About JFS

Serving the Richmond Community

Our Mission

We transform the lives of individuals and families and strengthen our community by providing the best options in care, counseling and adoption.

Our Vision

To be recognized as the most trusted and compassionate resource in Richmond for innovative, quality services that empower people through every stage of life.

Our Values

  We maintain high ethical standards, treating our clients with respect, dignity and kindness.

  We value and appreciate the contributions of our staff, board, trustees, donors and partners.

  We strive to meet the ever-changing needs of our community.

  We practice the Jewish tradition, Tikkun Olam, striving to create a better world through dedicated service.

Our History

Established in 1849, JFS began as the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Association. Today, we provide the highest quality, comprehensive services to everyone in the Greater Richmond area. Take a look at our timeline below to see how far we’ve come.

JFS Richmond Timeline

Rabbi Maximillian Michelbacher


Rabbi Maximillian Michelbacher inspires female congregants to form the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Association to help those less fortunate.


Ladies of the LHBA tend to soldiers in the Civil War, often turning their own homes into hospitals to care for the wounded. After the war, the ladies cared for widows and orphans.

Zipporah Cohen


Led by President Zipporah Cohen from 1904 through 1937, the Ladies make in-home visits to assist families struggling with desertion, delinquent youth, elder infirmities, and tuberculosis.

1930s – 1940s

LHBA responds to the Great Depression with support for growing numbers of the sick and unemployed. The LHBA also works to find sponsors for Jews who are able to escape Nazi Germany.

JFS Adoption parents


JFS establishes its Adoption program and places its first baby in a loving home.

On the other end of the aging spectrum, JFS recognizes that the elderly population is increasing, and introduces services like HomeCare to serve them.


With a new name and a revised charter, LHBA becomes Jewish Family Services. It expands Family Counseling, allows men to join the Board of Directors, and hires its first professional social worker.

The JFS Rap Center for troubled youth


JFS opens the Rap Center in the Fan District to serve troubled and runaway youth. The Rap Center later becomes the Daily Planet, now an independent agency serving Richmond’s homeless population.

Russian immigrants sponsored by JFS


JFS helps to resettle a new wave of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union.


Today’s JFS provides the highest quality, comprehensive services to children, teens, adults, couples, and the elderly.

Programs include Adoption, Counseling, Elderly Care Management, Personal Care, Guardianships, and Volunteers.

Board of Directors



Eric Shoenfeld

President • JFS Board

Prime Capital Investment Advisors

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Dr. Michael Mandel

1st Vice President • JFS Board

Bon Secours

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Michael E. Sievers

2nd Vice President • JFS Board

Tonal Immersion LLC

Martin Miller, JFS Jewish Family Services, Richmond Virginia

Martin Miller

Treasurer • JFS Board

RBC Wealth Management


Cindy Boswell

Secretary • JFS Board

Retired, Altria

Sandy Sisisky Board Photo

Sandy Sisisky

Immediate Past President • JFS Board

Community Volunteer

Board Members

Dr. David Galpern, Inter-Trauma Consulting

Ken Golden, Golden McNair Group

Sara Griebel, Capital One

Ryan Mitchell, Garden Grove Brewing & Urban Winery

John Myers, Thalhimer Inc.

Ashley Noell, AT Home Care & Hospice

Seon Rockwell, Deloitte

Cantor Dara Rosenblatt, Temple Beth-El

Rosemary Seltzer, Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services

Cheri Yochelson, Dominion Energy


Scott Belleman, Capital Cities Investments

Richard Birnbaum, RSB Group

Mike Eisenman, Norwick Corporation

Benita Felmus, Community Volunteer

Neil Kessler, Troutman Pepper

Jerry Samford, Troutman Pepper


Directors & Supervisors

Wendy Kreuter, JFS Richmond CEO

Wendy Kreuter

Chief Executive Officer

Sydney Fleischer, JFS Jewish Family Services Richmond Virginia

Sydney Fleischer, Ph.D., LCSW

Director of Clinical Services

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L. William Shirey, CPA, CGMA

Chief Financial Officer

Becki Mann Director of Philanthropy Jewish Family Services JFS Richmond Virginia VA

Becki Mann

Chief Impact Officer

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Teresa Baldwin, SHRM-CP

Chief Operating Officer

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Franklin Fox, MSW

Care Services Director

Andrea Wharam Director of Home Care JFS Richmond Virginia VA Jewish Family Services

