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Our Leadership

JCS Board of Directors

Chair
Jeffrey Padwa

Vice Chair
Marisa Garber

Treasurer
Deborah Mandell

Secretary
Mindy Stone

Members
Elaine Farber Budish
Avital Chatto
Stuart Einhorn
Doug Emanuel
James Galkin
Amanda Isenberg
Myrna Levine
Richard Licht
Vin Mor
Aaron Simon
Ellis Waldman
Niecie Weiner                                                                                                                          

 

 

Staff Leaders

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

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.

Susan Bazar

Susan Bazar

Chief of Strategy and Administration

As a senior leader at JCS, Susan is responsible for strategizing and executing new initiatives, as well as overseeing the agency’s West Bay Campus in Warwick, which houses the Phyllis Siperstein Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence and the Shalom and Shalom II Affordable Housing complexes. In addition, she manages human resources and JCS communications, including web and social media. View Susan’s full profile.

Sara Ades Goodwin

Sara Ades Goodwin

Director of Major Gifts

As Director of Major Gifts at JCS, Sara cultivates existing relationships, creates new ones, and develops innovative strategies to ensure the agency’s long-term sustainability. In 2016, 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

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.

Merelise Hitte

Merelise Hitte

Chief Financial Officer

Merelise joined JCS in November 2018. 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 Merelise’s full profile

Roberta L. Ragge, MS, ALA

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.

Janelle (JC) Roussel

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.

Bonnie A. Sekeres, MA

Bonnie A. Sekeres, MA

Executive Director, Shalom/Shalom II Housing

Bonnie directs Shalom and Shalom II affordable housing complexes, including the Shalom Mealsite as well as tenant services and activities. Under her guidance, Shalom Apartments have developed a reputation both locally and nationally for creating an enriched environment where residents thrive. View Bonnie’s full profile.