Laura Rodgers serves as Chief Program Officer for Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS). In this role, manages programs providing outpatient counseling, services and socialization for adults 50+, vocational support for individuals with disabilities, comprehensive wellness and recovery focused clinical case management and support services to adult individuals with mental illness. She oversees program staff development and supervision to assure client outcomes and program commitment compliance for agency standards, licensing bodies, and funding sources.
Laura works tirelessly to provide advocacy, community networking and liaison services for individuals with substance dependence, criminal justice involvement, developmental disabilities, medical problems, aging, and homelessness.
Laura joined JFS in 1995 as a mental health case manager, over the past two decades she has helped the agency to expand serving the most vulnerable populations. Under Rodger’s leadership, the JFS programs for Jail Diversion and Enhanced Supportive Housing have successfully integrated their consumers into their own communities. In addition, she has worked to ensure that incarcerated individuals receive case management services as they transition back into society. In addition to her with work with JFS, she volunteers as clinical consultant and supervisor for the Alcove Center for Grieving Children & Their Families.
Rodgers has served on NJ Supreme Court Inter-branch Committee on Mental Health Initiatives and the Atlantic County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, she currently serves on the board of the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ and co-chairs the Permanent Housing Committee of the Atlantic County Homeless Consortium. She is a co-founder of the Garden State Leaders program for persons with lived experience of poverty and was honored with the 2015 Social Worker of the Year Award by the National Association of Social Workers, New Jersey Chapter.