Our professionals bring outstanding training, experience, and sensitivity to their work, providing the highest quality of service to the individuals and families they serve. We maintain absolute confidentiality and respect for each individual’s right to complete privacy. Our staff is composed of licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, addictions counselors, nurses, career coaches, vocational counselors, residential and supported living counselors, professional consultants, and support staff. Over 200 dedicated volunteers provide vital help to enhance the work of the agency’s staff.
Joan Grayson Cohen
Joan Grayson Cohen, Esq., LCSW-C, Executive Director of Jewish Community Services, carries out the agency’s commitment to providing essential human services to the entire community.
Joan has been on staff at JCS (and its founding agency, Jewish Family Services) since 1993, serving as an integral part of the agency’s management team. Prior to her selection as Executive Director, she was the Director of Economic Services, overseeing the agency’s Career Center, Financial Assistance, and Service Coordination. Joan has extensive experience in human services and outreach having also worked in the sexual abuse treatment unit of Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland, and in Protective Services at the Baltimore County Department of Social Services. Joan holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Chief Administrative Officer, Budget and Administration
Joan Roth, MBA, is responsible for Jewish Community Services’ fiscal and administrative policies and procedures, including budgeting, compensation and human resources management, and the development and maintenance of statistical systems. In addition, she is responsible for coordinating various administrative services for the agency, including risk management, physical facilities and management information systems. Joan continues at JCS after being employed with Jewish Family Services for 27 years; she has been in an executive position for about 20 years. She played a central role in creating the administrative systems which enabled the organization to grow from an agency with limited programming and a budget of just over $3 million to the diverse, $12 million agency it is today. Joan received a BA from Clark University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to JCS, Joan worked as a retail accountant in Boston and as an assistant business manager for an ambulatory health care facility in Michigan.
Jacki Post Ashkin
Director, Community Connections
Jacki Post Ashkin, LCSW-C, is Director of Community Connections, which encompasses the agency’s Marketing and Communications, Community Engagement programs, and Prevention Education. Jacki has been on staff at JCS (and its founding agency, Jewish Family Services) since 1991. Prior to the formation of JCS, Jacki was Manager of Resource Development and Manager of Jewish Family Life Outreach for Jewish Family Services. She co-founded the innovative Shleimut program in which mental health and physical health professionals work with clergy as an on-site interdisciplinary team attending to the mental, physical, and spiritual health and healing needs of a congregational community. She also serves on the Jewish Community Critical Incident Response Teams serving both adults and children. Before joining JFS in 1991, Jacki was on staff at the Harford-Belair Community Mental Health Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from The Pennsylvania State University and received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Director, Economic Services
Jean Davis oversees Economic Services for JCS which includes Service Coordination and the Career Center. Service Coordination encompasses case management services, access to community resources (including financial assistance) and advocacy for adults, families, and older adults. The Career Center consists of employment assistance that prepares clients for employment and their job search, supported employment services which provide specialized services that help individuals with disabilities find and maintain employment, as well as assistance to employers in recruitment and hiring. Jean has over 15 years in workforce development management and was most recently the Director of Workforce Development and Community Education at Baltimore City Community College. Jean holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Rhodes College, a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Urban Policy from University of Chicago, and a Master of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Social Inequality from Johns Hopkins University.
Director, Behavioral Health Services and Compliance
Ruth Klein, Ph.D., directs therapy services for children, adults, and seniors; addictions services; psychiatric services and psychiatric rehabilitation; and residential and community-based services for adults with special needs. She also has oversight for the agency’s compliance program ensuring that all services and programs meet strict guidelines set by government and accrediting organizations. Ruth served as Director of Clinical Services for Jewish Family Services from 2006 to 2008. A licensed psychologist with many years of experience in the mental health field, Ruth holds a Ph.D. in Clinical and Social/Personality Psychology from New York University. Prior to joining JFS, she was Director of Behavioral Health for Peoples Community Health Center, Inc.; Clinical Director of Young Adult Institute, a clinic and psychiatric rehabilitation program; and Program Director for Granite House, Inc., an outpatient mental health center. She taught Psychology at McDaniel College and provided psychotherapy and counseling services to adults, children and adolescents at the Carroll and Howard County Community Mental Health Centers.
