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Boston Business Leader, Dale Okonow, Joins Friends Of Yemin Board Of Directors
Friends of Yemin Orde is pleased to announce that Dale Okonow has joined its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Okonow is a partner of The Watermill Group, a private equity investment and management firm based in Lexington, Mass.
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“We are excited to welcome Dale to our Board. Dale adds a unique depth of experience to our Board and we look forward to benefiting from his expertise and leadership as we shape new strategies for advancing our important mission in Israel,” said Michael Frieze, Board Chair, Yemin Orde. “We have great admiration for Dale’s passion and his deep understanding of nonprofit organizations. Friends of Yemin Orde is honored to include him on our already talented team .”
At Watermill, Okonow is involved in the day-to-day operations of the firm, including oversight of financial and operational functions, the negotiation and financing of acquisitions, and oversight and divestitures of portfolio companies. He serves on the Boards of Advisors of several Watermill portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Watermill, Okonow served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Sawyer Realty Holdings, LLC, a leading privately-held, fully-integrated U.S. multifamily real estate investment and management firm based in Needham, MA and College Park, MD.
In the philanthropic and volunteer arenas, Okonow serves on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston, where he founded the Parkinson’s Family Support Program at that social services agency. Okonow also serves on the Hematology Oncology Visiting Committee of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, where he helped establish the Okonow/Lipton Family Lymphoma Research Fund. He serves on the Board of Directors of the iF Foundation, a New York-based charitable foundation which provides interest-free loans to impoverished people in Haiti and Ghana to give them the opportunity to start their own small businesses. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Development Committee of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP) and served as the co-chair of the 2012 CJP Annual Campaign, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Temple Beth Elohim (Wellesley, MA) Endowment and the Board of Trustees of The Rashi School in Dedham, MA, the Boston-area Reform Jewish Day School.
“Yemin Orde Youth Village is an extraordinarily special place. It is a place of learning, safety and stability for “at-risk” children who need it most. I am delighted to serve on the Board of Friends of Yemin Orde,” Okonow said. “I have great respect for Chaim Peri, the dedicated professionals and staff at Yemin Orde and the accomplishments of its graduates. It is gratifying to be part of an organization that is truly changing the future paths of so many precious lives.”
Okonow received a B.S. (with distinction)