CJE Social Service Workers at a Glance

Social Workers are Essential

We are pleased to present this comprehensive list of our social service workers and congratulate them for their membership in a very essential profession. Featured in alphabetical order are many, but not all, CJE staff members who work in the social services.* We apologize for any inadvertent omissions.

Lisa Andrews

Lisa Andrews, LCSW
Counselor CJE Counseling Services

Lisa started at CJE as an intern in 2015 and returned in 2017. She now provides individual psychotherapy and leads two support groups. She also supervises graduate interns and is part of the Keshet Leadership Project at CJE. She has an MA in Social Service Administration from UC SSA.**

 

Ksenia Asefa

Kseniia Asefa, LPC
Counselor and Care Manager

Holocaust Community Services

Kseniia started at CJE in 2016 and provides supervision to staff and clinical care management and mental health counseling to survivors. Kseniia’s specialty is providing trauma-informed care to individuals and working with diverse populations. She earned an MA in counseling psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

 

Nora Bergman

Nora Bergman, MSW
Program Manager

Holocaust Community Services

Nora joined CJE in 2018 and is responsible for HCS operations, grants, budget management, and administrative staff supervision. She also provides case management for English-speaking clients. Nora received her master’s degree in social work from UC SSA.

 

Alla Bondarenko

Alla Bondarenko
Care Manager

Holocaust Community Services

Alla works with Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors as a care manager and co-leads two survivor support groups. Her great-grandparents and grandparents endured the Holocaust, some perishing and some surviving, giving her a better understanding of her clients. Alla was born in Kharkov, Ukraine and has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. After moving to the US, she changed careers, working in healthcare and social work.

 

Natalya Bouinyi

Natalya Bouinyi
Care Manager

Holocaust Community Services

Natalya has been with HCS since 2019, providing care management and leading a musical support group. Prior to HCS, she worked at Catholic Charities. Natalya’s interests are intensive case management, steering clients to community resources, and continuing her professional training. Born in Uzbekistan, she received a master’s in electrical engineering from Leningrad Institute of Cinema Engineering. Natalya has both Israeli and American citizenship.

 

Nikki Briggs

Nikki Briggs, MSW
Project Manager

Leonard Schanfield Research Institute

Nikki Briggs’ main role is to provide support and guidance to internal stakeholders across CJE to improve data usage and processes. She has previous experience coordinating the expansion of evidence-based programming for older adults across Illinois. Nikki has a master’s from UC SSA with a focus on program evaluation and older adults.

 

Rich Buino

Rich Buino, MSW
Geriatric Care Manager

Your Eldercare Consultants (YEC)

Rich joined YEC in 2019 after first working on CJE’s Care Management and Counseling Services teams. He helps seniors and their families navigate the complex healthcare, hospital, housing, and long-term care systems by providing advice, planning, advocacy, and oversight. He helps co-create customized solutions to maximize independence and support clients’ health, safety, and well-being. He employs clinical skills from experience in psychotherapy, support groups, and case management, plus academic training in integrated behavioral health systems and evidence-based practice. Rich previously worked at a global consumer goods company. He holds an MSW from UIC Jane Addams College of SW and a BA in English from DePauw University.

 

Rosann Corcoran

Rosann Corcoran, LCSW
Manager

CJE Counseling Services

Rosann manages counseling initiatives and supervises staff. She started at CJE in 2004, serving first as a clinical social worker and then a clinical coordinator. In the latter role, she had primary oversight of Linkages. Before coming to CJE, Rosann worked at Thresholds Older Adult Program as a clinical supervisor and team leader and at Neumann Association and Anixter Center, serving people with disabilities. Rosann has taught social work and aging courses in MSW programs at UIC Jane Addams College of SW and at Loyola University School of SW. She has also been an instructor in the UC’s SSA Social Work Practice with Older Adults program. Rosann received her MSW from UIC Jane Addams College of SW and her BA from Augustana College.

 

Esther Craven

Esther Craven
Resource Specialist

Consumer Assistance

Esther has worked over 25 years at CJE in many roles. She is a SHIP Coordinator, assisting clients and providing staff updates on health insurance. Esther also works for CJE’s Community Engagement one day a week. Esther received her BS in family social services from Northern Illinois University.

