Robert J. Dermody was born and raised in Needham, MA. After graduating from Needham High School, he attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Robert then pursued a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is very active in the Needham community as a Town Meeting Member, and with the Exchange Club. He also serves on the Design Review Board, and Community Preservation Committee. He is a Professor of Architecture at Roger Williams University in Bristol Rhode Island, and is a licensed architect in Massachusetts. In his spare time, Bob is a volunteer docent with Boston By Foot, and a BayWatcher for the Coalition for Buzzards Bay. His grandmother, Frances K. Dermody, was the first Executive Director of the Needham Community Council, a position she held for 25 years.
Lynn has donated her time by volunteering at the Needham Community Council as an ESL tutor since 2011. In 2012, she developed an assessment tool with which to gauge the needs of prospective ESL students. Using this tool, Lynn has met with hundreds of prospective ESL students and has worked to help make successful matches with volunteer tutors. Since 2015, Lynn has worked as the Director of Development at Wondermore, a non-profit whose mission is to bring authors and illustrators into underserved Boston public schools for curriculum-aligned classroom visits. Prior to joining Wondermore, Lynn was active in the PTC in the Needham public schools and with the Needham High School Athletic Boosters. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wesleyan University, and M.S. in Accounting and MBA from Northeastern University. Lynn worked as an equity analyst from 1997-2004, when she and her husband and their three children moved to Zurich, Switzerland. Her experience as a foreigner, learning a new language and customs, made a strong impression on her and served as the catalyst for volunteering in the Council’s ESL program. 2020 will mark Lynn’s sixth year on the Board of the Needham Community Council.
Kathleen is currently the Marketing Lead for Accenture in Boston & Hartford–a role she has held since May 2019. Previously, Kathleen was the Senior Director of Services Marketing at Staples. She joined Staples in 2010 and held various leadership roles in marketing–driving stores, staples.com and salesforce performance. Prior to Staples, Kathleen started an in-house agency; managed customer service; and implemented an email program for the Upromise College Savings and Loyalty program. She also supported clients at Digitas in the online education, automotive and wireless industries.
She and her husband live in Needham with their three children. She has volunteered at The Council since 2016 as co-chair of the Annual Holiday Boutique. In 2010, Kathleen managed fundraising for City of Hope’s Spirit of Life nominee. She currently serves on several committees for the Needham High School PTC and serves on the board of advisors at Research Institute for Learning & Development in Lexington.
Kathleen is a graduate of Tufts University and holds a master’s degree from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
Currently retired, John was previously employed by The Boston Consulting Group. There he provided consulting services to major corporations, held a senior internal financial management position, and led an Investment Committee with oversight responsibility for the firm’s U.S. retirement plans. 2020 will mark John’s sixth year on the Needham Community Council Board. He also does work with the Carter Memorial United Methodists Church where he is the Chair of missions/outreach team. They pursue a range of initiatives to help a variety of local, national and internal services and charitable organizations, including the Needham Community Council. John is also a Chair of the endowment team, which oversees the church’s endowment funds. When he is not working and volunteering John likes to run triathlons.
Margie and her husband Jerry have lived in Needham since 1971 where they raised their children and enjoy their 4 grandchildren. She has been a Town Meeting Member since 1970, and also served for four years on the Needham Education Foundation. She served on the Future School Needs Committee for sixteen years. Margie taught first grade for twenty-three years at Hillside School. There she helped coordinate teachers and students with collecting food and goods that were delivered to the Council Food Pantry on a monthly basis. “When I retired, I was eager to be a part of the Council Board to be a stronger force in the over-all operation and to serve in any way I was needed.” 2020 will mark Margie’s sixth year on the Needham Community Council Board. Until COVID-19 hit, she continued to help schedule food deliveries with the Needham schools, and helped with the “Back to School Project” which usually takes place in August at the Council.
