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Community Consultation

First-hand knowledge makes for first-rate advice.

Our community consultants provide just that—expert knowledge born of experience in running a JCC. Our community consultants have served as JCC executives, and have firsthand experience in what it’s like to run one.  They have the expertise that will help you celebrate successes and get the greatest return on them, and will also be able to guide you when you face challenges, whether it is an immediate crisis that needs attention, or other issues that come up within day-to-day operations. By developing assessment tools, creating trainings , identifying indicators of success or failure, and devising opportunities of sharing and learning among lay and professional leadership, our consultants can help map out a path for better JCC outcomes.

Each JCC has a designated consultant who will work one-on-one with it, and get to know the community, what it has in common with other JCCs and what makes it unique. Our consultants will spend time with you in the areas of board and executive leadership and business management, as well as connect you with other resources at JCC Association and in the field. Specialized consults in health and wellness, early childhood services, camping, arts and culture, as well as marketing and financial resource development are also available.


Janet S. Elam

Organizes and leads our community consulting team and manages our executive leadership programs: the Executive Leadership Seminar (ELS) and Kivinum (a leadership development program for first time executives).

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Dori Denelle

Provides primary consultation services to JCCs. BoardSource certified governance trainer. Works with all JCC boards on assessment, board and lay leadership development. Directs the Esther Leah Ritz Emerging JCC Leaders Institute.

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David E. Posner

Provides primary consultation services to JCCs. Directs all aspects of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Excellence in Leadership & Management related to organizational excellence, and provides assistance to JCCs in strategic thinking and planning. Oversees the activities of JWB Jewish Chaplains Council. Develops Biennial and Professional Conference content, and serves as JCC Association liaison to continental groups on security matters.

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Alan S. Goldberg

Leads the various program departments of JCC Association and coordinates their efforts to serve JCCs and their communities. Works with board and staff  to determine and implement service strategies that provide JCCs the most up to date resources available.

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Andrew C. Paller

Develops and coordinates JCC Excellence: The Benchmarking Project. Presents reports and consults with JCCs based on an analysis of the data and findings gathered through the Benchmarking Project.

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Jodi Sperling

Provides consultation, support and resources to JCCs and affiliated overnight camps.

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