Executive Director and CEOdgoldman@jfskc.org | 913-327-8262
Don has a background in marketing, strategic planning, operations, and technology. He spent much of his career as an executive with Sprint and Birch Telecom. His most recent position in the for-profit sector was Chief Operating Officer at Birch Telecom. In the past few years Don decided to refocus his professional energy into the not-for-profit sector. Most recently, Don was the Director of Adult Jewish Learning at the Jewish Community Center. Don holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officercross@jfskc.org | 913-327-8294
Cindy's unique blend of strategic business skills, innovation, and solid CPA foundation supports the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in achieving JFS’s strategic goals. Cindy is responsible for oversight and leadership of all financial matters, day-to-day business operations and new agency opportunities. She has experience in innovation and business management leadership from Hallmark Cards and American Century Investments.
Richard Odiam, LCSW, LSCSW
Chief Program Officerrodiam@jfskc.org | 816-333-1172
Richard, now serving as Chief Program Officer, is responsible for program operations spanning Food, Shelter and Employment, Older Adult services and Mental Health. With a background in community mental health, he spent 10 years in a senior management position at Tri-County Mental Health Services. He holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas and is licensed as a clinical social worker in Kansas and Missouri.
Director of Marketingbalthouse@jfskc.org | 913-327-8263
Brenda brings a background of strategic and consumer marketing, having held marketing positions at Hallmark Cards, AT&T and in healthcare consulting. Prior to moving to Kansas City she served as the Development Director for a Chicago social service agency while completing her MBA in marketing and nonprofit administration. Brenda works with program staff to develop marketing and communication strategies, as well as the management team to implement overall agency strategies.
Director of Volunteer Engagementtfriedman@jfskc.org | 913-730-1445
Taly earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health at the School of Education at the University of Kansas. Taly has a background in non-profit work in the Kansas City area, including working as a Nutrition Educator and coordinating the nutrition education program at Harvesters-The Community Food Network and being the teen leadership director at BBYO, Inc. Taly has worked with volunteers both professionally and as a volunteer herself and enjoys connecting community members to meaningful volunteer opportunities.
Director of Food Pantryjhickey@jfskc.org | 913-327-8257
Jo has grown the JFS Food Pantry each year using her contacts in the Kansas City area non-profit community. Among other past positions, she served as Director of Operations at the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City. Jo has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Northwest Missouri State University. She looks forward to the relationships she continues to develop as she enhances the Food Pantry Programs in both Kansas and Missouri.
Interim Development Directorrkrantz@jfskc.org | 913-327-8299
Rachel served as Development Director of JFS from August 2010 – October 2015. She currently serves as our interim director. Prior to joining JFS, Rachel was the Annual Fund Director at Memphis University School for over five years. She is passionate about the work JFS does in our community and creating meaningful opportunities for donors to help strengthen people’s lives. Rachel graduated from the University of Kansas.
Rabbi Jonathan Rudnick
Jewish Community Chaplainrabbi@jfskc.org | 913-915-7730
Rabbi Rudnick devotes himself to community care using his vast knowledge: with a BA degree from Claremont McKenna College, a diploma of International and Comparative Law of Human Rights from University of Strassbourg, a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, a master of arts degree in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University, a fellowship in education and policy at Mandel School for Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Studies from the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where he was ordained.
JET Express+ Driversagron@jfskc.org | 913-327-8250
Older Adult Care Managersalbin@jfskc.org | 913-730-1425
Sarah has worked with older adults in varied settings since 2007. Most recently, she worked for the Area Agency on Aging on the Missouri side, coordinating the volunteer ombudsman program, providing community outreach on aging issues, and doing case management with older adults. Sarah earned her M.S. in social gerontology from the University of Central Missouri in 2011 and previously graduated from Truman State University with a B.A. in communications.
Wendy Anderson, MSW, LMSW
Child and Family Therapistwanderson@jfskc.org | 913-327-8253
Wendy is a Licensed Master Social worker. She has helped clients in a variety of settings, including residential treatment programs, community outreach, schools and outpatient clinics. Her focus has primarily been with children and families, with an emphasis on family systems, cognitive behavioral and play therapy approaches. In all of these she strives to help people learn how to help themselves. Wendy earned her bachelor’s degree in Social work at the University of Kansas, and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver.
Operations Manager, Older Adult Initiativessatherly@jfskc.org | 913-327-8265
Sondra, who began at JFS as a volunteer, manages Help@Home and JET Express. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies at San Francisco State University. After working in telecommunications management for 25 years and moving to Kansas City, she changed directions and moved into the non-profit sector. She enjoys helping older adults remain independent and active.
