Jean Rhodes, PhD, UMass Boston – Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jean Rhodes is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has devoted her career to understanding and advancing the role of intergenerational relationships in the intellectual, social, educational, and career development of youth. She has published three books, four edited volumes, and over 100 chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics related to positive youth development, the transition to adulthood, and mentoring. Dr. Rhodes is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research and Community Action, and was a Distinguished Fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation. She has been awarded many campus-wide teaching awards for her advances in pedagogy and scholarship, including the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Scholar Award, the Student Government Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Chancellor’s Outstanding Scholar award at UMB.


Susan Swick, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Newton-Wellesley Hospital – Welcome


Michael Jellinek, MD, Newton-Wellesley Hospital – Panel Facilitator

Dr. Jellinek earned his undergraduate degree at Columbia College and his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completed pediatrics training at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, and residencies in child psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Jellinek was Chief of Child Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital for 32 years from 1979-2012. He is currently Co-Chair of the AACAP Financial Planning Committee and served on the Journal of Editorial Board from 1992-2012.

Dr. Jellinek has written or co-written over 300 original reports, articles and chapters, and served as Editor for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health. With Michael Murphy, Ed.D, he developed the Pediatric Symptom Checklist, which is a widely used brief screening instrument to help primary care pediatricians identify children with emotional problems.

Dr. Jellinek has served in several administrative positions including Senior Vice President for Administration at Massachusetts General Hospital (1996-2000), President, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA, (2001-2012), as Chief Clinical Officer, Partners HealthCare (2012-2014) and as CEO, Community Network and EVP, Lahey Health System (2014-2017). Currently Dr. Jellinek is working in the Community Benefits Program at Newton Wellesley Hospital, does management consulting and teaches in the Child Psychiatry Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Brent Bode, Community Rowing – Panelist

Brent Bode is entering his eighth year as a teacher-coach at Community Rowing Inc. He works within many programs including the competitive youth Girls teams, recreational youth rowing, corporate rowing, & adult novice activities. In addition, he instructs incoming fellows in CRI’s Institute for Rowing Leadership (IRL) program. His work specializes on teaching novice coaches and athletes and he researches contemporary issues in youth sports. Additionally (and most important) the competitive girls team continually meets its mission — to enable each student-athlete’s character to blossom respectfully, to inspire extraordinary performances, and ultimately to improve our community’s well being through the pursuit of honorable victory in athletic competition.

A passion for speed, for learning, and an everlasting curiosity are the building blocks of Coach Bode’s vocational drive. In an earlier time he served as assistant auto racing instructor at the Bridgestone Racing Academy at Mosport Park, Ontario, CA, and a Formula 2 driver. He rowed as a non-traditional student in the lightweight 8+ for the Dowling College Lions, and served a 5-year tenure as assistant to Athletic Training at Elite Sports Medicine, Long Island, NY.

Coach Bode holds a Master’s degree in Exercise & Sports Studies from Smith College, and is a long-time member of the NSCA. His hobbies include: cycling, research in teaching & learning, the study of being human, and is an avid fan of Formula 1 motorsport.

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Jason Isaacs, Needham Steps Up – Panelist

Jason Isaacs just began his 7th year teaching math at Needham High School. Jason attended Boston College where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education. He also received his Master’s degree at BC in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics and Assessment. At Needham High School, Jason has been a part of Needham Steps Up, a program designed to connect students with teachers to develop one-to-one mentor relationships. In this role, Jason has mentored two students who have since graduated and are both attending four year universities. Recently, Jason has shifted roles in the program and now serves on the Needham Steps Up Board of Directors. He is excited to take on this new position, with the goal of sharing his experiences in order to enrich the growth of the program.

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Ethel Williams, Mazie Mentoring Program – Panelist

Ethel Williams has been the Program Manager for the Mazie Mentoring Program at Waltham High School for the last 7 years where she implemented and continues to oversee the operation of the program. The Mazie Program is a community based mentoring program for struggling teens supported by the Mazie Partnership. Previously, she worked in television news as a news director and operations manager at New England Cable News and Channel 7 in Boston. From there, she transitioned into corporate communications at Digital and Staples. Her passion for working with children and volunteering at her children’s schools led her to the position with the Mazie Mentoring Program in 2010.

Ethel and her husband have lived in Waltham for the last 25 years where they own an electrical business. They have two children. She attended Regis College in Weston and her educational background is in Economics, Communications and Management.

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