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Volunteer Spotlight

31 Years in the Making

Lisa Jacobowitz, Community Association Volunteer of the Year
To many, a condominium represents carefree living:
no more lawn mowing, snow shoveling, or looking for a
contractor to fix a roof, a deck, or a driveway. What some unit
owners forget, however, is how much work is required to get
those things taken care of on behalf of the larger community-
for those who are willing to step up to the task of volunteering.
One person who has done a yeoman's job of doing just that
is Lisa Jacobowitz, who became a trustee of Pickman Park
Condominiums in Salem, Mass., just months after moving
in in 1988. She is still on the board now, 31 years later.
Like all multi-family associations, Pickman Park, a complex of 47 residential buildings and a clubhouse, resembles
a municipality in microcosm, and that is what attracted
Jacobowitz to the board. "I always had political aspirations,"
she reveals. "It was a good way to channel them and keep
them within a smaller context. It's like running a small city.
Besides, it was my investment I was protecting! And there
weren't a lot of people coming out to do it."
As to what has kept her going on the board for so long,
Lisa says, "I find it interesting. I like being a part of growing
and doing things. And I like to know what's going on.
The easiest way to do that is to get involved."
Jacobowitz and her fellow board members have tackled a
number of herculean tasks over the years. These have included handling the final phase of transitioning the association
from the developer, banding together with other associations
in Salem to demand municipal trash collection and recycling,
residing and reroofing buildings, repaving roads, rebuilding
the pool and pool decking, building up a healthy reserve and
developing a long-range financial plan, and resolving issues
between and among neighbors. All of this requires negotiation and mediation. Lots of negotiation and mediation.

"It takes a very special person to be
on the board for as long as she has.
It's not an easy task. She deserves
the award like no other."
Luckily for Pickman Park, "I made my living doing that,"
says Jacobowitz, a former divorce lawyer, professional mediator-and born problem solver. "I think my skills at assessing
both sides are pretty strong. I'm able to be objective and

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understand the parties' needs, as well as both sides of
any issue, and then I can help them to come to a mutually
beneficial agreement."
Jennifer Pappas, CMCA, agrees. A senior property manager for American Properties Team of Woburn, Mass., she has
served as Pickman Park's property manager for a dozen years,
working closely with Jacobowitz. "Lisa's a negotiator like
you've never seen before!" she declares. "The things she's
been able to negotiate over the years are incredible. She's
really focused on sitting down and working things out, and
she listens. She also puts her personal touch on it, which I
think makes a huge difference."
In recognition of her years of service to her community,
Jacobowitz was honored as the Community Association
Volunteer of the Year at CAI-NE's annual awards banquet
in March. The award was created to celebrate a unit owner/
resident, committee member, or board member who seeks
out opportunities to improve their community.
"Lisa always wants to do the right thing by the association,"
says Pappas. "She's really worked very hard over the years for
her association to make sure the right thing was done. It takes
a very special person to be on the board for as long as she has.
It's not an easy task. She deserves the award like no other."



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