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Leadership & Staff

2022 – 2023 Board of Directors

Michael N. Fine

Linda Shapiro
Vice President

Mark Roth
Vice President

Helene Trager-Kusman
Vice President

David Kohn

Robin Stratton
Immediate Past President

Michael Gold
At-Large Member

Micah Jorrisch
At-Large Member

Dr. Josh Abecassis
Corey Buckman
Betsy Chandler
Jose Donis
Jim Ensign
Jordan Green
Grace Greenwell
Dr. Avi Hahn
Melanie House- Mansfield, Ph.D.
Jeff Jasnoff
Dr. V. Faye Jones
Chan Kemper
Carly Mason
Corey Shapiro
Derwin Webb

Executive Team

  • David L. Finke, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer
    • David L. Finke, Ph.D., is a community professional with 26 years of experience in clinical psychology and administrative management. David joined JFCS as our Chief Executive Officer in September 2021, coming to us from Bellewood & Brooklawn (formerly Uspiritus), a residential treatment facility, where he served as vice president of residential programming.

      Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Finke graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and Michigan State University, where he earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He has been in private practice since 1995. In addition to his work at Jewish Family and Career Services, he co-chairs the Bounce Coalition, a multi-agency community collaborative that implements trauma-informed practices in schools, courts, health care systems and other public and private sector agencies.

      David and his wife live in Louisville and have three sons.

      Email David at

  • Lyndy Alexander, Chief Financial Officer
    • Lyndy Alexander, Chief Financial Officer, has made the primary focus of her career finance and administration in a non-profit environment, with the beginning of her career in public accounting and industry.  Lyndy is a native of Columbus, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and an M.B.A. in Accounting from New York University.  Lyndy resides in Louisville and has two grown sons.

      Email Lyndy at

  • Mauri Malka, LCSW, Senior Director of Programs
    • Mauri Malka is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and serves on the executive leadership team at JFCS as the Senior Director of Programs. She holds a master's degree from the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work. Mauri has over forty years of social service experience, working with people of diverse ages and cultural backgrounds.

      In her thirty-plus years at JFCS, Mauri has worked in a variety of roles, including serving as the clinical resettlement coordinator, therapist, older adult director, family services director and more recently in an executive leadership position. Her early years with JFCS involved coordination and implementation of resettlement services for refugees. Her clinical practice has focused on cross-cultural issues, geriatric issues, grief and loss, couples counseling and family caregiver concerns. Mauri has facilitated support groups and delivered training to family caregivers for over two decades. Her work with individuals utilizes a strength-based approach that builds on competencies.

      Mauri was instrumental in developing a one-stop senior program at JFCS that offers a full menu of services to seniors and their families, including transportation and non-medical homecare. Recent initiatives include the establishment of psychiatric services for individuals from youth to older adults and family strengthening programs that promote school stability and stable housing for families with children.

      Email Mauri at

  • Courtney Evans, Director of Advancement
    • Courtney Evans is the Director of Advancement at JFCS and started in her role January 2022. Courtney is originally from Lexington and went to school at the University of Kentucky, receiving a BA in International Studies with a focus on International Development in Latin America. After completing her undergraduate degree, she received an MS in International Development from Tulane University and completed various internships focused on human rights research. After completing her masters Courtney went on to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador as a Community and Youth Development Strategist. She moved back to Lexington where she was the Global Partnerships Director at Mission108, a small anti-human trafficking nonprofit doing advocacy, fundraising, and outreach. She then moved to Massachusetts to work as the Regional Program Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass and Metrowest; before leaving Massachusetts, she was the Director of Operations at the organization.

      Courtney is excited to be at JFCS because of the opportunities for growth and the community and client centered approach to service. JFCS’ holistic approach to service is what sets us apart. In her free time Courtney likes to travel, play bingo, watch and play sports, spend time with her pup and explore Louisville!

      Email Courtney at

  • Valecia Quinn, DEI+/TIC Chair, Director of JFCS Navigate
    • Valecia joined Jewish Family & Career Services (JFCS) in May 2021 as Director of Navigate, moving into the nonprofit sector after enjoying a rewarding career in the news publishing industry with Gannett Co. Inc/USA TODAY.   In this role, Valecia is responsible for providing business planning services and microlending opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners in marginalized communities.

