208 W 13 St
New York, NY 10011

Building Hours

9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


The Center’s Board of Directors is responsible for oversight of the organization’s operations and guiding The Center's long-term vision and planning. The Board also focuses on the continued financial stability of the organization and participates significantly in fundraising efforts.


  • Julie Harris


  • Claire M Shanley
  • Johann Shudlick


  • Greg Zaffiro


  • Brad Jakeman
  • Dennis D. Williams


  • Alexis Bittar
  • David Bryan
  • Sarah Carson
  • Racquel Chevremont
  • Timothy Y. Chow
  • James Cruz
  • Daniel Diez
  • Keith Endersen
  • Reginald V. Grayson
  • Lisa A. Linsky
  • Geena Rocero
  • Addison Schultz Hirshberg
  • Doak Sergent
  • Jan Siegmund


  • Timothy Y. Chow


  • Brian Offutt

    2012 to 2013

  • Mario J. Palumbo Jr.

    2010 to 2011

  • Bruce Anderson

    2005 to 2009

  • Richard Winger

    2001 to 2004

  • Judith E. Turkel

    1995 to 2000

  • Steven J. Powsner

    1992 to 1994

  • David Nimmons

    1987 to 1991

  • Irving Cooperberg

    1983 to 1987


Glennda Testone

Glennda Testone joined New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center as its first female Executive Director in 2009. Since then, she has strengthened The Center’s programs for adults, youth and families, ensuring all LGBTQ New Yorkers have an opportunity to live happy, healthy lives. Testone recently helped launch a new Center brand and website, celebrated 30 years of service by the organization and completed a $9.2 million capital building renovation to transform the LGBTQ community’s home on W 13 Street. Testone also spearheaded the launch of innovative and groundbreaking programming at The Center for LGBTQ youth, transgender community members and LBT women.

Testone came to The Center from The Women's Media Center (WMC) where she served as the Vice President for three years. Prior to the WMC, Testone was the Senior Director of Media Programs for the national Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Testone has appeared on CNN, FOX News and MSNBC, and has been quoted in

outlets including Vogue, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Time Out and W Magazine.

She is a member of the Ending the Epidemic Task Force, which works to implement Governor Cuomo’s plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York. Testone also sits on the CenterLink Board, the Executive Board of the City University of New York Institute for Health Equality and is a member of the Bronx Borough President’s LGBT Policy Task Force. In 2005, Testone won Syracuse University’s LGBT Foundation Award for Outstanding Alumni. In addition, she has served on the NYC Commission on LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth and was a Tenenbaum Leadership Institute Fellow at Milano, the New School for Management & Urban Policy.

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Testone has a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and Philosophy from Syracuse University and a Master's degree in Women's Studies from The Ohio State University. She lives in Asbury Park, New Jersey with her partner and French bulldog.



More than 300,000 visitors come to The Center every year to celebrate LGBT life and receive support. Our team works to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of each and every member of the community!

To join our team or to intern at The Center, please visit Employment Opportunities.

Behavioral Health

Substance Use Treatment and Prevention

  • Ryan Brown, LCSW, Clinical Support Manager
  • Kristina Colovic, MS, CASAC-T, Substance Use Treatment Counselor
  • Joe Disano, CASAC, Director of Substance Use Treatment and Prevention
  • Luis Illades, CASAC-T, Treatment and Intake Prevention Counselor
  • Michelle Novie-Herman, RN, Health Care Coordinator
  • Aashlesha Patel, LMSW, Substance Use Treatment Counselor
  • Billy Ritchey, MA, MHC-LP, Substance Use Prevention Counselor
  • Shane Spicer, MD, Medical Director

Youth Counseling and Support

  • Kiswana Alexander, LMSW, Youth Substance Use Treatment Counselor
  • Amy Biondo, MHC-LP, Youth Substance Use Treatment Counselor
  • John Cho, LMHC, Youth Substance Use Prevention Coordinator
  • Liam S. Cudmore, LMSW, Youth Clubhouse Coordinator
  • Peter Karys, LCSW, CPP, Director of Youth Counseling and Support
  • Sammy Maramba-Ferrell, LMSW, Youth Prevention Counselor
  • Maireni Soriano, Youth Clubhouse Peer Engagement Specialist
  • Cornelius Wiggins, Youth Substance Use Engagement Specialist

