Saturday, March 24th, 2018

In Memory of Rochelle Tatrai

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Audrey Prior
Brock Communications
P. (813) 961-8388
C. (813) 846-0471


Tampa, Fla. (January 8, 2015) – Two different funds have been established for the two daughters survived by the late CEO of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Rochelle Tatrai-Ray.   A account and a Bank of America Trust have been established to offset expenses associated with the daughters’ future care. Donors may make a deposit at any Bank of America branch by requesting that the teller access the Contribution Account of the Marisa and Selena Ray Trust or donors can log on to and enter the name Rochelle Tatrai-Ray. The hyperlink is and all donors can give effective immediately.

Rochelle Tatrai-Ray’s life was suddenly and tragically taken on December 18,  2014 due to what police believe was a domestic violence murder suicide perpetrated by the father of her children. The trust fund and account have been established to offset the cost of education and provide living expenses for the daughters who will now be under the financial care of the maternal grandparents.

“Rochelle was a wonderful, loving parent, who provided financially and emotionally for her two daughters. She managed the balance of her professional and personal life with a positive outlook and most working parents can relate to that,” said Barbara Sterensis, board member and interim CEO of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services.

Rochelle Tatrai-Ray was named President and CEO of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services in May of 2014. Prior to earning the CEO position Tatrai-Ray served as chief operating officer with Gulf Coast for 11 years. According to current Gulf Coast board chair Jay Miller, during her tenure with Gulf Coast, Tatrai-Ray helped grow the organization from $15 million to $40 million in annual revenue and services. “She will be missed and her loss will be felt throughout the community,” Miller added.

About Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services

For more than 50 years, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services has been providing essential services to our community’s most needy and vulnerable populations. Beginning with one social worker and a secretary in a small office, Gulf Coast now employs over 600 staff agency-wide and boasts a point-in-time caseload of more than 6,000 individuals. GCJFCS interacts with virtually every arena of social services covering a 37 county area and provides a wide range of family support and counseling services.



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