The Jewish Family Service Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Liz Vogel was unanimously approved as CEO of the agency. She will begin January 22.
“Of the several choices that were available to us, Liz rose to the top by having the best combination of skills most beneficial to the organization moving forward,” said Board President Larry Juran. “This year we will celebrate 75 years of providing social services to our community. With Liz’s vision and leadership skills she will ensure Jewish Family Service continues its relevancy for the next 75.”
Juran described Vogel as planful, analytical, entrepreneurial, and caring. “Liz exhibits important empathic qualities ensuring that we strengthen even more lives in times of need,” he said.
Vogel’s experience includes working in the healthcare and nonprofit worlds. She served as the Director of Sales and Marketing at Cedar Village, a senior adult care community, and assumed a fundraising role with Cedar Village Foundation before joining Jewish Family Service.
“With her business background, which includes both creating new businesses and working for long-established ones, Liz has demonstrated her ability to build a more stable financial base for our agency,” said Juran.
Prior to her work at Cedar Village, Vogel was the Director of Marketing Communications for Mercy Health. She also served on the executive leadership team of its insurance arm, HealthSpan, where she helped grow planned membership while cutting expenses.
She is eager to join the Jewish Family Service team, sharing, “During interviews for the CEO role and conversations with Board members, agency partners, and other stakeholders, some consistent themes emerged. Jewish Family Service, its mission, and its dedicated team have a strong place in the hearts and minds of the community. I am excited to work side by side with these professionals, who are highly respected for the care they deliver, as we together move JFS into a new era.”
Since 1943, Jewish Family Service has played a vital role in responding to the constantly changing challenges of everyday life experienced by individuals and families in Greater Cincinnati. Its professional and experienced staff provides care management for families and individuals of all ages and from all walks of life who are struggling with life stresses. Those served may need counseling, food or financial assistance, support in maintaining healthy relationships, or help with managing independent living challenges due to advancing age or other mental or physical disabilities.
“It is heartening to see how well the Jewish Family Service staff works together across department areas to offer a continuum of services. Through its family-centered approach, the agency is on its way toward fulfilling its vision of leading the way to a Jewish community where everyone lives with dignity, security, and hope,” said Vogel.
To achieve this goal, Vogel recognizes the importance of leveraging partnerships with many community organizations and funders including Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Vogel has her bachelor’s degree from Rice University and a Masters from Yale University. She moved to Cincinnati with her husband and son in 2009 and immediately engaged with our community by serving on committees at Adath Israel Congregation, Urban League, and Boy Scouts of America Dan Beard Council Committee for Jewish Scouting.
Jewish Family Service of the Cincinnati area strengthens lives of people in times of need by providing social services that guide them along their road to stability, self-reliance, and personal growth. This is accomplished through Aging and Caregiver Services, CareLink, Center for Holocaust Survivors, Care Management, Emergency Financial Support, Mental Health Education, Bigs & Littles Youth Mentoring, and the Jewish Family Service Heldman Family Food Pantry at its Barbash Family Vital Support Center in Clifton. All are welcome.