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
Chair

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.

Carol Baretz

Brings a rich background in the arts, including experience as a former gallery owner and jewelry designer. One of the first 40 students to participate in TLC, she was its Chairperson for 9 years, and is a proud photographer of TLC students whose photos have adorned many covers of TLC catalogs.

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. 

Jeffrey H. Brown, MBA, JD

Had a long and varied career as a financial analyst, administrative attorney, and law professor.  Joined TLC Board in 2013 and provides the Board with legal and financial management support.  

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.

Joseph Epstein, PhD

With 40 years of experience in chemistry and science, he also has experience in organizational boards and computer skills. A student of TLC, he has knowledge and understanding of course feasibility and appropriateness.

Nancy Goldman, PhD

Dr. Nancy T Goldman is an educator and consultant. She began as a teacher in East Harlem, was a consultant at Columbia University, served as Director of Curriculum in the Pearl River Schools, and, upon retirement, became a Program Director of C&I at LIU. She just completed a memoir on adoption. She serves as corresponding secretary for TLC Board.

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.

Theresa P. Jackson, MD

A retired Cornell-educated, Montefiore-trained pediatrician, she went on to become a Medical Director at two different Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical corporations. Appointed to TLC Board by its visionary founder, the late Joan May, she now serves as the Board's Parliamentarian. She was a Papal Chorister for the Archdiocese of New York, a member of the Rockland County Catholic Chorus, and currently serves on the Board of the Cornell University Alumni Association of Rockland County. She recently created and led a Pre-Med Mentoring Program for the CEJJES Institute.

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."

Marsha Safran, PhD

A licensed psychologist and Director of the Special Needs Center. She has done extensive work in schools, clinics, hospitals, and in her private practice. In addition, she has taught and given presentations to various organizations on the psychological treatment and evaluation of special needs populations.