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Our Staff

Our motivated staff is made up of a team of caring and hardworking professionals that put ETTA's goals into action.

EXECUTIVE STAFF

Claudia Wenger
Director of Program Operations

Claudia Wenger received her Bachelor of Science in Education and Masters of Science in Special Education, including general studies and special education credentials, from the University of Southern California. Mrs. Wenger joined ETTA in 2002 in the role of Inclusion Specialist, and since has held other positions including Director of Education for the Ner Shoshana Program, Director of Supported and Independent Living Skills. She established the Stevie T’s co-op style residential program in Los Angeles. She currently serves as the Director of Program Operations.

Allen Remer
Director of Administration

Allen Remer grew up in Los Angeles and attend UCLA and New York University. He has a double degree in sociology and comparative literature with a minor in art history. Allen was Head of Finance at the law firm of Irell & Manella LLC for 22 years. He moved on to become the COO and Director of Human Resources at Remco Wholesale Hardware. Along with his wife Deborah, Allen is co-founder and owner of Perfectly Suited, a custom gift basket company. Throughout Allen’s professional career, he was a friend and supporter of ETTA and now is Director of Administration.

Mae Bartolome
Controller

Mae Bartolome is a seasoned finance and accounting professional with extensive experience in treasury and accounting roles.  Before joining ETTA in February 2014, she has occupied senior finance positions with companies in the technology service, oil and gas, health services and manufacturing.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and earned her Master’s in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines.

Dr. Sara Teichman
Clinical Director

Dr. Sara Teichman, clinical director, has worked at ETTA since its inception. In addition, she maintains a private practice where she sees individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in parent counseling and writes a parenting column in Jewish Home LA and Binah magazine.

Manijeh Nehorai
Director of Iranian-American Services

Manijeh Nehorai has been involved in the fields of social work and special education for over 40 years. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and Marriage & Family Counseling.  In Iran, Mrs. Nehorai was the Executive Director of the Social Welfare Office of Queen Farah Pahlavi (Director of the Iranian Social Welfare Department for the Queen), a post she held for 18 years. Upon moving to the U.S., she worked for Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles and taught parenting at such venues as Nessah Israel Synagogue, Valley Beth Shalom, and Maimonides Academy, among others. Since 1995, she has been the Director of  ETTA´s Iranian-American Community Services Division.

 

SENIOR STAFF

Josh Taff
Director of Intake

Josh Taff, a graduate of Indiana University, has been working with the special needs community for 15 years, beginning as a counselor in Camp Ramah’s Tikvah program. Josh started his career at ETTA as an administrator of the ETTA group homes and as co-director of Summer@ETTA. Now the Director of Intake, he is also an integral part of programming that takes place throughout the year. Josh also plays a key role with planning and participating in the ETTA Shabbaton weekends. With strong ties to the local Jewish community and to the entire ETTA family, Josh is a strong advocate for our clients and families.

Leah Schachter
Director of Summer@ETTA and Volunteers

Leah Schachter was born and raised in Forest Hills, New York. She earned a B.A. in Psychology, and a Masters in family counseling. She was the original creator of the Leadership Program at ETTA in 2000, which focused on teaching high school kids how to volunteer and deal with teens and adults with special needs. Because ETTA is such an integral part of her life, she has co-chaired many fundraisers for ETTA’s Camp Avraham Moshe (now Summer@Etta). For many years, she has entertained the group homes and hosted Shabbatonim and ETTA parties. For the past five years she has been the Director of Summer@ETTA and Shabbatons, and most recently, she mentored the ETTA Youth Noard (EYB).

Suad Bisogno
Assistant Director of Program Operations & the Transition Program

Suad Bisogno is the Asst. Director of Program Operations at ETTA. She has a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration. Suad has been managing quality services for adults with developmental disabilities since 2007. These services include Supported Living, Independent Living, Community Based Day Programs and Supported Employment.  While working with ETTA, Suad has developed, created and managed new and innovative services, such as their concierge service called Transitions. She looks forward to working with ETTA to meet the needs of the clients it serves.

SENIOR MANAGERS

Rhiannon Maycumber
Program Manager, SLS/ILS

Rhiannon Maycumber was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She recently returned from living in New York City where she completed her Master’s of Social Work at Columbia University with a focus in nonprofit management. Prior to moving to NYC, she acquired her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA with a minor in Disability Studies and spent two years working directly with adults with developmental disabilities. She came to ETTA in June 2015 with a strong passion for helping to create a more equitable society for people with disabilities and is thrilled to be managing the Supported and Independent Living Services Program.  As the Program Manager, Rhiannon assesses new participants and develops individualized programs consisting of goals that help participants reach their potential. She then hires and trains staff to assist participants one-on-one in acquiring the skills they desire to thrive in their community and lead the most independent life possible.  

Aaron Khodorkovsky
Group Home Operating Supervisor 

Aaron Khodorkovsky is Group Home Operating Supervisor at Etta. He graduated from Touro College with BA in Psychology, and has been working for ETTA since 2009 starting with Summer Camp and now supervising the four group homes. Aaron enjoys working with our residents and insuring the quality of life.

Jason Druyan
Program Manager, Isak Boruchin Adult Day Program

Jason Druyan grew up in the San Fernando Valley and has been involved in the Judaic community of Los Angeles his entire life, through his local synagogue, youth groups, and trips to Israel to visit family. After graduating from the University of California Davis, Jason returned to Los Angeles to begin a career in the field of Special Education.

He has worked for ETTA since 2014, starting as a Direct Support Professional, before transitioning to the Day Program and eventually to the position of Day Program Assistant Program Manager, working to support the city program and establish the Valley day program which will soon grow to three groups!

Jason now serves as the Program Manager, Isak Boruchin Adult Day Program, and in this role he continues to work to provide meaningful and empowering opportunities for our clients.

Heidi Schofield
Group Home Manager, GH 2 and GH 4

Heidi Schofield is originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. She has worked with children and adults who have disabilities for over 20 years in Pennsylvania, Washington State, the UK and now California. She is also a certified Phlebotomist.

Randi Balavram
Program Manager, SLS & ILS Services

Randi Balavram grew up in New York and received her B.A. in Psychology from Brooklyn College in 2010. She moved to Los Angeles after graduating college and became very involved in the Pico Jewish Community. Randi has a background in childcare, which provided her with the opportunity to work with children with developmental disabilities.  She became interested in working with older individuals and their families and therefore joined ETTA as a Life Skills Coach in April 2014. Randi now serves as Program Manager, providing services that enable adults with special needs to live fully enriched and independent lives as active members of the Los Angeles Jewish Community.

Eric Yellin
Executive Coordinator

Eric holds a B.S. in Business Management and Finance from Brooklyn College. He has an extensive background in advertising and financial services, with a proven track record of successful origination, strategic planning, and sales customization. Eric is a winner of numerous company awards. He is also an expert in various computer and online technologies. At ETTA, Eric handles IT, special projects, and logistics.

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