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Meet the Staff & Tour the Facility

Karin Krankel, Director

Karin started at the Senior Center as a summer Intern in 1997 and achieved the position of Assistant Director the following Spring. In 2004 she was promoted to Director making her one of the youngest Senior Center Directors in New Jersey. Shortly thereafter in 2009, under her direction, the Fair Lawn Senior Center was voted #1 Senior Center by the Bergen Record. As a college graduate with a BA in Gerontology and Art Therapy, she loves the challenge of planning and implementing innovative programs, activities and events. Karin is married, the mother of two adorable children, an animal lover and saver who enjoys everything about food, arts & crafts, improv and theater. Her strong belief in the mind-body-spirit connection thrives in every aspect of the Fair Lawn Senior Center and feels blessed to hear members calling it their “second home.”

Donna J. Neill, Assistant Director 

Donna started her employment in September of 1996 as the original Fitness Instructor for the Senior Center. Donna developed and implemented a fitness program which is still going strong. In 2004, she was promoted to Assistant Director, but still oversees the current program. Donna is married with 3 dogs at home, she loves the outdoors, teaching fitness classes part time, working in the yard and volunteering. She prides herself on learning every members’ name at the Center and likes to make people laugh.

Nancy Whittaker, Fitness Instructor

Nancy joined the Fair Lawn Senior Center in September 2005. She specializes in senior fitness class throughout many gyms and senior centers in Bergen County. She is certified through AFAA Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and ETC Certified in Senior strength and conditioning. Nancy’s joy is teaching group exercise classes and working with active older adults and has been recognized throughout the Bergen County as helping senior citizens achieve their exercise goals. Her experience here at the Fair Lawn Senior Center has brought her great opportunities to meet and learn with the members. Her main goal for teaching is to spread knowledge, energy and fun while creating a safe, encouraging atmosphere and healthy life style. When Nancy isn’t teaching, she enjoys going for walks, bike riding, cooking and spending time with her family and dog.

Michael Carangi, Kitchen Supervisor

Mike started with the Fair Lawn Senior Center through a non-profit organization, Easterseals, and was finally hired in 2012 as the Kitchen Supervisor. Our personal Gianluca Vacchi, he loves old rock music, Celtics basketball and tuxedo cats. Don’t start Mike on trees or politics! He appreciates when participants come up to the counter to enjoy his coffee and smile.

Abraham Flamenbaum, Weekend Supervisor

Abraham lives in Bloomfield, New Jersey, has two children and a grandson. His interests are art, music and theatre and his hobby is woodworking. Abraham enjoys reading about a variety of topics, mostly non-fiction. He began at the Senior Center in 1996 as the Weekend Supervisor and feels he has gained more empathy and responsibility for the participants as time passes. Abraham truly enjoys customer service, giving a tour, and handing out flyers about daily activities. Working the coffee counter gives Abraham an opportunity to know the participants.     

Maria Leone

Maria started working at the Fair Lawn Senior Center in March 2019. She loves going to work because of the friendly faces, its positive atmosphere, and all the different programs. Her favorite part is being able to see the seniors’ smiling faces and listen to their stories.

Ronnie Belbol

Ronnie started in 2005 at the Fair Lawn Senior Center as our part time maintenance worker and quickly became a wonderful staple of our Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ronnie enjoys cleaning and organizing all around the Center and never has to be reminded to sanitize light switches and door knobs. You may also see Ronnie at the ShopRite of Fair Lawn where he also works! He loves the WWE, tattoos and saying “Hi!” at his friends at the Senior Center.

 

Last Updated: Mon, 07/12/2021 - 5:30pm