Chairman of the Board of Directors
Gedaliah Weinberger is a guiding force of PCS, as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Holding a BS from Brooklyn College in mathematics and a MS from the Courant Institute at New York University, he also has Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva Torah Vodaas. Mr. Weinberger was a founder of American Healthware Systems, a developer of software for the healthcare industry. The company grew significantly under his guidance and merged with Siemens Corp. Mr. Weinberger sits on several boards of directors, including the boards of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath and Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood, and is Chairman of the Board Emeritus of Agudath Israel of America. He is Chairman of the Board of New York Community Hospital of Brooklyn, and Chairman of the Daf Yomi Commission.
Daniel Soloff, national director of PCS, has Masters degrees from Beth Medrash Govoha in Rabbinic and Tamudic Studies and in Early Childhood Education from Adelphi University. He has 13 years of experience in education. As one of the founders of PCS in 1997, who spearheaded the organization, he became employed as national director in 2002. Daniel’s mission is to upgrade the job placement as well as career training programs of PCS to better serve the growing community. Through the many new initiatives he has spearheaded, the organization’s staff has expanded to 4 times its original size.
Placement and Counseling
Director of Job Placement.
Following a successful career as a medical recruiter, Yoel Tolwinski has been our Director of Job Placement for the last 10 years. Yoel actively keeps abreast of the ever changing job market and works closely with both candidates and businesses. Yoel has guided many from the earliest stages of career exploration to high-level positions and professions, and he has placed over 500 individuals in diverse positions. He works with large corporations, mid-size and small businesses, and start-up ventures both local and farther afield. Yoel brings years of placement and counseling experience to the job, striving to provide for the needs of employers, entry level applicants, and experienced professionals.
Shoshana Smulowitz, veteran employment counselor, has been involved in job placement, career counseling, and resume preparation at PCS for 16 years. She directs job applicants through the process of identifying the right occupation or field, searching out leads, honing interview skills and negotiating salary. She started in the field of job placement in 1994 in Cope Institute in Manhattan. Shoshana has taught academic courses at BTI, Brooklyn College and Mercer County Community College. Her articles on HR-related topics have been published in newspapers and magazines.
Director of Job Development
Aviva Barrish joined PCS in 2017, first as the Director of Programming Placement and then as the Director of Job Development. Aviva has two decades of experience in education, as well as 17 years of experience in human services. Aviva holds degrees from Adelphi University and Touro College in human services as well as a degree in education from Beth Jacob Teacher’s Seminary of America. Over the years, Aviva has served as the president of various women’s leagues and as the PR and project coordinator for several organizations.
Leah Stromer, CPA
FDU MS Accounting Placement Coordinator
Leah Stromer supports students and new graduates of FDU’s Master of Science in Accounting program in their search for internships and permanent positions. A graduate of Yeshiva University and a CPA with experience in public accounting, including seven years at KPMG, and eight years in higher education administration, Leah is highly qualified and well suited for this challenging role. She counsels the students and recent alumni regarding career paths, resumes, networking, and interview preparation. Leah’s dedication to the students and their success in the job market and her resourceful networking has impressed peers and students alike and has encouraged many in the process. Her knowledge of the profession and her professionalism commands respect from the accounting firms and businesses with which she has connected candidates.
Course Initiator and Coordinator
Raizy Perl, Course Initiator and Coordinator, has been with PCS for the past six years. Raizy’s expertise and innovation make her an excellent candidate to manage our many specialized courses. Using her unique skill set, Raizy directs the marketing, staff recruitment, enrollment, and core curriculum issues of our highly popular courses. Thanks to Raizy’s selfless dedication, PCS has been able to expand its career course options with tremendous benefit to the Lakewood Community. Some of the courses which Raizy manages include: Business Enrichment, Desktop and Network Support, Real Estate Investing, Property Management, Certified Financial Planner, Fundraising, Microsoft Office, and Sales.