Rev. Jennifer Aull
Jennifer is the co-pastor of the Greenpoint Reformed Church, a welcoming and inclusive congregation with a significant ministry of feeding hungry people in North Brooklyn. She spent her childhood in the Southern Baptist church and her adolescence making up for lost time. Eventually, she discovered that it is possible to be both gay and Christian. She has a BA from San Francisco State University, an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hofstra University. Jennifer is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Along with caring for her congregation, she is a marriage and family therapist with a practice in Manhattan. She specializes in couples counseling and offers premarital counseling. Much of Jennifers’s time is spent feeding hungry people. In response to having an increasing number of people come to the church asking for food, the congregation began a soup kitchen and food pantry in October 2007. These programs currently serve over 5,000 people per month. She credits caring volunteers, colleagues and donors for enabling the soup kitchen and food pantry to keep up with this unprecedented demand. Jennifer lives in the manse above the church with her partner Rev. Ann Kansfield, their son John (born in 2008) and daughter Grace (born in 2011).
Mark has a career spanning 25 years of management experience with Fortune 500 corporations, founding high-tech companies and serving as director on various public, private and non-profit boards. Filling executive marketing posts for several Fortune 500 companies, and serving as CEO of a public venture-backed software firm, Mark developed new markets, increased sales and reduced costs via breakthrough computer-based business intelligence applications. Throughout his career, he has negotiated major sales contracts, joint partnering and licensing agreements and recruited boards and senior management, in addition to having hands on experience establishing operational controls and managing scarce resources. He has raised over $37 million in equity capital, on instruments ranging from private placements to convertible debentures, including a NASDAQ IPO. He is a recognized authority in the Business Intelligence field and an accomplished speaker with frequent engagements at investment banking and industry conferences. He has a BBA in business administration with majors in computer science and marketing. Locally, Mark is involved with several organizations including the Polish National Home and the Polish American Folk Dance Company.
Christine came to the United States from Poland in 1972 and finished her last years of high school here, then went on to obtain a BA in Economics and Accounting from Brooklyn College. As president of the Greenpoint Property Owners since 1989, Christine has worked conscientiously on housing issues, especially those concerning senior citizens, co-sponsoring informational housing seminars with the North Brooklyn Development Corporation for owners and tenants. Christine served on the Greenpoint 197a Committee, and since 1999 has worked as community liaison on the Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee, ensuring that the community is protected from the potential environmental dangers presented by the upgrade of a wastewater treatment plant. She initiated the first meeting in the fight against the proposed Key Span and Con Edison power plant in Greenpoint, leading to GWAPP’s founding. She received awards in 2001 and 2002 from the Seneca Club, the Woman of the Millennium and the Carmine “Dusty” De Chiara Community awards for her work with GWAPP, and a citation in 2002 from the Borough President for her work in the Polish community. Christine has been a member of the Community Board #1 Rezoning Task Force and on the Kosciuszko Bridge upgrade Task Force. She was honored by St. Nicks Neighborhood Preservation Corporation for her work with OUTRAGE, and by the Boy Scouts of America and Open Space Alliance (OSA) for her community involvement. Christine is currently serving as a member of the Community Advisory Group for the Newtown Creek Superfund site. She is also involved with the Environmental Benefits Program, a fund established to identify and address environmental problems in Greenpoint/Williamsburg.
Rich is the executive director of the North Brooklyn Development Corporation, a neighborhood preservation company, and a founding member of GWAPP. He is a lifetime resident of Greenpoint and has spent over 40 years as a community activist. As a former Wall Street executive, he turned his hobby of improving the quality of life in his community into a job. He’s been involved in practically every aspect of community development, from improving the environment and open space to economic development, education, performing arts and music, and fighting for and developing affordable housing. He chaired the original 197a planning committee that created a comprehensive plan for the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront. He currently serves on three community advisory groups related to rezoning and environmental issues, co-chairs the Greenpoint Business Alliance and Mobilization Against Displacement (MAD), runs after-school programs in local grammar schools funded by the NYC DYCD Out of School Time (OST) program, and is the chairman of North Brooklyn Arts, which has sponsored local symphony concerts in the community. Rich is also on the board of the Polish American Folk Dance Company, with whom he performed for over 40 years as a hobby.
