Our Staff

Ashley Franklin, LMSW, Social Worker

Ashley received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and is a Licensed Master Social Worker.  After graduation, she worked as a therapist in an adolescent treatment center providing individual, family and group therapy.  She developed a partnership with the local animal shelter to enable the children to work with animals and develop better socio-emotional skills.  In 2005 she became the first district wide Social Worker for Franklin Special School District and was there for 13 years.  She developed and implemented the first district food pantry for the school system and served as a member of several committees including Coordinated School Health, WCS/FSSD School Safety Board, and was a founding board member of the NOOK (Needs Of Our Kids). She joined Jewish Family Service in the Fall of 2018 and helps provide services to the community including counseling, case management, family life education programs, financial assistance, adoption, kosher food box, school supply and Hanukkah gift programs.

ashleyfranklin@jfsnashville.org  615-354-1662

Toni Jacobsen, LCSW, Clinical Director

Toni received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She began her career in the mental health field in 1989 facilitating abuse prevention groups for children.  She has worked with abused/neglected teenagers in a group home through the YWCA, as a Child and Family Therapist for The Guidance Center and as a Clinical Director at Camelot Cares before coming to JFS.  Toni volunteered to serve on the Williamson County Child Fatality Review Team and to be a board member for First Steps.  She joined Jewish Family Service in 2000 and provides a range of services to the Jewish and general community including counseling, case management, family life education programs, financial assistance, adoption as well managing the kosher food box, school supply and Hanukkah gift programs.

tljlcsw@aol.com  615-354-1672

Pam Kelner, Executive Director

Pam graduated from Boston University with a BA in Marketing and Finance.  Upon graduation, she began a 14 year career at Bloomberg Financial Markets in New York.  At Bloomberg she held many different positions in the Sales and Marketing division ranging from management to conference planning, electronic trading and training for all new sales recruits.    After moving to Nashville in 2005, she became certified to teach Pilates and owned her own business, @ Home Pilates, which offered private and small group Pilates lessons to clients either in their homes or in her home studio.  Pam joined Jewish Family Service in 2010 as Executive Director.   The fit has been perfect for the agency, where she has combined her business background with a “social worker heart” to grow the agency in many ways including new programming, grant writing, fundraising, marketing and board development.  Pam currently serves on the board of Congregation Sherith Israel, The Council on Aging’s Leadership Council, Nashville Pride and serves as the Board Chair for the  local board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).

pgkelner@jfsnashville.org  615-354-1644

Roslyn Landa, CPA, Controller

Roslyn moved to Nashville in 1979 and returned to university in 1980 in order to complete a course that would lead to her achieving her CPA.  She worked for a number of public accounting firms, before starting her own private practice and becoming involved with the non-profit sector.  Roslyn joined Jewish Family Service in 2007.  Her tenure has provided her with some of the most fulfilling opportunities; she has watched the agency grown in order to meet the complex issues facing the Jewish community as well as the community at large.  She and her husband are avid bridge players and enjoy time with their five grandchildren.  Her greatest accomplishment is the raising of her three sons who are active in the Jewish community.

roslyn@jfsnashville.org  615-354-1646

Janet Parr, Senior Administrative Coordinator

After studying music at the University of Georgia, Janet attended Belmont University where she received her Bachelors of Administration.  She then worked as a music industry professional for over 20 years before joining the staff of Jewish Family Service in 2008.  At JFS, Janet applies her creativity and organizational skills to assist the director, board and staff in the areas of fundraising, marketing and programming while ensuring the efficient work flow of day-to-day office operations. JFS recently honored Janet with the agency’s 2013 Ruach Award.

janet@jfsnashville.org  615-356-4234

Anna Sir, Helping Hands Coordinator

Anna received her Bachelor of Science degree from MTSU with an emphasis in Social Work and English. She also completed a certificate in volunteer management from the Center for Nonprofit Management of Nashville and joined the staff of Jewish Family Service in 2006. Prior to joining the agency Anna was an active community volunteer for organizations such as Renewal House, Better Decisions, University School of Nashville, and Congregation Ohabai Sholom.  Anna’s role at JFS is to administer the Helping Hands Program—which matches volunteers with isolated Jewish senior adults in the community. Anna spends most of her time recruiting and training volunteers, as well as staying connected to the seniors that we are serving. She also facilitates a lunch program twice a month that brings together a wide variety of seniors for socialization.

helpinghands@jfsnashville.org  615-354-1686