Ed Richard Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado
Local Programs and Mentoring for Tracing Jewish Family History Worldwide

JGSCO Officers

Joy Davis - President
As President of JGSCO, Joy is responsible for ensuring that guests feel welcome and that every member’s voice is heard.  Please do not hesitate to contact her with your ideas, suggestions, or concerns.  Joy is also a Vice President of the Austin Families Association of America, and is a member of Denver Chapter, NSDAR.

Ellen Beller - VP Programming
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Marcia Levy - VP Membership
Marcia Levy Marcia has been a member of JGSCO since 2011. In that time, she has learned so much about her and her husband's families. She has also encouraged some family members to participate in our organization. As VP of  Membership, Marcia realizes that she is usually the first person members see when they attend our programs and takes this responsibility very seriously. Marcia's genealogical goal is to find her grandfather's relatives who he sponsored from Ukraine. The family story is that they survived the Holocaust by hiding out in the forest. 

Sandy Greenberg - Secretary
Sandra was co-founding President of JGSCO. She has been doing Jewish genealogical research since 1978, over 40 years ago. She has researched her family all the way back to the early 1870’s in Poland, Austria, and Romania while gleaning information from the original Polish and Romanian records. This was before personal computers. Sandra learned how to do research at the Mormon Family History Library in Salt Lake City when attending classes with the Avotaynu group every year for 15 years. She saw the beginnings of JewishGen and personal computers. Sandra started and maintained the JGSCO genealogical library at Temple Emanuel. In addition, she found 58 members of her great-grandmother’s family who were killed in the holocaust. She has been a member of APG. as well as many other genealogical organizations. Sandra is pleased with how far genealogical research has come since she started so many years ago and hopes to continue to be an asset to the present day JGSCO.

Elliot Cohen - Treasurer
Elliot CohenDr. Elliot Cohen has practiced general psychiatry in Colorado Springs for forty years and recently has retired. He was born in Brrooklyn Jewish hospital and raised in Silver Spring Maryland. He matriculated at the University of Maryland  for his undergraduate degree in psychology, and his medical degree at the Baltimore campus of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After medical school and an internship in Honolulu, Hawaii he served as a general medical officer in the U.S. Navy for six years, followed by seven years as a psychiatrist in the U.S. Army which brought him to Ft. Carson in Colorado. His passion for genealogy began in 1977, while serving in Europe, he visited his ancestral village in Checiny, Poland. In addition, he has supported the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass. for twenty five years, in memory of the mother tongue of his ancestors.

Randy Getz - Director at Large
Randy has been researching his family on and off for 20 years, kickstarted by a relative who was able to collate over 1000 family members before information was available on the Internet into a 2-inch binder of printed pages. Randy is working hard to understand his family's "vertical genealogy" (ancestors) as well as "horizontal genealogy" (living relatives). The latter has led to many new relationships around the world in both his and his wife's families.

Risa Heywood - Immediate Past President
Risa Heywood
Risa began researching her family over 25 years ago when she inherited a 6-generation family tree, meticulously drawn by her grandfather on the back of a large piece of wrapping paper.  It contained Americanized names, but no dates or places.   Since then, she has been able to trace all eight great-grandparents back to Belarus, Poland and Ukraine - many of the families back to 1800.  Risa was a founding member of the Colorado Jewish Genealogy Society and served as co-chair of JewishGen’s Belarus SIG.  She recently earned a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University.