The professionals at JCFS possess diverse backgrounds and education, bring a myriad set of skills and interests to their roles, and are located across 10 JCFS offices. Our employees are Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Special Educators, Speech, Occupational and Developmental Therapists, Early Childhood Educators, Infant Mental Health Specialists, Lawyers who specialize in Special Education Advocacy, Pediatric Nurses, Vocational/Life Skills Counselors and more. Behind the scenes, finance, human resources, adminstration and other staff round out our team. Yet, for all these differences, they share a single, common goal: To deliver JCFS services and programs to thousands of adults, children, families, students and volunteers from throughout the community.
President and Chief Executive Officer
CEO of JCFS since November 2009, Howard has over twenty-five years of nonprofit leadership and project management experience. Prior to joining JCFS, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Family and Children's Services of Greater Philadelphia. He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Breast Cancer 3-Day, producing and managing a national series of events to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. Prior to joining the 3-Day project, Howard was Assistant Vice President of MossRehab, a nationally renowned rehabilitation hospital based in Philadelphia.
As a volunteer, Howard Sitron is currently serving on the national board of directors of the Association for Jewish Family and Children’s Service Agencies. He is a past board chair and treasurer of the Kardon Institute for Arts Therapies, and continues to serve on their advisory board. He has also served as treasurer of the board of directors of A Chance To Heal, an organization dedicated to the prevention of eating disorders. He obtained his Bachelor of Social Work degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Health Administration from Saint Joseph's University.
Committed to excellence in service to our community, Howard works to engage our staff, volunteers and board of directors, in collaboration with our many community partners, to meet the needs of the Jewish and larger Chicago communities.
Margaret Vimont, MSW, LCSW
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Margaret Vimont oversees all programming of the agency and ensures the provision of excellent service that supports the mission and strategic direction of the agency. She began her professional life as a Child Care Worker in residential care and from there received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Since she began her tenure with JCFS in 1990, she has held the roles of Therapist, Clinical Supervisor and Director of Residential Services, in addition to her current roles. Margaret is the President of the American Association of Children's Residential Centers, an association that provides a national voice to residential providers through leadership, advocacy and the promotion of best practices. She has a particular interest in designing and providing Management and Leadership training and the use of martial arts in therapeutic settings with all ages of students.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining JCFS in 2011, Vincent M. Everson served as President and CEO of a social service organization providing residential and life services to individuals with various disabilities from 2002 until late 2009. Most recently, Vince provided consulting services to a number of small to mid-sized Not for Profit agencies throughout Illinois. By combining financial and operational analysis he was able to provide long-term strategic recommendations to enhance quality, productivity, profitability, and efficiency while simultaneously enhancing implementation and adherence to Best Practice Ideals. Everson holds a Bachelors of Administration Finance/Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MBA from Bradley University.
Shirley Maeir, SPHR, M.A.
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Shirley Maeir is responsible for employee and labor relations, benefits administration, compliance, compensation, organizational development and staffing. Before coming to JCFS in mid-2008, Shirley progressed in the for-profit sector where she held positions of increasing responsibility in healthcare, financial services, restaurants, technology, consumer products and client service/consulting. Shirley has over 20 years of Human Resources experience, and holds the designation of Senior Professional of Human Resources issued by the Certification Institute of the Society of Human Resources Management. Shirley earned a MA in Industrial Organizational Psychology from New York University and a BS from University of Iowa, where she majored in Psychology, minored in Women’s Studies.
Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Stacey Shor is responsible for management of auxiliaries, volunteers, grants and donors. She began her career at The Cambodian Associations of Chicago teaching GED and ESL classes, providing court advocacy, outreach and gang intervention. During her tenure at the YMCA of the USA, she coordinated a nation-wide youth worker training and retention program and served as a consultant for youth volunteerism. A JCFS staff member for 15 years, she previously served as the coordinator of volunteers and as a group home childcare worker. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Alliance/University of Michigan Executive Leadership Institute.
Senior Director, Child Welfare
Director of Quality Improvement and Program Development
Annette Hignight has worked at JCFS since 1990 in direct service and administrative capacities, including Residential Services, Human Resources, Quality Improvement and Program Development. In addition to her role as Director of Quality Improvment and Program Development, she oversees Agency reaccreditation processes and HIPAA compliance. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from DePaul University in Chicago and earned a MA in Social Work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.
Marlies Gramann, M.A. CCC-SLP
Director of Outpatient Services
As Director of Outpatient Services, Marlies manages Integrated Pediatric Interventions, Psychiatric Testing and Evaluation Services and Counseling Centers. She received her B.S. in Neurobiology and Communication Disorders and her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Cincinnati. Her graduate fellowship focused on preschool children with autism, utilizing visual teaching and total communication approaches. Marlies has delivered lectures at the Illinois Speech and Hearing Association (“The Do’s and Don’ts of Co-treating Children with Autism”) and at the Autism Healthcare Forum focusing on the therapeutic treatments used for children with autism. Trained in the assessment of young children with autism through use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised, her continuing education includes topics such as Floortime, the Kaufman Apraxia Intervention, Relationship Development Intervention, Sensory Integration, feeding therapies, the Impact of Gastrointestinal Disorders and Nutrition in children with special needs and the Picture Exchange Communication System. Medically complex concentrations have focused on Neurological anatomy, etiology identification and related risks or impairments. Marlies has been with Jewish Child and Family Services since
Senior Director of Community Services
Amy oversees a wide variety of education, support and advocacy programs focused on issues that impact individuals, families and institutions including trauma, illness and loss, addiction and adoption, child sexual and interpersonal abuse. Amy was the founder of one of those programs, JCARES, a diverse coalition that educates, advocates, and collaborates to promote innovative policies and practices addressing abuse across the Jewish community and beyond. Previously, she worked for Jewish Women International, supporting communities around the country in their efforts to create and implement grassroots programming. Amy is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Alliance for Children and Families Executive Leadership Institute and is a certified Illinois Domestic Violence Advocate.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Elizabeth oversees the marketing and communications efforts of Jewish Child & Family Services. She brings 18 years of progressive experience in strategic marketing, communications and brand development and management with her to the position, having consulted for both profit companies in the retail and manufacturing fields and nonprofit organizations in the arts and social services. Most recently, Elizabeth served as Director of Marketing for Music of the Baroque. Prior to that, she worked at CJE SeniorLife as its Manager of Marketing and Communications, where she was responsible for the renaming and rebranding of the organization and the promotion of more than thirty business areas. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in English Literature from Northwestern University and a M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.
Senior Manager, Services for People with Disabilities and Director of the Glick Center for Early Childhood Services
Beth Wyman oversees programs primarily serving people with disabilities and their families as well as programs for young children. She has worked in several roles since starting with the agency in 1990, including Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Director of SOC (a program serving at risk foster children) and Director of SASS (a program providing psychiatric screening, assessment, and linkage services). Beth obtained a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelors in Psychology from Wheaton College. A pursuit of demonstrated quality of services and a commitment to partnering shape her vision and management priorities.