JFNS Names Kimberlee Schumacher of CJP as Interim Executive Director
SALEM — The Jewish Federation of the North Shore (JFNS) named Kimberlee Schumacher as the organization’s interim executive director. Schumacher has served as director of family, interfaith and community programs for Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) for more than five years.
Schumacher will report to the board of directors of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore. JFNS is funding her salary. She is expected to start Aug. 28, according to Joseph Sontz, JFNS president. The job was held previously by Liz Donnenfeld who resigned unexpectedly on Aug. 10, for personal reasons.
“Kimberlee brings valuable experience to our organization as we continue looking for ways that JFNS and CJP can work together more closely in the future,” said Sontz.
For several months, JFNS and CJP have been working on a potential merger and the task force continues to work in that direction. To that end, Shep Remis, a member of the merger task force, was given increased responsibilities and will now be the spokesperson and the public face of that committee.
Because of the nature of the negotiations with CJP, the JFNS board believed it was best to name an interim executive rather than enter into a long term contract, said Sontz.
Currently, some of the office functions, such as the accounting, are being handled by CJP on a fee-for-service basis, he said.
Schumacher, a resident of Marblehead, has led initiatives for outreach to young families, the unaffiliated, and the interfaith community and to expand CJP’s family programming. Through her efforts, this is one of the fastest-growing areas at CJP, with new fundraising that has doubled CJP’s programming for interfaith couples and families. She also directs CJP’s innovations grants program to engage young adults and families with young children in Jewish life, according to information released jointly by CJP and JFNS.
As interim executive director of JFNS, Schumacher will provide leadership, management and strategic direction toward the fulfillment of the Federation’s mission, vision and goals.
Schumacher previously served on the board of directors at JFNS for three years. Prior to joining CJP, she worked as a project director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Schumacher also has taught Jewish philosophy and business courses at Northeastern University.
Schumacher received a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, an MBA from Northeastern and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Jewish education leadership from Hebrew College/Northeastern University.
She is a member of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, where she lives with her husband and daughter, Isabel.