|Meet the Cryder House Board of Directors
Charles Fels - President
After living in Oceanside for 31 years, Susan and I moved to The Cryder House in 2005.
My degree is in accounting, a field that I pursued after graduation. I then spent in excess of 35 years
in the retail business in which I owned and operated a high volume men's and women's footwear
I am committed to maintaining the high level of this building for all concerned. At the same time, I am
also committed to fiscal responsibility.
Jonathan brings many years of experience in financial management and budgetary discipline to his
position. He is dedicated to being an actively engaged member of the Board and is committed to
building consensus on behalf of all the shareholders of the Cryder House.
Athena Galitsis - Vice-President
Athena and Anthony Galitsis moved into Cryder House in February of 2009 after living in their home in Flushing
for 36 years. They have been married for 41 years and have two grown sons.
Athena was an educator for almost 40 years.. She rose through the ranks of the NYC Dept. of Education. She
began as a social studies teacher, then became a dean and assistant principal in District 30 (Astoria/Long
Island City/Jackson Heights). Later in her career, she became a principal and an assistant superintendent in
District 28 (Forest Hills/Kew Gardens/Briarwood/South Jamaica). Athena ended her career as one of the
Throughout the years, Athena has been active in community organizations. She served as the Vice President of
the Board of Directors of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Whitestone and was also on the Board of Directors
of the Sylvia Klein Day Care Center in Brooklyn. In January of this year, she created Mani Jewelry, LLC, a start-up
jewelry business, which creates handcrafted, unique gemstone designs.
Prior to being elected to the Cryder House Board of Directors, Athena was active in CHAC, the Cryder House
Activities Committee. She plans to continue serving the Cryder House residents as a CHAC member, as well as a
Judy Leif - Treasurer
Judy and her husband, Bernie, have been living at The Cryder House since October, 2004. Their
children Elissa, and her husband, David, and grandchildren Jessa and Gabe, live in Silver Spring MD,
and Steven, and his wife, Pelin, and grandchild, Aryana, live in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn NY.
Both Judy and Bernie are educators. Judy was a kindergarten teacher, early childhood specialist,
and elementary school librarian and Bernie was an English teacher and Assistant Principal in the
NYC School System. They both now teach in the Curriculum and Instruction Dept. of the St. John's
University School of Education. They are also travel consultants for the American Council for
International Studies, an educational travel company.
As soon as they moved in, Judy became involved in the Cryder House community as chairperson of
the Web Site Committee and as webmaster of www.cryderhouse.com. She is also been part of the
Library Committee, the By-Laws Committee, Welcoming Committee, Marketing Commitee, House
Committee, Shareholders Selection Committee and Fountain Committee.
Judy has been a Board of Directors member since 2011. As co-chair of the Shareholder
Selection Committee, she has interviewed almost every new shareholder.
Bob Angelson - Secretary
Husband to Phyllis, father of two attorneys, and grandfather of four, I
have been a resident of Cryder House for eight years. Early on I
involved myself in the Cryder House community by joining the house
committee and making regular building tours, something I continue to
do to this day as committee chair. In addition, and prior to running for a
board position in 2009, I participated on both the candidate selection
and pool committees.
My second three-year term as a board member has just started and I
feel that I have just begun to get my feet wet. It has been a steep
learning curve. Plumbing, heating, air conditioning, cooling towers,
water treatment, boilers, chillers, security, newsletters, landscaping,
and the list goes on and on. I am far better equipped to monitor the
workings of Cryder House today than I was a few short years ago.
My goal is to protect and enhance my own investment as well as the
investments of each and every one of my fellow shareholders. And I
aim to accomplish this goal while being mindful of seemingly ever
increasing costs. I and constantly looking and watching, and invite
each of my neighbors to assist by becoming the eyes and ears of the
board. We do want to hear from you as we strive to maintain Cryder
House as the premier building that it is.
I am a registered Pharmacist with an MS degree in Health Care Administration. In my current
position as Director of the Medical Department at the Electrical Industry Center in Fresh Meadows, I
oversee a department of 30 physicians, 15 medical professionals and 30 clerical people who provide
comprehensive health care services to the Local 3 electricians, contractors and their dependents
who make up this great brotherhood.
Prior positions include Senior Director at Merck-Medco, where I led a team of clinical account
executives, and Director of Pharmacy Services at the Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of
Medicine in the Bronx.
My interests include complementary and alternative medicine, herbology, homeopathy, and
nutrition. My spouse, Joe Dente, and I have lived in Cryder House for 23 happy years. I enjoy travel,
cooking, and spending time with our friends and family...especially our three young grandchildren.