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Board of Directors

The mission of the JF&CS Board of Directors is to help guide and support the work of delivering the highest quality, most effective human services possible to those in need throughout Eastern and Central MA.

A board member’s role is to enhance the prestige of the organization, increase its visibility and importance to the community, and ensure its financial security and ability to grow. It also is entrusted to make sure that our strategic direction will deliver the agency’s mission, oversee operations of the organization, and ensure that the “heart” of the organization is in all that we do.

Gail Schulman

Andrew Pearlstein

Steven Weil

Lewis J. Pearlson

Kimberly Creem

Board of Directors

Susan Abraham

Susan AbrahamSusan Abraham lives in Needham with her husband, Andrew, and their two children, Barrie and Brayden. She is a graduate of Tufts University and earned her Master’s of Business Administration from Boston University. Susan is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, a national honor society for students of business and management. Her areas of expertise include business strategy, product development and management, and large-scale project launches. She is a member of CJP’s Women’s Philanthropy and an AIPAC club member. At JF&CS, she is a member of the Center for Basic Needs Assistance Advisory Committee, the Development Committee, and the Finance Committee. Susan leads product and go-to-market strategy for the Wealth Management business at Fidelity Investments and is a member of their women’s leadership group. Susan and Andrew are active members of Temple Aliyah in Needham. In her free time, Susan enjoys tennis, running, decorating, and spending time with her children.

Matthew Appelstein

Matthew Appelstein Matthew Appelstein and his wife, Judi, reside in Needham and they have two married daughters, Jamie and Melissa. Both girls reside in Brooklyn, NY. They also have a granddaughter, Ella Paige Nolan. Matt is a graduate of UMass Amherst, where he majored in accounting. He also holds CFA and CPA degrees. Matt manages the Americas for Eastspring Investments, an investment management firm headquartered out of Singapore. He has spent over 25 years in the investments industry. Matt is on the Finance committee at CJP and a board member for a new healthcare startup. At JF&CS, Matt serves on the Finance Committee. His leisure pursuits include golf, wine, investing, and spending time with his family.

Stephen Bernstein

Stephen BernsteinStephen Bernstein and his wife, Leslie, live in Newton. They have two daughters. Steve is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, LLP. He is based in the Boston office and co-leads the firm’s Digital Health Practice, co-leads the firm’s Life Sciences Practice, and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He has previously served on the firm’s compensation, finance, and executive committees, and from 2009-2018, Steve served as the firm’s Global Head of Healthcare. He also plays a lead role in the firm’s newly launched McDermott Rise program, a program designed to provide a set of free legal services and other supports to entrepreneurs of color. Steve is nationally ranked in Chambers and Partners for Healthcare and has been named in U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers and New England Super Lawyers. A magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, Steve received his JD cum laude from Boston College Law School, where he served on the Boston College Law Review. At JF&CS, Steve is an active member of the CHAI Services Advisory Committee, and the former Chair of this Committee. In his spare time, Steve pursues his interests in cooking and fishing. The Bernsteins are members of Temple Shalom in Newton.

Michelle Black

Michelle Black is a dedicated leader in the Greater Boston Jewish community. She is the current Board Chair of Gann Academy where she is a strong champion for expanding the reach and impact of our local Jewish Day Schools. Michelle previously served on the boards of The Rashi School and Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). She is an alumnus of CJP’s Acharai Leadership Development program and JFNA’s National Young Leadership Cabinet. She is a past recipient of CJP’s Young Leadership and Circle of Excellence awards, recognizing her commitment and passion to Jewish communal service. Michelle currently co-chairs CJP’s Teen Initiative and recently co-founded TribeTalk, an organization that helps prepare teens for Jewish life on a college campus. At JF&CS, Michelle serves on the Center for Basic Needs Assistance Advisory Committee and the Development Committee. Michelle earned her BA from University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She worked as a consultant with a focus on change management leadership development, corporate strategy and organizational design. She now applies her business skills and experience to strengthen and support the local Jewish non-profit community. Michelle lives in Newton with her husband, Darren, and her four kids, Evan, Scott, Emily and Alex. 

