meet the staff
Daisy Diaz, Assistant Director of Literacy, Math & Volunteering Programs
Daisy Diaz began working as a JCC Day Camp CIT in 2002. After graduating from high school, she returned to the JCC for a five-year stint as a coach in the Athletics Department. Upon receiving her bachelor's degree in psychology, Daisy transitioned into an educational role; working as an assistant preschool teacher in both mainstream and special needs settings. Her long and affectionate connection to the JCC made her a natural fit for her current position. Daisy is a born and raised New Yorker who sings in her spare time.
Rabbi Brian Fink, Director of Engage
After growing up in Cleveland, Brian attended college at Tulane University in New Orleans, and previously lived in New York as a participant in the Avodah: Jewish Service Corps, working at the Urban Justice Center in Manhattan. While attending the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Philadelphia, Brian had many internships in congregational, campus, chaplaincy and social justice settings. After graduating from RRC in 2011, he served as the Rabbinic Fellow at Cornell University Hillel. Brian and his wife Aileen live in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Judy Gross, Director of Literacy, Math & Volunteering Programs
Judy is a New York State certified reading specialist and a graduate of Teachers College Columbia University. While working as a real estate attorney in the 90s, Judy’s penchant for helping children led her to volunteer at the JCC’s Gift of Literacy Program. Judy was so impressed with the effects of one-on-one support for struggling readers that she chose to pursue a second career and enroll in the reading certification program at Teachers College. She has served as the reading specialist for 2nd graders at PS 6, as Coordinator of Academic Intervention Services for PS 75, and as a private tutor for elementary school students struggling with literacy skills. Since 2000, Judy has overseen the JCC’s social action programs, including special service opportunities, donor drives, educational films and speaking engagements.
Susan Kranberg, Engage Brooklyn Community Organizer
Susan brings over 20 years of experience in strategic planning and business development in both the for-profit and non-profit world, to the JCC. Susan has lived in Brooklyn for over 30 years. She has always been a very active member of the Jewish community, serving on the Board of Directors and as Membership Chair at two local synagogues, where she recruited and managed volunteers.
Andrew Paull, Senior Regional Director for BBYO Manhattan
Before joining BBYO and JCC Manhattan, Andrew served as the Program & Communications Associate at the Jewish Teen Funders Network, and as the Youth Programs Coordinator at Larchmont Temple in Larchmont, NY. He spent many summers on staff at both URJ Camp Kalsman in Arlington, WA and URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY. Andrew received his BA in History from Chapman University and earned a Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.