JCS Board of Directors
Elaine Farber Budish
Jewish Collaborative Services employs highly trained and credentialed professionals. Our staff includes licensed marriage and family therapists, masters of social work, licensed social workers, certified EMDR therapists, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants and assisted living administrators. In addition to their qualifications, they bring commitment and compassion in caring for clients and their families.
Our leadership team consists of dedicated professionals with many years of experience working to ease the burden of those facing hardship or transition in their housing, health, family or social situations.
Erin Gisherman Minior, LICSW
President and CEO
Erin is responsible for all business, finance and personnel operations for Jewish Collaborative Services. In that role, she oversees the agency and its professional staff in delivering the highest quality services to the community and all stakeholders. She also directs the planning process for the agency’s future development and growth. View Erin’s full profile.
Renee St. John, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Renee joined JCS in December 2019. As CFO, she is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction of the organization’s business, finance and personnel operations. Within finance, she guides the staff, finance committee, investment committee and board of directors on all financial matters, including external audit functions, banking, investments, tax reporting and human resources. View Renee’s full profile.
Sara Ades Goodwin
Chief Development Officer
As Chief Development Officer at JCS, Sara is responsible for planning and implementing innovative strategies to secure donors and contributions, ensuring the agency’s long-term sustainability. In 2016, in her previous role as Director of Major Gifts, she secured a $2.5 million donation for Jewish Family Service of RI, the largest in its history, which allowed the agency to purchase and maintain the new JCS offices in Providence. View Sara’s full profile.
Patricia Burns Harwood, LICSW
Chief of Programs
Patty oversees the coordination, integration, and delivery of all programs and services at JCS. She also works to promote collaborative relationships between program areas and to ensure that services consistently meet or exceed the expectations of clients, family members, funders, partners and other stakeholders. View Patty’s full profile.
Janelle (JC) Roussel
Director of Clinical and Community Services
As the Director of Clinical and Community Services, JC is responsible for providing supervision and administrative oversight to six programs: Adoption, The Counseling Center, Kesher, Case Management, Partners in Care and the Food Pantry. JC’s experience is in child and family welfare. Prior to working at JCS, JC was the Director of Quality Management at Saint Vincent’s. View JC’s full profile.
Marketing and Communications Manager
As the Marketing and Communications Manager, Jessica is responsible for developing and implementing the agency’s communications and marketing strategies to further agency goals, brand recognition, and engaging target audiences. Prior to her work at JCS, Jessica received her Masters from Merrimack College in 2016. [Email: Jessica@jfsri.org]
Executive Director of Shalom and Shalom II
Susan Bazar is the Executive Director of Shalom and Shalom II on JCS’s Warwick campus. Susan oversees HUD operations. In addition, she will serve as JCS’s community liaison statewide, representing both The Phyllis Siperstein Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence and HUD housings. View Susan’s full profile.
Roberta L. Ragge, MS, ALA
Executive Director, The Phyllis Siperstein Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence
Roberta directs operations at the Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence, including Renaissance Memory Support, Celebrations Adult Day Services, and the residence’s wellness, fitness, Gold Key and Concierge service programs. She has been with the agency since 2001, managing the Adult Day program before becoming Executive Director. View Roberta’s full profile.