Our Team

Michael Hopkins, MSW

Chief Executive Officer

Building on the agency’s nearly 100-year history, Michael has led JFS through a wide-reaching, collaborative strategic planning process, Repairing the World: Guiding the Heart & Soul of Jewish Family Service, and a capital campaign resulting in the development of a client-centric JFS campus. Under Michael’s leadership, JFS earned Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for the eleventh year in a row, an achievement just 1% of reviewed nonprofits nationwide can claim.

Michael became CEO in January 2012, continuing his 35+ years building and strengthening the Jewish community across the country. Prior to joining JFS, Michael served as Executive Director of Nehirim, a national Jewish LGBT organization, and CEO of Jewish Community Center (JCC) Metrowest, one of the largest JCCs in the country.

Michael holds a Master’s in Social Work from the Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Locally, he is a member of the new Regional Continuum of Care Council Governance Board, which addresses homelessness in our community.

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Dana Toppel, LCSW, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Dana Toppel provides overall leadership for the impact driven, multi-service organization with the bold vision of building a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego. Dana joined JFS in 2009 as director of older adult services, served as the divisional director of clinical services in addition to the chief program officer prior to assuming the role of chief operating officer in 2015.

With almost two decades of experience working with a variety of populations in both direct service and management capacities, Dana has a proven track record of program development, revenue generation, change management and leading strategic, innovative, high-impact organizations. Prior to joining the JFS team, Dana worked as a director, consultant, and therapist for the San Diego LGBT Community Center, University of California at San Diego, and San Diego Youth & Community Services.

Dana is dedicated to advancing equity and participates in local, regional, and national conversations to advance efforts related to inclusive leadership, professional training, and ensuring access to opportunity for all.

In 2016, Dana was recognized as one of San Diego’s “100 Most Influential Leaders”, as a “SD Metro Mover and Shaker”, and by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber as a “79th Assembly District Woman of the Year”.

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Toppel holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of California.

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Bernadette Griggs

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Bernadette oversees the fiscal integrity of JFS and Charitable Adult Rides & Services (CARS). With more than 30 years of experience in finance, primarily in the education sector, Bernadette brings the expertise and a passion for serving the community. She has worked for Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community College District, Southwest Community College District, and the LA County Office of Education. Formerly she was with the Pasadena Unified School District, where she was the Chief Business Officer and was integral in developing the strategic direction and managing the finances of the school district.

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Shana Hazan, MS. Ed. 

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Shana sets strategy for and oversees the work of JFS’s Development, Institutional Giving, and Public Affairs teams, which secure nearly $15 Million to support annual operations.  Shana was appointed to, and currently serves on, California’s First 5 Commission and the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission. She also serves as Vice President of the Friends of Franklin Foundation, which raises critical funds to support Franklin STEAM Magnet School.

Previously, Shana developed Jewish Family Service’s nationally-recognized model for youth leadership development through service learning. She has also worked for ABC News in London, taught elementary school in Chicago Public Schools, and served as Safe Routes to School Director for Active Transportation Alliance.

Shana holds a master’s degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. She previously served on the executive committee of Run Women Run, and chaired Women Give San Diego’s Advocacy Committee.

In 2017, she was selected as a University of Wisconsin Alumni Association Forward Under 40 Awardee, and in 2016 was recognized by Assembly Speaker Atkins as a 78th Assembly District Woman of the Year, and by San Diego Metro as a “40 Under 40” award winner. A native San Diegan, Shana is the proud parent of two young daughters.

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Staff Directory

If you are a client in need of assistance, please click here to fill out our online contact form or call our JFS Access Line at (858) 637-3210.

To contact JFS Headquarters, call (858) 637-3000. Our fax number is (858) 637-3001.

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Etleva Bejko Director, Refugee & Immigration Services (858) 637-3093
Lea Bush Senior Director, Family & Community Services (858) 637-3378
Chrissy Califf Director, Volunteer Engagement (858) 637-3050
Hedy Dalin Director, Care Management (858) 637-3049
Ed Earp Senior Director, Facility-Based Services (858) 637-3211
Christine Edwards 
Senior Director, Community Impacts (858) 637-3019
Sasha Escue Director, Nutrition Services (858) 637-3060
Lisa Bruner Senior Director, Controller (858) 637-3209
Vanessa Hardy Vice President of People & Culture (858) 637-3005
Sol Kempinski Director, Philanthropy (858) 637-3207
Heidi Kone Director, Institutional Giving (858) 637-3220
Dana Levin Director, Signature Advancement Events (858) 637-3013
Meredith Morgenroth Director, Social & Wellness Services (858) 637-7324
Michael Phillips Director, Patient Advocacy (858) 637-7302
Michael Stern Senior Director, Marketing (858) 637-3048
Carole Yellen Director, Strategic Partnerships (858) 637-3395