Shari Cashman

Shari CashmanShari Cashman and her husband, Robert, live in Swampscott. They have two daughters, Alyssa and Haley. The Cashmans are members of Congregation Shirat Hayam, where Shari was a past board member. Shari has strong ties to the Jewish community on the North Shore, serving as the current Vice President and Membership/Marketing Chair of the JCC of the North Shore and as a member of the ADL North Shore Advisory Committee. Shari is also very active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), where she is a current board member and serves on the Gala Committee and Outreach Committee. In 2014, Shari was honored as a JF&CS Community Hero, and she was the JDRF Honoree in 2015. In April of 2018, Shari and Robert co-chaired the JF&CS Benefit, helping to raise a record-breaking $1 million. She is a dedicated volunteer at JF&CS’s monthly social program for Holocaust survivors, Café Hakalah. She is also a member of the Center for Basic Needs Assistance Advisory Committee at JF&CS. In her free time, Shari enjoys strength training and rowing.

Jill Cohen

Jill Cohen Jill Cohen lives in Boston, Boca Raton, and New Seabury. She is married to Michael Savit and is the mother of Alexander Jacobs and Moriah Jacobs. Jill earned her Bachelor’s of Science in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She was the owner of the Sheldon Cohen Insurance Agency, which she sold in 2012. Jill is the founder of Glammer Planner. She serves on the boards of the Boston Jewish Film Festival and National Women’s Philanthropy at UJF. A longtime supporter of JF&CS, Jill serves on the Development Committee. Jill’s interests include reading, swimming, yoga, and films.

Kimberly Creem

Kimberly Creem Kimberly Creem lives in Newton with her husband, Gary, and their two children, Jacob and Lily. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and received her Master’s of Business Administration from Boston College. Kimberly was a member of the Temple Emanuel Board for seven years and is a current member of the Sisterhood after serving as president from 2015 - 2017. She is a member of the JVS Scholarship Committee and the Mayyim Hayyim Development Committee. Kimberly has held a leadership role at CJP for more than 26 years, serving as a member of the Young Leadership Board, Ben Gurion Chair, Young Couples Chair, Lawyers and Accountants Event Chair, POM Event Chair, a member of the Budget and Administrative Committee, and a member of the Women’s Philanthropy Board. Most recently, she has been nominated to the board at CJP and started her term in the fall of 2020. In recognition of her work at CJP, the organization honored her with the Campaigner Award, Young Leadership Award, and the Accountant of the Year Award. For more than 26 years, Kimberly has worked as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand/PwC. At JF&CS, she is a member of the Nominating Committee, Development Committee, and co-chaired the 2019 Benefit. Kimberly enjoys reading, Scrabble, piano, and exercising.

Danielle Darish

Danielle Darish Danielle Darish lives in Needham with her husband, Gregg, and their three children, Jacob, Allison, and Michael. After graduating from Brown University in 1998, Danielle received her master’s degree in social work from Boston University. She has been a licensed social worker since 2005. Her areas of expertise are children with emotional and behavioral issues and mental health problems. She also worked with families with histories of trauma and abuse, low-income families, and people with disabilities. Danielle co-chaired the Auction Committee in 2013 for Temple Beth Shalom's largest annual fundraiser and also co-chaired the synagogue’s Children Center's Caring Committee. She participated in CJP’s Leadership Development Series, 2014 - 2015 and served on CJP’s Camp Scholarship Committee from 2012 - 2016. She has been an active member of Women’s Philanthropy since 2010. Danielle joined the Gateways Board in the fall of 2018 and also serves on the Parenting With Purpose Committee. Danielle is an active member of Yachad at Rashi, where her children attend school. At JF&CS, she serves on the Nominating Committee, the Development Committee, and co-chairs the CERS Advisory Committee. Danielle served on the Women’s Breakfast Committee in 2015 and co-chaired the event in 2016. Her leisure pursuits include running, spinning, strength training, skiing in the winter with her family, and cooking. Danielle took a brief hiatus from her active role in the local community to live in Israel with her family during the 2018 - 2019 school year.

