Mom-mentum Board of Trustees 2014 - 2015
Sharon Sabba Fierstein, Chair
Cain Brothers Funding LLC
Lori Zlotoff, Vice Chair
Irina Sirota, Treasurer
Bank of America
Lorri Slepian, LCSW (click for video)
A Founder of the Mothers’ Centers and NAMC
Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Hofstra University
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.
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.