Dorothy Kaplan Roffman - Founding Director, Violin
M.A., Musicology, Columbia University; B.A., and the Eastman . Violin studies with Christine Dethier, Raphael Bronstein, and Ivan Galamian. Suzuki pedagogical studies with Shinichi Suzuki in U.S. and Japan. Founder and Director, JCC Thurnauer . Former member, American Symphony Orchestra, under Leopold Stokowski. Participant, with JCC Thurnauer students, in Itzhak Perlman: Fiddling for the Future, as seen on PBS and WNET/Channel 13. Students have performed on Wonderama and Sesame Street, at numerous Suzuki workshops, and at Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Faculty member, Manhattan School of Music- Pre-College Division, 1977-present. Former faculty member, State University of New York at Stony Brook. Founder of Suzuki programs at Harlem School for the Arts, Lighthouse School of Music, and Manhattan School of Music. American String Teachers Association, NJ Chapter 2007 Distinguished Service for outstanding contributions to the cause of string education in New Jersey, and a 2013 Milestone Certificate of Appreciation from the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
Michael Reingold - Associate Director, French Horn, Musicianship, Music Appreciation
Michael Reingold joined the Thurnauer staff in June 1993. A French horn player, Michael has a M.M. from the State University at Stony Brook and a B.A. from Stanford University. He also was a visiting student at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington. He studied horn with Betty Levine and Forrest Standley in his hometown, Pittsburgh, and also with David Krehbiel and William Purvis. He has performed in orchestra and chamber music performances in U.S., Asia, England, and Israel. He was a guest member of the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra in Israel and is a long-time member of the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra in Manhattan. He was a staff member for 17 summers at Kinhaven Music Camp in Vermont and now serves on Kinhaven's board. He is the founder and artistic director of NYC House Concerts and has presented over 200 house concerts in New York, New Jersey and beyond. He is also an advisor to several chamber music series, including Musicians from Marlboro, Fabbri Chamber Concerts, and Music Mondays. Michael is the recipient of the 2010 Staff Recognition Award of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades and was selected to be a participant in the 2013 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) of the National Guild of Community Arts Education.
Alison Holzberg Kenny - Development Director
Alison Holzberg Kenny joined the Music School staff as in February 2012. Prior to coming to the JCC, Alison was the administrative for the Center for and the Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Sciences Research at Weill of Cornell University since 2000. There, she was instrumental in the pre- and post-award grant development efforts for the Center and Division for numerous applications to the National (NIH) as well as several . Most recently, she oversaw two large grants from the NIH which totaled more than $15 million in funding. Additionally, she worked on the Center and Division's fundraising efforts and special events such as receptions, public seminars, and lectures, as well as accredited conferences and courses for physicians, residents, and fellows. She was also the administrator for a Master of Science Program in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research through the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University, overseeing the program curriculum and working with students and program faculty. Alison received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music theater from the Hartt School of Music Conservatory in West Hartford, Conn., and has performed on national tours and on the Silver Seas cruise line.
Mimoza Necaj - Registrar
B.S., Political Economics Sciences and Journalism, University of Tirana, Albania. Former professor of Political Economics, University of Tirana, Albania. Former journalist, Department of Foreign Languages, Radio Tirana. Former member, Albanian Mission to UN. Former case manager for Kosovo refugees at the New York Association for New Americans.
Leslie Jones - Administrative Assistant
Former office manager and membership services coordinator, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. Listener for test pressings, Classic Records. Script supervisor/Continuity and production coordinator for independent film productions. Freelance flutist; performed with community wind ensembles and orchestras; performed and recorded with pop bands. Choir member, First Presbyterian Church, Englewood, NJ.
Pamela Jones - Partnership Coordinator
Pamela Jones joined the JCC Thurnauer School of Music staff in the fall of 2013. As partnership coordinator, she oversees the school's partnerships with the Englewood Public School District, the Solomon Schechter Day School in New Milford, and the Moriah School in Englewood. Formerly a teaching artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York City Opera, Arts Connection and Virginia Opera, she also has performed with various opera companies, orchestras and music festivals in the U.S. and abroad. She is a member of Opera Noire on New York, and a former member of their Board of Directors. As assistant program director of the Blue Nile Rites of Passage, Inc., a mentoring program in New York City, her work with children and families was a natural outgrowth of her dedication to community and arts education. She is a frequent guest lecturer for Explore New York where she sings a program entitled "Arias in My Life." Ms. Jones earned her Master's Degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and her Bachelor Degree in Voice Performance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Daniel Jatovsky - Bookkeeper
M.F.A., Film, New York University; B.A., Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Piano and flute studies, Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division. Office manager, David Gordon Productions. Representative, Primerica Financial Services.
Robyn Searles - Scheduling Director
Robyn joined the JCC Thurnauer School of Music staff in 2011. She earned her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo: M.S. in Early Childhood Education and B.S. in Elementary Education (summa cum laude). Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Robyn lived in Chicago, Illinois for 30 years. At the University of Chicago, she managed administrative and financial operations for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the Booth School of Business, and provided support for student/alumni programs and special events. Previously she served as director of development at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, and earlier in her career managed donor relations at the University of Chicago Medical Center and at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, also in Chicago. On relocating to northern New Jersey (and before joining the Thurnauer staff), she worked for the Holocaust Council of MetroWest, an agency of the United Jewish Communities of New Jersey, where she provided administrative support for the council's public programs and coordinated the activities of the Council's volunteers.