Our Staff

 

Some of the JBBBS staff enjoying the 2018 Scholars’ BBQ Celebration


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.

JBBBS Announces New CEO, Kimberlee Schumacher!
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Programs

Jan has devoted her career to work with, and for, people with disabilities. She has overseen the agency’s Adults with Disabilities Programs since 1994, chairs Yom Sport and represents the agency on the Special Needs Professionals Committee, Chaverim Chaim and K’sharim. Prior to joining JBBBS, Jan provided casework services for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Mystic Valley Elder Services and service coordination for the Department of Developmental Services. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Community Services from the University of Massachusetts. She loves spending time with her family.

Anne is a graduate of Roger Williams University where she earned a BS in Business Management and minored in Psychology. Upon graduation, Anne worked in Corporate Finance for six years. Anne started at JBBBS in 2012, attending Simmons School of Social Work and graduating in May 2012. During graduate school, Anne interned at the Brookline Community Mental Health Center and Northeastern University. Anne enjoys going to bootcamp and running local road races with friends.

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.

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.

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 boyfriend and their dog Maggie, 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.

Amy is a clinical social worker with extensive experience in volunteer management, program development and strategic planning. Most recently, she served as Clinical Program Director at Wildflower, where she oversaw a team of volunteer family liaisons and established partnerships with outside organizations and businesses, enabling the organization to expand its service delivery. Prior to this, Amy served as the Director of Volunteer Services at Hebrew Senior Life and as the National Programs Director at Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center. Amy actually began her career at JBBBS as a social worker in the Children’s Program, so returning feels like coming home for her. She is very excited to return to the organization and is eager to develop and nurture new partnerships and work to enhance the existing volunteer experience at JBBBS.
Amy has a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University and an MSW from Columbia University. When she is not working, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, reading, and seeing as many movies as possible.

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.