Key Personnel

Nancy Gale

Nancy Gale - Executive Director | 412-325-0039

Nancy Gale came to JRS from EQT with leadership and finance experience in the corporate world. Nancy is a long-time community member and the immediate past president of Temple Sinai.

For more information on Nancy and her vision for the future JRS, read about her in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle.


Nikki Finch

Nikki Finch – Office Manager | 412-325-0039

Nikki Finch comes to Jewish Residential Services with a strong and varied professional background ranging from experience in the Non- Profit Sector, Higher Education, Consulting and Office Management. She enjoys building relationships with coworkers and clients while improving policies and procedures to promote productivity. Nikki looks forward to helping JRS grow and evolve as an organization.


Joseph Herbick

Joseph Herbick – Director, Sally and Howard Levin Clubhouse | 412-325-0039

Joseph Herbick has worked in the Mental Health Field for close to nine years. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Duquesne in 2009 and his Masters in Community Counseling from Duquesne in 2013. He has experience working with children, veterans, and an eclectic population of diagnosed individuals at Western Psychiatric. Before coming to JRS and joining as the Director of the Sally and Howard Levin Clubhouse Joseph received his CPRP, Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, in 2018 as he saw Psychiatric Rehabilitation as the future of recovery. He has an understanding of people, their needs, and the role he can play in helping them.


Alison Karabin

Alison Karabin – Project Manager, Families in Transition | 412-325-0039

Alison Karabin was hired by JRS in 2015. Alison received degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She is a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania and has previously worked for LIFE Pittsburgh, UPMC Passavant, and Presbyterian Senior Care. Alison also staffs the Shore-Whitehill Award committee and represents JRS for the Connections blog.


April De La Cruz – Director of Residential Support Services | 412-350-0039

April has worked with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities for over 12 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies in 2013 from Pennsylvania State University. Her experience includes working with adults and seniors with intellectual disabilities through connecting community services, in home care, community integration, inclusion, transportation and employment opportunities. Before joining the JRS team she served as the Director of Consumer Advocacy for ACCESS transportation ensuring individuals received quality care, on-time service, and reasonable modifications to provide adequate service.


Cindy Paganico

Cindy Paganico – CFO | 412-422-7200

Cindy is the CFO of sister agency Jewish Family and Community Services and also provides a wide range of financial and business services to JRS. Cindy coordinates both the financial and audit committees. She has forged a great partnership between JRS and the JF&CS fiscal office, providing outstanding financial support and leadership to JRS.


Caitlin Lasky – Director of Development and Communications| 412-350-0039

Caitlin Lasky possesses over twelve years of experience managing nonprofit development and communications with an applied focus on traditional and digital marketing, fundraising and donor retention, corporate and community relations, public relations, and organizational branding. Caitlin is responsible for providing leadership, strategy and vision for JRS's development and communications efforts in order to advance the essential programming the organization provides in the community.