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Jeffrey Klein

Jeffrey Klein joined New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in 2013, and had previously worked for the organization’s development department from 2006-2010. As Chief Strategy Officer, Jeff oversees The Center’s strategic planning efforts as well as key programs and initiatives in furtherance of the current strategic plan. He manages Government Programs & Affairs, Information & Technology as well as the Family Programs and the Opportunities Programs of The Center.

Jeff is also an Adjunct Professor at Pratt Institute and previously taught at Columbia University. His courses include Fundraising, Nonprofit Law and Intellectual Property Law. Previously, he served as the Vice President of Programs & Services for Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic). While there, he was the functional head and chief strategist for program design, account implementation and customer support. He also served as a staff attorney and fundraiser for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts specializing in counseling nonprofit organizations on their legal and business issues.

Jeff is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and is admitted to the New York State Bar. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College.

Rob Wheeler, PHR

Rob Wheeler joined The Center in 1998. As Chief Operating Officer, he provides strategic leadership and oversight of the organization’s day-to-day operations and administrative management team, as well as programming in arts, culture and entertainment, behavioral health for LGBT adults and youth, human resources, information and referral, and meeting and conference services. Rob is an alum of the City University of New York, Hunter College and earned an advanced certificate in strategic human resources management from Cornell University, as well as the professional in human resources (PHR) certification from HRCI. Rob is currently an MPA candidate at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Antonio Ruberto

Antonio Ruberto, a licensed clinical social worker and CASAC, joined The Center in 2011 and is the Senior Director of Behavioral Health. In this role, Antonio oversees youth and adult substance use treatment, recovery support including the new youth clubhouse, youth substance use prevention, youth leadership and engagement programming, HIV prevention and testing, as well as adult mental health services. Antonio previously served as Director of Center Recovery, the only LGBT-specific, OASAS-licensed outpatient substance use treatment program in New York. He has previously served as the Co-Chairperson to the Manhattan Borough Council on Chemical Dependency, part of the New York City Federation for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services, and was a member of the NYC DOH-MH Quality Improvement Advisory Board. Antonio has also provided workshops and trainings to the ASAP Conference, the NASW Addiction Institute Conference, the New York Criminal Justice & Treatment Conference and The Gay Men’s Health Summit in Washington, D.C. In addition, he maintains a private practice in Manhattan and has been a contracted trainer for the CASAC program at Outreach Training Institute. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Art History from NYU and his Master’s degree from Columbia University.

Brad Snyder

Brad Snyder joined The Center in 2013. As Senior Director of Development, Brad oversees the organization’s development efforts, providing leadership and management of the department’s major donor, corporate, foundation and individual giving efforts.

Prior to joining The Center, Brad was the Executive Director of The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York. As Executive Director, Brad oversaw all of the organization’s pro bono legal clinics, continuing legal education programs, advocacy efforts and fundraising activities.

Brad was formerly a Senior Counsel in the Legal Counsel Division of the New York City Law Department where he advised City agencies and the Mayor’s Office on a variety of policy, legislative and regulatory initiatives. Prior to joining to the Law Department Brad worked as a corporate associate in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

He graduated from Tufts University in 1998 and the New York University School of Law in 2002. Brad and his husband are also fathers through surrogacy who started on the road to parenthood right here at The Center.

Jessica McCarthy

Jessica McCarthy joined The Center’s operations department in 2012 and is currently the Senior Director of Human Resources and Administration. Jessica oversees all aspects of The Center’s human resources and administrative functions, including talent acquisition, employee resource systems and benefits administration.

Prior to joining The Center, Jessica worked in the private sector, where she managed projects for executive team members, including a multi-state jobs-creation program and the implementation of an organization-wide document database. Jessica found her passion working with non-profits when she volunteered with Live Out Loud, an LGBT organization connecting youth with positive role models and affirming experiences. At The Center, Jessica marries her passion for helping the LGBT community with her professional interest in human resources and administration.

