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Marsha Hurwitz

President and Interim CEO, JEWISHColorado

Marsha Hurwitz formerly served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco. Hurwitz spent 10 years prior as CEO and President of the Jewish Community Federation of Columbus. During that time, she chaired and served on many national and international philanthropic and leadership Committees and Boards.

Before Columbus, Hurwitz worked in her home state of Virginia serving as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation in Richmond for six years. She also served as Acting Director of the Richmond Federation’s Endowment Fund, and held senior positions with Jewish Family Services and the Tidewater Federation. Overall, Hurwitz brings over 30 years of experience working with Jewish organizations. She received her B.S. in Nursing Home Administration from Medical College of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Davina Fankhauser

Co-Founder and President, Fertility Within Reach

Davina Fankhauser is an expert on policy related to benefits for fertility treatment and preservation. She advises patients and professionals how to effectively communicate with insurers, employers, and legislators to increase access to health benefits. As President of Fertility Within Reach, Davina testified before the Massachusetts Division of Insurance to advocate for MA to maintain a Benchmark Plan, (as part of the Affordable Care Act), containing IVF benefits, so regardless of state mandated benefits, IVF coverage will be provided in MA. She once again testified before the MA Division of Insurance in 2012, requesting Cryopreservation of Eggs be a required benefit for infertility. After this approval, Davina worked with clinics and created and presented Recommended Guidelines for Oocyte Cryopreservation to insurers. She is working with US Senator Ed Markey to establish a Congressional Caucus on Infertility.

Through her work, Davina has the privilege of witnessing patients and professionals become empowered advocates and change their fate and that of others.

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Jamie Levine Daniel, Ph.D

Asst. Professor, IUPUI, Indianapolis

Jamie Levine Daniel recently received her Ph.D from The Ohio State University’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs and is now Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Her research focuses on the relationship between earned revenue, organizational capacity, and service delivery in nonprofit organizations. Originally from Cleveland, OH, Jamie earned her BA in International Relations and Jewish Studies from American University, and her MBA from Ohio State. She spent five years working for BBYO Inc’s international office, and served as a JDC Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Izmir, Turkey before beginning her graduate studies.

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Beth Cousens, Ph.D

Jewish Educational Change Agent, consultant

Beth Cousens is a consultant to Jewish educational organizations, working in areas of strategic planning and evaluation. Her clients have included UJA Federation of New York, American Jewish World Service, Berkeley Hillel, Repair the World, JESNA and other national and community-based organizations. Prior to her work as a consultant, Beth led Hillel’s Jewish educational strategy as the Associate Vice President of Hillel’s Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience. In her five years with Hillel, she also led Hillel’s performance management efforts and served as a consultant to local Hillels.

Beth holds a PhD in the sociology of Jewish education from Brandeis University (2008, matriculation 2001), an MA with honors in Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University (1996), an MSW from the University of Maryland (1996), and a Certificate in Jewish Communal Service from the Baltimore Institute in Jewish Communal Service (1996). She received a BA (1994) from the University of Michigan in English and Creative Writing.

She has over twenty years of professional leadership experience, working in educational policy and strategy and directly as an educator. She has particular expertise building educational settings that maximize opportunities for individuals to develop as independent Jewish adults, owning their Jewish ideas and practices. Her expertise also focuses on younger (“emerging”) Jewish adults.

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Robin Bernstein

Independent Hospital / Healthcare & Community Services Consultant

Robin Bernstein has more than 25 years of progressive healthcare and community services consulting experience with expertise in strategic and business planning, marketing, market research, feasibility studies and other business advisory services. Bernstein has completed engagements and successfully implemented programs for a wide variety of not–for-profit agencies including healthcare systems, inpatient and ambulatory facilities, physicians and many others.

Ms. Bernstein has held leadership positions with a national hospice company and has had several volunteer leadership positions with not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Bernstein is currently chair of the Planning & Allocations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Columbus, Vice Chair of Jewish Family Services of Columbus, and is on the executive committee of Camp Livingston.

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