The Board of Directors thanks One Can Help staff. They run all the day-to-day details that make One Can Help so effective.
Ms. Bader-Martin has practiced juvenile and family law for more than twenty-five years. She has been heavily involved with One Can Help since its inception in 2006. Ms. Bader-Martin earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Florida and her J.D. from New England School of Law after completing her final year at King’s College School of Law, London. She recently transitioned from her volunteer role with One Can Help into a part-time staff position as One Can Help’s Executive Director, as well as interim Chair of the Board. Ms. Bader-Martin thanks everyone involved with One Can Help, especially the founding Board members who helped move One Can Help from an idea into a reality.
Ms. Gelda joined One Can Help in 2019 as the Administrator, after working in administration services in Boston’s financial district. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University in International and Global Studies, with a concentration in ‘Inequalities and Social Justice’. Liz is fluent in Spanish and has spent extensive time living in Nicaragua. She worked in Special Education in the Newton Public Schools and was the volunteer coordinator for a mentorship program affiliated with various Greater Boston high schools.
Marcy Krasnow is the Finance Manager for One Can Help, Inc. She spent years in the private sector doing software development, project management, technical sales support, sales management and sales training. She has BS in mathematics.
Robin Maltz is the Program Manager at OCH. She has a background in Public Health (Boston University MPH) and has worked with pregnant women and new moms in a variety of areas. Most recently she worked as the volunteer coordinator at a non-profit grocery store in Dorchester which provides healthy and affordable meals and groceries.
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. She has also worked with nonprofits on their strategic plans and branding. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Meadowbrook School of Weston, the Board of Trustees for ThinkGive Inc, a local, small nonprofit dedicated to teaching kindness to children, and the Board of Trustees of the Country Garden Club of Weston. She holds a B.S. in Applied Physiology from Boston University and an M.B.A. from Suffolk University.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We are so grateful to all our board members for the time and support they generously give to OCH. We would never be able to do this important work without them. One Can Help truly stands on the shoulders of many giants.
Mr. Goldstein is co-chair of the Business and Technology Group of Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP, an AmLaw 200 law firm, has over 30 years of experience in the areas of general business, venture capital, technology and life sciences transactions, and M&A. He is listed in The Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America and is named Massachusetts Super Lawyer. He holds both a B.A. with Honors and a J.D. from The University of Virginia.
Mr. Hodge provides strategic support to new companies as a consultant, and has worked pro bono with a number of nonprofits in the last decade focusing on women and children. He holds both an M.B.A. and a J.D. from Harvard University. Prior to joining the board, he served on One Can Help’s Advisory Council for four years.
Ms. Levenson runs Levenson Wealth LLC, a boutique wealth management firm in Newton. As an experienced financial planner and investment manager, she helps her clients to prepare for (and enjoy) financial independence after their working years. Her prior experience includes corporate marketing and management consulting. She earned her B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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. 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.
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.
Ms. Hall is a partner at Hall & Castel Law group in Woburn Mass. The main focus of her practice is Immigration and Domestic Relations. She is also serving as a trial attorney for the CAFL panel in the Juvenile Courts of Middlesex County, where she represents indigent clients. Her legal work also includes contract, landlord/tenant advocacy and estate planning. In 2016, she joined Legal Access to Justice as volunteer Attorney assisting low- income immigrants facing deportation. Tanya recently joined the Chris Foundation, Inc. as Board director. She attended Law School at the Massachusetts School Law and served on the Advisory Committee for the International Law Student Association. Tanya is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court First Circuit.
Mr. Kumar has a high school diploma from Austin Preparatory School, a Degree in Medical Sciences from the Medical University of the Americas, and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Massachusetts School of Law. Kateen has also been a Certified Hotel Administrator, from the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute. Prior to becoming an attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Kateen has developed and managed various successful businesses. He has a passion for child advocacy in his practice of law and works tirelessly for strong result based solutions to issues that bring children into the legal system, at times through no fault of their own.
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.
Bio to come.
Ms. Sayers is a fundraising professional of many years’ experience and currently Chief Development Officer at Ceres, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes leading businesses and investors to tackle climate change, water scarcity, and other global sustainability challenges. Prior to joining Ceres, she was Chief Development Officer at Partners in Health. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Harvard.