Jessica has a Master’s degree in Public Administration, with a specialization in Nonprofit Administration, from Baruch College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Syracuse University. She also holds a professional in human resources (PHR) certification from HR Certification Institute (HCRI) and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Mary Steyer

Mary Steyer joined The Center’s communications department in 2012 and is currently the Senior Director of Communications. During her time at The Center, Mary has created and implemented brand identity and strategic plans for the organization’s marketing and communications program across internal and external channels, overseeing print and digital campaigns as well as public relations and media. With her team, Mary has worked to strengthen The Center’s brand and identity to reflect its mission to empower the LGBT community to lead healthy, successful lives.

Mary’s professional background includes a marketing and communications executive position at Daijob, Inc. in Tokyo, Japan, where she focused on recruitment strategy, content creation and outreach to foreign bilingual job-seekers. She was a communications associate at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and a media assistant at the Parkinson’s Action Network.

Mary holds a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University with a dual major in French and Public Relations.

Orie Urami

Orie Urami joined The Center in 1991. Her over 25 years of service began with the Information & Referral (I&R) team, introducing newcomers to The Center’s services, programs and resource information. Following her time with I&R, Orie has held a number of positions, including Building Services and Meeting Conferences Services Manager. Today, Orie brings all of her experiences to the role of Senior Director of Operations, where she leads the teams that ensures The Center is a welcoming, dynamic and functional space, where everyone is celebrated for who they are. Orie is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, School of Culinary Arts, and in her spare time makes some of the best soups known to humankind.

Pierre Chin

Pierre Chin is The Center’s Senior Director of Contracts & Finance Administration. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Pierre has worked at The Center for nearly 24 years, first as the main office receptionist, then transferring into the finance department as the bookkeeper. Today, he works closely with the Chief Financial Officer, and across the agency with the development team and program staff to coordinate and manage The Center’s federal, state and local government funding. Similarly, he is responsible for managing large private foundation grants. All of this funding, and all of Pierre’s efforts, support The Center’s diverse social service programming. Pierre continues to integrate programmatic and fiscal oversight, aligning with The Center’s strategic planning and arming himself with concrete information and skills to help The Center, and himself, continue to develop.

Pierre Chin

Pierre Chin is The Center’s Senior Director of Contracts & Finance Administration. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Pierre has worked at The Center for nearly 24 years, first as the main office receptionist, then transferring into the finance department as the bookkeeper. Today, he works closely with the Chief Financial Officer, and across the agency with the development team and program staff to coordinate and manage The Center’s federal, state and local government funding. Similarly, he is responsible for managing large private foundation grants. All of this funding, and all of Pierre’s efforts, support The Center’s diverse social service programming. Pierre continues to integrate programmatic and fiscal oversight, aligning with The Center’s strategic planning and arming himself with concrete information and skills to help The Center, and himself, continue to develop.

Shijuade Kadree

Shijuade Kadree joined The Center in 2015. As the Senior Director of Government Programs and Affairs, Shijuade is responsible for creating, implementing and managing the annual lobbying strategy on city and state levels to support the powerful programs of The Center, as well as managing two of The Center’s government-funded initiatives related to health and human services provision.

Prior to joining The Center, Shijuade represented indigent clients, zealously advocating on behalf of parents entrapped in New York City’s child welfare system. This work lead her to creative legislative and policy advocacy at the New York City Council as a legislative counsel. In that role, she served as a liaison between Council members and the Council’s central staff, drafting and negotiating legislation in a variety of subject areas with a particular focus on governmental operations, housing, buildings and construction.

Shijuade has also served as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow, working on access to financial education, products and services for low-income families, federal and state anti-hunger programs, as well as publishing a manual for state legislators, “Bringing Legislators to the Table: Addressing Hunger and Nutrition in America.” During graduate school, she received the ABA Fellowship for Minorities in Environmental Law and was named a Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys scholar. Shijuade is an alumna of Emory University, with a joint Law and Public Health degree.

CENTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Center’s Board of Directors is responsible for oversight of the organization’s operations and guiding The Center's long-term vision and planning. The Board also focuses on the continued financial stability of the organization and participates significantly in fundraising efforts.

