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.

CJ Henderson-Benton, Foundation Relations Manager

CJ Henderson-Benton is Foundation Relations Manager for Atlanta Jewish Foundation. CJ has nine years of experience in non-profit event planning and stakeholder relationship management. She holds certifications in Non-Profit Management from the Georgia Center for Non-Profits and in Virtual Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania. CJ grew up in Southern California, and attended California State University, Northridge. She relocated to Atlanta in 2002. In her spare time, CJ enjoys cooking, traveling, volunteering with her church, and spending time with her son, Judah.

Kathy Evans, Director of Operations

Kathy Evans brings tremendous depth in finance and operations as AJF’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.