 

Anna Dominov

Anna Dominov, MSW
Care Manager

Holocaust Community Services

Anna has been with CJE since 2016. She works with Holocaust survivors, providing individual and group counseling and clinical case management. Prior to CJE, she worked as a domestic violence counselor and advocate, an ER crisis worker, and a foreclosure-prevention counselor. Anna received her MSW in 2016 from UIC Jane Addams School of SW. She also received a master’s in international relations in Russia.

 

Sharon Dornberg-Lee

Sharon Dornberg-Lee, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor

CJE Counseling Services

Sharon has been with CJE since 1997, during which time she has provided psychotherapy for older adults, chaired CJE’s Professional Development Committee, and supervised support and therapy groups. She coordinates CJE SW interns, provides professional and community education, clinical supervision for social workers seeking licensure, and assists in developing department policies and marketing materials and content. She has been an adjunct instructor at UC SSA and continues to teach in its Clinical Practice with Older Adults program. Sharon, a board member of the Illinois Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, earned her MA in Social Work from UC SSA and her BA in sociology at UIC.

 

Marla Goldberg

Marla Goldberg, MSW
Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Services

Marla joined CJE in 2019, tasked with arranging meaningful matches between CJE volunteers and opportunities. She engages with volunteers, coordinators, departments, and locations to form relationships and meets volunteers on site, her goal to make them feel valued. A life-long volunteer herself, Marla’s experience in outreach, networking, and event planning helps her to coordinate creative projects and programs. She most recently received her Volunteer Impact Leadership certification. Marla is a registered pharmacist with a BS in pharmacy from Drake University, has an MSW from Aurora University, and an MA in Jewish professional studies from Spertus Institute.

 

Julia Gekhter

Julia Gekhter, LCSW
Social Worker

Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation

Julia has been on the social services staff at Lieberman Center since 2016. In her position as social worker, she develops care plans and provides therapeutic support and crisis counseling for residents. She works collaboratively with other department such as Nursing, Therapy, Admissions, and Administration. Julia has had several internships in the Chicago area. She received her MSW from UIC Jane Addams College of SW and her BA in biology and psychology also from UIC.

 

Chloe Greamaud

Chloe Gremaud, LCSW
Counselor

CJE Counseling Services

Chloe has served on the counseling team at CJE since 2018. She provides individual and group therapy to counseling clients, including leading a cognitive behavioral therapy group and a weekly mindfulness group. Chloe has also been trained in evidence-based treatments for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Chloe received her master’s degree in social work from UC SSA.

 

Maya Gumirov

Maya Gumirov, LPC
Russian Services Manager and Clinical Supervisor

Holocaust Community Services

Maya has been with CJE since 2014. She provides clinical case management to Holocaust survivors and oversees intake, referrals, and other services such as psychological support, assessment, financial assistance, socialization, and oral history preservation. Her clinical interest is resilience and identity in Russian-speaking survivors, and she is experienced in immigration, cultural adjustment, citizenship, trauma, loss, and refugee populations. She helped compile survivor accounts into the Russian/English book Never Heard Never Forget. Maya has an MA in community counseling from Argosy University and an MA in journalism from Far East University in Russia. A second- and third-generation descendant of survivors and victims, Maya, is a refugee from the Former Soviet Union and became a US citizen in 1999.

 

Yonit Hoffman

Yonit Hoffman, PhD
Director

Holocaust Community Services

Dr. Hoffman has been at CJE since 2014, overseeing program development and services for nearly 2,000 Holocaust survivors and supervising staff and providing direct services and support groups. Dr. Hoffman conducts education and trainings for professionals, lay leaders, and caregivers on person-centered, trauma-informed care and the special needs of aging survivors. Her prior work focused on trauma, loss, and under-served populations. Her clinical research investigates resilience and identity in survivors and their descendants. She is a second- and third-generation descendant of Holocaust survivors and victims. Dr. Hoffman, who has presented and published both nationally and internationally, received her PhD in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University.

