Eileen Freed, Executive Director
Contact Eileen by email or call 734-677-0100 ext 215.

Eileen is honored to re-join the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor team, having previously served for seven years in a number of roles, culminating as Director of Israel/Overseas & Community Relations.

Her most recent position was as Special Projects & Communications Manager at Zionism Victoria in Melbourne, Australia where she coordinated the community’s Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut events and the organization’s marketing communications.

Eileen has lived in Ann Arbor for 19 years and has served on a number of boards including Beth Israel Congregation, Jewish Federation and Hebrew Day School. She earned her BA in Psychology and History at the University of Texas at Austin and her MBA at the University of Houston.

She and her husband Gary are proud parents of three grown children.


Cindy Adams, Director of Operations
Contact Cindy by email or call 734-677-0100 ext. 245


Cindy Adams began working for the Federation in 2007. Previously she worked at the Chelsea Retirement Community for ten years. She has always lived in Washtenaw County and she currently lives in Chelsea with her husband Danny. Her adult daughter, Melissa, lives in Birmingham, Alabama.


Denise Bennett, CFO, Director of Finance
Contact Denise by email or call 734-677-0100 ext. 217.

Denise Bennett comes to the Federation from a position of Controller in the for-profit world. She has a dual degree in accounting and computer programming. Denise has worked in the accounting field for over 20 years.


Nicole Caine, Campaign Associate

Contact Nicole by email or call 734-677-0100 ext. 220.


Nicole graduated in June of 2018 with her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where her academic intersts included nonprofit and fund development. Prior to this, Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo with degrees in Global Gender Studies and Jewish Studies.


Nicole looks forward to combining her interst in fund development with her passion for the Jewish community through her new role as the Development Associate.


Sharyn J. Gallatin, Financial Resource Development Director

Contact Sharyn by email or call 734-677-0100 ext. 228.


Sharyn has almost twenty years of fundraising experience for various organizations, including Federations in Detroit, New York and New Jersey, Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit and National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan. In her capacity as a lay leader, Sharyn has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for these organizations and is a skilled solicitor. She is also an alumna of Jewish Federation of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet, a six-year leadership program for those recognized by their federations as future leaders. Sharyn completed this program in 2009 and has worked her way up in Federations to hold numerous campaign positions, including Women’s Campaign Chair in Northern New Jersey and Lion of Judah Chair and Community Campaign Chair in Detroit, to name a few.


Sharyn is also a licensed attorney and has had her own law practice for the past sixteen years, specializing in estate planning, special needs advocacy and residential real estate. She is a member of the Bar of the States of Michigan, New York and New Jersey.


Sharyn’s greatest achievements are her children, Joshua and Rose. She resides in West Bloomfield with her children and is a member of Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills.


Claudia Halpern, Outreach and Program Coordinator

Contact Claudia by email or call 734-677-0100 ext. 227

Claudia graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in Communications. While at EMU, Claudia served as president of EMU Hillel. She brings a wealth of experience in the Jewish community having worked at Tamarack Camps and the JCC of Metro Detroit and having interned at the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit, BBYO Michigan Region and the David Project. We are delighted to have Claudia join our team.


Tamara Lewis, Staff Accountant
Contact Tamara by email or call 734-971-0990

Tamara began working for the Federation's Finance Department in 2017. She earned her BS in Psychology at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida. She has worked with several organizations in the Jewish community over the past few years.