Leadership Team

Jerry Rubin headshotJerry Rubin, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jerry Rubin is President and Chief Executive Officer of JVS. He is responsible for the overall direction and management of the organization, and leads its Leadership Team. Prior to joining JVS, Jerry was Vice President of Building Economic Opportunities at Jobs For the Future, a national workforce development and education policy, research, and consulting organization. Jerry founded and was Executive Director of two non-profit organizations: the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership, a training and consulting organization, and the Coalition For a Better Acre, a community development corporation based in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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Kira Khazatsky, Chief Operating OfficerKira Khazatsky, Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer, Kira is responsible for the quality and operations of JVS programming, the Welcome Center, facilities and IT. She oversees the programmatic leadership that reinforces JVS’s mission and values and demonstrates the agency’s commitment to our customers, clients and students. Working closely with the CEO and the executive team, Kira defines and implements the agency’s strategic plan and mission. Prior to her role as Chief Operating Officer, Kira served as the 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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 Jonathan Nierman headshotJonathan Nierman, Chief Development Officer
Jonathan is responsible for driving the major gifts program and providing strategic direction and oversight for the Development Team, which includes communications, institutional support, and events. In concert with Jerry Rubin, JVS’s President and CEO, Jonathan manages a robust portfolio of high-level major donors and works closely with the Resource Development Committee of the JVS Board to further strengthen the philanthropic program.

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Jennifer Jewell-Chief Financial OfficerJennifer 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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Amy Nishman-Senior Vice PresidentAmy Nishman, Senior Vice President
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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Keila Barros-Vice President of Human Resources Keila Barros, Vice President of Human Resources
As the Vice President of People & Culture, Keila is responsible for driving initiatives for all people functions of the organization, including Talent Management, Cultural Change, Organizational Development, and Diversity & Inclusion. Keila recently joined us from Suffolk Construction where she was the Director of People & Culture Operations and oversaw the day-to-day operations of Human Resources. She previously worked at The Bridgespan Group, The Salvation Army, Massachusetts General Hospital and New England Baptist Hospital. Keila has over 17 years of experience in Human Resources.

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Jacqueline Chernoble, Vice President of Business ServicesJacqueline Chernoble, Vice President of Business Services
Jacqueline is responsible for leading the Business Services team, which partners closely with employers to design and deliver workforce development programs at the employer’s site, with the two-fold goal of helping lower-skilled employees perform their jobs more effectively and advance to higher-paying jobs, while helping their employers develop, retain and advance their front-line workers. Jacqueline began her career at JVS as Manager of Workplace Education in 2011, and has worked in healthcare and workforce development for over 10 years.

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Barbara Garner, Vice President of Academic ServicesBarbara Garner, Vice President of Academic Services
Barbara leads a team that provides clients with the academic pathways and related wraparound services necessary for economic independence. These include college and career-focused English for speakers of other languages; a high school diploma offered via our partner, the Boston Public Schools Central Adult High School; and multiple Bridges to College pathways that provide students with the knowledge, academic skills, and guidance they need to succeed in college and on the job. Barbara began her career in the refugee education programs in Southeast Asia after the Vietnam War, managed the City of Boston’s adult basic education and refugee education programs.

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Mirjana Kulenovic, Vice President of Refugee and Disability ServicesMirjana 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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Sher Omerovic, Vice President of Career Path ProgrammingSher Omerovic, Vice President of Career Path Programming
Sher oversees our Health Care Skills Training Program, Secure Jobs, MassLEAP, and CareerPath Now. She collaborates with government agencies and community partners to design and implement partnership models bringing together housing, education, and workforce development agencies to help individuals and families increase their level of economic self-sufficiency through employment, education, and financial empowerment. Prior to JVS, Sher worked at the Fish Family Foundation, where she developed and implemented a statewide citizenship initiative partnering with multiple community organizations, immigration attorneys, and volunteers to organize large-scale citizenship events across the commonwealth.

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Kelly Tessitore, Vice President of AdvancementKelly Tessitore, Vice President of 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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Mandy Townsend, Vice President of Employer EngagementMandy Townsend, 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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Doreen Treacy, Vice President of Career ServicesDoreen 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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