Anne Bader-Martin, Attorney-at-Law
Executive Director/ Board President
An attorney specializing solely in juvenile and family-related law since 1993, Anne Bader-Martin has witnessed how profoundly social and economic circumstances mold her clients—in terms of the opportunities they can access, the choices they make and the people they become. Determined that our poorest children reach their full potential, she has been involved in various social justice projects, including the founding of One Can Help. Ms. Bader-Martin earned her bachelor’s in Education from the University of Florida and her J.D. from New England Law after completing her final year at Kings College’s School of Law, London.
Isil Waxman, Program Director
Ms. Waxman has 15 years of experience in hospital operations, facilities planning, project management and development, strategic planning and fiscal management. Isil has devoted her time to family and community through her volunteer efforts. For several years, she organized toy and clothing drives for the underserved in Boston and worked with Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters to develop their strategic plan. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Meadowbrook School of Weston, the Board of Trustees for ThinkGive Inc, a local, small non-profit dedicated to teaching kindness to children, and the Board of Trustees of the Country Garden Club of Weston. She holds a BS in Applied Physiology from Boston University and a MBA from Suffolk University.
Jennifer Martin, Director of Development
Ms. Martin (no relation to Anne) has been involved with One Can Help since 2012. She began her career at the University of Pennsylvania as the project manager of a large, federally-funded national survey of legal immigrants. While working there, she also studied community organizing, faith-based organizations and nonprofit management, culminating in a Master of Liberal Arts degree. Ms. Martin received her B.A. in French and Chemistry from Grinnell College and M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Newton with her husband and young children and volunteers her time with several community-building organizations.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We are grateful to all our board members, past and present, who have helped to create One Can Help. Without everyone’s special talents, we would never be able to do this important work. One Can Help truly stands on the shoulders of giants.
Ms. Fitzpatrick operates an event planning business for the personal and corporate markets, bringing knowledge and experience of developing creative, unique solutions that are optimized for locale, budget and tone. With her corporate client base, she has applied her years in industry to the disciplines of realistic budgeting, vendor and venue selection, logistics and contingency planning, producing results which meet or exceed the expectations of her constituents.
Ms. Gaffin is a four-decade veteran of Jewish organizational life, particularly in community relations, international affairs and public policy. Currently, she is the principal of Gaffin Consulting, which provides project management in the public interest and, in addition to serving on numerous regional and national boards, is a creator of custom-made Judaic art. She served on the Advisory Council for One Can Help prior to joining the board.
Ms. Gardener is a newly retired attorney with early career experience at DCF followed by 30 years at the Boston University Office of the General Counsel. She attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania and has been interested in helping One Can Help serve its mission for some time.
Ray Molly Goldberg, Founding Board Member
Ms. Goldberg has practiced child welfare law for more than 30 years in the Juvenile Courts of the Commonwealth. A graduate of Boston University School of Law, she has served as mentor to and coordinator for attorneys representing children and parents through the Children and Family Law (CAFL) program of the Committee for Public Council Services. She earned her bachelor’s in Women’s History from SUNY-Buffalo.
Mr. Hodge provides strategic support to new companies as a consultant, and has worked pro bono with a number of non-profits in the last decade focusing on women and children. He holds both an M.B.A. and J.D. from Harvard University. Prior to joining the board, he served on One Can Help’s Advisory Council for four years.
Ann Kurland, Founding Board Member
A freelance writer and contributor to The Boston Globe’s food section, Ms. Kurland turned to journalism after working in medical settings as a counselor in a women’s health clinic, as well as in the social service department at Mass General Hospital. She has covered Metrowest community issues for the Globe’s West section. Ms. Kurland also studied at Cordon Bleu in France. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, majoring in social work, and a master’s in journalism from Boston University.
Ms. Myers is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Fidelity Investments, where she advises a range of business units on the tax aspects of their product offerings. Her volunteer service has included the Citizen Schools 8th Grade Academy in Boston and a mock trial program at an under-served public school in New York City. She has lived in Newton, Mass., for the past eight years and has two children enrolled in the Newton Public Schools. When the kids are not in school, she loves to take them on adventures both near and far. At home, she enjoys gardening, cooking and entertaining. Ms. Myers was drawn to One Can help because it uses a highly efficient operating model to meet specific and documented needs of local families.
José Portuondo, Founding Board Member
Mr. Portuondo is the President of Decision Analytics, Inc., a management consulting firm focusing on business, marketing and strategy development and implementation, business process redesign and organizational effectiveness. He has more than 30 years of experience working with clients in the private and public sectors in Europe, the United States and Latin America. Mr. Portuondo’s industry expertise includes telecommunications, healthcare, pharmaceutical and high tech, working with companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100s, as well as non-profits. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Ms. Sayers has 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is currently the Chief Development Officer of Ceres, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes leading businesses and investors to tackle climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges. Prior to that, she led the development efforts of Partners In Health, an international social justice nonprofit that provides health care and poverty alleviation services in 12 countries around the world. Through her professional work, Ms. Sayers has a keen appreciation for how poverty impacts the lives of individuals, from their vulnerability to disease and ill health, to their economic and social mobility, to their personal resiliency. She holds a BA in History and Psychology from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in American History from Harvard. She lives in Newton, Mass., with her husband and three young children and is a runner and tennis player.
Ms. Schnee is a licensed medical health counselor who has worked with children and families who receive services from DCF since 2007. She is currently at Metrowest Behavioral Health Center in Acton, which is a satellite program of the Trauma Center and on the faculty of Lesley University as a clinical supervisor, working with interns who are also working with children and families involved with the DCF system. She sees first-hand the lack of funding that leads to pervasive isolation and disconnection from peers in addition to lost opportunities to practice social skills.
Ms. Soloway is an attorney-at-law practicing in the Juvenile and Probate Courts for over thirty years. She is keenly aware of the struggles faced by her clients and the economic hardships they endure.
Ms. Zardiackas is an Adolescent Supervisor in the Lowell Area DCF Office. She has worked for DCF for seven years, during which time she also graduated from the Simmons Masters of Social Work program with certificates in both Urban Leadership and Relational and Multi-Contextual Treatment of Trauma. Alyssa is a member of the CSEC Task Force, TILT, JDAI, and the Critical Incident and Trauma Response Team at the Lowell DCF office. As she is an adopted person, OCH resonates with Alyssa and her passion to finding solutions to the barriers that may impede keeping families intact or from being reunified.