Board of Trustees 2015-2016
The members of the Gateways Board are a diverse and experienced group of community leaders, professionals, funders, and parents representing a wide range of backgrounds, religious observance and generations. Each trustee is committed to fulfilling the needs of our stakeholders through strategic, financial and governance best practices that align with the Gateways mission and vision.
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Marni Smilow Levitt, President
Marni has been involved in Jewish organizations in the Greater Boston area since she graduated from Tufts University (1988) and Northeastern University Law School (1992). Marni spent many years involved in the Anti-Defamation League, serving as a facilitator for ADL’s Confronting Anti-Semitism Program and as a member of their Speakers’ Bureau. Marni has also been involved in numerous CJP initiatives and committees over the years. She is currently the Chair of CJP’s Disabilities Services Committee, and previously served on the Engagement Subcommittee for CJP’s Strategic Planning Initiative. Marni participates in fundraising efforts for CJP, during Super Sunday and doing donor solicitation. Marni was fortunate to be chosen as a member of the Cynthia and Leon Schulman Acharai Leadership Program in 2007-2008. For eight years, Marni sat on the Board of Temple Sinai of Sharon, where she served as Fundraising Chair, Membership Chair and Third Vice President. Marni also had the great honor of serving on the Rabbi Search Committee that brought Rabbi Joseph Meszler to Temple Sinai. Professionally, Marni is a health care attorney, having served as Deputy General Counsel for Steward Health Care LLC and as the Director of Legal Services/General Counsel for Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton from 1997-2011. She currently works for Outside GC, and lives in Sharon with her husband, Jonathan and her four children, Joshua, Alexa, Noah and Ari.
Paul Broude, Treasurer, Vice President of Finance
Paul is a partner with the national law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP, where he is the co-chair of the firm’s Technology practice. Paul is a Boston native, and holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Brandeis University. He lives in Newton with his wife Nadine, and is the co-chair of the budget committee for Temple Shalom. He was the founding Chairman of the Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard, a non-profit, community organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of and visitors to the Navy Yard.
Joyce Bohnen, Vice President of Governance
Joyce has been a member of the Gateways board since 2009. Joyce was the founding admissions director for the MetroWest Jewish Day School where she worked for six years and continues to volunteer. Joyce has served as a cantor for the High Holidays for over 30 years, including the past 17 years at Temple Emanuel in Newton where she and her family are members. She is a member of the Women’s Fund of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and has recently become a hospice volunteer at Hebrew Senior Life. She was a long-time member and soloist with the Zamir Chorale of Boston and served as Chair of its board of directors. She has also served on the boards of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, and Temple Emanuel of Newton. She and her husband Michael have two wonderful daughters and sons-in-law, and four spectacular grandchildren.
Josette Capriles Goldish, Vice President of Strategic Planning
Josette was born and raised on the island of Curaçao and has been living in the Boston area since 1965. From those early years on, she has always taken an interest in Jewish community life, serving at various times on boards and committees of CJP, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, and MIT Hillel, among others. Most recently she was part of Gateways’ G3 and finance committees. She hopes to continue her efforts on behalf of Gateways on these committees. Josette has an undergraduate degree in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She was the Chief Financial Officer of an energy consulting firm and worked in the banking industry as well. Although she is currently semi-retired, she is a Research Associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and has during the past decade published two books and several papers about various aspects of Jewish life in the Caribbean.
Jeremy Grossman, Vice President of Development
Jeremy specializes in urban and suburban retail leasing, development consulting, and specialty retail/restaurant representation on behalf of CBRE/Grossman Retail Advisors and Grossman Development Group and has over 15 years of commercial real estate experience. Current agency clients include: Boston Properties, TIAA-CREF, Invesco, AEW, Clarendon, KS Partners, MITIMCO, & Street-Works. Among Jeremy’s urban retail clients are Smith & Wollensky, Red O by Rick Bayliss, and Shreve, Crump & Low. He is involved with The Arc of Greater Plymouth, CJP, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and is the New England Idea Exchange Chairman as of July 2012.
