Jackie Wolf is a sociologist, wife of historian Barry J. Levy, mother of two sons and lives in Amherst MA. Jackie grew up in Oxford, North Carolina and Surfside, Florida. She graduated from Douglass College of Rutgers University (NJ) and completed a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) in 1978. Jackie wrote a dissertation on leadership in colonial North Carolina. Her academic career started with teaching courses in social stratification, women’s studies and medical sociology at colleges and universities in the Cleveland, OH area. Her career took a turn to research when she was hired by the Department of Epidemiology, Case Western Reserve University Medical School (Cleveland, OH), to direct the field project for a large health survey of urban, elderly, lower income, minority households. Publications from that study critiqued the idea of training volunteers to conduct health assessments of their neighbors. Jackie moved to Amherst with her family in 1989. She began an active involvement in issues of racism and classism in the local public schools her sons attended and continues that effort. Jackie is also Chair of the League of Women Voters of Amherst Health Care Committee bridging the single payer work of the League and Mass-Care.