Ms. Schnee is a licensed mental 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. Singer is a corporate attorney who represents startup companies through all stages of their life cycle, as well as the investors that support them. She also works with nonprofits on formation, application for tax-exempt status, and corporate governance. She got involved with One Can Help as its outside general counsel while an associate at WilmerHale, and is glad to continue supporting this organization as a board member. In addition to One Can Help, Stephanie is involved with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Temple Beth Shalom in Needham and 100 Women of Needham. Stephanie graduated from Brown University and received her law degree from Harvard Law School.
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.
For 26 years, Debbie Sussman was the Director of Camp Yavneh, a residential summer camp for kids ages 8-17. Under her leadership camper enrollment, retention and staff retention increased significantly. During this time many new programs were created: a summer-in-Israel program, a program for special needs campers integrating them into the camp setting to compliment and enhance the camp’s mission. Innovative additional programming like Family Camp (an after-camp weeklong session), contributed not only to Yavneh’s bottom line but more importantly proved to be a feeder for new Yavneh campers. The Yavneh Retreat Center was developed during these years and operates in non-camp months serving many not for profit organizations.
Before becoming a Camp Director Debbie worked with developmentally delayed children as a Physical Therapist. Since Debbie’s retirement from Camp Yavneh in 2016, she has been consulting in the camping realm and volunteering at The Newton Centre Food Pantry, and as a volunteer reviewer for DCF. Debbie loves the outdoors and spends many hours having fun with her seven grandchildren!
We thank our Advisory Council for assisting the Board to further One Can Help’s mission.
Bio to come.
Lisette Cooper, Ph.D., is founder and managing partner of Athena Capital Advisors, an investment advisory firm serving private clients and institutional investors. Athena Capital is an award-winning and nationally recognized OCIO (outsourced Chief Investment Officer) and wealth management firm. Lisette has helped to establish the firm as one of the leaders in the field of impact investing. She has appeared many times on national television and been widely quoted in news media. Lisette holds the CFA designation as well as several patents, and holds a Ph.D. in geology from Harvard. Lisette is a board member of the Garrison Institute, Boston Youth Sanctuary, the Mind and Life Institute and former chair of the board of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She served as an Expert in Residence for the Harvard Innovation Lab. Lisette has three children, one of whom was adopted from DCF foster care in Massachusetts who is now thriving, working, married, and in school. Lisette resides in Lincoln, MA.
With over 35 years experience working in the Jewish community, particularly in community relations and public policy, Barbara has advocated on behalf of, developed partnerships with, and established cutting edge projects with local, national, and international civic groups, government agencies, and Jewish communities, including Boston, Washington DC, Yemen, Ethiopia, Israel, Ukraine, and the Former Soviet Union.
Barbara is best known as an outspoken advocate on behalf of Ethiopian Jews. Barbara traveled with the first group of American Jews to Ethiopia in 1981, later lived with Ethiopian immigrants in Israel, and continues to press for full integration of Ethiopians into Israeli society through her role on the boards of the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry and Friends of Ethiopian Jews. She also serves on the advisory board of the New England Region of the New Israel Fund, visits Israel regularly, and speaks Hebrew.
Barbara is currently Managing Director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston and works on a variety of projects in the Jewish community.
A native Bostonian, Barbara creates custom-made Judaica, teaches belly-dancing, and is a perpetual student of Arabic. She and her husband, Doug Cahn, are the parents of Elon (“EG”) and Tamar Gaffin-Cahn.
Mr. Gordon is a technology consultant in website development and marketing, as well as in photography. His career spans software maintenance, performance and capacity planning, operations management, and sales engineering support. Moshe holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Columbia University. As a founding board member of One Can Help, Moshe created the innovative system One Can Help utilizes. Moshe continues to provide One Can Help with technical support.
