Meet Our Staff
Francis McCarthy joined the Jewish Community Center staff as Special Needs Program Coordinator in April 2012.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Francis holds a degree in Neuroscience. He has volunteered or worked with children with special needs at camps, in hospitals and in community settings, including the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan at the JCC.
Always eager to meet new people, Francis usually can be persuaded to try anything once, whether it is diving with sharks or hot yoga (true stories). A kid at heart, he has a diverse collection of hobbies that include playing obscure board games such as Eurorails, working on New York Times crossword puzzles, running outdoors and consuming candy at top speed. He is fiercely dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families.
Nichole Shotwell joined the JCC as director of Special Needs in April 2012. She started her career at JARC, working with adults with special needs and their families, while she completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Michigan. Since then, she has had the privilege of working with people who have a variety of health concerns, including epilepsy and cancer. Nichole is thrilled to once again be working with children and adults with special needs, who hold a special place in her heart.
As a busy, working mom, Nichole relishes the time she spends with family and friends and enjoys volunteering as leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop