Meet the Staff

 

Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis and Jewish Family Services at The Reuben Center

Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis

Debby came to Indianapolis in September 2013 after serving in Jewish communities in Palm Beach County, Detroit, Chicago, and South Bend. She received her B.A. from Indiana University and her MSW / Certificate in Jewish Communal Service from the University of Michigan. She loves the thrill of a good rollercoaster, the adventure and exploration that comes with traveling, and film — she could plan an entire vacation around movies. She is married to Scott Grant and has three boys, Jonah, Benjamin and Sam.

 

     Debra Barton Grant

       Executive Vice President and CEO

​ 
                        
   317-715-9262           dbartongrant@jfgi.org

Katy joined the Federation in January 2015. A graduate of Indiana University, she was previously the Chief Philanthropy Officer of Indiana University Health Hospital and Simon Cancer Center. She has served as President of the JCC, an Officer of the Jewish Federation, and on the boards of Park Tudor School, Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Dance Kaleidoscope, and Hoosier Salon. Katy has a major competitive streak; she has played tennis at the JCC and the Indianapolis Racquet Club for many years, and also enjoys skiing, weightlifting, and bike riding. She is married to Dan Cantor and has two daughters, Courtney and Abby. Abby is engaged to David Katz and the family is thrilled with their new addition.

 

Katy Cantor, CFRE

      Chief Philanthropy Officer, 
​Planned Giving and Endowment

                            
       317-715-9266               kcantor@jfgi.org

Margo joined JFGI in 2006; before that, she worked as the Executive Director of St. Louis Hillel at Washington University and at the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at Indiana University. She loves connecting people to the Jewish community and helping them become stronger leaders and inspired philanthropists. She has a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College, and a Master’s of Education from Loyola University Chicago. Margo volunteers with the Indianapolis chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, JPRO Indiana and is past President of the Board of Directors for the Hillel at the Klehr Center for Jewish Life and Franklin and Marshall College. She is married to Dan Fox and they have two daughters. ​

 

     Margo Fox

  Senior Director of Engagement

 
                              
   317-715-9268                      mfox@jfgi.org

Erica has been JFGI's CFO since 2008. While she was born and raised in Wisconsin, Erica has called Indiana home for the last 26 years after graduating from Butler University. Prior to working at the Federation, Erica worked in public accounting and at a privately held radio broadcast company before transitioning into the nonprofit sector. She received the Frank H. Newman Award for Outstanding Jewish Professional in 2017. Outside of work, Erica is involved with the Indiana CPA Society, Indianapolis Tri Delta Alumni Chapter, and was the treasurer of her homeowners association. Erica loves to travel, both in and out of the country, and spend time with her family. She is married to Clark and has a daughter, Charlotte.

 

     Erica Eck Crowell, CPA

                         Chief Financial Officer

 
                            
   317-475-4272                     ecrowell@jfgi.org

Michael rest of bio to come

 

          Michael Skolnick

            Senior Director of Development

 
                            
   317-715-9274                mskolnick@jfgi.org

Vadim started working for JFGI in August 2003. He was born in Daugavpils, Latvia (former Soviet Union) and immigrated to the U.S. in September 1995. In Latvia, he was an accountant and, upon coming to America, went back to school for accounting at the IUPUI Kelley School of Business, from which he graduated in 2002. Vadim loves soccer, art, literature, and traveling, and he hopes to one day travel to Europe. He is married to Olga; his brother and his family, and his mother also live in the United States.

 

    Vadim Inger

               Senior Accounting Manager

 
                            
   317-475-4270                     vinger@jfgi.org

Irina is from Kharkiv, Ukraine. She has worked at the Federation since August 2009. Irina graduated from Indiana University in 2003 with a B.S. in Recreational Sports Management; during her time at IU, Irina was an NCAA varsity athlete in tennis and track & field, and has held an NCAA Division 1 record in javelin since 2003. She also has an M.S. in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University, where she also coached track & field. She is married to her husband Ruslan (Russ) Brodskiy; they have two sons, Neal and Alan (who both attend the JCC's ECE program), and a dog, Jeana.

 

            Irina Brodskiy

            Campaign Operations Manager

 
                            
   317-715-9272                ibrodskiy@jfgi.org

Stephanie has been with JFGI since May 2015. A graduate of Butler University with a combined major in History and Anthropology, Stephanie is originally from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, but now calls Indianapolis her home. She currently serves on the board of the Indiana Jewish Historical Society as Vice-President of History and volunteers for Jewish Family Services' Parents Night Out program, and recently concluded a two-year term as advisor for BBYO’s local Indianapolis girls' chapter. Stephanie is passionate about preserving history for future generations, IndyCar racing, and her family; she can usually be found wandering around museums or historical sites around the world.

