Meet the Center Staff

Pictured here are the dedicated professionals who live, learn, and love the Center way of life, every day.

We are a results-oriented staff that is committed to putting smiles on faces, filling our hallways with laughter, and making your Center experience a memorable one.

How do we do it? By offering innovative programming, thinking and planning like a customer, and ripping out the word “impossible” from our dictionaries.

Let’s work together on something great.

Executive Staff

Gary S. Lipman

Chief Executive Officer

(718) 954-3161

Gary has spent his entire career in professional service to the Jewish community, locally in the New York metropolitan area as well as throughout North America and Israel. Before arriving…

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David Jolovitz

Director of Health & Wellness

(718) 954-3155

David has been the Director of Health and Wellness for the Center since 2014, extending a health-and-fitness industry career that has included strength coaching, personal training and fitness management. Before…

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Joel D. Katz

Chief Administrative Officer

(718) 954-3133

Joel has been part of the Center’s Executive staff since 2002. His responsibilities are diverse, from program development to budgeting to team building, and beyond. Joel’s experience is just as…

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Amir Levy

Chief Program Officer

(718) 954-3145

Amir has been planning and directing programs for the Center for more than 20 years. He is deeply committed to multi-generational programming for the unique, generous and energetic community he…

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Norman Mandel

Chief Financial Officer

(718) 954-3134

At the Center, the buck stops with CFO Norman Mandel. He oversees all financial affairs, including budget management, forecasting and securing funding. But his favorite part of the job is extending the opportunity of membership…

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Eddie Sabbagh

Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications

(718) 954-3135

Eddie is passionate about marketing, and the Center fans that flame. “The Center allows me to grab ideas from everywhere,” he says. Eddie arrived at the Center in 2016 from…

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Sari Setton

Director of Special Events/Assistant to the CEO

(718) 954-3140

Sari wears a few hats at the Center, as she does at her busy home. As Director of Special Events and Executive Assistant to the CEO, she coordinates so much…

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Program Staff

Harry Chazanoff

Director of Youth & Family Services / Assistant Director of Day Camp

(718) 954-3147

Harry teaches our kids more than just how to play sports. He teaches them sportsmanship. “Knowing that kids take that home and use it in everyday life makes my job…

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Janet Chrem

Program Associate, Youth & Family

(718) 954-3148

As Youth Program Associate, Janet has a lot of fun planning activities and programs for children of all ages. “I can still think like a kid, which is very helpful,”…

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Carol Dery

Director of Group Fitness

(718) 954-3166

Carol views the Center’s exercise program as her home away from home. As the Center’s Director of Group Fitness, her longtime personal practice of exercise, wellness and health benefits every…

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Lillian Ebani

Managing Director of Youth & Family Services

(718) 954-3149

Lilian always wanted to teach. “I want every child to experience as many new things as they can, in a safe and nurturing environment,” says Lilian, the Center’s Assistant Program…

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Linda Eber

Director Social Services

(718) 954-3154

Linda has always felt the pull of purpose. “Ever since I was a young child, I wanted to do work that would help other people. I want to do mitzvot…

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Lisette Lalo

Director of Early Childhood Education

(718) 954-3156

“I want to make a difference in children’s lives, help them succeed and reach their full potential.” Lisette’s dedication to her work as Director of Early Childhood Education is evident…

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Barbara Light

Director or Adult Services

(718) 954-3128

Barbara is happy when she has created trips and events that delight, inform and inspire our older members. As Director of Adult Services, she has many opportunities for happiness. Barbara focuses…

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Aimee Mishaan

Director of Early Childhood Administration

As Director of Early Childhood Education Administration, Aimee nurtures the relationship between pre-school parent and the Center, helping kids get the most out of their pre-school experience. She provides top-tier…

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Lee Saad

Director of Young Adults

(718) 954-3139

Lee is the Coordinator of our renowned Young Adults programs at the Center, which brings together young people for events and activities that broaden their world and keep our community…

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Kathy Shabot

Director of Arts & Culture

(718) 954-3169

Kathy arrived at the Center in 2010 from a career in event planning and logistics for the hospitality industry. Those skills help her troubleshoot problems before they arise at the…

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Frieda Tawil

Director of Membership / Director of Day Camp

(718) 954-3146

Frieda is the Center’s foremost utility player. She is Director of the Women’s Center, and Director of our Young Adults and Day Camp programs. Happily, she loves working with people…

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Constantine Voytenko

Director of Aquatics

(718) 954-3162

“Every student excels in the pool at their own pace, and I love being a part of their progress.” Constantin has spent his career teaching children how to swim –…

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Administrative Staff

As Controller, Lina handles payroll, accounts payable and receivable, and human resources, vital services that support the Center’s work in the lives of our community. She works directly with the…

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Arielle Harari

Grants Manager

(718) 954-3125

Arielle’s attention to detail and project management talent is a perfect fit for her job as the Center’s Grants Administrator. Her input helps secure the Center’s funding year in and…

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Ron Hope

Mailroom Manager

(717) 954-3138

Ron took the helm of the Center’s mailroom in 2010 and has been running a tight ship ever since. “My motto on the job is no procrastination. I evaluate the…

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Yaffa Nachmani


(718) 954-3260

Yaffa has been the Center’s Registrar since 1997, occupying a crucial administrative role that keeps the records straight for our hundreds of programs and thousands of members. She’s not afraid to try new approaches…

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Miriam, the Center’s Accounts Receivables CLERK, came to the Center in 1982 as a front-desk receptionist. Before that, she honed her speed and accuracy skills as a cashier. She’s happiest…

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Carmen Sabbagh

Accounts Receivable

(718) 954-3136

Carmen takes pride in selling the Center – its programs, trips, and even raffle tickets. “When our community comes together at the Center for an event, it makes me happy,”…

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Greta Schwartz

Graphic Arts & Marketing Director

(718) 954-3127

From an early age, Greta knew she wanted a career in the creative arts. So, she focused on her two favorite subjects while at Syracuse University — Graphic Design and Basket Weaving.…

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Milia Shacalo

Membership Associate

(718) 954-3137

Milia has worked at the Center FOR THIRTY YEARS, and before that was professional administrative support for an interesting variety of employers, from freight forwarders to financial services. “I have always…

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Jamie Simon

Customer Service Manager

(718) 627-4300

Happily for our members, Jamie Simon, the Center’s Customer Service Manager, is devoted to our community. “I love the chance to make connections with everybody who comes through the Center,” she…

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