Meet our Team

Tamara Kushnir Groman, JD, Manager of Benefits Services

Tamara is a licensed attorney with a practice background in legal services. Tamara provides direct legal services to older adults through CJE’s Legal Help Desk. She began her career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable James Epstein before moving into legal services with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. Tamara received her BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from Loyola University Chicago. She is an active community member volunteering at food pantries and other service organizations.


The Entry Group


  • Pam Goren has a BS from Brooklyn College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.  She worked in vocational counseling and case management and in the public and private sectors before coming to CJE.
  • Chana Sulpar has experience with intake for social services and has been a Therapeutic Activity Specialist, Activity Director and Weekend Manager for residential facilities.  She is the point person for administrative support in the Entry Group and has provided staff training.  Chana has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Beloit College. 



Resource Specialists

  • Esther Craven has worked for CJE for over 30 years in a variety of roles.  She is a SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) Coordinator, assisting clients as well as providing updates on health insurance topics for staff.  She provides assistance at our main Chicago location as well as in the Northwest Suburbs.  Esther also works for the Community Engagement department at CJE one day per week.  Esther has a BS in Family Social Services from Northern Illinois University.
  • Sheryl Rubel, LCSW has a Master’s of Social Work with a Mental Health and Gerontology focus from Loyola University Chicago.  She has completed internships at Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter and at Elgin Mental Health Center, and formerly worked as a volunteer at Congregation Solel in a variety of capacities.  She has been a Resource Specialist since 2014, serving clients at our Chicago office and in Skokie.
  • Yelena Abramova is bilingual Russian/English and works with clients at the Chicago Horwich office.  Yelena holds a Bachelor’s of Science and has worked with older adults for decades, providing direct care and program supervision.  She has been a CJE SeniorLife employee since 1998 and joined the Consumer Assistance department in May 2017.  She is a certified SHIP counselor.
  • Rolf F has previously managed a supportive housing program for an at-risk population that included seniors and individuals with disabilities. He has also worked in a rehabilitation center providing case management and facilitating group programming for seniors with chronic mental illness. Rolf first joined CJE as a Service Coordinator before transitioning to the Benefits Services team as a Resource Specialist in 2019. Rolf has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Purdue University and is a certified SHIP counselor.