Special Needs Services Staff
Thank you for visiting the Special Needs Services page. We look forward to speaking with you about our programs. Please feel free to contact us at anytime to find out more information about our programs or to schedule an intake interview.
Rebecca Gallanter, MSW, LSW
Director, Special Needs Services
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Rebecca has been the Director of Special Needs Services at JCC MetroWest for four years. She has been a JCC and non-profit administrator for 27 years including Camp Director, Youth / Teen Director, Senior Adult Director and Assistant Executive Director of the South Shore Y (Friedberg) JCC in Long Island, NY, administrator at the JCC of Central NJ, Brain Injury Association of NJ, has served as a case manager on a child study team and is a member and board member of various professional and non-profit organizations. In her four years’ tenure at the JCC, the Special Needs Department has grown by over 40% , including program expansion and increased attendance. Ari and Zach’s Place, a brand-new, dedicated space for our Special Needs Department, was recently opened in June, 2014 and supported by two generous donors. Rebecca strives for inclusion in general JCC programming wherever and whenever possible while simultaneously offering a wide array of quality self-contained activities and events.
Chrystal Henion, BA
Assistant Director, Special Needs Services
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We are excited to welcome Chrystal Henion to our staff! Chrystal brings with her a wide variety of background, including work with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of Bergen County and Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Chrystal is a graduate of Montclair State University where she majored in Justice Studies. She is a dedicated Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer and has worked extensively in the areas of fundraising, grants, volunteerism and non-profit Boards of Directors. Chrystal’s work with CASA involved work with all types of families including those with special needs. Her guidance provided the volunteers the support they needed to function in their roles as advocates for children and their families.
Adult Day Program Coordinator
Chris Sokolewicz has served as the JCC’s Adult Day Program Coordinator since its inception in 2007. The idea for the program came at a time when there were not many day service options for adults with developmental disabilities. The primary objective was to offer clients an engaging day that would promote socialization, wellness and life skills. After several brainstorming sessions with the JCC and a generous donation from Alice and Steven Hirsh, the day program was born.
Chris possesses a Teacher of the Handicapped Certificate, as well as a Social Studies Teaching Certificate. Prior to joining the JCC staff, he worked with both children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, behavioral disorders and those classified as multiply handicapped. His experiences include five years at The Phoenix Center and seven years at Clifton High School. Additionally, Chris has been a professional musician for nearly 30 years. He has incorporated that experience into the program, improving the camaraderie, self-esteem and mood of the clients.
JCC MetroWest’s Special Needs Department is very fortunate to count Chris among its staff!
Program Administrator, Special Needs Services
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Club JCC Special Needs Services proudly introduces our Program Administrator, Robin Cohen. Before joining us at Club JCC, Robin served as the Wellness Coordinator at NYU and earned a Masters Degree in Education from Fordham University. Robin’s primary responsibilities include participant registration and paperwork, logistics for internal and external programs, overall administrative oversight of the Special Needs Department, and outreach to families. We are certain that Robin’s upbeat and friendly personality will be a huge asset to our department and families