Clinical Team

Clinical Director:

Stuart Jaffe, LCSW

Email: stu@cjfsbham.org
Stu is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Collat Jewish Family Services. His practice focuses on senior adults and their families, Stu conducts comprehensive assessments and provides ongoing case management and counseling support. He is honored to help clients navigate transitions and identify resources associated with the aging process with particular focus on helping senior adults age in their home or the least restrictive environment possible. Stu has been working with CJFS since January 2013.Social Worker:

Social Worker:

Gail Schuster, LCSW, ACSW
Email: gail@cjfsbham.org
Gail Schuster is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She provides clinical counseling and social work services to individuals, couples, and families. Gail teaches a sex education course for 4th through 6th graders called, It’s Perfectly Normal. She joined the CJFS staff in March 2002.

Social Worker:

Catherine Findley, LCSW
Email: catherine@cjfsbham.org
Catherine Findley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. She provides clinical counseling and social work services to individuals, couples, and families. Catherine serves as Guidance Counselor to NEMJDS and has a special interest in Grief Counseling. She has worked in a variety of settings before joining the CJFS staff in August 2013.

Social Worker:

Cynthia Bryant, LCSW
Email: cynthia@cjfsbham.org 
Cynthia Bryant is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She provides clinical counseling and social work services to individuals, couples, and families. Cynthia has a special interest in trauma recovery and enjoys working with clients of all ages. Over the past 20 years, Cynthia has worked in a variety of settings before Joining the CJFS staff in May 2016.

CARES Staff

CARES Program Director/Social Worker:

Pam Leonard, LBSW, CDP
Email: pam@cjfsbham.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pam Leonard, Program Director of the CJFS CARES program which provides respite to individuals with dementia and movement disorders, has 20 years of experience providing education and support for caregivers; enabling older adults to age in place; and improving the lives of clients through person centered care.  The CARES program is designed not only to provide respite to caregivers, but to be cognitively, socially, and physically stimulating to participants. She and her team of staff and volunteers have created a positive and caring community that enriches the quality of life for all involved.

CARES Assistant Program Director:

Lise Lapidus Grace
Email: lise@cjfsbham.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lise Lapidus Grace began working as Volunteer Coordinator for CJFS in June 2013. Lise came to know and love CJFS years ago when both of her parents became clients of CJFS and came to rely on Buz-A-Bus to help maintain their independence. Today, Lise is honored to spend her time exclusively at CJFS CARES, a program for adults with memory and movement disorders. If you would like to volunteer at CARES, please call Lise at 410-1958.

Assistant Care Manager:

Lynn Rathmell
Email: lynn@cjfsbham.org
Lynn has had two periods of employment with CJFS. In the1990’s when CJFS was in the midst of resettling people from the former Soviet Union, Lynn worked for 8 years helping people to find their first jobs and developing career goals for future employment. She returned to CJFS in March of 2008 as an Assistant Care Manager. She works with elderly clients in our “Just Like Family” and “Honor Parents” programs, helping older adults and their families manage the tasks of aging while maintaining the maximum quality of life for everyone involved. She continues to offer job development and career consultation, and has facilitated a seminar, Thriving through Challenging Times, in response to current needs. Lynn has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado.

Assistant Care Manager:

Amy Peetluk
Email: amyp@cjfsbham.org
Amy Peetluk is an Assistant Care Manager in our “Just Like Family” program assisting older or disabled adults with tasks like escorted doctor’s visits, being a representative payee, filing insurance claims and researching resources to enhance their lives and that of their families. Amy is also our Medicare Part D expert. She researches and helps clients understand their options so they can choose the best plan to meet their needs. Amy attended Montclair State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She joined CJFS in October 2005.

Personal Care Attendants:

Angela Gaines 

Stephanie Hayes

Vickie Jackson