About Us

Jewish Family Services of Greenwich is a non-profit social services agency serving the greater Greenwich community. We provide mental health therapy, Jewish-themed programming, senior assistance, and immigration counseling. JFS of Greenwich is a refugee resettlement agency through HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) and actively partners with local social services agencies to help families with economic challenges. Our counseling services accept most insurance plans. All other services rely on donations from individuals, businesses, foundations, and government grants.

Our staff working with donation goods.
  • Counseling for individuals and families, and neuro-psych educational testing of children — in-network with most health insurance companies
  • Therapeutic support groups
  • Programs to strengthen the Jewish identity and connection
  • Grocery shopping and friendly visits for senior citizens in Greenwich
  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Community-integration services for immigrants
  • Volunteer and community service opportunities
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Founded in 1983, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich exists to improve the lives of families and individuals of all ages living in the greater-Greenwich, CT community. We embrace Jewish wisdom, tradition, and compassion while providing effective, affordable, and high-quality social services to people of all backgrounds, economics, and affiliations.

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Jewish Family Services of Greenwich was founded in 1983 when Greenwich Jewish Federation (now known as UJA-JCC), identified a need for social services especially in the areas of counseling as well as for elder care and services. In 1989, with seed-funding support from Federation, JFS of Greenwich started providing resettlement and social services to assist Russian Jewish families who began immigrating to our community in the early 1990s.

Over the past years, JFS of Greenwich has greatly expanded its services in the areas of counseling, group therapy, friendly visits to senior citizens, and immigration services for people of all backgrounds.

Rachel Kornfeld, LCSW, SBL

Chief Executive Officer

A licensed clinical social worker and certified school administrator, Rachel Kornfeld has been providing quality mental health and education services in New York and Connecticut for over 20 years. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, a master’s degree in clinical social work from Columbia University, and second master’s degree in school building leadership from Mercy College.

Rachel began her career as a social worker in the New York City foster care system, and worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health and hospital settings. Rachel assisted with the start-up of The New LIFE School, a non-public special education setting, part of Lutheran Social Services of New York, where functioned as the Director of Clinical Services, Principal, and Executive Director. Rachel has years of post-masters training in various therapeutic modalities, and vast experience in the field of mental health and education services.

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Kimberly Wolfson-Lisack, LCSW

Chief Program Officer

Kimberly Wolfson-Lisack is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families.

Kimberly previously served as Clinical Director of Safe Haven, a therapeutic respite program for children 0-18 yrs. at Kids In Crisis. She is an adjunct professor in the Human Services Department of Norwalk Community College, and in the MSW program at Sacred Heart University.  She is trained in both DBT and EMDR.

Melissa Knee, MBA

Chief Operations Officer

Melissa brings to JFS 18 years of experience as an accountant, private business owner and human resources manager. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from SUNY Binghamton and an MBA from Pace University.

Beth Nussbaum

Chief Development Officer

Beth is a highly creative professional with an impressive track record spanning over 25 years, encompassing roles in Fundraising, Development, Public Relations and Marketing.

Beth’s previous nonprofit development roles include the Open University of Israel, American Friends of Migdal Ohr, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls and Shelter Our Sisters. Most recently, Beth held the position of U.S. Director of Development for Herzog Hospital, a leading medical facility in Jerusalem, Israel.

Prior to the non-profit sector, Nussbaum served as a Global Marketing and Public Relations executive, working for companies including Hallmark Entertainment, Atlantic Records, Dan Klores Communications and Universal Media Group.

Beth is a graduate of Pratt Institute, holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and she also earned a Professional Certificate in Fundraising from New York University.

Renee Tucker

Chief Financial Officer

Renee graduated from Iona College with a BBA in accounting. She has over 25 years of experience in both the public and nonprofit sector. Renee has found it very rewarding to work in the nonprofit world for the past 8 years and is happy to be a part of the JFS of Greenwich team!

Lala Addeo

Director of Volunteer Services

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Lala immigrated to the U.S. with the help of HIAS, JFS, UJA/JCC and Temple Sholom in 1990 and brings a unique perspective to the resettlement volunteer effort at JFS. Prior to joining the Resettlement team, Lala played an active role as a JFS volunteer and translator for the United for Ukraine program and was also on the Board of Directors at JFS. 

Previously, Lala was Director of Rewards for RecycleBank, an ESG-focused rewards and loyalty program, and before that was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting where she focused on strategy and operations engagements for financial services clients. Lala graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University and is fluent in Russian and French.

