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

Adriane Rae

CLINICIAN

Supervised by Gail Roaten, Ph.D., LPC-S Clinician

Amanda Fite

Interim Chief Operating Officer

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

Clinician

Amanda enjoys collecting houseplants, exploring new taco spots around town, and playing board games with family and friends. Supervised by Kristy Dean, LPC-S, LMFT-S  Clinician

Bethany

Bethany Calderon

Intake Coordinator

Bethany (they/them/theirs) is a down-to-earth individual with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, who is passionate about accessible and diverse mental health care. They are currently on a journey of returning to school to become a future LPC, that supports the young queer community. Outside of work they love being active, whether by playing soccer or lifting weights. They cherish a balanced life of visiting local coffee shops, diving into books, writing poetry, and spending time with their partner and two dogs - Matcha and Sweet Pea.

Brittney

Brittney Barton-Wagner

CLINICIAN

As a dually licensed clinician, parent, and military spouse Brittney understands the complexity of life, and everything it encompasses. Brittney is honored to help others find their way out while learning to express themselves and work toward meaningful change.

Carmen Calatayud

Clinician

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

Clinical Director

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.

Christina

Christina Simpson

Receptionist

"A dedicated advocate for client relationships, Christina thrives on forging meaningful connections and providing exemplary support. Whether fostering connections with clients or exploring the intricacies of the natural world, Christina approaches each endeavor with enthusiasm, empathy, and a genuine desire to make a positive impact."

David Garcia Jr.

Interim Chief Executive Officer

David is a San Antonio native with over 25 years of serving the SA community in a leadership role. His kids take up most of his free time, as they are heavily involved with HS activities.

Diana Lujan

Diana Lujan

CLINICIAN

Hi, I'm Diana Lujan (she/her/ella), LCSW. I am a bilingual therapist (Spanish and English), that supports youth and adults dealing with trauma-related issues, anger, anxiety, depression, grief and loss. I use a variety of approaches tailored to the individual, including trauma-focused, somatic, and mindfulness supportive therapies. My practice in rooted in accountability and compassion, with a holistic approach.

Erica Divine

Erica Divine

CLINICIAN

Supervised by Ryan Curran, MA, LPC-S  Clinician. My name is Erica Divine, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate at JFS. When I am not in the office you are likely to find me running my daughter to all her activities, sipping on iced coffee, and hanging out with family and friends. Fun fact about me, I moved to Texas from California when I was 23. I love Texas, but I miss California beaches and comfortable weather.

Hope Garcia

Receptionist

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.

Jennifer Nuno

Jennifer Nuno

CLINICIAN

Supervised by: Christopher Leeth, PhD, LPC-S

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

Supervised by Roberta Varela-Hein, MA, LPC-S Clinician. Kayla is passionate about groups, trauma, helping those with life stressors and values a strengths-based holistic approach.

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.

Roberta Varela-Hein

Clinician

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.

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

President

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

Sara Efune

Vice President

AVP at USAA

Carolyn Douglas

Past President

Attorney at Clark Hill Strasburger

Susan Rosenberg

Secretary

Lecturer at University of Texas San Antonio

M. Bernard Gardner

Treasurer

CPA, Self-Employed

Siobhan Kiernan

Member

Psychiatric Nurse at University Hospital

Michael Robbins

Member

Retired Attorney

Shirley Swanson

Member

Retired RN

Michael Robbins

Member

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

Gary Dudley

Member

President and Co-Founder of SWBC

Howie Nestel

Member

Marketing, Public Speaker & Consultant

Krystal Englehart

Member

DeAnne Cuellar

Member

Jessica LeMaistre

Member