Meet team JQ
JQ Board of Govenors
Deb Engel Kollin
Leadership Engagement Chair
Deborah Engel Kollin is an educator and parent of a teen in JQ’s Teen JQSA program. Her passion for JQ lies in her desire to make the most inclusive Jewish community possible to ensure her child is embraced as an LGBTQ+ Jew. Her dedication to JQ’s mission comes both from her family and from her own desire to empower teens through education and safe space. Deb was the Admissions and Outreach Coordinator at Westside Waldorf School and was the Director of Operations of the Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy of Temple Beth Am for 12 years.
Neil Spears serves as Executive Director of the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center after eight years as Regional and Executive Director at Power MyLearning, a nonprofit technology education service focused on serving lower income families. A longtime JQ community member, Neil has a BA from University of California San Diego and a Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Lisa Hofheimer is Executive Director of the Lee Liberman Foundation and a parent of a transgender teen participant in JQ’s Teen JQSA program. Lisa holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA from the University of Missouri. Lisa serves on the Board of Trustees of Temple Israel of Hollywood and as Co-Chair of the California Advisory Committee for Sharsharet.
Murray Levin is a CPA and CFO in the nonprofit sector. Murray is a longtime member of the JQ community and has over 35 years of experience in financial planning and accounting.
Courtney Mizel is a film producer, nonprofit founder, and philanthropist. Courtney has worked to launch and advance several nonprofits to higher levels under her leadership. Courtney, a straight ally, is involved with JQ because she believes that allies are vital to JQ’s success in transforming the Jewish community. The 2017 JQ Community Leadership Award Honoree has a BSE from the Wharton School of Business and a JD from USC Gould School of Law.
JQ is now the premiere LGBTQ+ Jewish organization in the greater Los Angeles area. Through transformative, dynamic, and engaging programs, JQ has established an impressive track record of innovative initiatives, services, and partnerships fostering leadership and inclusion throughout the region. JQ’s programs have impacted more than 13,000 lives in the LGBTQ+ and ally Jewish community in the past year alone.
JQ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate the lives of LGBTQ+ Jews and their allies by transforming Jewish communities, and ensuring inclusion through education, support, and identity-enrichment.
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