Our Staff

Toni Jacobsen, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker

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, Office Manager

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

Teri Sogol, MSW, LCSW, Casework Director

Teri Sogol holds a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In Tuscaloosa, Alabama she worked in child welfare and, later, in the public school system providing counseling to middle school and high school students. She joined JFS in 1982 and since that time has provided a range of services to the Jewish and general community including counseling, case management, support groups, family life education programs, financial assistance, adoption and refugee resettlement. During the years when JFS was resettling Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union, she started an English as a Second Language program to meet their needs. In 1993 she managed JFS’s partnership with Catholic Charities to establish an English as a Second Language program that served the clients of both agencies. Teri served as a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Refugee and Immigration Affairs from 1991-1993 and on the Tennessee Refugee Advisory Committee from 1991 to 2001. She is a member of the Middle Tennessee Inter-Agency Adoption Coalition and was co-chair of that organization from 1998 through 2000. JFS honored Teri in 2001 with the agency’s Chesed Award. Teri and JFS were honored in 2011 with the Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Award.

teri@jfsnashville.org  615-354-1662