Executive Team

Kira Khazatsky

Kira Khazatsky, President and Chief Executive Officer

As the President and Chief Executive Officer, Kira is responsible for the overall direction and management of the organization and leads its leadership team. Working closely with the executive team, Kira defines and implements the agency’s strategic plan and mission. Prior to her role as Chief Executive Officer, Kira served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Program Officer at JVS and was responsible for programmatic leadership that reinforces JVS’s mission and values and demonstrates the agency’s commitment to our customers, clients and students.

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Jennifer JewelJennifer Jewell, Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer at JVS, Jennifer is responsible for leading the overall financial strategy and function at JVS, working closely with the CEO, Executive Team, Board of Directors, and senior staff. Jennifer brings over 20 years of nonprofit financial leadership to JVS in her role as CFO. Her experience includes developing internal systems and procedures to support the strategic growth of the organizations she has served. Prior to joining JVS in 2016, Jennifer was the Managing Director of Finance and Operations for the National Center on Time and Learning where she led the financial and operational functions of four related education reform organizations.   

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Jim SantiagoJim Santiago, Chief Information Officer

As the Chief Information Officer, Jim is responsible for leading the overall technology strategy and facilities at JVS.  Working closely with the CEO and the executive team, Jim will establish the mission and vision of JVS’ technology organization to foster a value-added, user-focused mindset. Jim brings extensive experience from positions with leading organizations, including the New England Center for Children, State Street Global Advisors, and FLIR Systems. 

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Kadesh SimmsKadesh Simms, Chief People Officer

As the Chief of People & Culture, Kadesh is responsible for leading the execution of our People & Culture strategy in support of the overall vision, mission, and strategic direction of JVS. Working closely with the CEO and the Executive Team, Kadesh establishes the direction of JVS’s People & Culture efforts to ensure that all pillars of the employee lifecycle include succession planning, DE&I, talent management, change management, employee engagement, learning & development, and organizational & performance management, and that they align with the future state of a robust culture at JVS.

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Sher Omerovic

Sher Omerovic, Chief Program Officer

As the Chief Program Officer, Sher provides strategic leadership to the programmatic Vice President team, ensuring alignment between JVS’s programs and our mission and goals. Sher collaborates with our principal executives to ensure our long-term strategic planning and board management aligns with the organization’s mission and goals. Sher’s experience in programmatic leadership and management, combined with her strong knowledge of budgeting, finance, and stakeholder management, will be crucial in driving the success of our programs and achieving our organizational objectives.

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Leadership Team

Amy NishmanAmy Nishman, Senior Vice President of Strategy

Amy is responsible for leading strategic agency initiatives that bring resources to the agency and help JVS become more coordinated and client-centered. She leads our innovative $15 million Pay for Success project, Pathways to Economic Advancement, the first focused exclusively on workforce development. Amy also works on our Public Policy initiatives, as well as agency-wide data quality and continuous improvement. She develops service delivery models that respond to the changing economy, allowing JVS students to move into and up career ladders. She advances the agency’s Public Policy platform through local and state-level workforce policy solutions, and works to improve JVS’s overall data collection and analysis to best measure our impact.

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Julian Cure, Senior Vice President of Programs

As the Senior Vice President of Programs at JVS, Julian is responsible for overseeing all programmatic aspects of MassHire Downtown Boston Career Services, Career Pathways & Academic Services, and Refugee & Disability Services. Julian provides strategic leadership to the programmatic Vice President team ensuring alignment between JVS programs and our mission and goals. He collaborates with other principal executives to lead and implement agency-wide strategic initiatives, ensuring long-term success of the organization. 

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Elizabeth Hogan, Vice President of Career and Academic Services

As the Vice President of Career and Academic Services, Liz  is responsible for setting the vision, goals, and performance expectations of the Career Pathways and Academic Services programs. She is tasked with developing and leading agency pathways to careers and provide supports and services to clients who want to continue on in their academic growth. She continues to expand, grow and support our programs based on identified needs of clients, employers, funders, and other stakeholders.

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Mandy TownsendMandy Townsend, Senior Vice President of Employer Engagement

Mandy works with the area’s top employers in identifying, designing, implementing, and providing critical workforce development services and improving job quality. Through leadership and guidance, Mandy works with teams across JVS to ensure the placement, training, coaching, and mentoring needs of our employer partners are met with innovative solutions tailored to current industry trends and individual needs. Mandy began her career at JVS as a Career Coach in the Refugee Services department, and has worked in education and workforce development for over 10 years.

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Mirjana KulenovicMirjana Kulenovic, Vice President of Refugee and Disability Services

Mirjana directs the operations of a variety of refugee employment and training programs that help refugees adapt to their new society and gain the skills they need to secure stable employment and self-sufficiency. Prior to joining JVS, Mirjana worked for 7 years at the International Rescue Committee Boston in a variety of programs and roles. In 2001 she helped create and later ran the IRC Voices Program as an effort to educate the Greater Boston Community about refugee issues here and abroad. She has been an outspoken advocate for refugees throughout her work.

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Kelly TessitoreKelly Tessitore, Vice President of Policy and Advancement

Kelly is responsible for the strategic management of JVS’s foundation and governmental relationships, as well as policy work on federal workforce development issues and their implications at the state level. She advances JVS’s vision of connecting public assistance recipients to skills and training opportunities through programs such as SNAP Employment & Training. She serves on the National Advisory Panel on Safety Net and Skills Policy for the National Skills Coalition. Kelly began her career at JVS in the 1990s as a volunteer translating for Russian-speaking refugees.

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Doreen TreacyDoreen Treacy, Vice President of Career Services

Doreen is responsible for setting a vision and leading JVS MassHire Career Center, ensuring high-quality customer services to job seekers and cutting-edge workforce development practices to Boston area employers. A recognized social innovator and thought leader, she brings over 20 years of professional experience and a passion for creating economic pathways for Massachusetts’ residents to her role. For 12 years she directed the CivicHealth Institute where she built a portfolio of asset-building, education, and training programs to address social determinants of health. She was also appointed to represent Gov. Patrick on a legislative Commission to Study the Feasibility of a Bank Owned by the Commonwealth.

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Dawn Hayes, Major Gifts Officer

Dawn is JVS’s Major Gifts Officer in the Development Department. She plays a critical role in increasing major donor support, including planned giving, and acts as an ambassador for JVS Boston across the community. Her focus is to identify new and diverse donors, to cultivate and steward our existing donors to increase overall retention and giving, and to manage relationships between donors and others on the board and staff who work with them.

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