The Jewish Social Services Team
Meet our dedicated staff.
Meet our dedicated staff.
Kai Yael Gardner Mishlove is the new executive director of Jewish Social Services of Madison. She is the previous JCRC Director at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation where she was instrumental in starting the AAPI Jewish Alliance to counter antisemitism and anti Asian hate. She is a firm believer in the African Proverb: “It Takes a Village” and she acts on her Black and Jewish identity and faith by making sure that her life and work in the community is a meditation on G-d and reflects the Jewish concepts of Tzedakah, Chesed, and Tzedek.Continue reading “Kai Yael Gardner Mishlove”
Chris started with JSS as an independent accounting contractor in July of 2015, through her accounting firm, Computer Services, that is focused on a not-for-profit client base. After working and becoming familiar with the programs and services offered by JSS, she wanted to be more involved with the mission and delivery of those services to the clients of JSS. Therefore, in January of 2018, she came on board as the Finance and Human Resource Director, and then in April of 2019 she became the official Associate Director. Chris is committed to the JSS mission, programs, and development of programs.Continue reading “Chris Shanahan”
Maya Garbuz holds a Bachelor of Education from Lobachevsky University in Russia and Master of Social Work from UW-Madison. For the last 10 years Maya worked as a Lead Case Manager at Bridges for Families, providing services to families with children with disabilities. Maya began working as a case manager for JSS in November 2016. She provides services to seniors supporting them in applying for benefits and housing, assisting with referrals to community agencies, and advocating with landlords, various benefit programs and utility companies.Continue reading “Maya Garbuz, MSSW, CISW”
Paul Borowsky began as the volunteer engagement coordinator in 2016. Paul was the director of the West Madison Senior Center where he recruited over 100 volunteers. He has also done extensive outreach with Second Harvest Food Bank and the FreshMobile. Paul has his Master of Education and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Illinois-Urbana, and a Master of Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Continue reading “Paul Borowsky”
As Jewish Social Service’s director of chaplaincy and outreach, Rabbi Bauer provides the Jewish Social Services community with a Jewish spiritual presence and coordinates outreach and training for the Refugee Resettlement Program. Rabbi Bauer earned a B.A. in history and Judaic Studies from Brown University in 1996 and was ordained as a rabbi by Reconstructionist Rabbinic College in 2005.Continue reading “Rabbi Renée Bauer”
Mohammad Din Hajizada was born in 1997 and raised in the Kabul province of Afghanistan. He received his bachelor’s degree in English Language at Kabul University of Afghanistan in 2018. He worked at Ataraud Institute in Afghanistan for seven years, serving as a manager, senior advisor, and CEO. He also worked for MEP (Mission Essential Personal) as a linguist.Continue reading “Mohammad Din Hajizada”
Gilbertine (“Gigi”) Harerimana is a Burundian native who is fluent in Kirundi, French, English, and Swahili. In 2005, she received her technical diploma in management from a school in Bujumbara. For six years, she lived in The Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi, where she worked as a child minder for The Resettlement Support Center Africa. She also worked with various ministries as a reconciliation facilitator.Continue reading “Gilbertine (“Gigi”) Harerimana”
Benjamyn grew up in Evansville, WI. Before joining the JSS team, he worked for the International Organization for Migration and was part of Operation Allies Welcome and Operation Allies Refuge at Fort McCoy. He also worked for the Wisconsin Army National Guard and as a self-employed blacksmith and metal worker. He attended UW-Stout for Art Education and is a creative person at heart. He enjoys making sculptures and furniture, drawing, architectural and mechanical design, and being outdoors in the remote wilderness.
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Gretchen joined JSS in March 2019 as a case manager for the new Preferred Communities Program, expanding refugee support services within JSS. She has worked in social services with diverse populations in Madison for over 13 years. She earned her B.S. in Human Services from Edgewood College. Gretchen has a passion for working with refugees, immigrants and serving the community.Continue reading “Gretchen Patrisio”
Autumn Yael joined JSS in the Spring of 2022 and is grateful to be part of this phenomenal team. After many years of cooking professionally, they wanted to transition from hospitality to human services. They hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Environmental Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been engaged with community organizing and mutual aid efforts throughout their time in Madison.Continue reading “Autumn Yael Fearing-Kabler”
Sam has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and History from UW – Milwaukee and a Master of Social Work degree from UW – Madison. He first joined JSS as an intern in 2018 where he worked to develop the agency’s strategic plan and aided in immigration related advocacy efforts. After graduating he was excited to rejoin the team to lead the development of a mentorship program and community-based mental health and psychosocial support groups for newcomers.Continue reading “Sam Van Akkeren”
Jim brings over 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit social services sector to his role at JSS. He was formerly a psychiatric case manager at SOAR Case Management Services and Tellurian UCAN Inc., a clinical specialist on the Dane County Jail Mental Health Team for Journey Mental Health, and a treatment specialist at Oakhill Correctional Institution. Jim has also served as a behavioral health group facilitator for multiple programs.Continue reading “Jim Mackman”
Christina has a background in public and community health. After working as a full-time domestic engineer for several years, she is delighted to be working as a program assistant at JSS of Madison. She enjoys knitting, spending time with family and her cats, and she loves homegrown tomatoes.Continue reading “Christina Kantor”
Jakob grew up in Madison, WI, completing his education at Lawrence University. Prior to working at JSS, Jakob lived in Chicago, IL, where he worked at another Jewish social services organization called The Ark. Outside of the office Jakob maintains an active profile as a musician, frequently performing in both Madison and Chicago. He also enjoys camping, travelling, and spending time with his family.Continue reading “Jakob Heinemann”
Kate is pleased to have joined JSS in early September as a Case Manager. She grew up in New York City and came to Madison years ago to attend UW majoring in Comparative Literature as an undergraduate and completing the Master’s Program in Social Work. She decided to settle here and raised fraternal twin boys.Continue reading “Kate Shenker”