Management Team

Andrea Freedman
President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Ottawa and Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation

Throughout her 18-year career, Andrea has worked in the non-profit world, primarily in the Jewish Federation movement.  She spent six years at Federation CJA (Montreal) in a variety of positions, including serving as Director of the Israel and Overseas Department. At the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, among her many duties, Andrea was responsible for major gift fundraising and corporate partnerships, and significantly increasing giving. Working for UIA Federations of Canada, she successfully consulted with communities across the country and provided an extensive demographic study.  


Prior to joining the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation as President and CEO in 2013, Andrea served as Vice-President of Philanthropy and Operations at Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation in Toronto overseeing all operations, annual fundraising, legacy giving and events. 

She is the recipient of a BA in political science from McGill University and an MSW from the University of Michigan.


Leslie Kaufman
Vice President, Corporate Services, Jewish Federation of Ottawa (JFO), Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation (OJCF)

Originally from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Leslie moved to Ottawa just over 10 years ago. Prior to her move, she held senior IT positions at Point Park and Carlow Universities in the US.  In Ottawa, she switched focus and quickly rose through the ranks to serve as President & COO of Decision Academic Inc., a software company that provides curriculum management and academic advising solutions to a range of clients.
With an MBA and over 25 years of progressively responsible management and leadership experience, Leslie is an established senior manager, an effective communicator, successful team-builder, with strong negotiation and relationship skills. She has a long-history of experience in volunteer and leadership roles with Jewish youth groups, camps, and synagogue life in the US.

The oversight areas for Corporate Services include: Marketing and Communications, Campus Management, Information Technology, Archives, Ottawa Va’ad Ha’kashrut, and governance.


Judie McKenney

Chief Financial Officer


Judie McKenney received a BComm from Carleton University and a Masters of Health Administration from Ottawa University. She also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant designation. Judie’s past experience relates primarily to not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, she held senior finance positions within a long-term care facility, a secretariat of a governmental organization, and a fund raising charity focused on community impact. With over 20 years of experience, Judie has developed strong organization and leadership skills to complement her technical skills. She enjoys mentoring staff to grow and expand their capacity, leading to a stronger, more dynamic organization.


Judie has also volunteered for a number of organizations over the years involving fundraising. Judie enjoys biking, yoga, and walks with her dog. She also plays an active role in the lives of her nieces and nephews, spending considerable time with them.

Ariel Aronson
Campaign Manager

Ariel Aronson received an Honours BA in Leisure Studies at the University of Ottawa after a number of years working in Parks and Recreation and Event Planning at both the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission.


Ariel joined the Jewish Federation of Ottawa in 2013 as the interim Special Event Planner and Sponsorship Coordinator. She then spent three years as the Director of Emerging Generation managing the programming and administration for both EG and PJ Library. Ariel was responsible for the coordination of the EG Annual Campaign, including managing strategy, canvassers, and the overall execution of the Campaign. She brings all of this experience to the Campaign Manager role which oversees the administration and execution of Federation’s Annual Campaign and Campaign events.


Ariel is also involved on the Board of Directors of Machzikei Hadas and enjoys volunteering in the Jewish community.


Sarah Beutel
Vice President, Community Building


Sarah Beutel received a BA from McGill University and a Masters of Public Administration from Carleton University. Her past experience includes working for Hillel Lodge Long Term Care Foundation and grant writing for various organizations. Sarah has many years of work and volunteer experience with boards and committees of not-for-profit organizations. In 2008, Sarah began working for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. She also sits on the board of Na’amat Canada.

Sarah is married to Steven Morgan and has four children.



Pauline Colwin
Director of Communications

Pauline joined the Federation in May 2013 and was integral in launching the redesigned Ottawa Jewish Bulletin and online edition. Pauline continues to manage the Bulletin, as well as our social media and websites. She is responsible for the marketing and communication needs of both the Federation and the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation. Prior to the Federation, Pauline was an editor at the Ottawa Citizen. She received an Honours Degree in English Literature from Ottawa University and holds a diploma in Journalism.

Away from work, Pauline enjoys camping with her family, writing and experimenting with mixed media art.

Kara Goodwin
Director of Community Collaboration

Kara possesses over 17 years’ experience in communications and business consulting, including running her own consulting firm. For government and private-sector, she has led projects to improve customer engagement and processes. Prior to moving to Ottawa, Kara worked with the Calgary Jewish Federation as Director of Community Relations and Communications. Her work involved building relationships with diverse stakeholders and advocating for the Jewish community and Israel. She has served on non-profit boards, including that of the Calgary JCC.  

Kara has an MA in English from Concordia and a BA from the University of Guelph. She is married to Daniel and they have three children.

Micah Garten
Director of Development

Over the last 8 years, Micah has done fundraising for a number of charities here in Ottawa, most recently as the Manager of Philanthropic Relationships for the Shepherds of Good Hope. He has a degree in Fundraising Management from Ryerson University and is currently working on completing his MBA. He is married to Jessica and has one small child.

Micah’s role is to connect with donors and help ensure their support can make the biggest impact in the lives of the community.


Richard Roy
Director, Property Management


Roy studied electronics and commercial design and after graduating, worked as environmental services manager at the Montfort long-term care home for four years and as a facility manager for SNC-Lavalin, where he managed Crown-owned buildings. He went on to spend about 10 years in facilities management for the federal government.

As facilities manager, Roy oversees the mechanical, security and custodial aspects of the campus, as well as dealing with leases and property management. He is responsible for 21 Nadolny Sachs (the Joseph and Rose Ages Family Building housing the Soloway Jewish Community Centre), 31 Nadolny Sachs (the Ottawa Jewish Community School building) and 11 Nadolny Sachs (which houses Tamir, Early Beginnings Daycare, and the offices of several other organizations).