Spotlight: Meet the new JFS director

Rose Shea is the new director of Jewish Family Service. The Reporter did an e-mail interview with her about her experience and connections to the community.
Question: What is your past experience in this field?
Answer: I have years of experience as an M.S.W. working in the hospital, hospice and community in direct practice.
Q.: What made you want to take the JFS job?
A: I am excited to be learning about a culture and tradition that is new to me. I plan to use my skill set, expertise and passion to meet the needs of those who are vulnerable, struggling and in need of compassion.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish?
A: I hope to provide an attentive ear along with support and assistance to community members in need. I also want to maintain previous directors’ legacies and establish new programs and community events.
Q: Tell us about your connection to Broome County?
A: I was born and raised in Binghamton, and have lived in Johnson City for my married life for the past 30 years with my husband, Kevin, and two sons. I have strong family and community ties to the Southern Tier, and partake in the array of community events offered.
Q: What do you do for fun when you are not working?
A: I have a passion for learning and growing. I enjoy the range of music, art and cultural programs offered in the area, and enjoy taking classes and seminars of interest. Volunteering is important to me: I serve within my own church in an array of roles, assist my elderly neighbor, serve on an agency’s Board of Directors and mentor at-risk youth. As a Syracuse University alumna, I attend basketball and football games with friends, and support the educational needs of students pursuing an M.S.W.