Leadership Team

Jerry Rubin, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jerry is responsible for the overall direction and management of the organization, and leads its Leadership Team. His responsibilities include setting and leading the strategic direction of the organization, senior staff leadership development, leading organizational innovations, leading development efforts and financial growth, outreach to external constituencies and strategic partnerships, innovations in branding and marketing, and Board relations. He recently marked his tenth year at JVS, leading the agency through its growth from a $7 million organization to its current budget of $14 million.

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Carol Ozelius, Chief Operating Officer
Carol is responsible for all JVS programs and services, JVS CareerSolution the Massachusetts One-Stop Career Center, Human Resources, Facilities, IT, Data Quality and Volunteer Services. Carol and her team work with key Boston area employers, active job seekers, career changers, and those seeking educational opportunities leading to new skills and careers. In the past several years at JVS, Carol and her teams have built the largest employer-based education and training program in Boston, established the Healthcare Training Institute, implemented a new Adult Diploma Pathway, expanded the Bridges to College program and started new skills training programs in Nursing and Pharmacy Tech.

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Karin Blum, Chief Development Officer
Karin is responsible for leading the overall development strategy and function at JVS, working closely with the CEO, Board of Directors and senior staff. Previously, Karin was Senior Director of Development at Boston Children’s Museum, where she managed all aspects of individual giving, as well as the Museum’s membership programs. Her fundraising experience includes positions at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Lesley University and Harvard Hillel. She is a member of Women in Development, has held volunteer positions with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and has been a member of Planned Giving Group of New England.

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Jennifer Jewell, Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer brings over 15 years of nonprofit financial leadership to the CFO role. Her experience has primarily focused on developing internal systems and procedures to support the strategic growth of the organizations she has served. Jennifer is joining us from the National Center on Time and Learning where, as the Managing Director of Finance and Operations, she has led operations of four related education reform organizations. Previously, Jennifer served as the Senior Director of Finance and Regional Operations for KIPP Massachusetts. During her four year tenure in the lead finance role, KIPP MA grew from 1 school serving 370 students to 5 schools serving over 1,400 students, with a budget increase from $5M to $20M.

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Kira Khazatsky, Vice President of Employer and Educational Partnerships
Kira works with the area’s top employers in identifying, designing, implementing and providing critical workforce development services. Through leadership and guidance Kira works with the dynamic Business Services team to ensure the training, coaching and mentoring needs of our employer partners are met with innovative solutions tailored to the current individual needs. Kira began her career at JVS as a workplace instructor and marketing assistant. Kira designed and delivered workplace courses including Effective Communication in the Organizational Environment, Outstanding Presentation Skills, Cultural Awareness, and English for Advancement.

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Christina Killizi-Salameh, Vice President of Human Resources and Administration
Christina Killizli-Salameh is Vice President of Human Resources and Administration at JVS. She is responsible for leading the overall Human Resource, Information Technology, Facility, and Welcome Center Operations strategy as well as all of the people functions at JVS Boston including the agency’s leadership professional development and employee training programs, Diversity and Inclusion programs, recruitment and retention of diverse talent, payroll and benefit operations, facility and technology planning and management, and the Welcome Center’s client, student, and customer service facing operations while working closely with the CEO, COO, CFO, and leadership team.

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Mirjana 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. Mirjana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Zagreb where she specialized in International Economy.

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Amy Nishman, Vice President of Pay for Success and Skills Training
Amy oversees our skills training programs, the Secure Jobs initiative, and the launch and implementation of the first in the nation Pay for Success project focusing on workforce development. Her responsibilities include working collaboratively with her staff, project partners, and funders to develop, implement, and refine all the many programs in her department. Before coming to JVS, Amy coordinated two state-wide programs for the largest reproductive health center in New England. She has also done public health advocacy as well as worked in various direct service positions assisting people living with HIV, pregnant and parenting adolescents, substance users, and poor and homeless women.

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Doreen Treacy, Vice President of Career Services
Doreen is responsible for setting a vision and leading CareerSolution, 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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Judy Sacks, Director of Professional and Jewish Community Services
Judy oversees customized services and program for professional-level career changers and job seekers. In her years at JVS, Judy has developed many community partnerships and has received awards for her contributions to both refugee resettlement and Jewish communal fields, including The Governor’s New American Award and the International Association of JVS’s Program Award for her team’s quick recession-response program in partnership with CJP. Judy is a member of the professional development committee of IAJVS; she has served on the board of Temple Aliyah in Needham and she serves on CJP’s Boston-Haifa Connection as a member of the Ethiopian Jewry Committee.

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Madeline Wenzel, Director of Disability Services
Madeline manages the Transitions to Work program, the Connections program and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation contract at JVS. As Director, she worked in partnership with Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Ruderman Family Foundation to design the Transitions to Work program which is an innovative model of vocational training for young adults with a disability. Madeline has been working in the disability field for over ten years and serves on many disability committees in the community. She holds a BA in Psychology from Colby-Sawyer College.


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