Staff List

Jann Beeston

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 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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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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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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Alberto Genis
Home Support Services Supervisor

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
Program Assistant

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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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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Tatiana Kastner MSW, RSW
Gerontological Social Worker

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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The following is a list of our talented therapists for the Edmonton Healing Centre for Grief and Loss and Our Integrity Counselling Program

Carolyn Tait MSW

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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David Rolston

I have been at JFSE since my practicum in the fall of 2013. I work with individuals, couples, and families on diverse issues such as anxiety, trauma, and depression, and I also facilitate grief groups for the Edmonton Healing Center for Grief and Loss.

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

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

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Anna Jongeleen

Anna has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Enschede in Holland, certified in Focusing Oriented Counselling and Children Focusing Oriented Counselling.

Anna is trained in Complex Trauma, Somatic Experience, Play and Sandtray Therapy. She is also certified in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training. Currently, Anna is completing her Master’s degree in Psychology Counselling with Art Therapy specialization, and offers therapeutic art at the JFSE and EHC. Art Therapy combines creative process and psychotherapy, tapping into our natural healing sources. The expression of thoughts and feelings that are difficult to give words to, is made easier by the use of imagery, color and shape.

Anna has many years of experience as a multicultural therapist in Europe, Israel and Canada. She has worked in private clinics with children and parents, focusing on family dynamics and presenting issues. She is specialized in complex trauma therapy, and has extensively worked with children and women suffering from traumatic experiences.

Anna facilitates grief groups at JFSE for the Edmonton Healing Center for Grief and Loss, fusing psychotherapy, mindfulness and therapeutic art.

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Michael Yankowski

Michael is a Registered Provisional Psychologist who specializes in the areas of grief, loss, and addiction. His professional and personal experience fosters his passion for helping clients recognize their inner strength and true potential. Through his work in the areas of grief, loss, and addiction, Michael has helped clients understand a variety of presenting issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-harm.

While honouring the very personal nature of your experience, Michael understands how grief experienced after the death of a loved or how experiencing other significant changes in life can become overwhelming. The many feelings experienced after, or in anticipation of a loss, can lead us to feel cut off and isolated from the world as we have known it to be. Expressing our feelings of grief is a natural way for us to heal. While friends and family may serve as our strongest forms of support through this time, they may also be limited in their ability to support us.

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Tina Kafka MSW, RSW

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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Elizabeth Eaton B.A Psych, MPS Candidate
Junior Psychotherapist

Elizabeth completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at McGill University and recently completed her Master’s in Psychotherapy and Spirituality at St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton. She is also currently undergoing training in Somatic Experiencing®.

Elizabeth has worked as a practicum therapist in placements at the Family Centre, and the Pride Centre of Edmonton. She is very proud that Jewish Family Services is her current residency, where she provides individual and group counselling. She previously volunteered with the Edmonton Distress Line, as well as Freeing the Human Spirit, an organization which teaches mindfulness and yoga to inmates in detainment centres.

Elizabeth’s therapeutic approach is trauma-informed, gender-affirming, and based in mindfulness and harm-reduction practices. She has extensive experience in working with transgender and gender non-conforming populations, as gender identity is her field of specialization. Her other areas of specialization include mood disorders, grief & loss, and mind-body awareness. Her previous certifications include yoga teacher and yoga therapist (, which provide a robust theoretical foundation in mind-body wisdom.

As guiding principles, Elizabeth believes in presence and trust. Presence, in mindfully attending to our experience of the present-moment. Trust, that when things seem muddy, we can be patient if we believe they’ll eventually become clear. Her theoretical approach is humanistic; specifically, it is person-centered and existential.

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Arthur Totman

Arthur Hansen Totman MSW, RSW has plowed, weeded, and seeded in the fields of social work for the past 44 years, 15 of those at Jewish Family Services as a clinical psychotherapist. Mostly retired, he reports he is still working for the sweet joy of deepening connections ( the “harvest”) with his clients.
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William Tucker MSW

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.

Mariah McConnell

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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