Sandra Vernon, a seasoned Human Resources professional, is JFS Delaware’s Human Resources Specialist, working with the Chief Operating Officer and responsible for all aspects of day-to-day HR in the agency. Her passion is for a mission-driven organization that does good work. She believes in helping people do their best and advocating for the employee and the organization.
Sandra earned her undergraduate degree in Communications at Fairleigh Dickinson University and then went on to earn her graduate degree at Montclair University in Counseling, Human Services, and Guidance with a concentration in Group Dynamics. She has been involved in growing and sustaining all kinds of businesses from small family-owned businesses to banking, and non-profit. Sandra has previously served as HR Leader in a Delaware-based non-profit and developed strong skills in recruiting, employee relations, and benefits design. Sandra is certified in the Birkman profile and has enjoyed using it to help others find personal growth.
Sandra grew up in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey and developed her work ethic early, working on her uncle’s blueberry farm. She worked in Northern NJ and eventually took an assignment in Wilmington and developed a passion for the great little state of Delaware. Now a Delawarean of 27 years, Sandra has enjoyed being a member of a variety of networking and business groups. She enjoys connecting and learning about others and has made friends and associates in all three counties of Delaware.
A collector of all kinds of information and fun facts, Sandra is an outstanding team member for trivia—you’ll want her on your team. In her free time, Sandra also enjoys pour painting and traveling, is a voracious reader, and is also a fan of word and jigsaw puzzles. A proud but reluctant owner of a Cockatiel, Sandra enjoys teaching her grandkids how to hand feed him.
Morgan Schoeneberger is JFS’ Outreach Coordinator, serving as a resource and educator in the communities we serve. Some of the services she will specifically be sharing about include JFS’ Maternal Mental Health and Youth Anxiety Programs. Morgan previously worked for “New Castle County 911” for five years, triaging 911 calls.
One of three sisters, Morgan is close to her family who all reside in the surrounding area. A self-identified “cat person” she has happily fostered kittens in the past and looks forward to doing so in the future. In her spare time, Morgan enjoys antiquing, thrifting and cooking. She enjoys any board game, but her favorite is Scattergories.
Lisa Brooks is the Director of Finance for JFS Delaware. She is responsible for financial reporting and presentation, budget preparation, grant monitoring, and recurring accounting responsibilities.
Lisa has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance, most of which is in the financial services industry. She has a BS in Accounting and an MBA both from the University of Delaware. She’s also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified in Financial Management.
In her free time, Lisa enjoys dabbling in the hair care industry and staying on top of the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and Star Wars projects with her son Ryan.
Wendell is the Director of Program Operations and Training, responsible for providing confidential and professional level support to members of the JFS staff. In this role, Wendell will focus on agency-wide program needs, assisting with program development, grants management, community engagement, internal and external trainings, and more.
In addition to his primary role in Operations & Training, Wendell also serves as an integral member of the COMPASS team, applying his expertise as a licensed clinical social worker to assist individuals and families impacted by dementia. In this role, he provides caregiver support through individual and family therapy, as well as psycho-education, assistance with problem-solving, and caregiver training. His integration into the clinical care team enables him to provide highly individualized coaching to caregivers, including non-pharmacological approaches to dementia-related behaviors. Wendell cites his passion for working with family caregivers and the unique relationship he shared with his grandmother as his motivation for serving these families.
Wendell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received his Masters Degree in Social work from Syracuse University in 2015. Wendell has spent the majority of his career in behavioral healthcare, providing family therapy to the families of high risk/gang involved youth and families that have experienced the removal of a child by Department of Children and Family Services. Wendell is a National Consultant for Functional Family Therapy LLC and provides ongoing clinical supervision, support, and training to Functional Family Therapy teams around the world. Wendell has always been supervised by LMFTs and feels that this has greatly enhanced his systemic view of problems and the way he approaches clinical work. Wendell served on the trauma task force in Syracuse, NY and worked to increase trauma supports for the community.
Wendell has two young sons and spends most of his time with them and his wife. Wendell doesn’t love camping, but his kids do so he takes them throughout the summer. Wendell and his wife moved their family to Wilmington, DE from Syracuse, NY during the pandemic to get a fresh start and create a better standard of life for their family. Wendell has been a life long Eagles fan, and the other Philadelphia teams are growing on him.
Shel plays a crucial role for JFS as an Administrative Assistant; she is responsible for the organization and efficiency of essential agency functions including file storage, grant management, and data input, as well as other support tasks such as tracking and ordering supplies and assisting with agency event planning.
Shel is currently a student at Delaware Tech in their Human Services and applied science program; she previously spent a year at Gwynedd Mercy University in their Behavioral and Social Gerontology program. Beyond school, Shel has been a volunteer at The Milton and Hattie Kutz Home since middle school and then worked part time at Kutz Senior Living Campus as a receptionist in the nursing home and assisted living facility. More recently, Shel was a full-time teacher in the Siegel JCC Early Childhood Center.
Shel is a Jewish Delawarean, born and raised. She graduated from Concord High School and is an active member of the Jewish community, as well as an ally and advocate of the LGBTQ+ community and Black Lives Matter. Shel is a professed animal lover and Marvel movie fanatic and enjoys designing tattoos in her free time.
Lisa Bechler has extensive hands-on experience helping to empower underserved populations and assisting them in maximizing their potential. She has worked as a case manager for the last 8 years, helping at-risk clients reduce crisis situations and better manage life’s challenges; this involved conducting critical assessments of client needs, assisting with setting goals, providing emotional support, and linking clients with a variety of community-based resources. Through her learning and previous experiences, Lisa brings strong communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills to her current role as Director of Performance and Quality Improvement. She can quickly adapt to changing circumstances and provide the direction needed to manage projects start-to-finish.
Lisa is a mother of two sons, the oldest is traveling the world in the Navy and the youngest is a senior in high school, currently applying to colleges to study video production. Lisa shares that she is in recovery with 11 years clean and is certified as a peer specialist.
Lisa earned a BA in English and a BA in Communications from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA.
Marsha loves working at the front desk, greeting both staff and clients, answering the phones and directing callers to their needed destination. She has been with JFS for more than 25 years. She has her Master’s degree in education and taught elementary school before joining the JFS team. She lives with her husband and her very spoiled Pomeranian dog, Toby. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown daughters; as well as exercising, note writing, baking, traveling and organizing her home.
Patricia has an extensive background in the Medical Billing field and has worked for JFS Delaware since 2013. She currently oversees they agency’s billing department and the credentialing needs.
Patricia has a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and is pursuing Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Healthcare Administration.
Rosemarie has been with Jewish Family Services of DE since the opening of their Sussex County office in January 2016. She has accumulated many years of administrative expertise in a variety of healthcare settings.
Rosemarie’s passion for client-centered care and support for all create a welcoming environment at the Sussex office for clients, visitors, and staff alike.
Her role in the Sussex office is multifunctional: she is the dedicated Receptionist, Intake/Psychiatric Specialist, Medical Billing Specialist, and more for the Sussex Office. Whatever your question may be Rosemarie is ready to help you.
Rosemarie takes pleasure in the quietude of the lower Delmarva Peninsula and spending time with her spouse, Dale, and three rescue cats, Dante, Fudge, and Penelope! In her free time, Rosemarie enjoys water aerobics, gardening, and several handcrafted hobbies.