Jan Moidel Schwartz
Jan Moidel Schwartz loves to engage donors and foundations in the meaningful missions of the nonprofits she has championed throughout her career. A graduate of Boston University, she initially worked in commercial settings, then spent a dozen years as the executive assistant to an international woman philanthropist, a valuable experience which set her on the path of advocacy for Boston-based Jewish nonprofits, including Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, Metrowest Jewish Day School, Synagogue Council, and Hebrew College.
Uprooted has touched her heart as she, too, experienced a fertility challenge, at a time when resources were not readily available. The proud mother of a young adult daughter, she is grateful for the opportunity to help strengthen Uprooted’s ability to support a new generation of women and men on this journey.
Rachel Spekman is the Program Director of Business Ventures at the Innovate@BU initiative. At BU, she manages programming for the for-profit ventures and works across the university on a variety of initiatives. She teaches a non-credit bearing class, “Starting a Startup” and manages two large, university-wide competitions. Formerly, she has held leadership positions at various non-profits where she managed teams, developed programs, and designed curriculum. She has an MBA from Simmons and a M. Ed from Lesley.
Rachel had a long fertility journey and became increasingly passionate about making mental health resources available for people experiencing infertility. She is currently spearheading a fertility support group at her synagogue; she is looking to speak with people in the healthcare and social work fields to better understand gaps and opportunities.If you are interested in connecting, her email is Rmspekman@gmail.com.
Laurie is an experienced accounting professional, having worked in both the for profit and not for profit sectors for more than 25 years.
She is currently the Accounting Manager for the Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York. Prior to joining GSGNY, she was the Director of Finance and Administration at the Foundation for Jewish Camp. During her tenure, the organization launched the successful “One Happy Camper program”, and received grants to open 9 Jewish specialty camps, along with running a number of other programs that helped overnight camps expand their reach to the community. She had previously been the Controller for Camp Kinder Ring/Circle Lodge and had begun working with overnight camps while serving as the Manager of Financial Operations, American Programs Division at Young Judaea.
Laurie is a proud graduate of the New York City public schools, including the Bronx High School of Science. She received her BA from the University of Rochester.
Faun Zarge is an employee burnout and resilience expert who teaches clients how to reduce burnout and build a culture where their employees are pumped to go to work every day.
With 20+ years in the work-life field, Faun works with a diversity of organizations and sectors– nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies—and has extensive experience developing women and employees new to leadership. She is a high-energy speaker, trainer and coach who brings an exceptional understanding of personal dynamics and expertise in the critical skills needed to minimize burnout.
Faun previously worked for Ceridian (formerly Work/Family Directions) advising and training employees nationwide on a wide range of work/life issues, and at a Boston independent school as the Director of Strategic Engagement.
She holds a B.A in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, has been quoted in The New York Times and Fast Company and been featured in numerous other media outlets. Faun is known for her highly-interactive and practical programs and the tremendous impact she has on participants and their organizations.