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Staff Directory

JFS Staff are known for their spirit of compassion and caring.

Please feel free to contact a staff member below by sending an email or call 413-737-2601.


Maxine Stein, MSW President & CEO
Ellen Hatzakis Chief Financial Officer
Ellen Mwapaura Senior Accountant
Claudia Ryan Administrative Assistant
Marisol Puente Accounts Receivable Clerk
Edward Begley Accounting Clerk
Mary Petrone Human Resource Administrator
Lori Friedman, MBA Marketing & Development Coordinator

Behavioral Health

Karen Reiniger, LICSW Director of Behavioral Health Services
Mohamoud “Mo” Abdirahmam, MSM, MSW, LCSW Assistant Director of Behavioral Health Services
Saad Abduljabbar,M.Ed CAGS Refugee Community Support Program (CSP) Director
Cathy Chandler, LICSW Older Adult Services Coordinator, Clinical Social Worker/Clinician Outpatient Services
Jill Goldstein, MSW, LICSW Social Worker/Clinician (Berkshire county)
Tara Adhikari, MS, CSP/IHT Refugee Mental Health, Family Support Specialist
Yasmin Ahmed, MSW IHT Master’s Level Clinician, Refugee Mental Health
Reem Al Azzawi Mental Health Social Support Program Assistant
Nasra Ali CSP/IHT Refugee Mental Health, Family Support Specialist
Mariam Aydah, Mental Health Social Support Program Assistant
Kevin Darjee CSP/IHT Refugee Mental Health, Family Support Specialist
Prasad Dulal, MSW IHT Master’s Level Clinician Refugee Mental Health
Jean Paul Gatete,MSW IHT Master’s Level Clinician
Durga Giri Family Support Specialist
Eh Kamwee Say Pang CSP/IHT Refugee Mental Health, Family Support Specialist
Rose Karigirwa IHT Refugee Mental Health
Anju Lamichhane, MSW IHT Master’s Level Clinician
Manju Gurung CSP/IHT Refugee Mental Health, Family Support Specialist
Eglal Mohamed CSP/IHTRefugee Mental Health, Family Support Specialist
El Mostafa Naciri CSP Administrative Coordinator
Reeta Rana CSP/IHT Refugee Mental Health, Family Support Specialist
Mariam Saleh CSP/IHT Refugee Mental Health, Family Support Specialist
Mohamed Salama, MS, CAGS In-Home Therapy Master’s Level Clinician Refugee Mental Health
Nancy Simons, LMHC LMHC In-Home Therapy Master’s Level Clinician/Supervisor Refugee Mental Health
Deborah Stier, PhD Psychologist Outpatient Services
Farzaneh Taghizadeh CSP/IHT Refugee Mental Health/Resettlement Caseworker, Family Support Specialist

Citizenship & Immigration Services

Robert Radin, MFA Citizenship and Immigration Program Director
Ayesha Camano-Petkus Immigration Specialist
Kathleen Schindler, MBA Naturalization Specialist

Elder Guardianship  & Conservatorship

Christine Roncolato  Older Adult Guardianship Program Director
Heidi Curboy Guardianship Case Manager
Tammy Morton Guardianship Case Manager

Jewish Life Enrichment

Rosalind Torrey, MPH Jewish Life Enrichment Program Coordinator

New American Program

Sara Bedford, MPA, New American Program Director
Natasha Emya Assistant Director, New American Program
Tatyana Abashina Employment Coordinator
Adan Abdi Family Support Specialist, Refugee Resettlement Case Specialist/CSP
Abrar Ahmed Refugee Women’s Empowerment Specialist
Massara Almafrachi Community Engagement Coordinator
Abdul Alqaisy Refugee Resettlement Case Specialist/CSP
Fikiri Amisi Community Engagement Specialist
Ehsan Azizi Family Support Specialist
Alda Balbino Refugee Resettlement Coordinator
Abubakari Bigirimana Reception & Placement Case Manager
Evan Bixby Refugee Youth Education Specialist
Simon Crawford-Muscat AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring
Xavier Domjan Intensive Case Management Coordinaor
Katy Drew Cultural Orientation Specialist
Marc Dulaimy, MBA Family Support Specialist/CSP
Alina Dyachenko, Case Aide
Amran Faith, MPH Case Manager and Administrative Assistant
Jenny Greenfeld Berkshires Administrative Assistant
Shafaq Kahn, MA Family Support Specialist/CSP
Dana Lanoue Logistics Assistant
Marie-Ange Laroche, Hatian Case Manager
Peter MacArthur, Berkshires Case Manager
Nancy Malinoski ESL & Workplace Readiness  (AmeriCorps)
Abdulrahman Malakzai Intensive Case Management Specialist
Banen Mustafa Learning Program Assistant
Caitlin Rajala Temporary Program Specialist
Safieullah Safie Asset Building Program Coordinator
Farana Leemon Samad, MPH Adult and Youth Learning Specialist
Gabriela Sheehan, M.Ed Berkshires Resettlement Coordinator
Rebecca J. Steinberg, M.Ed Job Skills Development Coordinator
Margaret (Peggy) Sheldon New American Program Assistant
Aziza Tokhi Community Engagement Specialist (PC)
Syonara M. Tomoum, MA Youth and Adult Learning Coordinator

For more information or to get involved, call 413-737-2601 or email


*Last updated June 21, 2021.

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JFS staff come from over 20 countries of origin and speak 25 languages. In a project by Madeline Poole BRIDGING WORLDS Stories of Resettlement, Madeline complied stories from six of our JFS staff and one community member. Click here to read their stories, learn how they came to the U.S., and about their lives here.