Category: Staff members

Monalisa Tolbert

Monalisa Tolbert has dedicated her career in service to youth and families. She previously worked at the Harlem Children’s Zone for more than 20 years, where, she designed

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Kierstin Hettler

Kierstin is the Y’s Managing Director of Youth and Recreation, responsible for oversight and leadership of internal programs including Be Me, inclusion, enrichment, literacy, and sports.

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Emma Sprecher

As the Director of Elementary Afterschool Programs, Emma runs the Be Me Afterschool Program where she plans and creates enrichment programming and value-based learning for

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Lauren Madden

Lauren Madden

Lauren Madden is very excited to join the Y as an inclusion coordinator and director of Sunday Funday! She grew up in the San Francisco

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Ari Del Rosario, Inclusion Coordinator

Ari Del Rosario

Ari comes to the Y with more than 10 years of experience in education, working with individuals of all ages and abilities, and a master’s

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Melissa Feinman

Melissa Feinman

Melissa joined the Y in 2021 as the director of COMPASS High and Teen Programs. She oversees the COMPASS High after-school program at Columbia Secondary

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Naama Amiel

Naama Amiel Berkman

Naama Amiel is the Jewish Agency for Israel’s shlichah, emissary, at both the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood and the Riverdale Y. When Naama

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Juan Mena

Juan Mena grew up in Washington Heights, where he attended Park West High School. In the past, Juan worked at a Golf Country Club and

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Phoenix Madera

Phoenix Madera currently is the Y @ CSS SONYC Afterschool Program Director. His previous position at the Y was Director of Summer Youth Employment Program

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Cyndi Rand

Cyndi has been working at the Y as the lead Jewish Educator since 1999. She works with all age groups from the youngest to seniors,

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Roxanne Parets

Roxanne has over 13 years of Camp and Youth work experience. She began as a Counselor in Training (C.I.T) and since has held many positions

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Rodger Ramallo

Rodger, a certified personal trainer (NCSF), along with the Y’s fitness team offer you professional guidance and help you get the results you want, from

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Laura Sanchez

Laura has been the Assistant Director of the Early Childhood department for a total of four years. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in

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Susan Herman

Susan has been at the Y for the last thirteen years and has overseen the growth of our program for two, three, and four year

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