Michelle Wolf, Founder and Executive Director
With close to three decades of experience working in the Jewish, non-profit and governmental sectors, and with a focus on social services/special needs, she is uniquely positioned to provide the professional leadership to launch this program. She was previously the Transitions Coordinator at Bet Tzedek from 2012-2014, and in that position, she created a 42-member coalition of agencies intersecting the developmental disabilities and aging worlds. Previously, she was Director of the Caring for Jews in Need department at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. She also writes a monthly column for the Jewish Journal on special needs/social services issues.
Adynna Swarz, Chief Operating Officer
Adynna Swarz has served in the nonprofit community for nearly 15 years and currently works as a consultant specializing in aiding small to mid-size nonprofit organizations. She has previously worked at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, first as the Planning and Research Associate and then as the Director of Caring for Jews in Need, and also worked at the BJE, Etta Israel Center and The New England Friends of the IDF. Adynna received her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, a Certificate in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and her BA in Sociology from Brandeis University.
Denise Klein, Trustee
Denise Klein, CPA, is a licensed private fiduciary serving as conservator, trustee, and estate administrator for vulnerable members of our population. Prior to entering this career niche, she worked as a CPA for over 25 years in public accounting, private industry, and primarily in family business offices handling trust & estate, financial, and insurance matters. She grew up in Rochester, NY, earned a BS in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island, and a certificate in Professional Fiduciary Management from California State University at Fullerton. Hobbies include yoga, Mah Jongg, needlepoint, and spectator sports, especially the LA Dodgers.
Stefan Van Sant, Intern
Stefan is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Prior to this, he spent most of his life as a musician, performing with orchestras around the United States and Europe alongside teaching. He always had a dream of becoming a therapist to help others through mental illness, and decided to change paths. He hopes to run a private practice and give therapy to any population.
Linda Karchem, Customer Service Representative