JBBBS staff hail from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds and life experiences. We share a common commitment to impacting lives through mentoring.
For information about current opportunities to join our team, visit our Employment/Internship Opportunities page.
Laura is a social worker and Jewish communal professional with over 15 years’ experience working with children and families. She has worked both in program development at CJP on the Families with Young Children initiatives as well as in clinical roles at Aspire Early Intervention, Children’s Friend and Family Services and Jewish Family and Children’s Service in the Center for Early Relationship Support. She comes to JBBBS from JF&CS as the North Shore Community Outreach Manager and Jewish Life Program Coordinator for Adults with Disabilities. Laura has a BA from Bates College, an MA from the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University and MSW from Salem State University.
Laura is a Newton native whose past times include early morning walks around Marblehead Neck, boxing classes, compulsively cleaning up after her kids and reading the latest Brene Brown books.
Jenny holds a BA from Brown University and an MSW from Simmons School of Social Work. Jenny has worked as a researcher in the field of behavioral medicine, specifically studying smoking cessation; as a clinician in Inpatient Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston, providing family-centered services to children and families in crisis; and as a school social worker, supporting children in a Boston public elementary school. Jenny completed post-graduate training at the Family Institute of Cambridge in Narrative Family Therapy, and has been significantly influenced by a strengths-based approach to the field of social work. Jenny enjoys spending time with her family and her large household of pets, reading, hiking, playing tennis and singing.
Tania joins us in her new role as Outreach Manager at JBBBS. Tania has a diverse background as a program manager, as a business consultant, as an attorney, and as an active volunteer in Jewish school based programs. For over twenty years, she organized, led, and promoted impactful programs and projects that have greatly enhanced the lives of Jewish young people and their families. She has a BS in Psychology from Union College and a JD from New England Law. She loves traveling (especially to Israel), hiking, practicing yoga, and reading. Her favorite pastime is spending time with her husband and four children.
Lorraine Lorraine has happily joined the JBBBS Team after a varied professional life. She has been a Big Sister with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston since 1994 and won the Big Sister of the Year award in 1998. The experience with her Little Sister continues to be mutually rewarding to them both as they now grow older together as friends.
Lorraine graduated from Boston College School of Social Work in the 90’s and quickly found her passion delving into family, community and social justice concerns. Over those 20 years, Lorraine was a director of home-based family therapy programs which allowed her to empower youth and families all throughout Massachusetts. Additionally, she has been an Adjunct Professor at Simmons College, a consultant, and the director of a foster care program. As a group leader she led a 2 1/2yr group for LGBTQ+ teens and Latino clinicians and parents. When she is not working, she is restoring her soul and energies with loving friends and family. Yoga, meditation, indoor gardening, reading, kayaking, attending concerts, plus traveling far and wide, all inspire much adventure, self-discovery & awe. All these experiences while living in Chicago, New York, Ecuador and now MA have all steered her focus towards doing her part to foster diversity and inclusivity wherever she goes.
Lauren holds a JD from Boston University School of Law. After working in litigation for several years, Lauren began volunteering at various non-profits in Boston which focused on the needs of parents and children. Lauren also taught Legal Writing and Research at Boston University School of Law for nine years to international students receiving their LLM. Lauren worked at Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh helping with the new National Mikveh Network. Most recently, Lauren worked at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton on a multi-million dollar capital campaign. In her free time, Lauren loves spending time with her husband and three sons. She also is a mahjong teacher and avid tennis player.
Tess holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Global Mental Health from William James College. Prior to beginning at JBBBS, she worked as an in-home clinician for the Guidance Center in Somerville and then as a clinician for Smart From the Start, Inc. in Roxbury. She has also worked and volunteered for several community development programs abroad and has been a volunteer Big Sister herself for more than six years. In her free time, Tess loves to be with her family and friends and spend time by the water.
Jan brings to JBBBS decades of experience in the Boston area, working with children and adults with disabilities and their families. Her experience includes many years working at Cambridge Family and Children’s Service in their Family Support Program, then employment at Newton Wellesley Weston Committee for Community Living, Inc., a small residential provider in Newton, and most recently in the Services for People with Disabilities Program at Jewish Family and Children’s Service in Waltham. Her career focus has long been to facilitate community integration and acceptance of people of differing abilities.
Jan’s other interests include gardening, baking, calligraphy and spending time with friends and visiting family in the Berkshires, as well as enjoying as much time out of doors as possible.
