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BOLLI Board of Advisors

With growth in the BOLLI membership comes an increasing need for outstanding Advisory Board leadership.   The primary responsibility of the Board of Advisors is to advise the Director regarding the strategic direction of the Institute, and assist him in raising the necessary capital to meet BOLLI’s strategic goals.  We anticipate that the inaugural Board will be focused on three major strategic areas:

  •   Leadership Opportunities:  Assisting with identifying and evaluating opportunities for BOLLI to play a leadership role on campus, nationally, and/or globally in the lifelong learning landscape

  •   Fundraising:  Championing the case for giving to BOLLI, and providing and helping secure the necessary financial support to achieve its strategic aims

  •   Membership Growth:  Envisioning Next Steps

BOLLI is a source of intellectual energy and cultural creativity for more than six hundred older adults in the greater Boston area on an annual basis.  Brandeis University is grateful to have the Board of Advisors to champion the Institute in this exciting moment of growth and opportunity.

 

Marjorie Arons-Barron

marjorie-arons-barronMarjorie Arons-Barron was a national leader in public affairs journalism and opinion writing. She now writes a widely read blog, marjoriearonsbarron.com. As editorial director at WCVB-TV, Channel 5, Boston for 20 years, she also produced and often hosted Five on Five, then the nation’s longest running, locally produced public affairs discussion program. Five times she was awarded the National Award for Excellence in Television Editorials from the National Broadcast Editorial Association. She received three Emmys and recognition by many other organizations, including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Regis College. Prior to Channel 5, Arons-Barron was an associate producer of PBS Television’s The Advocates, a reporter for WGBH-TV’s Ten O’Clock News and political writer for several newspapers. She’s an honors graduate of Wellesley College.


Howard Barnstone

Howard BarnstoneHoward Barnstone spent 25 years in the financial information technology business where he held senior positions in the areas of strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic partnerships. He has applied these skills in pro bono consulting activities for several not-for-profit organizations and is a member of Newton’s Economic Development Commission. In addition, he has lately focused upon his life-long interest in furniture making.

 

 

Arlene Bernstein

Arlene BernsteinArlene has been a BOLLI member for more than ten years. As she says: “We never graduate from BOLLI where we are fortunate to be able to learn for the sake of learning.” Arlene spent her career as a family law practitioner and in retirement she volunteers as a mentor and court conciliator with the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association. She is a past chair of the BOLLI Curriculum Committee and continues to serve on various task forces with a special interest in governance. She is currently a member liaison on the BOLLI Advisory Council representing the Special Interest Groups (SIGS). She is a strong supporter of the BOLLI Lectureship program which enables a select group of Brandeis graduate students to lead Study Groups at BOLLI in their respective areas of interest and expertise.

Ruth Bramson

Ruth BramsonRuth Bramson has been advancing opportunities for women and advocating for gender equity and against domestic violence for over 30 years across the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors.  She served as the first CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and established Suited for Success, a nonprofit 501C supporting economically disadvantaged women, serving as its CEO for five years.  Appointed as the Commonwealth’s first Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity Officer during the Romney Administration, Ms. Bramson spearheaded initiatives in diversity and STEM education. Appointed by Governor Baker she serves as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and is also a Board member of Read to a Child. Ms. Bramson studied at Cornell University and is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University. She holds a Master of Science degree from Boston University’s School of Education. Ruth and her husband are blessed with five children and nine grandchildren.

Cary Coen

Blank PictureCary was born in 1943 in Washington DC to parents from Russian immigrant families that had come from the same shtetl and settled in small  towns in Vermont. After World War II, Cary and his parents settled in the Springfield Massachusetts area where he went to high school. He graduated from Colgate University with a BA in English and a JD from Boston College Law School.  He clerked for Chief Judge Edward Day of the United States District Court for the District of RI. For his first seven years of practice Cary was employed by an antipoverty program in RI, primarily engaged in civil rights litigation.  Subsequently, he practiced with a small general practice law firm in Providence until his retirement in 2011. Cary is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts of Mass. and RI. He is widowed and has three children and six grandchildren. Cary resides in Waltham and has only recently become active in BOLLI.

