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Jewish Family and Children’s Service Names New Executive Director

Michelle Napell Hi resThe board of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County has selected Michelle Napell to become the agency’s next executive director.

Napell will succeed Linda Meisel, who announced earlier this year that she is stepping down at the end of June after 18 years as the head or the organization.

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County (JFCS) is a nonsectarian, community social service agency with headquarters in West Windsor that provides behavioral health, advocacy and support services for individuals and families.

Napell is currently the executive director at OneFamily, a nonprofit that supports victims of terror living in Israel.

“The board is delighted that Michelle has accepted our offer to lead the agency into the next chapter of its history,” said JFCS President Audrey Wisotsky. “She is a visionary leader who we are confident will strategically guide the agency and advance and develop the critical programs we provide to the community.”

A graduate of Cardozo School of Law, Napell practiced law for three years and then left her law practice a start her family. In 2010 she was hired by OneFamily to coordinate of programming and special events. In 2011 she became executive director of U.S. operations.

“Being a part of JFCS will enable me to leverage my passion and experience to make an equally important difference – this time closer to home,” Napell said. “I hope to build off the strong programming and base of support that already exists and engage new supporters throughout Mercer and Bucks Counties.”

Napell lives in central New Jersey with her husband and two children.

Krystal Knapp

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