JFS Staff and Board

Rachel Kornfeld, LCSW SBL
Executive Director 

As a licensed clinical social worker and certified school administrator, Rachel has been providing quality mental health and education services in New York City for the past 18 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. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health and hospital settings before assisting with the start-up of The New LIFE School a non-public special education setting, part of Lutheran Social Services of New York. Rachel has 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. Her goal at all levels remains the same, to provide a safe and nurturing environment for people of all ages to receive the care and compassion they need to change the trajectory of their lives.


A resident of Stamford and mother of two, Rachel is excited to bring her passion and years of non-profit experience to those in the lower Fairfield County area. The opportunity to further support people in need of quality mental health care and support services in her community aligns with Rachel’s overarching goal of improving the lives of all those she encounters.

Melissa Knee, MBA
Office Administrator

Melissa comes to JFS with 18 years of experience as an accountant, private business owner and human resources manager. With a bachelor’s degree in accounting from SUNY Binghamton and an MBA from Pace University, Melissa takes multitasking to the next level.

After being a devoted stay at home mom to her two children, Melissa was drawn to JFS of Greenwich as a new challenge. Different from her work in the for profit world, she was looking for an opportunity which would bring depth of service to her community. Melissa enjoys being an advocate for those in need.

Her bubbly personality and ability to connect with those she encounters has brought great energy to the JFS office. Melissa is a phone call away to assist with almost anything that comes to mind!

Angela Hay, LCSW

Angela “Angie” Hay comes to JFS of Greenwich with a BS in Social Work and an MSW from the University of Pittsburg. Angie began her career working with children and families in NYC. She enjoyed her time at Spence Chapin assisting with adoptions, counseling birth mothers to plan for a positive adoptive experience. Angie continued her work in NYC with the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division, working as part of a legal team on behalf of abused and neglected children.

Angie enjoyed some years home with her three children now young adults before returning to a social work position with Greenwich Department of Social Services. Angie thrived in that role working with a diverse group of individuals in the Greenwich Community. Angie moved on to work as an independent contractor with various senior residences and nursing homes in the Greenwich area. She has found individual and group therapy to be most rewarding. Angie is a warm and down to earth therapist who takes great pride in using a person-centered approach to help her clients work through their challenges and feel empowered. She has years of post-masters training in various therapeutic modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.   Angie enjoys working with adults of all ages providing a comfortable space with which to communicate and learn new coping strategies and life skills.

Florence M. Griffin, LCSW

Florence is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience serving the Greenwich community. She comes to JFS of Greenwich with a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and a second master’s degree in business administration.  Florence has years of post-graduate training with adults and aging populations. Florence draws on her diverse professional experiences in the business and non-profit world where she has served in multiple capacities as a direct service provider and non-profit director.

Florence exudes genuine warmth and understanding of the challenges adults often face when needing to ask for help.  She always creates a trusting and comfortable environment for her clients.  Florence always seeks to help the client identify and explore the problem which they wish to work on, no matter how complex it may seem.  Florence is solution focused and assists her clients through exploration and an integrative approach using multiple therapeutic modalities.

Elyse Brown
Director of Supermarketing for Seniors

Elyse has BA degree in Philosophy from Emory University; she moved to Greenwich in 1980. Her zest for all things written led her to assist with the start-up of two business ventures in high tech consulting, where she enjoyed the editing and production of reports and business collateral. Elyse was introduced to JFS of Greenwich in the 1990s and became a devoted board member for many years. She volunteered for Supermarketing for Seniors as a shopper and found deep satisfaction assisting seniors in her community. Elyse became a caregiver and patient advocate when her husband developed ALS. Her expertise grew exponentially as she helped to navigate her husband’s care until his passing. It was a natural progression for Elyse to move into the lead role for Supermarketing for Seniors. Her commitment to improving the lives of others is evident in every aspect of her work. Elyse treats each client and their family with the utmost respect and care. She has become an advocate for all those in need in the Greenwich community and continues to make a positive impact daily.

Ruthanne Jaffe Birnbaum, LCSW

Ruthanne Jaffe Birnbaum has over 30 years’ experience as a psychotherapist.  She holds a Master of Social Science degree from Bryn Mawr University, and previously earned both a master and bachelor degree in Education from Lesley University.  She is certified in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, and in Psychotherapy as well, by the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, as well as in the Program on Aging at Hunter College.   She is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work.  She is licensed in both New York and Connecticut.  Ruthanne is the proud mother of two adult children, and lives in Greenwich with her husband and cat. 

Jewish Health & Healing Center

Lisa Goldberg has been meeting the spiritual needs of the Greenwich community since 2012.  It was a natural choice after chairing the Jewish Arts and Film Festival in Stamford for ten years. Before her time in the non-profit world Lisa was a producer at ABC News and NBC News.

Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wellesley College. Most recently she has been pursuing her master’s degree in counseling to continue to serve her community as a therapist. Lisa lives in Wilton with her husband, two dogs, and revolving door of  “almost” grown children.

Board of Directors

Nancy Peters

Peter Furth

Sandy Soule

Chairperson of the Board
Pamela Liflander

Executive Committee

Willow Oberweger
Barbara D. Salop
Arthur J. Wichman
Nancy Peters
Pam Liflander
Peter Furth
Sandy Soule

Board Members

Meredith Curreri
Barbara Epstein
Caroline Hirschfeld
Sheila Kantor
Jan Kaplowitz
Rita Edelston
Sharon Herzog

Ariel S. Manacher
Leslie G. Perry
Deborah Rosemarin
Jonathan Tipermas
Lauren Wels
Nancy Zisson