Our Makom NY Advisory Council
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Robyn Block is a member of the Advisory Council for Makom NY. She is currently a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher in Port Washington, and also has experience teaching courses in science, health, and personal finance. During the summer Robyn teaches kids’ cooking classes at Camp Kinder Ring, a Jewish sleepaway camp. Robyn graduated with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics from Cornell University, completed her Dietetic Internship at the National Institutes of Health, and earned her Master’s in Public Health degree from New York University. In addition to holding multiple New York State teaching certifications, Robyn is also a Registered Dietitian and worked at Einstein/Montefiore Hospital before making the career change to education. Robyn lives in Plainview with her husband Corey and her two boys.
Rabbi Deborah Bravo currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council and the spiritual leader and rabbinic mentor for Makom NY: A New Kind of Jewish Community. She also freelances as a community rabbi and teacher, performing life cycle events, teaching and consulting with other clergy, educators and communities. Until June 30, 2015, Rabbi Bravo served as the senior rabbi of North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, NY. Prior to that, she served as rabbi and spiritual leader of Temple EmanuEl in Edison, NJ, associate rabbi and rabbi educator for Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, NJ, and assistant rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation in DC. Ordained from HUCJIR in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1998, Rabbi Bravo also holds a Master’s degree in Education from Xavier University and a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She and her husband, David, reside in Woodbury, NY with their two children. For more information about Rabbi Bravo, click here.
Dana Geen serves as the Treasurer and a member of the Advisory Council for Makom NY. She resides in Syosset, NY and has a Masters of Business Administration degree in finance from New York University. Ms. Geen retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York after overseeing and directing the strategic and tactical plans of the Fedwire Funds and Securities business nationwide. Her focus was on providing highly reliable and efficient wholesale payment services for financial institutions, their customers, the United States Treasury Department, and other government sponsored enterprises. She received a President’s Award for Excellence for her outstanding performance in establishing nationwide policy guidelines for the National Book Entry Securities System. Dana resides in Syosset with her husband Peter and their two children.
Dr. Richard Gordon serves as a member of the Advisory Council for Makom NY. He has been a practicing pulmonologist in Bethpage, NY for over 30 years. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, a member of the faculty at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an instructor in Pulmonary Medicine for the Family Practice Residency at Plainview North Shore Hospital. Over the years, Dr. Gordon has held many positions including Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at MidIsland Hospital, Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy at MidIsland Hospital, and Assistant Director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Brunswick Hospital. In addition, he was President of the Medical Staff of New Island Hospital, and a member of the Medical Board of the Mid Island Hospital and New Island Hospital for over 15 years. He did his postgraduate training in pulmonology at Long Island JewishQueens Hospital Center in Jamaica, NY, and trained in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York,City. He attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Brandeis University.
Dr. Jacqueline Kligerman serves as the Secretary and a member of the Advisory Council for Makom NY. She is a retired special educator who served as a teacher, clinician, administrator and school principal in a variety of public and private educational settings throughout her career including schools, hospitals, clinics, government and private practice. She holds a doctoral degree from Teachers College, Columbia University where she taught courses in psychology and education. She also served as an officer on the boards of several Conservative synagogues on Long island as well as a member of the education advisory board of the Solomon Schechter Day School.
Dr. Michelle Turk Schneider serves as the Chairperson and a member of the Advisory Council for Makom NY. She received her B.S. from Cornell University and her D.C. from New York Chiropractic College. She was in private chiropractic practice (1992-2000), worked as a consultant for The Masters Circle (2000-2010), and is currently the owner of Positive Impact Coaching and Consulting Services. She served on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for North Shore Synagogue, was the Baylis Elementary School PTA President, a softball coach with Syosset Youth Athletic Council, and she sat on the Board of Directors for Camp Louemma, a UJA Federation sponsored children’s summer camp. Michelle is married to Andrew Schneider and they live in Woodbury, NY with their two daughters.
Dr. Cindy Tobin serves as a member of the Advisory Council for Makom NY. She was born and raised on Long Island. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.D. from Albany Medical College, Union University through the combined six year BioMedical program. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She is board certified and holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor and ICE preceptor at the Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Tobin practices gynecology at Premiere Women's Health, with offices in Woodbury and Manhasset. She resides in Melville, NY with her two children.
Gregory A. Wank is a member of the Advisory Council for Makom NY. He is a partner and member of the executive committee at accounting and advisory firm, Anchin, Block and Anchin LLP in New York City. The 93-year old firm focuses on providing solutions to privately held businesses and their owners. Greg is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPA’s. Greg is also an active fundraiser for the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He lives in Woodbury with his wife of 21 years and their four children.
Jayson A. Wolfe is a member of the Advisory Council for Makom NY. He is a partner in the law firm of Greco and Wolfe, PLLC in Garden City, NY. He practices in the area of Elder Law, with a particular focus on special needs planning and the specialized area of guardianship law. Mr. Wolfe is a graduate of Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsburg Law Center. Prior to attending law school, he spent 7 years as a professional Social Worker working with various populations including persons with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and drug addiction, and persons with physical and mental limitations due to a disability such as traumatic brain injury. Jayson A. Wolfe is the current Executive Director of the Nassau Lawyers Association of Long Island. He is an active member of the New York State Bar Association (Elder Law section) and the Nassau County Bar Association (Elder Law and Trusts and Estates sections). Mr. Wolfe is also an active member of the Touro Alumni Council. He resides in Syosset with his wife, Lori, and their two children.
Members of Rabbi Bravo's Rabbinic Advisory Team
Mark Cohon serves as a member of the Makom NY Advisory Council. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Universal Operations Risk Management (UnivOps) since founding the company in 2011. UnivOps owns and operates Redpoint Resolutions and Ripcord Travel Protection, both which Mark serves as CEO. Mark has invested in and founded several companies, two of which he serves on their board of directors. UnivOps also operated and owns several reinsurance companies, all of which Mark is in the Board of Directors. Prior to UnivOps, Mark was a Principal at American Benefits Consulting and served in various executive positions at large companies including MetLife. He has spent 27+ years creating, building and leading winning teams in the benefits, risk management, security and insurance and reinsurance industry; and building strong, trusted relationships that lead to innovative solutions for clients, partners and colleagues. A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Wharton School of Business, he enjoys spending quality time with his 3 children.
Marla Sochet serves as a member of the Advisory Council for Makom NY. She is a licensed massage therapist trained at the Swedish Institute and has been in practice for 16 years. She earned her BS in Food and Nutrition from Cornell University. With her background as a food professional at Lipton, Ogilvy & Mather and Parents Magazine, she endeavors to promote wellness in individuals through both good nutrition and proper body work. She resides in Syosset with her husband, Sam, and two teenage daughters.