PRESIDENT

  • Timothy Y. Chow

BOARD CO-CHAIRS

  • Brian Offutt
  • Claire M Shanley

TREASURER

  • Julie Harris

AT-LARGE MEMBER OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Greg Zaffiro

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Alexis Bittar
  • George Carrancho
  • Phyllis Dicker
  • Reginald V. Grayson
  • John Hadity
  • Brad Jakeman
  • Erika Karp
  • Lisa A. Linsky
  • Aimee E. Saginaw, Esq.
  • Doak Sergent
  • Johann Shudlick
  • Jan Siegmund
  • Baljit Singh, MD
  • Dennis D. Williams

PAST PRESIDENTS

  • Brian Offutt

    2012 to 2013

  • Mario J. Palumbo Jr.

    2010 to 2011

  • Bruce Anderson

    2005 to 2009

  • Richard Winger

    2001 to 2004

  • Judith E. Turkel

    1995 to 2000

  • Steven J. Powsner

    1992 to 1994

  • David Nimmons

    1987 to 1991

  • Irving Cooperberg

    1983 to 1987

EXECUTIVE Director

Glennda Testone

Glennda Testone joined New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center as its first female Executive Director in 2009. Since then, she has strengthened The Center’s programs for adults, youth and families, ensuring all LGBT New Yorkers have an opportunity to live happy, healthy lives. Testone recently helped launch a new Center brand and website, celebrated 30 years of service by the organization and completed a $9.2 million capital building renovation to transform the LGBT community’s home on W 13 Street. Testone also spearheaded the launch of innovative and groundbreaking programming at The Center for LGBT youth, transgender community members and LBT women.

Testone came to The Center from The Women's Media Center (WMC) where she served as the Vice President for three years. Prior to the WMC, Testone was the Senior Director of Media Programs for the national Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Testone has appeared on CNN, FOX News and MSNBC, and has been quoted in

outlets including Vogue, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Time Out and W Magazine.

She is a member of the Ending the Epidemic Task Force, which works to implement Governor Cuomo’s plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York. Testone also sits on the CenterLink Board, the Executive Board of the City University of New York Institute for Health Equality and is a member of the Bronx Borough President’s LGBT Policy Task Force. In 2005, Testone won Syracuse University’s LGBT Foundation Award for Outstanding Alumni. In addition, she has served on the NYC Commission on LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth and was a Tenenbaum Leadership Institute Fellow at Milano, the New School for Management & Urban Policy.

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Testone has a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and Philosophy from Syracuse University and a Master's degree in Women's Studies from The Ohio State University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her partner and two French bulldogs.

Senior LEADERSHIP TEAM

DEPARTMENTAL STAFF

More than 300,000 visitors come to The Center every year to celebrate LGBT life and receive support. Our team works to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of each and every member of the community!

To join our team or to intern at The Center, please visit Employment Opportunities.

Behavioral Services

  • Anthony Albanese, MPH, Director of HIV Prevention
  • Ali Belen, Transgender HIV Prevention Coordinator
  • Amy Biondo, MHC, Youth Substance Use Treatment Counselor
  • Ryan Brown, LCSW, Substance Use Treatment Counselor
  • John Cho, LMHC, Youth Substance Use Prevention Coordinator
  • Liam S. Cudmore, LMSW, Youth Clubhouse Member Specialist
  • Joseph Davis, Youth Substance Use Engagement Specialist
  • Joe Disano, CASAC, Substance Use Treatment Coordinator
  • Michelle Dugan, Youth Career Developer
  • Natalia Guerrero, Youth Leadership Coordinator
  • Natasha Jones, Director of Youth Leadership and Engagement
  • Peter Karys, LCSW, CPP, Director of Youth Counseling and Support
  • Sammy Maramba-Ferrell, MSW, Youth Prevention Counselor
  • Joanna McClintick, LMSW, Youth Sexual Health Counselor
  • Javinne McCoy, CASAC-T, CRPA, Youth Substance Use Treatment Counselor
  • Michelle Novie-Herman, RN, Health Care Coordinator
  • Aashlesha Patel, LMSW, Substance Use Treatment Counselor
  • Alejandro Rodriguez, Youth Leadership Developer
  • Cheyenne Rosado, Youth Education Support Specialist
  • Migdalia Santiago, LMSW, CASAC, Mental Health Services Coordinator
  • Maireni Soriano, Youth Clubhouse Peer Engagement Specialist
  • Shane Spicer, MD, Medical Director
  • Olin Winn-Ritzenberg, LMSW, Youth Education Services Coordinator