Sunitha Das

Sunitha Das and her husband, Professor Das Narayandas, live in Newton with their two children, Rohan and Amit. Sunitha graduated from Bangalore University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University. She also has a Master’s of Business Administration from Boston University and is currently a Special Student at Harvard University, where she is pursuing graduate studies in Indian art, Hindu studies, Sanskrit, and Tamil. In 2008, Sunitha was runner-up for India New England Woman of the Year. She is a member of the Board of Overseers at the Museum of Fine Arts; Vice Chair of the Visiting Committee, Arts of Asia, at the MFA; member of the Visiting Committee, Peabody Essex Museum; and on the Board of Directors of Understanding Our Differences. At JF&CS, Sunitha is a member of the CHAI Services Advisory Committee. In her free time, she collects modern and contemporary Indian art and enjoys entertaining.

Joan Wasser Gish

Joan Wasser Gish and her husband Jason live in Newton. They have two daughters. Joan is a Director at the Boston College Center for Thriving Children where she leverages knowledge from research and implementation to inform education policy and practice nationally and internationally. Joan previously served in the United State Senate, on a Presidential Campaign, and in a nonprofit focused on children and families. She was twice appointed by the Governor to serve on the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care, and is a past and present member of several non profit boards, including the Board of Trustees of Temple Emanuel and an Israeli non-profit, Educating for Excellence. A magna cum laude graduate of Brown University, Joan received her MA from Columbia University Teachers’ College, and her JD, with honors, from Columbia University School of Law. At JF&CS, Joan co-chairs the Center for Early Relationship Support Advisory Committee and her family is engaged with Family Table and Center for Basic Needs Assistance. Joan enjoys time with family and friends, exercise, reading, writing, travel, and art.

Penny M. Goodman

Penny GoodmanPenny M. Goodman and her husband, Larry, live in Newton. They have two sons, Jeffrey and Jonathan. Penny is a graduate of George Washington University, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Her areas of expertise are fundraising events and nonprofit engagement. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Kipness Wilson Frieland Award from the Jewish Federation of North America, and in 2015 she received the Maxwell Burstein Volunteer Award from Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters. She was also a CJP Circle of Excellence Award winner in 2014. Penny is a member of CJP’s Caring and Social Justice Committee and Past President and Campaign Chair of CJP’s Women’s Philanthropy. At JF&CS, she co-chairs the Development Committee. Penny was also a long-time volunteer for the Lauren and Mark Rubin Visiting Moms® program. In her spare time, she pursues golf, exercise, reading, and travel.

Robin Gross

Robin GrossRobin Gross and her husband, Anthony, live in Newton with their college-aged son and high school-aged daughter. She earned an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the George Washington University School of Law. Robin practiced law in Washington, D.C. for over a decade in various positions, including jobs at the United States Department of Treasury and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Robin is a member of Temple Emanuel and is active in the Jewish community. She served as a member of the Executive Board of CJP’s Women’s Philanthropy for six years, co-chaired the Lion of Judah luncheon in 2016, graduated from the Acharai program in 2016, and was awarded the title “CJP Superstar” in 2017. Currently, Robin serves on CJP’s Development Committee. As an active volunteer at her children’s schools (Solomon Schechter Day School, the Park School, Beaver Country Day, and the Dana Hall School), Robin was honored to give back to the institutions that helped her children grow. At JF&CS, she chairs the Compliance and Risk Management Committee and serves on the Schechter Holocaust Services Advisory Committee. In her spare time, Robin enjoys traveling with her family, spinning, training, hiking, Torah study classes, and baking with her daughter.

