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.
In her over 25 years at JBBBS, Lisa has taken tremendous delight in overseeing the thousands of matches that have been created through JBBBS’ Children’s Program. She started her career with the agency in 1991 as a social worker, and was promoted to agency clinical director and Vice President of Programs before assuming her current position as Chief Program Officer. Lisa established JBBBS’ School-Based Mentoring program and works directly with our college scholars.
Prior to coming to JBBBS, Lisa was a program manager at New England Home for Little Wanderers, was established in private practice and led workshops as a parent educator. Additionally, she completed two years of postgraduate work in systems theory at the Family Institute of Cambridge. She is a graduate of Simmons College School of Social Work.
Lisa is an alumni School-Based Big Sister and Friend 2 Friend volunteer. In her life outside of JBBBS, Lisa enjoys hiking and cooking and has a family of whom she is very proud.
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.
Cailin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont and an MSW from Simmons School of Social Work. Prior to joining JBBBS in 2017, Cailin worked with young adults and their families in a treatment program for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of psychosis and as a psychotherapist in a community clinic setting, specializing in treating individuals with substance use disorders. For 11 consecutive summers, Cailin also worked at a camp, first as a counselor and then program director. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, Bella, cooking for friends and family, and hearing live music.
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.
Communications & Partnerships
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.
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.