Board of Directors
President: Sharon Goldzweig, Esq.
Sharon Goldzweig is Associate Counsel -ERISA at Consolidated Edison Company of New York‚ Inc. in New York City. Ms. Goldzweig is responsible for the legal oversight of the pension‚ profit sharing‚ health and welfare ERISA plans and programs for the active employed management and union workforce and for the retiree population. She provides daily legal counsel to the ERISA fiduciaries‚ in-house subject matter experts‚ public utility regulatory group‚ finance and accounting groups and the benefit administration department. With over 15‚000 actively employed individuals and over 15‚000 retirees and the eligible and covered dependents for the active and retired workforce‚ the ERISA program provides coverage for over 50‚000 lives.
Vice President: Greg Pitkoff
Greg Pitkoff is founder/managing director of GRiP Communications LLC, a strategic communications and media relations firm serving clients throughout the United States. He has represented non-profit and for-profit health-focused organizations providing healthcare advocacy and guardianship for seniors and those with developmental challenges, programs and services for those who are blind and visually impaired, apparel, toys and equipment designed for children with special needs, comprehensive musculoskeletal recovery services, and advocacy for families dealing with autism. A Brooklyn resident for more than 25 years, Greg was born and raised in Philadelphia and earned bachelor’s degrees in English and Anthropology from Brandeis University. He and his wife live in Kensington and have two college-aged children.
Treasurer: Melissa Sheehan
Melissa Sheehan is the Director of Business Development for 305 West End Assisted Living, a premier Senior Assisted Living and Memory Care Community located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In her role, she organizes and executes numerous educational and cultural opportunities designed to support professionals and families and raise awareness for the NYC dementia community. In addition to the New York Memory Center, she volunteers as a Board member of The West Side Interagency Council for the Aging. She holds an MBA in Health Services Management from SUNY Polytechnic.
Secretary: Beth Weeks, RN
Beth Weeks, RN began her career in senior living more than 18 years ago and found her calling in senior living nurse administration along the way. Passionate about helping seniors as well as their families, friends, and caregivers through the potentially trying process of finding the right senior housing, she and her business partner, Paul Cravinho, founded Senior Living Consultants of New York to provide a free comprehensive placement service for seniors. One of her proudest accomplishments to date has been opening the first free-standing dementia care assisted living community in North Carolina more than 10 years ago. For the past six years, she has also worked in New York City for one of the nation's leading senior living companies, first as the nursing director, and later as assistant executive director.
Kathy Azbell is Director of Community Relations for The Breille at Seaview, a non-profit assisted living community located on Staten Island. She is a veteran of the New York City health care market, having amassed more than 20 years of experience serving the needs of older adults, family members, community organizations and allied professionals via positions involving assisted living communities, supportive housing, hospice and home care. Her career has been characterized by a person-centered focus honoring the individuality of older adults and family members, and by a passion for optimally matching needs with offerings. She earned her M.S.W. from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
Patricia Bradley, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP, is a Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in delayed language development, learning disorders and communication impairments. She also has extensive experience working with individuals with ADHD and behavioral difficulties. Patricia has worked for the NYC Department of Education for the past 20 years and also provides private home-based therapy for infants and toddlers. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a Masters Degree in Education, after which she went on to earn an additional Masters degree in Communication Disorders from Western Kentucky University. Patricia is a member of the American Speech and Language Association. As a long time community based member, Patricia volunteered several years of service with the Windsor Terrace Boys Scout of America, Troop 237 and annually organizes blood drives with Maimonides Hospital, as well as, an annual Alternative Pathways to Graduation Fair for struggling high school students. Most importantly, as a new member of the Board of Directors and a elder caregiver herself, she looks forward to working and collaborating with the board and center staff to do the best work possible for our loved ones.
Claudia Fine, LCSW, MPH
Claudia Fine, LCSW, MPH has worked in the field of eldercare for over 30 years. A pioneer in the field of geriatric care management, she has served in many industry and community leadership roles. She served as Executive Vice President of SeniorBridge Family Companies and subsequently Chief of Professional Services at Humana At Home after Humana’s acquisition of SeniorBridge in 2012. She was a founding partner of New York City-based Fine & Newcombe Associates, a highly regarded firm in the private eldercare field, and is the former President of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. She also is the recipient of the prestigious Hunter College School of Social Work Award for Outstanding Service to Social Work in Aging. Claudia obtained her BA at Brandeis University and her Master of Social Work at the Hunter College and Master of Public Health from Columbia University.