      Valecia, holding both regional and national roles during her news publishing career, was recognized as an industry expert in consumer marketing, sales, and operations, achieving consistent levels of top-line circulation revenue. Her leadership successes were reflected in multiple industry roles, including President of the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) Circulation Federation and President of the Ohio Circulation Managers Association (OCMA).

      Valecia currently serves on the board for Credit Builders Alliance (CBA) and CBA Fund, a CDFI intermediary.   She is a Community Impact Cabinet (CIC) member with Metro United Way, a role being served since 2019.  Valecia recently joined the Black L.O.V.E. Philanthropic Partnership (BLPP) as a Strategic Advisor.   She previously served in volunteer roles for CASA and AARP Kentucky Volunteer.

      Valecia is a graduate of Drury University in Springfield, MO, with a degree in Business Administration, minors in Economics and Communication.   Valecia is close to her two brothers, both of whom live in Springfield, MO, where she frequently travels to visit them and friends in the area.

      Email Valecia at

  • Kathryn Cowart, LPCC-S, Assistant Director of Programs
    • Kathryn Cowart, LPCC-S., is a community professional with 13 years of experience in clinical counseling and administrative management. Kathryn joined JFCS as our Assistant Director of Programs in August 2022, coming to us from Seven Counties Services, Inc.’s Child and Family West office, a community mental health office serving the West End community of Louisville, where she served as a clinical and program supervisor.

      Originally from Northern Kentucky, Kathryn graduated from Loyola University Chicago and The University of Louisville, where she earned her Master’s Degree in clinical counseling with a concentration in Art Therapy. She has been in private practice since 2021. In addition to her work at Seven Counties Services, Inc., Kathryn, worked at Bellewood & Brooklawn (formerly Uspiritus) for 9 years as a clinical counselor and ultimately the Clinical Director for the last 7 years she was there. Kathryn’s clinical background includes work with children through adults on a variety of mental health concerns, diagnoses, needs, and trauma history. Her primary goal in providing mental health services to the community and clients that she serves is to assist clients in achieving their greatest autonomy and self-actualization in their daily lives. Kathryn has 8 years of experience in supervising and managing clinically based teams both in a residential and community mental health-based settings. Additionally, she provides clinical supervision for clinicians with their LPCA working towards their LPCC in the state of Kentucky.

      Kathryn and her husband live in Louisville and have a son, two cats, and a dog.

      Email Kathryn at

  • Lauren Kelty, Executive Assistant
    • Lauren joined the JFCS team in 2021 as the Executive Assistant. With extensive experience as an Executive Assistant, working with amazing CEOs and Boards of Directors over the years, she feels as though she has found her home at JFCS. Her positive and warm demeanor dovetails her role as a liaison between the executive team and the Board of Directors, as well as a general multitasker extraordinaire.

      Lauren has a great partner and son, who loves to laugh as much as she does. She revels in making lists, creating art, pen-palling and listening to podcasts.

      I feel and see JFCS's values at work and in-action every single day that I am here. Our guiding principles and values sincerely matter to me and they radiate through our entire staff. I am genuinely proud to say I work at JFCS. It is an honor to work alongside such a giving, mission-driven group of people. From direct-care providers to admin staff, to our dedicated Board of Directors. We all come together to serve others and do our part to repair the world.

      Email Lauren at

Finance & Administrative Team

  • Weeraphorn Kopp, Director of Finance
    • Weeraphorn Kopp is the Director of Finance and has been with JFCS since 2012. She received an MBA from Xavier University and a BBA from Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand. Most of her career has been spent working for nonprofit organizations.

      When not at work, Weeraphorn enjoys spending time with her family. She especially loves watching her daughters play field hockey, watching Netflix and walking.

      Email Weeraphorn at

  • Anne Wilkins, Revenue Associate
    • Anne Wilkins joined JFCS in August 2022 as our Revenue Associate. She brings over 25 years of experience in Accounts Payables, Receivables, and Medical Billing to our Finance Team. She thrives when learning new methods and welcomes new challenges with the end goal of proving the best service to clients.  

       Anne loves helping people and spends much of her free time volunteering. She spends her free time traveling and enjoying new experiences with her fiancé, family, friends and her two cats, Suey and Penelope.  

      Email Anne at

  • Bonnie Lewis, Senior Accounting Clerk
    • Bonnie Lewis holds the current record for longest-serving JFCS staff member, at over 31 years! As our Senior Accounting Clerk, Bonnie has over 21 years of experience and knowledge in Accounts Receivable and over 11 years' experience in Accounts Payable. Her extensive experience has made her the backbone of the finance team.