 

Bailey Huffman

Bailey Huffman, MSW
Virtual Systems and Programs Coordinator

Holocaust Community Services

Bailey Huffman joined CJE in 2020 to support virtual systems and programs. She has many years of experience working with older adults, including care coordination, volunteer services, and other programs. She is passionate about improving social service delivery for improving the quality of life and dignity for all older adults. She earned her MSW from Dominican University and her BA in psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Bailey will be licensed in 2021.

 

Deena Karno

Deena Karno, LCSW
Personal Care Manager and Social Worker

Weinberg Community for Senior Living

Deena has been a member of the CJE team for over 18 years. Prior to her current position, where she provides care and support to Weinberg Community residents, she was CJE’s Manager of Regulatory Training and Staff Development. She received her master’s of public health from Benedictine University. She went on to receive her MSW from UIC Jane Addams College of SW. Deena is also an adjunct instructor at Harper College, teaching health technology and informatics.

 

Julie Katsman

Julie Katsman, LCSW
Counselor

CJE Counseling

Julie began work at CJE in March 2007. In her position, she provides individual, couples and family psychotherapy to both English- and Russian-speaking older adults. Prior to CJE, Julie worked as a psychotherapist at Jewish Child and Family Services. Julie received her MSW from Loyola University and her BA degree in psychology from UIC.

 

Anna Kein

Anna Klein
Care Manager

Holocaust Community Services

Anna Klein manages a caseload of clients and co-leads the Russian Tea Time support group. Anna, who is fluent in Russian, English, and Hebrew, has extensive experience in elder care. Born in Ukraine she earned a bachelor’s in engineering before moving to Israel. In Israel, Anna found her passion for assisting older adults and completed her education in social work. In the United States, Anna continued her work in social services, working as a case manager for a community care program for ten years. She is the daughter of Holocaust survivors.

 

Svetlana Lukomski

Svetlana Lukomski, PhD
Counselor

Holocaust Community Services

Dr. Lukomski came to CJE in 2020 to help survivors during the pandemic. She specializes in treating social function difficulties and provides counseling, therapy, and referrals by utilizing psychodynamic, cognitive, and behavioral therapy approaches in Russian-speaking individual and family therapy sessions. Prior to CJE, Dr. Lukomski was a clinician at Jewish Child and Family Services for more than 20 years. Dr. Lukomski earned her MA and PhD in psychology from the Leningrad State University in Russia and obtained various certificates and diplomas from studies at many institutions.

 

Michele Mangrum

Michele Mangrum
Manager of Sales, Outreach, and Customer Service

Marketing Department

Michele has been at CJE since 2013 and is responsible for promoting and maintaining awareness of CJE, its programs, and our role in serving older adults and their families. She is tasked with building lasting relationships with professionals and the community at large, supervising staff, and developing educational and training programs to raise CJE’s profile and increase admissions and other program involvement. Prior to CJE, she worked primarily in regional business development and sales for many national facilities, including Infinity Healthcare Management and Sunrise Senior Living. She was also Director of Social Services at ManorCare Health Services. Michele has a BA in psychology from Benedictine University and is a certified dementia specialist, with other trainings in progress.

 

Christie Norrick

Christie Norrick, MSW
Project Manager

Leonard Schanfield Research Institute

Christie has been with CJE since 2014 and was previously manager of Consumer Assistance. She has expertise in project management, process improvement, and presenting to diverse audiences. Christie has also been responsible for performing quality assurance tasks and assuming staff development roles. She has worked directly with older adults, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities. Christie graduated from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis with a gerontology concentration.

 

Irina Plishchuk

Irina Polishchuk
Care Manager

Holocaust Community Services

Irina Polishchuk has been with CJE SeniorLife for 25 years, working first as a resource specialist, providing extensive knowledge of benefits and referrals. She joined HCS part-time more than 6 years ago to provide care management and advocate for survivors’ needs. She also co-leads the long-running Russian Tea Time support group for survivors that has met for six years every two weeks (meeting via ZOOM lately). As a daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and victims from Ukraine, Irina always feels passionate about her work with survivors.

 

Vera Rodriguez

Vera Rodriguez Mancera, LPC
Care Management Supervisor

Holocaust Community Services

Vera Rodriguez Mancera joined CJE in 2015 and is passionate about helping people who have been through trauma or stress. She provides counseling, co-leads Russian support groups and wellness classes, supervises staff, and contributes to professional development at CJE. Vera holds an MA in clinical mental health counseling from Northeastern Illinois University and is a board member, and past president, of the Illinois Career Development Association.

