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Stacy holds both a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to JCHAI, Stacy worked for a decade as a litigation attorney at the Philadelphia firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. Stacy served three years as JCHAI’s Chairperson, when she dramatically increased fundraising and continued to increase JCHAI’s profile in the community. Now Executive Director, Stacy is responsible for overseeing the direction of JCHAI’s programs and JCHAI’s day to day operations. Stacy is a passionate and tireless advocate who revels in opportunities to improve and strengthen the JCHAI community.
Stacy is intimately familiar with JCHAI’s mission, as her brother, Doug Jarett, is a resident. Growing up with a sibling who has intellectual disabilities gives Stacy a thorough and sympathetic perspective on the role JCHAI serves in families.
Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Program Development and Administration from the University of Delaware. He holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Marywood University, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from DeSales University.
Jonathan brings experience in both the fields of social services and the world of business and marketing. He brings a sense of compassion coupled with a passion for research and implementing ideas to help improve the quality of life for JCHAI residents.
At JCHAI, Jonathan is responsible for training of the staff and overseeing the operation of our residential programs, which involves staff supervision, goal planning for residents, and general interaction with our residents. Additionally, Jonathan has mentored social work interns from area universities as they fulfill their educational needs through JCHAI.
Candy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish from West Chester University. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University and is a licensed clinical social worker. Additionally, she is certified to complete functional behavior assessments and provide behavioral intervention supports. Candy brings more than 15 years of experience in behavioral health and developmental disabilities services.
Candy is responsible for overseeing both the JCHAI At Home and the JCHAI Transitions programs. She has been largely responsible for the vast growth of JCHAI At Home through her innovative approach to individualized independent living and vocational services and she has helped to determine how to bring that same approach to JCHAI Transitions.
Carmen LeVere has more than 20 years experience as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager, as well as serving community members through her work at non-profit organizations. A caring, responsive JCHAI coordinator, Carmen is often your first contact at JCHAI, learning about your needs and matching you to one of our program directors.
Rachel LaPorte received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from La Salle University and her Master of Social Service degree from Bryn Mawr College. She is a licensed social worker who brings a practical yet innovative approach to her work with members and families.
During graduate school, Rachel began working as a direct support staff person at one of our JCHAI houses. Upon completion of her graduate program, Rachel then worked for several years in the field of child welfare, while still maintaining her position with JCHAI on weekends. Rachel has been a dedicated employee with JCHAI since the year 2010, recently transitioning to the role of Social Worker for JCHAI At Home.
Rachel states she enjoys working with JCHAI because it is a close knit agency that strongly advocates for their members to have productive, meaningful lives.