Alicia B. Chandler, Interim Executive Director

Alicia Chandler stepped in as Interim Executive Director in July 2019 following two years as president of JCRC/AJC. Chandler has served in numerous roles within JCRC/AJC, as well as AJC, including as a member of AJC’s Board of Governors, initial co-chair of the Global ACCESS Steering Committee and as an AJC delegate to the 2009 Durban Review Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Before becoming Interim Executive Director, she served as the General Counsel – Continuing Care for Trinity Health.

Commencing in September 2019, Chandler will be pursuing a dual masters in Jewish Education and Jewish studies from Hebrew College, while writing a book about the experience of interfaith families seeking acceptance in the Jewish community.

Chandler is a 2017 Oakland County Elite 40 Under 40 recipient. She also has received AJC Detroit’s Community Leadership Award and has been recognized for her pro bono awards from United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

A native Michigander, she graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and also has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan Business School, where she graduated with high distinction.

Email Alicia at or call (248) 642-2640.

Lauren Herrin, Assistant Director

Lauren Herrin joined JCRC/AJC as its assistant director in November 2017. In this position she oversees the organization’s Government Relations and Israel Advocacy and International Affairs committees and online presence, among other duties.

Prior to joining JCRC/AJC, Herrin spent more than a decade at Marx Layne & Company, a Farmington Hills-based public relations, marketing and digital media agency, most recently serving as a senior account executive. There she provided strategic counsel; coordinated press conferences, ribbon cuttings and other events; developed and implemented public relations campaigns of all sizes; and led social media, marketing and advertising initiatives with clients in the nonprofit, hospitality, professional service and legal sectors.

Herrin received her bachelor’s degree in Communications, with a specialization in public relations, from Michigan State University.

Email Lauren at or call (248) 642-2641.

Sam Englender, Community Outreach Manager

Sam Englender joined JCRC/AJC as Community Outreach Manager in March 2019. In this position he focuses on building and strengthening Jewish-Muslim and Jewish-African American relationships in metropolitan Detroit.

Having spent his youth in Southfield and Beverly Hills, Mich., Englender attended Michigan State University where he earned a degree in International Studies. Following graduation, he moved to Israel where he lived for the next three years working in the Jewish nonprofit world at the Joint Distribution Committee and as a project manager at an internet start-up.

After realizing he wanted to serve the Jewish community in America, Englender moved back to the States and enrolled in Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) Rabbinical School where he cultivated his passion for interfaith work and led a multi-pronged initiative, including bringing American-Muslim leaders to speak at YCT and studying Arabic at America’s only Muslim liberal arts college.

Email Sam at or call (248) 642-2656.

Sandy Lippitt, Literacy Programs Coordinator

Sandy Lippitt has extensive experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and has expertise in marketing, logistics and event planning and coordination. She began her career as a consumer products buyer with B & E Wholesale, where she worked for more than over five years. She later worked in marketing for such companies as Clairol and Rubbermaid, and as an event coordinator for Merck Pharmaceuticals, setting up medical demonstrations throughout southeast Michigan. She later became the event coordinator for Avon’s Three-Day March for Breast Cancer.

Lippitt’s non-profit experience includes event coordination work with Lungevity and Tamarack Camps, the latter where she chaired the Send-A-Kid to Tamarack annual fundraiser for two years. She began her work with JCRC/AJC as community relations associate in September 2013, later becoming the literacy programs coordinator in 2015.

Email Sandy at or call (248) 642-2649.

Corey Young, Operations and Development Manager

Email Corey at or call (248) 203-1527.

Joy Alekman, Administrative Associate

Joy Alekman joined JCRC/AJC in February 2019 with a background in office administration and management. She most recently served as the office manager for nine years at and The Detroit College Promise, a nonprofit scholarship organization, which are run from the same office.

An active member of the Detroit Jewish community, Alekman received her bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University.

Email Joy at or call (248) 205-2546.