Jewish Family Service announces new executive director

PARK CITY, Utah — Jewish Family Service of Utah  (JFS) announced the selection of Melissa Zimmerman as its new Executive Director. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Melissa as our new Executive Director,” said Board President, David Dowsett in a statement. “She is a compassionate advocate for underserved communities, while also being a strategic, data-driven visionary and leader, who is ideally suited to be the face of our organization.”

With a 15-year career in non-profit human service work, Zimmerman mostly recently served as the Chief Behavioral Health Officer for Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Southern Arizona in Tucson. She earned her BA in Psychology from The University of Arizona and holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver.

Melissa Zimmerman.
Melissa Zimmerman. Photo: courtesy of JFS.

“We conducted a national search and found the right person,” said Darcy Amiel, Immediate Past-President and Chair of the Search Committee in the statement. “We believe Melissa’s unique combination of skills and shared values will not only elevate JFS, but will also inspire our wonderful staff, the Board, donors, and community partners.” 

Zimmerman and her husband, David, have relocated to Utah. JFS is excited to introduce them to the community and warmly welcomes them into the JFS family.

Services of JFS include but are not limited to:

  • Keep individuals and families who are living paycheck to paycheck under their own roof with the lights on, food on the table, transportation, and needed medical equipment via JFS Safety Net Emergency Assistance Program and The Alex & Sally Lebwohl Food Pantry.
  • Provide comfort and dignity to seniors aging-in-place and support for their caregivers through our Aging Services and Caregiver Support programs.
  • Ensure people are able to live their best lives in the face of emotional distress, depression, cognitive decline, and other mental health problems with JFS sliding scale Affordable Mental Health Counseling for individuals, couples, and families.

Save-the-Date for their next big event:
Brunch in the Garden

A fundraiser supporting Jewish Family Service

Sunday, June 30
The Orangerie at Red Butte Garden

Honoring Darcy Amiel
Past Board President

Please mark your calendars.
Formal invitation and event details to follow.

Event sponsorships are available starting at $5,000.
Sponsors will be included on the formal event invitations.

For questions or for more information, please contact:
Nicole Levy, Director of Development
Email: or
call 801-746-4334

General donations to JFS may be made here.

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