 

           Stephanie Dlatt

                           Campaign Associate

 
                                  
   Phone number to come             sdlatt@jfgi.org

Anna joined the Jewish Federation staff in November 2016. Her father was an active volunteer, and from him, she learned the value and importance of giving back to the community. Before working at JFGI, she worked in the non-profit field writing grants. This experience, combined with her passion for the community, gave her the skills for her current role. Anna received her B.A. and MAT degrees in French and History from University of Illinois. In her free time, she loves to paint and has decorated her office with her own artwork. Anna is married to Jon Goodfellow, with whom she has two cats who think they're people.

 

                Anna Price

       Director of Foundation and Corporate
                              ​  Grant Relations

                                 
   317-715-9220                          aprice@jfgi.org

Paula, an Indianapolis native, joined JFGI in January 2015. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Brooklyn Law School. She previously worked as a litigation attorney in Chicago and moved to Carmel with her family in 1998. Paula has served on the JFGI Board of Directors, was a member of our Planning and Allocations Committee, participated in the inaugural class of our ATID leadership program, and is a co-founder of Pomelit, a successful engagement program. Paula has also given her time to a wide variety of Jewish preschool and Carmel Clay Schools programs. Paula has three children: Elyse, Danny, and Ben; she loves art and travel and hopes to learn to speak Italian in the near future. 

 

          Paula Goldberg

          Program Director, LIFE & LEGACY

 
                            
   317-715-6980                pgoldberg@jfgi.org

Pam joined JFGI in January 2015. She was born in Noblesville and raised in Westfield, graduating from high school in 1987. Pam then returned to Noblesville where she is raising her son, Brysten. She enjoys cooking, nature walks, and many other outdoor activities, including watching her son play sports.

 

            Pamela Eicher

            Executive Endowment Assistant

 
                            
   317-715-6981                  peicher@jfgi.org

Michèle has been with JFGI since 2000. Through the Israeli Shaliach program and partnership with the Western Galilee and Budapest, she helps Hoosiers relate to Israel and Jewish communities around the world. Michè​le hails from New York but spent most of her life in Israel: She grew up there and her daughter now lives there, after serving in the Israel Defense Force. Michèle holds a B.A. and M.A. from Queens College, NY. In 2014, she received the Frank H. Newman Award for Professional Excellence. Her husband, Gadi, and two children (Ben-Ari and Maya) are Israeli-born, but their Goldendoodle, Doobie, is a full-bred Hoosier. Michèle loves films and documentaries, and traveling around the U.S. and the globe.

 

          Michèle Boukai

                 Israel and Overseas Director

 
                                 
   317-475-4274                     mboukai@jfgi.org

Roie took over as Indianapolis' Israeli emissary in September 2017. He was born in Atlanta and spent his fourth grade year in West Bloomfield, Michigan, but has lived most of his life in Timrat, Israel. He studied biotechnology in school, and after a year of volunteering for the youth movement he participated in, Roie served as a paratrooper in the Israeli army and took part in "Operation Protective Edge" in the Gaza Strip. For the past few summers Roie worked at Tamarack Camps in Michigan, supervising their wilderness trip program. He's played basketball since he was five and loves to travel — he recently ventured to New Zealand for a few months.

 

             Roie Gonen

                             Israeli Emissary

 
                               
   317-475-4276                       shaliach@jfgi.org

Matt rest of bio to come

 

     Matt Kramer-Morning

                     Director of NEXTGen

 
                        
   317-715-9261           mkmorning@jfgi.org

Leah has lived in the Indianapolis area since 2012 and has a background in both Jewish communal service and elementary education. Leah enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children, taking family vacations and day trips, playing at local parks and green spaces with her children, gardening, and spending time with her friends.

 

                 Leah Aft

                      PJ Library Coordinator

 
                                   
   317-715-9264                            laft@jfgi.org

Sheila joined the JFGI in the fall of 2016. She works with a demographic researcher and the Central Indiana Jewish community to help provide robust demographic data about Jewish life in Indy. She is looking forward to utilizing this data and working with the community to make an impact on the future of the Indianapolis Jewish community. Sheila is a CPA who earned her B.A. in Finance from the University of Illinois and MSA from Roosevelt University. Before joining the JFGI family she worked in the for-profit sector at Accenture, Hilton Chicago, and Arthur Anderson. In her free time Sheila enjoys running half marathons and salsa dancing, but above all, spending time with her husband and their two sons.

 

         Sheila Yuckman

       Jewish Community Study Coordinator

 
                            
   317-715-9273                syuckman@jfgi.org

Elliott joined JFGI in 1998. He grew up in Indianapolis, graduated from IU with a degree in business marketing, and has a background in property management. After his return from military service in 1966, he volunteered at the JCC as a committee member, board member and finally a Vice President. He also served Congregation Beth-El Zedeck as a board member and House Committee Chairman. He received the Martin L. Larner Leadership Development Award in 1977 and the Frank H. Newman Award for Professional Excellence in 2009. He loves to bowl and ride bicycles; he and his wife Linda have been married since 1964, and they have a son, a daughter, and three grandsons.

