Bay Ridge Center Board Announces Leadership Change
Marianne Nicolosi Retires After 10 Agency-Transforming Years
[Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, October 18, 2021] Hundreds of older adults in the Bay Ridge area look to Bay Ridge Center (BRC) as a recreational outlet, a source for meals both onsite and delivered, and as a resource to benefits and services on all matter of issues. Hundreds of these adults, along with other community officials, recognize the sound leadership of Marianne Nicolosi, BRC’s Executive Director for 10 years. Over the decade she doubled the agency’s budget, enhanced grant-writing, expanded the donor base, and opened a satellite center, Bay Ridge Connects, on Third Avenue.
Sonia Adamski, President of Bay Ridge Center's Senior Advisory Council,
commented: "Marianne came to us 10 years ago when the Center was
going through a very challenging time and anxiously waiting for that
special someone to rescue us. Marianne brought our Center to one that
we are so proud of with an abundance of programs, activities and so
much more. Her hard work and dedication to our Center is greatly
Marianne had planned to retire in 2020, but Covid-19 shook up everything. All essential staff were needed to continue services, respond to new needs, and make sure staff and bills were paid even as finances crashed. Once BRC reopened its doors in July 2021 and things settled into a somewhat more normal routine, Marianne announced to the Board and staff her plan to retire as Executive Director, which became official on September 17, 2021.
The Board conducted an open search for a new director and is now
pleased to announce that Todd W. Fliedner, who has worked at the
Center for 6½ years as Deputy Executive Director with a special focus
on development, will step into the Executive Director position.
“The Board will always be eternally grateful to Marianne Nicolosi for all
that she has done to make Bay Ridge Center as strong as it has become under her leadership,” said Board President Patricia Marchetti. “We are extremely pleased that Todd Fliedner is taking over as the new Executive Director of BRC. We are very confident that, with his experience and all that he has learned from working alongside Marianne, the Center will continue to excel at being a vital resource for so many older adults in our community.”
Over a 45-year career in New York City senior services, Marianne Nicolosi has earned respect as a compassionate, determined, and innovative leader. She holds a Masters in Social Work from Hunter College and has worked at all levels of elder care, from individual case management to administrative positions in Adult Day Services and senior centers. Her wide experience has given her a keen eye for spotting unfulfilled needs and facilitating advocacy and grant-writing to initiate new programs that meet the need. Two-year old Bay Ridge Connects is one such example. This drop-in, resource center for older adults grew out of a study that led to Bay Ridge being declared a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC), which in turn allowed the funding to establish the storefront location for active older adults who may not attend a traditional senior center but will avail themselves of resources to help stay in their home and community as they age.
Ms. Nicolosi and Mr. Fliedner first worked together at Brooklyn Community Pride Center, where he was Development Director and she was the Executive Director. Todd moved to Bay Ridge after being hired by Marianne as the first Development Director for Bay Ridge Center. Meals on Wheels Director, Kim Laraichi, has worked at Bay Ridge Center for 20 years and says, “When Marianne came to BRC she changed some systems to allow for grants and brought on Todd to do more fundraising. Todd and Marianne worked together every single day and almost every weekend, so he knows what’s been happening and what he has to look forward to. Plus, Todd is a good listener and loves to talk to all the employees. I think we will be a great team.”
With the new appointment, which took effect on October 4, 2021, Todd says: “I am thrilled to be taking over the reins at Bay Ridge Center and excited about the growth that lies ahead for the organization. I live in Bay Ridge so I can see the impact that Bay Ridge Center has on our community. I go to sleep at night knowing that we have made a difference in the lives of our neighbors.”
Marianne’s tenure stabilized the Center, strengthened its reputation, and opened pathways for further growth. As Todd assumes the Executive Director position, Bay Ridge Center remains an anchor for older adults in the community with accomplished leadership to continue along that pathway and create an even stronger service network for older adults in southwest Brooklyn.
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Contact: Todd W. Fliedner, Executive Director,Bay Ridge Center, 718-748-0650, ext. 115