Read stories from our board members, volunteers, and employees that highlight JFS’ mission of Tikkun Olam (healing the world) and show the impact we make every day in our community. Check back each month for a new story.
I’m a native of the area as I was born in Portsmouth and raised in Richmond and Virginia Beach. I’m very fortunate to have the love and support of my husband of 27 years, Scott, and my children Andrew, Julia, and Jack. Ellen and her family attend Congregation Beth El in Norfolk.
After graduating from Norfolk Collegiate, I attended Emerson College and earned a bachelor of science degree in communication disorders. I then attended the University of North Carolina and received a master of science degree in speech and language pathology. I practiced in a variety of pediatric settings before becoming actively involved in coaching forensics at my children’s school.
I give credit to my parents, Aaron and Carol Peck, for stressing the importance of community involvement and a compassionate life. My involvement within the Jewish community began when I joined the board of Directors of Hebrew Academy of Tidewater (HAT) (now Strelitz International Academy). I later joined the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater (UJFT) woman’s cabinet and served as a president of ORT.
JFS is transforming lives with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. In considering today’s volatile and uncertain world, the need for the vital services that JFS provides has never been greater.
The agency’s legacy of service since 1946 has been a testament to the vision and commitment of generations of staff and board members. Since becoming involved with JFS in 2011, I’ve learned that the needs in a community never remain stagnant and the JFS staff and board of directors are always identifying new opportunities to serve while maintaining a strong organization.
Being asked to serve as the president of the JFS board gives me the opportunity to lead an incredible and impactful organization that makes a meaningful difference in so many people’s lives.