JCHAI is operated by a dedicated staff of professionals, as well as by a group of volunteer advisers. For more information on joining us as either a staff member or a volunteer, please contact our office at 610-667-7875.
Stacy Jarett Levitan, Esq.
Stacy holds both a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to JCHAI, Stacy worked for a decade as a litigation attorney at the Philadelphia firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. Stacy served three years as JCHAI’s Chairperson, when she dramatically increased fundraising and continued to increase JCHAI’s profile in the community. Now Executive Director, Stacy is responsible for overseeing the direction of JCHAI’s programs and JCHAI’s day to day operations. Stacy is a passionate and tireless advocate who revels in opportunities to improve and strengthen the JCHAI community.
Stacy is intimately familiar with JCHAI’s mission, as her brother, Doug Jarett, is a resident. Growing up with a sibling who has intellectual disabilities gives Stacy a thorough and sympathetic perspective on the role JCHAI serves in families.
What do you like best about working at JCHAI?
I love the opportunity to come to work every day and make a difference in people’s lives. We are living in a very exciting time for people with special needs — our community is becoming more accepting of the value of all of our members. I am thrilled to have JCHAI be part of the movement that is helping those with special needs be able to demonstrate their abilities to contribute to our society.
Janice Cooper, M.A.
Executive Program Director
Janice has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Masters of Arts in Counseling. Before coming on board with JCHAI in 1994, she worked as a counselor for families with disabled children at Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Philadelphia. Previously, Janice was also the Residential Director for the Bancroft School in Haddonfield, NJ, a residential program for individuals with disabilities.
Her other work experiences include working for 15 years with the Salvation Army to develop a camp program for individuals with disabilities as well as training programs for teachers. She has extensive teaching experience and training in the field of disabilities.
At JCHAI, Janice is in charge of most of the operational aspects of the organization. She is ultimately responsible for programming for both the houses and the apartment program. She is in charge of the staff and oversees their training. Janice also takes on a great deal of administrative tasks for the organization. Finally, Janice runs all consulting services provided by JCHAI and does some counseling herself. Despite all her obligations, Janice always remains intimately involved in the day to day events of the lives of JCHAI residents.
Jonathan Eicher, M.S.W., M.B.A.
Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Program Development and Administration from the University of Delaware. He holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Marywood University, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from DeSales University.
Jonathan brings experience in both the fields of social services and the world of business and marketing. He brings a sense of compassion coupled with a passion for research and implementing ideas to help improve the quality of life for JCHAI residents.
At JCHAI, Jonathan is responsible for overseeing the operation of each of the houses, which involves staff supervision, goal planning for residents, and general interaction with our residents. Additionally, Jonathan has mentored social work interns from area universities as they fulfill their educational needs through JCHAI.
What do you like best about working at JCHAI?
I enjoy working for JCHAI, because there is a certain autonomy and creativity that is not only allowed, but encouraged. This individuality in the way we’re able to approach the work with our residents lets us blend our own personal strengths along with the already tried-and-true, established practices that are generally employed in this field. The residents really seem to enjoy this aspect as they get to see our staff in more of a personal way, which then allows for a stronger rapport to be established. Additionally, the interaction that this creates between our staff and residents fosters a warmer, more familial atmosphere instead of a more distant, colder environment. It’s easy to work for an organization where everyone seems to be having a good time!
Candy Wiater, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Program Director, JCHAI At Home and JCHAI Café
Candy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish from West Chester University. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University and is a licensed clinical social worker. Additionally, she is certified to complete functional behavior assessments and provide behavioral intervention supports. Candy brings more than 15 years of experience in behavioral health and developmental disabilities services.
Why do you like to work for JCHAI?
I tell people that if I had a family member in need of this type of service, I’d want them to be involved with JCHAI. JCHAI is like a second family for our clients–a place where it’s impossible for anyone to get “lost in the shuffle.” We recognize and value each individual’s unique interests, strengths, and we work to help them thrive and make the most of their abilities. It’s wonderful to work for an agency that encourages creativity, thinking outside the box, and finding ways to make life as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible for the people we serve. I look forward to my work, and I appreciate seeing my clients happy–learning about life, living more independently, creating works of art, starting new jobs or volunteer positions, developing new friendships and romantic relationships. It’s not always an easy job, but it’s totally rewarding and worth it to see my clients’ lives transformed over time!
Beth Rosenwasser, PhD, LPC, BCBA-D
Director of Community Engagement
Beth has a myriad of credentials to bring an informed perspective to the position of Director of Community Engagement. She was awarded a prestigious Conwell Fellowship at Temple University, where she completed a Doctorate in Education with a focus on Special Education and Curriculum Design. Reflecting a lifelong endeavor to help create a more just society, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy/Ethics at University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the JCHAI team, she designed and directed treatment programs for children and adults with a range of developmental and behavioral health needs. A pragmatic cognitive behavioral therapist, she is the Practicum Coordinator on the Faculty of Temple University’s ABA program and has been a clinician for more than 20 years.
As JCHAI’s Community Engagement Director, Beth engages community businesses to learn about the benefits of employing people with special needs and people at local organizations to facilitate inclusion of our JCHAI members. She is available to give presentations, focus groups and workshops at your school, organization or business on a variety of topics relevant to adults having an intellectual disability or autism and their families.
