Meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service.



Gary Bagley
Executive Director

He champions volunteerism in NYC and beyond while providing strategic direction to the team that improves the lives of New Yorkers in need.

Ed Lada
Chief Finance & Operations Officer

He keeps the organization running, managing all areas of operations from finance and human resources to technology and facilities.

Eric Munson
Interim Chief Program Officer

He leads the Program team’s efforts to deliver the highest quality volunteer programming, as well as New York Cares’ strategic plan implementation

Adult & Teen Education Programs

Rahel Semegn
Officer, Teen Education Programs

Her team provides support to NYC high school students as they prepare for college. 

Claire Marinello
Senior Manager, Adult Education Programs

She organizes English conversation groups, citizenship preparation, high school equivalency tutoring, and adult basic education programs.

Raymond Ampil
Manager, Teen Education Programs

Cultivating an excitement for college through the power of volunteers! He manages college access programs that open up the world and joy of the college experience through tutoring, college application assistance, and financial aid support.

Mia Lee
Manager, Teen Education Programs

Teens and families don't need to do it all alone. She leverages the power of volunteers to help high school teens realize their dreams of attending college.

Alicia Murphy
Manager, Teen Education Programs


Children's Education Programs

Priscilla Lam
Officer, School Success

Her team brings everything New York Cares has to offer to School Success partner schools.

Sarah Ushay
Officer, Children's Education Programs

She manages children's recreational programming including sports, nutrition, and field trips for the wonderful kids of this city.

Samantha Fikilini
Manager, Children's Education Programs


Aderet Hoch
Manager, Children's Education Programs

She manages children's recreation programs such as sports, culinary and field trips for the kids of the New York City.


Our Communications team helps mobilize our volunteers by creating a unique community for them to interact with one another and the staff at New York Cares. This includes everything from designing inspiring posters and billboards for our annual service events, to maintaining social media platforms and spaces on the website for people to learn about available volunteer opportunities. 

You can reach them at

Erica Lockwood
Director, Marketing & Communications

Her team shares the vision of the organization through strategic messaging in all communications from charming tweets to billboards in Times Square.

Nick Mason
Manager, Digital Marketing & Media

Reaching out to New Yorkers through the Internet. He manages all external messaging in the digital space from social media to email marketing.

Eivor Pedersen
Manager, Design & Production

She creates and organizes graphic communications from designing and printing event invitations to taking photographs.

Community Programs

Our Community Programs team constantly provides life-giving activities and services to a range of neighborhoods. Because they always have the city’s needs in mind, they are ready to meet the needs of thousands of New Yorkers from lonely seniors to abandoned animals and those afflicted with AIDS and HIV.

Julia Loehle
Senior Manager, Community Programs

She recruits New Yorkers to lend a helping hand across varied, in-need spaces: animal shelters, senior centers, parks, and through revitalization efforts city wide.

Avi Nocella
Senior Manager, Community Programs

He coordinates hunger, environmental, and revitalization programs by engaging caring New Yorkers to make a difference in their communities.

Kathy Edouard
Manager, Community Programs

She reminds us that New Yorkers are people of all abilities. She manages volunteer opportunities that serve children and adults with special needs.

Julia Einhorn
Manager, Community Programs

She engages caring New Yorkers in volunteer service with seniors, health and wellness, and hunger programs. She supports New York City’s unique communities.

Anna Feingold
Associate, Community Programs


Corporate Relations

Our Corporate Relations team identifies meaningful projects for New York’s top companies and engages their employees in impactful service throughout the community. They also help corporations develop their philanthropic goals and facilitate charitable giving. 

You can reach them at

Adam Lebowitz
Director, Corporate & Institutional Relations

He guides partnerships with institutions to ensure memorable and impactful volunteer experiences that meet New York's most pressing needs.

Kaitlin Hines
Officer, Foundation & Government Relation


Rebecca Moramarco
Officer, Corporate Relations

She engages corporate sponsors and their employees in meaningful volunteer service to the community.

Alexandra Perrette
Manager, Corporate Service


Bree Polk-Bauman
Manager, Corporate Service


Jillian Ruggierre
Manager, Corporate Service


William Vanasdale
Officer, Corporate Relations



Our Development team furthers our programs by securing donations, grants, and in-kind gifts from generous individuals and foundations. They are responsible for hosting our esteemed Soirée, Winter Benefit, and TD Bike Tour fundraising events. 

