This group of thoughtful, committed individuals are uplifting and empowering the Greater Harrisburg Community.
Steve Schauder, MSW, CFRE
Steve is responsible for mobilizing the financial, leadership and volunteer resources necessary to implement the mission and vision for JFS. His focus is on helping those in need in Greater Harrisburg and increasing the scope and visibility of JFS throughout the community.
Prior to coming to JFS, Steve served as the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill, where he oversaw the community JFS, and as the Executive Director of Gratitude House, a treatment center for low-income women struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. He also served as the Director of Development for SunServe, a LGBTQ social and human service agency in South Florida. His early career was spent as a youth and camp director in the JCC movement in New York and New Jersey.
In his 30+ professional career, Steve is proud to have built and sustained financially sound, mission driven organizations that have positively impacted the lives of countless children, families and adults.
Rachel Kuhr, MSW, LCSW
Director, Adoption and Foster Care Services
Rachel Kuhr is the Director of Adoption and Foster Care Services, a role she accepted in 2005. She oversees all services to children in foster and pre-adoptive homes approved by JFS and provides private home study services. Rachel also coordinates and supervises services provided by program staff to children through the Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN). This includes coordination with county providers and other foster care agencies as well as work with the state contract agency on policy and planning for these services. She supervises services in the Post Permanency support program, for families after adoption or guardianship. Rachel was instrumental in developing the Family Based Mental Health program at JFS.
Prior to joining JFS in 2003, Rachel worked in an Intensive Family Preservation program locally, as well as in a Child Welfare agency in California. She was an outpatient therapist from 2000-2016. Rachel holds a LCSW from the School of Social Work at the University of California, Berkeley.
Wendy Halperin, MSW, LCSW
Director Family Based Mental Health Services
Wendy is responsible for directing the Family Based Mental Health Services program at JFS. She leads a team of therapists that helps families that have children/adolescents who are at risk of out of home placement (such as in-patient hospitalization, residential treatment, or foster care) due to emotional/behavioral struggles.
Wendy has over twenty-five years’ experience as a social worker. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Union College and a Master of Social Work from Boston University.
Business Office Manager
Chudney is responsible for the successful management of the day-to-day operations of the agency, including client services and programs, IT and facilities and budgetary accountability.
She provides daily oversight of agency activities and assists leadership in crafting a vision for the future direction of the agency’s programs and administrative services. Chudney supports our Executive Director in the agency’s strategic planning process and transformation to an outcomes-driven model of service.
Before coming to JFS, Chudney spent seven years at Select Medical Central Billing Office, where she was a supervisor for the Inpatient Hospitals that conducted analysis to address increasing A/R which led to positive outcome in reduction. She planned and executed numerous projects with extensive research and resolution. Chudney effectively controlled the release of proprietary and confidential information for general client lists, reviewed and provided comments on the adequacy of documents, and took necessary steps to cure any deficiencies.