Joseph J. Giamboi, Esq.
Joseph J. Giamboi is an attorney and General Counsel to The Zucker Organization, a large NYC developer and owner of luxury apartments in NYC and commercial property around the country. He is also an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School. Among his pro bono activities is his service on the Board of the New York Memory Center and Progress of Peoples, Inc., a non-profit corporation formed by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Brooklyn to create and manage affordable housing in Brooklyn and Queens. He lives in Windsor Terrace with his wife and two children.
Adam N. Love, Esq.
Adam N. Love is a Senior Associate with MarksDiPalermo PLLC, where he advises clients in areas ranging from general contract provisions to internal matters dealing with employees and corporate operations and governance. His focus is primarily on general, civil and complex commercial litigation and corporate law. He works closely with clients to establish effective management practices with which to run their day-to-day operations. He represents corporations, business partnerships and individuals in all aspects of litigation from motion practice through trial and appellate practice, as well as mediations and arbitrations. Adam has litigated matters in Federal and State courts, arbitration tribunals and before regulatory agencies. He earned his BA from Binghamton University in 2006 and his JD from New York Law School in 2009, and was admitted to both the New York Bar (2010) and New Jersey Bar (2009).
Joan G. Minov, LMSW
Ms. Minov is a Brooklyn native who has resided in Park Slope for the last 40 years. She graduated from Brooklyn College, received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University, a post masters from Hunter College School of School of Social Work and a certificate in psychoanalysis from The Institute of Psychoanalytic Education and Training. She is in private practice in Park Slope. Ms Minov has a history of public service with NYC Human Resources Administration in both its adult and children’s divisions. She was a specialist in the delivery of health and mental health services primarily to adults with dementia and for many years she was Coordinator of Psychiatric and Psychological Service to the Administration for Children’s Services. Ms Minov has been on the board of NYMC for 10 years.
Barbara Paris, MD
Barbara Paris has devoted her career to the care of the elderly as a practicing physician, educator and clinical researcher. She is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine and Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and is Vice-Chair of Medicine and Director of Geriatrics at Maimonides Medical Center. She received her medical degree from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 35 years.
Dominic Piccirillo, Esq.
Dominic Piccirillo is the founder and principal of The Cody Group, a boutique New York City-based insurance brokerage with a nationwide customer base. A member of the Young Entrepreneur Council and Entrepreneur Organization (EO), he currently sits on the board of the EO Accelerator Program in addition to fulfilling his role as treasurer of NYMC’s Board and as a member of its Executive Committee. In his free time, he enjoys surfing and golf.
Jacqueline Weissman has been a social worker in New York City since 2008. She is the owner and operator of Weissman Wellness, a Private Geriatric Care Management Firm that works with individuals and families to enable their loved ones to age in place through end of life with safety and independence. Her passion for care management was born after witnessing her own family's struggle with countless care decisions following her mother's diagnosis and battle with terminal cancer. Determined to help other families avoid a similar experience, she began working closely with aging adults and the disabled as well as their families and friends to coordinate care and promote each individual's safety and independence and help clients maintain their dignity and a sense of self throughout their lives. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Art History from Union College and a Masters in Social Work from New York University, and is a Licensed Clinical Master of Social Work (LCSW), Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM), trained Dementia Care Professional and a member of both the Aging Life Care Association and Alzheimer Association. She lives with her husband and dog in New York City.
Honorary Board Member - Allan F. Kramer II
Allan F. Kramer, II is a Park Slope native who served on the Board of the New York Memory Center beginning in 1992 and as President of the Board from 2010 - 2015. He graduated form the College of the Holy Cross in 1972 and received their Alumni Award in 1997 and, again, in 2002. He received a graduate degree in 1979 from Pratt Institute with an MS in Information Science and worked as Research Manager for Aspen Systems, Corp from 1979 to 1986, and then as a Senior Editor and Senior Research Manager at Lebhar-Friedman/Chain Store Guides. Allan has been active in many Brooklyn organizations including as a volunteer and committee member at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden since 1978 and serving terms on the Board of Directors for agencies including CAMBA, the Montauk Club, the Prospect Park YMCA, and Reel Works: Teen Filmmaking. He is a Life Member of the Society of Old Brooklynites. At the Center's 35th Anniversary Gala in 2018 Allan was honored for his "commitment, dedication and generosity."