“We would like to thank [the Springboard School] therapists, teachers, staff, and supporters for creating a space where our family is understood. We are inspired each day by the hours and tremendous effort dedicated to all the children and families who participate in this very special program.” - Alumni Parent


The Springboard staff brings decades of experience to help both our students and their families thrive.

Lois Mendelson, Ph.D., Director

Lois has been with the program since its inception in 1978 and has been its director since 2002. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from NYU. She completed a seven-year training program in child, couples, and family therapy from the Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies (ICAFS) in New York.

Lisa Bernholz-Balsam, MS, CCC/SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist and Audiologist

Lisa is an ASHA certified, state-licensed speech and language pathologist and audiologist, specializing in the treatment of pediatric speech and language disorders. She earned her MS at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College, and has been with our school since 1998. She also has a private practice in Englewood.

Amy Goldstein, Assistant Teacher

Amy Goldstein joined The Springboard School as an assistant teacher in 2021. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Hunter College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She spent 11 years teaching various ages at Temple Sinai’s Early Childhood Center. For 16 years prior to teaching, she worked at the National Child Labor Committee, a non-profit organization in New York City. 

Michele Imhof, MS Ed, Special Education Teacher

Michele has 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher. She holds teaching certificates both in NY and NJ and has three master’s degrees from Bank Street College of Education: early childhood/elementary education, early childhood special education, and early childhood leadership. She has been with our school since 2015. Prior to joining our staff, she was the early childhood director at the Grosvenor Neighborhood House YMCA Tender Care Program in NYC, a SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teacher) for The Jewish Board and a pre-k teacher at the Weekday School.

Julia Grammer Kislevitz, Assistant Teacher

Julia joined the staff of the Springboard School as an assistant teacher in September 2020. Julia earned her BA degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. In 2019, she began working towards a master's degree in teaching at Drew University. She has worked as a substitute teacher in the Demarest School District since 2016. Since 2012, she has been the director of stitchery and beading at the Lindgren Summer Camp.

Michelle H. Roth, MS, OTR, Occupational Therapist

Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and an MS in occupational therapy from Columbia University. Prior to joining our staff in 2002, Michelle worked in Manhattan at several special education schools and early intervention centers. She has also been a senior occupational therapist at Focus Children’s Therapy Center since 2002, where she provides occupational therapy for children in a clinic setting.

Lisa Sternbach, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker

Lisa graduated from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. She has been a clinical social worker with our program since 2001. She provides weekly parent counseling and parent support groups, as well as play therapy for children who need it. She has also served as the Parenting Center Coordinator at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades for 20 years. She maintains a private practice in Cresskill.

Yonit Weiss, MS, CCC/SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist

Yonit is a certified speech and language pathologist in both New York and New Jersey. She joins us with over 15 years of experience working in both clinical and school settings. She received a bachelor's degree in speech and language from Queens College and a Master of Science in speech and language pathology from Brooklyn College. Yonit specializes in working with the school-age population, specifically children in grades K-8.