      Email Bonnie at

  • Amelia Grady, Office Administrator
    • Amelia Grady is the JFCS Office Administrator and HR Coordinator and has been with us since 2018. An integral part of the Administrative Team, Amelia helps keep our staff supported and ensures they have everything they need to successfully serve our clients. She’s also responsible for maintaining our building operations and seems to do a little bit of everything to ensure that JFCS is able to meet the needs of the community.

      In her spare time, Amelia loves to cross-stitch and bake. She enjoys puzzles, pranks and spending time with her family and her cat, Ferguson.

      Email Amelia at

  • Anita Jarboe, Receptionist
    • If you’ve ever called or visited JFCS, chances are you’ve encountered Anita Jarboe. She has been our receptionist since 2000 and has been the warm, welcoming face of JFCS for over 20 years. Prior to her role at JFCS, Anita worked in the financial industry for many years.

      As receptionist, Anita is the first person most clients and other visitors encounter at JFCS. Her genuine and caring personality help each individual feel accepted and welcomed, as well as served in an efficient and professional manner.

      When she’s not at JFCS, you’ll find Anita spending time with her husband and dogs, enjoying live music, decorating and crafting.

      Email Anita at

Program Team

  • Jeffrey Brown, Intake Coordinator
    • Jeffrey Brown joined JFCS in October 2022. Working in child welfare for almost 30 years, he brings his vast experience to JFCS as our Intake Coordinator. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, he spent almost 22 years at Brooklawn as their Director of Admissions, as well as working as a Discharge Planner and Youth Care Worker for a children’s psychiatric hospital in Owensboro, KY. He also worked at the Salvation Army in their adult homeless lodge. Jeffrey has worked in a variety of settings, such as inpatient, community-based, partial hospital and residential, and has supervised staff in various capacities.

      Besides his extensive experience, Jeffrey has been involved with martial arts for over 20 years and teaches yoga. He enjoys music, reading and traveling, especially spending time in the Caribbean with his girlfriend.

      Email Jeffrey at

  • Caleb Goldberg, Data Analyst
    • Caleb Goldberg joined JFCS in October 2022 as our Data Analyst, working across teams to manage agency databases and provide analysis to help further our programs and mission. Caleb graduated from Earlham College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2022.

      Caleb is excited to join JFCS and is impressed with the wide range of services we provide, as well as the relaxed yet dedicated environment.

      Email Caleb at

  • Jessica Holloway, Program Evaluator
    • Jessica, our Program Evaluator, is grateful to have been with JFCS since 2018. After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in sociology, she worked for several years in a family business until realizing her passion was in nonprofit work. This realization has contributed greatly to the strength of purpose and tenacity that drives her efforts to support JCFS daily through administrative support of all JFCS programs, while promoting and furthering their mission.

      In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, bowling and entertaining.  Jessica relishes time spent cheering on her beloved Wildcats, and spending time with friends, family and her husband Tony.

      Email Jessica at

Clinical Team

  • Leyla Bahojb Nouri, MEd, LPA

      Leyla has been working as a licensed psychological associate since 2016 in Raleigh, NC within community mental health agencies. She graduated from the University of Louisville with a master’s degree in counseling psychology and has spent most of her academic and professional career focusing on trauma-informed care for underrepresented populations. Leyla moved back to her home city of Louisville, KY and joined the clinical team at JFCS in February 2023.


      She is excited to use her vast knowledge to make clinical assessments and help those managing the welfare and/or citizenship system, as well as provide therapy for those experiencing major life stressors, trauma, and other issues and disorders that may be impacting quality of life.

  • Sarah Roos, Psy.D., Psychologist
    • Dr. Sarah Roos is a clinical psychologist and has been with JCFS Louisville since January 2022. She received her masters and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Wheaton College with an emphasis on child and adolescent treatment and trauma-informed care.

      At JFCS, Dr. Roos provides court ordered parenting strengths and needs assessments for individuals involved in the child welfare system in Jefferson County. She also offers therapy for individuals and families across the lifespan with a focus on trauma and adverse life events, relational challenges, mood disorders, and behavior/conduct concerns.

      In her free time, Dr. Roos enjoys hiking with her dog, traveling to new places, reading a good fiction book, and watching movies.

