Margie and her husband Jerry have lived in Needham since 1971. They have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. She has been a Town Meeting Member since 1970, and also served for four years on the Needham Education Foundation. She served on the Future School Needs Committee for sixteen years. Margie taught first grade for twenty-three years at Hillside School. There she helped coordinate teachers and students with collecting food and goods that were delivered to the Council Food Pantry on a monthly basis. “When I retired, I was eager to be a part of the Council Board to be a stronger force in the over-all operation and to serve in any way I was needed.” 2018 will mark Margie’s fourth year on the Needham Community Council Board. She continues to help schedule food deliveries with the Needham schools, and she has also helped with the “Back to School Project” which takes place in August at the Council.
Robert J. Dermody was born and raised in Needham, MA. After graduating from Needham High School, he attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Robert then pursued a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is very active in the Needham community as Town Meeting Member, and as a member of the Exchange Club. He also serves on the Design Review Board, and Community Preservation Committee. He is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Roger Williams University in Bristol Rhode Island, and is a licensed architect in Massachusetts. In his spare time, Robert is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts, a docent with Boston By Foot, and a BayWatcher for the Coalition for Buzzards Bay. His grandmother, Frances K. Dermody, was the first Executive Director of the Needham Community Council, a position she held for 25 years.
Although currently retired, John was previously employed by The Boston Consulting Group. There he provided consulting services to major corporations, held a senior internal financial management position, and led Investment Committee with oversight responsibility for the firms U.S. retirement plans. 2018 will mark John’s fourth year on the Needham Community Council Board. He also does work with the Carter Memorial United Methodists Church. There he is the Chair of missions/outreach team. They pursue a range of initiatives to help a variety of local, national and internal services and charitable organizations, including the Needham Community Council. John is also a Chair of the endowment team, which oversees the church’s endowment funds. When he is not working and volunteering John likes to run triathlons.
After earning her Masters in Health Care Administration from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Deb Jacob worked for over twenty years in the Healthcare Industry. Upon retiring, she turned her focus to various volunteer activities. She currently volunteers in: The Needham Coalition for Suicide Prevention (since 2006), the Needham Domestic Violence Action Committee (since 2007), Needham High School’s Take Back the Night Club (Advisor since 2008), former Board member of the Needham Historical Society (since 2008), Board member of Friends of the Needham Coalition for Suicide Prevention (since 2011). Deb has participated in the Seasonal Giving Program at Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) since 2003 and has been invited to DFCI’s visiting committee for the past two years. She has received the State’s Unsung Heroine Award and the Needham Public Health Youth Coalition Prevention and Wellness Award for her work as an adult advocate for youth wellness. She received the Ruth and Virginia Bigwood “Voice for Justice Award” from REACH Beyond Domestic Violence in June, 2016 for her commitment to building healthy communities by ending domestic violence. In 2018 she received the Patrick C. Forde Good Person Memorial Award for her various volunteer activities that enriched the lives of Needham children, youth, and families.
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Lynn has donated her time by volunteering at the Needham Community Council as an ESL tutor since 2011. In 2012, she developed an assessment tool with which to gauge the needs of prospective ESL students. Using this tool, Lynn has met with hundreds of prospective ESL student over the last four years and has worked to help make successful matches with volunteer tutors. Since 2015, Lynn has worked as the Director of Development at Wondermore, a non-profit whose mission is to bring authors and illustrators into underserved Boston public schools for curriculum-aligned classroom visits. Prior to joining Wondermore, Lynn was active in the PTC in the Needham public schools and with the Needham High School Athletic Boosters, where she is currently President of the Board. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wesleyan University, and M.S. in Accounting and MBA from Northeastern University. Lynn worked as an equity analyst from 1997-2004, when she and her husband and their three children moved to Zurich, Switzerland. Her experience as a foreigner, learning a new language and customs, made a strong impression on her and served as the catalyst for volunteering in the Council’s ESL program. 2018 will mark Lynn’s fourth year on the Board of the Needham Community Council.
