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Leadership


Mark Sokoll, President/CEO

Mark Sokoll is a lifelong Jewish community advocate, activist and educator. Since 1988 he has held several posts at the JCC, including Director of Jewish Resources and Executive Director; he became President/CEO in 2000. Prior to his tenure at the JCCGB, Mark was a Senior Educator at Alexander Muss High School in Israel and also worked as a licensed tour guide. During his service in the Israel Defense Forces, he served as an educator at the IDF Institute for Officer Training and Education.

He is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Lenny Zakim Fund, a nonprofit foundation that funds Greater Boston grassroots organizations involved in building a better society for all. He has been honored by Mayyim Hayyim and is a past recipient of the Myrtle Wreath Award from Hadassah; the Lester Gilson Award from the Solomon Schechter Day School; and the Bernard Reisman Award from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University.

A graduate of Boston University, Mark earned his Master of Arts in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and received Rabbinic ordination from the Bet Din-Bet Achim in New York City. He stepped down from a part-time position at Temple B’nai Israel in Revere, Massachusetts in 2010.
 

Betsy Jacobs, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

With a background in for-profit publishing and nonprofit reproductive rights, Betsy Jacobs became the JCC’s Chief Operating Officer in 2006 with a mandate to grow the reach and effectiveness of the JCC.

Betsy’s involvement in the Boston Jewish community includes many years in the leadership of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she served as the agency's first woman President, and of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, where she was a member of the Executive Committee, chaired the Community Services Committee, and initiated new services for people with disabilities. She has received CJP's Young Leadership Award; the Bureau of Jewish Education's Keter Torah Award; and has been honored by CHAI (Community Housing for Adult Independence), a program of Jewish Family and Children's Service.

Betsy is a graduate of Tufts University.
 

Randi Federman, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Randi Federman is responsible for finance, human resources and information technology at the JCC, where she has worked since 1985.

Randi graduated from UMass Amherst. She is a CPA and a member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.


Sami Sinclair, Vice President, Development

Sami Sinclair joined the JCC in 2012 from Combined Jewish Philanthropies, where she most recently served as Director of Development, Affinities, overseeing the mid-level Annual Campaign and supervising Women's Philanthropy and the Professional Network teams. Prior to moving to Boston, she was a Campaign Associate and Manager of Women's Philanthropy for the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas following a career in politics in Nevada, Oregon and California.

Sami graduated from the University of Virginia.


Fiona Epstein, Vice President, Youth Services and Adult Engagement

Fiona Epstein brings two decades of JCC management experience to her current role, in which she is responsible for guiding the program vision of the JCC and leading a team responsible for programs, services, and community-building and outreach for youth, teens and adults. Since joining the JCC she has been closely associated with programming initiatives across the organization. Prior to joining the Executive Team, she held the position of Leventhal-Sidman JCC Executive Director.

Fiona has made her mark in the Jewish community with her leadership and team-building skills. She holds an MA in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University, where in 2005 she received the Bernard Reisman Award for Professional Excellence, and is a past recipient of the Jewish Community Centers of America Professional of the Year award. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School.

 

Matt Adwin, Assistant Vice President, Information Technology and Analytics

Matt Adwin joined the JCC team in 2006 to head the expanding Information Technology department. He was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 2012, and is responsible for managing major technology initiatives designed to improve the JCC’s business processes, and for developing and working with JCC teams to understand corresponding metrics. He has been working in the field for more than 15 years, beginning his career with UltraNet Communications, a small start-up eventually purchased by RCN; more recently, he directed the IT group at Temple Israel in Boston.

Matt is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

 

Jeanne Ruckert Lovy, Assistant Vice President, Young Children and Their Families

Jeanne Ruckert Lovy joined the JCCs of Greater Boston in 2005 as Director, Early Learning and in 2011 was tapped to oversee all JCC programming for families and children ages 0-5. After starting her career as a kindergarten teacher, Jeanne worked in various roles in both community-based and corporate childcare, including developing new centers, mentoring directors, supervising and coaching educators and providing training and support. She is devoted to creating a workplace where educators and program providers can learn, grow and thrive as professionals, and can apply research-based practice to work with children.

Jeanne is a graduate of Tufts University.
 

Stuart Silverman, Assistant Vice President, Camping Services

Stuart Silverman directs JCC Grossman Camp and also oversees JCC Maccabi Camp Kingswood and JCC Kaleidoscope Creative Arts + Science Camp. He began his career at Grossman in 1977 as a counselor, then moved on to Unit Head and Assistant Director before being promoted to the Director position in 1990. Stuart retired as a veteran guidance counselor at Lexington High School in 2009 to devote himself full time to the JCC camps.

He received his BA in History from The George Washington University; a Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Springfield College; and an MA in Educational Administration from Boston College.


William Winer, Assistant Vice President, Health, Fitness and Membership

Will Winer joined the JCC in 1995 as Men's Health Center Director; became Health and Fitness Director in 1998; and was appointed Assistant Vice President, Health, Fitness and Membership in 2011. Prior to working at the JCC, he held positions at the JCC of the North Shore in Marblehead; Northeastern University; Athletic Clubs of America; and Coral Springs Health Spa. In addition to promoting healthy lifestyles, Will is deeply committed to customer satisfaction, and to assuring excellent service for all who use or come in contact with the JCC. He is also active in the local youth sports community, most recently serving as Secretary of the Needham Little League Board of Directors.

Will holds a BS in Physical Education (Teacher Preparation, Grades 5-12) and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University.  
 

Lauren Roth, Assistant Vice President, Marketing

Lauren Roth joined the JCC in 2013 from Combined Jewish Philanthropies, where she most recently served as the Director of Community Campaign, overseeing the strategy for attracting and retaining donors at the under $1,000 level using mass marketing strategies including direct mail, telemarketing, online marketing, events, and social media. Prior to CJP, Lauren spent time at a start-up nonprofit organization managing its marketing, public relations, and community outreach.
 
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Lauren earned her Masters in Public Health from Tufts University.