As a licensed clinical social worker and certified school administrator, Rachel has been providing quality mental health and education services in New York and Connecticut for over 20 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 functioned as the Director of Clinical Services, Principal, and Executive Director.
Kimberly Wolfson-Lisack is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Kimberly grew up in Westchester, New York, and in Quintana Roo, Mexico. After attending undergraduate and graduate school in Arizona, she began her professional social work career providing psychological support to newly immigrated families from Mexico, Central & South America, while advocating for under resourced communities.
Kimberly previously served as Clinical Director of Safe Haven, a therapeutic respite program for children 0-18 yrs. at Kids In Crisis, in Cos Cob. Kimberly is an adjunct professor in the Human Services Department of Norwalk Community College, and in the MSW program at Sacred Heart University. Kimberly utilizes a strengths based, psychodynamic approach in her clinical work with clients. She is trained in both DBT and EMDR.
Kimberly is an animal and nature lover, and spends free time with her family, pets, and running outside. She is thrilled to be joining the JFS team of professionals.
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.
Melissa is a phone call away to assist with almost anything that comes to mind!
Larry was born and raised in Stamford, CT. After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in International Relations and Mediation, he worked in Washington D.C., Colorado and New York City. In 1998 Larry returned to his hometown of Stamford where he managed a staffing agency for 13 years. In 2010 Larry stopped working for several years to care for his son Harrison who had serious health issues in his early years.
Larry currently works part-time as the Director of Congregational Engagement at Temple Sinai in Stamford. In his role as DCE he has created programs that have fostered inclusivity, acceptance and engagement for the congregation. He has been instrumental in establishing meaningful connections amongst the congregants and a sense of belonging for the Temple Sinai community.
Larry’s time at home caring for Harrison sharpened his understanding of the importance of relationships. That, combined with his professional experience as a recruiter, connecting employees and employers, and as DCE at Temple Sinai makes him a natural fit to create “kehillah kedoshah – sacred community” at JFS.
Melanie Vollono, LAMFT, is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist from Fairfield, Connecticut. Melanie received a Bachelor’s Degree in English language and literature with a minor in creative writing from Sacred Heart University where she was a member of the national English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta. She then went on to complete a Master’s Degree in marital and family therapy from Iona College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
During her clinical training, Melanie worked for a broad range of community based services, including the Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center and Center for Discovery. Melanie also worked on campus at the Iona Family Therapy Clinic and has experience in treating individuals, couples, and families. She is experienced in many models of therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and is formally trained in Family Based Therapy (Also known as the Maudsley Method.) Melanie is passionate about working with adolescents, young adults, couples, and families. She also has a specialized interest in the treatment of Eating Disorders, and has been working as a primary adolescent eating disorder therapist at Walden Behavioral Care for the past two years in their outpatient clinic.
Melanie uses a structural and systemic family therapy approach in her work. She also incorporates narrative therapy techniques to allow clients and families to “tell their story” while also looking towards positive change. Melanie utilizes a strengths based treatment approach and believes that the therapeutic process is collaborative. Areas of interest include: Anxiety, mood disorders, OCD, school/social anxiety, eating disorders, parenting skills, couples counseling, and family transitions.
Sarah Baden holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Hartford, where she graduated in the spring of 2020. Sarah is now in her second year of her Masters program and will graduate from the University of Connecticut School of Social work with an MSW in 2023.
Sarah gained extensive experience as a Safe House Intern and as a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor with the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Hartford, CT. Sarah also volunteered at the Silver Hill Psychiatric Hospital in the Adolescent In-Patient Unit. Sarah holds certifications in Youth Mental Health First Aid and as a Domestic Violence Counselor. Sarah’s passion for social work and community engagement remains a major part of her life after her undergraduate career. Sarah teaches 7th graders at the Temple Sholom Learning Center and is the Coordinator for their Social Action group where students learn Jewish and social values within the greater Greenwich community. Sarah brings with her a desire to improve the lives of and to increase the access and quality of resources to those in her community to the team at JFS as the Director of Supermarketing for Seniors.
Fernanda Rodrigues was born in São Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to the United States 13 years ago. She is fluent in three languages and holds a degree in Child And Family Studies emphasizing community outreach from the University of Tennessee.
While attending university, she was the lead teacher for an after school program, and after graduation, Fernanda worked as a Community Support Worker with the Department of Children And Families. Fernanda is expected to complete her Masters in Social Work during 2023.
In her free time, Fernanda is a world traveler who has traveled to over 18 countries. She has an immense passion for continuing learning and a curiosity for cultures and understanding family dynamics.
Joan Jacobs, LCSW
Amy Dorsey, LCSW
Jessica Richards, LCSW
Elizabeth Trojanowski, LCSW
Board of Directors
Barbara D. Salop
Ariel S. Manacher