Staff Profiles

Jeanne Warman
Jeanne Warman

Jeanne Warman completed her baccalaureate degree in France, her post-graduate studies in England, and later immigrated to the United States. Since giving birth to a severely brain damaged son (due to anoxia at birth), Jeanne has made it her life's mission to serve the developmentally disabled population by providing an ever expanding spectrum of services in a supportive and dignified manner. In 1978 she founded Women's League Community Residences and opened its first group home for seven men with developmental disabilities.

Jeanne Warman is an Executive Board member of the Task Force on Families and Children at Risk, a member of the Interagency Council of MR/DD agencies, and a former member of OTSAR's Board of Directors. She developed and directed the Kingsborough Center for Human Potential and was chairwoman for the Brooklyn chapter of WORC (Working Organizations for Retarded Children).
Pinchus Lerner Ph.D.
Pinchus Lerner Ph.D.

Pinchus Lerner, Ph.D., in his capacity of clinical director, supervises all clinical services in the Women's League and Jumpstart Early Intervention programs. Dr. Lerner is a licensed psychologist who earned a doctorate in clinical psychology at SUNY Buffalo in 1982. He has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for close to four decades, and has been clinical director at Women's League since 1982.
Elliot Brownstein
Elliot Brownstein

Elliot Brownstein earned a BA in economics from City College and continued his graduate studies at Brooklyn College. He has extensive hands-on experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities for almost four decades. Mr. Brownstein has been Program Director at Women's League since 1986 and most recently assumed the position of Associate Director. He directs a cadre of highly skilled managers, supervisors and direct support staff, and prides himself on knowing every service participant and their unique issues and needs. Mr. Brownstein's knowledge and management abilities have been key reasons why Women's League has been awarded prestigious COMPASS agency status.
Stephen Glicksman Ph.D.
Stephen Glicksman Ph.D.

Stephen Glicksman, Ph.D., received his doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Yeshiva University (YU). He is a licensed psychologist in New York and New Jersey, as well as an adjunct associate professor at Yeshiva College and the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. Dr. Glicksman is the Consultant Psychologist for the School for Children with Hidden Intelligence (SCHI) in Lakewood, New Jersey. He has presented on the practices of Women's League Community Residences at numerous professional conferences and meetings, and has a private practice in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Phyllis Gitlin, RN, BSN
Phyllis Gitlin, RN, BSN

Phyllis Gitlin, RN, BSN, has been the Director of Medical Services at WLCR since 1985. Mrs. Gitlin earned her RN degree at Kings County School of Nursing and her BSN from CW Post College. Prior to joining WLCR, Mrs. Gitlin worked in the Emergency and Radiology Departments at Brookdale Hospital. During Mrs. Gitlin’s tenure, she has grown the WLCR medical staff from just herself to nearly a dozen registered nurses complemented by many more specially trained medical care coordinators. Mrs. Gitlin interfaces with numerous physicians and specialists and has received advanced training in the care of consumers with developmental disabilities and complicated medical conditions.
Neil Weinstein, LMSW
Neil Weinstein, LMSW

Neil Weinstein, LMSW, has been employed at Women’s League since 1992. In that time he has held various important positions throughout the agency including service coordinator, job coach/counseling, and residence manager of WLCR’s largest residential facility for adults who are non-ambulatory and medically frail. In his current capacity as Area Clinical Coordinator, Mr. Weinstein oversees WLCR’s apartment program for married couples with disabilities and is the co-director of the Community Habilitation program. He also provides clinical support to Creative Business Resources, WLCR’s Supported Employment program.
Tzvi Werther, LMHC
Tzvi Werther, LMHC

Tzvi Werther, LMHC, received his MA in Mental Health Counseling from Touro College in 2008 and earned licensure from the NY State Office of Professions shortly after. Mr. Werther, who began providing direct care services in WLCR’s residential program in 1999, has been supervising Community Habilitation and Group Day Habilitation services since 2001. Available throughout the 5 boros, Mr. Werther ensures that these programs focus on delivering services which are tailored to the needs and desires of the families and individuals being served in a manner that allows and encourages support, growth and independence.
Brenda Bark
Brenda Bark

Brenda Bark earned her BA in English and education from Brooklyn College as well as certification as an ESL teacher. She was Dean of the English and ESL Departments at SYRIT college, supervising and guiding teachers in those departments and developing the course structure. Ms. Bark heads the Human Resources Department, which is a central hub of activity at WLCR: it is where we find and hire new employees, develop careers, offer legal support and advice, and build continuing relationships with the incredible people who care for our service participants on a daily basis. With more than 700 employees spanning 25 sites, the experience, education and enthusiasm of our staff is why we have been accorded and continue to maintain NYS COMPASS status. Under Brenda's leadership, the HR department is committed to continuing the WLCR tradition of excellence.

Board of Directors

  • Rabbi Ronald Greenwald A"H
    Late Chairman
  • Rabbi Burton Jaffa
    Chairman
  • Mrs. Shoshana Lefkowitz
    Secretary
    Members
  • Mr. Yitzy Arem
  • Shlomie Eisenberg
  • Esther Fruchthandler
  • Victor Gluck
  • Faigie Horowitz
  • Eli Kaufman
  • Esti Mermelstein
  • Betty Pollack
  • Efraim Reich
  • Mr. Zevi Stern
  • Mr. Moshe Weiss
  • Shayve Zucker
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