Our Staff

 

Every individual at JFS genuinely cares about serving you and the community. We have a diverse, professional and caring staff, and several volunteers who work well together and with those who seek our assistance on a daily basis. Our clients are special to us and we feel privileged to serve them. 
 

Griffin Brown, MSW, LISW-S

 

Interim Executive Director & Counselor

gbrown@jewishakron.org

 

“I love social work and mental health because I give a voice to those who society counts out.”   

Griffin is a unique social worker that works as a counselor and researcher. During his years in graduate school, he was selected as the National Association of Social Workers Student of the Year in Akron. Griffin is a published author and consults with non-profits from around the state of Ohio. Griffin recently completed a statistical report that is being used for a state-wide initiative to enroll thousands of children in health insurance. Griffin has written about topics including the “stages of grief” and how they relate to coping with chronic medical conditions as well as health care barriers for refugee patients. 

 

His background makes him a well-rounded counselor who provides evidence-based methods of helping people.    

J.J. Mesko-Kimmich, LPC

 

Director of Volunteers

jmeskokimmich@jewishakron.org

 

"I'm passionate about the opportunity to empower others and to improve the lives of those in need."

J.J. earned a Bachelor's Degree in Individual & Family Studies, and a Master's of Education in Community Counseling, both from Kent State University. Prior to joining Jewish Family Service, J.J. worked at White Hat Management as the Director of Community Engagement, assisting students and families link to needed community resources. This led to her position at Jewish Family Service with the Volunteer Guardian Program. As the Director of Volunteers, she is able to work closely with community organizations and professional to improve the lives of those in need. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and empowering others to live a more fulfilling life is very important to her.

 

J.J. is very active in the community by serving as the Vice-President for the Munroe Falls Parks & Recreations Board and on the Board of Directors for the Community Aids Network (CANAPI). She is also very involved in her family's safety company, Akron Safety Lite & Equipment Company, Inc. that has been in business for over 53 years. Ms. Mesko-Kimmich loves to travel and resides with her husband of over 11 years, their two daughters and their Jack-Russell.

Buffy Ramos, LSW

 

Director of Community Education

bramos@jewishakron.org

 

"My passion is to empower individuals, families and communities to overcome challenges, establish stability and thrive to reach their full potential."

Buffy Ramos, L.S.W. holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from The University of Toledo. She has been a Licensed Social Worker since 2002 and has extensive experience in the field of family and child welfare. Through public speaking, she has worked diligently to raise public awareness about issues related to child abuse and neglect as well as mental health and addiction issues within society. She has been an educator to college students in both Indiana (Ivy Tech Community College) and Ohio (Kent State University) and has been a trainer to foster and adoptive parents in Texas and Ohio. Her most recent interest and current role is in the area of service to the senior population. While she has always had dear friendships with mature adults, she is excited to be providing professional social work services to these incredible people! Buffy currently serves as the Director of Community Education for Jewish Family Service. She believes that seniors deserve a high quality of life, and, through her work, she desires to connect them with services and activities that promote that cause.