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. 
 

Gizelle Jones, LISW


Executive Director

gizellejones@jewishakron.org

 

Gizelle has worked in the field of Social Work for more than 30 years as a counselor providing individual, family, marriage, and group counseling to adults and children and has been with Jewish Family Service for more than 12 years. She specializes in depression, women’s issues, and family therapy. She has conducted numerous workshops on various topics, including depression, women’s self-esteem, balancing work and family, and self-care.

 

Gizelle graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BA in Psychology and received her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Gizelle later received her Independent Social Worker license. 

 

Gizelle is the proud mother of two children. She serves on the United Way Food and Shelter Board, Senior Independent Living Coalition, and the Mental Health America Board. 

Griffin Brown, LSW

 

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.    

Diane Morgan, LSW

 

Care Manager

dmorgan@jewishakron.org

 

"After I volunteered with the elderly and helped my aged mother I realized I wanted to help the elderly understand and apply for the benefits that they deserve."

Prior to joining Jewish Family Service Diane worked at Summit County Children’s Service and then in the Pharmaceutical field. It was later in her career that she found her niche working at Jewish Family Service as a Case Manager.
 
Diane lives with her husband David and two cats. She has two adult children, Zachary and Lauren. Diane volunteers at Stan Hywett Hall and Gardens as an Interpreter.

 

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. 

Lawrence G. Reinhold

 

Professional Guardian

lreinhold@jewishakron.org

Lawrence G Reinhold was born and raised in Ashtabula County, Ohio. He graduated from Jefferson Area High School and then completed his active duty requirement for the Ohio National Guard as a Field Medic. Lawrence then worked for the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department while attending Kent State University. In 1974 Lawrence earned his associate degree in Science in Law Enforcement Administration. In 1975 Lawrence graduated from The Ohio State University with a baccalaureate degree in Philosophy. In 1979, Lawrence graduated from Capital University Law School with a Juris Doctorate. In 1979, Lawrence was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia and the Ohio Bar. Lawrence then worked for the Franklin County Public Defender until 1986 when he entered private practice where he represented secured creditors and lenders. Lawrence was subsequently admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kansas and South Dakota. He is also admitted in 33 Federal Districts, eight Federal Circuits and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. Lawrence is married to Dr. Debbie S Toder.Their son Benjamin is in medical school in Florida and their daughter Yael attends Hiram College. 

 

Tuesday Slomovitz

 

Office Manager & Executive Director's Administrative Assistant

tslomovitz@jewishakron.org

 

“The staff at Jewish Family Service is experienced, supportive, compassionate and devoted to help those in need in our community.”

Tuesday Slomovitz came to Jewish Family Service in 2015 with 15 years’ experience in office management. Currently, she serves as the Office Manager and Executive Director’s Assistant. She ensures that all clients and partners are greeted professionally, all case files are in compliance and that the everything in the office runs effectively. 

 

Prior to her Administration career, she was a five time United States National Synchronized Swimming Champion, three year U.S. National Team member and was a member of the 2000 United States Olympic Team. Tuesday has lived in various parts of the country and traveled the world for sport and leisure. 

 

In 2012, she settled in northeast Ohio and was able to complete her Bachelors of Science degree at Kent State University of Ohio in Speech Pathology and Audiology by May of 2014. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family and friends, and of course still swim.​