Staff List


Jann Beeston MA Leadership

Executive Director

Ms. Beeston completed her master’s thesis on collaboration for community benefit and completed post-graduate studies in social innovation. She brings extensive experience in non- profit leadership and management with a particular focus in innovation, change, management, partnerships, community engagement, and collaboration around a common purpose. She has worked with different non-profit organizations including Volunteer Alberta, Alberta Reads Network and was on the Steering Committee for the Alberta Non Profit Network.

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Linda Robinson
Finance Administrator

I am the Financial Administrator for Jewish Family Services.  I joined the team in August, 2016.  I bring more than 35 years’ experience working with senior level management in the areas of finance, office management, outreach and administrative support. I have always enjoyed working in the field of accounting, but when I can add that to an organization that provides such valuable services to the community, it is an added bonus.

I enjoy wheelchair curling, attending powwows and spending time with my grandchildren

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Alyona Lanyme
Office Administrator

Alyona Lanyme joined Jewish Family Services in 2017 as an Office Administrator. She provides assistance to all counselors and office staff with day to day operations. Alyona immigrated to Canada from Kazakhstan in 2016, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. She also speaks Russian and English which is essential for communicating with our client base.

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Alberto Genis
Home Support Manager

Alberto has gathered over 10 years’ experience working with non-profit organizations. After many years working with, managing and being part of different non-for-profit human organizations, Alberto began working with Holocaust Survivors as a JFSE team member in 2011. He developed a program for senior Holocaust survivors, providing services in their own homes and fulfilling their basic needs.

In his spare time Alberto travels, likes outdoor activities, spends time with his friends and is an avid volunteer.
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Alena Sasnouskaya
Home Support Supervisor

Alena has an Administrative Assistant diploma from Campbell College, Alberta. She has worked for Jewish Family Services since 2012. She has significant experience in working with marginalized and underrepresented populations.

She is passionate about traveling, sports, and art. Alena speaks English, Russian, and Belarussian.
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Rhonda Eidelman
Seniors Outreach Worker / Claims Conferen
ce Case Manger 

Rhonda has worked for Jewish Family Services Edmonton since 2003. She has been an active member of the Jewish community since 1981, when she and her husband moved to Edmonton from Toronto via Saskatchewan. The Eidelmans’ have five children and Rhonda worked as a nurse prior to their birth returning to work at JFSE when they were teenagers. Rhonda continues to support seniors adjusting to the changes that occur with aging, and continues to support the survivors in the community to meet their daily needs.
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Tatiana Kastner MSW RSW
Case Management Supervisor

I am a Gerontological social worker, and I love to work on the front lines to help my clients with diverse needs. In 2014 I relocated from Montreal to Edmonton, and immediately fell in love with the city. I am happy to work for such a friendly, vibrant and generous community.

I hold a Master’s degree in Social Work from McGill University and have significant experience in working with immigrants and older adults. At JFSE I work for the Holocaust Survivors Support program facilitating the clients’ access to existing grants, assessing their needs, creating a service plan and ensuring its implementation while constantly reassessing their situation. I also volunteer for other programs within our organisation helping with some complex situations and counselling.

I enjoy city hiking and Whitemud park is my personal sanctuary, where I spend most of evenings. I also speak English, French, Russian and Hebrew
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Jeni Adler
Intercultural Facilitator / Community Resource Specialist

Jeni is an immigrant from South Africa who also lived in Israel.  Jeni has worked in non-profit for over thirty years, including the Sexual Assault Centre, Canadian Mental Health, and Planned Parenthood.  She has been with JFSE for seventeen years.  Jeni has a special interest in supporting people through their immigration experiences and personal transitions.  The loves of her  life are her daughter, new son-in-law, Israeli husband and Coba the mutt.
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The following is a list of our talented therapists for the Edmonton Healing Centre for Grief and Loss and Our Integrity Counselling Program

Tina Kafka MSW RSW
Therapist

Tina has been a therapist at Jewish Family Services and the Healing Center for Grief and Loss in Edmonton for the last 16 years and is also the clinical and intern supervisor.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Human Relations in Organizations, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work, specializing in Mental Health, and Children and Families.

Tina developed and gave seminars for couples throughout the U.S.A, Europe, and in Canada.  Prior to JFSE, Tina has worked as Victim’s Advocate to the Court,  Children’s Services, Hospice, death and dying, and leading Women Outdoors camping expeditions in Maui HI and in the Colorado Rockies.

Tina connects with people in kindness, creating a space where being authentic and vulnerable can lead to finding deeper inner resources, shifting perspective through the challenges of our lives.
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Carolyn Tait MSW RSW
Therapist

Carolyn has been with Jewish Family Services as a therapist since March of 2018.  Carolyn has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a Minor in Family Life.  She completed a Master of Social Work at Michigan State University, with an emphasis on Clinical Social Work and School Social Work. Carolyn comes to JFSE with a background working with children and families, foster-care and runaway youth, Hospice and school social work.

Carolyn worked for many years with Community Mental Health in Michigan, with a focus on children and families. She also worked with Runaway  Youth Services and later was with a K-12 school system as a school social worker.   She also worked with Hospice of Central Michigan, supporting families whose loved ones were near death.

