JWF Leadership Bios and Photos can be found belowSusan Cassels Kamin - JWF DIRECTOR
A JWF Trustee since 2009, Gail has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan, and is a Hospice worker who sits on the Board of Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network . She spent a number of years leading groups to travel to South America. She has strong interest in environmental issues, and sustainable living and is the President of the Board for the Six Rivers Land Conservancy. She participates actively in running the Danto Family Foundation with her brother and sister. She loves to golf, travel and knit.
Patti is a Lifetime JWF Trustee. She earned her B.A. in Public Relations at Drake University. She currently serves on The Boards of Temple Beth El, Jewish Family Services, MSU Hillel and The Board of Governors for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and Womens’s Philanthropy. Patti is the past President of MSU Hillel, Sisterhood of Temple Beth El and The Women of Maimonides Medical Society. She currently owns Patti’s Parties an invitation and event planning company. She is a wife, mother of two daughters and a grandmother of one grandson. She enjoys traveling, photography and collecting modern art.
Andi Wolfe, Co-Chair of Programming and Outreach Committee, has been a “professional” volunteer throughout her adult life. A former teacher, Andi has always believed that to make a difference you have to be involved. She joined Women’s America ORT (now ORT America) in 1977, and now sits on the National Board. She worked on the WTVS (Public Television) auction for 12 years, first as a volunteer, then as the auction manager. She worked on the Jewish Book Fair for many years, becoming Book Fair Chair. She is also currently on the steering committee of Bookstock and the Grand Circle of Women for Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network. She joined the Jewish Women’s Foundation in its second year, and in 2012 became a transgenerational member.
Nina Dodge Abrams has been a family law attorney and mediator for three decades. She serves on committees for the Jewish Women’s Foundation, four professional organizations, and on the Attorney Discipline Board panel. Nina is also a political activists, her interests are women and human rights, dispute resolution through mediation. She enjoys travel, reading and gardening.
Lori joined Jewish Women’s Foundation five years ago after attending an annual meeting where she represented JACDA (Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse) and accepted the grant on their behalf.Lori earned her B.S. From Michigan State University and worked as a teacher and a pharmaceutical representative. She is also involved with Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy, JCADA, Planned Parenthood and American Diabetes Association.Lori looks forward to continued success giving grants to women, their families and community.
Even though she received a journalism degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Detroit, Sue considers her greatest achievement to be her family: wife, mother of three and grandmother of three. Her community involvements and leadership roles are extensive and include positions including: Co-Chair of the Detroit Area’s Birthright Board, Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy Executive Board member, membership on the Hebrew Free Loan Board, the Janice Charach Art Gallery Board, the Berman Center for the Performing Arts Board, Federation’s Mission’s Lab and Federation’s Partnership Together Committee. Past involvements include participation with Greater Detroit Hadassah, Cranbrook Schools and Hillel Day school.
Linda became a JWF Trustee in 2013 because of the empowering one woman – one vote policy of the JWF. In addition to the satisfaction of being a Trustee of the JWF, Linda is President of the American Technion Society, Detroit Chapter. As President and Co-Founder of The Kovan Group, an automotive Components Specialty company, as well as President and Founder of Peace of Mind Solutions, a full service company offering compassionate and tailored solutions for families in transition, Linda is a busy woman. She enjoys spending time with her beautiful cat, wintering at her second home in Arizona, and traveling.
Judy is a proud JWF Trans-generational Trustee, and excited to be part of our dynamic organization and Co-chair the Programming andOutreach Committee. She is involved in Lion of Judah and Women’s Philanthropy at Federation and the Janice Charach Gallery at the JCC. With a degree in Education from Wayne State University and a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Oakland University, she spent a number of years as a teacher and career counselor. Then a hobby developed into a twelve year career as a product photographer for J and L Industrial Supply. She now divides her time between travel, five grandchildren and enjoying theater and digital photography.
