Posted by Jon Federman

At our annual Board meeting on June 2, JF&CS welcomed two new members to our Board, Joseph F. Mazzella and Wayne Ushman. We are excited to have Joe and Wayne join the JF&CS Board!

Joseph MazzellaJoseph F. Mazzella and his wife Lauren live in Weston. They have two children, Rachel and Jason, who live and work in Boston. Joe is a Managing Director and General Counsel of Highfields Capital Management LP, an investment firm in Boston. Prior to joining Highfields, Joe was a partner at Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP in Boston. Before going into private practice, Joe worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A graduate of City College of New York, Joe received his JD from Rutgers University School of Law. Currently on the Board of Directors of Pennymac Financial Services, Inc., he previously served as a director of Orbital ATK Inc. and was Chairman of the Board of Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc.

Summer often finds Joe in Truro, fishing, or golfing in Weston. He and Lauren enjoy traveling, having recently been to Machu Picchu in Peru, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Japan.

"My wife, Lauren, has served as a Visiting Mom for many years, so I've seen how JF&CS can enhance the lives of people in need, whatever their religion and social status. I can think of no other organization that practices tikkun olam in a more inclusive and personal way, and I hope to contribute to that effort."

Wayne UshmanWayne Ushman lives in Northborough with his wife Suzan (Shapiro), their two sons, Benjamin and Dov, and their goldendoodle, Ted Williams. Wayne has more than 35 years of experience in the investment management arena. He founded Assabet Advisors LLC, a registered investment advisor that develops customized investment solutions for individuals, families, businesses, and foundations. Previously, Wayne was the Vice President in charge of the Portfolio Management Department of State Mutual Life Assurance Company of America where he developed the investment strategies for the company's $9 billion portfolio and subsequently formed a private investment management firm for the purpose of managing a significant portfolio.

A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Wayne received his MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and is a CFA charter holder. He has held various leadership positions in the Worcester community, including president of the Worcester Jewish Community Center, chairman of the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts Endowment Committee, board member of the Jewish Health Center, and corporator of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. In 2012, Wayne and Suzan were honored by Israel Bonds and received the Israel Unity Award.

Wayne enjoys spending quality time with his family, skiing, and traveling. The Ushmans are members of Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester.

"As an active member in the greater Worcester Jewish community, I am excited about the increased involvement of JF&CS in Central Massachusetts. I look forward to helping my local community learn more about the strong programs which JF&CS has to offer and in turn, to facilitating Central Massachusetts's increased participation and support of JF&CS."

Jon Federman Jon Federman is the JF&CS Staff Writer. A practicing attorney for more than 15 years, he is thrilled to bring his legal and persuasive writing skills to the JF&CS Marketing Communications department. Jon has a BA from Tufts University and a JD from Boston College Law School. In his spare time he is an exhibiting photographer and an award-winning cartoonist. Jon lived in London, England for five years before returning to Boston in 2011.