Our Dedicated Team

Christy Butler Eckoff, Chief Foundation Officer and Managing Director

Christy Butler Eckoff is Chief Foundation Officer and Managing Director of Atlanta Jewish Foundation. Christy is an expert on charitable estate planning, gift planning, asset-based giving, laws surrounding nonprofits, private foundations, supporting organizations, donor-advised funds, and nonprofit taxation. Christy came to us after serving as managing director, philanthropic counsel at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. She previously served as senior director of gift planning at Georgia State University and practiced tax and fiduciary law.

Christy is past-president of the Georgia Planned Giving Council, past-president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Atlanta chapter, and a member of the Junior League of Atlanta. Christy was a board member of AdNet (the Advancement Network for Community Foundations) and is currently on the board of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals National PAC board. Christy co-leads the National Standards for Gift Planning Success taskforce of CGP. Christy graduated from Duke University, earned her J.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and LL.M. in Taxation at the University of Washington. Christy is a CFRE Certified Fundraising Executive and a CAP® Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy.

Jori Mendel, Deputy Director

Jori Mendel serves as Deputy Director of Atlanta Jewish Foundation. Prior to joining the Atlanta Jewish Foundation team, Jori served as the first-ever Vice President of Innovation at Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. At Federation, she built the infrastructure to firmly establish Jewish Atlanta as a thriving center of Innovation. She led a team that incubated and championed new ideas, new methodologies, and impact for Federation and the community. Jori is a forward thinker known for spearheading strategic initiatives that deliver game-changing results. She now brings her talent and expertise from years in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors to her role with the Atlanta Jewish Foundation where she focuses on business development and growth strategies.

Staci Eichelbaum, Director of Philanthropic Advising

Staci Eichelbaum is Director of Philanthropic Advising for Atlanta Jewish Foundation. Prior to joining Atlanta Jewish Foundation, Staci worked to create a strategy and path for NextGen at Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta to assist young adults in finding their philanthropic and leadership voices in the Jewish community. She began her career in the grassroots political arena, fundraising and working to connect constituents to elected officials. Staci is a certified 21/64 advisor, specifically trained in multigenerational family philanthropy and looks forward to bringing this expertise to fundholders at Atlanta Jewish Foundation. In her spare time, Staci enjoys cooking, hiking, tennis, and traveling around the world with her husband, Jason Levine. Staci holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Administration from James Madison University.

Kathy Evans, Director of Operations

Kathy Evans brings tremendous experience in finance and operations to her role as Atlanta Jewish Foundation’s Director of Operations. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with an MBA from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University, Kathy launched her career in New York in investment banking, working for Merrill Lynch, and then moving to finance at ABC News. Kathy honed her operations experience working for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. She headed up the Staff Accreditation Center, managing a staff of over 100 who processed 30,000 volunteers working on the 1996 games. Since then, Kathy has worked in finance for The Weather Channel and the Breman Jewish History Museum. She is very active in the city’s Jewish community, serving on the development and film selection committees for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. She is a member of Temple Sinai and a past treasurer of their preschool board. She is married to journalist Jason Evans and is the proud mother of two college-aged sons, Drew and Alec.

Cindy Weik, Philanthropic Services Senior Associate

Cindy Weik, is Philanthropic Services Senior Associate for the Atlanta Jewish Foundation. Cindy has a long history working in the Federation system. She spent 15 years at the Jewish Federation of Greater Miami in the Women’s Division, three years at the Broward County Florida Federation, and 14 years at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta in foundation relations. Cindy attended University of Miami. When she is not working, she enjoys RV camping with her husband, Glen Lanphear, 20 years retired Navy. Cindy is the proud mother of Kristin and the proud grandmother of Mikael and Sophia.

Rachel Lehrer Rosner, LIFE & LEGACY Coordinator

Rachel Lehrer Rosner serves as the Life & Legacy Coordinator at Atlanta Jewish Foundation. She began her career as an executive at Bloomingdale’s department stores, serving in various management and merchandising positions for a decade. Rachel is an avid volunteer and is currently treasurer and immediate past president of the National Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta Section. She serves on the boards of the Northwestern University Club of Atlanta and the Atlanta chapter of American Jewish Committee. She is a past board member of the Northwestern Alumni Association and past executive committee member for the Sandy Springs Society. Rachel has a BA in philosophy from Northwestern University.