BROOKLINE MRC LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE
The mission of the Brookline MRC Leadership Committee is to support and sustain the Brookline Medical Reserve Corps.
The Brookline MRC Leadership Committee works with Department of Public staff, particularly in times of emergency,
in volunteer supervisory roles. The MRC Leadership Committee helps the Department of Public Health maintain a strong
emergency preparedness program and infrastructure.
2019 LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Taleb Abdelrahim (2021) - Taleb has lived in Waltham since 2013. He recently earned a Master of Science
in Emergency Management from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Taleb is currently a member of
Brookline CERT, Brookline MRC, and the American Red Cross.
Sharon Foldy (2020) - Sharon became a resident of Brookline in 1981, and joined MRC in 2009. As a
pediatric RN she enjoyed many MRC activities and trainings; they have enhanced her professional
and personal life in and around Brookline. MRC is a great way to serve your community, learn, make
friends and have fun!
Judith Frazier, RN, M.Ed (2020) - Judith is a retired nurse who has lived in Brookline since 1975, and
is a longtime member of the MRC. Through MRC she learned about emergency preparedness, met
Brookline residents, and knows the community better. She enjoys volunteering at the flu clinics, and
thinks the trainings are awesome!
Huda Ghannam (2021) – Huda has lived in Brookline since 1980. She is a Psychologist & Disaster
Mental Health Behaviorist. In addition to the MRC and CERT she has been a volunteer with the
Red Cross for 17 years.
Barbara Hebert (2020) – Barbara has lived in Brookline since 1976; she has been a MRC volunteer since
2005 and CERT volunteer since 2003. She joined MRC and CERT to be more involved in the community.
She enjoys working with other volunteers at flu clinics, and helping others after fires and ice storms. It is
fulfilling to be part of this helpful program that makes a positive difference in our town and beyond.
Lily Isakoff (Jr. MRC) - Lily is a senior at Brookline High School. She started out as an intern for the health
department in 2017. As a member of the MRC, she also co-founded the Jr. MRC. Lily loves volunteering
with the MRC.
Jack "Mr. Jack" Kavanagh (2019) – Mr. Jack moved to Brookline from Newton in 2008; he joined both MRC
and CERT in 2009. Mr. Jack also works with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Feeding Manager; he
has been deployed more than 28 times, including after the Saipan typhoons.
Meei Li (2021) - Meei is a 29 year resident of Brookline, and has served 11 years in the MRC. Pope Francis
says "full meaning of life is found in selfless service to others". At MRC, I encounter people of diverse
backgrounds who selflessly serve all kinds of people from different cultures. All are welcome to join MRC,
to be part of the wonderful team.
Larry Rosenberg (2019) – Larry attended Brookline High, but currently lives in Newton. In addition to
volunteering with both Brookline MRC and CERT, Larry has been a Red Cross volunteer
(disaster & blood services) since 2000. Larry is a Red Cross Certified Instructor, and has trained many MRC
& CERT groups on Sheltering and Mass Care. Larry is semi-retired from a career in Medical Device Quality
& Regulatory Affairs, and is a veteran responder to countless residential fires in the Greater Boston area.
Rob Rosengard (2021) - Rob has lived in South Brookline for 14 years with his wife and two dogs. His
daily job involves Healthcare Technology; the hosting of software applications on behalf of major
insurance payers and providers. He has many passions including helping members of his community,
playing with hi-tech toys, and playing various strategy games. He is part of CERT, MRC, and the EP
Buddy program... enjoying opportunities to volunteer at the marathon, Brookline bicycles event, the flu
clinics, Walking In Her Shoes, and other exciting local events.
Joel Shoner (2020) – Joel has been a Brookline resident for almost 50 years, and a member of MRC and
CERT for 9 years. “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once or
twice a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live
in.” ~Author Unknown
Dr. Jeremy Stricsek (2021) -
Sam Winickoff (Jr. MRC) - Sam is a senior at Brookline High School. His interest in public health led him
to join the Brookline MRC, and co-found the Jr. MRC with Lily Isakoff to give students at the High School
opportunities to get involved. Sam loves volunteering at MRC events, including annual flu clinics!