 

Leah Rosenberg

Leah Rosenberg
Community Health Educator and Care Manager

Leah Rosenberg, with CJE since 2015, leads wellness classes and carries a large caseload for HCS. Besides her work in the non-profit arena, she has worked in pharmaceutics. She graduated from the UIC with a BA in psychology.

 

 

Sheryl Rubel

Sheryl Rubel, LCSW
Resource Specialist

Consumer Assistance

Sheryl Rubel has been with CJE since 2014, offering her extensive expertise in providing knowledge of benefits and resources to community members. She formerly worked as a volunteer at Congregation Makom Solel Lakeside in a variety of capacities. Sheryl has an MSW from Loyola University Chicago, with a mental health and gerontology focus. She completed internships at Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center (now JourneyCare Care Center) and at Elgin Mental Health Center.

 

Mariana Sanchez

Mariana Sanchez, LCSW
Counselor and Coordinator

CJE Counseling Services

Mariana has been with CJE SeniorLife since 2012 as a member of CJE’s Counseling Services team. She serves as coordinator of the CJE SeniorLife Linkages program that provides information, support, and referral services to older adults who have family members with disabilities. Mariana graduated from UIC Jane Addams College of SW.

 

Ludmila Smotkina

Ludmila Smotkina
Care Manager

Holocaust Community Services

Ludmila Smotkina joined HCS in 2017. As a care manager, Ludmila has a large caseload serving clients ranging in age from 79- to 100-years-old. As a second-generation survivor, Ludmila has empathy for survivors, and she helps to collect and translate their stories. Ludmila says, “I am confident that we can make a difference in lives of Holocaust survivors.” She also worked for 19 years at HIAS Chicago as a citizenship immigration worker, where she advocated for refugees and helped them become US citizens.

 

Susan Swanson

Susan Swanson, LCSW
Counselor

CJE Counseling Services

Susan worked at CJE from 1988 to 2002 and then from 2015 to the present. Besides her current counseling role, she has provided care management, clinical supervision, and community and professional education. During her first turn at CJE, she helped launch its model care management demonstration program for community care. After leaving CJE in 2002, she developed and implemented an anti-bullying program for a local K-8 school. Susan has an AM (MA) degree from UC SSA and received a post-graduate degree from the Center for Family Consultation.

 

John Wickham

John Wickham, LSW
Care Manager

Holocaust Community Services

John has been with CJE since June 2019, where he provides Russianspeaking care management to survivors. He received his MSW at Boston College and fulfilled his internship at the Jewish Family Services of MetroWest Massachusetts, where he performed refugee resettlement work. During his last semester of his studies, he did a four-month practicum with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Rome. John, a native of Ridgefield, Connecticut, received his undergraduate degree BA in German Studies from Macalester College and, upon graduation, worked for several years in education, living in Moscow for two years.

 

Olesya Ykhina

Olesya Yakhina
Care Manager

Holocaust Community Services

Olesya Yakhina has worked at CJE since 2020 and provides survivor needs assessments, resources, referrals, and well-being checks. Previously, she was a case manager and supervisor at a community care unit. Olesya is training to become a support group leader and to work with survivors who deal with family loss and isolation. She is from Uzbekistan and graduated from Tashkent State University with an MA in education. She is also a certified instructor of English as a Second Language.

 

David Rosenblatt


ADDENDUM

David Rosenblatt, LCSW
Counselor

CJE Counseling Services

 

David joined CJE in 2015. Prior to that, he provided psychotherapy services through In Home Counseling for Seniors. He has also worked at the South Florida State Psychiatric Hospital and served 19 years at Jewish Vocational Services. David received his MSW from Barry College. He also attended Chicago’s John Marshall Law School.

 

 

We invite you to help us celebrate CJE’s social service workers and social service workers everywhere, as we look forward to our journey of healing, inclusion, support, and life enrichment of our older adults and their caregivers. If you are in need of therapy or a support group, contact Counseling Services at 773.508.1000.