Carolyn Iwrey has been a supporter of the JWF since its inception and became a trustee in 2012. She works at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah instructor. She is a small business consultant with certifications in Quickbooks and Google Adwords. She received a Bachelors degree from University of Michigan and Masters degree in Health Programming and Evaluation from University of Maryland.
Deborah Tyner, Secretary of the Jewish Women’s Foundation, practicing Attorney former Oakland County Circuit County Judge (1991-1996), has been a JWF Trustee since 2007. In addition to serving as a JWF Trustee, she is on the Boards of Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit, Jewish Family Service, Beaumont Hospital’s Foundation, Detroit Public television, and the Advisory Board of Kadima. Deborah belongs to and is a past board member of Temple Israel. She is married to Rick Herman, and they have two children.
Jennifer Silverman has been involved in the Detroit Jewish Community since 1995, when she came back from the Michigan Miracle Mission II from Israel. She is a sixth year member of National Young Leadership Cabinet, and chair of the Detroit Young Leadership Cabinet. She is passionate about fundraising and loves to run a caucus. She is married to Paul Silverman, former NYLC Detroit chair, and they have been to Israel numerous times, as bus captains and as regular travelers.
Currently, Jennifer is active in the Women’s Philanthropy. She serves on their Executive Board, formerly chaired the Endowment Committee, and is vice-chair for the Lion of Judah Campaign. She is an active board member of the Jewish Woman’s Foundation, serving as the co-chair to their Israel and Diaspora grants Committee. Jennifer is an associate chair of the Community Services Division. She was also the co-chair of the agency board campaign committee. She served on the Jewish Family Service board for over ten years, mostly on the Executive Board, holding many different titles. The Silvermans are mentors to a couple in the Israel and Overseas Department’s Young Leadership Group. She is a previous Sylvia Simon Greenberg awardee and was a participant in the Penny B. Blumenstein Leadership Institute, as well as The Sherman Leadership Group. Her three young children are eager to follow in her footsteps, often coming to Federation sponsored events. She most enjoys spending time with her family at their second home in Vermont.
As the Founding Chair of the Jewish Women’s Foundation, supporting Jewish women’s issues, specifically women’s philanthropy, has been a highlight of Margot’s volunteer career. A longtime supporter of Federation’s Annual Campaign, Margot has served on the Campaign Cabinet, Ruby Lion of Judah Committee, Lion of Judah Affinity and Endowment Committees as well as the boards of Yad Ezra, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, the United Jewish Foundation, where she served as vice-president, and JVS.
Sharon is a Lifetime JWF Trustee and past Chairperson who has held numerous leadership roles at the Detroit Jewish Federation and throughout the community. Recipient of the prestigious Sylvia Simon Greenberg Young Leadership Award and the United Way’s Heart of Gold award, Sharon presided over the Jewish Community Center Board, Women’s American ORT, Federation’s Women’s Department and Adat Shalom Synagogue. Additionally, she held various leadership roles with Fresh Air Society, Hillel Day School and Jewish Family Service. The community continues to benefit from Sharon’s fundraising and friend-raising initiatives. She is married and has two children.
Lisa Lis is a past Chairperson of the Jewish Women’s Foundation. Her main philanthropic efforts include advocacy for our Detroit Jewish Community, Israel and the Jewish people. Her other passions are hunger relief, environmental causes, politics, women’s rights and LGBT equality. She sits on many boards and committees including The Jewish Fund, Federation’s Board of Governors, Gleaners, Henry Ford Health Systems and Technion. Her leadership roles include Co-Chair of several Missions to Israel and President of Federation’s Women’s Department. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Michigan State University but her main priority is her family.
Helen was the founding Director of the JWF and a Lifetime JWF Trustee. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Educational Psychology from Case Western Reserve University and a LLM Degree from Wayne State University School of Law. She has spent the last twenty years working in the non-profit world, focusing on women’s issues, social justice and choice.