Jewish Family Service: 62nd Biennial Meeting

by | Jun 27, 2014 | Other News

Past president Amy Levy with Lawrence Steingold.

Past president Amy Levy with Lawrence Steingold.

On Monday June 9, JFS held its Biennial Meeting to install the new board president and officers. Dr. Marcia Samuels, outgoing president, welcomed Lawrence Steingold, who will serve as president for the 2014-2016 term.

The other members of the executive committee are:
Jeff Cooper, 1st vice president/treasurer
Ellen Rosenblum, 2nd vice president
Patti Wainger, secretary
Beth Jaffe, member-at-large
Dr. Marcia Samuels, immediate past president
Elena Barr Baum, past president

JFS thanked its outgoing board members Scott Flax and Jerry Meltsner and welcomed incoming board member Steve Suskind, as well as continuing board members Lynn Sher Cohen and Renee Strelitz. JFS also presented several awards and recognitions at the meeting.

Betty Ann Levin, JFS executive director, remarked, “Our community should be proud that such a dedicated group of lay leaders are guiding our agency. It continues to be a pleasure to work with our entire board of directors and we look forward to the next two years under Lawrence’s leadership.”

Celebrating JFS Employees
Each year since 1982, Jewish Family Service of Tidewater has recognized and honored a Home Health Care Employee of the Year. This year, Tanesha Davis, CNA, was given the honor at JFS’ annual Employee Appreciation Dinner.

As a high school student, Davis volunteered at Lake Taylor Transitional Care, and in 2010, graduated from Tidewater Community College as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She came to JFS in 2011. Davis not only works as a CNA, caring for JFS’ home health clients, but also helps out in the office.

Jan Ganderson, director of nursing, said, “Tanesha is always willing to lend a helping hand and does so with a smile on her face.”

Staff Members Recognized
At the annual Employee Appreciation Dinner, JFS managers also recognized employees from each department for their longevity and service to the agency. Ganderson noted that 63 percent of the Home Health Care CNAs, nursing aides, and licensed practical nurses have been employed by JFS for more than three years.

The following employees were honored for years of service to JFS:

Recognized for 15 Years
Marlene Aikman, administrative manager Personal Affairs Management (PAM)
Shela Cook, case management team leader Personal Affairs Management (PAM) and also a Home Health Care CNA
Judy Saperstein, physical therapist in Home Health Care

Recognized for 10 Years
Linda Badgley, RN, Home Health Care
Lisa Bullock, CNA, Home Health Care
Patrice Conley, case management team leader in Personal Affairs Management (PAM)
Melissa Diehl, physical therapist in Home Health Care
Cathy Gavin, secretary/receptionist in the Clinical department
Robert Lang, trusts & assets manager in Personal Affairs Management (PAM)

Recognized for 5 Years
Shannon Leyton, RN, Home Health Care
Heather Smith, RN, Home Health Care nurse liaison
Rodney Wilson, CNA, Home Health Care
Gwen Zalas, medical records, Home Health Care

Jewish Family Service is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.