Executive Officer

Leading our Jewish Federation, enables me to pursue my passion for building community, which enhances so many lives…

Kim Adler

Chief Operating Officer

As the Chief Operating Officer, I am fortunate to be involved in almost every aspect of our Federation business – from marketing to…

Nicole Coyne

Chief Financial Officer

I am dedicated to overseeing, managing, and growing the Federation’s financial resources to enable us to build a stronger community…

Hermione Gilpin

Chief Development Officer

I connect people with their passions. Building bridges throughout our region, exploring opportunities for new partnerships…

Liat Alon, PhD

Chief Learning & Engagement Officer

I am an alumna of Ben Gurion of the Negev, where I completed a master’s degree in Gender and Middle Eastern Studies…



Chief Financial Officer

I am dedicated to overseeing, managing, and growing the Federation’s financial resources to enable us to build a stronger community…



Senior Accountant

Susan reconciles our general ledger accounts and assists the CFO with financial reporting, auditing, and other related tasks



Accounting Clerk

Kristen is responsible for the Federation’s Accounts Payable, processing and recording  all deposits as well as recording Jewish News advertising sales.



Donor Information Specialist

Works closely with Development on our donor’s pledges, payments, receipts, and statements.




Director of Marketing & Communications

Ellen oversees all aspects of the Federation’s marketing and communications including The Jewish News, Shalom SRQ, campus promotion and media relations.



Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Ethan creates our digital content, manages email communications and social media channels, and facilitates the production of marketing materials.



Digital Specialist & Webmaster

Mia manages all aspects of web design/development to produce a seamless user experience in conjunction with implementing digital marketing methods.



Senior Graphic Designer

Karen designs all internal and outward-facing marketing materials for the Federation including building advertisements, invitations, mailings, and event programs.



Advertising Sales Manager

Marc is responsible for connecting businesses and organizations with our community through sponsorships and advertising sales in The Jewish News, Shalom SRQ, the annual Jewish Film Festival brochure, and more.

Community Engagement


Chief Learning & Engagement Officer




Youth & Family Coordinator




Administrative Assistant

Leslie provides administrative support for Federation programs, events, and various scholarships, and manages the events calendar, registrations, and constituent database.



Outreach Coordinator

Lauren coordinates various outreach and engagement initiatives for our Jewish community such as Just Schmoozing and Lions on the Loose.



Holocaust Education & Programming

Bette is responsible for the Federation’s Holocaust Education Initiative offering events and educational  programs targeted to all members of the community and especially, to teachers and students.



Event Coordinator

Carol coordinates annual community programs Jewish Film Festival, Yom Ha’atzmaut and People of the Book.  She is also responsible for one-time events such as JFED at 65.


Donor Relations


Chief Advancement Officer

I connect people with their passions. Building bridges throughout our region, exploring opportunities for new partnerships, and engaging our donors…



Senior Development Manager

Beth manages the daily operations of the development moves management system and conducts prospect research for the development team.



Individual Giving Officer

Jeremy provides the wealth of engagement opportunities within the realm of giving.



Senior Development Officer




Major Gifts

For more than 20 years Rich has been encouraging support from our donors for our Federation, Israel and our Jewish and general community.


IT & Security


Director of IT

Jon oversees all levels of technology for the Federation. He identifies new trends in technology and related software to enhance the experience of employees and connected members of the Federation.



Community Security Director

Tom administers a security program that provides consultations, building and organizational assessments, training, and threat mitigation to Federation organizations.



Campus Security Manager

A hands-on position responsible for the day-to-day management of the security functions for JFSM. The purpose of this position is to predict, prevent, detect and respond to criminal attacks against the people and assets of the campus.


Human Resources


Human Resources & Operations Manager

Kathy is our HR Manager and supports our development efforts through committee work, event planning and donor communications.




Director of Campus Operations

Lisa is the Director of Campus Operations, Community Coordinator of the LIFE & LEGACY initiative, software super-user and coach, and a member of the campus construction team.



Executive Coordinator

Navita is the assistant to the CEO, coordinating C-suite calendars, conference calls, Board & Committee meetings and acts as Board Liaison.



Director of Event Center Business Development

Deanna identifies and develops new business opportunities relating to our event center with consideration towards building relationships in the community.



Campus Project Manager

Lee oversees the care and maintenance of our administrative building and tackles campus projects as they arise throughout the facility.


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