Our Company

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Our Story

Jerri Shaw
& Gail Bassin

Striving for a Better World

Since its founding in 1985, JBS International has striven to change service systems and improve lives.

We deliver professional services to clients in the public and private sectors. Our clients work to create a better world, and we help them by solving complex problems to improve the human condition.

“JBS is at an exciting time in our history. We are still relatively new to the Celerian Group, a Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina company, but our internal talent and expertise in behavioral health, child welfare, health information technology, and web development are well-established. We have a long history of working closely with clients and communities to design and realize locally driven, strength-based solutions to complex challenges, and I look forward to continuing and growing these collaborations moving forward.”

JBS President Jennifer Kasten, Ph.D., MSW

Jennifer Kasten

A Passionate Team

We listen closely to our clients’ greatest challenges and apply our expertise in research and evaluation, communications, information technology, and management consulting.

President Jennifer Kasten, Ph.D. and founders Jerri Shaw and Gail Bassin are joined by a passionate, multicultural team of more than 250 employees who focus on a broad array of human services systems and populations.

“We are not afraid to ask ‘what if,’ to create a vision of what the world could be like, and to design and realize solutions that advance understanding and move ever closer to making the vision a reality.”

Jerri Shaw and Gail Bassin

Giving hope to those in need.

Serving Vulnerable Populations

In every project we take on, we are privileged to confront the issues our clients face as they directly work to help people around the world, especially vulnerable and underserved populations.

Read Jerri Shaw's journal about her personal work promoting women's rights in Afghanistan.

Our Mission

Create sustainable change – in health care, social services, and education – that improves people’s lives.

Our Values


Our Promise

Our pledge to our customers:
we will work with you to solve complex problems, to achieve your mission, in ways that sustain improvements in people’s lives.

Social Responsibility

Our Team

Our seasoned leaders built the company from the ground up and continue to ensure that for every client we are providing the best solutions every day.

Executive leadership

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    Jennifer Kasten
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    Gail Bassin
    Founder, Chief Financial Officer
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    Jerri Shaw
    Founder, Chief Strategy Officer

Executive Team

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    Candace Charkow
    Vice President
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    Susan Hayashi
    Vice President/Project Director
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    Lisa Patton
    Vice President
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    Brad Schoener
    Vice President
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    Ruth Ann Speir
    Vice President

Subject Matter Experts

With deep expertise in the topics that matter most to our clients, our subject matter experts translate theory into practical application in ways that guarantee success.

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Doing Business with JBS

If your organization aims to improve lives and make the world a better place, we want to work with you.

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