JFS leadership C-suite

Our Leadership

Jewish Family Service’s Board of Directors is comprised of business, civic, and social-service leaders. The Board provides strategic leadership focused on agency effectiveness, financial stability, and policy-making. Meeting on a monthly basis, the Board ensures integrity, efficiency, and accountability in the delivery of the agency’s life-changing services.

Our expert staff includes licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, school mental health counselors, school and family liaisons, diagnosticians, speech-language pathologists, play therapists and care managers. All of our professional staff continue their own education and training as appropriate to their licensure.

Pictured: Chief Financial Officer Steve Brown, Chief Executive Officer Cathy Barker, and Chief Operations Officer Deizel Sarte

Board of Directors


Eric Goldberg, Chair
Julie Gothard, Chair-Elect
Steven Berger, Vice Chair
Weezie Margolis, Vice Chair
Lindsay Stengle Chang, Vice Chair
Seth Margolies, Treasurer
Laura Weinstein, Secretary


Rachel Biblo-Block​
Jonathan Blum​
Rebecca Buell​
​Madelyn Eisenberg
​Jonathan Herskovitz
​Andrew Kaufman
Michelle Kravitz, MD​​
Mike Landgarten​
Monita Moore
​Nicole Post​​
Risha Reiman
​​Andrew Silver
​Mark Spalding
Lorie Thibodeaux
Richard Wasserman, MD​

Honorary Members

Linda Garner
Ethel Zale

Immediate Past Chair

Julie Liberman

Administrative and Leadership Staff


Cathy BarkerChief Executive Officer
Steven BrownChief Financial Officer
Deizel SarteChief Operations Officer
Marlene Schaub, Human Resources Generalis

Programs & Services

Ariela Goldstein, LCSW, Senior Director of Clinical Services Emerita
Robin Raxlin GormleySenior Director of Special Programs & Hunger Relief
Allison HardingSenior Director of Career & Financial Services
Deborah Leibensberger LCSW-S, ACSWDirector of Older Adult Services

Sally Neeley, LCSW-S Clinical Administrator
Ruth Josenhans, LPC, Senior Director of PLAN
Rabbi Howard WolkCommunity Chaplain

Philanthropy & Community Relations

Leah GuskinSenior Director of Philanthropy & Community Relations
Jake Cook
, Grants Manager
Lyz Latson, Kosher Home Delivered Meals Manager
Cheryl ScaglioneDevelopment Manager
Michelle SquillaceVolunteer Engagement Manager
Chris Walters, Director of Development

Our Team (as of 2022)

Clinical Services

Sally Neeley, LCSW-S, Clinical Administrator

Gustavo Barcenas, PhD, LPC, RPT, Clinician, Off-site Clinical Program Manager

Tania Bradkin, MSW, LCSW Clinician

Beth Broodo, LPC, RYT, Clinician, Cancer Support

Jessica Castillo, Psy.D., Clincian, Roseland

Terah Culp, LPC, Clinician 

Karen Farr, PsyD, Clinician

Lynette Frantzen. LPC, Clinician

Shani Gamliel, MSW, Clinical Case Manager

Ariela Goldstein, LCSW, Senior Director, 

     Clinical Services Emeritus

Nancy Hall, MA, LPC, NCC, Clinician

Leah Heiman, LMSW, Clinician

Kelsey Lenihan, LPC-A, Clinician

Michael Ligocki, PhD, Clinician 

Simone Martens, MS, LPC, Clinician

Christopher May, LPC, Clinician

Esdeyna Moreno, Intake Coordinator

Carey Nottingham, MS, LPC, Director of Client Navigation

Kathy Reilly, LCSW, Clinician

Jeannette Sanchez, MS, NCC, LPC Clinician 

Cathy Schiffer, LCSW, Clinician

Karen Stark, LPC, Clinician 

Bonny Stewart, MEd, PsyD, RPT, Clinician

Jeffrey Tepper, LCSW, Clinician

Pamela Vasquez, MS, LPC, Clinician

Josh Wolkin, MS, LPC, Clinician

LaShonda Wooten, PhD, Clinician

Shareen Wornson, MA, LPC-S, Clinician

Psychiatric Consultants

Luke Peris, MD • Ameena Isa, MD

Career & Financial Services

Allison Harding, Sr. Director,
     Career & Financial Services

Brenda Butnick, Financial Coach

Jason Hopper, Career Coach

Phillip Konecki, Manager, Career Services, Trainer

Kristin Lobenstein, MBA, CPC, Manager of       

     Financial Coaching Services and Life Coach

Food Pantry & Emergency Assistance

Robin Raxlin-Gormley, Sr. Director,
    Special Programs

Libby Wharton, Hunger Relief Manager

Older Adult Services

Deborah Leibensberger, ACSW, LCSW-S,
Clinical Social Worker, Director 

Harriet Cohen, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker 

Don Dillard, LCSW, Clinical Gerontologist

June Fulton, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker

Abby Goodman, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker

Maya Jacob, Case Manager

Valda McClain, MA, Case Manager

Yaffa Podbilewicz-Weinberg, PhD, 

     Clinical Psychologist for Holocaust Survivors


Rabbi Howard Wolk, Community Chaplain

Special Needs Services

Sheryl Ambers, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language 


Andy Blum, LCSW, School Counselor

Heather Behr, School Counselor

Aleta Creech, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language    


Stephanie Hochstein, MS,  School Counselor

Tova Reifman, LPC-A,  School Counselor

Lori Sasson, MEd, School Counselor

Rennie Silverman, LCSW, Clinician 

Ashley Smith, LPC-A, School Counselor

Elisa Tolkov, OTR, Occupational Therapist

Traci Velasquez, LPC-A, School Counselor

Adina Wachsman, MEd,  School Counselor

PLAN (People Living Active Now)

Ruth Josenhans, LPC, PSS, Sr. Director, PLAN


Paige Falco, Program Manager

Daniel Mosher, Clubhouse Staff Generalist

Shira Service, Clubhouse Staff Generalist


Pamela Cohen, MHPS, Peer Specialist

Kimberley Mikula, LMSW, Case Manager

David Richards, MHPS, Peer Specialist

Nadine Xander, MHPS, Peer Specialist

Accounting Services

Song Han, MBA, Controller

Aprili Hinckson, Accounting Clerk

Katy Kirkpatrick, Billing Coordinator

Cristina Rivas, Accounting Clerk

Administrative Services

Jay Abrams, Maintenance Technician

Ellyn Golub, Office Manager

Jeffrey Hoffmann, Administrative Assistant

Liz Izaguirre, Administrative Assistant

Tanisha Pledger, Human Resources Assistant

Marlene Schaub, SPHR, Human Resource Generalist

Shelita Warner, Van Driver

Britton Williams, MA, Operations Specialist/
Board Liaison

Philanthropy & Community Relations

Leah Guskin, Sr. Director,

    Philanthropy & Community Relations

Jake Cook, Development Coordinator

Lyz Latson, KHDM & Volunteer Coordinator

Cheryl Scaglione, Development Manager

Chloe Downey, Marketing Coordinator

Basha Rubinstein, Marketing Coordinator

Maya Lefkovits, Capital Campaign & Events Manager

Michelle Squillace, Volunteer Engagement Manager

Veronica France, Volunteer Coordinator

Chris Walters, Director of Donor Relations

Jillian Hiris, Development Manager

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