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InterfaithFamily's Board of Directors


Lynda Schwartz, Board Chair & Treasurer

Lynda Schwartz is a former partner at Ernst & Young now in her own practice as a forensic accountant. She became Chair of IFF’s Board in May 2013 and continues to serve as Treasurer and chair of our Finance Committee on an interim basis. Her board service has included the New England Legal Foundation and the Women’s Bar Foundation.


Edmund Case, CEO

Edmund Case graduated from Yale in 1972 and from Harvard Law School in 1975. He practiced law for 22 years and was chairman of the business litigation department of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, a large Boston law firm. He served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Greater Boston Legal Services, the major provider of civil legal aid to the indigent in Greater Boston. In 1999, Case earned a Master's in Jewish Communal Service and a Master's in Management from the Heller-Hornstein Program at Brandeis University. He is a past president of Temple Shalom of Newton. He served as a member of the URJ (Reform Movement) Northeast Regional Outreach Committee and of CJP's 1996 Task Force on Intermarriage and of CJP's 1997 Strategic Planning Sub-committee on Vibrancy and Inclusiveness. Case is co-editor of The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An Handbook (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001) and has written and spoken widely on intermarriage issues. In November 2001 Case was named to The Forward 50 list of top Jewish leaders.


Ann Peckenpaugh Becker

Ann Peckenpaugh was a leading executive search consultant in Silicon Valley for 26 years beginning in 1982. Most recently, she was President of Board Search Partners LLC, the only search firm specializing in recruiting boards of directors for public and private high technology companies. Previously, Ann was SVP, Recruiting and Human Capital Partner at Highland Capital Partners, a leading venture capital firm headquartered in the Boston Area. Prior to Highland Capital, Ann was a Partner with Schweichler Associates, a leading retained search firm serving Silicon Valley, from 1990 to 2000. Earlier in her career, she was a Vice President with David Powell Associates, and prior to that, ran her own retained search firm, Peckenpaugh & Company.

Ann holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (1980) and a Bachelor’s degree with High Distinction from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1976). Ann is married to David Becker, has two teenage sons, and lives in Marin County, California.

Michael Cedillos

Michael Cedillos joined the Board in May 2013. She is a member of the Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Cabinet and a current member and past Campaign Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Group of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen’s non-profit experience includes: President, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav; Treasurer, and VP, San Francisco JCC; Treasurer, and VP, Bureau of Jewish Education; VP, SF Hillel; Board Member, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. Through his extensive work within the Reform movement and with Hillel, he is very connected both in the Bay Area and nationally. He played an active role in helping us to secure the IFF/San Francisco project and the funding for it.


Mindy Fortin

Mindy Fortin has been a trustee for the Lasko Family Foundations for nearly 15 years, and is also an executive board member and grants committee co-chair for Women of Vision (a Philadelphia Federation women’s philanthropy group) and a longtime volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Previously, Mindy served on her synagogue board for over 17 years, and also on the boards of the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education, the Jewish Outreach Partnership (now Jewish Learning Venture), the Terri Lynn Lokoff Childcare Foundation (a national organization that advocates for non-profit, non-sectarian childcare) and acted as chair of the advisory committee for the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School at the Barrack Hebrew Academy. Through her work as a Lasko trustee, she has been very involved in the Jewish Community High School of Gratz College and with Moving Traditions.


Laurie Franz

Laurie Franz is the president of the Five Together Foundation, which she formed in 2005 along with her four siblings. Five Together has focuses on basic humanitarian efforts in the US and worldwide.

Laurie currently serves as Board Chair for the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, modeled after Yemin Orde in Israel.

Laurie is currently on the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Laurie is the Chair of Federations Center for Social Responsibility Board, which allocates funds to the most vulnerable in Philadelphia. She serves on the Mitzvah Food Pantry Board as well. Laurie is the Breakthrough Chair for Jewish Federation of North America’s (JFNA) Campaign Cabinet.

Laurie’s greatest accomplishments are her three sons. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Rydal, Pennsylvania.

Eileen Frazier

Eileen Frazier has been an integral part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington team for almost 20 years, including as Interim CEO. She currently serves as Federation’s Chief Operating Officer.

