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Himan Brown 60+ Program

Lifelong learning, community and connection

Staff

Julia Zeuner, LMSW

Program Director

Julia Zeuner, LMSW, is a licensed geriatric social worker with years of experience working with older adults at community based agencies, nursing homes and senior centers.

Samantha Donoso

Operations and Membership Manager

Samantha Donoso has worked in the department since 2007 and brings many years of valuable customer service …

Dafna Gorfinkle

Program Assistant

Dafna Gorfinkle joined the Himan Brown Senior Program’s staff in November 2017.

Erica Shein, Esq.

Intergenerational Program Coordinator

Erica Shein holds a JD from Brooklyn Law School and a BA in French and Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania.

Faculty

Ze’ev Aviezer

Textual Analysis of Anti-Semitism

Ze’ev Aviezer earned a BA in Economics from Hunter College, an MS in Counseling from Lehman College CUNY and an MA in Religious Education.

Sally Bliumis-Dunn

Poetry Writing Workshop

Sally Bliumis-Dunn teaches Modern Poetry at Manhattanville College and at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival.

Javor Bracic

The Art of Listening to Music

The Croatian pianist Javor Bracic is the first prize winner of international piano competitions in Italy, Croatia, and Belgium.

Doug Brin

Political Science Lecturer

Doug Brin is an historical raconteur, writer, artist, journalist and popular lecturer and discussion group facilitator.

Andree Aelion Brooks

Lecturer

Andrée Aelion Brooks is a journalist, author and lecturer and a former contributing columnist and news writer for the New York Times, currently specializing in Jewish history topics.

Theresa Burns

Memoir Writing

Theresa Burns is a writer, editor, and teacher whose work has appeared in The New York Times, nytimes.com, Prairie Schooner, Bellevue Literary Review, and upstreet, among other publications.

Piers Bursill-Hall

Piers Bursill-Hall was educated (in some way or other) in England, France, the USA and Canada, ended up in Cambridge for university studies in physics and mathematics

Dee Cocoros

Balance and Stability

Diane Cocoros (Dee) is a Holistic Wellness and Fitness Consultant in NYC for over 20 years.

Kareem Collins

Fitness

Kareem Collins is an experienced senior fitness instructor. He facilitates the Parkinson’s Exercise Program (PEP) in the May Center and the Platinum Sneakers Program at Long Island University.

Mary Copeland

Fitness

Mary Copeland is a former professional dancer and has been teaching dance and fitness in New York City for more than 30 years.

Matthew H. Ellis

Matthew H. Ellis is a historian specializing in the social, intellectual, and cultural history of the modern Middle East and North Africa.

Donelle Estey

Painting and Drawing

Donelle Estey joined the faculty in August 2015. She holds an MFA from California State University and has had her art work exhibited at galleries throughout the world.

Martin Flaherty

Martin S. Flaherty (A.B., Princeton; M.A., M.Phil., Yale; ITT/Fulbright Scholar, Trinity College Dublin; J.D., Columbia) is Leitner Family Professor of Law and Founding Co-Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice

Elizabeth Flamm, LCSW

Elizabeth Flamm, LCSW is an experienced licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist with a demonstrated history of working with individuals, couples, families, and groups

Ronald Glassman

Professor Ronald Glassman has written many books on democracy including: The Origins of Democracy in Tribes, City-States, and Nation-States

Professor George D. Gopen

George D. Gopen (J.D. and Ph.D., Harvard) is Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Rhetoric at Duke University, where he founded the University Writing Program and taught for 30 years.

Seth Gopin

Art History

During his 30 years at Rutgers University, Seth Gopin was a gifted professor and lecturer in Art History and a popular dean of academic affairs.

Ken Gray

T’ai Chi Chih

Ken Gray has been teaching Qigong exercises and T'ai Chi Chih for 25 years, helping people to overcome discomfort and pain and achieve greater flexibility.

Hermi Hanlin

Bridge

Hermi Hanlin is a bridge life master and ACBL certified director. She successfully participated in many local, regional and national bridge tournaments.