Jamie Adess Grossman

Jamie Grossman Jamie Adess Grossman served as President of the JF&CS Board of Directors, 2017-2020. A Realtor with Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, she provides expertise and guidance for clients throughout the home selling and buying process. A real estate entrepreneur, she founded and ran her own business connecting contractors with homeowners, greatly simplifying the home renovation and maintenance experience. Since joining the JF&CS Board in 2000, Jamie has served in many roles and committees including Vice President, Clerk, Officers, Hunger and Nutrition Chair, Development Chair, Annual Campaign Chair, Benefit Chair, Strategic Planning, Finance, Governance, Real Estate Task Force, Nominating and the CEO Search Committee. Jamie founded Shoulder to Shoulder, a program of JF&CS providing unique services and support to military families throughout Massachusetts. Jamie received the Betsy Gross President’s Award in 2015, and her family received the 2006 JF&CS Family Tzedakah award. Jamie serves on the Board of Overseers at Beth Israel Lahey Health and Dana Farber Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers Executive Council. She was honored to serve as Co-Chair of the Greater Boston Veteran Collaborative Steering Committee, member of Massachusetts General Red Sox Home Base Program Red, White & Blue Alliance. As a Rashi parent, she chaired Yachad and joined the Rashi Board of Directors. An avid cyclist, she enjoyed many years riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge. Jamie received a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the Boston University College of Communication and certification from the Harvard Business School Executive Education, Governing for Nonprofit Excellence. After raising her family in Weston, Jamie now lives in West Newton with Major Bob Kinder. She is most proud of her daughters, Jessica, Dana, and Lauren, son-in-law, Mike Kollaard, and soon to be son-in-law, Brandon Fisher. Health and fitness are a priority, and fly-fishing a passion.

Steven Kaitz

Steven Kaitz was born in Boston and has lived in Newton and Brookline his whole life. He graduated from Roxbury Latin School and finished his education at Trinity College. He has been a part of the family business, National Lumber, forever and has been co-owner and CEO with his sister for over 45 years.

Steven is a Tri-President of Congregation Mishkan Tefila, where he went to Hebrew School. He currently serves on the Board of New England Village in Pembroke, MA, a community of adult men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, where his cousin has lived for the past 40 years. Steven was a long-time member of the Board at Beaver Country Day School and currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Developmental Committee at CJP. At JF&CS, he is a member of the Development Committee and the Finance Committee.

Steven enjoys theater, movies, all sports, and travel. Steven met his wife, Suzanne, on the dance floor at a Boston club 27 years ago and got married 2 years later. They have one daughter, Emma, who lives in New York City and is a recent graduate of Columbia with a Master’s in Social Work.

Scott Krentzman

Scott KrentzmanScott Krentzman and his wife, Amy, live in Newton and have four children. Scott received a Bachelor’s of Science in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and a Master’s of Science from the California Institute of Technology. He earned a Master’s of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Scott is currently President of CMIT Solutions of Boston, Newton, Waltham, an IT managed service provider to small-to-medium sized businesses. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Jones & Vining, and his experience spans from technology product development to business building experiences through marketing, business development, and professional services. His expertise lies in Management, IT, and Systems. Scott currently serves on the Board of Directors of Congregation Mishkan Tefila, the Board of Overseers of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Board of Overseers for Hebrew College. He is also a member of the Corporation of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. At JF&CS, Scott serves on the Compliance and Risk Management Committee. Scott likes to travel in his spare time.

Michael Levinger

Michael Levinger Michael Levinger is an IT and healthcare executive and multi-time entrepreneur, having been responsible for several businesses in the healthcare field. A graduate of Brown University with a master’s degree in business policy from Columbia University, Mike is Chief Operating Officer of Primaris Healthcare, a healthcare services firm specializing in improving quality of care. He is also on the faculty of Boston University, where he teaches a graduate course on Health Information Systems and Electronic Health Records. Mike is a past president of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley and a current member of its Leadership Council. Mike and his wife have also been very involved with activities and organizations involving people with disabilities. At JF&CS, Mike serves on the Finance Committee.

Ginny MacDowell

Ginny MacDowellGinny MacDowell and her husband, Roy, live in Wayland. They have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. Ginny serves in leadership roles in many organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Shapiro Institute, a member of the Board of Directors of Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, and a board member of the Affiliated Physicians Group. She is a member of Shir Tikva in Wayland, where she serves on their Board of Directors and chairs their Development Committee. She is past Board Chair of the Anti-Defamation League, New England Region and a past board member of CJP, Boys & Girls Clubs, Mayyim Hayyim, and the Silent Spring Institute. Ginny is Trustee Emerita of the Meadowbrook School, The Rivers School, and Babson College. At JF&CS, Ginny serves on the Development Committee, and along with her husband, co-chaired the 2020 Benefit Committee.

