The Sylvia Center educates young people on the connection between food and health.

We help children and teens take control of their health through better food choices, and encourage them to be healthy food advocates in their communities.

Our Team

Staff

SHANTEL ADAMS

Chef Assistant

KEYLA ARZU

Chef Educator & Program Coordinator

MORGAN BENNINGS

Chef Educator

ARIEL BORDENET

Chef Assistant

JONATHAN CETNARSKI

Executive Director

RYAN CIOFFI

Development Director

BENIA DARIUS

Chef Eduactor

DOREECE DYER

Chef Educator & Teen Program Manager

MADELEINE FISCHER

Chef Educator

SARAH HEASLEY

Chef Educator & Program Coordinator

CINDY HU

Marketing & Communications Manager

TATIANA IGLESIAS

Chef Educator

SARAH KABALKIN

Chef Educator

ZACH KALAS

Operations Manager

SAMANTHA KWOK

Chef Educator

JAYNE MARZELLO

Program Coordinator

ELI MATTERN

Chef Educator

THERESA MORELLI

Chef Educator and Youth & Family Program Manager

JHONATHAN ORTEGA

Chef Assistant

DIEGO PESANTES

Chef Assistant

ALEXA PIZZARELLO

Chef Assistant

SELINA PREYER-BLAKNEY, MS, RD

Education Director

DESTINY SMITH

Chef Educator

KATE SNIDER

Chef Educator and Program Coordinator

RONGLING WANG

Chef Assistant

Board of Directors

CINDY
EDELSON

Chair

COURTNEY ARCHER-BUCKMIRE

LYNN
COLE

DANIELLE
COLEN

NINA P.
FREEDMAN

DEBORAH
GARDNER

TARA
GENDELMAN

TRUDY ELBAUM
GOTTESMAN

PHIL
MELDRUM

DODI
MEYER, MD

SCOTT
MILLSTEIN

LIZ
NEUMARK

Founder

MICHAEL
POLLACK

CHAIM
WACHSBERGER

Our Mission

The Sylvia Center educates youth on the connection between food and health.

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.

Our History

Founded in 2007 to address diet-related diseases in under-resourced communities. Since inception, more than 35,000 participants have been served.

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