Building a safe and healthy community for older adults every day.
The Weinberg Center staff is committed to serving older adults within our communities, providing emergency shelter for victims of elder abuse and enhancing public awareness and knowledge of elder abuse at large.
Director and Managing Attorney
Joy Solomon, Esq, is the Director and Managing Attorney of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention, the nation’s first emergency shelter for elder abuse victims. Joy co-founded The Weinberg Center in 2004. She was previously Director of Elder Abuse Services at the Pace Women’s Justice Center, a non-profit legal advocacy and training center based at Pace University Law School. Prior to joining the Women’s Justice Center in 1999, Joy investigated and prosecuted a variety of crimes including child abuse, fraud, and elder abuse as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, where she served for eight years. Joy is a frequent speaker on the issue of elder abuse, including to the United States Senate, Special Commission on Aging.
Joy is a board member of NCPEA, on the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association where she is Chair of the Elder Abuse Committee and on the Advisory Board of the New York City Elder Abuse Center, of which she was a founder. In 2010 Joy received The New York State Bar Association award for Excellence in Public Service. Joy is also a certified ISHTA yoga instructor.
Dierdre M.W. Lok
Assistant Director and General Counsel
Deirdre M.W. Lok, Esq. is the Assistant Director and General Counsel for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. Prior to joining The Weinberg Center, Ms. Lok was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Oahu, Hawaii. Ms. Lok supervised and trained incoming deputy prosecutors on trial procedure and was the first prosecutor in Hawaii to manage the Mental Health courtroom. She spent several years as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office where she focused on domestic violence cases. Ms. Lok graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University and received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Ms. Lok is a frequent speaker on the issue of elder abuse and the law, and has guest lectured at Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Cardozo Law School, and CUNY Law School and has provided training to attorney’s through the New York State’s Judicial Institute, the Queens Bar Association, and the Bronx Bar Association. Ms. Lok was past co-chair and is now on the Executive Committee of the New York City Elder Abuse Network. Ms. Lok is an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School and co-directed the law school’s first Elder Rights HELP Clinic in Fall 2013.
Community Outreach Specialist
Brooke Santoro, LMSW, is the Community Outreach Specialist at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. She received a Bachelor of Social Work, magna cum laude, from Central Connecticut State University and is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work, where she received a Master of Science in Social Work focusing on work with older adults. Brooke has completed various internships with the older adult population, most recently at Jarvie Commonweal Service, and was also employed at an Area Agency on Aging.
Elder Abuse Specialist
Glendalee Olivera, LMSW, is the Elder Abuse Specialist at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. Prior to joining The Hebrew Home staff, Glendalee worked as a Social Service Supervisor for The New York Foundation for Senior Citizens Guardian Services, Inc. Glendalee has worked in the field of social work for nine years, providing services for a variety of different populations including disabled children, victims of domestic violence, and older adults. A graduate of College of New Rochelle with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Glendalee received a Master of Social Work degree from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
Malya Levin, Esq.
Malya Levin, Esq. is the Staff Attorney for the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention. Malya’s relationship with the Weinberg Center began in 2011, when she spent a semester as a Weinberg Center legal intern. After graduating law school, Malya became the Weinberg Center’s inaugural BLS and David Berg Law and Aging Post-Graduate Fellow prior to joining the staff. Malya received her JD cum laude from Brooklyn Law School. She has held a variety of internships in diverse areas of public interest law, including immigration and children’s rights. Malya is a certified Reiki energy healer.
Public Health Specialist
Marlene Riquelme, MPH, is the Public Health Specialist at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. Marlene received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Magna Cum Laude, from Boston University and recently graduated from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a certificate in Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health. Her previous work and volunteer experiences include serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica as a Community Organizer and Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, working as a New Jersey Disaster Case Manager for Hurricane Sandy Survivors where she oversaw the recovery of the older adult population, holding various positions as a Graduate/Teacher’s Assistant for the Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University, and interning for Planned Parenthood Global in New York performing qualitative research. She has previously worked with or advocated for children, adolescents, immigrants, and displaced populations and is now committed to joining the social justice movement to combat elder abuse.