You can reach them at

Jennifer Beirne
Director, Individual Giving and Special Events

Her team engages generous individual donors with fundraising campaigns and special events throughout the year.

Neal Brown
Manager, Development

Neal connects New York Cares’ donors with opportunities to positively impact the community, primarily through special events.

Gabriela Sanchez
Manager, Development

Gabriela inspires donors just like you to support our year-round volunteer programs.


Doug Axenfeld
Director, Finance & Administration

He is responsible for maximizing the return on financial assets by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems. He ensures legal and regulatory compliance with all accounting and financial reporting functions. 

Anke Ho
Manager, Revenue

She reconciles our corporate accounts to ensure accuracy of all corporate transactions recorded in New York Cares' financial accounting systems.

Victor Mendoza
Manager, Accounting


Human Resources & Operations

Our Operations team keeps all aspects of our organization running. In addition to keeping our office in tip-top shape, they ensure that our employees (and office visitors) have a good experience. 

You can reach them at

Brandi Lewis
Director, Human Resources

She oversees all HR/payroll initiatives and provides support to New York Cares' most valuable asset – its people.

Irina Anilovich
Officer, Human Resources

She ensures that all staff are following the necessary employment policies and procedures. She also organizes salary payments and benefits packages for our employees.

Sandra Velez
Front Desk Coordinator

She assists the staff with their general needs, from answering the phones and scanning documents to distributing packages and fixing anything that needs fixing.

Service Events

Our Service Events team creates rapid impact through large scale annual events such as New York Cares Day, the annual Coat Drive, and Winter Wishes. They also create customized service projects around the city.

Danielle Gilbert
Officer, Service Events

She leads two annual events, Coat Drive and Cares Day for Schools, and plans volunteer service projects for New York Cares' corporate partners

Nicole Lowrance
Manager, Service Events

She plans volunteer service projects for New York Cares' corporate partners and manages the Winter Wishes program.

Naana Ohene
Manager, Service Events

She plans volunteer service projects for New York Cares' corporate partners and manages annual events.

Max Sterrett
Manager, Service Events

He plans volunteer service projects for New York Cares' corporate partners and manages the Winter Wishes program.


Our Technology team ensures that the organization operates at top efficiency utilizing as many tools at its disposal.

Ismael Cervantes
Manager, Business Systems

As our in-house Salesforce wizard, he translates the needs of stakeholders into viable technical projects and is always on the lookout for new solutions.

Sharon Knieper
Web Developer

She keeps the website running smoothly for volunteers and staff.

Vijay Sanichar
Manager, Technology

A straight shooter with a passion for information security while responsible for maintaining the network infrastructure, he keeps New York Cares Technology up and running.

Training & Professional Development

Jaime Denniston-Merced
Director, Training & Professional Development

She trains volunteers, nonprofit agencies, and staff on volunteer management and engagement, and provides the tools for ensuring a positive volunteer experience.

Michael Gamber
Manager, Training & Professional Development

He educates Community Partners on volunteer management and ensures that new volunteers are brought on board and inspired to serve.

Shelby Schebilski
Manager, Training & Professional Development

When she's not interviewing or training, she helps bring our finest New York Cares volunteers together in one room at our yearly leadership conference.

Volunteer & Community Partner Relations

Our Volunteer and Community Partner Relations team ensures that our volunteers, volunteer groups, and Community Partner organizations have a positive experience. They're the go-to team for questions about how to get involved with New York Cares. 

You can reach them at

Glenn Wolff-Eisenberg
Acting Director, VCPR

He uses data and research to ensure that volunteers and Community Partners are having the best and most rewarding experience possible. 

Emily Bailey
Senior Manager, Youth Volunteering

She engages groups of young New Yorkers in projects that address a range of social issues and community needs, and equips adults to lead youth volunteers.

Maggie Bernhard
Manager, Group Volunteer Experience

She equips people to lead group projects and civic teams on our large-scale annual events, like New York Cares Day and Winter Wishes.

Hazel Chico
Manager, Volunteer Relations

She helps ensure that every volunteer has a meaningful service experience. 

Taylor Cohen
Manager, Community Partner Relations

Community Partners are her world. She builds and manages relationships with schools and nonprofits to provide the best support for their clients and communities.