Tell us about your role at JF&CS. How did you first get involved?

I am the Respite and Recreation Program Manager for Kids’ Connection Corner, a social skills group for kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and a respite for parents hosted at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center in Newton, and HALO Swim & Sing. My passion for working with kiddos with ASD stemmed from a summer job as a nanny for a family who has a son with ASD and his younger sister. I enjoyed developing a unique relationship with the entire family. In fact, I am still considered a part of the family! I started doing In-Home Therapy for JF&CS and moved into my current role as Program Director of Kids’ Connection Corner in May of 2016 and then to Program Manager for Kids’ Connection Corner and HALO Swim & Sing in June of 2016.

Where is one of your favorite places to travel?

I always love going home to the comforting woods of New Hampshire. Outside of the country, I really enjoyed exploring the history of Munich, Germany.

You have a free Saturday – how do you spend your day?

I start every day with walking my puppy, Layla, and a cup of coffee. After some morning relaxation, I go to the gym and then to the dog park. When the weather is nice, my friends and I play cornhole, KanJam, and card games in the front yard. If it’s gloomy, I post up on the couch and watch baking shows (a guilty pleasure).

What’s your favorite dessert?

I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, in college and, since then, gelato has a special place in my chocolate-loving heart.

Recommend something to us.

If you’re looking for some yummy Italian or pizza, I recommend the Brick House in Dedham. Also, I suggest taking a day trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for the many restaurants on the water where you can enjoy the seafood and live music.

Originally posted on the JF&CS blog.

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