Meet Our Dedicated Staff.

Kai Yael Gardner Mishlove
Executive Director

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. 

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Chris Shanahan
Associate Executive Director

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.

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Maya Garbuz, Director of Family and Senior Servicesmaya [@] jssmadison.org(608) 229-1754
Sunday Nzitatira, Director of Resettlementsnzitatira [@] jssmadison.org(608) 419-1066
Rabbi Renee Bauer, Director of Spiritual Carerabbi [@] jssmadison.org(608) 424-4033
Jim Mackman, Development Associatejim [@] jssmadison.org(608) 442-4060
Paul Borowsky, Volunteer Coordinatorpaul [@] jssmadison.org(608) 442-4083
Kate Shenker, Social Workerkate [@] jssmadison.org(608) 424-4568
Susan Nderitu, RP Case Managersusan [@] jssmadison.org(608) 361-8257
Catherine Jassey, RSS Case Managercatherine [@] jssmadison.org(608) 563-9674
Caren Minkoff, Social Workercaren [@] jssmadison.org(608) 419-1745
Monique McKnuckle, Pre-Arrival and Housing Specialistmonique [@] jssmadison.org(608) 893-8814
Benjamyn Deneen, RCDS Case Managerbenjamyn [@] jssmadison.org(608) 630-6109
Gilbertine Harerimana, RP Case Managergilbertine [@] jssmadison.org(608) 481-0495
Jakob Heinemann, Office and Communications Managerjakob [@] jssmadison.org(608) 442-4081
Eman Al Zirjawi, Refugee Resettlement Program Assistanteman [@] jssmadison.org(608) 207-8841
Kristin Geil, Spiritual Care and Office Assistantkristin [@] jssmadison.org
Eileen Bradley, Health and Wellness Coordinatoreileen [@] jssmadison.org(608) 960-7883