Youth Leadership and Engagement

  • Michelle Dugan, Youth Career Developer
  • Natalia Guerrero, Youth Leadership Coordinator
  • Natasha Jones, Director of Youth Leadership and Engagement
  • Joanna McClintick, LMSW, Youth Sexual Health Counselor
  • Cheyenne Rosado, Youth Education Support Specialist
  • Olin Winn-Ritzenberg, LMSW, Youth Education Services Coordinator

Community Support

Career Services

  • Maria Fernanda Andia, Immigration Support Coordinator
  • Cristina Herrera, BA, CASAC-T, TGNC Services Coordinator
  • Jasmine Lopez, Career Development Outreach Specialist
  • Juana Paola Peralta, Director of Economic Justice Initiatives
  • Brittany Reid, Career Development Coordinator

Family Services

  • Amanda Hayden, LMSW, Family Permanency Coordinator
  • Jeffrey Levin, LCSW, Families Program Coordinator
  • Joshua Terefe, Peer Youth Advisor

HIV Prevention & Mental Health Services

  • Anthony Albanese, MPH, Director of HIV Prevention
  • Hilry Hazelwood, LMSW, HIV Prevention Counselor
  • Wendy Ledesma, MPA, HIV Prevention Clinic Coordinator
  • Eric Mascara, LMSW, HIV Testing Counselor
  • Less McCullars, HIV Case Manager
  • Grey Perry, Mental Health Prevention Counselor
  • Migdalia Santiago, LMSW, CASAC, Mental Health Services Coordinator


  • Evan Britt, Website and Multimedia Manager
  • Helen Buse, Communications Coordinator
  • Bob Civil, Communications Associate

Cultural Engagement

  • Caitlin McCarthy, Archivist


  • Stefan Betters, Partnership Coordinator
  • Roger Calderon, Director of Special Events
  • Zachary Cohen, Director of Major Gifts
  • David Hovey, Cycle for the Cause Coordinator
  • Brian Kirn, Corporate Partnership Manager
  • Eugene Lovendusky, Individual Giving Coordinator
  • Jillian Niler, Development Operations Manager
  • Laura Parody, Development Associate
  • Brad Snyder, Director of Strategic Giving


  • Stacy Blundell, Billing Specialist
  • Barry Brown, Accountant – Cash and Receivables
  • Brian Kennedy, Billing Specialist
  • Claudette Williams, Junior Accountant - Payables
  • Mark Zangrilli, Staff Accountant

Government Programs and Affairs

  • Monica Darcy, Government Programs and Affairs Associate
  • Jadé Goodridge, Patient Navigation Coordinator
  • Yarián Gonzalez, In-Person Assistor/Navigator
  • Trevon Mayers, Director of Policy & Community Outreach
  • Everett Redente, Network Coordinator
  • Sage Rivera, In-Person Assistor/Navigator
  • Corey Westover, Director of the Network

Human Resources and Administration

  • Ja'asriel Bishop, Data & Administrative Specialist
  • Heather Chatman, Reception and Administrative Assistant
  • Katharine Kelley, MSW, Director of Program Administration and Evaluation
  • Abigail Lofberg, Executive Administrative Assistant
  • Alex B. Negron, Human Resources Associate
  • Gregory Reardon, Administrative and Purchasing Manager


Building Services

  • Robert Armstrong, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Brayan Bonilla, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Jerome Cooper, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Rafaella Dias, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Thomas Ferreri, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Stephanie Gomez, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Joshua Nash, Building Services Coordinator
  • Alejandro Ortiz, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Steven Perez, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Derrick Rickenbacker, Building Services/Porter Staff
  • Margarita Quiles, Building Services/Porter Staff

Event Production and Reservations

  • Beth Braddock, Director of Event Production & Reservations
  • Garbriel Farofaldane, Reservation Specialist
  • Sam Kiley-LaRoche, Reservation Specialist