      Email Sarah at

  • Kennetha Williams, DNP, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner
    • Kennetha Williams, DNP, MS, APRN, PMHNP- BC, is a Nurse Practitioner and joined JFCS in late 2021. After earning a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Kennetha went on to near a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Louisville, with a specialization in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. Kennetha also serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville School of Nursing, teaching undergraduate psychiatric mental health nursing.

      After graduating from UofL’s Doctor of Nursing program, Kennetha accepted her first Nurse Practitioner position at Seven Counties, serving as an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and working with individuals experiencing a wide range of mental health issues. In her extensive career Kennetha has worked with individuals of all ages, from children to adults. While she enjoys working with adults, her passion is caring for children and adolescents with developmental, behavioral and intellectual disorders.

      Kennetha is a valuable part of the JFCS Clinical team, working alongside therapists and clients to provide medication management and psychiatric care.

      Email Kennetha at

  • Naomi Carrico, LCSW, PMH-C, Therapist
    • Naomi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Kentucky. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky, followed by her master’s degree in social work at Spalding University.

      Naomi embraces the power of connection and emphasizes the importance of creating a safe and trusting space for the clients that she serves. Naomi has been in the field for over 10 years and believes there is nothing more powerful than the therapeutic partnership.  Working with her clients, she implements evidence-based techniques and utilizes a mix of cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness practices, solution focused strategies, and a strengths-based approach to create individualized treatment to their unique and varying needs.

      Naomi is certified in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) and has a passion for working with women and birthing partners experiencing struggles with infertility, birth trauma, neonatal loss, and perinatal mood disorders. Naomi is also trained in sandtray therapy and uses this approach with children and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma related issues. Naomi works with all individuals throughout the life stages and believes that meeting a client where they are is the first step to healing.

      Email Naomi at

  • Melissa Roth, LCSW, Therapist
    • Melissa Roth brings more than 18 years of experience providing both individual and group counseling in various settings. Melissa joined Jewish Family & Career Services as a therapist in December 2020 after moving to Louisville from Chicago, IL.  There she supported students, families, and staff as a social worker in a high-performing middle school. Melissa helped lead a district-wide transformation to Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS), a philosophy that resulted in new classroom management styles, improved school culture, and reduced disciplinary incidents. Melissa earned a Master’s in Social Work from The Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1997 from the University of Denver in Colorado. In her free time, Melissa enjoys playing tennis and spending time outside with her husband and two children.

      Email Melissa at

Klein Older Adults Team

  • Paul Troy, Senior Crime Victim Advocate
    • Paul Troy joined Jewish Family and Career Services as the Senior Crime Victim Advocate in October of 2022. Paul comes to JFCS with 20 years of experience in the field of victim advocacy; with nearly half of that time spent serving the seniors of Jefferson County. In addition to his time working directly with clients, Paul has presented extensively at national, regional, and state-wide conferences on topics like elder abuse, scam prevention, serving victim-defendants, and safety planning.

      The Senior Crime Victim Advocacy program at JFCS reduces the barriers that seniors face when accessing the legal justice system.  By providing court advocacy, safety planning, information, referrals, and case management we help adults, 60 and older, in Jefferson County who have experienced crimes like:  financial exploitation, abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, robbery, burglary, or caregiver neglect.

      Paul enjoys the supportive and collaborative environment at JFCS and is happy to be a part of the team. The father of triplets, when he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his family, watching Jeopardy, and listening to music.

      Email Paul at

  • Whitney Boswell, KOA Programs Coordinator
    • Whitney joined JFCS in February 2024 as the KOA Programs Coordinator. She works in underserved senior housing, focusing on increasing socialization and activity opportunities.

      Originally from Owensboro, KY, she lived in Portland, OR, before moving to Louisville in 2006.  She previously worked in nonprofit at the Kentucky Science Center and most recently was an academic advisor with Academic Partnerships. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Evansville and earned her M.Litt from the University of St. Andrews.

      In her spare time Whitney enjoys going to concerts, knitting, cooking, and playing with her son and their dog, Greg.

  • Briana L. Linney, MSSW, MFTA, Older Adult Case Manager/Counselor
    • Briana Linney graduated with a dual master's degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, and Social Work from the University of Louisville Kent school of Social Work & Family Science. Briana has strong communication skills as she is fluent in Spanish and excels in building meaningful connections with diverse individuals, fostering an inclusive environment for effective collaboration and team dynamics. Briana’s role at JFCS includes working with older adults to provide case management, group facilitation, and family/ individual therapy.

