TO BENEFIT JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE
Professionally Choreographed Dance Competition - Dinner
How long have you lived in Cincinnati?
I moved here when I was 2 years old. That was 56 years ago! JFS was a big part of my life growing up in Cincinnati. My mom went to work for JFS soon after we moved to here from New York; she was a Social Worker and immediately became known as one of the city’s top Family and Marital Therapists. She was the supervisor of the family therapy program for many years and first retired in 1985. Within a year of her retirement she returned to work at JFS running the Russian immigrant resettlement program.
As long as I can remember, I was part of JFS life. I often did homework at the Agency when she had evening appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dinner was always at Chili Time and then I spent hours at the desks of various other JFS employees doing my schoolwork or just hanging out. In the late 60s and early 70s my mom created a Coffee House in the JFS basement as a teen hangout. For some strange reason, I was never allowed to go down there! Even after retiring for a second time in 1992 to move to Florida, she volunteered for JFS in her new community. Helping others was who she was.
What is your profession?
I am a Peacemaker! By profession I am an Attorney, but my specialty and passion is helping families resolve conflict without court intervention. I am a Collaborative Professional, a Mediator, and work with families in high conflict resolution of parenting issues. I am a founder and Past Chairman of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals and a past president of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. I am most proud of my work throughout the world making Collaborative practice an option for families going through transition.
What about your volunteer history?
I have served and had leadership roles on many of the Jewish Agency Boards in Cincinnati: Hillel, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Community Relations Council, Skirball Museum, and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.
I was most honored in 1986 to be asked to fill the board seat vacated by my mom when she returned to work for JFS. I stayed on the board and served on the executive committee for close to 20 years. I was involved with JFS as a volunteer since I was 18 years old. As an adult adoptee, I was also part of the committee that created Adoption Connection along with my mom. My work with the agency has always been a pleasure and very meaningful to me.
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy skiing and vacations. I am always planning our next family vacation.
What’s your best dancing asset?
I’ve been told I have good rhythm. I guess we will figure that out in the next 3 months!
What inspired you to dance for Jewish Family Service?
I was in the car with my wife and daughter when I received the call asking if I would dance. They answered before I could say anything! Actually, knowing my life’s connection to the Agency, it was an easy yes and I think they knew that!
What don't we know about you that would make someone want to support you?
First, I am really stepping out of my comfort zone. Most people who know me know that physical activity isn’t my strong suit, but I know that my mom and dad are watching me with big smiles on their faces.
What did your family say when you told them you were dancing?
They knew and said yes before I even had a chance to tell them. My extended family knows I am doing this in honor of my Mom and could not be more pleased.
Ross Evans is raising money for Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati by competing in the 2018 Dancing with our Stars gala on November 3, 2018. Your support helps strengthen lives in times of need.
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