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Carrie Davis, MSW

Carrie Davis, MSW, joined New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in 1998. As Chief Programs and Policy Officer, Carrie oversees The Center’s human services programming for LGBT youth, adults and families, as well as policy and education services. These programs provide over 9,000 LGBT people annually with community-based services to foster healthy growth and development through the delivery of a range of supportive interventions, advocacy, outreach, education and capacity-building.

Carrie has worked collaboratively with New York City and New York State agencies and courts, as well as private enterprise to develop guidelines, policies, regulations and best practices to better address the needs of LGBT people. She is nationally recognized as an expert and advocate for the health and welfare needs of transgender people. The 2nd edition of Gary Mallon’s “Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People” included her chapter on “Social work practice with transgender and gender non-conforming people.”

Carrie currently serves on the HIV Health & Human Services Planning Council of New York, the New York City Police Department LGBT Advisory Committee and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Advisory Board on Gender Marker Change. She joined the Hunter College School of Social Work in 2007 as an Adjunct Lecturer and served in this role through 2014. In 2015 Carrie was named a Woman of Distinction by the New York State Senate in recognition of her contributions to enrich the quality of life in her community.

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 and Development Officer, Jeff oversees The Center’s strategic planning efforts as well as private and public fundraising.

Jeff is 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.

Kate Urmeneta, CPA

Kate Urmeneta joined New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in 2014. As Chief Financial Officer, Kate oversees The Center’s financial strategy and operations and is responsible for budgeting, forecasting and financial accounting and reporting.

Kate comes to The Center with over 20 years of combined experience in private and public accounting, with a focus on developing policies and procedures to improve performance and productivity. Prior to joining The Center, Kate spent 12 years as a Vice President and subsidiary controller at CAN Capital, a mid-sized specialty financial services firm. During her time in public accounting, Kate provided accounting, auditing and IT consulting services to various industries, including manufacturing, not-for-profit, financial services and publishing.

Kate is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the State of New York and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPAs). Kate holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University.

Rob Wheeler, PHR

Rob Wheeler, PHR, joined New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in 1998. As Chief Operating Officer, Rob is responsible for the strategic leadership and oversight of the organization’s day-to-day operations and administrative management team. He oversees multiple program areas, including arts, culture and entertainment; capital projects; communications and marketing; human resources; information and referral services; information technology; meeting and conference services and the David Bohnett Cyber Center.

Rob graduated summa cum laude from the Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies Program of the City University of New York, Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational sociology and political science. He earned an advanced certificate in strategic human resources management from Cornell University, and the professional in human resources (PHR) certification from HRCI. Rob previously served as a member of the Manhattan Borough President Community Board Screening panel and is an active volunteer with the Mayors Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

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

CENTER LEADERSHIP & STAFF

The Center’s dedicated staff are experienced professionals who understand the specific needs of the LGBT community. Through a variety of roles and programs we provide comprehensive support for our community!

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

Glennda Testone

Executive Director

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.

Carrie Davis, MSW

Chief Programs
and Policy Officer

Jeffrey Klein

Chief Strategy and
Development Officer

Kate Urmeneta, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Rob Wheeler, PHR

Chief Operating Officer

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.

Center Services

  • Anthony Albanese, MPH, HIV Services Coordinator
  • Nicole Avallone, LCSW, Deputy Director of Programs and Policy
  • Stacy Blundell, Billing Specialist
  • Ryan Brown, LCSW, Substance Use Counselor, Adult
  • Levi Butcher, Support Specialist
  • John Cho, LMHC, Substance Use Counselor, Youth
  • Janice Cruz, Patient Navigation Coordinator
  • Joseph Davis, Substance Use Engagement Specialist
  • Joe Disano, CASAC, Substance Use Services Coordinator, Adult
  • Michelle Dugan, Career Developer
  • Anthony Freeman, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Support
  • Jadé Goodridge, In-Person Assistor/Navigator
  • Natalia Guerrero, Leadership Coordinator, Youth
  • Lilia Hadjiivanova, Opportunities Coordinator, Immigrants
  • John Hellman, Director of the Network
  • Cristina Herrera, BA, CASAC-T, Opportunities Coordinator, Transgender
  • Natasha Jones, Interim Director of Opportunities Services, Youth
  • Peter Karys, LCSW, CPP, Substance Use Services Coordinator, Youth
  • Katharine Kelley, MSW, Evaluation and Data Coordinator
  • Jeffrey Levin, LMSW, Family Planning and Health Coordinator
  • Jasmine Lopez, Engagement Specialist, Transgender
  • Erin McCarron, LMSW, Care Management and Training Coordinator
  • Joanna McClintick, LMSW, Sexual Health Specialist
  • Javinne McCoy, CASAC-T, CRPA, Substance Use Counselor, Youth
  • Sarah Mikhail, LMSW, Director of Health Services
  • Michelle Novie-Herman, RN, Health Care Coordinator
  • Aashlesha Patel, LMSW, Substance Use Counselor, Adult
  • Brittany Reid, Opportunities Coordinator, Women
  • Sage Rivera, In-Person Assistor/Navigator
  • Alejandro Rodriguez, Leadership Developer, Youth
  • Cheyenne Rosado, Education Support Specialist
  • Antonio Ruberto, Jr., MS, LCSW-R, CASAC, Director of Behavioral Services
  • Migdalia Santiago, LMSW, CASAC, Mental Health Services Coordinator
  • Shane Spicer, MD, Medical Director
  • Meron Tebeje, Data Specialist
  • Joshua Terefe, Peer Youth Advisor
  • Olin Winn-Ritzenberg, MSW, Education Services Coordinator

Development

  • Austin Bartsch, Corporate Relations Manager
  • Michael Browne, Ride Recruiter
  • Roger Calderon, Event Engagement Manager
  • Zachary Cohen, Major Gifts Manager
  • Emily Contillo, Interim Government Relations Coordinator
  • Andre Herring, Membership and Outreach Coordinator
  • John Infante, Philanthropy Coordinator
  • Shijuade Kadree, Director of Government Relations
  • Brian Kirn, Partnership and Engagement Coordinator
  • Emily LaFond, Development Operations and Strategy Manager
  • Jillian Niler, Development Operations Coordinator
  • Brad Snyder, Director of Development

Finance

  • Barry Brown, Accountant – Cash and Receivables
  • Pierre Chin, Director of Contracts and Finance Administration
  • Claudette Williams, Junior Accountant – Payables

Operations

  • Stephen Andrews, Technology Services Manager
  • Robert Armstrong, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Jorge L. Arteaga, Reservation Specialist
  • Beth Braddock, Events and Production Manager
  • Evan Britt, Website and Multimedia Manager
  • Heather Chatman, Information and Referral Manager
  • Bob Civil, Communications Associate
  • Robb Leigh Davis, Director of Cultural Engagement
  • Miriam Diaz, Housekeeping Supervisor
  • Jessica Falcone, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Maliika Graham, Information and Referral Specialist
  • J.P. Makowski, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Romaine Mazyck, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Jessica McCarthy, MPA, PHR, Human Resources Manager
  • Joshua Nash, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Malik Rashaad, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Gregory Reardon, Administrative and Purchasing Manager
  • Derrick Rickenbacker, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Anthony Rivera, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Richy Rosario, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Mary Steyer, Director of Communications
  • Jakiya Tomoney, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Orie Urami, Director of Operations

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