Leadership & Administrative Team
Holly Saltzman has been in the field of education for more than 30 years. She earned her BA degree from Skidmore College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.
In 1984 Holly joined Lou Gallousis, an experienced hospital administrator, to develop a new company, to operate employer-sponsored childcare centers. Eventually becoming Vice-President, she supervised all aspects of the business, from curriculum development to marketing and finance. In January 2002, following the passing of Lou Gallousis, Holly started a new company, Imagine Early Learning Centers.
Caryn O’Connor earned a BA in Psychology from Hamilton College and an MS in Child Development and Family Studies/Early Childhood Education from Purdue University.
Caryn worked with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in university lab school programs for six years and in Special Education for one year. She joined Innovative Learning Centers (ILC) in 1994 as a Head Pre-School Teacher and Assistant Director at Mt. Sinai Kids. She was promoted to Director at the Brooklyn Heights center, where she supervised a staff of veteran teachers and led the center to reaccreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Later, Caryn served as an assesor for NAEYC, conducting accreditation visits for several years.
In 2001, Caryn became Executive Director at Imagine, providing assistance in curriculum development, staff supervision, preparation for NAEYC accreditation and supervising daily operations at several centers. Vice President since 2005, Caryn sits on the Imagine Executive Board and leads Imagine’s Senior Management Team in all aspects of center operations. Caryn is also the proud mom of daughter Tess, an alumn of Imagine Port Washington.
Debbie Bermudez joined the Imagine team as Executive Director in September 2019 with over 35 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Debbie was the former Director at our Mt Sinai location when it was operated by Innovative Learning Centers, the business Imagine was built on.
For the past 20 years, Debbie has supported center teams across the northeast portion of the US in roles as Regional Manager and VP of Operations.Through her experience, she has worked with two of the largest early childhood education providers (Bright Horizons and Kindercare) and has supported up to 80 centers.
She possesses a BS in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta and an MS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Hunter College.
After living in Massachusetts for 13 years, Debbie has recently relocated back to NY where she lived for most of her life. She and her husband are excited about their new home. Their daughter is a recent graduate of Ithaca College and now lives in Syracuse, NY.
Josie has extensive knowledge of employment legislation and has implemented Human Resources best practices at Imagine since 2008. As Human Resources Director she is responsible for policy and practices related to employee relations, compliance, benefits and payroll. Josie was formerly Associate Director of HR at the 92nd Street Y and has over thirteen years experience in the field. She has a BA degree in Art History from Herbert H. Lehman College and is the proud mother of two sons.
Cora Zoccolo-Ungaro has worked in the field of child care for more than ten years. She has her BA in Psychology and her MS in Teaching from Iona College. Cora spent seven years as a Child Care Coordinator with the Federal Government, General Services Administration Office of Child Care before joining Imagine in May 2007. Cora serves as Executive Director, NAEYC/Training Coordinator, providing training and support on the accreditation process, and is the proud mother of three.
Michele Malone has devoted more than 20 years to working in education with young children and their families. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Stony Brook University and a Master’s of Science in Education from Dowling College, with NYS teachers certification for children birth. Michele also serves as an adjunct professor in Touro’s Early Childhood Education program.