Staten Island’s Joan & Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center Installs Five New Board Members
ISLAND OF STATEN, NY — On Thursday, June 16, the Joan & Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center of Staten Island installed five new board members at the organization’s annual board meeting. The new board members are Jozette Carter-Williams, Traci Frey, Isaac Gorodetski, Boris Natenzon and Jack Stern.
“I welcome our five new board members, all of whom have experience working with our JCC,” said Orit Lender, CEO of JCC. “They have so much knowledge and enthusiasm, and I’m so excited to see them use their talents to help our agency grow.
“We are fortunate to have a supportive Board and dedicated staff, who have ensured that we have come through these difficult years together and have come out the other side stronger than ever. It is because of them that we can continue to meet the changing needs of our community and have a positive impact on Staten Island.
MEET THE NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS
Boris Natenzon is the Founder, President and CEO of Enexia Specialty, one of New York’s largest independent full-service pharmacies. Born in Tashkent, formerly USSR, Boris moved to the United States with his family when he was three years old and grew up in Brooklyn. He is a husband and father of three children. Boris opened his first pharmacy with his wife, Mrs. Angela Natenzon, RPh. in 2002, shortly after earning his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Long Island University in 1999.
Enexia has been a great first step in reaching vulnerable people and contributing to better well-being for the communities Boris works with. Vitacare, the long-term care division of Enexia, offers specific services to elder care and nonprofit agencies throughout New York. Boris has led the fight with NYS and the Board of Governors to get COVID-19 vaccines directly to facility patients and healthcare workers. Boris has personally vaccinated thousands of people at pop-up clinics, private homes and Enexia pharmacies.
In addition to his work, Boris has been a strong supporter of the Chabad communities of Staten Island and New Jersey. He is also a member of the Staten Island Holocaust Center’s (SIHC) Board of Trustees, serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Northwell Foundation, and was recently awarded Project Hospitality’s Les Trautmann Award for his outstanding commitment to the people of Staten Island.
A Ukrainian immigrant, Isaac spent most of his childhood in Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay neighborhood — and has resided on Staten Island since his family crossed the bridge in 1999. As a resident of Staten Island, he became a commuter professional from an early age. , traveling first to CUNY Baruch College to earn a bachelor’s degree in economics, then to earn a JD at New York Law School.
Fresh out of law school, Isaac joined the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a leading think tank that conducts research and offers innovative ideas on a wide range of public policy issues, for five years. In 2016, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo hired Isaac to create and lead a public policy department at Borough Hall. In this capacity, Isaac and his team have worked to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing Staten Island – from the opioid epidemic to mental health to workforce development. .
At the end of Borough President Oddo’s last term, Isaac joined the Supreme Court of Richmond County as principal legal assistant to the Hon. Paul Marrone, Jr. Isaac is particularly enjoying his new role as the father of a little girl. He resides with his wife and daughter in Annadale.
Traci Frey previously served on the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2010 and was Treasurer when her term ended. She was a member of Congregation B’nai Israel and Temple Emanuel. In her professional life, she served as Deputy Superintendent of Staten Island District 31 from November 2019 to June 2021. Previously, Ms. Frey was Principal of Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning High School, an Outward Bound school in New York City. following the principles of expeditionary learning, for 10 years.
Prior to becoming Principal, Ms. Frey was Vice Principal of the Science Department at Edward R. Murrow High School, where she began her teaching career as a Physics teacher in 1996. She earned her BA from the Hamilton College, a master’s degree in secondary science. Training from the College of Staten Island and certificate in administration and supervision from the College of St. Rose. She is the proud mother of Rebecca and Katie, and the beloved wife of her husband of blessed memory, David.
Brooklyn-born Jozette Carter-Williams attended the College of Staten Island before beginning her career in banking. She started as a teller at Staten Island Savings Bank and held various positions there until 2010. She then worked at Empire State Bank before joining Northfield Bank this year as Bank Manager, AVP. Jozette also owns and operates JoJo Cee Photography and has done charity photography for the American Cancer Society and Blue Lives Matter.
Jozette was married to Gerard L. Carter, the namesake of the JCC’s Gerard Carter Center. Police officer Carter was killed in the line of duty in July 1998. Jozette became very involved with the sports organization Gerard Carter Athletic, which was founded to help children in Stapleton, the same community as the Agent Carter was patrolling. She continues to help children in the community and bridge the gap between our communities and the police through charitable activities.
Jozette married Grady Williams Jr. in 2017. She has three children, Louis, Selena and Jason, as well as two “bonus” children, Grady IV and Jenese. She is currently enrolled at the Academy of Art University pursuing a degree in photography and fine arts.
Jack Stern has been practicing law in Staten Island since 1977. A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, he worked for the Legal Aid Society of New York before entering private practice. His areas of expertise are real estate, elder law and business practice. He was previously a partner at O’Neill, Stern & O’Neill and is currently a partner at Stern, Stern and Fruchtman. Additionally, Jack is an instructor with the Staten Island Board of Realtors.
In his spare time, Jack sits on the board of St. George Theater and Hillel at the College of Staten Island. He is a past president of Eger Lutheran Home and Services as well as a past president of Congregation Aviv Hadash. Jack is a former manager of the defunct New Springville Little League. He is a member of the Richmond County Bar Association. Jack and his wife Randi recently served as the newspaper’s chairs for our Allan Weissglass Distinguished Leadership Award.