Karen “Renna” Van Oot is a dynamic and versatile professional with over 30 years of experience in the development, growth and leadership of government, non for profit and business organizations. She has expertise in nonprofit management with emphasis on strategic planning and organizational restructuring and is knowledgeable in a breadth of nonprofit related issues. She brings a talent for building and maintaining strong business and community relationships.

Renna graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Psychology, and went on to Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research for both a Master of Social Service and a Master of Law and Social Policy. Later in her career, she attended Widener Law School (now Delaware Law School) and obtained her Juris Doctor.  Renna has served on numerous boards, and currently is on the board of YWCA Delaware.

Renna is passionate about serving the community through nonprofit mission-based work.  She also enjoys traveling, music, and learning about other cultures.  Renna grew up and worked predominantly in northern Delaware and the metropolitan Philadelphia region, and now resides in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Angela is a Case Manager for JFS’ Refugee Integration Support Effort (RISE), returning to the organization professionally after having previously volunteered with the program. Angela works hard to ensure she understands what others need and she is eager to bring her passion for people from all cultures and her commitment to operations and strategic excellence to serving RISE.

A recent graduate in International Relations with a minor in Asian studies from the University of Delaware, Angela worked as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant and worked for Congresswoman Lisa Blunt-Rochester. She also was a Gilman Scholar and McNair Scholar, where she conducted in-depth research on Asian economic agreements. During her time at UD, Angela also worked under the Department of Student Diversity and Inclusion, helping to develop the Social Justice Peer Educators program and recommend better practices.

A fluent speaker of Mandarin, Angela has played piano for 14 years and, in her free time, enjoys cooking, running, and painting (but not all at the same time).

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.

Jackie is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health. She works with adults and kids who are experiencing trauma, anxiety, stress, life transitions, grief, and other mental health concerns.

Becoming a therapist has been a calling for Jackie. After a successful career in field sales, she went back to school to get her master’s degree in counseling. Some of her goals when working with clients is for them to have a sense of healthy empowerment and a higher level of functioning. She has a keen interest in helping trauma survivors and targets of workplace bullying.

Jackie believes balance is a key part of good mental health. She enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, and kayaking. She is a huge animal advocate/lover and currently shares her home with Mr. Bojangles and Miss Jessica (felines). Fun fact: she has been a part-time Jazzercise Instructor off and on since 1988.

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Farida is a part-time Case Manager for JFS’ Refugee Integration Support Effort (RISE), specifically supporting resettlement and placement of new Afghan arrivals. She first became engaged with JFS Delaware as a volunteer translator for the Afghan refugees who arrived in 2017.

Farida graduated Wilmington university with bachelor of sciences in nursing. Her professional experience includes working for Christiana hospital and a small skilled nursing facility called Exceptional care for children. She is also an accounting and property manager for EN Properties.

Farida enjoys her free time with her family and friends. Loves travel and entertaining.

Julie is Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health providing a variety of counseling therapies to children and adults who are experiencing distress from mental health symptoms such as anxiety and depression. She also specializes in stress-related issues, domestic violence, sexual assault, poor boundaries, and trauma experienced by children. Julie approaches therapy from the belief that each person is the expert in their lives and counseling should be a supportive and collaborative experience.

Julie graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia with a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from Alfred University. Julie’s passion for domestic violence advocacy began during an internship in graduate school where she worked one-on-one with women and children in a safe house and with offenders, co-facilitating an educational re-entry group. In the last 10 years, Julie has worked as a clinician providing individual counseling to adults, families, and children in a variety of settings. She has experience working with adjustment difficulties that create general anxiety and depression to more intensive care of managing severe mental illness. Most recently she has been providing trauma-centered therapy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, where she specializes in TF-CBT for children.

Julie has lived in Wilmington, Delaware for over four years, working in Delaware and New Jersey. Julie was born and raised in Virginia but has also lived and worked as a therapist in New York and Texas. Julie spends her free time spending time with her husband, daughter, and two fur children.

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Ryan is a Master’s level counselor who is currently working toward obtaining his licensure; he has over 4 years of experience working in the field of mental health.

Ryan earned a Master’s degree in clinical counseling from Wilmington University.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys many different hobbies including playing drums, fishing, hiking, going to the gym, and playing basketball.


Start your therapy journey today by submitting an online intake form or contact our Intake Department at 302-478-9411 ext. 306

Start your therapy journey today by submitting an online intake form or contact our Intake Department at 302-478-9411 ext. 306