Leadership

Board of Directors

AARON C. JACKSON

Aaron C. Jackson is an attorney who focuses his practice on estate and business planning. He has experience serving as counsel to businesses and families in asset protection, tax planning, and charitable planning.

Aaron is lead council of Jackson Law Firm, PLLC, a Harrisburg-based family law practice. Prior to starting his own firm, Aaron was a practicing shareholder of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Harrisburg office.

He serves as president of the Estate Planning Council of Cumberland County, PA, and is an active member of the Estate Planning Council of Central Pennsylvania.

Aaron serves as legal counsel to the Foundation.

ADAM KESSLER

Adam Kessler is the immediate past director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. JCRC is a convening body for local Jewish agencies involved in community relations, government affairs, social action and advocacy - part of a national network that provides a Jewish voice in national public policy.

Adam has served Jewish Federation chapters in Baltimore and Philadelphia in various leadership roles for 25 years. He has directed Federation's suburban regional offices, the synagogue neighborhood consortia, and as director of Federation's Center for Jewish Life and Learning, he supervised funding for Jewish education and outreach programming in Philadelphia.

Well recognized as a networker of various Jewish organizations linked with the multi-faith community of Philadelphia, Adam worked with diverse communities to develop consensus positions on political, social and interfaith issues as JCRC director.

Adam is currently consulting for local Christian and Jewish leaders working for peace between Israelis and Palestinians by supporting peace building programs that serve the two societies. He serves on the boards of Zones of Peace, a region-wide interfaith movement working to address the root causes of violence in our community; CeaseFire PA, a statewide nonprofit organization working to find solutions to gun violence; and the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at Saint Joseph's University, which works to deepen understating between the two communities.

Adam has been an active lay leader of Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen. He is the father of two adult children, and lives with his wife, Lisa, in Wynnewood.

CAROLE LANDIS

As Chairwoman Carole Landis, MSS, LCSW, CPC, brings more than 30 years of corporate and nonprofit experience to her psychotherapy and life coaching practice, and now the development of her nonprofit foundation.

Through her background in healthcare venues, Carole cultivated skills in marketing communications, sales, consulting, clinical social work, counseling, and training professional medical staff.

She holds master's degrees from both Arcadia University and Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Her interest in social justice/action issues stems from her professional work advocating for survivors, i.e., victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, Holocaust survivors, and those living with HIV, and mental illness. She has worked professionally with physicians, nurses, trauma surgeons, psychiatrists, clergy, police officers, and attorneys.

Carole is an activist and supporter of women's rights organizations and has served on some of their boards. She is active on boards that support programs/policies that secure Amendment rights in fair treatment to allcitizens and that seek to end discrimination, bigotry and hate against any group, regardless of race, culture, or gender orientation.

Carole has sponsored several No Place for Hate school programs of the Anti-Defamation League. In addition Carole is a trustee for Jewish Federation, Greater Philadelphia chapter. She has been involved in their Committee for Social Responsibility and has helped develop strategies that support Holocaust survivors and the elderly, poor Jewish population of Philadelphia.

HONORABLE MARSHA H. NEIFIELD

Honorable Marsha Neifield is Municipal judge and former Municipal Court President Judge from 2009-2019. She is a recognized pioneer in streamlining the Philadelphia court system and encouraging court participation and collaboration with outside justice partners in restorative justice initiatives and programs. Some of these include Mental Health Initiatives, Veterans Court, The Domestic Violence Diversion Program, Accelerated Misdemeanor Program, Small Amount of Marijuana Program, Sexual Education and Responsibility Program. Each program uses a restorative approach to justice, providing individuals with tools and rehabilitative treatment necessary to improve lives, avoid a conviction, and reduce recidivism.

Most notably, Judge Neifield was instrumental in establishing Project Dawn court, a program designed specifically for victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

She is a member of the International Association of Woman Judges, participates in the Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law's Institute To Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation. In addition, President Judge Neifield has been a member of the board of directors for two area drug treatment facilities.

Judge Neifield is a graduate of Temple University's Beasley School of Law, and Syracuse University. Prior to her election to the Municipal Court bench, Judge Neifield was a criminal and civil litigator in private practice and served as as a public defender in Bucks County and Philadelphia.

SHERRIE R. SAVETT

Sherrie Savett is currently Chair Emeritus and Chair of the Securities Litigation Department of Berger Montague, a national class action and complex civil litigation law firm. She is an active commercial litigator who has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine in every year for more than a decade. Sherrie is the immediate past President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia (JFGP), having served a 3-year term from 2011-2014. She is currently a Member of the Board of Directors and Trustees of JFGP.

Nationally, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Federations of North America. She also serves on the Board of the American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Mid-Atlantic Regionand Philadelphia Chapter. Ms. Savett serves on the Board of Directors of National Liberty Museum. She received her B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time she enjoys tennis, biking, travel, collecting art, especially glass and sculpture, and first and foremost, spending time with children and grandchildren.

Ms. Savett has been honored as a 2019 Distinguished Leader with the Professional Excellence Award by Legal Intelligencer. She was one of only 11 people honored out of a field of 20,000.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others'."

Martin Luther King Jr.

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