About Us

Jewish Family Service of San Antonio (JFS) strives to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds in San Antonio and the surrounding area, through social, psychological, health and educational programs guided by the Jewish values of “repairing the world” and “taking responsibility for each other”.

Additionally, JFS seeks to remove the financial barriers to mental health and social services in our community.

Meet Our Staff

Amanda Fite

Community & Connect Manager

Amanda Fite has 15 year’s experience in family and community programming. Amanda and her husband, Cory share their home with their three dogs, Jake, Lucky and Mudge. She also never misses a New Kids on the Block concert when they come to town!

Amanda Stegnik


Amanda enjoys collecting houseplants, exploring new taco spots around town, and playing board games with family and friends.

Astrid Truss

Astrid is the psychiatry program manager and a licensed professional counselor. She has a cool tennis shoe collection, enjoys traveling and loves dogs.

Carmen Calatayud


Carmen's desire to become a counselor came after her father's death and a life-changing hospice experience. Since then, providing hope and healing opportunities for trauma, grief and mental health have been her passion. When she's not at JFS, Carmen is a poet and writer who enjoys being active in San Antonio's rich arts community.

Celina Canales


Celina provides individuals with a safe space to explore their inner and external experiences. As a Trauma Informed Care Practitioner, I also incorporate modalities such as meditation, breath-work, body-centered practices, dream work, active imagination, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Hope Garcia


Hope is part of our administration Team and is located at our main campus. For relaxation, she loves to do 5K walks with her family.

David Garcia Jr.

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Jennifer Regnier

Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer has dedicated more than 25 years of her career to serving people and the community.

Kat Phillips

Case Manager

Kat has a passion for helping people and believes that kindness is contagious. With an empathetic approach, she hopes to help her clients develop the skills they need to overcome challenges and reach their goals. Outside of work, you can find Kat hiking in nature, practicing yoga, writing poetry, playing music and spending time with her two little dogs.

Kayla Lomas

Kayla is passionate about groups, trauma, helping those with life stressors and values a strengths-based holistic approach. When she is not at work, she is either playing soccer, exploring cultural events around San Antonio or hanging with her 4-legged friends Kobe and Milo.

Roberta Varela-Hein


Roberta will use a variety of methods to help you reach your goals. This includes grounding techniques, CBT, holistic approaches and breathe work. She emphasizes a mind and body connection. Roberta facilitates a Yoga group at our Mission Road office.

Monica Berlanga

Office Manager

Monica’s passion is advocating and spreading mental health awareness. She also enjoys sharing her artwork with the community, which she feels allows a safe space for conversation, understanding, and commonality.

Ruth Ann Lewis

Credentialing Specialist

Ruth is ensures that providers are contracted with health insurances in order to obtain payment for insurance billing purposes. When she is not at JFS, Ruth enjoys art, books, gardening and spending quality time with family.

Meet Our Board

Jeff Goldblatt


Past TV Personality; owner of Jeff’s Journeys, LLC

Sara Efune

Vice President


Carolyn Douglas

Past President

Attorney at Clark Hill Strasburger

Susan Rosenberg


Lecturer at University of Texas San Antonio

M. Bernard Gardner


CPA, Self-Employed

Siobhan Kiernan


Psychiatric Nurse at University Hospital

Michael Robbins


Retired Attorney

Shirley Swanson


Retired RN

Michael Robbins


Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Gary Dudley


President and Co-Founder of SWBC

Howie Nestel


Marketing, Public Speaker & Consultant

Krystal Englehart


DeAnne Cuellar


Jessica LeMaistre