Bill was employed as a Real Estate Agent at Condon Realty in 1998 and continues to work with them today. He has supported and participated in The Needham Community Council Annual Celebration in years past. Bill is a fourth generation, lifelong, Needham resident. He lives here with his wife Carol and three children. 2018 will mark his fifth year on the Council Board.
Priscilla has donated her time by volunteering at the Needham Community Council thrift shop and food pantry since 2012. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, R.N from Boston College, and her Masters in Public Health from Boston University. Some accomplishments in her career include working as a U.S. Navy Lieutenant (1969-1972), working as a nurse epidemiologist at Boston City Hospital (1972-1974), she was an Associate Director at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston (1974-1991), a Trustee at Deaconess Glover Hospital ( 1991-1998), Senior Vice President at CRICO/Risk Management Foundation, Harvard Medical Institutions (1998-2001). A Senior Faculty Investigator at the Institute of Health Policy, Partners and Massachusetts General Hospital (2002), A Senior Vice President, Performance Improvement and Chief Quality Officer at Cambridge Health Alliance (2002-2012) and a consultant in patient safety at Partners Healthcare System (2012-2014). 2018 will mark Priscilla’s fifth year on the board at the Needham Community Council.
Diane was born and raised in Needham. She graduated from Amherst College and then attended the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she was selected to be part of the Humanities and Medicine Program. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at Brown University where she is the Pediatric Director of the Hasbro Partial Hospital Program, an integrated, family-based day program for children with complex medical and psychological issues. She is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Previously, Diane served as the Medical Director of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders Program and worked for many years as a primary care pediatrician at a health center in Roxbury. Diane serves on the Patient and Family Centered Care Steering Committee at Hasbro, the Medical Advisory Board for Reach Out and Read RI, and the Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Council at BID-Needham. Diane lives in Needham with her husband, Peter, and sons PJ and Armen.
Maria is the advisor to the UCC Reporter Digest, a student publication at BC law school. She graduated from Boston College and Boston College Law School. 2016 will mark Maria’s fifth year on the Needham Community Council Board. Prior to this, she was familiar with the Council through volunteer work at the Broadmeadow School. She is also a volunteer at Circle of Hope in Needham. Maria has lived in Needham for the past 16 years with her husband and three children.
Mani G. Iyer
Mani was born and raised in Bombay, India where he obtained his graduate degree in Computer Science. He worked as a software engineer for thirty years in many US companies the latest being Oracle and The Mathworks. After losing his functional vision due to a degenerative genetic disorder called Usher Syndrome, a leading cause of deaf-blindness in the world, he volunteered for the Usher Syndrome Coalition where he developed the global registry website, which launched in 2014. In 2016, he received an MFA degree in Poetry from Lesley University. His poems have appeared in several poetry journals and his life story is featured in Walk in my Shoes: 27 inspiring stories that will alter your perspective on human emotional and physical strengths.
Jonathan is the Executive Director of Principal Gifts for Clark University. Previous to working at Clark he worked as a fundraising professional at Defamation League, American Jewish Committee and Clark University where he has returned after 10 years. He received the Senn-Greenberg award for excellence in staff leadership from the Anti-Defamation League. Jonathan and his wife, Carol co-created the Ultimate Pink Drink fundraiser benefiting breast cancer research. He is also a Gala committee member of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Needham, and a previous board member of the Needham Educational Foundation [NEF]. 2018 will mark his fifth year on the Council Board.
Eilene is a long time member of the Needham Community. She has been a volunteer in the ESL program for 9 years, beginning as a tutor, leading conversation classes, and now helping in the coordination of the program; and, she’ll do anything at the Council that’s asked! She and her husband and their two sons moved to Needham 30 years ago; they’re the only two still here! As a stay at home mom, she invested a lot of her time in the Needham Schools, as well as Charles River School and Concord Academy. She spent several years as the Activity Director in an Assisted Living Facility in Needham, and presently serves on the board of Wondermore, a literacy program for underserved Boston students. 2018 will mark Eilene’s fifth year on the Needham Community Council Board.
