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Our Staff

Jennifer Gendel

Jennifer

Gendel Director
Danielle Fine Goldman

Danielle

Fine Goldman Social Worker
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer

Phillips Director of Recreation
Melinda Remaly

Melinda

Remaly Director of Education
Jen Weinberg

Jen

Weinberg Social Worker
Abbie Weisberg

Abbie

Weisberg CEO/Executive Director
Lori Zisook

Lori

Zisook Director of Inclusion

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Jennifer Gendel
Director

Jennifer’s experiences as an educator range from classroom instruction to leading system-wide initiatives for large and progressive school districts. She has extensive experience in curriculum development, school administration, and graduate-level instruction. Her roles both as an educator and as an administrator have consistently focused on the locus of students’ control and their educational ownership. Jennifer earned her B.S. in Special Education from Boston University, her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from National-Louis University, and her Ed. D. in Leadership and Supervision from Loyola University of Chicago. She also holds her principal’s and director of special education endorsements. Her presentations use humor, anecdotes, best practice theory, and hard data to create a comprehensive understanding of how children can best understand their place in the school and in the wider world, and how they can be empowered to succeed.

jen@keshet.org

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Danielle Fine Goldman
Social Worker

Danielle has worked with children, adolescents and families in a counseling and recreational capacity for over 17 years. She began her career serving the Jewish Community as a therapist with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago at the Response Center and Jewish Children’s Bureau. Since 1997, Danielle developed a passion for and specialization in working with medically fragile and special needs children in a recreational setting at a children’s cancer organization where she continues to volunteer her time as a camp counselor, program leader, and board member. She has written and implemented disability awareness curriculum for kindergarten through 5th graders in the North Shore School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her graduate degree from the University of Chicago. Danielle joins Keshet as a behavioral specialist consulting with the various Keshet Summer Programs.

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Jennifer Phillips
Director of Recreation

Jennifer is an accomplished and result-driven special education professional with more then 17 years teaching experience and a commitment to student growth, development and academics success. Jennifer worked for 7 years teaching in a Special Education classroom in the Deerfield Public Schools. She has spent the past 10 years as the head teacher in the high school classroom at Ida Crown Jewish Academy. Jennifer Phillips earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from National-Louis University.

Jennifer has been a part of the Keshet family for over 20 years. She started her time working as a counselor in the day camps. She continued as a Director of many of the Keshet camps, developed her leadership skills, and now is the Director of Recreation for Keshet. The past 9 summers Jennifer has worked in Keshet’s overnight camp programs as the Camp Chi consultant. Throughout her Keshet years, she has also worked in the Sunday school and Keshet Middle School.

jphillips@keshet.org

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Melinda Remaly
Director of Education

For 36 years, Keshet’s Director of Education Dr. Melinda Remaly, served Niles Township as a special needs educator, with a focus on transition services and private day or residential programs. Over the years, Melinda has served the Chicagoland community on the Keshet and Illinois Alliance for Administrators in Special Education Transition Committee executive boards, among several others. She also served on the Illinois Statewide Transition Committee and the Program Outreach Committee for the Center for Enriched Living. Melinda holds a Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University in Special Education and Elementary Education, Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services from Roosevelt University Chicago, and Doctorate in Administration, Supervision, and Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago.

mremaly@keshet.org

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Jen Weinberg
Social Worker

Jen has worked for Keshet since 1998. After working 8 years in Keshet's summer camp programs, she has moved to the day school where she's been for almost 10 years. Jen has experience working with children with various disabilities and degrees of severity. She also has experience providing counseling services to typical children in area public schools. Jen's areas of expertise include individual and group counseling; sibling groups; parent support groups; assessment and collaboration with families and therapists regarding services; and ability awareness for neuro-typical students. Jen’s earned her Bachelors degree from Bradley University and her Masters degree from the University of Illinois.

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Abbie Weisberg
CEO/Executive Director

Abbie received her bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation/Special Education, and her Master’s degree in Non-profit Management. She is Secretary of the Illinois Institute for Public Policy, a member of the Government Affairs Committee of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and a Board Member of Moishe House. Driven by her commitment to bring the “abilities” of those with disabilities to the forefront, Abbie has risen from Keshet Sunday school teacher to Recreational Program Director and finally to the organization’s Executive Director/CEO – strategically growing the organization and its reputation over her 20+ year tenure. Under her leadership, Keshet has become a “best practice” resource to other organizations across the country seeking to replicate its special needs integration/mainstreaming model in their community.

 

abbie@keshet.org

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Lori Zisook
Director of Inclusion

Lori has been an instructor and Inclusion Facilitator at Keshet since 1999. Her responsibilities include setting up integrated placements for K-8 students within our Solomon Schechter Day School host site, facilitating Ability Awareness sessions for typically developing students, coordinating a peer mentor program, providing training to Keshet teachers and para-educators for facilitation of integrated activities, and coordinating field trips and overnight trip participation with their peers for Keshet students. Lori also oversees educational programming and classroom management in Keshet’s two K-8 programs in Chicago, which also service students in integrated settings. Lori earned her Bachelors degree in Special Education from Arizona State University and has a LBS1 certifications in learning disabilities and social-emotional disorders.