Shirley Bisgeier

Management Council 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.

Michael Gottlieb


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 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.

Christine Holo

Christine was born in the Philippines and immigrated to this country when she was 13 years old. The first in her family to attend college, she graduated with a BA in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1990. After graduating college, Chris worked in cancer research positions at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Once her children started school, Chris shifted her energies to volunteer endeavors. At the Horace Mann School, she spent 15 years in leadership positions in the Parents Association, where Chris was responsible for substantial fundraising activities, including running the annual school benefit and a multiple other events. Chris also is involved in fundraising and alumni activities for her alma mater, UC Santa Cruz. Chris lives in Manhattan with her husband, Rob. Their two children, Sam and Johanna, are in college and are both studying Earth Sciences.

Chris has been a supporter of NCJW NY for years and is thrilled to be nominated for the Board. She is excited to dive into her role as a Board member and also plans to take on a hands-on volunteer role leading a new Reading Tutors site.

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 Lager

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 Mandelbaum

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.

Maria Mostajo


Maria is currently president of the Board and an attorney working as an assistant commissioner for the New York City Department of Investigation. She oversees investigations into fraud, corruption, and unethical conduct by city employees and others who receive city money. She was previously a prosecutor for over 15 years, handling complex cases involving large-scale drug trafficking organizations, official corruption, and gang related activity. Maria lives in New York City with her husband and two teen-age children. She enjoys traveling with her family, especially to Israel, running, and gardening.

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.

Susan Siegel

Vice President

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.

Michele Teitelbaum


Michele began her involvement with NCJW NY in the fall of 2014 as a Children’s Literacy Program Reading Tutor in our new downtown site. Prior to this, Michele worked in the NYC public schools as a Teaching Consultant for  12 years. Employed by The Reading Reform Foundation of NYC, she had the opportunity to train teachers in inner city schools how to instill Reading, Writing and Spelling skills in their students using a multi-sensory approach. Michele completed graduate level satellite courses in the Orton-Gillingham instructional approach with the College of New Rochelle, and trained as an apprentice with RRF for one year before teaching on her own. Earlier, Michele worked as a Promotional Merchandiser at The Anne Klein Group for 9 years. She was responsible for planning and merchandising garments for promotional sale.

Michele graduated from The University of Maryland with a B.S. in Textile Marketing and Fashion Merchandising. She was born in New York and grew up on Long Island. She has lived in Manhattan for the past 20 years with her husband and children.

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. Karol is on the Jackson-Stricks Scholarship Committee.