Board of Trustees

Jeff Abrams, Trustee
Jeff Abrams

Managing Member of Pike Construction, LLC, a general contracting and real estate development company based in Paterson, New Jersey.  Jeff has completed a number of adaptive reuse projects within the Great Falls Historic district. 

Leslie Agard-Jones
Leslie Agard-Jones
Vice Chairman

Former Dean, College of Education, William Paterson University.

Adele Chatfield-Taylor
Adele Chatfield-Taylor

President and CEO, American Academy in Rome. A resident of New York City, she studied Paterson while a student in the historic preservation program at Columbia University where she worked with local officials in early planning for what would become the Paterson Great Falls National Historic Landmark District.

Mohamed el-Filali
Mohamed el-Filali

Executive Director, New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ).

Danforth Ely
B. Danforth Ely

President, The 1772 Foundation. The foundation works to restore America's historical treasures. Dan is a retired, long-time Citibank executive, and a descendant of three Paterson industrialists: John Ryle, William Strange, and Charles Danforth. He is a lifelong New Jersey resident.

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Nancy Lieblich Garson
Treasurer

Co-Principal, Lovable Products International. Nancy has worked in national and New Jersey politics, international business and finance, and historic preservation. She was raised in Paterson and now lives in Washington, D.C. Her family, long active in Paterson business, civic, and philanthropic affairs, owned the Rosen Silk Mill across Market Street from the Paterson Museum.

Professor Jerold S. Kayden
Professor Jerold S. Kayden

Professor of Urban Planning and Urban Design, Harvard University. Professor Kayden is co-author of Landmark Justice, an analysis of the historic preservation and land-use opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., who began his judicial career as a superior court judge in Paterson.

 

Nancy Kontos
Nancy Kontos

CFO of Kontos Foods, Inc. located in the Bunker Hill area of Paterson, a manufacturer of Mediterranean flatbreads with multinational distribution.  Advocate and community supporter for the City of Paterson.

Lawrence F. Kramer
Lawrence F. Kramer

Executive Vice President, V. Paulius & Associates. Former mayor who, along with his late wife Mary Ellen, began efforts to preserve the Great Falls Historic District. Former N.J. Commissioner of Community Affairs. He is a lifelong resident of Paterson.

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John Lawrence

A native of Paterson and a graduate of Eastside High, John recently retired as chief of staff to Nancy Pelosi following an outstanding career on Capitol Hill that began after he received a PhD in American history from Berkeley. House Speaker John Boehner presented John with the McCormack Award for distinguished service and bipartisanship as a staff member for the House of Representatives.

Richard Polton
Richard Polton

Partner, Value Research Group. Richard is a city planner and real estate expert at Value Research Group, a real estate consulting firm based in New Jersey. He is an Eastside High School graduate.

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Suresh Sani

President, First Pioneer Properties, a real estate company with properties in the NY metropolitan area and elsewhere in the country. A graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law School, he is a trustee of NYU and member of the board of directors of Valley National Bank.

Arlene Petronzi Sarappo
Arlene Petronzi Sarappo
Secretary

Trustee, Ridgewood Public Library/ Pease Memorial Library. Arlene is a former educator and education consultant. She is a graduate of Eastside High School.

Kevin J. Slavin
Kevin J. Slavin

Kevin J. Slavin, is President and CEO of St. Joseph's Healthcare System, New Jersey's premier Catholic healthcare system , a multi-hospital academic organization and the largest employer in Passaic County. Mr. Slavin brings a broad background of expertise and experience and has held a variety of legislative appointments to healthcare boards, commissions and task forces. Presently, he also serves on the board of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Martin Vergara
Martin Vergara
Chair

Executive Director, Head of Marketing Strategy & Analytics, Morgan Stanley. He has remained involved Paterson, where his grandparents had settled after leaving Puerto Rico and where his parents now live. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians out of high school, he chose to go to college instead.  Martin received his B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from Columbia University.

Leonard A. Zax
Leonard A. Zax*
President

President, Hamilton Partnership for Paterson. Leonard is a lawyer and a city planner with more than thirty years of experience in community development and historic preservation projects throughout the United States. A former partner in the law firm of Latham & Watkins, he has taught a course on Historic Preservation and Urban Revitalization at Harvard University. He is a graduate of Eastside High School, the University of Chicago, the city planning program at Harvard Design School, and Harvard Law School. William Paterson University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2010.

 

*Ex-officio