Andrea Wharam

Chief Program Officer

Teresa Birchett, JFS Adoption Supervisor Jewish Family Services Richmond Virginia

Teresa Birchett, MSW

Adoption Supervisor


Penny Amos, RN, Nursing Supervisor and PCA School Instructor
(804) 929-5483
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Melissa Clay, Care Services Administrative Assistant
(804) 282-5644
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Dana Conrad, Home Care Services Supervisor
(804) 282-5402
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Kyle Davidson, Financial Programs Manager
(804) 282-5644, ext. 259
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Franklin Fox, MSW, Care Services Director
(804) 282-5644, ext. 254
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Belinda Hensley, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing
(804) 282-5402
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Ashton Johnson, BSHS, Care Manager
(804) 282-5644, ext. 271
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Tanya Jones, BSW, MSW, Public Guardianship Director
(804) 282-5644 ext. 245
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Heidi Schlaudt, Home Care Services Supervisor
(804) 282-5402
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Donna Sutton, LPN, Care Manager
(804) 282-5644, ext. 250
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Jeanne Tyson, BS, CMC, Senior Care Manager
(804) 282-5644, ext. 269
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Andrea Wharam, Chief Program Officer
(804) 282-5644, ext. 262
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Shannon Carey, LCSW, Clinician
(804) 282-5644, ext. 234
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Syreeta Chapman, LCSW, Clinician
(804) 282-5644, ext. 234
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Lisa Colegrove Asiamah, LCSW, LICSW Clinician
(804) 282-5644, ext. 224
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Christine DeMaioribus, Counseling Business Manager and PQI Coordinator
(804) 282-5644, ext. 239
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Olivia Faries, LCSW, Clinician
(804) 282-5644, ext. 234
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Sydney Fleischer, Ph.D., LCSW, Director of Clinical Services
(804) 282-5644, ext. 235
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Sonya "Sonni" Gittelman, LCSW, Clinician
(804) 282-5644, ext. 279
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Ben Katz, LCSW, Clinician
(804) 282-5644, ext. 234
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Phyllis McCafferty, LCSW, Senior Clinician
(804) 282-5644, ext. 253
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Rose Miola, LCSW, MSW, MTS, Clinician
(804) 282-5644, ext. 274
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Jennifer M. Morgan, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist
(804) 282-5644 ext. 234
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Lynn Mosby, LCSW, Clinician
(804) 282-5644, ext. 234
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Chris Nufer, LPC, Clinician
(804) 282-5644 ext. 291
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Joy O'Grady, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
(804) 282-5644 ext. 234
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Alex Whitehead, Counseling Office Administrator
(804) 282-5644 ext. 234
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Adoption and Connecting Hearts

Teresa Birchett, MSW, LCSW, Adoption Supervisor
(804) 282-5644, ext. 223
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Peg Ruggiero, MSW, Adoption Social Worker
(804) 282-5644, ext. 255
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Denise Wise-David, Connecting Hearts Program Manager
(804) 282-5644, ext. 280
[email protected]


Aimee Ardoin, Billing and Accounts Receivable Manager
(804) 282-5644, ext. 256
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Teresa Baldwin, SHRM-CP, Chief Operating Officer
(804) 282-5644, ext. 265
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Gianetta Borgio, Administrative Assistant
(804) 282-5644, ext. 222
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Cindy Brooks, Program Services Coordinator
(804) 349-0790
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Thom Dreher, Accountant
(804) 282-5644, ext. 240
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Sydney Fleischer, Ph.D., LCSW, Director of Clinical Services
(804) 282-5644, ext. 235
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Morgan Goad, MFA, Associate Director of Development
(804) 282-5644, ext. 231
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Wendy Kreuter, Chief Executive Officer
(804) 282-5644, ext. 236
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Becki Mann, Chief Impact Officer
(804) 282-5644, ext. 277
[email protected]

L. William Shirey, CPA, CGMA, Chief Financial Officer
(804) 282-5644, ext. 238
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Andrea Wharam, Chief Program Officer
(804) 282-5644, ext. 262
[email protected]

Denise Wise-David, Connecting Hearts Program Manager
(804) 282-5644, ext. 280
[email protected]

Katy Yoffy, Accounts Payable Clerk
(804) 282-5644, ext. 240
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