Tina Janssen-Spinosa

Legal Consultation

Tina Janssen-Spinosa is a staff attorney and program coordinator for Total Life Choices, the advance planning program at NYLAG.

Jess Joseph

Medicare, Patient Advocacy

Jess Joseph earned his Certificate in Patient Advocacy from UCLA and a BA in Humanities from the University of Chicago.

Steve King

Baseball Historian; Chess Instructor

Steve King has been deeply passionate about baseball since early childhood. In his teaching, King combines his U.S. History background with his incredible knowledge of the sport, its statistics and its players.

Lucy Kirk

World Events

Lucy Kirk had a 33-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations.

Richard Larschan

Literature

Richard Larschan is an English Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts. He earned his PhD from UC Berkeley with a dissertation on Jonathan Swift.

Gordon Levin

World Events and American History

Gordon Levin is the Dwight Morrow Professor of History and American Studies, emeritus, at Amherst College where he focused on American diplomatic history and Israeli history.

Arielle Levioff

The Art of Listening to Music

Her playing described as “elegant” in the New York Times, pianist Arielle Levioff has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Weill Hall, at Merkin Hall, and Alice Tully Hall.

Ellen Love, LCSW

Drop-In Groups, Necessary Conversations

Ellen Love earned her Master’s degree in social work from Fordham University and later studied at Hunter School of Social Work: Brookdale Center on Aging and Training Institute for Mental Health earning a certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Sara Lukinson

Lecturer

Sara Lukinson is a three-time Emmy award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker best known for her biographical films of artists and creators.

Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (category of Philosophy and Religious Studies). She holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies

Danny Pollock

Israeli and International Folk Dance

Danny Pollock has been teaching folk dance for more than 30 years at JCCs, synagogues, dance camps, dance weekends, festivals and special events.

Frances Richey

Poetry Workshop

Frances Richey is the author of two poetry collections: The Burning Point (White Pine Press, 2004) and The Warrior (Viking Penguin, 2008), and the creator and editor of Voices of the Guard, published in 2010 in honor of the Oregon National Guard.

Ellie Roth

Living with Low Vision

Ellie Roth worked as a systems analyst for many years before retiring.

Lucia Russett

Yoga Instructor

Lucia Russett has been teaching yoga since 2013, when she completed her training at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.

Simón Saad

The Art of Listening to Music

Simón Saad was born in Colombia and was educated in Italy and the USA.

Leo Schaff

Simply Shakespeare

Leo Schaff studied speech and theater at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is a member of The Shakespeare Society of New York.

Susan Scheuer

World Events

Susan Scheuer has degrees in Modern European History, Music Education and Conservation Biology.

Zach Seeger

Painting and Drawing

Zach Seeger is a painter and sculptor working in Brooklyn and upstate New York.

Erica Shein, Esq.

Intergenerational Programming Coordinator
Discussion Group Facilitator

Erica Shein holds a JD from Brooklyn Law School and a BA in French and Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania.

Roy Sheldon

Chinese Historian

Roy Sheldon has been a teacher at 92nd Street Y since 2008, lecturing on Chinese history and US-China relations.

Robert Silverman

Jazz

Pianist, trumpeter and composer Bob Silverman has been a fixture on the New York Jazz scene since 1985.

Susan Stein

Author Your Life: Reading and Writing Memoir

Susan Stein is an actor, playwright, and teaching artist in NYC. Stein has spent the past eight years touring her original play, Etty, directed by Austin Pendleton, to theaters, universities, schools and prisons.

Mark Ethan Toporek

Film Series

Mark Ethan Toporek, a member of the Actors Studio, has appeared in films including The Secret Lives of Dentists, The Confession and Lesser Prophets.

Mark York

Musical Theater Workshop

Mark York, originally from Oklahoma, has worked in the Broadway-New York theater scene as a director and composer for the past 25 years.

Thank you to the generous supporters of the Himan Brown 60+ Program.

Contact Us

For registration information, please contact the Himan Brown 60+ Program office: 212.699.7261 / email