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The National Association for State Community Services Programs

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Phone: (202) 624-5866

NASCSP Staff Contact Information

Jenae Bjelland
Executive Director
(202) 624-5850

Cindy Homol
Operations Director
(202) 624-7862

Raymond Thomas
T&TA Program Manager
(202) 624-5268

Kyle Gasser
Program Assistant
(202) 624-5867

Ray Judy
Energy Services Director
(202) 624-7887

Eric Behna
Program & Policy Analyst
(202) 624-5996

Jackie Orr
CSBG State Assistance Director
(202) 624-7812

Katy Kujawski 
Research Director  

Lauren Cook 
Deputy Director, CSBG 
(202) 624-7813

Jenae Bjelland, NCRT -  Executive Director

Jenae Bjelland is the Executive Director of the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). Prior to accepting the position of Executive Director, Ms. Bjelland was the Director of Healthy Homes for NASCSP and previously the Director of Research for NASCSP.  As NASCSP's Director of Healthy Homes, she was been responsible for implementing the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Weatherization Plus Health initiative, which is a national effort to enable the comprehensive, strategic coordination of resources for energy, health, and safety in low-income homes.  She brings seventeen years of experience in the anti-poverty and energy efficiency network - working at the local, state and national level. Ms. Bjelland is results driven, adept in analyzing process management, data, and technology needs and is certified as a National Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) trainer.


Cindy Homol - Operations Director

Cindy Homol is the Operations Director of the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). Prior to accepting the position, Cindy was the T&TA Coordinator/Conference Manager for NASCSP, managing two national conferences annually and successfully growing T&TA to include on-site and webinar delivery of standard as well as personalized training. Cindy brings an extensive background in project, event, and personnel management to the NASCSP team.


Raymond Thomas T & TA Program Manager

Raymond Thomas currently serves as the Training and Technical Assistance Manager at the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) where he has spent a total of almost five years working on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Plus Health Initiative and the  and Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). For over a decade he has spent his career working in various project management roles for national associations and other non-profits advocating for underserved and underrepresented communities. Prior to his call into the non-profit world, Raymond worked as a curriculum writer and educator in Baltimore City. Outside of NASCSP, Raymond is an adamant HIV/AIDS activist with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation as well as an accomplished playwright.


Kyle Gasser Program Assistant

Kyle Gasser is a Program Assistant for the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). He provides support to CSBG, WAP, and general administration of NASCSP. Kyle is a graduate of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University with a Master of Public Policy degree.  

Ray Judy, QCI -  Energy Services Director

Ray Judy is the Energy Services Director for the NASCSP. Ray has over 28 years of experience in the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and has worked in nearly every position from crew member to WAP Grantee Program Manager. Ray’s current role at NASCSP involves developing and providing T&TA for WAP Grantees, working with DOE to promote and strengthen the WAP, and addressing legislative issues related to the WAP on Capitol Hill. Ray currently holds an Indiana Competency as an Energy Auditor and is a BPI certified Quality Control Inspector (QCI).


Eric Behna Program & Policy Analyst

Eric Behna is the Program and Policy Analyst for NASCSP. He works with both the WAP and CSBG sides of NASCSP and his responsibilities range from compiling reports, meeting with congressional staffers, working with social media, and providing general program support. He holds both an M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Economics from Saint Louis University. Prior to coming to NASCSP, he worked with energy and environment issues on Capitol Hill. He also spent time working in higher education supporting a university vice president and coordinating campus wide events.


Jackie Orr, NCRT -  CSBG State Assistance Director

Jacqueline Orr is the CSBG State Assistance Director at the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). Prior to working at NASCSP, Jackie was the Operations Director at the New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA).  Jackie is a Certified Result Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) Master Trainer and has several years of experience in facilitation and training.  She has also worked in community–based organizations in the areas of mental health and literacy.

Katy Kujawski- Research Director

Katy has over 12 years of experience in the Community Action network. She began her career in Boise, ID at a Community Action Agency as a Homeless Outreach Coordinator and ran the HIV Prevention Programs. She then worked for the State Association where she provided training and technical assistance to CSBG Eligible Entities and managed the day-to-day activities of the Community Services Block Grant, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Weatherization Assistance Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program contracts in partnership with the State. Most recently, Katy has worked with NASCSP as a consultant providing training and technical assistance to states, support to NASCSP on the CSBG IS Survey, and assistance with implementation of the new Annual Report. She holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Policy from Boise State University.


Lauren Cook  Deputy Director,  CSBG 

Lauren Cook is the CSBG Team Lead at the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). Ms. Cook has experience serving adults with chronic mental illness, homeless individuals and families, disabled and elderly adults, and immigrant and refugee populations both in a direct service and community organizing capacity. Ms. Cook holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Salisbury University and a Master of Social Work from San Diego State University.


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