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Meyer L. BodoffPresident/CEO
Background Meyer has been serving the Dallas community since February of 2010. A native of Philadelphia, Bodoff is a non-for-profit veteran with over 30 years of professional experience. He has served as CEO of Jewish Federations and Community Centers in Las Vegas Nevada, Southern Maine, Central New York State and Central Massachusetts. Bodoff held the position of Chairman of the Nevada Emergency Food and Shelter Board sponsored by FEMA for four years. He also served as the President of the Portland Bias Crime Task Force and the Vice President of the Portland Interfaith Council. Additionally, Bodoff served two years as an elected official in New York State. He was appointed by John McKernan, Governor of Maine, as a Commissioner of the State Diversity Commission where he served as state chairman of the Hate Crime Sub Committee.
In December of 2011 Meyer earned the designation, "Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy" from the American College and was a favorite CAP instructor for the Dallas class immediately following his certification. Meyer is well known as a public speaker, often giving meaning to the mundane through stories and laughter.
Bodoff and his wife Dayle have three children – Daniel, Abbey, and Rebecca, and four grandchildren; Ethan, Ari, Jacob, and Leah. He has written extensively and has been published in both local and national publications.
Mona AllenDirector of Philanthropic Advancement
Background Mona has been with the DJCF since spring, 2013. Her 26 year Jewish communal career has utilized her degree in Special Education from Kent State University and her passion for caring about the Jewish community be it at schools, synagogues or now in her present role as Director of Philanthropic Advancement at the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation. Mona is married to Artie and they have 4 sons.
Herbert BarreraAccounting Associate
Background A native of West Texas, Herb grew up in Lubbock and attended Texas Tech with a scholarship from the Lubbock Arts District. After visiting Dallas on spring break, Herb moved to Dallas and earned an Associate's Degree in Accounting. Gaining extensive experience in analytical finance, Herb then worked for a local real estate company. Herb joined the Foundation in 2008 and is mainly responsible for the Supporting Organizations and presently assists with daily accounting operations.
Herb lives in Carrollton, Texas with his wife and a daughter who is currently about to graduate from high school. Herb, iinvolved with family and community activities, enjoys many aspects of art including life drawing, acrylic painting, wood work and transparency watercolor. Herb utilizes his personal pastime by participating in local craft shows.
Jerry BlairChief Financial Officer
Background Jerry has been with the Foundation since December 2006. He came to the Foundation from a 10 year public accounting career with McGladrey & Pullen LLP with a focus in Financial Institutions and Not for Profit. Jerry is a CPA and has both a MS in Accounting and BA in Accounting from Texas Tech University. His responsibilities include oversight over the accounting and operations of the Foundation.
Cynthia P. HendricksController and Senior Director of Research
Background Cynthia joined the Foundation in 2002 and is responsible for maintaining the financial records of the Foundation, preparation and review of Donor statements and providing solutions to Foundation Information Management System (FIMS software) questions.
She has substantial experience in Non-Profit Accounting, Financial and Credit Card Industries and served as Auditor for a former "Big 8" Public Accounting Firm. Cynthia is a member of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Chay JohnPhilanthropy Associate
Background Chay joined the Foundation team in 2018 and is responsible for creating fundholder documents, processing grant recommendations, and collaborating on program and development projects. He holds a bachelor's degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a proud City Year Tulsa alumnus. In his free time, Chay enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Paula ShoemakerDirector of Fundholders Services
Background Paula has been with the Foundation since 2001 and is responsible for processing grant recommendations made by our fundholders and general fundholder customer service.
Paula has an Associates Degree from Lamar University, is married, has two grown children, and one wonderful granddaughter.
Natasha ShovarOffice Manager
Background Natasha moved from Virginia to Dallas in November 2004 and has worked with the Jewish Community since 2005, and non-profits in general since 2000. In 2008 she joined the Foundation and is responsible for the smooth running of the offices. In 2011, Natasha received her Associates Degree in Business. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their friends and their two cats.
Mary VaughanDevelopment Coordinator
Background Mary joined the Foundation staff in 2016 as Development Coordinator. She spent the last 14 years as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager for a technology services firm.
Mary has an Associate of Arts from Collin Community College and lives in Wylie along with her husband, Robert. She has 2 grown daughters, Amber and Jenna, and keeps busy with crafting and sharing time with her large family and friends.