Stacey has always had a passion to support people with different abilities. She focused her studies in the field of Special Education earning degrees from Lesley University and Simmons College. Her professional adventures brought her to teaching in a variety of settings ranging in grade levels from the urban public schools, behavioral health hospitals, and specialized programs for students with mild to moderate as well as more intensive special needs. Her experiences in the mentoring field began as a volunteer for the Friend 2 Friend program in 2007. She has also worked as a mentoring specialist at Partners for Youth with Disabilities, with a focus on youth involved in the juvenile justice system. She loves to go running with her dog and spend time outdoors with her husband and kids.
Giselle holds a B.A from Brandeis University and an MSW from the Boston College School of Social Work. Prior to starting at JBBBS, she worked for Riverside Community Care as a program coordinator for their online behavioral health screening program. While pursuing her MSW, she also worked at Brighton High School as a school social worker and at the Office of Prevention and Education at Northeastern University as a social work intern, specializing in BASICS and Motivational Interviewing. In her free time, Giselle loves spending time with her husband, visiting her family in New York and Israel and spending too much time at the Brookline Booksmith.
Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with minors in History and Elementary Education from West Chester University and an MSW with a concentration in Policy and Management from Rutgers University. Erin was also a Fellow in Rutgers School of Social Work’s Aging and Health Certificate program. Prior to joining JBBBS, Erin worked with the older adult population in a skilled rehab/long-term care facility in Denver, CO where she collaborated with the interdisciplinary team on discharging planning for residents as well as conducting psychosocial assessments with residents. Erin has interned for the Division of Aging Services in Trenton, NJ working with New Jersey’s Task Force on the Abuse Against Older Adults and People with Disabilities. Erin has also interned with Yachad in Manhattan, NY providing outpatient therapy services for adults with disabilities, facilitating social skill groups, conducting intakes with new potential clients, and working on a self-advocacy class for adults with disabilities.
In her free time, Erin enjoys hiking with her fiance and their dogs Maggie and Tucker, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and traveling.
Caitlin worked in Corporate Finance for many years before making a career change into the field of Social Work. A lifelong volunteer, Caitlin discovered her passion for helping children and families through volunteering. In 2013, she left the financial sector and accepted a positon at The Boston Ronald McDonald House as the Day Manager and Volunteer Coordinator while attending Simmons School of Social Work. At Simmons, Caitlin interned at an elementary school where she provided counseling to students, support for families, and facilitated groups. Caitlin has also interned, and was hired part-time, as a Clinician with Needham Youth & Family Services where she provided outpatient therapy services for youth and families, substance abuse counseling, school-based workshops and groups, and community-based work. In addition to an MSW from Simmons School of Social Work, Caitlin holds a BA in Voice from New Jersey City University.
In her free time, Caitlin, a New Jersey native, loves exploring all of what New England has to offer, as well as crafting, and spending time with friends and family. Caitlin was a Big Sister herself with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and is excited to be a part of such a wonderful agency!
Development & Operations
Meredith is a Massachusetts native who found her way back to Boston for graduate school in 2013 where she received her MA in Jewish Professional Leadership from the Hornstein Program and her MBA from the Heller School at Brandeis. Meredith studied sociology at the University of Delaware as an undergrad, and then moved to New Orleans after college to work with Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps. There, Meredith learned, in real-time, the intricacies of pursuing social justice and community organizing, while linking those skills and values to Judaism. Meredith remained in New Orleans for five years to engage young adults with the Jewish Federation, and to help organize their annual campaign. Most recently, Meredith worked locally for CJP, Boston’s Jewish Federation, as a Senior Development Officer.
When she’s not at work, you can often find her sitting on her porch reading a good book or working on her art while listening to bluegrass and jazz. She loves skiing in the winter, and hiking when it’s nice out. Meredith has been a volunteer with the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Friend2Friend Program since 2015 and is excited to be a part of the professional team.
Zack first joined JBBBS in early 2017 to manage the annual gala and transitioned into the Development Project Manager role and was promoted to Assistant Director. He comes from a background in interpretive education, teaching children of all ages. He’s also truly passionate about conservation and spends much of his free time in the outdoors. Zack holds a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology from Arizona State University. Zack is a proud Big Brother in our programs.
Joan’s career began in Retail Management, on both the Merchandising and Finance sides. In recent years, her involvement with causes joined to at-needs children led to her transition from the corporate to non-profit sector, and to an opportunity to serve the JBBBS team in their mission. Joan holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University, where she also discovered a love for writing. That continues to this day, as does a passion for reading and political discourse. She cherishes her family, not only her husband and daughter, but her three siblings, one of whom provides an excuse for travel to Israel.