JVSLA Installs Incoming Board President Harris Smith and Welcomes New CEO Alan Levey


Jan. 27, 2016 – In a heartfelt ceremony laced with humor and good-natured roasting, JVSLA marked a significant transition in its leadership as it installed incoming board president, Harris Smith, new board officers and directors, and welcomed new CEO Alan Levey. The event, hosted by long-time JVS supporters Rick and Debbie Powell, took place Jan. 20 at a West Los Angeles country club. The more than 100 guests that gathered for a light supper and drinks included JVS past and present board members and donors, their family and friends, staff, and numerous JVS community partners.  

Newly elected President Harris Smith, who previously served as board treasurer, took the reins from outgoing President Jim Hausberg, who joined the JVS Board in 2005. “What I love about Harris is that he has always taken a hands-on approach,” said Hausberg during the ceremony. “He has visited our WorkSource Centers, attended program graduations and many other milestone events that are changing people’s lives every day. We drove out to Lancaster together to meet the staff at all of our programs in the region and see 18 clients complete a commercial truck drivers course. Veterans, long-term unemployed and lots of other people who never thought they’d work again or get a second chance at life, were overjoyed to have received free training and certification with jobs waiting for them on the other end.” Smith outlined his goals while board president: “To complete and implement the new strategic plan; to work towards the operational and fiscal health and sustainability of the agency; to partner with the development team on their efforts and to maximize the engagement and access the talents of our board. I can’t wait to get started.”

Belmont Village Chief Operating Officer Doug Lessard was the Installing Officer. Belmont, which operates 24 innovative assisted living and retirement communities across the country, is JVS’s newest employer partner with its HealthWorks program. Immediately following the official installation, Smith accepted a check for $25,000 from Lessard on behalf of Belmont Village in support of the JVS HealthWorks Program. The ceremony concluded with new CEO Alan Levey thanking retiring CEO Vivian Seigal for her 38 years of service to JVS. “I am thrilled to be building on Vivian’s legacy, a wonderful foundation for the future of JVS,” he said. 

  2016 New and returning JVS Officers:

  • Board President:  Harris Smith
  • Honorary Vice President: Steven Hirsh
  • Vice Presidents: Ted Feldman; Leland Felsenthal; Eileen Coskey Fracchia; Jonathan Karp; Sabrina Shadi
  • Secretary: Ronny Bensimon  
  • Treasurer: Micah Dekofsky

Charles Hill joins as a new member of the board of directors; board members who retired after many years of dedicated service include Bradley Gibbons, Roz Goldstine, Nan Kalish Goodman, Salli Harris and Richard Krelstein.