Executives and Key Staff


Composed of experienced professionals and committed community leaders, our executives and staff bring an impressive array of experience and expertise to the table, covering such key areas as social service delivery, campaign development, marketing/communications, finance, data, engagement/outreach, and more. Together, this team works to meet the needs of our community, today and for the future.


You can reach JFOC staff members at 949.435.3484 except as noted below.

Marsie Alford, Chief Financial Officer



Marsie Alford brings more than 25 years of accounting and finance experience to the Jewish Federation. She has most recently been an Adjunct Professor and an Accounting and Finance Consultant for such nonprofit client organizations as Union Station Homeless Services, Catholic Community Foundation, Society of Saint Vincent De Paul, and Human Options. Marsie has previously held Executive Finance roles for several nonprofits, including Make-a-Wish Foundation of Los Angeles, Southern California Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation, and East Bronx Daycare Center, Inc., in New York. She also served on the Board of Directors for James Varick Community Center in New York, NY. Marsie began her career as an Accountant and Financial Analyst for a top Fortune 500 company and later as a Financial Advisor. She holds a Bachelor of Science & Arts in Accounting and an MBA.

Stephanie Epstein
Chief Philanthropy Officer


Stephanie Epstein has been a Jewish Communal Professional since starting her career in 2008. As a proud graduate of Jewish Federations of North America’s Fundraising University Program, Stephanie continues to live her passion of securing resources to support the community while pairing philanthropic passions with impact. Prior to serving as Jewish Federation of Orange County’s Chief Philanthropy Officer, Stephanie held roles such as Senior Director of Philanthropy, Interim Women’s Philanthropy Director, NextGen Director, and Manager of Shalom Family and PJ Library. Having been with the organization for over eight years, Stephanie has honed her skills of establishing strong fundraising operations and deepening relationships with donors and lay leadership. Prior to living in California, Stephanie worked for three years at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh within the young adult and campaign sphere. Stephanie was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently lives in Aliso Viejo with her husband and son.


Kay Williams
Accounts Payable

Community Partnerships / Relations

Kathleen Mellon
Senior Director, Community Partnerships

Lisa Armony
Senior Director, Community Relations

Donor Services

Jacob Francis 
Database Analyst / Jr. Developer



Nancy Almaleh
​Case Manager, Lifelines, and Referral Specialist, MHSA Outreach & Engagement Program

949.435.3460 ext. 366


Jillian Katz
Coordinator, Youth Outreach and Engagement

Dustin Biton
Director, NextGen

Marketing, Communications & Events

Sharyl Holtzman
Director, Marketing & Communications

Alexandra Mars
Director, Special Events and Volunteers

Nitzan Harel
Creative Director


Jahanna Semelroth
Director, Donor Relations

Amy Cretaro

Donor Relationship Manager


Ashley Wolf
Associate, Donor Relations 

Sebastian Feldman
Campaign Associate