570 Hillside AvenueNeedham, MA 02494
Council offices and all programs are closed on most major holidays. We follow the Needham Public School weather closings.
Myra has been a friend of the Council for many years and joined the Board in 2023. She has been an incredible asset to the Council through her work with community outreach, Party for the Pantry, and the Council Thrift.
Before Myra elected to stay home with her daughters, she practiced law in New York and London. Passionate about helping others, it was during this time, Myra began volunteering at her church, Needham schools, and after-school programs.
Myra currently volunteers with the homeless ministry of the Cathedral Church of St Paul in Boston and supports and serves on the Leadership Board of the Bowdoin Street Community Health Center in Boston. She was a Circle of Hope founding board member and represented the Circle of Hope as a “star” in Dancing with the Needham Stars, which raised money for the Needham History Center.
Myra and her husband, John, have lived in Needham for over twenty years. Their daughters, Mimi and Claire, both graduated from Needham High School and currently live in New York City.
Myra holds a BA in economics from The University of Chicago and JD from NYU School of Law.
Jen joined the board of directors in 2023. After a severe ankle break in 2008, Jen was introduced to the Council’s medical equipment closet through a neighbor and has been a supporter ever since. In addition to her board responsibilities, Jen greatly contributes to merchandising the Council Thrift and planning the spring fundraiser, Party for the Pantry.
Before Jen elected to stay home with her family full-time, she was a Certified Public Accountant employed at KPMG Peat Marwick and the Gillette Company. She currently is the Board Treasurer for the Needham Pool & Racquet Club, and previously served as Board Treasurer for the Carter Nursery School.
Jen and her husband Ted have lived in Needham for nearly 25 years, and have three children, Teddy, Remy and Addie.
Jen holds a B.S. in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting from Boston College.
Leslie joined the board of the Needham Community Council in 2023. In addition to being a member of the Council’s board, she is a wonderful asset to the Council’s administration office and development team through her volunteer work.
Leslie has been a registered nurse for over thirty years, with a special concentration in burn, trauma, and critical care. She is a lecturer on Burn Management and Nutrition and is involved in organizations such as American Burn Association and Phoenix Society. Additionally, Leslie provides advisory consultation for technology-based treatment.
Having called Needham home for over 20 years, Leslie and her husband, Karekine are deeply rooted in school- based and community-based activities and events. Their two sons, Matt and Chris, both attended Needham public schools.
Leslie ends each of her emails with a quote from Mark Twain: “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see". She embodies this quote through helping people with her warmth and kindness, and is evident through her work at the Council and her daily life.
Carrie Reddish, DMD, PC has been practicing general dentistry in Needham since 2005. Dr. Reddish has owned the practice since 2015, offering the highest level of dental medicine and compassionate care for adults and children in Needham and surrounding towns.
Dr. Reddish received her undergraduate degree from Stonehill College and then attended Tufts University School of Medicine. She was awarded her doctorate in 2001. Dr. Reddish is a member of the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society.
Dr. Reddish is active in the Needham community where she lives with her husband, Jim and their three children. She has been on the Board of the Needham Community Council since 2017 and was elected to the BID-Needham Board of Advisors in 2019.
Robert J. Dermody, AIA was born and raised in Needham, MA. After graduating from Needham High School, he attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Robert then earned a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Robert is very active in the Needham community as a Town Meeting Member, and as a member of the Exchange Club. He also serves on the Design Review Board. During the summer, he is a volunteer BayWatcher for the Coalition for Buzzards Bay.
Robert is a Professor of Architecture at Roger Williams University in Bristol Rhode Island, and is a licensed architect in Massachusetts. His grandmother, Frances K. Dermody, was the first Executive Director of the Needham Community Council, a position she held for 25 years.
Temple Beth Shalom will once again join hands with the Needham Community Council to provide dinners on Christmas Day.
