Our Dedicated Team

Jori Mendel, Chief Foundation Officer

Jori Mendel serves as Chief Foundation Officer of Atlanta Jewish Foundation, bringing proven expertise in building meaningful business relationships, launching and scaling businesses. She now brings her talent and expertise from years in private, public, and nonprofit sectors to her role with the Atlanta Jewish Foundation where she focuses on business development and growth strategies.   

Jori is a changemaker whose driving entrepreneurial spirit sparks innovation. At AT&T, she spearheaded the launch of new services, led and scaled high performing international teams, and created new systems that streamlined operations and boosted ROI.  

Before joining the Atlanta Jewish Foundation team, Jori served as the first-ever Vice President of Innovation at Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. In this role, 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 and methodologies, and also raised significant funds to seed new ideas and spur collaboration. Jori’s leadership has firmly positioned Federation as a change agent in Jewish Atlanta. 

Jori is a native Californian who earned her MBA in Marketing & Entrepreneurship. She has spent the last decade in the City of Atlanta with her husband, two little girls, and dog. She was on the board of The Atlanta BeltLine, and is active in her Morningside neighborhood NPU. Jori currently serves on the Jim Joseph Foundation’s Teen Operating Committee advisory board. 

Ghila Sanders, Senior Philanthropic Officer

Ghila Sanders joins the Atlanta Jewish Foundation team as our Senior Philanthropic Officer, she will lead lead the development and implementation of engagement strategies and stewardship opportunities for fund holders to deepen, maintain and grow relationships. She joins us from Roswell Arts Fund, where she served as Executive Director since 2019. Ghila’s career over the past 15 years has been focused on nonprofit leadership and development. Her areas of expertise and passion include operations management, strategy, and community engagement.

Born and raised in Rome, Italy, she holds a JD from Universita’ di Roma “La Sapienza” and an MBA from Georgia State University. Prior to Roswell Arts Fund, Ghila was with the Breman Museum, where she served in several capacities, ultimately leading operations as Interim Executive Director. Earlier, she managed the Programs & Events Department at the Jewish Museum of Rome, Italy.

Ghila is actively engaged in several community organizations, including Congregation Shearith Israel, New American Pathways, and Furnish with Love, and lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband David and their family.

Ikepo Talabi, Assistant Controller

Ikepo Talabi serves as the Assistant Controller-Foundation. She is responsible for leading the day-to-day finance and accounting operations of the Atlanta Jewish Foundation, including its audit, tax returns for its eight supporting organizations, treasury functions, financial reporting, and internal controls. She ensures all accounting and finance operations follow GAAP rules. Before joining the Foundation, Ikepo worked at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Ikepo holds a BSc in Computer Science and Accounting from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria, Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis, and a Master’s in Accounting and Financial Management, both from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Originally from London, Ikepo grew up in Nigeria, and she lives with her family in Austell.

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.

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 Manager

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.

Kaylin Berinhout, Foundation Operations Manager

Kaylin Berinhout serves as the Foundation Operations Manager for the Atlanta Jewish Foundation where she applies her passion for building community and driving impact. In her role, she focuses on process improvement through tech implementation, event management, and fund holder engagement and impactHer previous experience includes working for Women of Earth Institute, where she worked directly with a network of community leaders to globalize their film project and allocate impact capital for improved infrastructure for women’s health and environmental stewardship in Brazil. She also spent time working with the Women’s International Social Welfare in Tel Aviv, Israel, creating marketing content and news stories for the organization’s website and social media in partnership with Head of English Content Writing. Kaylin is a secondgeneration graduate from Georgia Tech and pretty much a native Atlantan. In her free time, Kaylin enjoys volunteering locally with environmental non-profits and globally on various eco-farms, as well as leading community-oriented interfaith discussion groups, and exploring ATL on her bike.