Ellie Shrage, Clerk
Ellie has an M.S.W. from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work- Yeshiva University. She is a Certified Developmental Specialist and for the past 16 years has been working at Thom Charles River Early Intervention, working with children from birth to age 3 with developmental delays and disabilities. Prior to that, she worked at the Kehillath Israel Nursery School and The Boston Children’s Museum. She previously served on the board of the CAC (Children’s Advocacy Center ) of Suffolk County and Congregation Shaarei Tefillah of Newton Center. She was on the original board of Etgar L’Noar.
Mady Donoff, Chair, Nominating Committee
Mady holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College and a M.Ed. in special education from Boston University. In June 2006, she retired from a career of more than 30 years in public education, both as a speech and language therapist and elementary school guidance counselor. For most of her career, she worked in the Brookline public schools, providing support to students in grades K-8. As a guidance counselor, she worked closely with neighboring Jewish day schools to facilitate special education services for their students. For more than a decade, Mady was the Brookline liaison to the Boston University School of Education Consortium, serving as chair for two years. In Brookline, she mentored new staff, was an Elementary Staff Development Leader, a Horace Mann Teacher, and chair of the Brookline Teacher Grants Committee. Mady is a life member of Hadassah and has been active in the Boston Chapter for more than four decades, serving as president from 2006-2009. She is a member of the Hadassah National Board, the Temple Emanuel Board of Directors, the Mayyim Hayyim Board, the Temple Emanuel Sisterhood Board, and the Boston Jewish Community Women’s Fund. In May 2009, Mady joined the Gateways Board and currently serves as Chair of the Education Program Committee. She and her husband Bruce, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and dental school dean, have two adult children: Elizabeth, editor of an architectural lighting magazine, and Daniel, an elementary school Instructional Technology Specialist.
Jenna has been involved with Gateways since 2010, when she joined the finance committee, and recently began her second term on the board. She has spent most of her career in hospital and physician practice administration. A Newton native and current resident, Jenna currently manages her household, which consists of herself, her husband, and four boys ranging in age from 1- 16.
Mark is President of Euro-Pro Operating LLC., makers of Shark and Ninja home appliances. Mark cares deeply about Jewish causes, and is passionate about the Boston Jewish community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Committee Center of Greater Boston, where he serves as a treasurer. He, together with his wife Irina, chaired Gateways’ Sweet Sounds event in November 2012. Mark and his family are members of Congregation Mishkan Tefila. Originally from Great Neck, New York, and a graduate of the University of Michigan, Mark now resides in Chestnut Hill. Mark and Irina and have three children: Sara (6th grade), Michelle (3rd grade), and Benjamin (1st grade), all attending the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.
Arlene currently serves on the Gateways board and was a founding member of Etgar L’Noar. At Gateways she has been a member of the governance committee and the Gateways Growth Group (G3). Arlene is a retired attorney and serves on the boards of Yad Chessed and Mothers Milk Bank Northeast. She is a member of Congregation Shaarei Tefillah of Newton.
Rachel is an active and dedicated leader in many Jewish organizations. She currently holds two key leadership positions – Vice President of Development at Gateways, and Co-Chair of the Boston IAC Council. Rachel currently serves on the Board of GANN Academy, and is an active member of JNF and AIPAC. She was formerly the president of the board of Gateways, a board member of the JCC, and a board member of the Bureau of Jewish Education. Though Rachel’s work is in a volunteer capacity, she does hold a professional MA degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College, as well as a Certificate in Special Education. She lives in Newton with her husband Larry, and together they are raising their three children.
Louise Citron is currently in her third term as a Gateways trustee. During her tenure she has served as Chair of the nominating committee and served two terms as the Vice President of Governance. Recently retired after 35 years as an Audiologist and Director at South Shore Hearing Center, Louise now spends her days volunteering in the Gateways office and managing a family foundation. She currently serves on the Boston-Haifa Connection and Israel and Overseas Committees of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and is an active participant in The Boston Jewish Community Women’s Fund and the Jewish Bookfair at The Leventhal Sidman JCC. Louise’s greatest joy comes from passing the value of tzedakah to her children.
Michal has served on the Gateways marketing committee and is currently the Chair of the Gateways Growth Group (G3). Other boards she has served on include Kehillah Schechter Academy, Temple Israel of Sharon and autism organizations. Her professional experience is in product and marketing strategy for innovative new technology products and programs, especially in education and healthcare. She resides in Sharon with her husband and four children, a 10th grader and 6th grade triplets.