  • Phaedra King, Homecare Director
    • Phaedra King has a Master’s Degree in education from the University of Louisville and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

      Phaedra has served on the boards of several non-profits including board secretary for Hand in Hand Ministries and board president for Adoption Awareness Alliance.

      She began her tenure at JFCS in May 2024, as Homecare Director, where she will coordinate JFCS’ Homecare (non-medical) program.  This program offers personal care and grooming, meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, medication reminders, respite, companionship and socialization. A comprehensive assessment is completed and a care plan is established to support safety and comfort in your preferred living situation.

      Before coming to JFCS, Phaedra worked as Education Program Coordinator for Southern Indiana REALTORS Association.

Family Stability Team

  • Hannah Bradley, Case Manager
    • Hannah Bradley joined JFCS in October 2022 as a Case Manager. Her work focuses on providing case management for families with children and helping parents overcome barriers and identify and set goals. Previously, Hannah worked in childcare and as an advocate for victims of domestic violence at the Center for Women and Families.

      In her spare time, Hannah enjoys spending time with her children and making jewelry.

      Email Hannah at

  • Tony Messina, IDA Project Coordinator
    • Tony Messina began his journey with JFCS in December 2023 as the Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Project Coordinator.

      Tony has over 4 years of experience working with international communities as an English as a Second Language instructor in both Thailand and Taiwan. Tony is also an experienced client services representative, having most recently worked with clients as a Data Experience Specialist at an energy consulting firm. He is very excited for the opportunity this role provides to make a difference in the community.

      Tony also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame and in his free time enjoys training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, reading and writing comic books, and playing board games.

  • David Duncan, Youth Outreach Worker
    • David F. Duncan joined the JFCS team June 2024 as the Youth Outreach Coordinator.  David is a dedicated at-risk youth worker with over 10 years of experience in mentoring and supporting vulnerable young people.

      He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Kentucky.  David’s compassionate approach and strong communication skills have helped numerous adolescents navigate challenges related to education, family and mental health. His commitment to fostering resilience and prompting positive development has made a significant impact in the community.

      In addition to direct work with youth, David collaborates with schools, social services and community organizations to create comprehensive support networks for at-risk individuals. David is dedicated to fostering positive change and advocating for the needs of the young people in his community.

  • Aaron Guffey, Case Manager
    • Aaron joined JFCS in 2016 and brought his extensive experience of over 18 years working with older adults to our agency. Prior to coming to JFCS, he worked as a CNA and Occupational Therapy Assistant. At JFCS, Aaron has flourished in several roles, beginning as an Administrative Assistant and coordinating our PALS Senior Transportation program.  He currently serves as an Older Adult Case Manager. His warm and welcoming personality always makes his clients feel at ease.

      Aaron’s passion for working with the older adult community comes from his grandmother, who raised him as child. When he’s not at JFCS, he enjoys collecting boardgames and vinyl, playing piano and guitar and cooking.

      Email Aaron at

  • Sandee Golden, Food Pantry Coordinator
    • Sandee Golden joined JFCS as the Food Pantry Coordinator in December of 2019. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Social Work and has over 25 years of experience of working in Jewish Communities. Most recently, Sandee worked for Jewish Family Service in Cincinnati for 19 years, 15 of which were with the JFS Food Pantry. When Sandee moved to Louisville, she began volunteering in the JFCS Sonny & Janet Meyer Food Pantry stocking shelves and delivering food to clients. She strongly believes in equity when it comes to food and her warmth and care is evident to every client and volunteer who enters the food pantry.

      Throughout her life, Sandee has lived in 13 cities and moved 36 times!

      Email Sandee at

Career & Economic Opportunity Team

  • Lok Chhetri, Business Advisor
    • Lok Chhetri is a business advisor for JFCS and has been at JFCS since 2023. He received his bachelor’s in business administration and a minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville. Lok was born in Nepal and grew up here in Louisville. When not working, Lok enjoys watching and playing sports especially basketball, and spends his time with his family.

  • Bertin Maroy, Career Specialist
    • Bertin Maroy is originally from the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He spent 18 years in Durban South Africa, before relocating in Louisville.  Bertin is a Career and Employment Specialist at JFCS, and previously worked as Domestic Violence Coordinator at The Center for Women and Family, advocating refugees and immigrant who are victim of domestic violence to court.