Information & Referral

  • Jessica Fal, Information and Referral Coordinator
  • Jazlyn Geraldo, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Maliika Graham, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Michael Greehan, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Joey Mirabile, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Elise Polanco, Information and Referral Specialist
  • Natalie Valcourt, Information and Referral Specialist

Information Technology

  • Stephen Andrews, Director of Technology



The Young Leaders Council is an active and diverse group of young New Yorkers committed to The Center and its work. The Council advises Center staff and board members and develops programming to engage its demographic as Center supporters, members, volunteers and leaders.

Board Sponsor

  • Greg Zaffiro


  • Lindsay Beltzer
  • Ian Doran

Diverstity & Inclusion Liaison

  • Ellen Parkhurst

Member Engagement Liaison

  • Jordan Traxler

Events & Programming Liaison

  • Chris Fasser

Cycle for the Cause Liaison

  • Alana Grainsky

Council Members

  • Daniel Avon
  • Jason Bolicki
  • John-David Brown
  • Kimberly Brown
  • Louise Duvall
  • Alex Fotopoulos
  • Dana Koteen
  • Erika Kramer
  • Christian Lewis
  • James McAvey
  • Alex Miller
  • Tore Opsahl
  • Adam Schloff
  • Kyle Schuerger
  • Miles Tyrrell
  • Andrew Van Sant
  • Dennis Wood


The Center Ambassadors are thoughtful and powerful community leaders who lend their name and influence as supporters of The Center. We thank them for their partnership as well as their years of advocacy on behalf of LGBT people and causes.

  • Justin Vivian Bond
  • Lea DeLaria
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson
  • Jonathan Groff
  • Terrence McNally
  • Mary-Louise Parker
  • Billy Porter
  • Michael Urie

Jeffrey Klein

Jeffrey Klein joined New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in 2013, and had previously worked for the organization’s development department from 2006-2010. As Chief Strategy Officer, Jeff oversees The Center’s strategic planning efforts as well as key programs and initiatives in furtherance of the current strategic plan. He manages Government Programs & Affairs, Information & Technology as well as the Family Programs and the Opportunities Programs of The Center.

Jeff is also an Adjunct Professor at Pratt Institute and previously taught at Columbia University. His courses include Fundraising, Nonprofit Law and Intellectual Property Law. Previously, he served as the Vice President of Programs & Services for Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic). While there, he was the functional head and chief strategist for program design, account implementation and customer support. He also served as a staff attorney and fundraiser for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts specializing in counseling nonprofit organizations on their legal and business issues.

Jeff is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and is admitted to the New York State Bar. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College.

Rob Wheeler, MPA, PHR

Rob Wheeler joined The Center in 1998. As Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, he provides strategic leadership and oversight of the organization’s day-to-day operations and administrative management teams, as well as programming in arts, culture and entertainment, behavioral health for LGBT adults and youth, human resources, information and referral, and meeting and conference services.

Rob has an advanced certificate in strategic human resources management from Cornell University and the professional in human resources (PHR) certification from HRCI. He received his B.A. in Organizational Sociology and Political Science from the City University of New York Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies program at Hunter College, and his Master of Public Administration from NYU Wagner, where he is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service.

Antonio Ruberto

Antonio Ruberto, Jr., a licensed clinical social worker and CASAC, joined The Center in 2011 and is the Senior Director of Behavioral Health. In this role, Antonio oversees youth and adult substance use treatment, recovery support including the new youth clubhouse, youth and adult substance use prevention, as well as youth leadership and engagement programming. Antonio previously served as Director of Center Recovery, the only LGBT-specific, OASAS-licensed outpatient substance use treatment program in New York. He has previously served as the Co-Chairperson to the Manhattan Borough Council on Chemical Dependency, part of the New York City Federation for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services, and was a member of the NYC DOH-MH Quality Improvement Advisory Board. Antonio has also provided workshops and trainings to the ASAP Conference, the NASW Addiction Institute Conference, the New York Criminal Justice & Treatment Conference and The Gay Men’s Health Summit and SYNChronicity Conference, both in Washington, D.C. In addition, he maintains a private practice in Manhattan and is a contracted trainer for the CASAC program at Outreach Training Institute. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Art History from NYU and his Master’s degree from Columbia University.

