Meet Our Team

Malka Young, LICSW, CCM

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Director, Allies in Aging JFS Elder Care Solutions
Malka Young is the Director of the Allies in Aging JFS Elder Care Solutions program and provides a full range of life care management services for older adults and their families with a multidisciplinary team of social workers and nurses.

Malka received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University and graduated from Brandeis University.  She is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences. Malka addresses the challenges of aging in community, living well with chronic illness, caring for aging parents, grief and bereavement.  She is a published author and was the first social worker in the pioneering Geriatric Evaluation Unit at the VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plan.

She is an advanced professional member of the Aging Life Care Association and holds specialty certification from the National Association of Social Workers as a certified advanced social work case manager.

Specialties:

  • Living Well with Chronic Illness
  • Geriatric Care Management
  • Family Relationships/Caring for Aging Parents
  • Dementia and Neurological Disease
  • Family Caregiver Coaching
  • Jewish Resources for Aging Well

Laila Vehvilainen, MS, MPH, NASM-CPT, CDP 

Geriatric Care Manager Associate

Laila Vehvilainen joins Allies in Aging JFS Elder Care Solutions as a Geriatric Care Manager Associate. You may know her from her work in JFS Healthy Aging program as a Fitness Instructor and in home Personal Trainer for some of our geriatric care management clients.  She brings a wealth of experience to the program, working for the past 5 years at North Hill Life Care Community in Needham.  She has Senior Fitness Specialist, Arthritis Instructor and Dementia Care certifications. She earned her Master’s in Gerontology and in Public Health,

She has done research in aging as a Research Project Manage and was a Program Director at a Council on Aging. Laila speaks Latvian fluently and has working knowledge of Spanish, Germán and Finnish.

Michelle Bodin-Hettinger, LICSW, C-ASWCM, CDP

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Geriatric Care Manager

Michelle Bodin-Hettinger received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and her BS from Cornell University. Michelle has a long career as a licensed independent clinical social worker and has worked with older adults for more than ten years as a Geriatric Care Manager, Medical Social Worker and Social Services/Community Outreach Director. In these roles she has helped older adults and their loved ones identify resources, arrange services, access benefits, understand their options, and plan for the future.

She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Allies in Aging team and her dedication to caring for aging adults make her a passionate ally for clients and their families as they move through the aging process.

Shashona Kaye, RN, BSN

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Registered Nurse

Shashona Kaye received her nursing degree from Northeastern University. Upon graduation Shona immediately began working with the senior community at a nursing home specializing in long term care, dementia, sub acute care and rehabilitation. Her wide range of nursing experience has included camp nursing, operating room, recovery room, office setting and several years working in the home care industry.

Throughout her nursing career, Shona has worked as a nurse liaison between home care agencies and doctors/hospitals as well as having worked closely with nurse case managers, social workers and physicians, giving her a unique and comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of elder care and home care.

Shona enjoys the process of assessing, planning, coordinating, monitoring and providing services for the elderly and their families. She finds great reward in working with seniors as she truly respects and appreciates their life experience and all they have offered to society. Shona brings an exceptional level of compassion and empathy to her work and that, combined with her vast experience, makes her a valued asset to the Allies in Aging team.

Amanda Coughlin, LICSW

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Senior Director, Operations & Revenue Programs

Amanda Coughlin holds a BA from Bentley University and a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University.  She works with managers to improve program efficiency and effectiveness and is passionate about developing innovative, affordable programs that help older adults get the care and support they need as they navigate the changing and complex conditions that come with aging.

Mayra Tardiff

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Homecare Operations Manager

Mayra, originally from El Salvador, is a longtime resident of Massachusetts. She will be working with manager Adan Hendrie to ensure our older adult clients have the homemaking and personal care services they need to live in their homes, safely and with dignity. Mayra speaks English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. She loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Dámaris Medina-Hernández

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Homecare Training Manager

Dámaris joined the team at JFS in 2000, and has extensive experience caring for and attending to the needs of elders in the Metrowest community. Before coming to JFS, she studied mental health and computer software at the CUC University of Puerto Rico and the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. She especially enjoys the opportunity to give back to the community and the chance to work with many different cultures and to learn from them.