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Lesbian named to key job at Jewish Family Service

SAN DIEGO -- Dana Toppel has been named as Chief Program Officer at Jewish Family Service (JFS).

Toppel has been an instrumental part of the agency’s success since starting with Jewish Family Service nearly four years ago and most recently held the position of Divisional Director of Clinical and Educational Services.

“Dana brings accountability, clarity, enthusiasm, and a tremendous drive to improve our ability to serve the community. As a Divisional Director, she was an instrumental part of the agency’s most recent successes,” said Michael Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Service. “Sometimes the best things are right in front of you.”

Toppel has more than 15 years of experience working with a variety of populations in both direct service and management capacities.

Before joining JFS in 2009, Toppel worked as a director, consultant and therapist for The San Diego LGBT Community Center, University of California at San Diego, and San Diego Youth Services. She holds a master's in social work from San Diego State University and a master's in business administration from the Executive MBA Program at San Diego State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California.

About Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service was founded in 1918 by a consortium of women’s clubs which sought to address the myriad of human needs of the time. Today, JFS is a comprehensive human service organization with locations throughout San Diego County and the Coachella Valley. From its early grassroots origins, the agency now serves all of San Diego County with more than 50 programs. Its programs and services include: Adoption; Case Management; Counseling; Crisis Services; Family Violence; Jewish Connections; Refugee Resettlement; Older Adult/Senior Services; Parenting, Youth & School-based Services; and Training/Education. Learn more about why JFS is One Source for a Lifetime of Help HERE.