What drew you to JCHAI and what stands out as a JCHAI moment?
I have admired Judith Creed, one of JCHAI’s founding family members, since I was a girl – she was and is a passionate and effective advocate for her son and others. I share Judy’s conviction that all people deserve to live a full and happy life.
Program Director, JCHAI Café
Andi Oxman is no stranger to the JCHAI community in that many of the JCHAI residents were her students in her Jewish education, cooking and holiday programs at Gratz College. Many JCHAI residents have traveled to Israel with her, were confirmed or became B’nei Mitzvah under her guidance.
Andi worked at Gratz College and its Jewish Community High School (JCHS) of Gratz College for over 24 years as the JCHS Director of Special Needs Programs and also as the Director of the Office of Disability Services for the college. Passionate about inclusion, she made sure that JCHS welcomed all students who desired to study about their Jewish heritage.
Andi is a graduate of Temple University with credits towards her Masters Degree at Arcadia University. She has led programs for the Elwyn community and also taught several (JCHS) Service Learning classes, one of which was an inclusion program for teens with special needs which she ran for eight years at Sunrise Assisted Living of Dresher.
As a member of the JCHAI staff, Andi will be working on programming for the JCHAI Café and JCHAI at Work. She is passionate about helping the individuals in the JCHAI community to have their lives filled with enriching experiences and opportunities, to assist them with their life as well as their vocational skills and aspirations, and provide them with meaningful programs to enhance their enjoyment of life and opportunities to make a difference in the community.
Carmen LeVere has more than 20 years experience as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager, as well as serving community members through her work at non-profit organizations. A caring, responsive JCHAI coordinator, Carmen is often your first contact at JCHAI, learning about your needs and matching you to one of our program directors.
What drew you to JCHAI and what stands out as a JCHAI moment?
I was seeking new employment, JCHAI stood out for me, in particular because of the wonderful work they do for people with special needs and their families. I have a “nephew” who has severe disabilities since birth and I have seen how his involvement with another organization added to his quality of life. When his mother passed in 2005, staff at that organization were the one constant that held him together. JCHAI and our caring staff are sometimes the one constant our members have in their lives and it is a very important piece for them.
I can’t say there is one specific moment; there are many on any given day. I love talking to our participants and helping them in any way I can. Our program participants are so caring and kind to others, that on a daily basis I get to see how they don’t let their disabilities define them… in my moments of feeling down I remember how blessed I am, and how blessed I am to see so many fine examples of what really is humanity! That makes me smile.
JCHAI At Home Professionals
Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Business from Immaculata College. She brings 20 years of experience all in the field of developmental disabilities. Furthermore, Amy has the unique advantage of having worked for many years in the IDS system as a direct care provider, as well as a supports coordinator. Therefore, she possesses significant insight and understanding of the workings of the system. Amy brings a sense of pride, compassion, and commitment to her position, and works to develop rapport and build the confidence and skills of her clients.
Dave Mytych, M.S.W.
Dave received his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. In addition to this, Dave is a 2011 graduate of West Chester University’s Masters in Social Work program. Prior to starting as a JCHAI At Home social worker, Dave has participated in various practicum experiences with local human service agencies such as “Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeastern PA” as well as “Seasons Hospice” in King of Prussia, PA.
Dave brings a passion for helping his clients achieve their full potential by helping them realize that they have control over their lives. In addition to this, Dave enjoys working with JCHAI because he helps clients empower themselves so that they can make healthy and positive life choices.
Katelyn Koenig earned her Master of Social Work degree from West Chester University. During her time at West Chester, Kati completed an enhanced placement internship. Prior to her MSW, Kati obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Widener University. Kati possesses a wealth of experience in social services in various areas, including autism and developmental disabilities, hospital social work, behavioral therapy, and child welfare. She also has participated in various volunteer work through different organizations. Kati brings great passion, a sense of humor, and a wealth of experience to her position at JCHAI.
Rachel LaPorte received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from La Salle University and her Master of Social Service degree from Bryn Mawr College. She is a licensed social worker who brings a practical yet innovative approach to her work with clients and families.
During graduate school, Rachel began working as a direct support staff person at one of our JCHAI houses. Upon completion of her graduate program, Rachel then worked for several years in the field of child welfare, while still maintaining her position with JCHAI on weekends. Rachel has been a dedicated employee with JCHAI since the year 2010, recently transitioning to the role of Social Worker for JCHAI At Home.
Rachel states she enjoys working with JCHAI because it is a close knit agency that strongly advocates for their clients to have productive, meaningful lives.
Johnny is a Licensed Social Worker with over six years of experience in social services. He earned his Masters in Social Work from West Chester University of PA, having previously earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh. Johnny has worked in multiple fields within the industry, including Medical Social Services, Outpatient Clinical Services, Wrap-Around Services, Veterans Affairs and Addiction Treatment.
He has served many different populations including adults, the elderly, adolescents, children and veterans, and those struggling with substance abuse. Johnny values giving back to the community and has served as a volunteer at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as through Americorps in Southwestern, PA.
Johnny is excited to be a part of the JCHAI team, putting to use the skills, knowledge and wisdom he has gathered in his past experiences.
JCHAI’s management selects each staff member after background checks, interviews and a rigorous review of credentials.