Virtual Class Instructors and Facilitators
Technology Instructor and manager of BRC's program schedule
David is Director of Innovative Programs for Older Adults at Bay Ridge Center
Meditation, Empowering Cards, Movies, Individual Counseling
Yifan is the new Director of Bay Ridge CONNECTS. She has a masters degree in social work from Columbia University and is enthusiastic about clinical work. Yifan has an Aussie puppy Buddy. She comes from Shanghai, China, and has lived in the U.S. for 6 years. She loves playing guitar and piano, boxing, rock-climbing and all poker games.
Zoomba Intro & Zoomba Gold
A native Brooklyn resident, Nissha is energetic and enthusiastic about having fun while working out. She is a licensed Strong Nation & Zumba Gold instructor who enjoys dancing.
Pat Wictor is a touring singer-songwriter, music educator, improvisor, and long-time Bay Ridge resident. He performs concerts all over North America and teaches musical workshops.
Chair Yoga and Yoga Meditation
Jennifer has been a Yoga Instructor since 2005, specializing in Chair Yoga for seniors since 2011. She is passionate about making the practice of yoga accessible to everyone.
Connecting with Crafts
Rosemary joined Knitting Corner at Bay Ridge Connects in 2019. She has been doing needlepoint for about 40 years and assorted crafts over the years. "Having met the talented ladies in the Knitting Corner, I am now learning new ones and making great friends."
Smartphone for Beginners, For and Age Friendly Bay Ridge
Matthew is an intern from theSilberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
He is passionate about coffee, biking, and the climate crisis.
Mindfulness Mondays, Music to My Ears
Amar is an intern from the Silberman School of Social Work and is passionate about art and advocacy.
Collage and Scrapbooking
Kiara is an intern in the MSW program at New York University. She is passionate about Art and the importance of expressing our emotions.
Music and Coloring
Maryah is an intern and an MSW student at Columbia University. She is passionate about music and helping people live their best life.
Mary Ann Coughlin
Stretch, Tone, Cardio, Tai Chi, health talks, Outdoor walks
Mary Ann is a Physical Therapist and Bay Ridge Center's Health Management Specialist. She has been a consultant and exercise instructor at BRC for more than 15 years and lives in Bay Ridge.
Talk With Julie
Discussion group focuses on reminiscence about the past while also considering the challenges and joys of modern life. Julie Ross is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and adjunct faculty member at the Silberman School of Social Work.
Kwarantine Kitchen, Trips & Travel, Yahtzee & more!
Rachael's love of worldwide travel and intergenerational friendships has led her to develop these classes. She loves the interactive nature of the classes: not teaching but interacting with members. Rachael loves when she can develop a class based on member suggestions, so please reach out with your best ideas! (Pictured, young Rachael with her beloved Grandma Joan.)
Drawing & Watercolor
Whitney is a working artist in Bay Ridge and has a BFA from Birmingham Southern College and an MFA Pratt Institute. She is also a writer, director and actor with three of her own feature films out on various streaming platforms.
Books on the Ridge Book Club
Gail is a long-time resident of Bay Ridge. She taught for 40 years (her favorite grade to teach was 7th) and is a avid reader.
Sophia Tamzarian is a Certified LaBlast Instructor for Dance-Fitness and Certified Yoga Instructor, Vinyasa, Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Breathwork, Meditation and Sculpt Yoga, her own blend of Personal Training & Yoga
Trivia, Mondays at 4 pm
Charley is a Bay Ridge Center member, member of the Senior Advisory Council, and a long-time Brooklyn resident.
Tanisha is an intern from Columbia University where she is an MSW student. She is passionate about health and wellness and loves working out.
Karoke, Friday Outdoor Walks
Cami is an intern and an MSW student at Columbia University and is passionate about being outside, eating new foods, and playing sports. She has two dogs and am originally from California.
Ruth is Outreach Associate for Bay Ridge Center. She updates the website calendar and sends the program emails.