Meet Your Federation Professional Team
Eileen Freed, Executive Director
Eileen has been with the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor since 2017. During an earlier tenure at Federation from 2005-2013, Eileen served in several roles including Director of Israel/Overseas & Community Relations. From 2003-2013, Eileen was Special Projects & Communications Manager at Zionism Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Eileen has lived in Ann Arbor since 1998 and has served on the boards of several local Jewish communal organizations. She earned her BA 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, Ben, Michele and Ariel.
Jessica Weil, Outreach & Program Coordinator
Jessica is the Outreach & Program Coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor. She received her B.S from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign before beginning her career here in October 2018. Jessica oversees the Jewish Young Professionals, and programs connecting Ann Arbor to Israel including our Partnership2Gether program with Moshav Nahalal, and social media communications. In addition to working at the Jewish Federation, Jessica enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Julia Goode, Accounting Specialist
Julia’s nonprofit experience started while a student at U of M. Most of her nonprofit experience was gained while working on low-income housing issues in Chicago, in both program and administrative positions. When not bookkeeping at the Jewish Federation, Julia works as a gardener.
Marci Sukenic, Chai Mitzvah Community Coordinator
Marci Sukenic brings a variety of experiences to her role as the Chai Mitzvah Community Coordinator. She spent most of her professional career as a speech-language pathologist, working within the public school system in the suburbs of Chicago. She went on to explore her professional interests in real estate and volunteer work in fundraising. She and her family moved to Ann Arbor in 2015, where she has enjoyed building community and delving into many volunteer opportunities. Her varied experiences and her love for bringing people together is reflected both at work and throughout her days. When not at work, Marci stays busy trying to keep up with her three children.
Margaret Schreiber, Life & Legacy Coordinator
Margaret was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She is an attorney who received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin. For 17 years, while living in Chicago, Margaret held positions as a lawyer in both the public and private sector and a business owner. After a short stint in Columbus Ohio, Margaret and her husband and daughter moved to Ann Arbor. While Margaret and family love Ann Arbor, she is first and foremost a Badger Fan!
Rachel Wall, Marking & Communications Manager
Rachel has been an active member of the Ann Arbor Jewish community since moving to town in 2012. She was previously the Director of Federation’s Keshet Hebrew High School program, as well as the Office Manager at Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor. In addition to her Jewish communal work, Rachel has professionally supported adults with developmental disabilities. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Michigan, with a certificate in Jewish Communal Leadership. A member of the Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan, Rachel lives in Ann Arbor with her husband Logan and their eight-month-old daughter Abigail.
Robert Deschaine, Accounting Manager
Robert has over twenty-five years of accounting experience working with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including eight years as Director of Finance at the Chippewa Nature Center, in Midland, MI. There, he was instrumental in updating financial procedures and technology and bringing a collaborative approach to budgeting and other financial operations. Robert moved to Ann Arbor with his wife Laurie of thirty years.
Stephanie Glass, Development & Planning Associate
Prior to joining the Federation, Stephanie worked in program development and evaluation. She holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the great state of Michigan, especially in the winter, and spending time with her dog, Marcel.
Taylor Kaptanowsky, Administrative Coordinator
Taylor has over ten years of administrative experience working with both for profit and nonprofit organizations. She brings an eclectic work background and experience with event planning, logistics, project management, social media and website management to the Federation team. Taylor is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and has enjoyed living in Michigan over the past several years. When she is not working, Taylor enjoys spending time with her husband and their rescue dog, practicing yoga, and photography.