Sarah Mikhail

Sarah Mikhail, a licensed social worker, joined The Center in 2013 and is the Senior Director of Community Support. Sarah brought her background in child welfare to The Center and spent her first three years in her former role working to increase advocacy and education for LGBTQ youth within the child welfare system. In Sarah’s current role, she oversees programming that supports the LGBT community in building and sustaining families, career development, immigration support, HIV prevention, TGNC support and mental health services. Prior to working at The Center, Sarah worked as a social worker in the foster care system working to improve outcomes for youth aging out of care. Sarah is also an adjunct professor at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, where she received her MSW, as well as an adjunct professor at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work.

Mary Steyer

Mary Steyer joined The Center’s communications department in 2012 and is currently the Senior Director of Communications. During her time at The Center, Mary has created and implemented brand identity and strategic plans for the organization’s marketing and communications program across internal and external channels, overseeing print and digital campaigns as well as public relations and media. With her team, Mary has worked to strengthen The Center’s brand and identity to reflect its mission to empower the LGBT community to lead healthy, successful lives.

Mary’s professional background includes a marketing and communications executive position at Daijob, Inc. in Tokyo, Japan, where she focused on recruitment strategy, content creation and outreach to foreign bilingual job-seekers. She was a communications associate at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and a media assistant at the Parkinson’s Action Network.

Mary holds a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University with a dual major in French and Public Relations.

Pierre Chin

Pierre Chin is The Center’s Senior Director of Contracts & Finance Administration. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Pierre has worked at The Center for nearly 24 years, first as the main office receptionist, then transferring into the finance department as the bookkeeper. Today, he works closely with the Chief Financial Officer, and across the agency with the development team and program staff to coordinate and manage The Center’s federal, state and local government funding. Similarly, he is responsible for managing large private foundation grants. All of this funding, and all of Pierre’s efforts, support The Center’s diverse social service programming. Pierre continues to integrate programmatic and fiscal oversight, aligning with The Center’s strategic planning and arming himself with concrete information and skills to help The Center, and himself, continue to develop.

Shijuade Kadree

Shijuade Kadree joined The Center in 2015. As the Senior Director of Public Policy & Advocacy , Shijuade is responsible for creating, implementing and managing the annual lobbying strategy on city and state levels to support the powerful programs of The Center, as well as managing two of The Center’s government-funded initiatives related to health and human services provision.

Prior to joining The Center, Shijuade represented indigent clients, zealously advocating on behalf of parents entrapped in New York City’s child welfare system. This work lead her to creative legislative and policy advocacy at the New York City Council as a legislative counsel. In that role, she served as a liaison between Council members and the Council’s central staff, drafting and negotiating legislation in a variety of subject areas with a particular focus on governmental operations, housing, buildings and construction.

Shijuade has also served as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow, working on access to financial education, products and services for low-income families, federal and state anti-hunger programs, as well as publishing a manual for state legislators, “Bringing Legislators to the Table: Addressing Hunger and Nutrition in America.” During graduate school, she received the ABA Fellowship for Minorities in Environmental Law and was named a Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys scholar. Shijuade is an alumna of Emory University, with a joint Law and Public Health degree.

Johanna Osburn

Johanna joined The Center in 2017 as the Senior Director of Development. In her role, Johanna oversees the development department and provides leadership and management of the Center’s fundraising initiatives.

Her previous position was as Executive Director of DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, a national funder for organizations serving individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. She was responsible for overseeing the vision and execution of the organization’s mission and increasing the grant making. Prior to joining DIFFA, Johanna served as Director of Development for Empire State Pride Agenda, directing their fundraising strategies. She also worked on a number of advocacy issues, including the successful fight for marriage equality for same-sex couples. Johanna received her Bachelor’s degree in History from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.