Sandra Robinson is the fourth Executive Director of the Needham Community Council since its inception in 1930 and the only full time staff member. She was raised in Needham and is a Needham High School graduate.
Before becoming the Council’s Executive Director she worked for many years in the social service industry. Her work has served a variety of people in need, including women who were incarcerated, survivors of Domestic Violence, immigrants to the United States, and teens dealing with every day life issues. Her goals are always the same: to empower whomever she is working with to make the best choices they can make, and help them move forward in their lives.
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Director of Development and Public Relations
Debbie Winnick joined the staff of the Council in January, 2008. Debbie has lived in Needham since 1984 and has been involved in many town-wide organizations. She and her husband, David, have two children who graduated from Needham High School.
Debbie has been on the Board of the Needham Education Foundation and the League of Women Voters of MA and is a past-president of the League of Women Voters of Needham, where she continues to be on the Board. She is a past-member of the Needham Youth Services Board [formerly known as the Needham Youth Commission] and has been a Town Meeting member for 25 years.
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Kris DeGraw Danna,
Kris joined the Council staff in 2011 in the newly created Volunteer Coordinator position.
She came to Needham with twenty five years of Volunteer Operations Management experience as the Director for Volunteer Services for the ESPN X Games, Boston Marathon, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Kris got her Masters in Communication Management from Simmons College. There she also taught classes in Volunteer Management as an adjunct professor.
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Food Pantry Coordinator
Sue manages all aspects of the Food Pantry. She grew up in Needham and began volunteering at the Council in 1997. Starting as an assistant in the Food Pantry she helped distribute food to people’s homes. Sue became the Food Pantry Coordinator in February 2001 and was instrumental in moving the Food Pantry to its new “client choice” delivery system in 2014.
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Child Assault Prevention [CAP] Program Director
Now the CAP Program Director, Caren has been Program Coordinator since 2012, and was a volunteer CAP Prevention Specialist for the previous 13 years. She has lived in Needham since 1989.
Caren has a B.A. in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Humanistic Education and Human Services, both from Boston University. She has worked with young children and families throughout her life; as a teacher, program director, school administrator, parent, and community volunteer. She believes that it is through the education and subsequent empowerment of children as well as of the adults in the community that we can create an environment in which children are able to stand up for themselves and keep their rights to be “Safe, Strong and Free” when faced with challenging situations.
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Barbara Ryan and Maureen Lupien
Barbara is the Council Office Manager and joined the staff in September 1987. She oversees the day to day operation of the Council including medical transportation program, van, medical equipment loan program, memorials and holiday dinners/events. Barbara works Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Before working at the Council she was a church secretary for many years.
Maureen joined the Council in 1996. She works the front desk managing the phone and scheduling transportation services for Needham residents. She also records data into the software system. Maureen is in the office on Mondays and Fridays.
Maureen has a BS in Electronic Communications from DVRY. Before coming to the Council she was employed as a supervisor at Bell & Howell.
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Development & Communications Assistant
Jenn joined the Council officially in 2015 after completing a year of volunteer service with a Boston Food Justice program; the Council Food Pantry acted as one of her placement sites.
Having functioned in a variety of roles before moving up to Massachusetts – from fitness professional, specializing in geriatric wellness; to home health aide, providing support to home-bound senior citizens; to Night Shelter Manager at a homeless shelter – meeting marginalized populations where they are is at the core of work that motivates and inspires her. She believes the value of ‘people helping people’ extends beyond the walls of the Council building itself and loves telling the story of ‘why’ to engage others in the transformative work and mission of the Needham Community Council.
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Volunteer & ESL Program Assistant
Olga joined the Council in 2016 after working many years as a librarian in education, financial, and medical areas in the UK and US. At the Council, Olga works closely with the English as a Second Language (ESL) and Volunteer programs, providing planning and organizational support.
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Sherry has been an independent QuickBooks Bookkeeper since 1995. She began working part time for the Council in December, 2010 Sherry writes “I fell in love with everyone at The Council and the mission. It was the best thing I ever did!”
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Council “Go-To Guy”
Dan joined the Council in November, 2006 as the Facilities and Maintenance Specialist. He is in charge of picking up and delivering surplus to the Council from companies such as Roche Brothers, Target and Sudbury Farms. Dan also manages incoming donations as well as the Council’s waste removal services.
Dan has his BA in Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Before coming to the Council he worked as a Shift Supervisor at CVS in Needham.
General Office Mailbox
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