Our Dedicated Staff

Board of Directors

President – Ellen Abramson
CO VPs, Development and Community Engagement – Margie Checkoway & Betty Palms
VP Personnel and Accreditation – Leslie Kamil
VP Facilities – Alan Levy
VP Governance – Marla Linderman Richelew
Treasurer – Irwin Martin
Mark Berg
John Branch
Ashley Cureton
Susan Fisher
Steve Gerber
Rachel Glick
Phyllis Herzig
Deborah Lamm
Ed Rothman
Susan Sefansky (Past President)
Linh Song
Eileen Thacker
Alina Verdiyan


Anya Abramzon, Executive Director
Sarah Schneider Hong, Chief Programs Officer
Leon Karnovsky, Chief Financial Officer
Melissa Goodson, Chief Development Officer
Andre Yastchenko, Chief Information Officer
Elina Zilberberg, Chief Operating Officer/Director of Human Resources

Administrative Staff

Shadin Atiyeh, Director, Employment & Economic Empowerment Programs
Caroline Butler, Director, Thrive Services
Shrina Eadeh, Director, Resettlement Program
Jill Kind, Director, WISE Aging Services
Christine Taylor, Director of Access and Nutritional Services
Rita Simpson-Vlach, ESL Program Manager
Michelle Malamis, Director of Business and Philanthropic Advancement
Cynthia Dieck, Director of Refugee Social Services

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