Senior Manager, Supported Employment
Andrea Fenwick is Senior Manager of Employment Support Services at Jewish Community Services. In this capacity, she oversees an array of specialized vocational and employment services designed to help individuals with disabilities achieve their goal of successful, competitive, and inclusive long-term employment. Before joining JCS, Andrea served as the Central Region Director of Residential services at Spectrum Support Inc. where she oversaw residential homes supporting individuals dually diagnosed with behavioral challenges and a history of forensic involvement. She also previously worked at Mid-Atlantic Human Services as a Project Director of Residential Supports and at Kennedy Krieger Institute where she coordinated the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s behavioral supports grant, as well as managed and trained residential staff. Andrea serves on a number of service-related advisory groups including the Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance, the Baltimore Metro Transition Council, the DDA Central Region Core Transition Council, and the Maryland Association of Community Services.
Senior Manager, Career Services
Lisa Gorman is the Senior Manager of Career Services for Jewish Community Services. Lisa has over 30 years of experience in coaching and organization development consulting with specialties in talent management, organizational effectiveness, performance and change management, leadership coaching and management development. She has held various management positions primarily throughout the financial and healthcare industries including being the Director of Human Resources Planning and Development overseeing departments such as Employment Services, Organization and Management Development, and Human Resources Planning and Communications. She has brought her experience and expertise to her role at Jewish Community Services to best prepare all types of clients to network, interview and market themselves to secure meaningful employment and to assist employers with successfully hiring the best employees. Lisa holds a B.A in Psychology from Emory University and an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
Beth Land Hecht
Senior Manager, Community Engagement
Beth Land Hecht, LCSW-C, is Senior Manager of Community Engagement. In her role, Beth oversees the agency’s volunteer services including youth mentoring, escorted transportation, tutoring, translating, friendly visiting, and pro-bono legal consultation, as well as community psychoeducational and consultation programs and grief support services. Prior to the formation of JCS, Beth was Program Director for the Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister League from December 1998 through June 2008 and had been on the staff of Jewish Family Services for seven years, serving as Coordinator of the Jewish Outreach Network and Manager of Community Outreach. Beth received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning in 1983 and her B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Senior Manager, Therapy Services
Joseph Honsberger, LCSW-C, oversees therapy and counseling services for children, adults and seniors, as well as addictions treatment, foster care and adoption, psychiatric services, and psychiatric rehabilitation. Previously Joe was Director of Family Services at JFS, providing services for children, adolescents, adults, and individuals with disabilities. Joe was also responsible for intake services. Joe was Director of the JFS Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs from 1999-2001.
Joe has been with the agency for 22 years, having begun as a social work intern. He received his Masters of Social Work degree from The University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Social Work, and his LCSW-C in 1988, focusing on working with individuals, couples and families.
Senior Manager, Service Coordination
Elaine Kitt, LCSW-C, heads the Service Coordination division of JCS, which arranges, coordinates, monitors and advocates for the full array of concrete and supportive services necessary to meet clients’ needs. Elaine served as Director of Older Adult Services at JFS until the formation of JCS. She previously served as Associate Director of Access and Family Services. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Elaine has worked primarily with older adults and their families since joining the staff of JFS in 1975. She helped to develop and coordinated the GAP (Geriatric Assessment Program) with Sinai Hospital and Levindale.
Manager, Prevention Education
Howard Reznick, LCSW-C, manages JCS Prevention Education Services, which provides educational programs for youth and adults that increase knowledge and awareness of risky behaviors and their consequences while encouraging people in making healthy choices. Outreach programs aimed at prevention and education include the Steven Kaufman AIDS Outreach Project and The Girls Project, as well as programs for children, teens, parents, and staff of congregations, schools, and camps. Howard has over thirty years of experience in the field of mental health and training. He pioneered work in the Baltimore Jewish community promoting early awareness and efforts to respond to a growing chemical dependency problem. He headed a consultation service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and was involved in physician training at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Baltimore. More recently he was Senior Trainer for the Sidran Institute on Trauma Recovery, where he trained rabbis and youth workers on responding to the needs of community members who had been abused as children.
Senior Manager, Special Needs Services
Ann Skinner manages JCS programs and services designed to enable individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities to live as fully and independently in the community as possible. JCS Special Needs Services include residential services provided in Alternative Living Units for adults with developmental disabilities; supportive living services to individuals in their own homes; and counseling and case management services to people with developmental disabilities and their family members.
Before joining JCS, Ann was Project Director of Mid-Atlantic Human Services Corporation, where she oversaw residential facilities providing health and behavioral services to people with developmental disabilities. From 1992 to 1998, she held several positions at Kennedy Krieger Institute, most recently Program Case Manager in the Adult/Pediatric Residential Program. Skinner attended Towson State University and has an Associate Degree from Villa Julie College.