Lisa Halperin - Co-President
I am the Co-President of the JCO of Northern Bergen County. In my previous life I was an attorney, and now, in my much busier and louder life I am a Mom to four sweet boys. And no, I am not trying for a girl, I don’t want a girl and my boys will take care of me when I’m old. I love horseback riding, reading and watching Syracuse play pretty much any sport. My passion is paying it forward!
I’ll bet you didn’t know… that I married my high school prom date.
Stacy Ceslowitz - Co-President
I live in Upper Saddle River and wear a variety of hats: litigator, mom, party planner, dog whisperer, and Co-President for the JCO of Northern Bergen County. My work as an attorney spills over into every aspect of my life – no joke, my daughters knew how to win an argument at age 3. I’m an eternal optimist obsessed with travel, red soled shoes, Disney half-marathons and planning kick*ss fundraisers. The most important lesson I hope to pass on to my two girls is that the best gift they can give to others is their time.
I’ll bet you didn’t know… that I used to read the dictionary in high school.
Julie Irizarry - VP Community Service
If you’re reading this, you are probably like me, a very busy mom and chauffeur! Liam, Sloane, and Nolan (especially Nolan) keep me quite busy…happy busy! Besides being their mom, nothing makes me feel more complete in life than helping others. The JCO has become a huge part of my life because of this. What an amazing organization to be part of with the best group of women who obviously feel the same way that I do.
I’ll bet you didn’t know… that my favorite movie is The Jazz Singer.
Rachel Shamash - VP Rituals & Mitzvot
I find working with such an amazing group of women toward a common goal of philanthropy extremely rewarding. It is important to me to instill in my children a sense of awareness of community and helping those less fortunate – the JCO accomplishes both! In my time outside of the JCO, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, running and working as an orthodontist.
I’ll bet you didn’t know… that I can lick my elbow!
Alycia Fromberg -VP Technology
I joined the JCO after moving to Upper Saddle River as a way to become more involved and connect more deeply with our community. In my current role as a board member and VP of Technology, I rely on my experience as a graphic designer to lead the JCO’s overall design and advertising efforts.
I’ll bet you didn’t know… that I’m the middle child of three girls AND both of my sisters have the same birthday! Can you say ‘middle child syndrome!
Lauren Gershengorn - Treasurer
After retiring from the practice of law, I wanted to take a more involved role on the board. I enjoy being involved in all aspects of the organization – whether it is behind the scenes or attending any of our wonderful events. I can’t wait to save the world one JCO event at a time.
I’ll bet you didn’t know… that I hate peas!
Donna Kotz - VP Publicity
I grew up in neighboring Rockland County and focused most of my career on business development. Currently, I am a full-time mom and reside in Upper Saddle River, NJ. I love doing yoga and going for outdoor walks/jogs. I was convinced that I wanted to be a part of the JCO several years ago after seeing the organization’s hard work come to fruition at the Make-a-Wish luncheon. It continues to be my favorite JCO Event!
I’ll bet you didn’t know… that I interned at the White House during college.
Brooke Braunstein - VP Creative
15 Random Things about Me: (1) Always a Jersey girl, I never heard of USR until I moved here (hidden gem!). (2) My husband, son and daughter are my favorite people in the world. (3) I love to bake but I am a terrible cook. (4) I have TWO Masters degrees in the Education field. (5) I ran the NYC marathon. (6) I am extremely fearful of heights. (7) If I wasn’t a teacher, I would want to be a personal stylist. (8) I recently started my own business called BE YOU Social Skills (#shamelessplug). (9) I went to UMASS because I was born in Boston and always felt a connection with the state. (10) I love a good arts and crafts project. (11) I am an animal lover and have a dog named Casey. (12) Exercise is my therapy. (13) My mind races 100 miles an hour but I am the slowest driver. (14) My favorite JCO event is the Make- A- Wish Luncheon because it helps teach our own children how to help others.
I’ll bet you didn’t know… that I believe in astrology and I am 100%% an Aquarius!
Milana Lieberman - Secretary
I am a “retired” kindergarten teacher. I moved to Upper Saddle River a few years ago and wanted to get involved and meet some people. I was lucky enough to have wonderful neighbors that invited me to a couple of JCO events. I was intrigued and wanted to become part of such a great organization! I’m excited to be on the board for a third year.
I’ll bet you didn’t know… that I hide candy from my kids so I don’t have to share it.
Marla Arum - VP Programming
I like to think that Jewish summer camp created the person I am today. It gave me a strong Jewish identity and instilled values upon me that were meant to be passed on to my children along with others. That along with the constant desire to do and then do some more is why I am taking an active role in the JCO. Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin (GO BADGERS!!) I have been working in advertising but that alone doesn't define me. Mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, photographer and short order cook or culinary genius (depending on the day). It takes a village and with our village we can help make a difference!
I bet you didn't know...my camera is my favorite accessory (ok, so maybe some of you do!)
Susie Fein - VP Publicity
I am a Floridian transplant who loves living in the North and experiencing all the seasons, yes even the snow! I have two children and a giant puppy. I have a Masters Degree from Columbia University in Nutrition and Exercise, which I used to help others achieve maximum health. I have always enjoyed helping people and look forward to continually do this on the board of JCO.
I’ll bet you didn’t know… that I use to live in Times Square!
Lauren Gross - VP Membership
I grew up in Upper Saddle River, and moved back to Saddle River almost 4 years ago. I have 4 children, Skylar age 7, Ashton age 5, and twin 2 year old girls Taylor and Madison. In between chasing my toddlers, I love to be involved in the community and schools. I work part time in my husband’s company and chauffer my kids from activity to activity! I love to travel with my family and we spend most weekends in the winter in Vermont. I am so excited to be part of the JCO and all the amazing community events they run!
I bet you didn’t know... I was a Fine Arts Major in college!
Tracy Mazie - VP Kids Community Service Award
After four years in Syracuse NY, NYC for about 15 years then Hoboken for a 5 year stopover, I now live 3 miles from where I grew up! Never would have imagined that! I am most excited to continue the efforts of the JCO and the practice of Tikkun-Olam. I am thrilled to be be a part of the JCO to give back in meaningful ways.
In my earlier days I was a pre-school and elementary school teacher. Today I try to figure out ways to avoid cooking meals- there are just some things better left to others!
My greatest joy is seeing my own children help and be kind be kind to others and be a good friend. The rest is just icing!
I bet you didn't know... that I am a 2x Tough Mudder!