Robert Cohen joined the Jewish Community Relations Council after
serving as Assistant Executive Director and Director, Community
Relations of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa. Prior to that, he worked
for three decades in television news, public relations and advertising.
After earning his bachelor's and master's degrees and
completing advanced studies in international relations from American
University, he worked as anchor, reporter and news manager for TV
stations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Wichita, Cleveland and Tulsa. During his broadcast journalism career, he
won numerous professional honors including the National Headliners
Award, the National Association of Broadcasters Service to Children
Award, and the Gabriel Award of Unda-USA (National Catholic Association
for Communicators). He also worked as an international public relations
consultant for the New York public relations firm Hill and Knowlton,
and was executive vice president of Schmelzer and Associates public
relations and advertising in Cleveland.
Mr. Cohen is active in the mental health movement, having served as vice chair of the
National Mental Health Association and on the boards of directors of the
Mental Health Association in Michigan and Tulsa. He presently is a member of the
boards of directors of New Detroit, Inc., the Michigan Nonprofit Association, the Michigan League for Public Policy, and Wayne State University's President's Community Advisory Group.
To contact Robert, email: email@example.com or call (248) 642-2640.
ALLAN GALE, Associate Director
Allan Gale has worked for the Jewish Community Relations
Council for 28 years, becoming Associate Director in 1989. His current
responsibilities include coordinating Council’s Israel advocacy and
campus outreach activities. While working at JCRC, Gale also served as
the administrator of the Michigan Board of Rabbis.
Mr. Gale is the Israel advocacy and government relations
professional on JCRC’s staff. He directs Israel-related programming,
media response, government relations, Jewish community education and
mobilization, and outreach to high school and college youth. He is also
responsible for JCRC's engagement with government officials at the
federal, state and local levels. Additionally, as the Associate
Director, he has some responsibilities in personnel, supervision, and
Mr. Gale holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and the
Midrasha-College of Jewish Studies, and completed Hebrew language
studies in Israel. He has taught in Jewish religious schools, and is a
frequent guest lecturer in public and private high schools and colleges. He is a member of the board of the Detroit Council for
World Affairs and the Jewish National Fund, and is a past board member
of the South Oakland County chapter of the NAACP, Temple Emanu-El and Jewish Heartland magazine.
To contact Allan, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (248) 642-2641.
BEVERLY K. PHILLIPS, Assistant Director, Public Relations
K. Phillips has been the coordinator of Council's public relations
activities since 1996. She is responsible for managing media relations,
promoting Council’s initiatives and events, and producing Council’s
printed publications and materials. Ms. Phillips also facilitates Council’s
Communications and Activist Award committees. She began working at
Council in 1990 as a Community Relations Associate.
Before joining the staff, Ms. Phillips worked in marketing and
communications. She was an independent consultant for Michigan Bell,
where she produced promotional and educational marketing videos, and was
an Industry Consultant for AT&T, managing national accounts. She
began her career as a promotions coordinator for WKOW-TV, the ABC
affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin.
Ms. Phillips received her B.A. degree in English and Journalism
from Michigan State University. She obtained a teaching certificate from
Wayne State University, where she completed a masters program in
To contact Beverly, email: email@example.com or call (248) 203-1527.
SARAH CRANE, Community Relations Associate
Sarah Crane joined the JCRC staff as Community Relations Associate in
July 2010. In that capacity, she has primary responsibility for
organizing most JCRC community relations programs and special events. A
2009 honors graduate of the University of Michigan, Sarah worked for
one year as a team leader with City Year Detroit, where she led a
culturally diverse team of volunteers in service at a Detroit public
school. Ms. Crane received the Comcast Leadership Award for her work with
City Year, where she supported a rich ethnic mix of students, parents,
teachers and administrators.
While a student at U of M, Sarah was president of the student-run
film-making group M-agination Films, helped organize Alternative Spring
Break service-learning experiences at 35 sites across the country, and
led a group of U of M students on a Global Intercultural Experience in
Senegal. She will complete her MBA at the University of Michigan in April 2013.
To contact Sarah, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (248) 642-2649.
LINDA FOSTER, Literacy Program Coordinator
Linda Foster provides staff support for JCRC's Literacy Task Force, which oversees the Detroit Jewish Coalition for Literacy (DJCL)
and other programs promoting literacy among children and adults. Her
responsibilities as Literacy Program Coordinator include mobilizing
volunteer readers, tutors and book drive organizers and matching schools
and their K-3 students with these volunteers, and organizing trainings
Ms. Foster is a social worker and has held positions providing individual and
group therapy. However, Jewish communal service is her passion. She
previously worked for JCRC running the Resource Center, speakers bureau
and library. She also staffed the Soviet Jewry Committee and College
Issues Task Force. In the Supportive Communities program of Jewish
Family Service, she assisted older adults age in place. Linda served as
the Director of the Institute for Retired Professionals, a program of
the Jewish Community Center, and she worked for Hillel Day School and
To contact Linda, email: email@example.com or call (248) 642-2656.
ALYSSA McMILLAN, Administrative Assistant
Alyssa McMillan joined the JCRC staff in September 2010. She is a senior at Oakland University studying journalism and Judaic Studies and will graduate in December 2012. Alyssa is responsible for a variety of staff support assistance and is often the first person people meet when visiting the JCRC office. She has a long list of volunteering experience, including AmeriCorps member serving at the South Oakland Shelter as a housing supportive specialist and case manager liaison, and board member, Peer Network Engagement Intern and Grinspoon Israel Advocacy Intern for Hillel of Metro Detroit. She has a passion for community service, civil rights, music and art, and plans to attend graduate school with master’s in clinical social work.
To contact Alyssa, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (248) 642-5393.