Sandra Robinson is the fourth Executive Director of the Needham Community Council since its inception in 1930. 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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Assistant Director of Operations & Development
Jenn became a full-time staff member in July, 2018. She joined the Council staff 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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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 more than 25 years.
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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
Caren became the CAP Program Director in 2016 after having been the Program Coordinator since 2012, and a CAP volunteer 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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Child Assault Prevention [CAP] Program Assistant
Cathy joined the Council in 2019 after volunteering as a CAP Prevention Specialist for the previous 12 years. Cathy has lived in Needham since 1999.
Cathy has a B.S. in Accounting, Finance and Mathematics from Simmons University. Cathy found herself reflecting on how to help her 2 daughters stay safe when she read an ad in the school newsletter seeking volunteers for CAP. Who would have known, that one phone call to the Needham Community Council’s CAP program would lead her to such a fulfilling experience and 12 years later she would leave the high tech commercial world for a career in community services. Cathy is rewarded and energized by knowing she’s empowering children to stand up for themselves, say “no”, and to get help, because we all have the right to be “Safe, Strong, and Free”.
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Barbara is the Council Office Manager and joined the staff in September 1987. She oversees the day to day operation of the Council including transportation program, 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.
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English as a Second Language [ESL] Program Manager
Olga joined the Council in 2016 after working many years as a researcher and librarian. At the Council, she is responsible for the direction and planning of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
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Page van Amson,
Development & PR Assistant
Page joined the Council staff in December, 2019 to help with Office Management on Mondays and Fridays. Two other days a week she works in the Development and PR Office to support fundraising & community outreach efforts.
Page has been a resident of Needham for the past 30 years and raised her two girls and a pack of dogs here. She comes to us after working at the Wellesley Needlepoint Collection. She has been actively involved in the dog community, supporting a rare breed of dog, the Stabyhoun, volunteering her time and working her dogs in agility and events. Page has been active in many Needham organizations including Newcomers, Parent Talk, Friends of the Needham Public Library and a variety of PTCs. She’s excited to join the Council team to actively making a difference for our neighbors and community.
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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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Thrift Shop Supervisor
Linda joined the Council staff in April, 2019. A life-long resident of Needham, both she and her two children attended Needham schools. Linda holds a masters’ degree in teaching English as a Second Language from Simmons College and continues her role as part time lead teacher at a private language school in Boston. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her grandson.
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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.
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