 

                Elliott Gold

                            Campus Coordinator

 
                               
   317-715-9270                        egold@jfgi.org


 

MARKETING STAFF. Top row (L-R): Sam Deddens (Graphic Designer), Lisa Waite (Director of Marketing); Bottom row (L-R): Hanna Fogel (Content Creator & Editor), Andrew Eberwine (Visual Communications Manager), Rita Jordan (Events & Rentals Coordinator)

 

 

Jewish Family Services at The Reuben Center

Lori is a native Hoosier and received her BSW and MSW at IU. She started working in the Indy Jewish community in 1984; she knew she wanted to be a social worker in the nonprofit world as a teen working at the JCC. Based on her close relationship with her grandparents, she knew that she would find her passion working with the elderly, helping them to value their independence and life experiences. In 2006, Lori received the Frank H. Newman Award for Professional Excellence. She can still do the splits (just has to stretch first!) from her gymnastics days, and enjoys doing mosaic work. Lori is married to Gary and has two sons and daughters-in-law, Ethan, Rachel, Mark and Dana, and grand-dogs Minnie, Zeus, and Atlas.

 

                Lori Moss

                           Executive Director

 
                            
   317-259-6824                      lmoss@jfgi.org

Christy has been with Jewish Family Services since 2006 as the geriatric social worker. She helps individuals ages 60 and older and their caregivers connect to resources that enable them to stay in their home as long as safely possible. Before working at JFS, Christine worked at the Indianapolis Senior Citizen Center & Hospice as a social worker. She holds a BSW from Manchester University and an MSW from IU. As a native Hoosier from Lafayette, she is passionate about her community and providing the best services she can give. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and is involved with her church. Above all, she loves spending time with her family. She is married to Curt and has two children, Sarah and Nathan.

 

             Christy Morris

                  Senior Services Social Worker

 
                           
   317-536-1475                  cmorris@jfgi.org

Julie is our community social worker, working primarily one-on-one with clients within the Jewish community providing case management, crisis intervention and connection to resources. Julie graduated undergrad and graduate school from the IU School of Social Work. She was lucky enough to be born and raised in Indianapolis and has worked in the Jewish community since 1999. She has a wonderful husband, Jeff, four children, a dog, two hamsters and several pregnant fish. In her free time, she speaks to local schools and other groups for the Holocaust Education Speaker’s Bureau as the granddaughter of a survivor, and is an active volunteer for her synagogue and her children's schools.

 

        Julie Sondhelm

       Jewish Community Social Services

 
                            
   317-536-1476                jsondhelm@jfgi.org

Rachel joined JFS in August 2016, coming from Chicago, where most of her family lives and where she worked for Shorashim, a Birthright-Israel program; Rachel was responsible for hiring and training trip staff. She has a B.A. in English from IU Bloomington and an M.A. in Jewish Professional Studies with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. After graduating from IU, Rachel spent a year in Israel on a program called Otzma, where she spent most of her time volunteering with children and teens. She moved to Indianapolis with two dogs, Tigger and Josie, and has been welcomed into her boyfriend’s family’s traditions and gatherings.

 

            Rachel Kesner

                              Program Director

 
                               
   317-259-6817                        rkesner@jfgi.org

Jack was born in the former Soviet Union in the republic of Ukraine, but feels like Indiana is his home. He immigrated here in 1978 with his wife and son, and six years later their daughter was born right here in Indiana! Jack and his wife have expanded their family to include a beautiful daughter-in-law and two fun-loving grandsons. Jack began working in the Jewish community in 2002. He is an amazing cook and knows how to throw a party that no one ever wants to leave.

 

               Jack Briker

                   Wheels to Wellness Driver

 
                              
                317-536-1479           

Ruthie is a native of Israel and earned her Music Education degree with The Lewinsky Music College - Tel-Aviv. Specializing in Eurythmics and holding a Gerontology certificate, she served as music teacher for both preschool and school kids, as well as the elderly population. Ruth has lived and taught in Israel, Europe, Canada, and the U.S., and for her, the Jewish community is always a home away from home.

 

                Ruth Gal

          Libby and David Fogle Lunch Bunch
​                       Program Coordinator

                                 
   317-536-1477                            rgal@jfgi.org

Katya joined JFS in April 2016. She immigrated to Indianapolis from Saint-Petersburg, Russia in 1994; she earned a B.A. from the Music and Pedagogy College in St. Petersburg and an Associate's degree in Applied Science from Ivy Tech in Indianapolis. Katya is married to Michael and has two daughters, Stacy and Anna, plus two furry grandchildren, Wallace the dog and Doris the cat. She can play almost any tune by ear on the piano. 

 

              Katya Klauz

                  Kavod Holocaust Survivors
​                       Program Coordinator

                                     
   317-660-5046                            kklauz@jfgi.org