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Michele Craig to retire from RJF; Gail Howerton joins team


Richmond Jewish Foundation says farewell this month to Michele Craig as she retires after 17 years with the Foundation. Michele is the longest serving controller/chief financial officer in the Foundation’s 41 year history. Michele has overseen amazing growth and transition during her tenure.

To Be Missed

Former board chair, Frances Goldman, said, “Michele made RJF work seamlessly. She orchestrated the donor requests, the executive committee and board’s needs for financial data seem effortless, the auditors’ data and requests were anticipated and ready, our community partners’ objectives were integrated or researched without hesitation. Michele will be missed.”

Robert Nomberg, RJF president & CEO stated, “Michele has been my sounding board from day one. I could not have done this job without her professionalism, attention to detail and moral conviction that was beyond reproach.”

Gail Howerton

Jeffrey Scharf, RJF board chair, recently announced Michele’s successor. “On behalf of the RJF board, I am excited to announce that Gail Howerton has been hired to succeed Michele Craig as our next chief financial officer. Michele will be missed, but we are excited that someone with Gail’s experience and passion for the RJF mission will join the RJF staff.”

Gail was most recently the director of finance at the Weinstein JCC and is a certified public accountant and has a master’s in taxation. Gail brings 30-plus years of financial and industry experience gained by owning two businesses where she provided business consulting, tax, and planning services to several hundred for and not-for-profit businesses and individuals throughout the Richmond area.

Thanks to Michele

Scharf added, “I want to thank Michele for her years of dedicated service to the RJF and for being instrumental in our success. I would also like to thank Frances Goldman and Rosann Bocciarelli who joined the search committee to select Gail.”

RJF is now managing close to $50 million in 274 separate funds including donor-advised funds, endowment funds, and over two dozen funds for our Jewish agencies, schools, and local nonprofits. This is the highest level of assets under management ever for RJF.

If you would like to learn more about RJF or how to create your own fund, please contact me at robert@rjfoundaiton.org or call (804) 545-8656.

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