Andrew is a Partner and Managing Director at Greenwich Associates, the global research-based consultancy. Andrew oversees the firm’s global Investment Management practice and is responsible for managing relationships with leading asset managers and investment consultants.
With over 20 years of consulting to the asset management industry, Andrew has experience advising clients on a variety of distribution, marketing and product issues. He has recently led advisory engagements on global growth assessments, entering the institutional market, brand equity analyses, product positioning and messaging, thought leadership program design and execution, and private equity fundraising. He has also authored studies on opportunities and threats in the Outsourced CIO market, trends in the ETF marketplace and developments in the defined contribution market. In addition, Andrew oversees the Firm’s work with institutional investors in North America and the subscription-based information service, Greenwich ACCESS™ for Asset Managers. He frequently delivers keynote presentations at industry conferences and is quoted in mainstream and industry publications.
Before joining the Firm in 2009, Andrew was a Managing Director at Chatham Partners and responsible for managing the company’s research and consulting relationships with asset managers and defined contribution record-keepers. Prior to that, he worked in the Financial Services and Corporate Strategy Practices at CEB (Corporate Executive Board) advising firms on strategy development, strategic planning, M&A, and competitive intelligence, among other topics. Andrew received his BA in Political Science from Cornell University and his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Andrew lives in Needham, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Carrie Reddish is a dentist in Needham where she has owned her own practice for the past 13 years. Carrie completed her undergraduate degree at Stonehill College and then attended Tufts University of Dental Medicine She is a member of the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society. Originally from Connecticut, Carrie has lived in Needham for six years with her husband (a Needham native!) and 3 children. 2018 marks Carrie’s second year on the board at Needham Community Council.
Diane has over 20 years of experience in human resources and is responsible for all aspects of HR at New England Development where she has worked since 2008. She spearheads the company’s recruitment and retention initiatives and works closely with New England Development’s family of companies, including MarketPlace Development, Nantucket Island Resorts, and Newburyport Development, on their human resources needs. Diane received a B.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her M.B.A. from Babson College. She is a member of Society for Human Resource Management and a member of CREW Boston, New England’s leading network of professional women working in commercial real estate. 2018 will mark her fourth year on the Council board.
Mary, her husband Jeff and three kids (Noa, Patrick and Evie) have lived in Needham since they moved here from DC in 2007. Mary graduated from the University of Virginia where she studied Finance and Marketing. She now works as a part-time consultant, providing marketing and financial analysis services for a few local companies. Mary first became involved in the Needham Community through her work at Parent Talk, first as their Fundraising Chair and then as a Co-President for 2 years. This is Mary’s first year on the Board. Prior to this, she was familiar with the Council through her volunteer work as PTC Co-President at the Mitchell School.
Barbara St. John
Barbara has lived in Needham for the past 19 years with my husband, Scott and three children Emily(17), Alexander(13) and Brooke(11). I enjoy working as a Nurse Practitioner in a busy Dermatology practice in Natick. I love being a part of the Community Council and the Needham community.
Barbara is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Goldstein Dermatology in Natick. 2018 marks Barbara’s third year on the board here at the Needham Community Council.
Chris Thomas has worked in fund-raising for over 20 years and is presently Senior Director, Principle Gifts with the American Cancer Society. As part of a National Principle Gifts Team, Chris is working with donors and other ACS staff to secure high level gifts that will impact the ACS mission to end cancer with a focus on the American Cancer Society research efforts. He has been with the American Cancer Society for over 20 years. Chris was a longtime member of the Association of Fund-raising Professionals – Massachusetts Chapter Board of Directors where he has served as president along with a variety of other officer positions and presently serves as co-chair of the Diversity Fellowship program he created. He has additional fund-raising experience as Campaign Director with both the New England Medical Center and the Merrimack Valley United Fund. Chris is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in Needham with his wife and 4 daughters. Chris joined the Needham Community Council Board in 2010.