Carolyn is currently pursuing further training with Somatic Experience, deepening her knowledge and skills related to working with people who have experienced trauma.
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Anna Jongeleen BA MPS AT
Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist

“Develop the habit that no matter what arises within you choose to face it with gentleness and compassion” – Anonymous

What informs me in my work with people is not only my education, training and professional experience, it is rooted in my own life experiences, and deep love and care for human beings. I am from a mixed race-ethnic background and was born and raised in Europe, traveled the world, and lived in different continents and cultures, which informs my experience with people with diverse backgrounds; cultural, religious, and ethnicity. Most importantly, I have done extensive work on my own healing from unresolved experiences, and continuous inner development is my highest standard of practice. A true Master is one who is always remains a student themselves.

I have Masters with honours in Psychotherapy, Spirituality and Art Therapy from St. Stephen’s College University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Enschede in Holland, and am certified in Counselling and Children Counselling from the New York Focusing Psychotherapy Institute. Furthermore, I am trained in Complex Trauma Therapy, Trauma Informed Art Therapy, Body Psychotherapy, Grief Counselling and Group Facilitation, Play and Sandtray Therapy. I have over 20 years of experience as a multicultural therapist in Europe, Israel and Canada. I have worked in private and public clinics with children, parents, and adults, focusing on family dynamics, presenting issues, embodiment and spirituality. I am specialized in complex trauma therapy, and have extensively worked with children and women living with traumatic experiences. During my internship at the UofA Hospital I have become interested in Eating Issues (Disorders) and have focused my Thesis on the development of an Embodied-Relational Art Psychotherapy Model and offer individual and group therapy for Eating Issues.

Art Therapy is a wondrous way to explore and heal the deeper levels of our self. It has the capacity to reach into those levels and find expression for experiences that have no words. Art Therapy is not only for kids, it is for every age and stage in life. You do not have to be skilled in the arts to enjoy Art Therapy. All you need is the willingness to try and be in something new and receive an inner world of wonder that has the keys to deep insights and healing.

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David Rolston Registered Provisional Psychologist
Therapist

David has been at JFSE since his practicum in the fall of 2013. He works with individuals, couples, and families on diverse issues such as anxiety, trauma, and depression, and he also facilitate grief groups for the Edmonton Healing Center for Grief and Loss.

His background includes training and experience in the areas of counselling psychology, trauma therapy, alternative healing, meditation, and engineering. He is also a certified teacher with 20 years of experience instructing at the secondary and post-secondary levels. David has traveled extensively, living abroad for 3 years in India, Australia, Germany, Japan, Sri Lanka, and the U.S.A. His diverse life experience helps him to connect and communicate more effectively with a variety of clients and issues.

David is currently a Certified Canadian Counsellor (from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association) with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology.

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Mariah McConnell BA MACPQ

Intern Therapist

Mariah has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta  and is certified in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). Mariah is currently completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology as an intern through Yorkville University. Mariah has volunteered with Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Garneau Place, and City of Edmonton providing a variety of services that assist clients with a wide range of abilities such as visual impairment and health concerns.  She has previous experience working with addiction, anxiety, depression, and diverse cultural backgrounds.  Mariah believes that therapy should be rooted in a foundation of trust and compassion, and where being vulnerable becomes the starting point of growth and change.

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William Tucker MSW RSW

Therapist

At the age of 19, William went to Taiwan and China to study Chinese language and Eastern Philosophy in Taiwan.  He ended up living there for 14 years, working as a translator and a teacher of English as a second language. While there he devoted himself to the study of mind-body health practices, in particular the meditative martial arts of Tai Chi and Ba Gua. He has taught these practices for more than 20 years in Britain, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

He has been a Victim Services Advocate, and is currently the team lead of a program for assisting those who have experienced domestic violence, working especially with the Chinese community. He is also a facilitator of grief groups at the Edmonton Healing Centre for Grief and Loss.

William completed his Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Calgary, and is a registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW). He has experience in facilitating group work for trauma, and has worked individually with children, youth, and with people dealing with anxiety, depression, sexual assault, and addictions. His approach is fundamentally client-centered: the therapeutic relationship is the foundation, and then listening deeply to where the client is at, their strengths, and what change they really want. His background in body-based approaches and mindfulness often inform his work. His diversity of life experience—living for long periods in several different countries—has contributed to his lived-experience of and attunement to diversity of culture, language, belief and lifestyle.

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Payton Lundquist

Intern Therapist

I am beginning my clinical internship as a Master of Counselling Clinical Intern at Jewish Family Services and the Edmonton Healing Centre for Grief and Loss. I have completed a Bachelor of Arts in at the University of Alberta with a major in psychology in 2018 and am currently completing a Master of Counselling through City University of Seattle. I have also been working as an Addiction Counsellor at a local treatment center for the last two and half years and am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I am practiced in working with individuals who struggle with both substance use and process addictions and those who have suffered abuse and trauma in their lives.

My work with individuals is rooted in the belief that all humans have the inner strength and capacity to face life’s challenges and to heal from past wounds. By approaching each client in an authentic and compassionate manner I hope to build strong relationships with my clients that fosters a place for healing and growth. I work closely and collaboratively with every client to tailor treatment to each individual’s personal needs and prioritize the client’s own goals of therapy. By taking an emphatic and curious stance towards understanding my client’s personal experiences, I can offer new insights and skills to enhance day to day coping as well as deeper emotional awareness. I appreciate the courage it takes to make that first step and am excited to help you reach the life you have always strived for.

“When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives” – Kristen Neff

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