Wendy Harrison Hashmall


Wendy Harrison Hashmall is a lawyer, a writer, and an editor. She worked most of her career at Random House, where she was Vice President and Associate Publishing Director of the Children’s Publishing Group and Director of Business Affairs after working for five years as an Associate General Counsel in the Law Department.

At Random House, Ms. Hashmall primarily served as a deal maker, troubleshooter, and problem solver, and hired, trained, and managed the subsidiary rights team and its budget which brought in over a third of the division’s profit each year. She was instrumental in acquiring major licensing and literary properties and was an active member of the Group Publishing Board and Steering Committees which “brainstormed” with the President and CEO of Random House about creating new business opportunities. Ms. Hashmall has vast experience editing everything from essays to screenplays.

Ms. Hashmall has also been an active volunteer her entire adult life. Her volunteer experience includes many years of service on the board of Pentacle, a non-profit company that serves contemporary dance and performing artists, Musical Theater Works, a non-profit company that fostered the creation of new musicals, The Flea Theater in Tribeca where she served on the board as Co-Chair of Development and Secretary, the board of the Ethical-Fieldston Fund of the Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools for which her duties were primarily fund-raising , co-chair of her law school class 2017 Reunion Committee at New York University School of Law, the By-Laws Committee of the Children’s Book Council, the Copyright Committee of the City Bar of New York, and as a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA. She has also served as both president and secretary of the board of her building. She is presently serving as Secretary on the board of The Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY.

Ms. Hashmall holds both a J.D. and LL.M. in Trade Regulation from New York University School of Law and graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. cum laude in American Studies

Karol W. Todrys


Karol served as a Co-President from 2010 – 2013 and President from 2014 – 2015. She graduated from Cornell University with an AB with Distinction and pursued Ph.D. studies in linguistics at the University of Chicago. As a Learning Leader volunteer at P.S. 151 in Manhattan, she tutored elementary school children and chaired the committee of tutors at the school for eleven years. Karol has also helped run volunteer programs at the Horace Mann School and has been involved in fundraising for the Legal Aid Society and the Yale Parents Annual Fund. She has been a member of NCJW NY since 2005, when she began tutoring in its Children’s Literacy Program.

Meredith Barnett

Vice President

Meredith Barnett is a content and brand expert with broad experience creating and cultivating brand identities and brand positioning for clients in industries such as fashion, beauty, real estate, and interior design. Her clients have ranged from individual executives to startups to established brands, and have included eBay, Matouk, The Laundress, Tory Burch, Draper James, Cover FX, and others. She also regularly partners with major branding and public relations agencies on client projects. She is a strategic communicator, a strong public speaker, and a skilled writer with a keen sense for using brand storytelling to further customer engagement. She has her MBA from Harvard Business School and her B.A. from Brown University. She is a volunteer counselor for NCJWNY’s Pregnancy Loss Support Program and a member of the Board of the Christ Church Day School in New York, where she also served as President of the Parents’ Association. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three young children.

Susan Sack


Susan serves as Managing Director of Real Estate at the Robin Hood Foundation. Robin Hood is a non-profit organization that fights poverty in New York City by applying investment principals to charitable giving and supporting the strongest, most effective programs helping the city’s poor build better lives for themselves and their families. At Robin Hood, Susan is responsible for the foundation’s Capital Grant Initiative, a program which provides technical assistance and funding to help grantee organizations with real estate and facilities issues. In addition, she manages Robin Hood’s Library Initiative, which builds libraries in public elementary schools across New York City. Prior to joining Robin Hood, Susan was a Vice President in the Merchant Banking division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she was responsible for financing real estate for the Whitehall funds (Goldman Sachs’ proprietary real estate fund). Before Goldman Sachs, she spent six years as an associate in the real estate department at Sullivan & Cromwell. Susan earned a BA from Wellesley College in 1989 and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. She has served on the board of NCJW NY since 1999.

Lisa R. Dell


Lisa worked in the Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Office for 35 years and retired in July 2019 from her position as Bureau Chief of the New York City Litigation Bureau.  She held that position for seven years and prior to her appointment as Bureau Chief, she held high-level managerial positions within the Bureau. The Bureau is comprised of approximately 120 individuals (attorneys and paraprofessionals), and represents state officials, state agencies, public boards and authorities in a wide range of federal and state litigation. Lisa is an experienced litigator, having prevailed in all her federal trials, and is an effective and forceful advocate. She also served as a mentor to many junior attorneys, was a frequent lecturer and until her retirement, and served as the Attorney General’s representative on the Federal-State Judicial Council. Prior to her government service, she worked in private practice at a corporate law firm. Lisa has a B.A. from Washington University (Phi Beta Kappa) and a J.D. from Cardozo Law School (Law Review).

Gail Hochman

Gail is President of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc., where she has worked since 1983. She is the President of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (the AAR), the one professional organization of literary and theatrical agents in the U.S., and you can always find her with her nose in a book (or a manuscript). In 2006, she was awarded NCJW NY’s Jane Strauss Award for her dedication to bringing authors to speak at various Council programs. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Her son Jacob is a graduate of Pomona College and lives in Paris, France; her daughter Elena is a graduate of Carleton. Gail is the daughter of long-time Board member Estelle Hochman.

Elaine Mandelbaum

Elaine currently serves as the General Counsel at Interactive Brokers. Prior to that, Elaine was General Counsel of Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement of the Citi Institutional Clients Group. Her group was responsible for all litigation, internal investigations and regulatory inquiries and related investigations, sweeps and enforcement proceedings for Citi’s institutional businesses, including investment banking, sales and trading, capital markets origination and private banking.

Prior to starting at Citigroup in 1997, Ms. Mandelbaum was a litigation attorney at the New York office of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, and previously at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. She is a member of the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society Executive Committee, and is on the Board of Directors of the Legal Action Center and the American Friends of Hebrew University. She is a frequent speaker on topics relating to complex securities litigation, as well as internal and regulatory investigations. Ms. Mandelbaum is a graduate of Yale College and of Harvard Law School.

Ilene Marquardt

Past Presidents of NCJW NY

Rita Fishman
Gail Hochman
Beatrice Kahn
Natalie Katz
Jean S. Krosner
Maria Mostajo
Beth Mitchell
Paula A. Moss
Roberta K. Pincus
Nancy B. Rubinger
Karol Todrys
Susan Siegel
Kimberly Chirls