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Priscilla has donated her time by volunteering at the Needham Community Council thrift shop and food pantry since 2012. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, R.N from Boston College, and her Masters in Public Health from Boston University. Some accomplishments in her career include working as a U.S. Navy Lieutenant (1969-1972), working as a nurse epidemiologist at Boston City Hospital (1972-1974), she was an Associate Director at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston (1974-1991), a Trustee at Deaconess Glover Hospital ( 1991-1998), Senior Vice President at CRICO/Risk Management Foundation, Harvard Medical Institutions (1998-2001). A Senior Faculty Investigator at the Institute of Health Policy, Partners and Massachusetts General Hospital (2002), A Senior Vice President, Performance Improvement and Chief Quality Officer at Cambridge Health Alliance (2002-2012) and a consultant in patient safety at Partners Healthcare System (2012-2014). 2020 will mark Priscilla’s seventh year on the Board of the Needham Community Council.
Diane was born and raised in Needham. She graduated from Amherst College and then attended the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she was selected to be part of the Humanities and Medicine Program. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at Brown University where she is the Pediatric Director of the Hasbro Partial Hospital Program, an integrated, family-based day program for children with complex medical and psychological issues. She is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Previously, Diane served as the Medical Director of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders Program and worked for many years as a primary care pediatrician at a health center in Roxbury. Diane serves on the Patient and Family Centered Care Steering Committee at Hasbro, the Medical Advisory Board for Reach Out and Read RI, and the Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Council at BID-Needham. Diane lives in Needham with her husband, Peter, and sons PJ and Armen.
Linda grew up in Needham; in 2000, she and her husband, Brian returned to Needham. Linda has been active in Needham organizations including Newcomers, Parent Talk, and Needham Pool & Racquet Club. She’s also been involved in various school and youth sports activities through her 3 children who graduated from Needham High School.
She has been an HR professional for 30+ years including roles in high tech, consulting and healthcare; in 2018 Linda joined Needham Bank to lead its HR and Learning and Development team.She is currently a volunteer for the Community Council/Dressing Well Foundation Karma Project.
Lynn Gotwals has been a Needham resident for 23 years. She and her husband raised their two daughters here. Lynn is a teacher at the Mitchell School in Needham. Previously, she worked in project management for several nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Her previous volunteer work includes serving on the boards of the Needham Education Foundation, Needham Steps Up and the Outreach Committee at the Congregational Church of Needham. She began working with the Community Council as a Team Captain for the Ride for Food, an annual ride to benefit food pantries in the area. Lynn has a B.A. from Smith College and a M.Ed. from Lesley University.
Jonathan is the Executive Director of Principal Gifts for Clark University. Previous to working at Clark he worked as a fundraising professional at the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee and Clark University where he has returned after 10 years. He received the Senn-Greenberg award for excellence in staff leadership from the Anti-Defamation League. Jonathan and his wife, Carol co-created the Ultimate Pink Drink fundraiser benefiting breast cancer research. He is also a past board member of the Needham Educational Foundation [NEF].
Andrew is a Partner and Managing Director at Greenwich Associates, the global research-based consultancy. Andrew oversees the firm’s global Investment Management practice and is responsible for managing relationships with leading asset managers and investment consultants.
With over 20 years of consulting to the asset management industry, Andrew has experience advising clients on a variety of distribution, marketing and product issues. He has recently led advisory engagements on global growth assessments, entering the institutional market, brand equity analyses, product positioning and messaging, thought leadership program design and execution, and private equity fundraising. He has also authored studies on opportunities and threats in the Outsourced CIO market, trends in the ETF marketplace and developments in the defined contribution market. In addition, Andrew oversees the Firm’s work with institutional investors in North America and the subscription-based information service, Greenwich ACCESS™ for Asset Managers. He frequently delivers keynote presentations at industry conferences and is quoted in mainstream and industry publications.
Before joining the Firm in 2009, Andrew was a Managing Director at Chatham Partners and responsible for managing the company’s research and consulting relationships with asset managers and defined contribution record-keepers. Prior to that, he worked in the Financial Services and Corporate Strategy Practices at CEB (Corporate Executive Board) advising firms on strategy development, strategic planning, M&A, and competitive intelligence, among other topics. Andrew received his BA in Political Science from Cornell University and his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Andrew lives in Needham, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.