Technology Coordinatorgbaber@jfskc.org | 913-730-1447
Mary Beth Blackwell, LCSW, LSCSW
Eating Disorder Resource Center Director/Therapistmblackwell@jfskc.org | 913-327-4690
Mary Beth facilitates an adolescent girls program (BLING) for the prevention of eating disorders within the schools and the greater KC community. She directs the eating disorder resource center, which provides assessments, referrals, educational support and treatment for individuals who have eating disorders and their loved ones. As a therapist, she works with individuals with eating disorders and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Mary Beth is also a member of the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare Advisory Board.
Manager, Jewish Employment Servicescboasberg@jfskc.org | 913-730-1449
Cari is a Career Coach and Administrative Coordinator for Jewish Employment Services. Cari, a certified teacher and employment specialist, has an extensive background in providing support and guidance with all aspects of a successful job search. Cari has worked in the non-profit sector for most of her career and is leading a younger job seeker initiative with KU Hillel, partnering with them in a Professional Development series. Cari holds a BS in Journalism from the University of Kansas.
Russian-Speaking Care Managerschao@jfskc.org | 816-333-1172
Sarah has a BA in Russian Language from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and an MA in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Kansas. She brings with her a wealth of experience having lived, worked and taught in Russia, Ukraine and Georgia, as well as in the US. Sarah works directly with Russian-speaking clients in our Older Adult Care Management program and assists with Russian Language facilitation across all JFS programs.
Vicki Cohen, LCSW, LSCSW
Licensed Therapistvcohen@jfskc.org | 913-730-1411
Vicki is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. Vicki works with clients who face challenges around anger management; anxiety and depression; divorce; eating disorders/self-harm; family conflict; grief and loss; peer/work relationships; parenting; and relationship issues.
Rebecca Dragon-Freiden, LCSW/LSCSW
Licensed Therapistrdragonemail@example.com | 913-327-8277
Rebecca attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate and doubled majored in Psychology and Spanish. She later went on to pursue a Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago. After moving to Kansas City, Rebecca worked at Gillis as a Family Focus Therapist, providing therapy for boys and their families as they re-entered their homes from a residential facility. She later worked as a Bilingual Therapist at The Family Conservancy in the “Dame La Mano” Program. She provided Spanish-speaking therapy for individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. Rebecca utilizes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy in her work with clients. She considers it a privilege to be invited into the lives of clients to help them in their journey towards healing and self-discovery.
Developmental Disability Specialistpelkins@jfskc.org | 913-730-1474
Porsche received a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Based Services from Doane University. Passionate about serving those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, she has over ten years of experience in providing quality supports and case management in various capacities. Her background includes work in education, for-profit and non-profit sectors as well as work in State and County government. She has a valuable network of community resources and is involved in many philanthropic efforts in the community.
Missouri Office Managersevans@jfskc.org | 913-327-4683
Adult Care Managerjfielder@jfskc.org | 913-730-1473
Care Management Team Managerlgilman@jfskc.org | 913-730-1441
Laura holds a bachelor’s degree from Goucher College, a master’s degree in clinical social work from University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Jewish Communal Service from Towson University. She has worked in the field of aging since 2005, specializing in meaning making in the later stages of life and aging in community. Laura manages the older adult Care Management program and feels honored that her job allows her to journey with clients as they age and bear witness to their resilience and strength.
Executive Assistantnhall@jfskc.org | 913-327-8246
Nicky is Assistant to Executive Director, Don Goldman and the Development Director.
Jennifer Hawkins, LPC
Licensed Therapistjhawkins@jfskc.org | 913-730-1423
Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University and master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University. She has over 15 professional year’s experience working with children and adults. Her professional background includes a history with KCMC Head Start program as the mental health/disabilities manager, Truman Behavioral Health as a qualified mental health professional, Catholic Charities of KC-St. Joseph as the educational coordinator and therapist. Jennifer offers confidential and compassionate care to individuals, couples and families from a family systems and attachment style perspective. Professional Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor, National Board of Certified Counselors, Stephen Ministry, Prepare/Enrich Facilitator (marriage).
Marketing Coordinator/ Chaplaincy Program Assistanttherman@jfskc.org | 913-730-1469
With a background in design, Terri helps coordinate marketing and social media; as a past Spiritual Care Volunteer, she assists Rabbi Jonathan Rudnick with chaplaincy and, being a furtive writer, she helps with the JFS blog. She moved to Kansas by way of Las Vegas after growing up in Michigan. She has a BA degree in design from Michigan State University.