Mr. Lerman is a lawyer and philanthropist who grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. He is Senior Counsel to Lerman Senter PLLC, a communications law firm founded in 1982, and was the Firm’s Managing Partner from 2000 to 2017. Steve received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School. Steve has served as a Director of three publicly-traded corporations, as well as outside General Counsel of CBS Radio Inc. From 2007-2018, Steve has been designated a “Super Lawyer” by Washington, DC Super Lawyers Magazine, and selected as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA. He is also listed as one of Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers in the 2009-2017 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America. Steve has received the Joseph Wharton Award from The Wharton Club of Washington, DC, for outstanding service to Penn and the Washington, DC, community, as well as the Distinguished Leadership Award from Penn for raising $7.5 million to assist financially disadvantaged students. Steve founded and chairs the Newton South High School Alumni Scholarship Fund and Mentoring Program, providing financial aid and mentoring services to college students. He is also the Chair of Active Minds, Inc., a global nonprofit providing mental health outreach to more than 16,000 college and high school students.
Ms. Nardine, MSW, LICSW is the Area Director of the Framingham Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Joyce has been in the social work/child advocacy field for over 35 years; initially, working in inpatient adult and child psychiatry and then, in child protection work. Ms. Nardine had in the past practiced as a psychotherapist and had maintained a clinical practice. For the past 31 years, Ms. Nardine has had experience in all aspects of child protection, including crisis and case management, childhood trauma, adoption work, family resource recruitment and development, permanency planning; clinical supervision, management and administration, and community outreach initiatives. Ms. Nardine has developed and supported a number of family- centered, strength based, child driven alternatives to practice in child welfare. These include Multidisciplinary Assessment Teams, Family Group Conferencing, Strength Based Service Planning, Permanency Planning initiatives, Community Connections, Family Success Partnership and Continuous Quality Improvement, among others. A major theme in Ms. Nardine’s practice is the belief that “all families have strengths”. She is and continues to be committed to bridging the gaps to ensure more seamless transition for young people moving into their adulthood. In her current capacity as Director, she oversees over 100 staff and she manages a large budget servicing children and their families residing in 23 surrounding towns and cities.
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 nonprofits. 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. Pries, LMHC, serves as Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Alliance of Juvenile Court Clinics, an advocacy organization that educates legislators, providers, and consumers about the services provided by the Juvenile Court Clinics with the goal of increasing these services statewide. She is a Certified Juvenile Court Clinician I and Mentor involved in training new Juvenile Court Clinicians. Up until 2016, Rebecca served as Executive Director of Adolescent Consultation Services (ACS), an agency operating the Middlesex County Juvenile Court Clinics. These clinics provide mental health and substance use evaluations for court-involved youth and their families. She is co-author of the book, Kids and the Law: A User’s Guide to the Court System, a practical guide to laws and court practices that affect juveniles.
Dr. Reiss, MD, is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. She is part of the teaching faculty and steering committee for The REACH Institute (Resources for Advancing Children’s Health) and trains primary care providers evidenced based behavioral health around the country. She is also a member of the Walker Professional Advisory Council dedicated to the issue of permanency for all children in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a representative of the Walker Board. She currently lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with her husband and has three young adult children and two grandchildren.
Mr. Stark specializes in statistical analysis, survey research, and program evaluation. He has contributed to a Harvard professional development program for teachers and school leaders; to higher-education consulting firm that helps colleges attract and retain students; to a health care program providing hospital administrators with insights into patient outcomes; and, freelance, to a variety of clients in education, health care, psychology, business, law, and archaeology. Roland has a B.A. in History from Harvard and an M.Ed. in Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation from Boston College.
Ms. Zolina is an attorney in solo practice for over 10 years. The main focus of her practice is criminal defense in the District Courts of Middlesex County, where she represents both private and court-appointed, indigent clients. Her legal work also includes landlord/tenant advocacy and estate planning. In 2014 and 2015 she was selected for inclusion in the SuperLawyers Rising Stars list for Massachusetts. Having grown up in low-income housing and attended the Boston Latin School, she went on to graduate from Harvard College and the Northeastern University School of Law. Veronica co-chairs the Middlesex County Committee of the Women’s Bar Association and serves on several nonprofit boards and advisory committees. Prior to pursuing her legal education, she built a career as a marketing communications professional with financial services institutions as well as nonprofit organizations in the Boston area.