​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
Elizabeth Bohrer
Geraldine Brooks Cassone
Donna McClellan
Dr. Roy Olsen​

Community Advisory Board


JoAnn Loddo, Chairperson

Paige Albano
Kathy Azbell
Geraldine Brooks Cassone
Brian Chin
Janet Gounis
​Hernan Hernandez
Rev. Paul Knudsen
JoAnn Loddo
​Walter Ochoa
Louis Peters

Jane Kelly
Peter and Patricia Killen


March for Meals 2022 in the news

"Bay Ridge Centers hosts first in-person March for Meals after two years virtual" Brooklyn Paper, April 1, 2022

"Frontus and Malliotakis at March for Meals," Queen of the Click, March 27, 2022

"Marching Foward", Schnepps Media digital edition

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

Kathleen Boyle, Program Assistant, ext. 113, email

Senior Advisory Council

Sonia Adamski, President

Crystal Ferucci, Vice President

Rachel Gutierrez, Treasurer

Mary Todisco, Secretary

Joyce Rua, Fundraising

Linda Adams, Fundraising

Dorothy Ruiz, Welcoming

Marc Greenberg, Welcoming

​​Judy Parris, Outreach

Loretta Rodrigues, Service Coordinator

Hazel Baez, Sergeant at Arms


​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.                                                                                               

Read full statement




Volunteer Opportunities

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.


Intern Opportunities


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 Todd W. Fliedner, Executive Director at TFliedenr@BayRidgecenter.Org for further details.

Career Opportunities


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.

Contact our office to ask about any job openings.


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

City Meals-On-Wheels

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

St. Andrews Society of the State of New York (SASNY) Barker

Northfield Bank Foundation




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Clavin Funeral Home

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Expedia Cruise Ship Centers


Jabour Realty Company

​​Roy Konrad Olsen, D.P., R.N.

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

Shiprite One Stop Shopping

James H. Zellner, M.D., F.A.C.S. Ophthalmology