Published On: Sun, May 12th, 2019

JARC Florida Announces New Executive Team to Lead the Agency Forward

By Robert S Weinroth

JARC Florida provides programs and services to educate and empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by working to remove barriers to independence so people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are better able to reach their potential. 

JARC programs include residential homes and apartments, community case management, and employment training.  Through everything they do, they assist their clients to develop life skills and growing friendships. Some JARC clients live in their residential network, others live in private residents where JARC provides support services. Still others come to daily programs and live near the JARC center in the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach campus.

Jeffrey M. Zirulnick
Chief Executive Officer

After 25 years of service, JARC Florida’s CEO, Debra Hallow, recently announced her retirement. The Board has named Jeffrey M. Zirulnick JARC’s next CEO. Zirulnick noted, Hallow ”made a huge impact over the past 25 years and I have big shoes to fill.”

Zirulnick, who has nearly 40 years of experience working with non-profits, has been part of JARC for four years now and noted it to be one of the most unique organizations he has worked with. “JARC educates the community and demonstrates that there is a place and a role in society for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities,” said Zirulnick.

Michael J. Hopper
Chief Operating Officer

Zirulnick plans to focus on the Community Works Program because it is a great opportunity for JARC clients to be part of the community and be contributing members of society. He has also committed himself to do more collaboration with high school students who will soon be transitioning into JARC.
The Board has also announced the naming of Michael J. Hopper JARC’s Chief Operating Officer. Hopper joins the JARC team with nearly 30 years of IT and business experience. He served 25 years in the United States Navy as a flight engineer before retiring in 2011. He has been a volunteer at JARC where he assisted in building a computer lab for the clients.
Like Zirulnick, Hopper would like to grow JARC’s programs and services for the benefit of its staff and clients and ultimately, take JARC to the next level. Hopper notes his area of expertise is in process of improvement. His goal is to further the JARC clients’ progress in using their own collective voices and becoming their own advocates.
Congratulations to Jeffrey Zirulnick and Michael Hopper and best wishes to Debra Hallow as she enjoys her retirement.

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. Commissioner Weinroth serves as County Vice-Mayor and has been appointed Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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