Javid Siddiqi

Director of Immigration and Resettlement Services

Javid has a Master of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. He has an extensive background in humanitarian affairs and project management, providing support to vulnerable communities and those at risk. He has worked as a humanitarian and international civil servant for over two decades in Afghanistan, Africa, and the USA. Javid has been involved in various projects which include health, nutrition, education, child protection, youth development, microfinances, water, sanitation, psychosocial support, refugees, immigrants, resettlement of returnees and IDPs, and provision of services for women affected by domestic violence.

Christopher Kelley, Esq.

Supervising Attorney

Christopher is the Supervising Attorney of Immigration Legal Services at JFS, assisting individuals with a wide range of U.S. immigration matters, including parole, asylum, Temporary Protected Status, Violence Against Women Act petitions, family-based petitions, permanent residency applications, and citizenship applications. Christopher was a student attorney at CUNY School of Law’s Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic. Prior to working at JFS, he worked at a mid-sized New York law firm, Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein and the world’s largest immigration law firm, Fragomen after law school.

Mike Garcia

Assistant Director of Community Integration

A lifelong resident of Westchester County, Michael is a graduate of Fordham University with a Masters in Social Work Administration.

Michael’s career spans over 30 years in the non-profit world, primarily serving youth and families in the New York foster care system.  During his career he has developed and managed the full spectrum of therapeutic residential services for at risk youth, as well as provided oversight of community recreation centers and home based waiver services in New York City.

Erin Tishman

Clinical Director for JFS Behavioral Health Services

Erin Tishman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and brings 20 years of clinical experience in a multitude of different settings to her role as Clinical Director. She holds a bachelors degree in psychology from Saint Michael’s College and a masters degree in counseling psychology from Rosemont College and since has worked providing therapy, clinical supervision, and program development in Vermont, Philadelphia and CT.

Erin has worked in director roles at Family Centers and Effective School Solutions, as well as, in her own private practice. She has extensive knowledge in different treatment modalities and interventions in working with individuals, couples, and families and she is a firm believer that a strong therapeutic relationship is essential to growth, change, and wellness.

Nyisha Vaughn

Director of Older Adult Services

Nyisha has worked in the direct service, educational, social and human services field for over 23 years and brings experience and knowledge based in youth, young adult, adult and senior services. She has worked at local non-profit agencies as well as Yale New Haven Health Systems, The Department of Children and Families, and Newport Academy. Nyisha has facilitated many programs and supervised and trained over 100+ people in areas such as school safety, domestic violence and assault and resource accessibility.

Lauren Kilcourse

School Impact Coordinator

Lauren graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. While she enjoyed her short time working in the magazine industry, she realized her true passion was advocating for those in need. This realization led her to pursue a career in special education, where she could significantly impact the lives of children and their families.

Lauren has over twelve years of experience working directly with children in schools as a Behavior Technician. After years of working directly with children and their families, Lauren wanted to expand her impact by working with school systems in Fairfield and New Haven counties. She began working with teachers and staff members, educating them on best practices for working with refugee and immigrant children and their families and creating after-school enrichment programs for diverse populations. This shift in focus allowed her to have an even more significant impact on the lives of these children and their families.

Emma Joseph

Benefits and Wellness Coordinator on the Community Integration Team

Emma has worked as a Social Work and Admissions Designee at a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility for over 6 years. Her experience and knowledge in social services expanded from many years working in diverse settings prior such as volunteering at local nonprofit organizations, interning in school settings, participating in missionary trips to Haiti, and supporting the Zoning and Building departments for the City of Bridgeport as a contracted worker. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University and a Master’s Degree in Community Psychology from the University of New Haven. She enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures and lifestyles.

Michele Russo

Office Manager

Michele graduated with a BA in Journalism and Sociology from Pace University.

She brings seven years of experience with her working as a mental health administrator and is happy to be a part of the JFS of Greenwich team.

Frohar Ahmadi

Case Manager- Afghan Resettlement Program

Frohar and her family immigrated to United States from Afghanistan in 2022. She holds a degree in management, which she earned in 2019 from Kardan University. Frohar is enthusiastic about being a part of the APA program at JFS and looking Forward to contributing her skills and expertise as a Case Manager.

Natalya Parker

Case Manager – Ukraine Resettlement Program

Natalya is thrilled to be a part of the JFS of Greenwich team, where she can dedicate her full-time efforts to helping Ukrainian refugees and contribute to their successful resettlement journey. A native Ukrainian, Natalya has been living in the U.S. for 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Kherson State University in Ukraine. In addition to her role as a Case Manager, Natalya is also a real estate agent in Fairfield County. Both roles allow her to assist families with all aspects of their transition to a new life in the U.S.

