Board of Directors

These Coachella Valley residents dedicate their personal time and skills to the JFS Desert Board of Directors. The Board’s standing committees are: nominating, finance, legacy and development, specific event committees, campership and strategic planning/policy review.

Sandy Seplow - Board President

Sandy is a retired financial services executive with NY Stock Exchange firms.  He has been involved with United Jewish Appeal – Federation for more than 50 years. For many years he has served on a regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League. For the past ten years, he has served on the  JFS Desert Board. Sandy resided in New York City for 40 years; moved to the desert as a Snowbird in 2001 and his hobbies include traveling and bridge.

Aviva Snow - Board Vice President

Aviva graduated from Sir George Williams University in Montreal, Canada with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare, then went on to study Gerontology at Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont, California. She worked as a Residential Realtor in Los Altos, CA and as a Real Estate sales manager in San Jose, for Shea homes and Palo Alto, for Summerhill homes. Aviva’s passion for helping others and her dedication to improving the world led her to join the JFS Board in 2014. Although her heart lies with the seniors (particularly Holocaust Survivors), she shares the JFS philosophy of helping others regardless of religion, race, age or sexual orientation.

Barry Kaufman - Board Treasurer

Barry has 20 years of experience working at nonprofit agencies. He is currently the board treasurer at JFS, the Joslyn Center, and Animal Samaritans, all nonprofits in the Coachella Valley. He also volunteers at FIND Food Bank. Barry enjoys traveling, walking, hiking and swimming.

Lee Erwin - Board Secretary

Lee Erwin has been the Executive Director of Contour Dermatology and the Cosmetic Surgery Center for over 15 years. Passionate about information technology, he has utilized his computer engineering degree and business consulting background to help propel the practice into one of the most advanced cosmetic dermatology practices in the desert. Lee has a daughter who attends Palm Valley School.  He enjoys golf, hiking, pickleball and weight training.

Board Members

Oscar Armijo

Ed Cohen

Joanne Chunowitz

Joan Freeman

Jerry Fogelson

Lois Gold

Bob Goodfriend

Jan Gordon

Margot Halperin

Debra Kay

Nancy Levine

Jerry Morgan

Peter Rittenhouse

Gail Scadron

Nona S. Solowitz

Doran Veiner

John Zeller

Past Presidents

Vi Felix*

Murray Felson

Carol Fragen

Barbara Fromm

Ed Gubman

Merv Lemmerman*

Don Levy

Sam Oberman

Barbara Pitts

Dee Dee Raskov

Martin Russell

Jane Sallo*

Molly Saltman*

Judy Wallis

Honorary Members

Eve Chaiken*

Vi Felix*

Joyce Freund

Tom Ostwald

Maurice Paperny

Joan Rose*

Marion Schaefer

*Deceased