• Friends of Dana-Farber

    Friends' Board and Bios

    Jean Pearlstein

    jean-pearlstein.jpgJean Pearlstein 

     Jean Pearlstein became involved with the Friends in 1983. After bringing a friend to Dana-Farber for treatment, she chose to volunteer in the Friends' gift shop. Subsequently, Jean and her husband Jerry were asked to work on the committee for the second annual Friends' Gala, and they assumed the responsibility of co-chairing the third one.

    Jean and Jerry are blessed with two daughters, a son-in-law and two grandsons. Jean volunteered in the Newton school system where her children were educated. She was an active member of New England Villages, which provides support for adults with mental retardation. She also worked on a variety of events for other charities.

    Jean says, "I was very honored to become a member of the Friends' Board and in 1986 became President, which was one of the outstanding experiences of my life. From 1986-1988 I was fortunate to be involved with an incredible group of people and an incredible Institute. At the end of my term, I became a Trustee of the Institute, but I continued to be active with the Friends, a truly special organization."

    As well as serving as recording secretary, nominating chair, allocations chair and Gala co-chair, Jean was also involved in long-range planning. She has been a part of the Tribute Book since its inception, bringing in a large base of companies.

    As a Trustee, she was the first woman on the Executive Board of the Institute and is on the Governance, Quality Assurance Risk Management, Development and Communications Committees. For the last fourteen years she has been on the Institutional Review Board. It reviews new protocols after they have been scientifically approved, and it oversees the human protection aspect. With the few hours left for hobbies, Jean enjoys bridge, book club, investment club and theater, as well as a variety of the arts.

    "The Friends has always been a dedicated and caring organization which gives time, energy, and compassion to the well-being of others. It changed my life, and I will always be proud to have been a part of it."

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