Semen Antoniuk

Community Integration Assistant

Semen immigrated from Ukraine to the U.S. in September of 2022. Before leaving his home country, Semen became a member of a student organization dedicated to assisting refugees from other cities in Ukraine. In his current role at JFS of Greenwich, he has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge working on Community Integration.
Semen believes that even a small contribution can change the world and improve the lives of those in need.

Melissa Basile-Reolon

Volunteer Coordinator

Melissa Basile-Reolon graduated from University of Connecticut with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last 12 years, at Kids in Crisis and Children’s Learning Center of Fairfield County.  Melissa was a Fairfield County winner of the prestigious Forty Under 40 Award.

Jessica Berger

Director of Jewish Health and Healing

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Jessica enjoyed building Jewish community from a young age. She got her undergraduate degree from Savannah College of Art and Design and received her MSW from NYU. Her previous work focused on original Judaic programming for Jewish youth groups, synagogues, and community organizations. Jessica is thrilled be a part of the team at JFS of Greenwich where she can combine her skills in Jewish engagement and mental health support.

Irina Degtyur

Intensive Case Manager Ukraine Resettlement Program

Ukraine is Irina’s homeland where she was born and raised until she and her family decided to reunite with their family and immigrate to the United States. Irina holds a BA degree in Graphic Design and Advertising from the School Of Visual Arts.

Her passion for personal transformation, empowered Irina to pursue a new career in health and wellness space as an Integrative Nutritionist and a Health Coach. Irina prides herself on being a member of JFS community, and the opportunity to work in U4U resettlement program is a personal and meaningful mission for her

Jasmine Ford

Reception and Placement Case Manager

Jasmine has eight years of experience in Human Services. Prior to joining JFS of Greenwich, Jasmine was a Resident Services Coordinator for an affordable housing agency where she assisted residents with their health and wellness needs, as well as coordinated educational events such as health care seminars, food pantries, and life skills training.  She graduated with a BS from Post University, and is currently working on her Master’s degree. Jasmine brings a wealth of experience and passion for making a positive impact in the lives of others and is excited to join the JFS team.

Iryna Kuzmyn

Case Manager Ukrainian Resettlement Program

Iryna immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 2012 from Ukraine. She graduated with a BS in accounting from National University in Ivano-Frankivsk. Iryna is thrilled to be a part of the U4U team at JFS of Greenwich as a case manager.

Dino Morrell

Community Integration Program Assistant

Dino Morrell has a BS in accounting from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, and an associate degree from PPC Panama Canal College in La Boca, Panama. He began his journey as a JFS of Greenwich client and then became a volunteer. Dino feels privileged to be a part of the JFS team as Intensive Case Manager and is happy to be able to pay it forward helping immigrant clients.

Ahmed Muktar Naziry

Assistant Case Manager- Afghan Resettlement Program

Ahmad Mukhtar immigrated to the U.S with his family in 2021 from Afghanistan. He graduated with a BS in electrical power engineering from Kabul polytechnic university and he has a certificate in financial literacy from JFS. Ahmad Mukhtar is thrilled to be a part of the APA team at JFS of Greenwich as a case manager.

Tania Priatka

Senior Program Manager, Preferred Communities

Before joining JFS as a case manager for Ukrainian Refugee Resettlement, Tania worked for Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich, CT. She graduated with a master’s degree in Corporate and Organizational Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University and holds a degree in International Relations with a concentration in Eastern European Studies from Syracuse University. As an active member of the Ukrainian community in Stamford, Tania previously served as the Director of the School of Ukrainian Studies for 6 years as well as, a founding member of the Stamford branch of the Ukrainian American Youth Association. She continues to volunteer extensively within the community and speaks Ukrainian fluently.

Suzanne Selzer

Housing Specialist

Suzanne earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brandeis University and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. Previously, Suzanne worked as a behavioral health case manager for over 10 years in New York City helping clients connect to appropriate mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Suzanne is thrilled to be working at JFS Greenwich as the housing specialist and to be a part of a team that helps others.

Jayme Schneider

Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator

Jayme is the Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator at JFS of Greenwich, bringing with her over ten years of experience in customer relations, marketing, and project management. She holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland and is committed to supporting community engagement and volunteer programs at JFS of Greenwich.

Anduela Alla

Paralegal

Anduela is a dedicated and passionate legal professional with a deep commitment to helping immigrants navigate their path towards successful integration into life in the United States. Her journey in the field of law began in her home country, Albania, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from the University of Tirana. After working for four years in private practice, Anduela is thrilled to be part of the staff at JFS of Greenwich.

