Get to know the agency's senior leadership.
As Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Gail Schulman leads an organization of 300 professionals serving more than 10,000 people each year. JF&CS’s integrated services address mental health and well-being, economic insecurity, and disability supports, across the lifespan from infancy through old age. Much of Gail’s earlier career was in the high-tech sector, where she spent more than 20 years leading complex global businesses, serving as CEO and COO for businesses of 500+ staff and over $200 million in revenue. Driven to more mission-oriented work, Gail left high tech in 2016 to become Chief Operating Officer of Gann Academy, Greater Boston’s independent Jewish High School. There she was responsible for all of Gann's business functions, including finance, human resources, marketing, facilities, and operations, while also overseeing strategic initiatives at the school. Gail joined JF&CS in 2020. Her commitment to the agency runs deep, as she was previously a JF&CS volunteer and a client. As a passionate volunteer leader, Gail has served as the board chair of Kesher Newton, led committees focused on youth and education at Temple Reyim, and served as fundraising and recruitment chair at Teen Voices. Gail graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University. She lives in Newton with her husband and is the proud mother of two college students.
Elayne joined JF&CS in 2014 as the Controller and became the Chief Financial Officer in 2022. She started her career in Public Accounting at Grant Thornton, a large, international accounting and consulting firm, receiving broad experience including non-profit clients, such as The American Red Cross, Maimonides School and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Elayne then worked for New England Research Institutes, a social and public policy research firm, for 19 years, and immediately prior to joining the team at JF&CS, provided accounting consulting services to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Elayne is a graduate of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and has her Master of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University. She lives in Framingham with her husband and mini-labradoodle, where she is active at Temple Beth Sholom and is the proud mother of two adult children.
Karen oversees fundraising, marketing, and volunteer services for JF&CS. She joined the organization in July 2021 as Chief Marketing Officer before moving into this broader role. Before JF&CS, she served as director of communications and partnerships at Education Resource Strategies, a national nonprofit that partners with schools and districts to transform how they use resources in pursuit of educational excellence and equity. Karen was also a founding member of the national educational advocacy organization, 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now, building its communications arm, and worked on the communications team for the Save Darfur Coalition. Her first jobs out of college were as a journalist with Government Executive Magazine and the PBS NewsHour. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and received a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where she was awarded an Irving B. Harris Fellowship. Karen lives in Newton with her husband and three children, where she is an active member of Temple Reyim. She enjoys keeping in touch with old friends and visiting her native Pacific Northwest.
Betsy Kelder joined JF&CS in 2022 as the Chief Administrative Officer, responsible for oversight of Human Resources, IT, Risk and Compliance, Facilities, Operations and the Dept of Evaluation and Learning. A mission-based businesswoman for most of her career, Betsy was most recently the Executive Director for Invest in Girls (IIG). In her 5 years at IIG Betsy tripled the organization’s budget and led a merger with the Council for Economic Education taking IIG from a northeast regional non-profit to a national footprint with programs from coast to coast. Prior to leading IIG, Betsy held positions as the Director of Summer & External Programs at Belmont Day School, Associate Director at Hidden Valley Camp in Maine and Manager of the domestic intern program for Microsoft. Betsy has a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Masters of Public Administration from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Betsy grew up in Boston attending Temple Israel and now lives in Arlington with her husband and two children. Betsy is still active in the camping community having served on the board of directors for the American Camp Association, New England for almost ten years and currently serving as the board’s President. She loves to spend time with friends and family and be outdoors as much as possible.
Meredith has been with JF&CS since 2004. Meredith is the Director of the Center for Basic Needs Assistance. She is a graduate of the Boston University School of Social Work and has spent close to 30 years addressing social issues through her work at a variety of institutions. Meredith has worked in an adolescent residential treatment program, in-patient psychiatric hospital settings, and community-based youth and arts programs before joining JF&CS in 2004. Outside of work, Meredith is very active in the Temple Beth Zion community and enjoys gardening, walking, and anything that involves being in nature. She lives in Brookline with her partner and stepdaughter.
Kathy has been with JF&CS since 2007. Prior to coming to JF&CS, she worked in academia as a senior research associate at Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship and at the National Center on Women and Aging at Brandeis University. Kathy also worked for AARP and Operation ABLE of Greater Boston. She has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a M.Ed. in rehabilitation counseling from Northeastern University. Kathy is the president of the Mass Gerontology Association (MGA) and the chair of the Minuteman Senior Services Advisory Committee. Kathy sings with the Somerville Community Chorus, loves to swim, and lives in West Medford with her husband and older son.
Sara joined JF&CS in 2006 as an intern in the CHAI Works day program. Throughout her time at JF&CS, Sara has held numerous jobs in CHAI Services, including job coach, residential support specialist, Director of Community Programs, and Associate Division Director. Sara’s passion for supporting individuals with disabilities and their families has motivated her to help launch new programs in CHAI Services, as well as expand and grow existing programs. Sara has a bachelor’s degree in human development and psychology from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in social work from Boston College. Sara lives in Arlington with her husband and family.
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