Amanda Verhaak

Amanda Verhaak received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas. She then received her Master of Social Work degree, with a focus on Children, Youth, and their Families, from the University of South Carolina. Soon after, she moved to Boston, MA, where she became a Licensed Certified Social Worker. Amanda has had many experiences in the field of social work and mental health, including work at a residential treatment center, a child advocacy center, a childhood hunger awareness program, and an after school program. She has also worked at a child psychiatric hospital and as an early interventionist. Amanda is now an Early Childhood Consultant and Trainer with JRI's Early Childhood Training and Consultation Program, with a focus on school-aged children. Amanda has a passion for understanding children, their families, and their environments. 

Amanda Verhaak, Early Childhood Consultant and Trainer


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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.