Sandra Robinson is the fourth Executive Director of the Needham Community Council since its inception in 1930. She was raised in Needham and is a Needham High School graduate.
Before becoming the Council’s Executive Director she worked for many years in the social service industry. Her work has served a variety of people in need, including women who were incarcerated, survivors of Domestic Violence, immigrants to the United States, and teens dealing with every day life issues. Her goals are always the same: to empower whomever she is working with to make the best choices they can make, and help them move forward in their lives.
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Advisor, Development and Public Relations
Debbie Winnick joined the staff of the Council in January, 2008 and will be retiring on June 1, 2021.
Debbie lived in Needham from 1984-2000 and was been involved in many town-wide organizations. She and her husband, David, have two children who graduated from Needham High School.
Debbie has been on the Board of the Needham Education Foundation and the League of Women Voters of MA and is a past-president of the League of Women Voters of Needham. She is a past-member of the Needham Youth Services Board [formerly known as the Needham Youth Commission] and was been a Town Meeting member for more than 25 years.
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Food Pantry Coordinator
Since COVID-19, Sue has been working remotely; staying in contact with all Food Pantry customers and families. She grew up in Needham and began volunteering at the Council in 1997. Starting as an assistant in the Food Pantry she helped distribute food to people’s homes. Sue became the Food Pantry Coordinator in February 2001 and was instrumental in moving the Food Pantry to its new “client choice” delivery system in 2014.
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Child Assault Prevention [CAP] Program Director
Cathy joined the Council in 2019 after volunteering as a CAP Prevention Specialist for the previous 12 years. Cathy has lived in Needham since 1999.
Cathy has a B.S. in Accounting, Finance and Mathematics from Simmons University. Cathy found herself reflecting on how to help her 2 daughters stay safe when she read an ad in the school newsletter seeking volunteers for CAP. Who would have known, that one phone call to the Needham Community Council’s CAP program would lead her to such a fulfilling experience and 12 years later she would leave the high tech commercial world for a career in community services. Cathy is rewarded and energized by knowing she’s empowering children to stand up for themselves, say “no”, and to get help, because we all have the right to be “Safe, Strong, and Free”.
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Page van Amson,
Director of Development & PR
Page joined the Council staff in the front office in December, 2019. She became the Council Assistant Director, working both in general administration and development and is now the Director of Development and PR.
Page has been a resident of Needham for the past 30 years and raised her two girls and a pack of dogs here. She comes to us after working at the Wellesley Needlepoint Collection. She has been actively involved in the dog community, supporting a rare breed of dog, the Stabyhoun, volunteering her time and working her dogs in agility and events. Page has been active in many Needham organizations including Newcomers, Parent Talk, Friends of the Needham Public Library and a variety of PTCs. She’s excited to join the Council team to actively make a difference for our neighbors and community.
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Assistant Director of Development & PR
Along with Page van Amson, Suzanne has become the Council’s social media “guru” – when we post on Facebook and Instagram, know that Page and Suzanne are there!
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Sherry has been an independent QuickBooks Bookkeeper since 1995. She began working part time for the Council in December, 2010. Sherry writes “I fell in love with everyone at The Council and the mission. It was the best thing I ever did!”
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Galia has lived in Needham for the past 13 years and graduated from Needham High School in 2015. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2019, double majoring in human and social development, and criminology. She started volunteering at the end of 2019 in the Food Pantry and Thrift shop and is thrilled to now be a member of the Council team. Galia will be moving on in June, 2021 to pursue a Masters in Social Work and eventually work in the criminal justice field.
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Food Pantry Manager
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Tablets & Tutors Program Manager
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ELL Program Manager
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Council “Go-To Guy”
Dan joined the Council in November, 2006 as the Facilities and Maintenance Specialist. He is in charge of picking up and delivering surplus to the Council from companies such as Roche Brothers, Target and Sudbury Farms. Dan also manages incoming donations as well as the Council’s waste removal services and a variety of building projects.
Dan has his BA in Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Before coming to the Council he worked as a Shift Supervisor at CVS in Needham.
Since COVID, Dan has been instrumental in keeping food supplies available with many multiple trips to the Boston Food Bank and other locations.
General Office Mailbox
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