Our mission is to provide emergency financial assistance while working to preserve the dignity of each individual client. The money we provide for basic needs – such as food, clothing, shelter, and utilities – gives our clients security and allows them to get back on track.
Meggan Levene, Executive Director
Meggan Levene is a mission-driven leader and experienced coalition builder with over 10 years of experience working at the intersection of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Meggan served as Chief Marketing and Development Officer for a national advocacy organization. Previously, she served Founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit sparking next-generation philanthropy and led corporate social responsibility for the largest health insurer in Massachusetts.
Meggan is a long-time volunteer and organizer in the Boston Jewish community. She sits on CJP’s Strategic Israel Engagement Task Force and served on the Commission for Caring and Social Justice. In 2014, Chai in the Hub named Meggan as one of the 18 most influential Jewish young professionals in Boston. She is also involved in the broader community as an elected Brookline Town Meeting Member.
Emily Cooper, Case Manager
Susan Barron, Case Manager
Susan Barron joined Yad Chessed as a case manager in January 2013. She previously worked at an adoption agency, at the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, and for Project Connect, helping parents of children with behavioral and emotional disturbances. She graduated from Columbia University with a master’s in social work.
Deborah Freed, Case Manager
Deborah joined Yad Chessed as a case manager in 2009. She has experience as a hospice social worker and a sexual assault crisis counselor and has worked with ex-offenders. She worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery. She also worked at BIDMC’s Center for Cognitive Neurology. She received her Bachelor’s at Wesleyan University and a Masters in Social Work from Simmons
Natasha Mitlina, Case Manager
Board of Directors
Neal Karasic, President
Michael J. Goldberg
Ed Musmon, Treasurer
Lori Silver, Vice President
Joyce Wertheimer, Clerk
Robert Housman, Emeritus