Seize The Dream
JFS of Metrowest is proud to announce the
2016 Seize the Dream honorees:
We celebrate these extraordinary individuals
who stand up for children and families
throughout Metrowest, Greater Boston, Israel and
Jewish communities around the world.
Marsha and Harvey Chasen
Marsha Chasen is a graduate of the Chandler School for Women and worked as an executive assistant at Lee Institute in Brookline, MA. She moved to Natick in 1968 and became a stay-at-home mom to her three children: Allan, Robin, and Julie. Marsha returned to school to earn a degree in travel from Lasell College and currently works at PROTRAVEL in Needham, specializing in leisure travel. She is also a graduate of CJP’s Me’ah program.
Harvey Chasen graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in mechanical engineering. When his older daughter, Robin, was an undergraduate at Northeastern, Harvey returned to earn his MBA. Harvey is a partner with his son, Allan (a JFS board member), in their third-generation family business, HD Chasen, which supplies material to build and maintain bridges, power plants and oil refineries worldwide.
In 2003 Harvey was introduced to Renée and Steven Finn, active members in Metrowest and CJP, who were embarking on a mission to bring a Jewish day school to Metrowest. Their passion to create an education for Jewish children grounded in Jewish values became Harvey’s passion and they became one of the founding families of the Metrowest Jewish Day School (MWJDS). Harvey has served as a member of the School’s Board of Directors and Marsha volunteers with the School’s development activities. They are proud to see their grandsons thriving in MWJDS’s vibrant school community.
Harvey also served as chairman of the Natick Red Cross Disaster Committee. Through the Chasen Family Charitable Trust, the Chasen family helps support numerous organizations and fellowships.
For the past 47 years, the Chasens have been active members of Temple Israel of Natick. Marsha served on the Sisterhood board and Harvey initially joined various house committees and later was Vice President of Administration and a member of the Finance Committee.
As pillars of the Metrowest community, Marsha and Harvey continue to embrace the JFS mission and support the programs and services that strengthen our community.
Dena and Michael Rashes
Dena (Boronkay) Rashes is a dedicated and valued leader in the Greater Boston Jewish community. She is serving her second year as CJP’s Annual Campaign co-chair. She co-chaired the 2015 campaign with former JFS of Metrowest Board President, Aron Ain. A newly-elected member of CJP’s Board of Directors, Dena serves on the Development Committee and is a member of CJP’s Israel and Overseas Commission.
She is a graduate of CJP’s Me’ah program and the Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program.
Dena is a Vice President of the Board of Trustees of The Rashi School, where she co-chaired the $30 million Campaign for Rashi. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Congregation Mishkan Tefila and Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. A past board member of Historic Newton, she currently serves on its Museum Council. Dena is a current member of the JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet, and in December 2015 she will join the Board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. A graduate of Wellesley College, Dena remains a committed alumnae volunteer. Prior to leaving the workforce to care for her growing family, she worked as an investment banker.
Michael Rashes is a principal at Bracebridge Capital, a fixed income hedge fund based in Boston, where he oversees the sovereign credit and rates trading strategies as well as the development and implementation of the firm’s proprietary asset pricing and risk-management models.
Michael graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics and BS in Chemical Engineering and currently sits on the board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He also earned his MA and PhD, both in Economics, from Harvard University.
Dena and Michael live in Newton and are the proud parents of four children.