Senior Support Systems Team

 

Avigail Adler
Director, Transportation services
718-449-5000 ext 2275
a.adler@jccgci.org

Ms. Adler, caring and compassionate with senior clientele, has 14 years of experience in managing transportation services at JCCGCI, as well as prior experience in educational and social research. She speaks English, Hebrew, Hungarian, Spanish and some Yiddish. Ms. Adler holds a master’s degree in applied social research.

Esther Mittelman:
Director, Homecare Services
718-449-5000 ext 2272
e.mittelman@jccgci.org

Ms. Mittelman has been responsible for the oversight and management of JCCGCI’s Homecare Program for the Elderly since 2001.This includes excellent performance; staff hiring (including assuring the integrity of all staff hired); staff supervision and performance evaluations; achieving required service levels; quality control and fulfillment of meticulous, detailed recordkeeping requirements for each program. Under Ms. Mittelman’s supervision, the program has grown in number of clients, hours of services, types of homecare services and geographic scope.

Veronica Beres
Director, Health Insurance Counceling Center
718-449-5000 ext 2211
v.beres@jccgci.org

Ms. Beres brings her strong organizational and problem-solving skills and seven years of experience to helping clients find the best Medicare Part D options for themselves. Prior to joining JCCGCI she worked as an employment specialist and job developer at the Shorefront YM-YWHA. She speaks Russian as well as English and holds a Master of Science degree.

Lora Finkelman
Senior Case Manager
718-449-5000 x2227
l.finkelman@jccgci.org

Ms. Finkelman joined JCCGCI in 2006 and is responsible for case management services in our central office. She has more than 20 years experience. She has been an educational consultant and case worker in Ukraine, and prior to that worked at JCCGI’s Surf Solomon Center as assistant director and case worker. She was a program coordinator at the Board of Jewish Education, Department of Education for Russian Immigrants, and directed outreach at the Children’s Torah Foundation. She spent seven years working with Russian immigrants as a case worker in Israel. She holds a BA from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has been featured in the article “An Unlikely Lamplighter” in the Hamodia.

Grace Brandi
Director,Coney Island Seaside Innovative Senior Center                       Supervising Director of JCCGCI’s Senior Center Services
718-449-5000 ext 2353
g.brandi@jccgci.org

Ms. Brandi joined JCCGCI as director of the Surf Solomon Senior Center in 1992, and was promoted to oversee the three senior centers we had at the time. She now supervises five senior centers. Her responsibilities include implementation and management of all congregate meals, healthy aging, case assistance and related services.  Grace previously directed the international order service and traffic operations for CBS Records International, and served as a substitute teacher and program volunteer in the public schools while raising her family. She holds a BA from Hunter College.

Rosanne DeGennaro
Director, Marlboro Senior Center
718-373-6161
rde@jccgci.org

Ms. DeGennaro joined JCCGCI in 1991 and has held several positions in the organization including Director of Education, Transportation and Intergenerational Programs. She has been Director of the Marlboro Senior Center since 1999. Ms. DeGennaro is active in the community, serving on the board of the Sea Gate Association, two consumer advisory panels, and a member of the Youth Services Committee of Community Board #13. She was President of the Parents Association of P.S 188K for eight years, during which time she worked with an employee of the school to initiate a tutorial and recreational inter-generational program which is still in existence after 13 years. Ms. DeGennaro attended St. John’s University in Brooklyn, NY.

Brocha Shereshevsky
Director, Jay Harama Senior Center and Club 2600
718-891-1110
b.shereshevsky@jccgci.org

Ms. Brocha Shereshevsky, a dynamic and visionary human services professional, earned her BA in psychology from Touro College and her Masters in Social Work from New York University, Silver School of Social Work. She previously served as a social worker at Selfhelp Community Services, providing case management, counseling, and crisis intervention to Nazi victims. She also completed internships at NYU Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine  and at Partnership With Children.

Sam Mikhli
Director, Ocean Parkway Senior Center and Home Delivered Meals 
718-449-5000 ext 2821
smikhli@jccgci.org

Before assuming his role as Director of the JCCGCI’s Ocean Parkway Senior Center and Home-Delivered Meals Program, Mr. Sam Mikhli served as Assistant Director of both programs. Prior to that, Mr. Mikhli was assigned to JCCGCI Holocaust Survivors Support Services division, where he provided case management assistance to Nazi victims. Mr. Mikhli came to JCCGCI after a successful tenure at Council of Jewish Organizations (COJO) of Flatbush, were he served as Job Developer and Food Pantry Coordinator .In that capacity, Mr. Mikhli developed a job bank to facilitate job placement for community members and coordinated distribution of monthly food packages for the elderly and needy.  Before initiating his current social services career, Mr. Mikhli spent a two-decade long tenure running his own private business, which helped him channel a profound understanding of leadership and organization into his management of the Senior Center. Mr. Mikhli is an active community member, serving on the board of directors for Congregation Etz Chaim and holds an Associate’s Degree from the Technical College of Ukraine where he majored in Economics, Business, and Finance.

Marina Davydov
Director, Haber House Senior Center
718-449-5000 ext 3301
m.davydov@jccgci.org

Marina Davydov earned her B.A. in Sociology/Psychology at Hunter College and her Master in Social Work (MSW) at Wurzweiler School of Social Work. For the past several years, Ms. Davydov has served as a crisis intervention social worker at Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, where she provided emergency intervention services for individuals and families facing financial hardship. She previously served as an Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Technician for Federation Employment and Guidance Services (FEGS), where she organized and led workshops and provided counseling to individuals with a history of mental illness. Ms. Davydov is tri-lingual and is proficient in English, Russian and Hebrew and possesses certification in Child and Family Welfare counseling.

Elisheva Lock
Director, Connect2
718-449-5000 ext 2216
347-268-0030
e.lock@jccgci.org

Ms. Lock has a powerful combination of education and experience that supports the development and expansion of Connect2 and its unique volunteer network. She joined JCCGCI after several years of working at NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in various capacities providing services to youth and their families. She also did an internship at Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services and has volunteered for numerous organizations serving children, families, the elderly, and is an active volunteer at Chai Lifeline.

Ms. Lock currently holds a clinical license in social work (LCSW), which she received from Yeshiva University:  Wuzweiler School of Social Work. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Libby Feldman
Director, Friendly Visiting NY
718-449-5000 ext 2212
l.feldman@jccgci.org

Ms. Feldman is energetic, patient and diplomatic, with strong leadership skills. She served as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of JCCGCI for 8 years and brings to her new role in friendly visiting, considerable experience working closely with different cultures, volunteers and the senior population the JCC serves. She speaks Hebrew as well as English, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and finance.

Aliza Kelman
Supervisor, Holocaust Survivor Case Management 
718-449-5000 ext 2354
a.kelman@jccgci.org

Aliza Kelman, LMSW, has been part of JCCGCI’s Homebound Senior Services division since 2012. She is currently the Social Worker Supervisor and provides social work supervision to assigned staff; assists staff in analyzing case problems, in developing case plans and in improving their diagnostic and helping skills; reviews case records; and provides case management services to clients. A graduate of Long Island University, and a Member of Phi Alpha Honors Society, the extraordinarily compassionate, professional and empathetic assistance Aliza provides is a sought after asset to this program. JCCGCI is proud that Aliza has been selected as one of this year’s New York Nonprofit Media’s “Forty Under Forty”.

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