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Mental Health Check-In with Jewish Family Services

Mental Health Check-In with iHeartCommunities

HOW: Inspired by a conversation with Sgt Jeltema and the need for more regular conversations about mental health.

WHY: Because YOU matter!


  • Marisa Giarnella, LCSW President and CEO Jordan Porco Foundation (Top Right)
  • Sgt Christine Jeltema, Troop F Connecticut State Police and US Army National Guard (Bottom Left)
  • Renee DiNino, Director of Community Affairs for iHeartMedia Hartford/New Haven (Top Left)
  • Special Guest this week: Katie Hanley, CEO, JFS (Bottom Right)

WHAT: We have conversations with a diverse group of people in many fields, organizations, groups about mental health and breaking down the stigma of getting help! Every episode features a new guest and perspective~

This episode of Mental Health Check-In with Marisa, Sgt Jeltema and Renee deals with handling the pandemic and following your religious beliefs, suicide prevention and an event to support Tara's Closet with Brook Shields dealing with postpartum depression.

Please watch this very informative discussion with Katie Hanley, CEO of Jewish family Services. ( More on Katie below)

Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford welcomes Katherine Hanley as Chief Executive Officer

“We are excited to have found a candidate with Katie’s deep commitment to JFS’s mission,” said Pia Rosenberg Toro, Chair of the Board.

Since 2013, Hanley has been employed at Oak Hill, Connecticut’s largest private provider of services to people with disabilities, based in Hartford Since 2015, Hanley has served as the Senior Director of Oak Hill Centers, where she has substantially grown and managed eight of Oak Hill’s specialized community-based programs across five locations. Prior to joining Oak Hill, Hanley held several positions at the Charter Oak Cultural Center, where she stewarded nationally recognized arts programs for over 1,000 inner-city youth.

“I am excited to join JFS given its phenomenal reputation and the comprehensive services it provides throughout Greater Hartford. I have had the pleasure to work with Anne and several staff and board members on initiatives in the community over the years. I am impressed with JFS’s passionate commitment to its clients and its support of the Greater Hartford community. Having the opportunity to lead JFS is truly an honor,” said Hanley.

After over 25 years of stellar leadership, Anne Danaher, who will retire once Katie is onboard, states that she “is thrilled with Katie’s hire. Since our paths have crossed in recent years, I have gotten to know Katie, and I am confident she will be a wonderful leader for JFS, and I am ready to assist her in any way I can to make the transition as smooth as possible.”

Hanley holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from UCONN with a focus on social work administration, a graduate certificate in nonprofit management, and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy with a minor in women’s studies, from UMASS – Amherst.

Please join us in welcoming Katie to JFS, and, as always, thank you for your continued commitment and support, especially during these particularly challenging times.

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