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New Members Add Critical Skills and Perspectives to Our Board of Directors

Posted: September 11, 2018

Over the last 12 months, JCHE has elected six new members to serve on our board of directors. Each brings a unique set of skills and experience to the group, and we are grateful for their commitment to our mission.

 Lynne Elfland 

Lynne and her husband Stuart have been involved with JCHE for many years. Lynne’s grandfather lived at JCHE’s Ulin House, and she co-chaired our Annual Gala in 2017. A graduate of Boston University Law School, Lynne practiced as a real estate attorney for many years, and now works in the family business, Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops. She is past president and a current board member of a Boston Children’s Hospital League, past PTO president at Baker School in Brookline, and former board member at Temple Avodah in Newton. Lynne has two daughters and is a proud grandmother of a beautiful baby girl, Remy.

 Stacy Goodman 

Stacy has more than 20 years of experience in developing Strategic Change and Talent Management strategies to achieve significant corporate growth. She has coached top-level executives and managed large-scale growth, M&A, and business transformation for some of the world’s largest companies, including Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, Capital One, Daimler, and PepsiCo. Stacy served on the Executive Team of CJP’s PresenTense Boston Fellowship, and is currently the President of the Board of Directors at Project Green Schools and a member of the JVS Boston Board of Directors.

Candace Steingisser

A certified advanced social work case manager in the field of gerontology, Candace has spent forty years supporting families throughout the aging process, helping them navigate the medical, psychosocial, legal, financial and spiritual challenges of growing older. In addition to working for the Weston Council on Aging, she has held positions as an Aging Life Care Professional (formerly known as private geriatric care manager), a social services provider at CareGroup Parmenter Home Care & Hospice, a general practitioner at Hebrew SeniorLife Health Care, and private counselor. Her mother lives at Golda Meir House, and her mother-in-law at Coleman House.

 Catharyn Gildesgame

Catharyn is Vice President for Strategic Planning and Implementation at McLean Hospital, where she provides ongoing leadership for developing and executing hospital strategies and supports the McLean Board of Trustees Strategy Committee. Previously, she served in leadership roles at Partners HealthCare Research Management/ Research Ventures and Licensing, Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical Research Program and Boston Children’s Hospital. She has led several teams at McLean, Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare that have received Partners in Excellence Awards.

 Wendy Kraft

Wendy has deep connections to JCHE: her grandfather lived at Ulin House, her mother worked at Golda Meir House, and her parents lived at Shillman House (where her mother still lives). She has served on our Resident Services and Gala Committees, chaired the Shillman House ribbon cutting celebration in 2012, and was honored along with her husband, Dan, at our 2014 Gala. An occupational therapist, she also helped lay the foundation for the current fitness and wellness program at Shillman. Wendy has served on the CJP Women’s Philanthropy Board since 2002, most recently as Vice President of Outreach, and co-founded CJP’s Tzedakah Friends and Family and L.E.A.D. programs. She also served on the Boston Board of Directors of Cradles to Crayons, and the Sisterhood Temple Emanuel Board of Directors.

 David Trietsch

David is the founding director of CJP’s Leadership Development Institute, which he led from 2002-2017. He has also worked with Philadelphia’s Jewish Learning Venture, was a scholar in residence for the Tisch Fellows at Hebrew Union College, and served in various consulting and teaching capacities with the Jewish Federations of New York, Baltimore and Miami. He has a master’s degree in Urban Planning from Rutgers University, and worked on affordable housing and community development in the Cities of Lowell and Boston. David was chair of the Brookline Housing Authority, and served for over nine years as a Trustee of Temple Israel in Boston. Currently, he is a Board member of “Steps to Success,” a collaboration that supports kids from low-income families.



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