Jewish Federation Support
Ann-Louise Kleper, Vice Chairman of the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Chicago Board of Directors, addressed the JVS Chicago
annual meeting and illuminated the Federation’s support for the
JVS Chicago honored Hannah Marie Thompson (left), who writes social media content for
the River North Business Association, as its Client of the Year. She delivered an
emotionally charged acceptance speech and received a standing ovation after Senior Aide
Maria Freytes (right) introduced her.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
JVS Chicago’s Employer of the Year Award went to Lettuce Entertain You
Enterprises, which Hope Heotis (right) commended for the company’s
outstanding work with deaf and hearing impaired workers. Howard Katz (left),
President of LEYE’s Wildfire restaurant group, accepted the award.
Howard Katz told the 2013 JVS Chicago Annual Meeting, “We look
forward to working with JVS for many years to come and hope to place
many more people in our restaurants.” Christine Hill of LEYE (left)
helped to coordinate Katz’s appearance.
Retiring from JVS Chicago for the second time, Richard Rotberg received
a special acknowledgment from the board of directors.
Board President H. Debra Levin (left) gave JVS Chicago board Immediate
Past President Elaine Saphier Fox two gifts -- one serious, and a symbolic
bottle of glue just for fun. The two have been partners in the same law
Sergio Camarillo, recipient of the Robert B. Bloom Recognition and
Excellence Award, expresses his thanks to the JVS Chicago 2013 annual
meeting while Sign Language Interpreter Kevin Jackson looks on.
Honorees of the 2013 JVS Chicago Annual Meeting posed for a photo
after the meeting.
Carolyn Jones, new Chief Vocational Officer of JVS Chicago, addresses the
Howard Sitron, Executive Director of JVS Chicago, addresses the annual
Gifts and praise went to Richard Rotberg, former executive director of
JVS Chicago who recently retired for the second time.
Richard Rotberg gave Sheila Antman, Senior Clerical Aide, her award for
service to JVS Chicago.
Janice Kaufman honored
Development Director Janice Kaufman and Richard Rotberg listen to the
nice things being said about her.
Donna Rockin, director of the Duman Center for Entrepreneurship, was
among those honored for service to JVS Chicago.
Kathy Zook honored
Howard Sitron congratulated Kathy Zook, Communication
Assistant/Secretary, on her career at JVS Chicago.
Altman named Volunteer of the Year
Tom Altman, a retired IBM executive, received his award for JVS Chicago
Volunteer of the Year.
Elaine Schwartz Award Winners
Hope Heotis, Helene Levine and Bob Parkinson shared the honors for
‘innovations in program delivery.”
Employee of the Year
Michele Ackerman, (right) Supervisor, Youth Services & Pharmacy
Technician Training Program, reads kudos for the agency’s Employee of
the Year Jamie Sandberg, Youth Employment Specialist.
Time to Nosh
Staff and other guests enjoyed the post-meeting buffet. That’s honoree
Laurie Rosen, Executive Career Consultant, in the foreground.