2014 North Shore Community Heroes
Shari Cashman lives in Marblehead with her husband, Robert, and daughters Alyssa and Haley. Shari currently serves as a Vice President of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore and also holds a position on the board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Baystate Chapter. This also marks the second year that she will serve as JDRF’s Gala Chairperson. Shari has demonstrated her continued dedication to the North Shore through her previous service to several Jewish agencies including six years of board service at Congregation Shirat Hayam and more than ten years of service to the Northern Shores Chapter of ORT.
Alan Pierce resides in Beverly with his wife, Donna, and practices law in Salem. Alan currently serves as President of Temple B'nai Abraham in Beverly and for the past six years he has served as President of the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore (formerly known as the Jewish Historical Society of the North Shore). Alan is the author/editor of two publications, The Jewish Community of the North Shore, published by Arcadia Press and A History of Boston's Jewish North Shore, published by the History Press.
Austin Sagan is a senior at Swampscott High School and will be attending Cornell University for Hotel Administration next fall. He is the treasurer on the student council, yearbook editor, ADL peer trainer, anti-bullying club member, and co-chair of the International Economic Summit. When he’s not in school, you can find him in the kitchen baking. Since fifth grade he has owned and operated his own baking business out of his house. Last year, he expanded his business and joined the first Swampscott Farmer’s Market as a vendor.
Sandy Sheckman has been part of the North Shore Jewish community since she moved here, first being invited to join the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore (JCC) board of directors and eventually serving as its Executive Director "after having every possible job except being a life guard!" Upon retiring from the JCC, she became Interim Director of the Lynn Museum and was a development consultant for a social service agency on the North Shore. She now enjoys her volunteer life as a docent at the Peabody Essex Museum and a qualified mediator with the North Shore Community Mediation Center. She also serves on the Boards of the Symphony by the Sea and the Mediation Center as well as the North Shore Advisory Committee of CJP. Sandy lives in Swampscott with her significant other, Jerry Sherman, and is the proud bubbe of two wonderful little boys.