Dale Okonow

Dale OkonowDale Okonow and his wife, Marilyn, live in Needham. Dale was one of the original founders of the Charlotte & Richard Okonow Parkinson’s Family Support Program at JF&CS, which is named after his parents. Marilyn is the conductor of the Tremble Clefs, the Parkinson’s Family Support Program choral group. Dale, a Senior Partner in The Watermill Group, a private equity investment firm located in Lexington, MA, received his Bachelor’s of Science (with distinction), Master’s of Business Administration, and Doctor of Jurisprudence (magna cum laude) from Cornell University. At JF&CS, Dale is a member of the Finance Committee. Dale enjoys all sports, especially golf, tennis, baseball, football, and basketball.

Shirley Sperling Paley

Shirley Sperling Paley lives in Lexington with her husband, Eric Paley, and their children, Zoe and Sam. Shirley is currently the General Counsel at Formlabs, a leading 3D printing company based in Somerville. A magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and NYU School of Law, Shirley started her career as a law clerk to Hon. Sandra L. Lynch on the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She then practiced intellectual property law at Goodwin LLP before switching to the in-house legal departments of various Boston area technology companies, including Demandware, which was acquired by Salesforce. Shirley is on the Boston Advisory Committee of KIND (Kids in Need of Defense). At JF&CS, Shirley is a member of the Services for Older Adults Advisory Committee. In her free time, Shirley treasures time with her family and friends, she loves to try out new (often healthy) recipes and travel the world.

Lewis J. Pearlson

Lewis PearlsonLewis J. Pearlson lives in Newton with his wife, Heidi, and two sons. He is a former Managing Partner and Vice President of Investor Relations at LCB Senior Living LLC, a developer/operator and third-party manager of quality senior housing communities. Lew's areas of expertise are investments, finance, and senior housing. A graduate of Tufts University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in economics, he earned his Master’s of Business Administration at the Yale School of Management. Lew serves on the Board of Overseers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and was also a participant in the Acharai Program at CJP. At JF&CS, he is currently serving as the Clerk for the Board and a member of the CHAI Services Advisory Committee. Lew enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and playing golf.

Andrew Pearlstein

Andrew Pearlstein Andrew Pearlstein, current JF&CS Board President, lives in Needham with his wife, Barbara. They have three daughters. Andrew graduated from the University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Temple University School of Law. He is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Boston office, concentrating his legal practice in the representation of banks, financial institutions, businesses, real estate owners, and developers. Andrew is also Co-Chair of the firm’s Structured Real Estate and Finance Group. His areas of expertise are complex commercial real estate and finance, and he is recommended by Chambers USA and the Legal 500. He is also AV rated in Martindale Hubbell. Andrew is currently the Honorary Director of Men’s Associates at Hebrew SeniorLife and a member of the Development Committee at CJP. In addition, he is a lecturer at the graduate program at the MIT Center for Real Estate. In addition to his role as President of the JF&CS Board, Andrew serves on several committees, including the Finance and Development Committees, and is also a member of the Real Estate Task Force. He is the recipient of the Betsy Gross President’s Award in 2020. Andrew is an avid sports fan and in his leisure time enjoys golf and spending time with his family.

James Rabb, MD

James RabbJames Rabb, MD and his wife, Melinda, live in Weston and have three children, Daniel, Samuel, and Sophia. James earned his Bachelor’s of Arts from Harvard College and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed an internship at the University of Chicago, a residency at Beth Israel Hospital, and a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Chicago. He earned certification in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and was stationed in the army at the U.S. Army Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, MA for three years. Jim is currently a senior physician of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He was awarded the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America-Southern New England Chapter Humanitarian of the Year Award and serves on many professional advisory councils and societies, including the BSO, MFA, and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. He is a director of the Harvard Glee Club Foundation and sings with the Harvard Radcliffe Chorus. Jim is also actively engaged with CJP. At the 2010 JF&CS Benefit, Jim, his wife Melinda, and his father Irving, were honored with the JF&CS Community Leadership Award for their personal and professional contributions to Boston’s nonprofit organizations. Jim currently serves on the Compliance and Risk Management and Center for Basic Needs Assistance Advisory Committees. In his free time, Jim enjoys horseback riding; choral singing; and collecting art, medical art, and antiques.