Temple Beth Shalom will be preparing and delivering a Christmas dinner on December 25th to residents that might otherwise not have a special meal. Please call the Council to reserve your Holiday meal. Limit of two meals per household. Please phone early to make your reservation 781-444-2415.
All active Food Pantry customers may choose from two different options for Thanksgiving Dinners:
Proof of Residency
To participate in the Holiday support from the Council this year, we will be requiring proof of residency. You will need to show one of the following documents to prove that you reside in Needham:
Gloria came to the United States as a foreign student from Taiwan. She enrolled in UC Berkeley, and upon earning her PhD, started a 30+ year career with Pharma companies Merck and Novartis, and had moved with these companies to several states before settling in Needham in 2004.
Over the years Gloria volunteered with many community organizations. Gloria is especially interested in nutrition education, and mentoring young scientists through their careers. She is an aspiring gardener/farmer, and when not consulting or teaching, spends time at the Needham community farm. She thoroughly enjoyed a recent role as an English Language Learning tutor at Needham Community Council and looks forward to working with the Council to give back to the community.
Kalindi has masters degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. She initially began her career at Computer Vision in Burlington, MA and later worked as a software consultant for Fortune 500 companies like Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer. Kalindi has lived in Florida, New Jersey, California and returned back to Massachusetts. She and her husband with two daughters moved here in Needham in 2015 and quickly found strong ties to the Needham Community. Both her daughters graduated from Needham High School and continued to pursue higher professional education.
Over the years Kalindi has volunteered her time at various non-profits including Saheli - a non-profit for battered women from south Asian and middle eastern community, as a treasurer for Pony Club of Northern California, and librarian at Bridgewater-NJ Elementary School. Most recently, during Covid-19 crisis, she participated in Boston Area Mask Initiative, a movement that provided over 60000 masks to underserved population by sewing them at her Needham residence. She contributed to local groups within Needham-Wellesley area in sewing and distributing surgical caps and masks for healthcare workers at local hospitals. Prior to being on the Council Board, Kalindi worked as a volunteer at the council to streamline recording of volunteer hours and medical equipment loaning records. She looks forward to working with the council in coming years and helping achieve the Council goals and support the Needham community.
Susan is a geriatrician and health services researcher at the Hebrew SeniorLife Marcus Institute for Aging Research and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Susan is originally from Montreal. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa medical school and has a Master’s of Public Health from Harvard University. Her career has largely focused on conducting research to improve the quality of life of older persons with serious illness, particularly dementia.
She moved to the Needham from Canada in 2000. She lives with her partner, has two step-children, and enjoys hiking with her beloved labradoodle through the Town Forest. Susan loves living in Needham and looks forward to contributing to the community.
David is a Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Fidelity Investments providing legal counsel to the firm’s asset management and operations businesses. David specializes in mutual fund corporate governance matters, including substantial involvement with mutual fund boards of directors, as well as SEC rulemaking processes.
David has held a variety of roles in Fidelity’s legal department since joining Fidelity in 2005. From 2010 to 2014, David led a team of lawyers and project managers who coordinated Fidelity’s response to rulemaking following the financial crisis. Prior to joining Fidelity, David spent five years as associate at Ropes & Gray, where he worked on a broad range of corporate and securities law matters.
David received his A.B. in Economics from the University of Michigan and his JD from Harvard Law School. He has lived in Needham since 2008 with his wife and their two sons
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.
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 with her husband Adam, son Zachary, and labradoodle Tucker. The Wassermans are members of Temple Beth Shalom in Needham.
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, Mary was familiar with the Council through her volunteer work as PTC Co-President at the Mitchell School.
Jonathan is the Executive Director of Principal Gifts for Clark University.
Previous to working at Clark, Jonathan worked as a fundraising professional at the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee and Clark University where he has returned after 10 years. Jonathan 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).
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.
Lynn's 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.
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.
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.
Kathleen 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.
We are in the process of creating a community wide volunteer resource guide that will allow you and your family to find opportunities to help in Needham. Please check back again soon.