The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) announced the formation of a new board of directors chaired by the longtime community leader, Don Kortz. Assembled in conjunction with a recent and transformational transaction between the JCC Denver and a newly formed nonprofit subsidiary of Rose Community Foundation (RCF), the new board brings a fresh perspective and energy with which to lead the JCC into an exciting new chapter.
The historic transaction, led by RCF and a group of inspired donors, which included multimillion-dollar leadership gifts from Rose Community Foundation, Mizel Family Foundation, the Staenberg Family Foundation, and the Sturm Family, allowed for the acquisition of the JCC land and facilities with an annual $1 per year leaseback to free the JCC from years of debt. In so doing, the transaction has provided critical funds to enable the organization to operate in a healthy and functional way without the weight of debt.
Business leader and philanthropist, Michael Staenberg – for whom the JCC is named and who is the largest individual donor in JCC history – and the Staenberg Family Foundation, provided exceptional assistance throughout the capital and transaction processes, giving extremely generously and expertly guiding recent construction updates for the sections of the JCC that were in desperate need of renovation. “The JCC would not have continued to exist without the gracious support of,” said Don Kortz, board president.
The incoming board of directors is comprised of professionals from the accounting, finance, legal and real estate industries, and brings decades of nonprofit service and experience to the task. The new directors include Elise Barish, Barry Curtis-Lusher, Ken Feiler, Kendra Harrison, Mike Kboudi, Gary Levine, Julie Morse, Ed Nekritz, Dan Seff, Mattis Sessel, Stephen Sturm, Don Kortz and Gary Wagner.
“We are thrilled to embark on this next chapter in our history, and look forward to the support and guidance of such an impressive group of community members,” said Lara Knuettel, CEO of the JCC Denver. “We are thankful for all of our past board members including past board chair, Gary Wagner, who will continue serving on the new JCC board.”
The incoming board will provide governance and fundraising support while ensuring that the JCC Denver’s mission continues to be effectively provided for years to come. The focus of the board and leadership in the ensuing days is to strengthen and grow programs and services for the community while making much-needed infrastructure improvements to the JCC.
“We are ever so grateful for the hard work and dedication of our past board members, whose love and care for the JCC have guided it to this historic moment,” said Knuettel. “Past board chair, Gary Wagner, has been especially pivotal in steering the board through these uncharted waters to a successful outcome, and has graciously agreed to continue serving on the new JCC Board.”
To learn more about the JCC Denver, visit jccdenver.org.
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