L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey Presides Over 2013 JVS Board Installation

(Photo L-R JVS Board Officers Bradley Gibbons, Richard Krelstein, Nan Kalish Goodman, Jimmy Hausberg, L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, JVS CEO Vivian Seigel and President John Goldsmith. Not pictured are JVS Officers Adam Press, David Nikayin, Eileen Coskey Fracchia,Jared Wolf and Steven Hirsh.) 

1-10-2013 – Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey presided over the installation of the 2013 JVS Officers and Board of Directors including the board's two newest members, Joel L. Berman and Steve Seigel.

Citing an inspirational quote from author John C. Maxwell, Lacey stressed the importance of leadership.

“(Maxwell says) ‘Everything rises and falls on leadership’ and that is so true,” said Lacey. “In our country and indeed in any kind of organization, we are successful or not successful based on our leadership. The key people who step up to the leadership challenge are very special people in an organization.”

Berman, who will also join the JVS Development Committee, is a partner in the law firm of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP in Century City.  A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Berman has been practicing general business law for more than thirty years.   For the past five years, he has served on the Board of Camp Ramah and has been the organization’s Development Chair for the past three years.  Berman and his wife Jamie, both Los Angeles natives, have two teenage daughters. 

Seigel is the President and CEO of Qualified Billing and Collections, LLC which specializes in Workers’ Compensation claims. Seigel, who sits on the JVS Investment Committee, has been a JVS donor for many years. His company has hired numerous JVS clients. Prior to joining QBC, Seigel worked as an investment professional at Tiedemann Investment Group (TIG Advisors). He also worked as an Investment Banker for JP Morgan / Bear Stearns in New York. Seigel did his undergraduate study at UCLA where he was member of the Bruins football team, and graduate study at The London School of Economics. He and his wife Nicole are also involved philanthropically with Concern Foundation, Baby2baby.org and Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

Seigel is the son of JVS CEO Vivian Seigel.

In December, Jackie Lacey was sworn in as the first woman and first African American to be elected to the position of Los Angeles County District Attorney since the office’s creation in 1850.  As a deputy district attorney, she prosecuted hundreds of serious criminal cases, winning national attention for her successful prosecution of the county's first race-based hate crime murder. Lacey was recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice in May 2000 for prosecuting this case and for participating on the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee. She oversaw the development of several groundbreaking crime-fighting initiatives including the nation’s first Animal Cruelty Prosecution Program, the Graffiti Prosecution Program and the Project Safe Neighborhoods Gun Prosecution Program.

JVS also installed its Board Officers for 2013:  Vice Treasurer Adam Press, Treasurer Richard Krelstein, Secretary Bradley Gibbons, Vice Presidents Eileen Coskey Fracchia, Nan Kalish Goodman, Jimmy Hausberg, David Nikayin and Jared Wolff, Honorary Vice President Steven Hirsh and President John Goldsmith.