Joy is the Director and Managing Attorney of The Weinberg Center. Joy co-founded The Weinberg Center in 2004. She was previously Director of Elder Abuse Services at the Pace Women’s Justice Center and an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, where she served for eight years. Joy is a frequent speaker and writer on the issue of elder abuse and elder justice, including to the United States Senate, Special Commission on Aging. Screening for elder abuse detection in health care and legal systems has been a priority for Joy. In addition to developing evidence-based screening protocols in long-term care, Weinberg Center Risk and Abuse Prevention Screen (WC-RAPS), Joy recently co-authored and published two research papers relating to evidence-based screening for elder abuse. Joy’s work in long-term care also includes an active role in the creation of sexual expression policies for residents, a resilience/well-being program for caregivers, and a fresh look at death and dying in long-term care. Joy also developed a unique domestic violence prevention and intervention program for all employees of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. Like the Weinberg Center itself and many of its innovative projects, this program is easily replicable. Joy was a founder of the Elder Abuse Committee on the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. In 2017, Joy was awarded the National Crime Victims Service Award by the United States Department of Justice. In 2016, Joy was recognized with an award of Distinction in Public Service by the New York Law Journal, and in 2010 she received The New York State Bar Association award for Excellence in Public Service. Joy is also a certified ISHTA yoga instructor and teacher of breathing and meditation.
THE WEINBERG CENTER TEAM
Joy Solomon, Esq.
Deirdre M.W. Lok, Esq
Deirdre is the Assistant Director and General Counsel for The Weinberg Center. She manages the operations of the shelter, including providing legal services to victims in Supreme Court, Housing Court and Family Court. An Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, Deirdre directs the law school’s HELP (Helping Elders through Litigation and Policy) Clinic. She 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, Touro Law, Hofstra Law School and CUNY Law School and and is a faculty member of Lawline. She has provided training to attorneys through the New York State’s Judicial Institute, the Queens Bar Association, and the Bronx Bar Association,. Deirdre was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to the Age-Friendly NYC Commission, is chair of the American Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer’s Division, Elder Abuse Prevention Committee, and serves as Chair of the Policy and Procedure Subcommittee of the New York State Committee on Elder Justice. Prior to joining The Weinberg Center, she was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Oahu, Hawaii and an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office where she focused on domestic violence cases. She is the recipient of the New York Law Journal 2017 General Counsel Impact Award.
Malya Kurzweil Levin, Esq.
Malya is the Senior Staff Attorney at The Weinberg Center. In this role, she represents victims of acute elder abuse from throughout New York City and Westchester County in a wide variety of legal fora. Malya has spoken extensively about various aspects of elder abuse to professional and community audiences, and has also published prolifically on the subject, with a primary focus on the role of legal tools and policies in elder abuse cases. Malya is the coordinator of Westchester County’s Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team. She is on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section, and a member of its Elder Abuse Committee. Malya was named one of The New York Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” for 2018. She graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2012 and is a certified Reiki energy healer.
Glendalee Olivera, LMSW, ASW-G
Glendalee Olivera is the Senior Elder Justice Specialist at The Weinberg Center. Glendalee has worked in the field of social work for twelve years, providing services for a variety of different populations including disabled children, survivors of domestic violence, mentally impaired individuals, 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. Glendalee was selected as a 2018 Advocate of New York City by the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic Violence and Gender-based Violence.
Marlene Riquelme, MPH
Marlene is the Public Health Specialist at The Weinberg Center. Marlene received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Magna Cum Laude, from Boston University and graduated from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in May 2016 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 from 2010 to 2012 as a Community Organizer and Teacher of English as a Foreign Language and working as a New Jersey Disaster Case Manager for Hurricane Sandy survivors, where she oversaw the recovery of the older population. She has held various positions at Columbia University and interned for Planned Parenthood Global in New York and Nicaragua performing qualitative research. She has previously worked with or advocated for adolescents, immigrants and displaced populations and is now committed to advancing the social justice movement to combat elder abuse.
Amanda is the Elder Justice Case Coordinator at The Weinberg Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, from Hunter College. Prior to joining the Weinberg team, Amanda served as a Social Work Assistant for Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s Community Mental Health Services division, providing intensive psychotherapeutic and case management services to youth in crisis and their families. Amanda has held several internships and Teacher’s Assistant positions in the health, psychology and sociology realms, performing research on the effects of stress and trauma on diverse populations.