Arthur Marcus

Arthur MarcusIn 1963 Arthur founded Prestige Sportswear, a women’s apparel firm, where he was the President of Sales. Prestige had 15 offices across the United States and sold major department stores as well as specialty stores.  Invited in 1975 by the People’s Republic of China to attend the Canton trade fair, Arthur began a long and profitable relationship with China. In 1979 he opened offices in Peking. He served the U.S. Department of Commerce in an advisory capacity for ten years while also lecturing at Harvard Graduate School of Business.  He is a graduate of Bucknell University and Boston College School of Law and is an active supporter of philanthropic causes throughout Boston. 

 

Judith Mir

Judith MirJudith is retired from a career as a senior marketing and research analyst for advertising and public relations firms in New England. She served for ten years on the Board of Directors for Jewish Family and Children’s Service, concentrating on board development. Judith is on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Brookline Public Library, working on branding and membership, and the Board of Directors for the Brookline Multi-Service Senior Center Corporation, parent of the Brookline Senior Center. She has been a member of the Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute since 2015. Judith is also a photographer and oil painter with a particular interest in seascapes.

 

Charles Raskin

Charlie RaskinBetter off hiring someone you know than someone you don’t. The sales manager for a manufacturer hired me in the mid -1950’s because his daughter was marrying a high school friend of mine. He was so smart.  The next 45 years were spent selling men's accessories, e.g. shirts and ties to retailers in New England. On the road to having a good life, I got married to Kathy, moved to Wayland, had three kids who still wear halos and joined Congregation Beth El of Sudbury. I served on just about every congregational committee except the Library. I was elected to serve on the board of directors of the Wayland Housing Authority as a commissioner for a successful period of eighteen years.  Kathy and I became members of the first classes at Bolli. For many years I served on most committees and boards at BOLLI. I left Wayland after Kathy passed away. I am now living in an independent living facility in Framingham and continue to enjoy my BOLLI community.

Myra Snyder

Myra SnyderMyra Snyder holds a B.S. in Science from Northeastern and is a graduate of the Forsyth School of Tufts University. She is also a 2001 graduate of Hebrew College with a Masters in Judaic Studies.  In addition, Myra has proudly served as a Board Member of Hebrew College, MetroWest Jewish Day School, and B’nai Torah Sudbury. She enjoys being active in the Boston Jewish Film Festival, BOLLI, and the N.E. branch of University of Haifa and CJP (Lion of Judah). She is a past president and founding member of B’nai Torah (past president), and a member of Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland and MetroWest Jewish Day School of Framingham.

Andrew Urban

Andrew UrbanAndy was born in New York and grew up in Shorewood, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee.   He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1971 and, thereafter, attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton Graduate School of Finance and Commerce, receiving a joint JD / MBA degree in 1976.  He practiced law for his entire career at Mintz Levin, focusing on real estate and corporate law. He served on the Firm's Executive Committee and was elected and served for years as the Firm's Managing Partner and Vice Chairman.  He retired from the Firm in 2018 after 42 years in practice and now enjoys travel, reading, golf and, of course, his BOLLI courses.

Melvin Warshaw

Melvin WarshawMel Warshaw is a longtime tax and estate planning lawyer, now specializing in international tax and trust planning for foreigners with U S connections. He is currently a sole practitioner in Wellesley, MA.  Previously Mel was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery in Boston. He began his career in the General Counsel’s office of the IRS National Office in Washington, D C. Mel has been an active congregant for many years at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley.  Mel and his wife Harriet live in Wellesley and Stockbridge MA. They have 2 children, a son Matt, who along with his wife, lives in Brooklyn and Mollie who lives in Manhattan.

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