Susan D. Hurst
Director Family Life Educationshurst@jfskc.org | 913-327-8259
Susie is the Adolescent Specialist for C.H.A.I. (Channeling Healthy Adolescent Interaction). She offers preventive education workshops and individual consultations for adolescents, parents, educators and youth workers. In addition, she serves as the Director of Family Life Education, offering a variety of education and support programs across all age groups. Susie holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Psychology from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She also attended the One Year Program of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Susie earned the local Jewish Teacher of the Year award and the national Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.
Volunteer Engagement Coordinatorvjohansen@jfskc.org | 913-327-8279
Vicki earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education at the University of Nebraska. Her professional background includes education, insurance sales, customer service and owning an employment service. She looks forward to connecting community members to meaningful volunteer opportunities and expanding the work JFS is able to do through volunteer engagement.
Naomi Kaplan, LCSW, LSCSW
Clinical Managernkaplan@jfskc.org | 913-327-8298
Kelly G. Loeb
Older Adult Care Manager/ Outreach Coordinatorkloeb@jfskc.org | 913-327-8278
With a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri, Kelly loves both sides of the state line; but, will always call Los Angeles home. Prior to JFS, Kelly traveled the 105 counties of Kansas as an educator for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, helping Medicare beneficiaries understand and use their benefits. She’s worked as an outreach coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Association – Heart of America Chapter, and fervently hopes for the day when Alzheimer’s disease is just a memory. During a favorite summer adventure in Antigua, Guatemala, she used her Spanish fluency to interview older adults about quality of life and to reminisce.
Program Coordinatorjlydon@jfskc.org | 913-327-4683
Lead Office Managercmyler@jfskc.org | 913-730-1451
Food & Shelter Team Manager/ Priya Family Fertility Consultantbnelson@jfskc.org | 913-981-8816
Brooke joined JFS as the case manager for the community assistance program. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas with a clinical concentration in children and families. Previously, Brooke has worked in non-profit organizations and for the state of Missouri doing foster care case management. She has an affinity for community organizing and Narrative Theory. Her goal is to stand with people facing poverty and other life challenges, provide resources, and work towards justice.
Food and Shelter Case Managerjnielsen@jfskc.org | 913-730-1472
Julie started at JFS as an intern while getting her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Avila University. She was hired after her internship in 2014 as a Food and Shelter Case Manager. She graduated with her Master’s degree at the University of Kansas and will specialize in working with women and children in the area of trauma and abuse.
Diane Schmidt, MA, MCC, GCDF
Career Coach, Administrative Coordinatordschmidt@jfskc.org | 913-327-8250
Diane brings the combination of Corporate Marketing and Non-Profit Counseling experience to CSC. She is passionate about guiding clients to take an active role in their job search during what can be one of life’s most challenging events. Diane is skilled in utilizing a strengths based focus with individual clients in developing and executing a focused job search strategy and resulting in a more efficient and successful outcome for her clients. Diane has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from University of Missouri, Kansas City and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Missouri State University. She is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator through the National Career Development Association.
JET Driverlschmidt@jfskc.org |
Laurie Schulte, LMSW
Older Adult Care Manager/ Outreach Coordinatorlschulte@jfskc.org | 913-730-1441
Laurie joins the JFS team to assist older adult clients through education, outreach and care management services. She plans to help them achieve their best possible older life. Laurie has a BA in Recreation Therapy, a Ceritificate in Gerontolgy from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Laurie brings extensive experience working with geriatrics in hospital, case management and hospice settings.
Career Coachdschwartz@jfskc.org | 913-981-8814
Dana is a Career Coach for Jewish Employment Services. She designs and facilitates workshops and provides individualized coaching for JES clients offering a comprehensive and customized plan to job seeking resulting in the potential for a more efficient and successful outcome for her clients. Dana brings many skills to her position including employee and client relations, performance consulting, curriculum design, facilitation, research and analysis, along with training & development capabilities. Dana has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Concentration in Business from Indiana University.
Lead Community Handymansterian@jfskc.org | 913-327-8279
Seroj provides minor home repairs and computer troubleshooting. He holds bachelor degrees in math and English from the University of Kansas and is experienced in many facets of home construction and repair. Previously, he worked as a technical writer and process analyst for Sprint before leaving the company to start his own remodeling and handyman business.