It starts in the kitchen!

The Sylvia Center educates young people on the connection between food and health while empowering them to lead healthier lives.

The Sylvia Center is a part of a movement to develop the next generation of healthy eaters, cooks, and advocates that can fundamentally change the future of food.

We empower our students to take control of their health, help them build a toolkit of life skills, and encourage them to become healthy food advocates within their communities.

Our Team

Staff

JONATHAN CETNARSKI

Executive Director

KAREN CHERFILS

Chef Educator

RYAN CIOFFI

Operations Director

BENIA DARIUS

Chef Eduactor

DOREECE DYER

Chef Educator & Teen Program Manager

MADELEINE FISCHER

Chef Educator

TARA FRANK

Chef Assistant

SARAH
HEASLEY

Chef Educator & Program Coordinator

CINDY HU

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

RACHEL HUEMER

Development Director

TATIANA IGLESIAS

Chef Educator

SARAH KABALKIN

Chef Educator

SAMANTHA KWOK

Chef Educator

ROMAN MARTIN

Chef Assistant

ELI MATTERN

Chef Educator

DONALD MCGILL

Chef Educator

KRISTEN MCCORMICK

Chef Educator

THERESA MORELLI

Chef Educator and Youth & Family Program Manager

SELINA PREYER-BLAKNEY, MS, RD

Education Director

SARAH SIMMONDS

Chef Assistant & Teen Alumni Coordinator

DESTINY SMITH

Chef Educator

KATE SNIDER

Chef Educator and Program Coordinator

RONGLING WANG

Chef Assistant

Board of Directors

CINDY
EDELSON

Chair

LIZ
NEUMARK

Founder

COURTNEY ARCHER-BUCKMIRE

LYNN
COLE

NINA P.
FREEDMAN

DEBORAH
GARDNER

TARA
GENDELMAN

TRUDY ELBAUM
GOTTESMAN

PHIL
MELDRUM

DODI
MEYER, MD

SCOTT
MILLSTEIN

MICHAEL
POLLACK

HOWARD
PULCHIN

CHAIM
WACHSBERGER

Our Mission

The Sylvia Center educates youth on the connection between food and health while empowering them to lead healthier lives.

What We Do

We partner with community-based organizations, schools, and local businesses to deliver nutrition-focused culinary programming in all five boroughs of New York City and Columbia County, New York. Since inception, 35,000 participants have been served.

Our History

We were founded in 2007 by Liz Neumark, CEO of Great Performances, to honor her daughter, Sylvia. Our programming developed to address the growing tide of childhood diet-related diseases within under-resourced communities. 

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