Robert Abramovitz, MD
Dr. Robert Abramovitz is a Distinguished Lecturer at the Silberman School of Social Work (SSSW) at Hunter College. He co-directs the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development, a collaborative project between SSSW and Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. The Center is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). He trained in Adult and Child Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and the Yale Child Study Center, where he was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry for 15 years.
Mimi Abramovitz, DSW
Mimi Abramovitz, is The Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and The Graduate Center, CUNY. Widely published in the area of women, poverty and the welfare state, she is the author of numerous articles and five books including Regulating the Lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy from Colonial Times to the Present; Taxes Are A Women Issue Reframing the Debate. And Under Attack and Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the US. Dr. Abramovitz is currently conducting research about the relationship between “place” and health/social problems, investigating the impact of austerity policies on the human service workforce, and writing a book on low-income women’s activism since 1900. An activist and a scholar, Mimi Abramovitz is the recipient of many prestigious awards from major social work organizations. Most recently she was inducted into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and honored as a top leader by the New York City chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Jennifer Beisser joins LiLY’s board after five years as a volunteer. She is the current Executive Director of the Morningside Area Alliance, a 70-year old membership association of the nation’s leading academic and religious centers. In this role, she cultivates cross-institutional partnerships and helps members engage the community in their work. Prior to this role, she founded an innovative company, Chefs Line, in which she leveraged technology, media, and celebrities to coach thousands of novice home-cooks. Her work in connecting emerging technology with public education has been featured in media outlets including Crains New York, CBS News, and the Wall Street Journal. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in community-based nonprofit programming in New York City focusing on volunteerism, entrepreneurship, and neighborhood marketing. With a Masters degree in city planning, Ms. Beisser is known for her unique, multi-disciplinary approach to strengthening organizations and furthering their missions.
Ron Bruno, LMSW
Since 1997, Ron Bruno has served as Executive Director at MRHS, which is one of New York’s first NORC’s. Prior to this position, he was Director of Social Work at Amsterdam Nursing Home, and at Saints Joachim & Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Centerin Brooklyn. He earned his MSW from Hunter College, which is also where he received a New York State Certificate in Social Work Administration. Bruno has presented workshops about NORC programs at the annual meetings of the ASA, theAlzheimer’s Association and the Pioneer Network. In 1994 he published Policy for the People: One Facility’s Introduction to Restraint Reduction, a paper exploring the effect of OBRA ’87. He is also treasurer of the WSIACA , an Educational Coordinator for the HPPAE at the CUSSW, and co-chair of New York’s NORC program directors’ group.
Lois Freedman, CPA
Lois Freedman began her career in late 1970s as an industry accountant. During the 1980s she worked on Wall Street in a variety of roles, and has been in public accounting since 1990, practicing along with her husband in family-owned full-service accounting practices, Marc B. Freedman, CPA, PC, and Freedman Associates CPAs, LLP. Lois has a BS degree in Accounting from Trenton State College, and a MBA in Finance from Pace University.
John Hailu began his career in Information Technology in 1977. He has worked as a Performance Analyst at Citibank. He was a Systems Programmer and Systems Administrator for nine years for the Goddard Institute of Space Studies, NASA; and worked for the Bank of New York Mellon for five years, where he served as Systems Administrator and Systems Programmer, including post-9/11 Disaster Recovery. Hailu currently works as a software consultant.
Andrew Jenkins, MBA
Andrew Jenkins is Director of Research at Muzinich & Co., Inc., an asset management firm, where he has worked since 2002. Previously he had worked as a research analyst Barclays Capital and Salomon Smith Barney. Andrew holds a BS in Management Science from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from Columbia University School of Business. In addition to his involvement with LiLY, Andrew leads an outreach group at Blessed Sacrament Church to the elderly at the West 74th Street Nursing Home. Andrew also serves on the New York City Leadership Council for Ashley Addiction Treatment.
Angela Lantz Smith, MD
Angela Smith first graduated Duke University, summa cum laude, and then Columbia University in 1990 with an M.D. degree and has practiced psychiatry since at hospitals in the New York City area. These include Weill Cornell Medical College/Cornell University, Harlem Hospital Center, Bellevue Hospital Center and NYU Medical Center. She is certified by American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology with a Primary Certificate in Psychiatry (Cert. 48616, 2000) and a Subspecialty in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Cert. 5713, 2004). Smith is a member of the American Psychiatric Association,American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Physicians for Social Responsibilityand American Association of Community Psychiatrists. Currently she works for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, where she supervises clinical treatment of patients, including the elderly. Smith has co-authored several journal articles, including an Original Research Article in theJAACAP, entitled Control-Related Cognitions and Depression among Inpatient Children and Adolescents.
Christine Moundas, JD, MPH
Christine Moundas is an attorney at Ropes & Gray LLP and a member of the firm’s Health Care practice. Prior to this position, Christine was a Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. Christine attended Yale University for her undergraduate work, Columbia University for her Masters in Public Health (MPH), and Fordham University for her Juris Doctorate (JD).
Audrey Wu, BA
Audrey Wu is a printmaking and mixed media artist whose work is in collections in America, Europe and Asia. She is also a veteran producer with over twenty years of experience of executive conferences, summits and thought-leadership panels. Content areas of focus include healthcare, technology and financial-tech. Audrey is graduate of Brown University. Her parents, are served as seniors by Morningside Village.
Irene Zola, MA
LiLY Founder, Irene Zola, graduated Hunter College summa cum laude in 1975 where she received a BA degree. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the New School for Social Research (1987). Since 1995, she has taught as a faculty member in the English Departments of Cornell University’s NY School of Industrial & Labor Relations and at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Zola has also served as Development Office consulting writer for national nonprofit organizations such as YWCA, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and Amnesty International. She was Founder and Executive Director of the The Family Annex Childcare & Nursery School Coop (1981-82) and Director of the Bank Street School for Children Summer Camp (1983-84). Zola has written several published articles on grant writing, education and geriatric shame. Since 2009, she has served as LiLY’s Executive Director.