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.

Jill Taylor is the Chief Operations Officer for JFS Delaware, overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the Agency.  Jill works closely with JFS’ leadership to design operations strategies and implement company policies and procedures; she is also responsible for all areas of agency administration including human resources management, payroll and bookkeeping, company benefits, and workflow management.

Jill is a graduate from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in human resources.  Prior to joining JFS in 2017, Jill spent a good portion of her career in the public sector working with Accounting firms as the Firm Administrator.

In her free time, Jill enjoys playing as much golf as she can and spending time with her husband, two children and two stepchildren.

Sophie Marie Namugenyi is the Chief Program Officer for JFS Delaware, in charge of therapeutic clinical services and case management programs; Sophie works closely with JFS’ leadership to develop strategies for the staff and the programs/services provided to meet the evolving needs of the community. Sophie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is passionate about cognitive and behavioral therapy impacts on families/individuals who have experienced trauma, are going through transitions, or managing crisis & emergency situations.

Sophie earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in Community Health from the University of Florida. She has spent over 12 years in the nonprofit sector—6 of which have been spent with JFS—and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program focusing on leadership in social administration. A passionate and organized leader, Sophie also serves as the Chair of JFS’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee, fostering a culture of ethical awareness and dedication to continuous improvement among the staff.

Sophie is a mother of 4 black boys (2 step-sons and 2 biological sons). She is originally from Uganda, East Africa, grew up in Gainesville, Florida, and is now a proud Delawarean.

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.

Janet is the Executive Director of Cancer Care Connection, an affiliate of JFS Delaware. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of oncology experience. Prior to joining Cancer Care Connection, Janet attended Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She attended graduate school as part of her transition from a corporate career at Fortune 100 companies; her experience during the early years of her career provided background in finance, sales, administration and customer service – all of which serves her well in her current position. Janet joined Cancer Care Connection in 2000 and was involved every step of the way in bringing the newly formed organization to life.

Janet is passionate about inspiring and motivating others to achieve their best possible outcome, particularly as it relates to their health and wellbeing. Her work is informed through her study of mind body medicine, behavior change models and neuroscience. She has presented at national conferences, provided self-care trainings for health care professionals and corporate and nonprofit employees, and individually coached many colleagues in her role as Executive Director.

Janet loves working and playing! In her spare time, she enjoys training and performing in ballroom dancing, working with a personal trainer, traveling (especially to France), cooking healthy and sometimes decadent meals, reading fiction and nonfiction, watching addictive series on Netflix and Amazon Prime, having FUN and especially spending time with her family and friends.

 


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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.

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.

Amie Baker works passionately with older adults and their families in our community. With the help of her corps of volunteers, she supports clients all across the spectrum, whether it is food delivery, rides for medical appointments, tech support for video calls, helping to return home after hospitalization, or just a friendly call to talk about grandchildren or the weather.

“They inspire and motivate me every day to be present, compassionate, patient, and kind,” she says.

Amie has had several careers in her life including camp counselor, television producer, administrator at a preschool, and, now, working with older adults.

“They all require patience, enthusiasm, quick-thinking, and a sense of humor,” Amie shares. “There is never a boring day when you are of service to the community!”

Amie has been married for 17 years to Bob Hronsky; they have a son named Ethan who is the light of their lives!

Michael is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health serving as an Outpatient Therapist and Director of Clinical Services for JFS Delaware. His treatment approach is person-centered and utilizes mindfulness based cognitive techniques. Michael has over twenty years of experience working with individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.

As Clinical Supervisor, Michael leads JFS’ clinical team in group supervision and manages efforts to streamline clinical processes, trainings, and documentation; he is responsible for ensuring the quality of JFS’ therapeutic service to meet the highest industry standards.

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Sally is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years’ experience.  Her treatment approach is varied, drawing on her experience and training to tailor the treatment to the needs of each person.  Sally feels that therapy is a collaborative effort, requiring a safe and empathetic environment, in which to explore thoughts, feelings and experience without judgement.  Sally focuses on the strengths and gifts that each person brings to therapy.  She works with clients to achieve healing and build resilience.

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