Barbara has been a Greenpoint resident since 1997. Originally from Florida, she has been involved in community activities since the age of seven, selling girl scout cookies and putting on variety shows for the local nursing homes. She was involved with the first power plant fight against Con Edison, and has served as GWAPP’s secretary since 2000. Currently she works in web development at Martha Stewart and is the host of a tech-themed radio show, “Tech Trends,” for Martha Stewart Radio. She is mother to two hyperactive and brilliant little boys, Lorenzo and Ezra, and enjoys cooking, reading and going to the park!
Trina is the co-chairperson of the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, a community group that supports a 28-acre waterfront park explicitly promised to the community in the 2005 Greenpoint/Williamsburg Rezoning and whose failure to materialize has become the catalyst for the Where’s My Park? coalition, of which Trina is also a member. She is the mother of three school age boys, and she and her husband Rob McKeever have been Oak Street homeowners since 1989. For more than 20 years, she has managed the affairs of the sculptor Richard Serra, also a Greenpoint property owner, coordinating the fabrication and installation of his works worldwide.
Katie is a staff developer for the New York City Department of Education, Office of Adult and Continuing Education. She is a cofounder of Park Moms, a Greenpoint/Williamsburg parks-advocacy group formed in 1997 to focus on projects and issues related to children and families, primarily in McCarren Park. Her involvement with Park Moms includes the creation of the McCarren Sprinkler Park, completed in 2001, assistance with art programming and the “McCarren Live!” spring concert series, and the Parks Department installation of more than fifty trees in and around McCarren Park. In 2007, Katie co-founded the McCarren Ice Skating Alliance and hopes to see a seasonal ice rink in McCarren Park Pool in winter 2012. A member of the Greenpoint community since 1983, she was a member of Community Board #1 from 2010 to 2012 and has a daughter who attended the local public schools.
Adam is a partner in the firm Perlmutter & Gimpel, PLLC. He serves as counsel to GWAPP, providing legal work on corporate matters and representation in the TransGas litigation. He has been an attorney in private practice for nine years focusing on federal and state criminal defense and public interest environmental litigation. In addition to the TransGas case, Adam is a currently lawyer for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn opposing the Atlantic Yards project and represents over 150 property owners and residents in the Greenpoint oil spill case against Exxon. He previously defended the Williamsburg 7 against criminal charges stemming from civil disobedience related to the closing of Engine Company 212. Adam served an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County where he specialized in felony trials and appeals. He received a three year appointment to the Criminal Courts Committee of the New York City Bar and previously served on its Criminal Advocacy Committee. His work has been reported in The New York Times, National Public Radio, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, City Limits, and The New York Press. Adam is the recipient of the American Jurisprudence award in trial advocacy from the University of Wisconsin and is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, the United States Courts for the Southern, Eastern and North Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School with honors in 1992, and received his undergraduate degree with honors from Columbia University.
Dewey M. Thompson
Dewey has been active in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg community for more than 17 years. Helping to found the Greenpoint Williamsburg Youth Soccer League got him involved in parks and open space issues. In addition to co-chairing GWAPP, he served on the Parks Committee of Community Board #1 for five years, is on the board of the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn and, most recently, founded and helms the North Brooklyn Boat Club. Dewey lives in Greenpoint with his wife Katherine (also a chronic volunteer) and three children.
Laura is a new-ish addition to the Greenpoint community, moving here in 2007 with her husband Jonathan Fox and their Boston Terrier, Buster Brown. The family is recently joined by one Jasper Fox, last seen drooling on a non tree-lined stretch of sidewalk near you. Laura abandoned a life of glamour and excitement as a network news producer in Manhattan for a life of excitement and glamour in North Brooklyn, where she is renovating a home on Guernsey Street which dates back to 1872. Her involvement with community work began after she misunderstood her neighbor, Trina McKeever, believing that an invitation to join forces as Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park was the promise of a permanent boat slip on the East River. She soon discovered an outlet for her steady tiller hand, helping to set up the Community Committee for the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn and serving as the group’s first co-chair. Laura joined the board of GWAPP in 2012.
Jennifer, her husband and two children moved to Greenpoint in 2010. A Florida native, she has written and designed popular culture books on such topics as home economics, good citizenship and album cover art. She is infatuated with old houses and original details. She has volunteered as a big sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and now wants to devote her time to keeping Greenpoint the great community that it is.