Hagedorn Foundation

About Us

Staff Bios

Liz Axelrod
Grants Manager

Liz Axelrod is a Port Washington resident, transplanted from the West Village in New York City. Liz is a former Parent Resource Center Board Member, Music Promoter, Publicist, and Real Estate Agent. Along with her background in promotion and administration, Liz brings knowledge of community affairs, family, children & youth, arts, and environmental issues to her position at the foundation. Liz is also an Adjunct English Professor and writer with a concentration in poetry, and in 2013 completed an MFA in Creative Writing at The New School in NYC. She was a fifth place finalist in the New Women's Voices series by Finishing Line Press and her first book of poetry "Go Ask Alice" was released in June of 2016.

Sandra Dunn
Program Director

Sandra Dunn is the Program Director of the Local Immigration Program. She holds a PhD in Spanish Literature from Cornell University and spent many years in higher education before starting her own business providing translation and writing services to clients throughout Suffolk County. A community advocate who has worked closely with immigrants through her business and her leadership roles in non-profit organizations based on the South Fork, Sandra has served on the Ethics Board and the Anti-Bias Task Force of Southampton Town. She lives with her family in Hampton Bays.

Joselo Lucero
Outreach Coordinator

As Outreach Coordinator for the Hagedorn Foundation, Joselo visits middle and high schools on Long Island and across the NY metro region to give presentations on how to prevent bullying and hate-crimes. Since his brother, Marcelo Lucero, was murdered in a hate crime in 2008 in Patchogue, NY, Joselo has been active in community projects to empower youth and instill leadership qualities. Joselo is involved with Long Island based diversity programs, Light Through My Eyes and Embrace Our Differences. Joselo is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Joe Page
Office Manager

Joe Page performs a variety of tasks ranging from event coordination to reception as the office manager at the Hagedorn Foundation. He received a bachelor’s degree from Clark University, majoring in Government and International Relations and minoring in Spanish. Prior to joining the Hagedorn Foundation, he worked with the CityParks Foundation's Junior Golf Center in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Joe plays the trumpet in a band and plans to go back to school in the near future, with the hopes of understanding and improving public policy.

Lynda Parmely
Program Director

Lynda Parmely serves as the Program Director of the Families, Children and Youth funding initiative. She grew up on Long Island, graduating from Nassau Community College and continued her education at Queens College, where she earned a degree in Urban Studies. For over 20 years she has worked in the nonprofit sector as an organizer, child care assistant, trainer, program assistant, capacity building consultant and most recently as the Program Officer for the Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund at the Long Island Community Foundation. Lynda brings her passion for social justice issues to the Hagedorn Foundation and is the proud mom of Marley Atticus.

Darren Sandow
Executive Director

Darren Sandow is the Executive Director of the Hagedorn Foundation. Using Long Island as its starting point, the Foundation seeks to support and promote social equity. He is a graduate of the Master's Program for Nonprofit Management at New School for Social Research. His background is diverse, beginning as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, later working at the Health and Welfare Council of Nassau County, and as the CFO for the People's Firehouse in Brooklyn. Until 2005, Darren served as the Program Director for the Long Island Community Foundation and the Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund (LIUUF). He came to the Hagedorn Foundation in August of 2005.