This group of thoughtful, committed individuals are uplifting and empowering the Greater Harrisburg Community.


Steve Schauder, MSW, CFRE

Executive Director

Steve is responsible for mobilizing the financial, leadership and volunteer resources necessary to implement the mission and vision for JFS. His focus is on helping those in need in Greater Harrisburg and increasing the scope and visibility of JFS throughout the community.

Prior to coming to JFS, Steve served as the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill, where he oversaw the community JFS, and as the Executive  Director of Gratitude House, a treatment center for low-income women struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. He also served as the Director of Development for SunServe, a LGBTQ social and human service agency in South Florida. His early career was spent as a youth and camp director in the JCC movement in New York and New Jersey.

In his 30+ professional career, Steve is proud to have built and sustained financially sound, mission driven organizations that have positively impacted the lives of countless children, families and adults.

Rachel Kuhr, MSW, LCSW

Director, Adoption and Foster Care Services

Rachel Kuhr is the Director of Adoption and Foster Care Services, a role she accepted in 2005.  She oversees all services to children in foster and pre-adoptive homes approved by JFS and  provides private home study services.  Rachel  also coordinates and supervises services provided by program staff to children through the Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN).  This includes coordination with county providers and other foster care agencies as well as work with the state contract agency on policy and planning for these services.   She supervises services in the Post Permanency support program, for families after adoption or guardianship.  Rachel was instrumental in developing the Family Based Mental Health program at JFS.

Prior to joining JFS in 2003, Rachel worked in an Intensive Family Preservation program locally, as well as in a Child Welfare agency in California.  She was an outpatient therapist from 2000-2016. Rachel holds a LCSW from the School of Social Work at the University of California, Berkeley.

Wendy Halperin, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director

Wendy is responsible for directing the Family Based Mental Health Services program at JFS. She leads a team of therapists that helps families that have children/adolescents who are at risk of out of home placement (such as in-patient hospitalization, residential treatment, or foster care) due to emotional/behavioral struggles.

Wendy has over twenty-five years’ experience as a social worker. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Union College and a Master of Social Work from Boston University.

Jessica Fox, MA

Director of Family Based Mental Health

Jess has both of her degrees from Kutztown University. Her bachelor’s degree is in sociology and her master’s degree is in counseling with a specialization in marriage, couple, and family therapy. She is dedicated to working on change with both families and the individuals within the families we serve. 


Shelley Adler

Permanency Coordinator

Iris Berio, BS

Family Based Mental Health Therapist

Kalyani Broderick

child and family counselor

Donna Butler


Kelly Christ

Special Projects Coordinator

Amanda Cleveland,

Outpatient Mental Health Therapist

Denise Haas, MSW, LCSW

Permanency Coordinator

Kimberly Hutnik

Development and Volunteer Coordinator

John Jantos

Coordinator of Kosher Meals on Wheels

Fethullah (Feti) Karakoc

Resettlement Case Manager

Marjorie Koch,

Outpatient Therapist; Adult/Older Adult

Kimberly Kupfer, MS

Post Permanency Coordinator

Stella Laffey

family based mental health

Bryna Sherr,

Permanency Coordinator and Therapist

Crystal Smith, BSW

Resource Family Coordinator

Elaine Strokoff

Director of Financial and Food Security

Joseph Studivant

Permanency Coordinator

Hari Subedi

Resettlement Site Director

Kathleen Swain

Permanency Coordinator

Mary Tarbell, LPC, RPT-S

Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist

Stephanie Wenger

Family Based Mental Health Therapist

Kayla Whittington

Family Based Mental Health Therapist

Cindy Wiley

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