Staff

David Sternburg, Executive Director
David was most recently the Director of Development and Special Projects for Commonwealth Care Alliance, a 17,000 member non-profit healthcare organization assisting vulnerable populations after he spent six years fundraising and advocating on behalf of people with disabilities as the Director of External Relations with the Boston Center for Independent Living. David was also the Executive Director of Handi Kids (now called The Bridge Center), a therapeutic recreational center for challenged children after spending years as an award-winning filmmaker. David can be reached at david@jeffsplacemetrowest.org.

Melissa Kennedy Panto, LMHC, ATR – Program Director
Melissa received her master’s degree at Lesley University and is a licensed mental health counselor and registered art therapist. She coordinates and implements all programming activities at Jeff’s Place, including volunteer facilitator trainings and supervision of clinical internships. She has spent her professional career working with children, teens and adults, both individually and in groups, who have experienced trauma. She uses art as a healing tool for others to explore, express, and empower. She can be reached at melissa@jeffsplacemetrowest.org

Aliya Kleiner- Associate Program Director
Aliya Kleiner joins our Jeff’s Place team as our Associate Program Director.  Aliya earned her Master’s Degree in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in 2013. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults over the past 5 years.  Aliya incorporates art, music, play, and a lot of humor in her work. She brings with her a sense of warmth, compassion, and optimism and we are so excited to have her aboard! She can be reached at aliya@jeffsplacemetrowest.org.

Cameron Burke – Program Coordinator/Clinician

Cameron comes aboard as our Program Coordinator, after completing his final Graduate Internship here at Jeff’s Place and earning his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University in 2017. He has worked with children, adults with developmental disabilities, and elders with various dementias. Cameron uses music, play, movement, poetry, and visual art to augment his work and is thrilled to be staying on as part of  the Jeff’s Place family. He can be reached at cameron@jeffsplacemetrowest.org.

Jennifer Kaplan Schreiber, PhD, LICSW, Fellow in Thanatology- Founding Director
Jenny is Founding Director for Jeff’s Place Children’s Bereavement Center, Inc., and Clinical Director of Manitou Experience, a weeklong overnight camp for grieving boys. She has worked extensively with bereaved children, teens and families in various settings providing counseling, professional training and education, and crisis intervention regarding issues of grief and loss with youth. Jennifer is the author of Young Adults Coping With Death: You Are Not Alone.  She teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member at Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston and participates on multiple research projects related to childhood health. She has presented at state and national conferences on issues related to childhood loss. In 2011, Jennifer was the recipient of the Graduate Paper Award in memory of Richard Kalish at the International Annual Conference for the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). She can be reached at jenny@jeffsplacemetrowest.org

Kelia Bergin – Graduate Intern
Kelia is a graduate student at Lesley University completing her final year of a Masters degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy.  Kelia is most familiar with three-dimensional design and is excited to bring her energy and life experience to her role at Jeff’s Place.  She can be reached at kelia@jeffsplacemetrowest.org.