Karen Rosenberg

Karen Rosenberg lives on the North Shore in Marblehead with her husband, David. She is most proud to be the mother of their four children: Shelby, Amanda, Whitney and Andrew. Karen attended Marblehead High School and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Communications. Karen’s professional experience was centered in public television in Boston and New York City but her job of choice and current role is that of raising her family. Over the last thirty plus years, Karen has been involved in many organizations, offering her time and resources. Some of those institutions include: The Jewish Federation of the North Shore Board and CJP Board, Temple Beth-El/Congregation Shirat Hayam Board, Jewish Teen Initiative Board, Marblehead Counseling Center Board, Marblehead Museum Board, Marblehead For Teens Board, Hillel Academy Board and the Jewish Community Center Board in addition to the Jewish Family & Children’s Service Center for Basic Needs Assistance Advisory Committee. Devoting her time and energy to her family and community provides Karen with a great sense of purpose and personal satisfaction. In her leisure time, Karen enjoys traveling, sporting events, exercising and practicing spiritual wellness.

David Schechter

David SchechterDavid Schechter and his wife, Gail, live in Chestnut Hill and are parents of two children. David was the recipient of the President's Award from JF&CS in 2008 and is a Past President of the JF&CS Board of Directors. He was a Sponsor Chair for JF&CS’s 140th Anniversary Celebration, co-chaired the Auction for the 2007JF&CS Benefit, and also co-chaired the 2008 JF&CS Benefit. David's campaign for donations in support of Holocaust Services at JF&CS led to the program being renamed Schechter Holocaust Services. With a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, David has held professional and entrepreneurial positions in corporate planning, stockbrokerage, and engineering. David is founder and manager of Perspective Capital Management LLC and The Schechter Foundation. At JF&CS, David chairs the Schechter Holocaust Services Advisory Committee and serves on the Finance Committee.

Larry Schoen

Larry Schoen lives in Newton with his wife, Margaret. They have two daughters. Larry is a litigation partner in the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. He is a trial lawyer who handles complex commercial litigation, including antitrust, securities, contract and bankruptcy-related matters, and was part of the Mintz team that won the Adams Pro Bono Public Award in 2011. Larry graduated from the University of Pennsylvania summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and from Harvard Law School magna cum laude, and then clerked for the Honorable William G. Young of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He is a member of Temple Beth Avodah in Newton, and serves on the Finance and Business Advisory Committees of JF&CS. Larry is also the former chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation section of the Massachusetts Bar Association and is a member of the professional advisory board of the Melanoma Education Foundation. In his leisure time, Larry enjoys running, rooting on the Celtics, and spending time with his family.

Lori Shaer

Lori Shaer and her husband, Jon, live in Needham with their college-aged son and their high school-aged daughter. Lori earned a degree in Television, Radio and Film Production from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Her professional career started in New York City in news, and she moved into children’s television working at Sesame Street and then launched a children’s production company, Little Airplane Productions. Lori is a member of Temple Beth Shalom and served on the Board of Trustees for seven years. Presently, she is on the Nominating Committee and recently founded a new group at TBS, ConNEXTions, for soon-to-be empty nesters and empty nesters. At JF&CS Lori served on the Women’s Breakfast committee for several years and co-chaired the event in 2019. She is a co-chair of the upcoming Day of Service to take place in 2023 and volunteers with her family at Family Table. Lori is also a big sister through Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters. Currently, Lori sits on the Executive Board of the Noble and Greenough Parents’ Association and on the Nobles Development Committee, where her daughter attends school. She and Jon previously co-chaired the Nobles Annual Fund. Lori is on the President’s Parent Leadership Council at University of Richmond where her son attends college. She is also a Corporator at Tenacre Country Day School where her children attended elementary school. Lori enjoys playing tennis, snow and water skiing, seeing any musical theatre production, and traveling with her family.

