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Mom-mentum Board of Trustees 2014 - 2015

Sharon Fierstein cropped
Sharon Sabba Fierstein, Chair
Cain Brothers Funding LLC
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Lori Z
Lori Zlotoff, Vice Chair
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Fran Karliner LLJ
Fran Karliner
, Secretary
Long Island Crisis Center
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Irina Sirota
Irina Sirota, Treasurer 
Bank of America
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Karen Horowitz
Karen Horowitz
Friedberg JCC, Parenting Resource Network
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Lorri Slepian
Lorri Slepian, LCSW 
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A Founder of the Mothers’ Centers and NAMC
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Celentano Edited

Meredith Celenatno
Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Hofstra University
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Sharon Sabba Fierstein CPA is currently Vice President, Finance at Cain Brothers Funding LLC, a mortgage banking firm specializing in healthcare financings.  She previously worked in public accounting, both as an auditor and as a partner in litigation consulting.  After serving as treasurer of the NAMC for more than ten years, Sharon became Chair of the Board of Directors in early 2014.  She also serves as the Treasurer for the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview, NY.  Sharon graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics/Economics and received her MBA from New York University.  A lifelong Long Island resident, Sharon lives in Woodbury, NY with her husband and two grown daughters.

Lori Zlotoff currently works as the Inclusion Coordinator for URJ Camp Harlam in Kunkletown, PA.  She received her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and her MSW (Masters of Social Work) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice in 2001. In addition, she participated in a dual program with Gratz College, receiving a graduate certificate in Jewish Education.  For the past 14 years, Lori has worked in New York as a licensed clinical social worker with a variety of clients, most recently children and adults who were victims of Hurricane Sandy.  In addition, she has spent many years working in the NYC public schools. Lori currently lives with her family in Port Washington, NY, where they are members of The Community Synagogue. 

Fran Karliner is Director of Development for Long Island Crisis Center (LICC), a suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline and services agency.  Her professional life has been a combination of experience in both the not-for-profit and for-profit markets for over thirty years.  Prior to LICC, Fran was Director of Development for Hi-Hello Child Care Center.  Her resume also includes Child Care Council of Nassau, Judy Guerin Public Relations & Advertising and National Committee for Labor Israel.  While she took time out from the traditional workplace to raise her children, she was an entrepreneur and had two businesses:  Words by...Fran Karliner and F&S, The Writing Specialists.  Fran holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Queens College (CUNY) with a joint major in political science and philosophy.  

Fran is Immediate Past Board President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Long Island and is proud of being a Board Member of Mom-mentum.  She is a former board member of Soroptimist International of Nassau County, Long Island Women's Agenda, Women’s Fund of Long Island and ORT America-Long Island Region. She held the elected position of School Board Trustee and President of the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District.  Fran lives in Old Bethpage with her husband and has two daughters.

Irina Sirota is Vice President and Client Manager of Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  Irina immigrated to the United States in her early teens from the former Soviet Union along with her parents and three brothers in a very traditional household. Over time, she has come to believe that women need to be provided with the same opportunities that are available to men at no discount, with the flexibility to care for our children so that the quality of family life is not compromised because mom decided to have a professional life in addition to raising a family.  She is the mom to two young boys and resides in Bayside, NY. 
Karen Horowitz is an experienced early childhood professional with a background in teaching, administration and parenting education. She has a Masters degree in elementary education and believes passionately in the importance of the early years in helping children reach their optimal potential. Since parents are their child’s first teachers, support for parents in that role is essential. Currently Karen is the Director of the Parenting Resource Network, an initiative of the Friedberg JCC in Oceanside, NY.  This is an information and referral service for parents of young children birth to five, to bring parents and caregivers reliable child development information, parenting skills and connections to community resources. She was a long time member of her local  Mothers’ Center in Merrick, NY, when her daughter and son were young, became a part time staff member of the NAMC serving as the Coordinator of Special Events and then joined the Board of Directors.  She continues to reside in Merrick with her husband.
Lorri Slepian LCSW is a Co-Founder of the National Association of Mothers' Centers. She currently serves as a Leadership Advisor, Mom-mentum Bd of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Nominating Committee. Lorri was a past Co-Director of the National Association of Mothers' Center. She is a retiredprivate practice psychotherapist. Lorri is a graduate of Adelphi School of Social Work & New York School of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Her works have been published in The 21st Century Motherhood Movement, Demeter Press,Canada. She is the mother of four sons, grandmother of seven and wife of 58 years. 
Meredith Celentano is an experienced and accomplished fundraising executive that has contributed greatly to the not-for-profit landscape of Long Island. Throughout the course of her career she has developed skills in major gift solicitation, donor steward­ship and volunteer management among others. In her role as Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Hofstra University Meredith oversees the manage­ment of alumni affairs activities, prospect research, foundation rela­tions, gift processes, data-manage­ment, special events, stewardship and annual giving. Since joining Hofstra in 2006, the annual fund has blossomed, having grown to nearly $2 million annually.

Meredith’s dedication to serving the Long Island not-for-profit community extends well beyond the Hofstra campus. Most notably she was recently selected to serve on the Board of Mom-Mentum, an organization providing leadership, education, and advocacy to mothers. Additionally, she is the Board Chair of Girls on the Run of Nassau County, an agency dedicated to inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  Also, she is a member of the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Long Island (AFPLI) where she has held the position of vice president for professional development. During her time as vice president she also ser­ved as chair of the committee on professional development for AFPLI and in June 2010, was recognized by the chapter along with her mother Linda Howard Weissman, with the first Generation Award for advancing ethical and effective fundraising practices across the generations. When Meredith isn’t raising money for worthy causes, she can be found writing on her internet food blog that she created and launched in 2008.  “Meredith’s Food for Life,”  is filled with original recipes, stories and photos of her delicious creations.