Management Council Co-Chair
Priscilla joined NCJW NY in 2001 after her retirement from her position as head librarian at Midwood High School in Brooklyn. She was drawn to the mission of the Eleanor Leff Jewish Women’s Resource Center (JWRC) Steering Committee to explore, document and celebrate the full range of Jewish Women’s experiences – religious, secular and private. She has served as JWRC Co-Chair since 2003. In that capacity, she has helped to guide the production of eight Jewish Women Film Festivals and seven conferences as well as numerous cultural programs and events. She served on the Bylaws Committee during the period of NCJW NY’s reorganization and currently is a member of the Advocacy Leadership Committee.
Management Council Co-Chair
Shirley began her association with NCJW NY 28 years ago when she joined the Cosmopolitan Branch, one of several smaller Section groups that flourished at the time, and very shortly became the chair. There she ran many programs and trips and even held bingo fundraisers. At NCJW NY, her volunteer activities began at the Food Pantry and the Wednesday Community Kitchen. Seeing the need, she set up the Sunday Community Kitchen. She ran the AIDS Friendly Visitors program for 15 years, worked at HIPPY testing children’s eyesight, was vice president of Community Services for six years, and is on the Steering Committee of JWRC. In 2005, Shirley received Council’s highest honor, the Hannah G. Solomon Award.
Megan O’Flynn Cohen
Megan is Assistant General Counsel at the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) where she advises financial firms and other industry participants on a variety of derivatives-related matters. Prior to joining ISDA, Megan was an attorney with the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. She received her A.B. from Duke University in 2007 and received her J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 2012
Michael is an attorney in private practice in NYC with the firm of Gottlieb Siegel & Schwartz, LLP. Mr. Gottlieb received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1979 and received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1982. Michael began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney with the New York County DA’s office. Thereafter he was a criminal defense lawyer for over 20 years before transitioning to civil litigation. He has served on and been President of a number of Boards including The Southern Westchester YM/YWHA and Fleetwood Synagogue. He is married to Paula, a psychotherapist in private practice, with two grown children and two grandchildren.
Gail has been a volunteer for NCJW NY’s Children’s Literacy Program for several years. She established the Reading Tutors program at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center and continues to act as the lead volunteer for the site, coordinating all of NCJW NY’s activities there. Gail spearheaded expanding our program into the summer months at the site, as well. For the last two years, Gail has also served on the Steering Committee of the Back 2 School Store, helping to supervise the participation of community agencies who bring eligible children. Gail’s mother, Marilyn Hessol, was an active member of NCJW NY in the 1960’s.After nearly 40 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Gail retired from Standard & Poor’s Global, Inc. in 2015, where she had been a Managing Director. Prior to joining Standard & Poor’s, Gail was an investment analyst at New York Life Insurance Company. Gail holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University.
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.
Lynn E. Judell
Lynn is an attorney with Shechtman Halperin Savage, LLP. She focuses her practice in the area of business and civil litigation, with an emphasis on general commercial litigation and arbitration in the banking and financial services industries. Lynn received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and her B.A. from Pomona College. Originally from California, Lynn currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and son.
Lynette has more than 20 years of experience conducting marketing research in the financial services industry, with more than 15 years spent on the client side at national investment/banking institutions, including Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. She helps clients align product, service, and relationship efforts with strategic priorities and financial resources to ensure optimally designed and financially rewarding outcomes. Lynette has conducted and actioned brand loyalty, customer experience, and customer and employee satisfaction measurement among a wide variety of constituents, in both commercial and business environments. She is a long-standing active member of the Financial Women’s Association of NY and a former Board of Directors member where she previously co-chaired the Marketing Committee. Lynette has an MBA in Finance from New York University and a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University.
Elaine is General Counsel of Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement of the Citi Institutional Clients Group. Her group is 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.
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.
Susan is a former media and marketing professional with long term experience on the advertising agency side as well as the corporate marketing end of business. Susan has worked on a diverse mix of brands and products throughout her career, from package goods such as Kraft Cheese and Just for Men hair coloring to the US Army and Paramount Pictures. Susan has also been involved in the not for profit world working with Save the Children through their media and marketing efforts. She is a graduate of George Washington University. Susan recently became Co-Chair of NCJW NY’s Wednesday Community Kitchen and is a Committee Chair for the NCJW NY Back 2 School Store effort. Susan was on the Board of her local Synagogue in New Rochelle, where she, and her husband Jon, an attorney, raised their two sons. Susan and Jon now live in Manhattan as do their two sons and daughter-in-law.
Karol W. Todrys
Interim Vice President
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. Karol is on the Jackson-Stricks Scholarship Committee.