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 four years.  She has been a JCC and non-profit administrator for 27 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 four years’ tenure at the JCC, the Special Needs Department has grown by over 40% , including program expansion and increased attendance.  Ari and Zach's Place, a brand-new, dedicated space for our Special Needs Department, was recently opened in June, 2014 and supported by two generous donors.    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.   

Chrystal Henion, BA
Assistant Director, Special Needs Services


We are excited to welcome Chrystal Henion to our staff!  Chrystal brings with her a wide variety of background, including work with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of Bergen County and Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America).  Chrystal is a graduate of Montclair State University where she majored in Justice Studies.  She is a dedicated Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer and has worked extensively in the areas of fundraising, grants, volunteerism and non-profit Boards of Directors.  Chrystal’s work with CASA involved work with all types of families including those with special needs.  Her guidance provided the volunteers the support they needed to function in their roles as advocates for children and their families.

Chrystal is greatly looking forward to working with our community.  She enjoys cooking, gardening and thrift shopping.  Chrystal is an avid New Jersey Devils fan and loves watching hockey games. 

We are fortunate to have Chrystal on our team!

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