Jewish Press of Tampa

Tampa Jewish Family Services names new board, mental health counselor

Andy Titen

Andy Titen

Tampa Jewish Family Services (TJFS) recently appointed its 2021-2022 board of directors and named Andrew “Andy” Titen as board president.

Titen has worked with the agency for more than seven years, starting as a member of its advisory council and most recently serving on the board as treasurer. He is a CPA and CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant) who currently does strategic consulting to CEOs and corporations. He previously served as CEO for Bisk, an online learning services provider.

He is looking forward to melding his corporate experience and the collective experiences of the board members to continue to raise funds, help serve the Tampa Bay community and “take TJFS to the next level.”

“This past year has obviously been very challenging for so many around the community, and while hopefully we’re starting to see some return to normalcy, there are still a lot of people who are unemployed and underemployed. Helping them with financial assistance and food is of vital importance to us,” said Titen. “In some ways, the pandemic actually helped us become stronger in terms of being resourceful and nimble to help so many in need.”

Erik Libby

Erik Libby

New officers on the board include Thomas Wood as vice president of governance, Jennifer Feld as vice president of philanthropy, Sharon Dabrow as secretary, Joseph Weissman as treasurer and Hazzan Jodi Sered-Lever as immediate past president. The liaison with the Tampa JCCs and Federation is Susan Haubenstock.

New board members are Cory Kleinman and Pattie Schreiber. Returning board members are Cara Bernstein Chernoff, Debbie Doliner, Susan Glickman, Warren Harris, Wendy Rice, Marlene Bloom Rubin, Michael Schine, Joyce Tawil and Brian Waksman.

TJFS also hired a new Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Erik Libby. He will see patients who are teenagers and older, providing counseling services on a sliding fee schedule. He is also accepting Medicare and will be accepting insurance. He has a master’s degree in social work and has been practicing in Florida for more than 32 years.

“We are fortunate to have such a strong team here at TJFS,” said Dr. Beth Ann Gemunder, CEO. “From our internal staff, to our board and our advisory council, we have a group of dedicated, experienced professionals who care deeply about the Tampa Bay community and are willing to work hard to bring our services to as many people as possible. I’m proud to work hand-in-hand with these individuals and to lead our agency in our important work.”

TJFS recently held its annual Trifecta fundraiser, LOL-FECTA, raising more than $34,000 to serve the Tampa Bay community. Though this fundraiser was held virtually, the agency is looking forward to being back in person in 2022 and is looking at additional grant and sponsorship opportunities to continue helping more of those in need throughout the Tampa Bay community.

For more information about Tampa Jewish Family Services, visit www.tjfs.org.

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