Leadership

Houston Jewish Family Foundation is grateful to the leaders and staff who ensure we fulfill our mission of providing ongoing resources to strengthen families in the Jewish community of Houston, Texas, through counseling and social services.

Board of Directors

Jacob Leon

Jacob Leon
Jacob Leon
President
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Donald Freedman

Donald Freedman
Donald Freedman
Vice President
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Larry Reader

Larry Reader
Larry Reader
Secretary/Treasurer
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Mark Brookner

Board Member
Mark Brookner
Board Member
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Linda L. Burger, MSSW

Board Member
Linda L. Burger, MSSW
Board Member
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Lauren Segal Foster

Board Member
Lauren Segal Foster
Board Member
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Joy Kaplan

Board Member
Joy Kaplan
Board Member
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Ellen Toomim Robinson

Board Member
Ellen Toomim Robinson
Board Member
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Steve Robinson

Board Member
Steve Robinson
Board Member
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Barbara Sheffield

Board Member
Barbara Sheffield
Board Member
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Linda Rauch Susman

Board Member
Linda Rauch Susman
Board Member
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Philip Tenenbaum

Board Member
Philip Tenenbaum
Board Member
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Shirley Toomim

Board Member
Shirley Toomim
Board Member
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Benjamin Warren

Board Member
Benjamin Warren
Board Member
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Mark E. Wise

Immediate Past President
Mark E. Wise
Immediate Past President
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Rachel W. Davis, MJS

Rachel W. Davis, MJS

Rachel W. Davis joined JFS Houston in December 2006 as Chief Development Officer. With a background in business development and marketing, she has focused on building diverse revenue streams for the agency by highlighting the impact of its work to individual donors and foundations. At JFS, she oversees a talented team of professionals in fund development, marketing and volunteer management. Since her arrival, the agency’s budget has grown from just over one million dollars to nearly eight million dollars annually. She is particularly passionate about building a sustaining endowment to benefit JFS through conversations with donors about Legacy gifts for the Houston Jewish Family Foundation.

At JFS, she has also been instrumental in the establishment and growth of the Houston ReelAbilities Film and Arts Festival.

In 2016, Rachel received the Hans Mayer Jewish Communal Professional Award.

Prior to JFS, Rachel was the founding Executive Director of the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce and also worked in the private sector promoting Israeli technology companies in the US market.  A former art gallery owner, she served in leadership in the Houston Art Dealers Association. Having served on the Boards of several non-profits, she volunteers as an advisor to small organizations on building their fundraising campaigns and leadership and is also a frequent speaker to both professional and lay fundraising teams.  

A native Houstonian, Rachel received her B.A. from Yale University and her Masters in Jewish Studies from Siegel College of Jewish Studies.

Rachel W. Davis, MJS
Consultant
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Tammy Hopwood, CPA, MBA

Tammy Hopwood, CPA, MBA

Tammy Hopwood began her career in public accounting with Deloitte, followed by management and leadership positions with public companies American General Corporation and MMI Products, Inc.  After receiving an MBA from Rice University, she moved to non-profit leadership as Chief Accounting Officer with KIPP Houston Public Schools.  Prior to joining JFS she was Chief Financial Officer for The Monarch School and Institute.

Tammy has led accounting and finance functions for over 15 years.  With a collaborative management style, she has partnered with leadership on strategic long-range planning, budgeting, cash and forecasting, as well as cost and profitability analysis of programs and services.   She has been instrumental in accounting function remediation, efficient processing and significant audit result improvement.   With a strong background in reporting and analysis she has improved leaderships’ knowledge and understanding of financial results and brought key cost drivers in line with industry standards.

Tammy grew up in Austin Texas and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from St. Edwards’ University.  She is s a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.  Outside of work, Tammy enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, art and dog rescue.

Tammy Hopwood, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
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Why We Support HJFF

Steve and Ellen Robinson and Shirley Toomim have chosen to create their family legacy by supporting the For the Good of Life Campaign. With their gift they ensure the future of Celebration Company which provides ongoing resources for adults with disabilities.