JFS of Metrowest Installs New Board of Directors Members and Officers,
Celebrates Friend and Supporter Jordan Rich

Louis Kates, Marc Jacobs, Lester Schindel, Jordan Rich

Framingham, MA – May 28, 2015 – Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest, a non-profit, community-based organization that provides vital social, health and community services to alleviate suffering, enhance lives and support people in need in the Metrowest community, announced today that they have installed four new board members and a new board president for the 2015/2016 year.

The installations took place at the JFS annual meeting held at Temple Beth Sholom in Framingham on May 27th.  The event featured music selections sung by the MetroWest Jewish Day School Children’s Choir led by Cantor Scott Sokol and was attended by JFS board members, volunteers, staff, friends and family.

Festivities included a tribute to radio personality and local celebrity Jordan Rich, a long time JFS friend and supporter, for his exemplary media career and tireless charitable involvement.  Accolades were offered by attorney Eric Weinstein as well as Ken Carberry, President of Chart Productions, and Jordan’s son Andrew Rich.

The celebration heralded in new board members:

  • Former business owner, Peggy Barry of South Dartmouth
  • President of Framingham State University, F. Javier Cevallos of Framingham
  • Leader of EMC’s Global Real Estate and Facilities organization, John Herrera of Newton
  • Co-founder of the PHIA Group and managing partner of The Law Offices of Russo & Minchoff, attorney Adam Russo of Hull

Also, continuing board member Michelle Wilen of Ashland, former environmental planner at CDM Smith, stepped into the executive role of vice president.

And, attendees rose with thanks and appreciation as Lester Schindel of Framingham, President and Chief Executive Officer at CharterCare Health Partners, completed his tenure as board president and passed the gavel to long-time board member and former vice president Louis Kates of Framingham, CPA and partner at Starr, Finer Starr, and LLP, as he accepted the position of board president.

The new inductees join previous and current board members, including:

  • Vice President David Milowe of Sharon, Senior Vice President and Branch Director of Senior Consulting Group at RBC Wealth Management
  • Vice President Melissa Roiter of Southborough, Owner of Yummy Mummy Brownies
  • Vice President Josef Volman of Wayland, Co-Chair of Corporate Department at Burns & Levinson LLP
  • Secretary Penny Glassman of Ashland, Head of Library Technology Initiatives at UMass Medical School
  • Treasurer Daniel Finn of Natick, Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor at Morgan Stanley

"JFS is immensely fortunate to have the support of exceptional individuals like Jordan, Louis and the many accomplished professionals that serve on our board, not only because of their unwavering commitment to the agency, but also because of their dedication to the Metrowest community,” said JFS of Metrowest Chief Executive Officer, Marc Jacobs. “They know the needs of the community well, understand the needs of its members and are instrumental in making the important work of the agency possible.  We look forward to another great year and we welcome those newly inducted to the JFS family."

About JFS of Metrowest
JFS a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to standing up for those left behind and provides services to over 4,500 people in need within the Metrowest region each year, including afterschool tutoring for at-risk children, nutrition assistance for low-income families, refugee resettlement case management and support services that enable frail older adults to live independently.  To learn more about JFS and to see the full list of 2015/2016 Board of Directors, visit www.jfsmw.org.



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