the learning collaborative
board of directors

The Learning Collaborative is governed by a Board of Directors that meets frequently (whether in person or, presently, by Zoom) to evaluate its programs and to make them even more attractive to the general public. These unpaid directors include original founders of the Collaborative, current and past instructors, and students.

Sam Mazen

A student-participant of The Learning Collaborative (TLC) since 2009, and Board Chair since 2018. In his professional life he was a Staff Attorney at the New York State Insurance Fund.

Sally Borgman, M.Ed., LMSW

Worked for the Rockland County government for almost 20 years, as a community resources program specialist and Training Coordinator. Collaborated with various county agencies and not-for-profits to provide linkages and partnerships for programs to benefit the community, including being a founding member of the grassroots organization that started the Rockland County Drug Court. 

Mary Buchbinder, MPH

Was a community outreach coordinator and educator for several voluntary health agencies. Co-managed an independent bookstore before retiring. She was a partner in establishing TLC.

Phil Carmichael

A graduate of New York University School of Engineering, he is a retired electrical engineer with extensive experience in communications technology. The holder of several patents, he helped develop the precision timing for the GPS navigation satellite and portions of the GOES weather satellite.

Phyllis Citrin

Had 45 years of experience as an Advanced Placement Biology teacher and Science Research mentor. Currently serves as VP on her Homeowners Association Board, has taught many courses for TLC, such as Introductory Biology, Genetics, Evolution, Immunology/focusing on Covid-19, Introverts, Middlesex, and The Merchant of Venice.

Marty Cohen, phd

Actively involved in promoting adult education since the 1970s. At TLC, he recruits instructors, is the editor of the catalog, and has taught dozens of courses on many different topics.

Howard Goldstein, MD

A retired pathologist with deep interests in science, public policy formation, literature, and philosophy. He has long been a member of the Board of TLC. In addition, he is a student of voice at the Rockland Conservatory of Music and a founding member of The Main Street Singers.

Judy Gorman

Retired Managing Director of Standards at the IEEE, with an educational/professional background in music theory, teaching, publishing, and ultimately the electro-technologies. Currently Music Director of The Main Street Singers at the Rockland Conservatory of Music.

Berton Greenberg, PhD

An active participant who is willing to help TLC with its mission of education and social interactions. Has taught in college and holds a PhD in Materials Science.

Warren Grodin, MD

A retired physician, he was a research professor at Columbia University, and then Chairman of Anesthesiology at Nyack Hospital. He is an experienced teacher in TLC, and a lover of poetry.

Phyllis Levin

Educator, Home Economist. She taught Home Economics and Math at all levels in Brooklyn and Nanuet., and was a Home Economist at Procter and Gamble, New York. "Education is my shining star. Proud member of TLC."

Alan J Pierce EdD

Alan’s 40-year career as an educator included teaching in NYC, CCNY and ECSU in NC. He also served as the New York State Ambassador for Occupational Education for NYS Ed Dept. He is the author of 6 textbooks and served as an author, editor and/or consultant on over 250 other published works. He has received many awards including a National Research Award and a University Professor of the Year award from the University of North Carolina system.