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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


 

ROGER MEYER, CHAIR

Since 1996 Mr. Meyer has been an energetic public space advocate and president of Level M, a communications agency delivering civic awareness campaigns, educational design, and place branding.  He directed the national brand strategy to reclaim Governors Island. An effort that was recognized by the White House, won PRWeek's Nonprofit Campaign of the Year, and helped bring about a historic boon in public space. He served New York City Marketing as brand consultant for two years; produced The Waterfront Action Agenda for Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, a policy document that influenced NYC’s Vision 20/20 Waterfront Plan and DEC’s Hudson River Estuary agenda. He helped produce the Climate Change Report for New York City Department of Environmental Protection and signage for New York City Department of Parks.  He co-authored a grant for $150,000 from Empire State Development to produce Hudson Rising in partnership with I Love NY, a summer long sustainability celebration and river tour.  Mr. Meyer is the founder and former president of New York Outrigger, a nonprofit canoe club in the Hudson River Park.  He is also the founder and former Executive Director of the Liberty World Challenge, today the largest established competition in New York Harbor.  He served on the board of Sloop Clearwater.  When he is not on the water or running in Inwood Hill Park he is songwriting or in a reading group.

 

ISAIAH "OBIE" BING, VICE CHAIR

"One of the biggest -- yet preventable -- environmental problems on the waterfront today is the North River Treatment Plant which from time to time dumps millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Hudson River."  

An active uptown community leader and environmental advocate, Mr. Bing is an expert in Brownfield, subsurface infrastructure, and waterfront remediation.  He serves as an environmental adviser to elected officials, First Vice Chair of CB12, member of the Land Use Committe of CB12, Former Co-Chair of Health and Environmental Committee of CB12.  In 2012 he testified before the New York State Environmental Conservation Committee regarding pollution from the North River Sewage Treatment Plant and continues to alert political leadership to environmental health hazards in northern Manhattan.  He also serves as President of the Barak Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan, a multi-ethnic force for progressive politics in the uptown neighborhoods of Washington Heights, West Harlem/Hamilton Heights, and Inwood.  Mr. Bing served as an engineer for Consolidated Edison of New York City for 30 years. He is currently licensed by the Engineer Department of Buildings in New York City, a boiler inspector, lead and asbestos, and member of the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Community Leadership Council.  Mr. Bing enjoys golf, tending his garden in Cape Cod, and hosting the most popular holiday party in New York's uptown political scene.   

 

 

ANDREA KORNBLUTH, SECRETARY AND ACTING TREASURER

Andrea is a Northern Manhattan resident, an attorney, a volunteer mediator, a co-author of a grant for $150,000 from Empire State Development to produce Hudson Rising in partnership with I Love NY, and a printmaker who focuses on uptown urban landscapes, acting secretary of the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Northern Manhattan, and a four-year member and President of her coop board.  She is a graduate of Hunter College High School, and holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. in Art History from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.  Always awed by the beauty of the neighborhood, Andrea is committed to using her extensive experience and interest in planning, business development, social justice and peacemaking to contribute to a vibrant and diverse community that is anchored in its public spaces.

 

ARIEL FERREIRA

Ariel Ferreira, a living organ donor, has had many accomplishments throughout his young career. His progressive work and support to local nonprofit groups and small businesses has helped strengthen and enhance many communities. Mr. Ferreira is no stranger to the private and public sector. As Director of MWBE services of the NY Women's Chamber of Commerce (NYWCC), he provided technical assistance, workshops, and marketing resources to Minority and Women owned businesses in order to acquired procurement contracts from city and state agencies. Prior to working for the NYWCC, he served as a legislative and budget director within the New York City Council. While maintaining the legislative agenda and monitoring the progress of all legislative items, Mr. Ferreira directly assisted in developing and composing new legislation. He was also responsible for reviewing and processing the acquisition and distribution of $6.4 million capital and $676,000 expense funding for community based organizations. Mr. Ferreira also worked closely with the Manhattan Delegation and Black, Latino & Asian Caucus on various legislative and budget issues. In 2003, as one of the many acknowledgments, he received a Proclamation Award from the New York City Council for his outstanding services and contributions to the City of New York.