Robert was on the Gateways finance committee prior to becoming a Board member, and completed a term as Vice President of Finance. His family has been involved with Etgar L’Noar since its inception. His wife taught in the B’nei Mitzvah Program for its first two years and their daughter was a volunteer for three years. Robert has served on the board of Gann Academy and Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. Robert is Vice President of Business Development at Trex Enterprises Corporation, a high-tech incubator based in San Diego, and is a Managing Director of Back Bay Management, a venture capital and private equity firm in Boston.
David joined the Gateways Board in 2014. He is involved with Temple Shalom in Newton where he is the ba’al tekiah (shofar blower). He recently completed his fourth year as a member of the CJP Innovation and Community Grants committee. David leads the Human Resources Analytics and Workforce Planning teams within State Street Corp. He lives in Newton, MA with his wife Peggy and three children.
Nora is delighted to be joining the Gateways board. A psychiatrist at the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital, she provides clinical care for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities across the lifespan. For the past few years, Nora has served on the CJP Committee on Services for People with Disabilities. She and her husband have four children.
Paul graduated in 1982 from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Finance and Marketing. He is the father of four children (Brett, Brianna, Alexa, and Jake) and resides in Newton with his wife, Laurie. He has worked in the mortgage industry for over 30 years and is currently a First VP of Retail Lending at Berkshire Bank. Prior to Berkshire Bank, he was the President and co-owner of Greenpark Mortgage Corporation, in Needham, MA. He also was the founder and co-owner of Assurance Mortgage Corporation. Both of these mortgage companies were sold to publicly traded companies. Paul is involved on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including Congregation Mishkan Tefila. He has chaired charitable events for CanDo, Citizens for Affordable Housing, Gateways, Mishkan Tefila, Newton Historical Society and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. He devotes time to worthy organizations by participating on many committees. 2015 will mark the thirteenth time he has participated in The Pan Mass Challenge. He has raised nearly $140,000 to fight cancer. His passion is to inspire young adults to make a difference through involvement in social causes, community activity and charitable work. Paul’s hobbies include spending time with his family, skiing, and biking.
Dara has been on the board since 2012. Prior to joining the Gateways community, she taught 4th and 5th grade and served as the social justice coordinator at MetroWest Jewish Day School in Framingham, MA. She lives in Needham with her husband and two children.
Sherene is a special education teacher at Needham High School, where she works with students with moderate disabilities in an inclusion classroom. Sherene has worked with students with learning disabilities for the past 10 years, in the Newton and Needham public schools and in her work as a Hebrew school teacher at Temple Beth Elohim. She is a member of Temple Emanuel in Newton where she has served on the Board of Trustees, chaired the temple’s Membership Committee, and implemented an experiential Shabbat program for children ages 3 and under. Sherene has a master’s degree in Special Education, Moderate Disabilities from Framingham State College, and a master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Sherene lives in Newton Center with her husband, Robert Finkel and children, Josh (13), Leora (11) and Shira (7).
Dena has been on the Gateways board since 2011 and is a member of the development committee. She is a Vice President of the Board of The Rashi School and the Executive Vice President of Congregation Mishkan Tefila. A graduate of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Acharai Leadership Program and a member of JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet, Dena is a committed CJP volunteer and will serve as a 2014-15 Annual Campaign Co-Chair. She lives in Newton with her husband Michael and their four children, Emma, Lily, Daniel and Hailey.
Seth serves as Assistant Vice President, Principal and Major Gifts at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH). In this role, he manages the Principal and Major Gift program. Prior to BCH, he worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies where he served as the Vice President, Development. In this capacity, Seth’s responsibilities included setting fundraising goals and strategies for the major gifts team and providing oversight for all development efforts at CJP. Prior to joining CJP, Seth was the Executive Director of Development at The George Washington University where he created a new team focused on the priorities of the President and prepared the University to embark on a $1 billion campaign. Seth is also on the Board of Gann Academy and serves on the Governance Committee of The Rashi School. He lives in Hingham with his wife Katie and son Garrett.
Barbara joined the Gateways Board in 2014. She is a past chair of the Boston Jewish Community Women’s Fund, serves on Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Governance and Nominations Committee, and recently joined the board of Jewish Family Service of Metrowest. Barbara is also involved with the Cornell Alumni Ambassador Admissions Network. She lives in Sharon with her husband and two daughters.