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Betsy, Nancy, and Barr at a past Autumn Benefit celebration 

Board of Directors

Rev. George Chapman

Rev. Chapman served as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline, 1978-2008. He earned a M.Div from Episcopal Theological School and a BA from Washington and Lee University. He has done non-degree studies at Boston College and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition to his Board membership of the Brookline Senior Center, he is also a member of the Board of Honduras Development Network and of Good Healthy Smiles dentistry. Rev. Chapman is also past president of Brookline Rotary.

Nancy Daly

Co-Chair Emeritus of Age-Friendly Brookline

Nancy Daly is a strong advocate for older adults in her political and community activities. She was co-chair of Age-Friendly Brookline. She served 12 years on the board of selectmen and 8 years on the Town’s advisory board. In 2015 she raised $11,000 for our respite program competing in Brookline Rotary’s Dancing with the Stars.

Ruthann Dobek
(she/her/hers)

Director

Ruthann Dobek is director of the Brookline Council on Aging and director of the Brookline Senior Center.  She holds an MSW from Boston University and a BA from Clark University.  She is a field instructor for Boston University and Wheelock College’s Schools of Social Work.  She has been honored by the National Association of Social Workers.

Barr Jozwicki

Proud grandfather of six, father of four and husband to Joyce. Barr has lived in Brookline for over 45 years. With an MEd from Loyola University, he served in the Teacher Corps in Chicago. He is a professional sculptor and community activist. Barr has been a town meeting member since the ’80s and served as the director of Friends of Brookline Seniors, the PAC that led the successful fight to build the Brookline Senior Center, of which he is treasurer.

Kevin Lang

Laurence A. Bloom Professor of Economics, Boston University

Dr. Lang is the Laurence A. Bloom Professor of Economics at Boston University.  He holds a BA from Oxford University, an MSc from Université de Montréal, and earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He served on the Brookline School Committee (1996-2009) and as a town meeting member 1993-2012.  He is an elected Fellow and former President of the Society of Labor Economists.

Betsy Pollock, LICSW

Retired Director of Social Work

In 2019, Betsy Pollock retired from her position as Director of Social Work at the Mt. Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association. She holds a BA from Simmons College and an MSW from the Ohio State University School of Social Work. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers of the National Association of Social Workers. Since 1986 she has been President of the Board of Directors of the Brookline Senior Center. She was chair of the Human Relations-Youth Resources Commission from 1976-1986. She was a Town Meeting member from 1986-1993. She is a lifelong resident of Brookline and a community activist.

Yolanda Rodriguez

Chair of the Council on Aging

Yolanda Rodriguez is Chair of the Council on Aging and a member of the Board of Directors for Springwell. She was a Town Meeting member for 8 years, stepping down to serve as the first Teacher in Residence for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Washington, D.C. After retiring as Department Head of Mathematics (Grades 6-12) for Wellesley Public Schools, Yolanda found the active community at the Senior Center, joining the Council in 2011.

Suzanne Salamon, MD

Geriatrician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Salamon is a geriatrician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She serves as a volunteer in the Brookline Medical Reserve Corps and the Community Emergency Response Team. She received the 2012 Public Health Leadership Award from Friends of Brookline Public Health and she writes a monthly column about health issues for the Brookline Senior Center newsletter.

Carol Sapoznik

Owner, Olive Connection

Carol and her family own the Olive Connection, a specialty gourmet shop on Beacon Street in Brookline since 2015 after a career of 40 plus years at Crate and Barrel where she was Regional Vice President East Division and International. She has served 2 terms on the board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and is presently chair of the Women’s Advisory Network and a member of the Business Development Committee and Scholarship Committee. Carol is President of the Garden Club of Brookline. She shares her passion for championing the development of women and girls, building relationships, and her belief that ‘every day you can make a difference. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Human Ecology, where she is the Executive in Residence of Retail for 2022. Carol is a member of The Boston Club and a supporter of Reach of Waltham supporting the families suffering domestic violence. A resident of Brookline since 1988.

Honorary Directors:  Michael Rees MD, Agnes Rogers, & Roberta Winitzer