Miriam Seidenfeld, MSW
Chief Executive Officer
Miriam Seidenfeld joined JF&CS as the CEO in February of 2019. She has more than 25 years of experience working with children and families in nonprofit settings, and 15 years of nonprofit executive leadership experience. Her work directing an innovative and high-profile career development program for middle school and high school youth living in the most underserved neighborhoods of New York City propelled her into senior leadership positions at The Fresh Air Fund in New York City and Temple Israel in Minneapolis. Ms. Seidenfeld has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Relations from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University.
Chief Financial Officer
Brenda Finke serves as Chief Financial Officer for JF&CS. Over the past 6 years she has created processes to support, sustain, and grow the organization through streamlined administration and financial systems. Prior to her work for JF&CS, Brenda served as Chief Operating Officer at Grand Center, Inc. In this position she was responsible for the treasury, public reporting, real estate acquisitions and constituent relations of the organization. Brenda received a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Greenville College, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Fontbonne University.
Kathy Fowler, M.A., L.P.C.
Chief Program Officer Officer
Kathy Fowler joined as Chief Program Officer in June of 2019. In this role, she oversees each of JF&CS’s core programs to ensure the organization provides services in an effective and efficient manner. Prior to working for JF&CS, Kathy served as the Director of Treatment Services for Good Shepherd Children and Family Services in St. Louis. In this role, she provided clinical, fiscal, and administrative oversight to ensure all services aligned with the agency’s strategic plan and operational benchmarks. In addition to her roles in senior management, she has served as a therapist for Saint Louis Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She received her Master of Arts in counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Missouri State University.