Alrie McNiff Daniels
Alrie has more than two decades of nonprofit experience. Currently the senior communications officer at Tufts Health Plan Foundation, she previously worked at FSG, a mission-driven consulting firm; the American Cancer Society; and as a freelance writer/communications consultant.
Her community and volunteer service includes fundraising for established nonprofit organizations, board roles on neighborhood associations, pro bono support for emerging nonprofits and numerous roles at her children’s schools. Alrie has produced school talent shows, managed logistics for school publications, coordinated teacher/staff appreciation events, and served as a room parent, classroom volunteer, Cub Scout den parent and Girl Scout leader. She also sat on the Board of Directors of the Library Foundation of Needham.
A native New Yorker, Alrie lived in Washington, DC; Alameda, CA; Chapel Hill, NC; Natick, MA; and Falls Church, VA during her husband’s Coast Guard career. They moved to Needham in 2003.
Dr. Carrie Reddish is a dentist in Needham where she has owned her own practice for the past 13 years. Carrie completed her undergraduate degree at Stonehill College and then attended Tufts University of Dental Medicine. She is a member of the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society. Originally from Connecticut, Carrie has lived in Needham for six years with her husband (a Needham native) and 3 children. 2020 marks Carrie’s fourth year on the Board.
Diane has over 20 years of experience in human resources and is responsible for all aspects of HR at New England Development where she has worked since 2008. She spearheads the company’s recruitment and retention initiatives and works closely with New England Development’s family of companies, including MarketPlace Development, Nantucket Island Resorts, and Newburyport Development, on their human resources needs. Diane received a B.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her M.B.A. from Babson College. She is a member of Society for Human Resource Management and a member of CREW Boston, New England’s leading network of professional women working in commercial real estate. 2020 will mark her sixth year on the Council Board.
Mary, her husband Jeff and three kids (Noa, Patrick and Evie) have lived in Needham since they moved here from DC in 2007. Mary graduated from the University of Virginia where she studied Finance and Marketing. She now works as a part-time consultant, providing marketing and financial analysis services for a few local companies. Mary became involved in the Needham Community through her work at Parent Talk, first as their Fundraising Chair and then as a Co-President for 2 years. Prior to being on the Council Board, she was familiar with the Council through her volunteer work as PTC Co-President at the Mitchell School.
Andrea B. Wasserman is an innovative leader, effective strategist, and philanthropy expert. She consistently inspires clients to exceed their fundraising goals by focusing on smart development strategies and unleashing the right talent. As Founder and President of the boutique organizational development firm ABW Partners (formerly Social Profit Ventures), Andrea has partnered with nearly 50 clients on customized engagements around the design and execution of exceptional advancement and fundraising programs. Andrea also delivers an expansive array of fundraising coaching, proficiency building, and learning opportunities from the c-suite and board level to development departments and cross-organization teams.
Before launching her firm in 2012, Andrea was the catalyst behind fundraising at various high-performing local, national, and international nonprofits. Charged with the responsibility of driving comprehensive and sustainable financial resource development, Andrea assumed pivotal roles at UJA Federation of New York, Wall Street Division; United Jewish Communities (first as the Director of National Young Leadership Cabinet and then Director of National Women’s Constituency); Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School; and BBYO International. In concert with dynamic colleagues and stakeholders at these and other organizations, Andrea has successfully built cultures, systems, teams, and strategies that have yielded tens of millions of philanthropic dollars to foster vibrant communities worldwide.
Passionate about her family, friends, and community, Andrea resides in Needham, MA with her husband Adam, son Zachary, and labradoodle Tucker. The Wassermans are members of Temple Beth Shalom in Needham.
Joyce cannot believe she has lived in Needham for 10 years. It still seems like yesterday when the McCafferty family moved into town. Despite not having friends nor family here, the family has forged strong bonds of friendship with neighbors within this welcoming community and are proud to call Needham home.
Armed with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Joyce’s career began in pharmaceuticals. Stay at home parenting temporarily interrupted her career trajectory. However, this detour pales in comparison with her current pursuit of a new career in healthcare as an EMT and ski patroller.
Previously active in ParentTalk, Joyce is excited at the opportunity to serve the larger community of Needham.