Call Us: 408.556.0600

Our JFS SV staff represents a diversity of backgrounds, many years of expertise, and the empathy to respond to community needs quickly, appropriately and effectively.

Executive Director
Mindy Berkowitz, MSW, MA
(408) 357-7455

Staff listed in alphabetical order by last name

Fern Adamkowski, MA, ASW
Older Adult Services Social Worker
(408) 806-5940

Ghadah Alsarhan, MA

Resettlement Case Manager

(669) 240-8978

(Rabbi) Barney Brickner, MA

Coordinator of Community Wellbeing Programs

(408) 806-3586

Dilip Chapagain, MA

Refugee Services Case Manager

(408) 806-2846

Lori Cinnamon, MBA
Manager of Volunteer and

Community Engagement

(408) 357-7456

Azita Eshagh, AA

Resettlement Coordinator
(408) 806-7225


Robin Feinman-Marino

Volunteer Coordinator

(408) 357-7467

Monique Guerra, BA

Embrace-A-Family Technical Coordinator


Caroline Golpashin, BA

Refugee Services Case Manager​
(408) 806-7054

Danya Hazeghi, LCSW
Preferred Communities Coordinator

(408) 807-0772

Lucy Istomina, MA
JFS SV Older Adult Care Manager
(408) 806-0452

Rich Zbriger (left) and Alex Baskind (center) receive the 2019 Cal Luban Community Service Award from Sheila Monheit.

Mindy and Devorah with Barbara Berlant (center), accepting award for her Knitzvah leadership.

Allison with Betsy Arnstein (center) and Claudia Muller (right), recipients of 2019 Bobbi Shulkin  Award for Outstanding Service to JFS.

JFS 2019 Annual Meeting

Award Winners

JFS SV Staff

​​​​​​​​​​​Associate Executive Director

Susan Frazer, LCSW

​(408) 357-7453

Sumi Kamiya, MSW
Older Adult Services Social Worker
(408) 806-6231

Khatera (Kat) Kakar, MA

Refugee Resettlement Case Manager

​(408) 656-0797

Elena Kulvets, MS
Administration Manager
(408) 357-7406

Natalie Lazar, BA

Coordinator of VESL Education
(408) 656-0590

Zoya Lazer, MLS

Director of Refugee and Career Services
(408) 357-7452

Irina Mandelboym, MA

Holocaust Survivor

Client Services Coordinator

(408) 806-2846

Olga Mezheritskaya, MS

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

(408) 357-7542

Debbie Michels, BA
Refugee Services Housing Coordinator
(408) 556-0600

Sandra Pannell, MA

Project NOAH Social Worker

(408) 802-5802

Marianne Poblenz, BA

VESL Instructor

(408) 556-0600

Nellie Rochon-Ellis, MA
Career Counselor

(669) 240-8734​​

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