 

OBED FULCAR

When Obed Fulcar is not spearheading efforts to clean up local waterways or training for arctic adventures, you might be able to find him in his bilingual and special education class at Maria Teresa Mirabal Middle School in Washington Heights, employing Environmental Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to teach across all subjects to students with learning disabilities and bilingual students primarily from the Dominican Republic. With more than 13 years of experience in the NYC public education system, you'd think that Obed might just want to go home and relax when the last bell rings, but you would be wrong.  Obed continues to work to enrich his students after school, with the STEM boat-building program he created, or through the Children's Aid Society NASA/Robotics club that he runs at the Mirabal Sisters campus. Outside of the academic world, Obed is very passionate about Friends of Sherman Creek, an all volunteer, community-based, parks advocacy group for public access to the waterfront that he founded in 2005, in collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. 

 

 NANCY BROUS

"Ultimately the way people interact with, recreate in, and relate to their environment and the social lessons,  lifelong fitness and public health issues these factors address are right up near education in importance for our future."

Nancy serves as a Co-Chair of NYC Water Trail Association (NYCWTA) a not-for-profit stewardship group comprising over   20 community-based non-motorized boating organizations in and around New York City, whose mission is to promote the creation, improvement, and preservation of suitable launches, landings and boathouses for paddling and rowing in all five boroughs and the harbor at large in order to advance awareness of the public ownership of our waterways, and to foster maritime education, recreation and environmental stewardship.  She is the Vice President of the Hudson River Watertrail Association (hrwa.org), has a seat on the Hudson River Park Trust Advisory Council as well as the Governor's Island Advisory Committee, is a past President and founding member of NYRiverSports and NY Kayak Polo (nykayakpolo.org), a member of the Parks and Waterfront Committee of Community Board 2 in Manhattan and has worked since 2003 with the NY/NJ Harbor and Estuary Program's Public Access Working Group and Citizen's Advisory Committee.

 

DANIELLE LOPEZ

A resident of northern Manhattan and social justice advocate, Miss Lopez brings expertise as community mediator and labor relation specialist in the public and private sectors. She served as a community organizer for Community Voices Heard coordinating focus groups for Parks Job Placement Participants and mediator for the Washington Heights Inwood Coalition. Miss Lopez is currently a program manager for the School Health Program of the Montefiore Medical Center where she manages operations of four clinics within New York City Public Schools and ensures students receive comprehensive health care.  She is also an advisory board member of Community Training Employment Resources. She holds an MA of Urban Affairs and Labor Studies from City University of New York-Queens College and a BA of Political Science from Sarah Lawrence College.

 


JIM COLE

"As an environmental educator I have found that there is no better way to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards than to have students deeply make the connection that we are one with the environment." 

Mr. Cole is a founding member and assistant principal at Middle School 328, The Manhattan Middle School for Scientific Inquiry, in Washington Heights. In 1998, he won an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Westside Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Cole also attended the Harvard Institute for School Leadership where he coauthored an organizational action plan for MS 328.  In 2010, Mr. Cole traveled to Japan to study education for sustainability in a program sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation. He wrote a General Electric Middle School Success Grant for $300,000 and coauthored a $28,000 grant from Bronx Health Reach focused on health issues through the lens of sustainability. Currently Mr. Cole is focusing on development of an Education for Sustainability (EfS) Program at Middle School 328. This initiative aims to integrate EfS principles – environment, economics, and equity - into the major subjects (science, ELA, math, social studies).  He holds an MA in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. He also earned a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine as well as a certificate in conservation biology from Columbia's Center for Environmental Research and Conservation. He received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation to study environmental science in Costa Rica.
 

 


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