Alexandra Rand Simes

Alexandra Rand Simes Alexandra Rand Simes lives in Newton with her husband, Jody, and their three children. She was formerly a marketing consultant for the retirement division of Fidelity Investments. She serves as Board President of The Second Step, a domestic violence agency in Newton. Alexandra is on the Board of Overseers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is also a member of the Temple Beth Elohim Development Committee. She has been the recipient of the International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill Award. Alexandra received her Master’s of Science in marketing from Boston University and her Bachelor’s of Arts in political science from Union College. At JF&CS, Alexandra co-chairs the Development Committee, serves on the Center for Basic Needs Assistance Advisory Committee and the Finance Committee, and co-chaired the 2019 Benefit. She has a daughter at Gann Academy and two sons at The Rashi School. Alexandra’s leisure pursuits include travel, boating, and skiing.

Jack Swartz

Jack SwartzJack Swartz and his wife, Sandra, live in Needham and are members of Temple Aliyah. They have one son. Jack is a partner in S&S Investments, a private equity company that specializes in providing funding and coaching to high tech and life science startups. In 1985, he co-founded International Power Sources, an OEM supplier of electronic power supplies. He has more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, and corporate management, and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Jack is a board member of the University of Massachusetts Office of Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP). He is also a member and Immediate Past President of the Board of the Boston Center for Jewish Culture, a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating Jewish identity and preserving the historic Vilna Shul. At JF&CS, Jack serves on the Finance Committee. In his free time, Jack enjoys traveling.

Wayne Ushman

Wayne UshmanWayne Ushman and his wife, Suzan, live in Northborough with their two sons, Benjamin and Dov. Wayne graduated from Franklin and Marshall College and received his Master of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. He also earned a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential in 1980. He is the founder of Assabet Advisors LLC, a registered investment advisory that develops customized investment solutions for families, individuals, businesses, and foundations. Wayne has held various leadership positions in the Worcester community, including President of the Worcester Jewish Community Center, Chairman of the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts Endowment Committee, board member of the Jewish Health Center, and a Corporator of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Wayne and Suzan were the recipients of the Israel Bonds Unity Award (2012). At JF&CS, Wayne serves as Treasurer and chairs the Finance Committee and received the Betsy Gross President’s Award (2017). When he is not working, Wayne enjoys spending quality time with his family, skiing, and traveling.

Steven Weil

Steven WeilSteven Weil and his wife, Julie, reside in Sharon with their two young sons, Michael and Daniel. Steven has been an active volunteer at JF&CS since approximately 1997, when Bet Tzedek Legal Services became part of the agency. In 2007, he was awarded the Simone Lottor Exceptional Service Award by JF&CS. In 2019, he was awarded the Betsy Gross President’s Award. Steven is a partner in the firm Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond & Weil, P.C. in Franklin and has practiced law in Massachusetts since 1986. He specializes in civil litigation and family law. He is a 1982 graduate of Union College and a 1986 graduate of Boston University School of Law. He is a past president of Temple Beth David in Westwood. Currently, Steven and his family are members of Temple Sinai in Sharon. At JF&CS, Steven serves as Vice-President of the Board; Chair of the Center for Basic Needs Assistance Advisory Committee; member of the Bet Tzedek Legal Services Advisory Board, Board Governance; and sits on the Compliance and Risk Management and Nominating Committees. He is also the new President-elect of the JF&CS Board. In his free time, Steven is an annual participant in the Pan-Mass Challenge, plays guitar, and gardens.

Susan Wilk

Susan WilkSusan Wilk lives in Newton with her husband, Dr. Richard Wilk, and their two daughters, Hannah and Talia. Susan currently works as a senior consultant at Bentley and Brandeis University. A cum laude graduate from Tufts University, Susan worked at EF Education (the world’s largest private educational institution, with programs in educational travel, language and academic training, and cultural exchange) as Vice President of Sales and Marketing-Europe and Latin America for 14 years. Most recently, she worked as a marketing and sales consultant for World Learning, the School for International Training (SIT), and the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). Susan completed CJP’s Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership program and served as Vice President of sponsorship for CJP’s women’s executive leadership board. She is also a board member for the Friends of Dana-Farber, where she chaired Dana-Farber’s Chefs Cooking for Hope event. At JF&CS, Susan co-chaired the 2020 Women’s Breakfast, chairs the Services for Older Adults Advisory Committee, and also serves on the Development, Nominating, and Schechter Holocaust Services Committees. In her free time, Susan enjoys tennis, traveling, and cooking.

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