She was selected as Non-Profit CFO of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award from Greater Washington Society of CPAs and was a participant in Leadership Montgomery which is a leadership program in Montgomery County, Maryland. She is the President of Mensch Makers Inc. She is also active in our local community through her synagogue. Eileen is a native Washingtonian and graduate of University of Maryland.

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff is a resident scholar at The Brandeis University’s Women’s studies Research Center, with expertise on a remarkable range of topics including family dynamics, gender, women in the workplace, communication, mothering, and Jewish education. She both speaks and writes about intergenerational and interfaith relationships on many high profile platforms and is the author of two books: Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children and Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-laws into Family.. Ruth also serves as a columnist for The Seesaw, a column about interfaith life in The Jewish Daily Forward. She is also the advice columnist for the Boston Jewish Forward and is a frequent blogger for The Huffington Post.

Ruth served three terms in the New Hampshire Legislature and was Assistant Minority Leader. She was also New Hampshire’s Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Health and Welfare. Her previous board service includes the boards of the New Hampshire United Way, New Hampshire Business Development Corporation, Boston’s Jewish Family and Children’s Services and of Newbury College. She worked with the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women, and Commission for the Handicapped. Currently, she serves on the advisory committee, Center for Women and Politics, University of Massachusetts and the Board of Lasell Village. In 2007, she received the Millicent McIntosh Award for life time contributions to Feminism from Barnard College of Columbia University.


David Rokoff

David Rokoff is a retired business attorney who now assists various non-profits and start-up businesses with organizational and strategic planning issues. He is a past President of Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, Massachusetts. He also serves on the Board of Neurofibromatosis Northeast and is a past Board member and regional officer of the URJ.


Bill Schwartz

Bill Schwartz is a retired businessman who is a lifetime member of the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and a longtime member and leader at his Conservative synagogue. He was the vice chair of the Board of InterFaithways, which merged with IFF in 2012. He was also the President of the Philadelphia Geriatric Center, President of the Federation Thrift Shop (the largest single store Federation Thrift Shop in the country), and President of his own company, The American Pants Company. In addition, Mr. Schwartz was Chairman of FAJA’s Combined Apparel Industries division, and has served on the boards of the Epilepsy Foundation of Philadelphia, and Israel Bonds.


Rebecca Hoelting Short, Clerk

Rebecca Hoelting Short is a domestic relations attorney and partner at McCurdy & Candler, L.L.C. She is the Chair of IFF’s Development Committee and has served on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Rebecca currently serves on the board of Jewish Family and Career Services and the Southeastern Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League.


Mamie Kanfer Stewart

Mamie Kanfer Stewart is the Founder and CEO of Starling, an early stage venture that develops team collaboration tools that deepen thinking and maintain alignment so everyone can work smarter and accomplish more. Previously, she served as Director of WOWV during which she consulted with non-profit organizations on staffing and strategic planning. Mamie received an MBA from Stern Graduate School of Business at New York University. She received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Mamie is immediate Past Chair of InterfaithFamily, a Board Member of Luria Academy and Bend the Arc, and past Board Member of Moishe House and Slingshot. Mamie currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and two young daughters.


Virginia Wise

Ginny Wise currently serves as Tulane University’s Vice President of Development for Leadership Giving. She spent 18 years at Harvard University in various development positions, culminating in her role as Associate Dean of Development at Harvard Divinity School. Ginny also served previously as Vice President of Development at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. Ginny received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Education from Harvard University.

Ginny has served on the boards of numerous Jewish communal organizations in Boston and New Orleans. She has also been an active volunteer at Dartmouth College having served as Club President, Class President, Alumni Councilor and currently as a member of the Dartmouth College Fund Executive Committee.

Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." Hebrew for "commandment," it has two meanings. The first are the commandments given in the Torah. ("You should obey the mitzvah of honoring your parents!") The second is a good deed. ("Helping her carry her groceries home was such a mitzvah!") A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
Yiddish term for an honorable, decent person, usually means "a person of integrity and honor," someone of good character and a deep sense of what is right. Reform synagogues are often called "temple." "The Temple" refers to either the First Temple, built by King Solomon in 957 BCE in Jerusalem, or the Second Temple, which replaced the First Temple and stood on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem from 516 BCE to 70 CE.
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