Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest, a nonprofit, 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, installed four new board members at the 2019 JFS Annual Meeting.

The meeting opened with welcoming remarks from David Podell, president of Mass Bay Community College, followed by the presentation of the pilot partnership between Mass Bay Community College and JFS: Pathways to Student Success, a community engagement and mentoring program.

The installations of the four new board members took place shortly after, welcoming in:

  • Ashley DePaolo of Ashland, President, CommCreative
  • Dena Kowaloff of Framingham, Director of Marketing, Roche Bros.
  • Meyer Levy of Framingham, CPA and Shareholder, KLR Accounting
  • David Podell of South Natick, President, Mass Bay Community College

Attendees shared their appreciation for and gratitude to departing board members Robert Fields of Buzzards Bay, Ethan Freishtat of Needham, Sharon Goldstein of Natick and Janet Sanders of Boston.

Additionally, several volunteers and staff members were recognized for their outstanding work with JFS. This year, JFS CEO Marc Jacobs presented volunteers Karin Beth, Jane Joiner, Michael Sawyer and staff member Joanne Kane with the CEO’s Roll Up the Sleeves Award. Their tireless determination and zeal never ceases to embody the values of JFS.

Reducing Achievement Gaps volunteers Naomi Zwelling and Cecilia Teixeira were the recipients of the 2019 Ellen Bloch Youth Leadership Award for their continuous commitment and dedication both as mentors and to the volunteer program at JFS.

JFS COO Lino Covarrubias presented Abrielle Salloway, FAN case manager and coordinator of elder and communal services, with the 2019 Lebold Staff Award in recognition of her exceptional professional growth and diligence throughout the past year.

To learn more about JFS and to see the full list of 2019-2020 Board of Directors, visit

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