Our Team




Mimi, LCSW, Executive Director, Clinician


Mimi is a kama’aina and grew up at Temple Emanu El, but like so many high school graduates, she went off to college (Brandeis University) and finally returned after many years. She is a licensed psychotherapist, social worker, and has specialties in working with domestic violence, substance abuse and trauma across all stages of the life cycle. A major extrovert, Mimi is up for the challenge as JCS’s first Executive Director and clinician. You can contact her at admin@jcs-hi.org.






Kamala, Community Care Manager - Oahu


Kamala is a dedicated professional with extensive experience in case management and a background in nursing.  She is passionate about providing exceptional care and support to those in need.  She is from Hawaii and recently returned home after 18 years away.  She is thrilled to be back and ready to contribute to her community.  Kamala loves the outdoors, fitness, and attending symphony performances.



Raquel, Community Care Manager - Hawaii Island/Hilo



Raquel has many years of experience on both Oahu and Hawaii island as a crisis counselor, case manager, care coordinator, and teacher. She has also been a wellness counselor and personal coach, and loves integrating music and community into her work. Her practices are rooted in Jewish spirituality and values; she loves being part of the Hawaii Jewish community.



AikoCommunity Care Manager - Maui



Aiko has deep roots in Hawai`i, and a passion for tikkun olam.  She is thrilled to be settled in Maui via the Big Island, Alaska, France and O`ahu. She brings a wide variety of experience in social services to JCS, and is excited to work in the jewish community to honor her Jewish and mixed heritage. In her free time you will find her in the ocean, with her many pets and animals,  or amongst `ohana.




Bianca, Community Care Manager - Kauai



It has always been a life goal of Bianca’s to be able to help and connect to those in need in her community. She has worked serving others as a professional and as a mom, so JCS of Hawaii is a perfect fit for her values and skills. Bianca was born and raised on O’ahu and is proud to be part of an organization dedicated to creating a safe and healthy community for the Jewish community here in Kauai.





SarahCase Manager - Oahu



Sarah is an undergraduate Social Work major at UH Manoa and excited to do her internship with us. She has been part of the Jewish community here and in California, and is JCS’s first case management intern. 




Rabbi Sandra, Spiritual Care Consultant


Rabbi Sandra helped found Maui Jewish Ohana and is pioneering a new service at JCS to provide essential services for those experiencing existential or spiritual crises. Before moving to Maui in 2017, Sandra was a leader at Kehilla Community Synagogue in California. She holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of Minnesota. Her training as Rabbi, cultural anthropologist, and health educator helps her understand all the complexities of our Jewish identity.




TonyaExecutive Assistant

Originally from the Midwest, Tonya is a Purdue University graduate who moved to Hawaii from Italy and Germany while her husband finished his military service there. Now living on Oahu, you will find her at her daughter's soccer matches or at the beach. With interests in accounting and administration, she loves seeing firsthand the positive impact JCS has on the community.  




HarveyTechnology Consultant


Harvey was born in England and moved to Sydney Australia in his twenties. He came to Hawaii in 2013 to make a new life with his wife Jill, and they attended Oahu Jewish Ohana. Harvey also served as a JCS board member and now lends his expertise in technology to JCS. Now retired, Harvey lives in San Diego and assists with website development and other technology related matters.





Steven, Consulting Accountant


As a finance executive and consultant with over thirty years of experience Steven helps businesses grow which is crucial as JCS expands. He moved here with his family from Los Angeles during the COVID pandemic, and is active at Temple Emanu El.  Steve loves scuba diving, fitness and motorcycles.