JFS Announces New CEO

Basha Silverman to Lead Jewish Family Services of Delaware

Basha Silverman, smiling at the camera.Jewish Family Services of Delaware (JFS) is thrilled to announce that Basha Silverman has been named the agency’s new Chief Executive Officer. With an exemplary career of 15+ years in non-profit social services, her expertise in strategic planning and implementation, business development, operations, management, and process improvement will provide JFS with remarkable leadership and success.

JFS’ long-time CEO Dory Zatuchni, whose vision and leadership was responsible for the agency’s tremendous growth during her tenure, will retire at the end of the year.

“The Board is delighted to welcome Basha Silverman back home to Delaware. Basha’s warmth and professionalism are a natural fit for JFS,” said Regina Kerr Alonzo, President of the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Services.  “We are so excited to benefit from her experience and passion for high quality social services in Delaware.”

Basha will start at JFS on December 5th.  Prior to joining JFS, Basha was the Vice President of Strategic Expansion at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Philadelphia where she was responsible for driving the Agency’s program development and visions for growth as well as generating revenue by leading a robust initiative.

A native Delawarean, Basha has deep personal and professional connections in the First State.  She spent 12 years at Brandywine Counseling and Community Services, serving in many capacities.  She is founder of Delaware’s first coalition aimed at designing a gender specific, health focused response to victims of trauma, and has developed programs for HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and mental health in Delaware and Pennsylvania. She sits on the Institutional Review Board of the University of Delaware, is a member of the Philadelphia Alliance, and was named 2013 Power Woman of the Year by Main Line Magazine.

Basha is a graduate of Brandywine High School, University of Delaware, and Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She and her husband Jesse have two daughters, Noa and Mira.