      Bertin has a more than 15 years’ experience working with the refugees and immigrants in the social work fields, helping them in the different many ways like: counselling, domestic violence advocate, case worker, pastoral and many more.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in child early psychology, associate degree in trauma and counselling, and an associate degree in conflict and resolution from the University of Kwazulu Natal South Africa.  Bertin is a song writer and pastor, speaking fluently French, Swahili, Zulu, English, and Lingala.

  • Andrea Brown, CRC, Career Counselor and Financial Coach
    • Andrea has been with JFCS since 2010. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Louisville and her master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Kentucky. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and an NCHEC Certified Financial Coach. Through her years at JFCS she has worked with a variety of individuals of all ages and backgrounds, but her passion has always been working with individuals with disabilities.

      Andrea believes that everyone has skills and talents, and she thrives on helping clients identify their gifts and how these gifts translate into long-term careers. To her, a career is more than just a paycheck, it's a purpose and an opportunity to realize one's true potential. When she is not working, you can find Andrea running, reading, listening to true crime podcasts or playing with her three kids.

      Email Andrea at

  • Kristina Mielke, Career Counselor, Refugees and Immigrants
    • Originally from a town halfway between Dayton, OH and Cincinnati, OH, Kristina has been living in Louisville for over a decade. She has been with JFCS since 2014 and services as a Career Counselor for Refugees & Immigrants. Kristina helps our new neighbors reach their educational and vocational goals in the US and empower them to take a proud part in the Louisville community.

      Kristina has worked with immigrants and refugees for the last 12 years. She graduated from DePauw University with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Spanish and a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. In 2019, Kristina earned a master’s of science degree in Social Work.

      In addition to cooking and trying new cuisines, Kristina loves to play piano, read, dance, hike, kayak and play with her two kitties, Meloso and Mancha.

      Email Kristina at

  • Cindy Key, Career Counselor
    • Cindy Key has over twenty years of experience as a transition strategist, career counselor/coach and executive coach.  She helps individuals from all walks of life, a vast array of industries and many countries, focus to align their skills, interests and experience, then communicate and leverage their unique value, to create new meaningful employment, find job opportunities, gain a promotion, start a business or achieve important personal goals.

      Cindy is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Certified Business Manager (CBM), a Certified Business Coach (CBC), a Certified Personal Branding Strategist (CPBS), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and holds a Bachelor's Degree from Wayland Baptist University.  She is one of the founding coaches with The Institute for Career Transitions (ICT) a non-profit organization founded by Ofer Sharone, PhD. and MIT-based scholars designed to support individuals navigating challenging career transitions. Cindy joined JFCS Louisville in May 2020.

      Transforming work, a job, or any situation, begins with small individual actions and connection.  Cindy’s holistic focus begins with the needs and goals of the individual.  Her experience allows her to guide with résumés, interviews, job searching, salary negotiations, labor market research, exploring careers, navigating challenging career transitions, and more depending on an individual’s goals and needs.

      Email Cindy at

Advancement Team

  • Jim Mahanes, Marketing Manager


      Jim Mahanes is an award-winning reporter, editor and photographer who left the world of journalism behind to pursue his passion of wanting to make a difference in his community.  In his 20+ years post-journalism, Jim has worked for non-profits in the Metro Louisville area in marketing/communications, community engagement and fund development.

      Jim is a Louisville native and a graduate of Murray State University. In his free time, Jim enjoys martial arts and hold 3 different black belts.  For the past 23 years, his primary interest has been the study of Japanese Ju Jitsu.

  • Mary Luke Noonan, Grants Manager
    • Mary Luke Noonan has a Masters in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The bulk of her career has been working with people experiencing homelessness. As the grants manager at JFCS, Mary Luke helps connect funding sources to the programs JFCS offers that serve the community. In her spare time she likes to explore Louisville with her husband and two kids.

  • Michelle Klecner, Volunteer & Events Manager
    • Michelle Klecner is from Louisville and joined the JFCS team in February 2024.  She previously worked with a non-profit that funds research for Type 1 Diabetes. A graduate from the University of Kentucky in 2013 with a B.A. in Journalism, she received her MBA from Purdue Global University in 2021. In her spare time she likes to do yoga, watch movies & tv shows, eat sushi, and spending time with her wonderful husband, two kids, and four dogs, especially on Shabbat.