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Hartford’s JFS looks ahead

Michael Cohen was installed as president of the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford (JFS) at the organization’s annual meeting on June 15. Cohen, who was elected to a two-year term, previously served as second vice president of the board and chair of the agency’s Development Committee.

“Whatever we are able to accomplish will be through the collective efforts of all of us,” Cohen told those in attendance. “May we go from strength to strength.”

Outgoing President Merrill Mandell, who was installed as the agency’s board chair, was also honored at the annual meeting.

“It has been such an honor to serve as board president of Jewish Family Services,” said Mandell. “It is an organization made up of amazing people doing particularly meaningful work. Once you have experienced the professionalism and compassion of its staff and volunteers, it becomes a special part of you.”

The agency’s executive director, Anne Danaher, welcomed both Cohen and Mandell to their new roles.

“Merrill lead with a calm and thoughtful demeanor and focused on our performance and quality improvement and financial stability. I am pleased that Merrill will be chairing our Strategic Planning Committee,” said Danaher, adding, “and I welcome incoming President Michael Cohen, who has been a committed board member for many years and has greatly enhanced our development efforts as Development Committee Chair. I know that Michael will continue to advance the JFS mission throughout his tenure and I look forward to working with him in his new role.”

Also elected to the board at the annual meeting were four new members: Rev. Stephen Camp, Denise Purpura, Lisa Weisinger-Roland, and State Rep. Brandon McGee; as well as a non-voting youth representative, Lucy Frenkel.

CAP: At the JFS Annual Meeting: (l to r) JFS Executive Director Anne Danaher, Board President Michael Cohen, Board Chair Merrill Mandell (immediate oast president), and past president Andy Krevolin.

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