Our Staff

Special Needs Services Staff

Thank you for visiting the Special Needs Services page.  We look forward to speaking with you about our programs.  Please feel free to contact us at anytime to find out more information about our programs or to schedule an intake interview. 

Rebecca Gallanter, MSW, LSW
Director, Special Needs Services 

Rebecca has been the Director of Special Needs Services at JCC MetroWest for three years.  She has been a JCC and non-profit administrator for 26 years including Camp Director, Youth / Teen Director, Senior Adult Director and Assistant Executive Director of the South Shore Y (Friedberg) JCC in Long Island, NY, administrator at the JCC of Central NJ, Brain Injury Association of NJ, has served as a case manager on a child study team and is a member and board member of various professional and non-profit organizations.  In her three years’ tenure at the JCC, the Special Needs Department has grown by over 40% , including program expansion and increased attendance.  Rebecca strives for inclusion in general JCC programming wherever and whenever possible while simultaneously offering a wide array of quality self-contained activities and events.   

Jessica Walder, Certified TOSD
Assistant Director, Special Needs Services

Jessica began working as the Assistant Director of Special Needs Services at JCC Metrowest in July 2012.  Prior to working at the JCC, Jessica lived in Nashville, TN and worked as a Special Education teacher where she worked with elementary school students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. She also served as a Site Leader of a before and after school program in Williamson County, TN.  Jessica has experience working with people of all ages with disabilities through her experiences at Vanderbilt University.  Jessica aims to provide programming which allows individuals with disabilities to learn and improve their social and daily living skills while also having a great time! 

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