Communications

  • Evan Britt, Website and Multimedia Manager
  • Bob Civil, Communications Associate
  • Storm Hurwitz, Health Campaigns Specialist

Cultural Engagement

  • Robb Leigh Davis, Director of Cultural Engagement

Development

  • Austin Bartsch, Corporate Relations Manager
  • Roger Calderon, Event Engagement Manager
  • Zachary Cohen, Major Gifts Manager
  • Andre Herring, Individual Giving Coordinator
  • Brian Kirn, Partnership and Engagement Coordinator

Families and Opportunities

  • Sarah Mikhail, LMSW, Director of Families and Opportunities
  • Amanda Hayden, LMSW, Family Permanency Coordinator
  • Cristina Herrera, BA, CASAC-T, Opportunities Coordinator, Transgender
  • Brittany Reid, Opportunities Coordinator, Women
  • Jeffrey Levin, LMSW, Family Planning and Health Coordinator
  • Jasmine Lopez, Engagement Specialist, Transgender
  • Joshua Terefe, Peer Youth Advisor

Finance

  • Stacy Blundell, Billing Specialist
  • Barry Brown, Accountant – Cash and Receivables
  • Claudette Williams, Junior Accountant - Payables

Government Programs and Affairs

  • Emily Contillo, Government Relations Coordinator
  • Janice Cruz, Patient Navigation Coordinator
  • Jadé Goodridge, In-Person Assistor/Navigator
  • Eduardo Guzman, Network Coordinator
  • John Hellman, Director of the Network
  • Sage Rivera, In-Person Assistor/Navigator

Human Resources and Administration

  • Katharine Kelley, MSW, Administrative and Evaluation Manager
  • Abigail Lofberg, Executive Administrative Assistant
  • Gregory Reardon, Administrative and Purchasing Manager

Operations

  • Robert Armstrong, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Jorge Arteaga, Reservation Specialist
  • Beth Braddock, Events and Production Manager
  • Heather Chatman, Information and Referral Manager
  • Miriam Diaz, Housekeeping Supervisor
  • Jessica Falcone, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Aliya Feldman, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Maliika Graham, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Avery Hernandez, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • J.P. Makowski, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Joey Mirabile, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Joshua Nash, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Derrick Rickenbacker, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Anthony Rivera, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Richy Rosario, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Jakiya Tomoney, Building Services/Porter Staff

Strategy and Information Technology

  • Stephen Andrews, Director of Technology
  • Katelyn Bland-Clark, Development Associate
  • Jillian Niler, Development Operations Coordinator

 

YOUNG LEADERS COUNCIL

The Young Leaders Council (The Council) is an active and diverse group of young New Yorkers committed to The Center and its work. The Council advises The Center's Board of Directors and develops programming to engage its demographic as Center supporters, members, volunteers and leaders.

Board Sponsor

  • Greg Zaffiro

Co-Chairs

  • Sarah Jubinski
  • Billy Wheelan
  • Matthew Zimmerman

Former Co-Chairs

  • Erica Kagan
  • Michael Evans

Secretary

  • Joe Simenec

Cycle for the Cause Liaison

  • Anthony Zillmer
 

Council Members

  • KerryAnn Cook
  • Douglas Durant
  • Tim Hartman
  • Andrea Minkow
  • JP Moncayo
  • Doug Nevin
  • Bradley Owens
  • Johann Shudlick
  • Joe Weise