Jorge Gallego

Financial and Digital Coordinator

Jorge Gallego is from Ecuador. He has a bachelor’s degree from Pace University and MBA with concentration in Finance from Mercy University. Previously, he has worked for nonprofit organizations in New York City where he has helped low-income families with financial and immigration counseling. Besides helping others, he enjoys the outdoors and looks forward to exploring new hiking trails throughout the Hudson Valley.

Sujata Aryal

Case Manager – Resettlement Program

Originally from Nepal, Sujata moved to the United States over two years ago to pursue her master’s degree in criminal justice and human security at the University of the Bridgeport. Prior to this, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in social work, which ignited her passion for serving society in Nepal. Transitioning to the USA was a challenging yet rewarding experience, as she completed her master’s degree and accumulated a wealth of knowledge in her field. She finds immense fulfillment in her role as a Case Manager at JFS, which allows her to actively assist and support clients in navigating the challenges they face.

Originally from Nepal, Sujata moved to the United States over two years ago to pursue her master’s degree in criminal justice and human security at the University of the Bridgeport. Prior to this, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in social work, which ignited her passion for serving society in Nepal. Transitioning to the USA was a challenging yet rewarding experience, as she completed her master’s degree and accumulated a wealth of knowledge in her field. She finds immense fulfillment in her role as a Case Manager at JFS, which allows her to actively assist and support clients in navigating the challenges they face.

Waheed Siddiqi

Case Manager – Resettlement Program

Waheed Siddiqi is a graduate from the Faculty of Law and Political Science from the Afghanistan Institute of Higher Education, and has more than ten years of experience working in humanitarian work in his home country of Afghanistan. In September 2022, he came to the United States as a refugee and joined an immigration agency as a legal case worker and reception and placement case manager. Waheed is happy to be a part of JFS of Greenwich, and says working with refugees and immigrants is not a job, but rather a passion. He strongly believes in the power of giving back to the community.

Radiance Martin

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Radiance Martin Rivera received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania and received a master’s degree in public Affairs & Administration from the Metropolitan College of New York.

Radiance has a wealth of diverse experience working as a public servant in some of the most underserved neighborhoods/populations in New York City.  Her background spans across program management, workforce development, and case management.

A native Spanish speaker Radiance volunteers much of her free time volunteering at local food pantries in the Bronx, New York and advocating for the health and wellness needs of seniors.

Hamid Naziry

Case Aide

Hamid has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Kabul Polytechnic University. While in school, he was an assistant helping students who needed extra support. Hamid was a mathematics teacher at Kardan, a private high school, and a member of a humanitarian organization in Afghanistan that encouraged teens and children to play soccer and volleyball. He is happy to be a part of the JFS of Greenwich team.

Benson Casimir

Lead Case Manager, PC-REA

Benson Casimir, LMSW is extensively experienced in mental health and community services. His commitment to mental health was sparked by his early experiences and challenges as part of a Haitian immigrant family navigating various social support systems.

Benson earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Urban Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. His academic background laid the foundation for his deep understanding of social dynamics and mental health issues.

With over a decade of experience, Benson has served in various capacities including a school social worker, mental health caseworker, drug rehab counselor, and director of a community center. He has also worked in psychiatric hospitals, crisis shelters, and residential settings for adolescents. His work extends beyond conventional settings as he actively engages in community outreach like conducting college tours for inner-city youth and supporting low-income families.

Benson focuses on patients experiencing conditions such as anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, fatherhood challenges, men’s emotional health, and financial stress. His approach integrates evidence-based mobilities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with holistic and wrap-around services, aiming to meet clients where they are and to empathize deeply with their individual situations.

Benson believes in the therapeutic power of all environments, whether through organized activities like basketball or more informal settings like listening to music. His aim is to equip his clients with the necessary tools for healing and self-improvement providing ongoing care.

Known for his calm demeanor, honesty, and patience, Benson appreciates that recovery and personal growth are long-term journeys. By meeting his clients where they are in their journey and addressing one issue at a time, he helps build resilience and sustainable progress, empowering them to navigate challenges with confidence and grace.

A firm believer in giving back, Benson is active in community work, ranging from food drives to fundraisers for Haiti.

In addition to English, Benson offers services in Haitian Creole, aiming to reach and support the Haitian community effectively.

Ziad Alhomsi

Case Aide

As a case aide, my role is pivotal in supporting individuals and families and assisting the case manager. I handle a range of tasks, including coordinating services and providing technical and tech assistance.

Kevin Cruz Sanchez

Case Manager

Born in México, raised in Yonkers, New York, Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and Spanish from the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York, CUNY. His experience working in the social services field began as a customer care worker at a shelter in Westchester, NY. Since then, he began a very rewarding career in case management with other non-profit organizations in which he developed a true passion for being of service to those in need. Kevin is thrilled to be a part of the JFS Greenwich family.