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Meet Our Staff

Members of the Disability Lifespan Solutions (DLS) team offer a wealth of expertise and professional connections that help them serve families of people with developmental, intellectual, behavioral, and physical disabilities. 

The DLS team combines professional savvy with the understanding that comes with the personal experience of working and living with people with disabilities.

Deborah Samet, LISCW – Lead Clinician

Deb is a licensed independent clinical social worker, who has worked for many years providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Her work has included the full range of services, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, therapy, collaboration with other providers and agencies, and knowledge of community resources. In addition to providing services to this specialized population, Deb has extensive experience providing clinical supervision to staff. Prior to joining JF&CS, Deb worked in developmental pediatrics, helping to diagnose children with autism spectrum disorder and related disorders. Her experience also includes working in the field of general psychiatric services, both on inpatient units and outpatient clinics. She has a wealth of experience working with individuals who have a dual diagnosis of developmental and psychiatric conditions. She continues to have a private practice, offering individual psychotherapy to adults.

Heidi Ehrenfried – Family Advocate

Heidi has been working in the field of Human Services for over 30 years. Her work experiences have ranged from working in Residential Group Homes and Day Programs for Adults with ID/DD, to working 15 years as a Service Coordinator with the Department of Developmental Services. She has been working at JF&CS since December of 2017. Heidi thoroughly loves being a support to families and individuals who need assistance with finding appropriate supports. Heidi understands how important it is to have someone to provide a phone number, assistance with an application, or just an ear to listen.  

Joan Munnelly – Family Advocate

Joan joined DLS following a successful career as an independent special education advocate and consultant. Her knowledge and expertise cover the full range of services and benefits for people with autism spectrum disorder, including early intervention, neuro-psych testing, the individualized education plan (IEP) process, various therapies, autism-friendly activities, school choices, transition planning, guardianship and financial planning, and options for financing needed services. Joan is formally trained as a special needs advocate and consultant through the Federation for Children with Special Needs.
 

Elysse Nava, LISCW – Senior Clinical Case Manager

Elysse is a licensed independent clinical social worker and has spent the past ten years working with individuals with a variety of challenges, including complicated mental and medical health issues. In 2012, Elysse joined the clinical case management team of JF&CS, working with clients with mental illness and autism spectrum disorder and helping them to attain self-identified goals. In addition to direct client service provision, Elysse is also involved in the program’s intake process, conducting phone screenings with new referrals and coordinating initial assessment meetings. She also supports the Clinical Case Managers in operational supervisions and participates in the grant application processes, as well as helps to manage program documentation requirements. It has been especially rewarding for her to witness the many positive impacts our program has had on the lives of our clients and their families.

Christy Bourinot – Clinical Case Manager

Christy graduated from Regis College with a Bachelor degree in sociology. She started her career working at Springwell as a case manager, coordinating in-home services for older adults. While at Springwell, she was promoted to Assessment Specialist, where she assessed the needs of the elderly for in-home services and implemented initial service plans. Christy also has experience providing private care for the elderly in their homes. In 2010, Christy joined the JF&CS Clinical Case Management team, working with individuals with mental illness. Christy is inspired every day by the courage and strength her clients show in spite of the extreme challenges and adversities they face. When she is not working, she spends her time doing what she loves most – taking care of her brother, who has down syndrome, and creating new adventures and memories with her niece.

Jobe Hamblin – Clinical Case Manager

Jobe started working for JF&CS in 2001 as a residential program manager. In this role, he managed a program for three adults living in the Coolidge Corner area of Brookline, all of whom transitioned to more independent living situations within a year. Jobe played a large role in opening the Long Glen residential program in 2006, which helped provide low income rent and support services to Jewish adults with disabilities living in Allston. In 2008, Jobe was promoted to Senior Residence Manager, which involved supervising multiple residential programs, as well as coordinating services for several clients living independently in the community. In 2014, Jobe joined the Clinical Case Management team, during which time he has assisted clients in a number of areas, including securing both state and federal benefits as well as finding affordable, low income housing in the community.
 

Stacey Simons, MS CRC – Clinical Case Manager

Stacey is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She has worked with individuals with physical, mental health, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in a variety of settings. Prior to joining JF&CS in 2018, Stacey was a Vocational Counselor Intern at Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC). Some of her responsibilities included working with clients to develop Independent Plans for Employment (IPE) and collaborate with other agencies to support goals of independence. In addition, Stacey has over 10 years of experience as a life coach, an educational advocate, and teaching employment readiness and life skills, both on individual and group settings, to ages 16 to 65.  Some of the skills Stacey has helped her clients obtain include soft skills, problem solving and financial literacy.

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