Our Leadership

Board of Directors 2017-2018

Ira Shapiro


Ira works as a Senior Financial Advisor and Registered Principal with Wells Fargo Advisors FiNet, LLC and just celebrated his 25th year in the Financial Services industry this past September. He started his own Branch in July 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona where he works to help individual investors achieve their financial goals as they transition to retirement.  Ira serves on several local Non-Profit Boards, and is currently the President of the Phoenix Jewish Free Loan. He is a two-time Past President and current Board Member of the Phoenix Squaw Peak Rotary Club. Ira is a recent graduate of the exclusive Phoenix Division FBI Citizens Academy.  Still a proud Marine, Ira works tirelessly on a number of Veteran and Marine Corps causes. He sat on the Board of The Veterans Directory, and has been a committed 6 year member of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s Arizona Scarlet & Gold committee and is a two time past Co-Chair of the Arizona Awards Dinner. When not working, Ira is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking and racquetball. Ira and his wife Karla live in Scottsdale and have two children, Sara and Samuel who attend Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.

Ora Zutler

Executive Vice President

Dr. Linda Benaderet

Vice President

Stacie Wittenberg

Vice President

Simon Kreisberger


Joel Superfon


Larry Moffitt

Past President

Tina Sheinbein

Executive Director

Tina Sheinbein has been on staff at Jewish Free Loan since 2005.  She has worked within the Jewish community as an executive professional as well as a volunteer for over 40 years. Her professional experience includes: the Phoenix Jewish Community Center, AIPAC, State of Israel Bonds and the Jess Schwartz Jewish Community High School. Her volunteer activities include/have included: President of Hillel Advisory Council; Women’s Division Campaign Chair and President/Phoenix; Secretary and treasurer of Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix – was Chair of National Committee of Leadership Development for CJF and was a member and education vice-president of the UJA National Young Women’s Leadership Cabinet.

Tina was recognized in 2104 by BBYO as Outstanding Alumni and received the Lee Amada Young Leadership Award from the Phoenix Jewish Federation. Tina received her Masters of Counseling degree from Arizona State University.  She has been married for over 40 years to Irwin, Tina has four children and six grandkids.

Ellen Friedman Sacks

Associate Executive Director

Ellen Friedman Sacks is the Associate Executive Director of Jewish Free Loan.  She has over 20 years of experience working with non-profit organizations, including SOVA Kosher Food Pantry & Resource Center (Los Angeles, CA), MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix.  She volunteers with several community groups, is a former mentor in the Women’s Leader Institute (Co-Horts 1 & 2) and recently participated in the inaugural class of 50 Women Who Will Change the World – a leadership program for nonprofit professionals designed by Take The Lead Arizona.  Ellen has a graduate degree in public administration and lives in Phoenix with her two kids, Leah and Justin.

Lisa Kaplan

Development Director

Lisa Kaplan is Jewish Free Loan’s Development Director.  Before joining the JFL staff, Lisa was the Director of Planning Allocations and Organization Relations for the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix.  She has also worked for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles in campaign and community development and served as the Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, the Director of Community Relations, Planning, and Allocations for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and Assistant Director of Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania. Lisa attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY where she received her B.A. in Political Science and received a Master’s degrees in Jewish Communal Service and Public Administration from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) as part of the Irwin Daniels School of Jewish Communal Service and the University of Southern California’s Double Master’s program.  She lives in Scottsdale and has two dogs Bella and Beau.

Fredi Brown

Services Coordinator