- Robin Mencher, Executive Director
- Anna Benvenue, Director of Immigration Legal Services
- Rita Clancy, Director of Adult Services
- Michelle Knapik, Senior Director of Finance & Administration
- Carol Singer, Senior Director of Programs, Director of Parenting & Youth Services
- Holly Taines White, Senior Director of Development & Community Engagement
- Kathryn Winogura, Director of Volunteer Services
Robin Mencher joined JFCS East Bay as Executive Director in December 2020.
Prior to JFCS East Bay, Robin served as Executive Director of KQED Education, where she led services to the education community through providing free, high-quality resources that deepen youth civic engagement and media literacy. She first joined KQED in 2006 to build a unified education strategy, bringing together a series of projects that extended KQED’s television broadcast into the classroom. She then took on the leadership role for all of KQED’s education services focused on early childhood, K-12, and adult/ESL education, expanding and building a community-based service that utilizes public media to connect learners to the world beyond their classrooms and see themselves represented in the curriculum. In 2015, as Executive Director, Mencher launched the strategic expansion of KQED Education to empower and recognize learners and educators to find and evaluate the knowledge they need to make informed decisions, engage in civic dialogue, create and share their own stories, and thrive in our media-rich world.
Robin’s work in education has focused on media and digital literacies, youth voice, technology integration, teaching English learners, and educational equity. She taught high school and served as a teacher leader in the East Bay. As Program Director at the San Francisco Education Fund, she designed professional learning experiences for educators, led grantmaking for teacher innovation, and worked district-wide on education initiatives, including a task force to launch small schools by design. While at KQED, she served on several state-wide and regional education policy and implementation task forces, as well as advisory councils to advance arts, STEM, and literacy education throughout California.
As an active member of the Jewish community, early in her career, Robin worked for several years as an informal Jewish educator and for a national Jewish education organization. She has served on the New Generations board and San Francisco Bay Area regional board of directors of the New Israel Fund.
Robin earned her M.A. in Education at Mills College and her B.A. in American Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She also studied for a year at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and attended Hebrew University for a year as an undergrad. A lifelong Californian, Robin has lived in the East Bay for more than two decades.
Anna is a passionate advocate who has spent her career dedicated to advancing the rights of immigrants. She supervises the Immigration Legal Services program, which provides quality free and low-cost legal representation to residents of Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Prior to joining JFCS East Bay, Anna worked for nine years as an immigration attorney who represented clients in deportation defense hearings, in applications before the Department of Homeland Security, and in written appeals and motions filed with the Agency and Circuit Courts. She has successfully argued more than a dozen cases before the Ninth Circuit and briefed many more, resulting in multiple victories in both published and unpublished cases. Before that, Anna was a judicial law clerk at the San Francisco Immigration Court as a part of the DOJ’s Attorney General Honor’s Program. Prior to law school, Anna spent three years teaching fourth grade in San Jose, California. Anna received her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law, where she graduated with highest honors, and her B.A. from the University of Georgia magna cum laude. Anna is admitted to the bar in California.
Rita is a licensed social worker (LCSW) who served as JFCS East Bay’s Holocaust Survivor Services Program Manager for eight years prior to becoming Director of Adult Services in August 2013. She specializes in counseling with older adults, families, couples, and people who have experienced trauma. Rita has extensive expertise in Gerontology, including working with adults living with dementia, providing advice and support to family caregivers, advocacy in long-term care communities, and management of home care providers. Rita has over fifteen years of experience in medical social work and care management. Before becoming a social worker, Rita worked in clinical laboratory and medical sciences. Rita has a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley with a specialization in Gerontology and has been with JFCS East Bay since 2005.
Carol oversees JFCS East Bay’s services for Children & Parents and works with the agency’s department directors on program evaluation, professional development, and other cross-departmental issues. Carol is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with children and families for more than thirty-five years. She received her MSW from UC Berkeley in 1983. Carol has expertise in child, individual, group, and family therapy, and she works extensively with parents on parenting skills and family dynamics. She has significant experience consulting to teachers and staff of preschoolers through high school age students. Carol is a graduate of the Harris Training Program and the Child Trauma Training Institute and currently specializes in parent-infant/child therapy and early childhood mental health consultation, particularly with children who have experienced trauma. She has extensive experience in program management and development and in clinical supervision. Prior to joining JFCS East Bay in 2001, Carol was a middle school therapist, as well as the director of a special education day treatment program serving severely emotionally disturbed children.
Holly oversees JFCS East Bay’s work in the areas of development, marketing, communications, and volunteer services. She stewards the agency’s efforts to engage community members in many ways–as donors, prospective clients, volunteers, supporters, and advocates. Holly writes proposals and manages grant tracking and reporting; engages individual donors in the agency’s work; leads the team that organizes our annual fundraising event, Art of Living; produces our publications and materials; manages the website and social media; assists with our advocacy efforts; and supervises the Volunteer Services program. An experienced grantwriter and editor, Holly is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she majored in English and minored in French. She spent twelve years working for local book publishers before bringing her writing, editing, and project management skills to JFCS East Bay. She joined the agency in 2006.
Kathryn has been with JFCS East Bay since 1998 and currently directs our Volunteer Services program. Her team works with about 400 community members a year who want to volunteer time with newly arriving refugees, people seeking immigration legal services, and seniors and Holocaust survivors. She also oversees our extensive in-kind donations program. Having received her degree from UC Berkeley in Peace and Conflict Studies, Kathryn originally worked in refugee resettlement in the 1990s. In 2016, she volunteered in refugee camps in Greece, working with mostly Syrian refugees. After coordinating our volunteer program for many years, Kathryn was promoted to her current position in 2019.