2019 CHAI Champions
Caring for Generations

CHAI Champions

Recognizing Five Extraordinary Advocates for People with Disabilities

A biennial event supporting JF&CS CHAI Services

Sunday, November 3, 2019
The Westin Waltham

Event Chairs

Laurie & Paul Gershkowitz

At this year’s event, JF&CS will recognize five individuals who share our mission to care deeply about promoting community, housing, access, and independence (CHAI) for people of all abilities. 

Our community is blessed with many who support and embrace our clients and others with disabilities; foster their growth and independence; give them opportunities to live full, meaningful, and independent lives; and celebrate their accomplishments. We are excited to honor their contributions at our event.


Our "CHAI Five" champions for 2019 are:

Jeffrey N. Karp 
President and Founder 
LAZ Parking 

Mark Kelly, M.Ed.
Director of Special Needs 
Newton Parks and Recreation Department 

Julie M. O’Brien, M.Ed., LMHC 
Family Support Clinician 
Massachusetts General Hospital Lurie Center 

Sammi L. Robertson
Bailey’s Team for Autism 

David Rosenberg 
Business Leader

For more information, contact Terri Grogan, Senior Development Officer, at tgrogan@jfcsboston.org.  

Event Committee

Hope & Joe Albert
Elyse & Bruce Balder
Monique & Jonathan S. Bamel
Stephen Bernstein
Laurence Chafetz
Sunitha Das & Das Narayandas          
Heidi & Jon Dubois
Michelle & Mark Eagle
Esther & Sergio Finkielsztein
Erica & Ethan Freishtat                     
Penny & Lawrence Goodman             
Jamie Grossman & Bob Kinder
Diane & Robert Jaye
Suzanne & Steven Kaitz
Jill & Jeff Karp
Amy & Scott Krentzman
Jennifer & Michael Lourie
Nancy & Larry Perkins                       
Lindsey Rosen
Lisa & David Sands
Robin Schreier Scari & Steven Scari
Gail & David Schechter
Susan & Rod Shale
Ruth Shir
Ken Shulman 
Rachel Sieber
Lesley & Philip Silberstein                  
Rebecca Sarter Stein & Russell Stein



Judith Feldman
Gayle & Alan Pinshaw


Jill & Jeff Karp


The Eagle Leasing Company
Rachel Goldstein z”l & James Elkind
Laurie & Paul Gershkowitz
Rita J. & Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation
  -Nancy & Mark Belsky, Susan B. Kaplan, Scott Kaplan Belsky, Gila Belsky Modell
Jamie Grossman & Bob Kinder
Jessica & Chuck Myers
Prime Motor Group
Karen & David Rosenberg


Berkshire Bank
Kay & Peter Bernon
Leslie & Stephen Bernstein
Penny & Lawrence Goodman
Suzanne & Steven Kaitz
Anne & Paul Marcus
Jill & Mitch Roberts
Jackie & Alan Weinstein
Deanna & Sidney Wolk


Monique & Jonathan Bamel
Business Networking International, Waltham "High Flyers" Chapter
Amy & Scott Krentzman
Jennifer & Michael Lourie
Heidi & Lew Pearlson
Barbara Wasserman & Andrew Pearlstein
Lisa & David Sands
Susan & Rod Shale
Ruth Brody Weinstein & William Weinstein


Sara & Michael Bernstein
Amy & Ben Bloomstone
Cabot's Ice Cream & Restaurant
Rachel & Larry Chafetz
Ken Shulman and Day Pitney LLP
Esther & Sergio Finkielsztein
Nora & Joshua Friedman
Beth & Lawrence Greenberg
Karen & Steven Sisselman
Julie & Steven Weil







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