Erin Minior named CEO of JCS


PROVIDENCE – On Sept. 27, the board of directors of Jewish Collaborative Services (JCS) unanimously named Erin Minior as the president and chief executive officer of JCS.

JCS, the consolidation of Jewish Family Service of Rhode Island and the Jewish Seniors Agency, is a nonprofit social service agency providing services and programs for Rhode Islanders in need, whether Jewish or not, that include counseling, case management, outreach to the elderly, Kosher meal sites, assisted living and subsidized housing for the elderly and disabled, and adoption services.

As CEO and president, Minior assumes the responsibility of all business, finance and personnel operations.

“Erin played an integral role in planning and managing the merger and she is the ideal person to now lead it. Since the agreement to merge, Erin has effectively managed the integration of two organizations into one entity, while collaborating with board members,” said Jeff Padwa, chairman of the JCS board of directors. “Erin was the go-to point person for the numerous professional consultants we retained throughout the entire merger process, including attorneys, accountants and human resource professionals, among others.”

During the merger negotiations, Minior worked closely with Sara Ades Goodwin, director of major gifts, to secure donor funding to purchase a new office building for the agency.  JCS has been operating from that new facility, at 1165 North Main St., Providence, since Aug. 1, added Padwa.  

“I look forward to continuing to work with JCS staff and board members as well as other community leaders to ensure that JCS builds on the foundations laid by JFS and JSA. In the next few years, we’ll be evaluating our programs and services to determine which ones best fulfill the needs of our existing and prospective clients,” said Minior.  “As a new agency with a deep historical understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Rhode Island’s social service agencies, we look forward to being actively engaged in improving the lives of those we serve and collaborating with others to identify solutions to endemic problems of hunger, housing, isolation and poverty.”

Minior, who has more than 30 years’ experience leading human service agencies, was most recently interim CEO of JCS. Before that, she served Jewish Family Service as its CEO, interim CEO, director of professional services and coordinator of elder services. She served on the faculty of the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University and as a peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation for Families and Children Services in New York City.

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