WEST ORANGE, N.J. - After more than 20 years of managing and overseeing the finances of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation (JCHC) of Metropolitan New Jersey, Sharon Saltzman has retired as the non-profit organization’s chief financial officer. She was honored at a retirement party at the offices of the JCHC last month and was later presented with a resolution of appreciation acknowledging her milestones and contributions at the Board of Trustees meeting. In addition to many good wishes and expressions of gratitude for all her hard work over the years, Saltzman received a piece of artwork as a remembrance from her colleagues.

The Livingston resident began her career with the JCHC as a part-time staff accountant, assistant to the controller and when the controller left she took that position with expanded fiscal responsibilities. In 2006 she was promoted to CFO. During her time as CFO, Saltzman introduced greater cost efficiencies including updated accounting reporting software and an automated time and attendance system across all four buildings. An automated accounts payable approval system will soon be implemented, which began under her watch.

“This has been a great place to work and was far more than just the numbers,” said Saltzman of her time at the JCHC. “It was meaningful because it was about the people—our seniors—who were behind the balance sheet.”

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The JCHC owns and manages four senior living communities in Essex and Morris counties for older adults, all within a traditional Jewish environment. Saltzman talks fondly about the relationships with JCHC residents she developed over the years. During most of her tenure, the organization’s corporate offices were housed in Jewish Federation Plaza in West Orange, where Saltzman had daily contact with residents there. In 2013, the JCHC moved its offices to the neighboring JCC MetroWest on Northfield Avenue in West Orange.

“As much as I loved my new office when we relocated, I really missed seeing the residents,” she said.

“Sharon has left big shoes to fill, in terms of her dedication, resourcefulness and concern for the welfare of our organization and our residents,” said Harold Colton-Max, CEO of the JCHC. “We wish her well as she and her husband enjoy much-deserved leisure time during their retirement years.”

Saltzman and her husband plan to do more traveling—their two children and four grandchildren live out of state—and they will fulfill a long-time dream of driving cross-country.

“Now I have the time to spend with family and friends without juggling work,” she said, “but my career at the JCHC was more than work—it was really an honor.”