Management Team

Executive Director:

Lauren Schwartz, MSW

Lauren Schwartz joined Collat Jewish Family Services as Executive Director in March of 2011. A Memphis native, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornell University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lauren began her career at CJFS in 1992, providing counseling, case management, and financial assistance to clients. She created new community collaborations, offering parenting programs in schools throughout the Birmingham area, and she developed group programming in response to community needs. Lauren honed her agency administrative skills over six years as the Director of Advancement for the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, where she was responsible for fundraising events, marketing and recruitment.

Since returning to CJFS, Lauren has moved the agency strategically toward a focus on Senior Adult Services, an area of gaping need in Birmingham. “After a lifetime of giving to our community, our older adults deserve our support, respect and care,” Lauren explains, “We strive to connect seniors to resources, keep them engaged, and allow them to age in place safely.”

With exceptional compassion and expertise, CJFS provides transportation, case management, counseling, financial management, in-home care, respite and more.  Lauren is passionate about her work helping seniors age with dignity, but her most meaningful work is being the mother of three fabulous kids, Seth, Alex, and Jamie, and partner to her husband, Daniel.

Interim Clinical Director:

Stu Jaffe, LICSW

Stu is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Collat Jewish Family Services. His practice focuses on senior adults and their families, Stu conducts comprehensive assessments and provides ongoing case management and counseling support. He is honored to help clients navigate transitions and identify resources associated with the aging process with a particular focus on helping senior adults age in their home or the least restrictive environment possible. Stu has been working with CJFS since January 2013.

Operations Director:

Carolyn Pevey

Carolyn Pevey joined the CJFS team in November 2015 as the Operations Director. She is responsible for upholding the fiscal policies put in place by the CJFS Board of Directors, overseeing the financial management of the agency, and serving as the Human Resource Manager. Carolyn has worked with non-profits for the past 10 years. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University.

Development and Outreach Director:

Elaine Witt, APR

Elaine Witt, Development and Outreach Director, joined CJFS in December 2015. Elaine oversees outreach programs, fund development and activities that increase community awareness of CJFS and its services. A former journalist, Elaine has practiced public relations since 2005 and has earned the designation Accredited in Public Relations (APR). Elaine holds a Bachelor's Degree from New College at the University of Alabama.