MSW MBA LICSW, President/CEO
Vijay brings a diverse background in Social Work, Non-Profit Operations, Program Development, Clinical Oversight and Financial Management to Granada House. Vijay possesses over 26 years of successful experience working on multifaceted projects, leading teams of productive and motivated employees, and fostering positive relationships with a wide range of clients, colleagues, and key business partners. Vijay’s experience also spans in the areas of Information Technology, Contract Administration, Quality Assurance, and Organizational Leadership . Vijay has been consistently recognized for outstanding contributions to the bottom line and solid reputation for resolving complex issues. Commended for efficiency, priority management, communication, and presentation skills.
Prior to joining Granada House, Vijay worked for a multi-state social service agency for over 23 years, beginning his career as a social worker and ending as their Vice President of Operations. Vijay also maintained his own practice since 1997 and supported a caseload of diverse clients as their therapist.
Vijay is an active member of the Social Work Council of the Western New England University Social Work department and helps in the planning and implementation of the annual Social Work Conference. Vijay also served on the board of the Department of Children and Families area offices, was Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Caring Health Center, and a chairperson of the Southampton Housing Authority. Since 2007, Vijay has volunteered extensively in helping resettlement and empowerment of Bhutanese refugee families from Nepal.
His educational degrees include a B.S. in Accounting, Graduate Certificate in Marketing & Sales Management, Master of Social Work (MSW) from educational institute in India, Master of Business Administration (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-RPI), a Certificate in Computer Programming and completed course work towards a Masters in Computer Science (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-RPI).
Vijay is happily married since 1991. Vijay and his wife are very proud of their two daughters who are not only successful in their education and professional fields but are wonderful and responsible young adults.
BA, LSWA Program Director
Jennifer began her social work career in 1990 in community organizing and advocacy as a Consumer of services, serving as Chair of the Planning & Evaluation Committee for Hampshire Community Action Commission, Diversity Chair for Amherst Family Center, and as Consumer Advisory Board Member for the Department of Public Welfare (now DTA), serving additionally on its Medicaid Reform Committee in 1993. She was a Consumer with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and received support in obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from UMASS Amherst after residing in homeless shelters in Greenfield and Northampton. She went on to partially complete clinical coursework and thesis research at Smith College School for Social Work, followed by work as Executive Director of the West Springfield & Agawam Open Pantry, Social Worker with the Department of Social Services (now DCF), Intake Coordinator with Dare Family Services (Now Hopewell), Program Director for the Adult Foster Care Program at Multicultural Community Services, Clinical Practice Manager for the Adult Foster Care Program at Caregiver Homes, PCM Program Manager for Center for Living & Working, and LTSS Services Director for AFC and PCA Programs at Northeast Arc. “As a person in recovery, I am grateful to be a part of the Granada House family, setting our Residents up for success in their recovery journeys toward health and wellness.” Jennifer resides in Gloucester and enjoys service work with women in recovery and hiking with her two adult sons, TJ and Aiden.
Stephanie K Freedman
JD MEd LMHC, Clinical Director
Stephanie comes to Granada House with a wealth of diverse experience. She originally moved from New York to Boston to attend Northeastern University of Law, earning her JD and practicing law for over 20 years. For a number of reasons, her interest in treatment of those with substance use disorders grew resulting first in part-time work in a men’s recovery home, while still practicing law. This was followed by completion of the Addiction Course and certification through UMASS. After starting to work full-time in the field, she went on to obtain her Masters and LMHC in 2012. She has worked in the field of substance use treatment for over two decades, initially beginning as a counselor and moving on to becoming a Clinical Supervisor, Assistant Director and now as the Granada House Clinical Director. Stephanie brings a wealth of experience, dedication and passion to her work with this challenging population.