Mission & History
Bay Ridge Center’s mission is to provide services and programs for adults 60 years and older in southwest Brooklyn that promote their well-being, support their independence and encourage their involvement in community life. Since 1976 our staff has been aided by enthusiastic volunteers and works in cooperation with other community organizations, local businesses, schools and social service organizations to fulfill its mission.
The Bay Ridge Center operates under an independent Board of Directors, with input from our Community Advisory Board, Senior Advisory Board, and Staff.
Board of Directors
Patricia Marchetti, President
Allison Nidetz, Secretary
Rev. Paul Knudsen, Treasurer
Geraldine Brooks Cassone
Dr. Rob Composto
Dr. Roy Olsen
Community Advisory Board
JoAnn Loddo, Chairperson
Geraldine Brooks Cassone
Rev. Paul Knudsen
Peter and Patricia Killen
Bay Ridge Center Staff
Todd W. Fliedner, Executive Director, ext: 116, email
Johanna Loizides, Executive Assistant, ext. 115, email
Marianne Nicolosi, Executive Consultant, email
Kim Laraichi, Meals on Wheels Director, email
Catherine King, Director of Senior Programs, ext:105, email
Candice Sessoms, M.Ed., Operations & QA Manager, ext:114, email
Theon Velloza, Operations Associate, ext:101, email
Omar Williams, Food Service Manager, ext:124, email
Margaret Stone, Program Assistant, ext:118, email
David Dring, Director of Innovative Programs for Older Adults, email
Yifan Xue, NORC Director / Bay Ridge CONNECTS, email
Senior Advisory Council
Sonia Adamski, President
Charley Eichler, Vice President
Rachel Gutierrez, Treasurer
Joyce Rua, Fund-Raising
Mary Ann Castaldo, Fund-Raising
Crystal Ferucci, Sergeant at Arms
Judy Parris, Outreach
Annette White, Welcoming
Statement on Equity & Justice (Full statement)
The Bay Ridge Center proudly serves a multicultural & multiracial community of older adults. It is the very diversity of our colleagues, members, and community that emboldens and inspires us every day. Since 1976, we have empowered aging citizens right here in Brooklyn, New York — a melting pot of racial, religious, ethnic, gender, and age diversity. Now, in the year 2020, confronted once again with the racial inequities that continue to suppress people of color throughout our nation, our city, and our neighborhood, we are all called upon to stand in solidarity and cry out for justice.
As a non-profit organization Bay Ridge Center relies heavily on its hardworking and enthusiastic team of volunteers. We offer a wide variety of ways that volunteers can become involve and help Bay Ridge Center achieve its mission. Volunteers are needed to assist with preparation of our home delivered meals, at special events, with fundraising activities and programs that directly impact our senior population. See our Volunteer page or Click here for a volunteer application.
If you are studying Social Work, you may be able to complete your assessed placement at Bay Ridge Center. Gain valuable hands-on experience in social work with comprehensive training and support in a range of Internship positions. Please e-mail Marianne Nicolosi, Executive Director at MNicolosi@bayridgecenter.com for further details.
Bay Ridge Center values its staff and feels that their contribution cannot be overstated. Our goal is to provide the finest quality services to our Members and the neighborhood senior population and to do so more efficiently and economically than our competitors. By satisfying our constituents’ needs we can better ensure that they will continue to do business with us and will recommend us to others. Our staff is an integral part of this process because their work directly influences our agency’s reputation.
Bay Ridge Center is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against staff members or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis [“protected class”] including, but not limited to: veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.
Click here for current job opportunities (none on website at this time)
Supporters / Funders
Bay Ridge Center’s major donors and financial supporters include:
New York City Department for the Aging
New York State Office for the Aging
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
St. Andrews Society of the State of New York (SASNY) Barker
Northfield Bank Foundation
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John Manning Mortgage Broker
Louis J. Peters, United Healthcare
Right at Home, In Home Care & Assistance
Dr. Marcello Sarrica, Physical Therapy & Wellness
Vincent Sciulla, D.P.M, Geriatric Foot Care
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