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Jennifer Modzel was named Executive Director of Shepherd Home in August of 2021.  She first became connected with Shepherd Home during her time as a Social Work Intern and continued that connection as a volunteer.  During that experience, Jennifer discovered her heart for comfort care and was drawn to return in the role of Executive Director.  Jennifer lives in Gates and is a mother to two daughters who she loves to spend time with.  She is an animal lover and also enjoys traveling whenever possible.  Jennifer is always interested in learning opportunities and ways to give back to the community through volunteerism.  One role Jennifer is particularly proud of is her work as a Supported Decision Making Facilitator with SDMNY.  Jennifer has had a long career in Caregiving, Habilitation Services and Case Management.  She spent more than 22 years working in a variety of OPWDD services, many in leadership roles.  Jennifer graduated from Keuka College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and then from Nazareth College with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  Jennifer is a NYS Licensed Social Worker who uses her experience and education to guide Shepherd Home’s daily practices.  She is a collaborative leader and values an interdisciplinary approach to the care offered at Shepherd Home.



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