Our Board



Peter Kulka

Vice Chair
Elliot G. Sander

Vice Chair
Jonathan D. White

President & CEO
Hope Knight,
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation

Chief Operating Officer
Laurel Brown

Arthur Benjamin, Jr.

Assistant Treasurer
Todd S. Benenson, CPA, CGMA,

Calvin Lawrence, Jr.

Assistant Secretary
Caroline Forbes




Richard Anderson
President Emeritus,
New York Building Congress

Lamont R. Bailey, Esq.
Bailey & Bailey, LLC

Arthur Benjamin, Jr.
Vice President,
Access.1 Communications Corp.

Eric Bluestone
Partner, The Bluestone Organization, Inc.

David Cotton
CEO, Flying Food Group

Rebecca Deutscher
President, Deutscher & Daughter, Inc.

Cedric Dew
Executive Director, Jamaica YMCA

Frank DiMola
Executive Director,
Terminal 4 Airline Consortium,
John F. Kennedy International Airport

Richard Dzwlewicz
Regional Vice President,
TD Bank

Reverend Dr. Floyd H. Flake
The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York

Icema D. Gibbs
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility,
JetBlue Airways

Howard Graf
Partner, Graf & Lewent Architects, LLP

Yesenia Graham
Vice President, Graham Associates, LLC

George Grasso
Supervising Judge, City Wide Arraignments

Daniel A. Greene
Senior Vice President, US Bank

Ian Hamilton
Director of Research & Development, Steuben Foods

Wanda Jackson
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
National Urban League

Philippa Karteron
President, Galleria Noire

Evan Kashanian
Senior Vice President of project coordination, Artimus Construction

Dr. Marcia V. Keizs
President, York College

Peter Kulka
K.J.L. Property Management Corporation

Calvin Lawrence, Jr.
Editor, Newsday

William Lynch
Executive Vice President & COO
Jamaica Hospital Medical

Melva M. Miller 
Executive Vice President, Association for a Better New York 

Reverend Patrick H. O’Connor
Pastor, First Presbyterian Church

Greg Polis
Vice President, Chasson Associates, LLC

Reginald M. Rasch
Chief Legal Officer, Rakuten USA, Inc.

Reverend Dr. Calvin Rice
Pastor, New Jerusalem Baptist Church

Yarojin Robinson
Vice President Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs

Elliot G. Sander
Managing Director, Global Transportation & US infrastructure Hatch

James H. Simmons III
Managing Partner & CEO at Asland Capital Partner 

Rachel Solomon
Managing Partner & Founder,
Atalanta Advisors

Michelle Stoddart
Director of Public Relations & Community,
Resorts World Casino

Darryl Towns
Regional Director of Government Affairs,
American Airlines

Judy Tucker
Elmhurst Milked

Jonathan White
New York 360 Tours 




Isa Abdur-Rahman
Attorney At Law,
Law Office of Isa Abdur Rahman

Samantha Bailey-Champagnie
Seabright Ventures

Andrew Barnes, III
Community and Customer Management,
National Grid

Daisy Bernard

Cinnamon Chambers-Lewis
CRA Relationship Manager, Astoria Bank

Patricia Chin
Founder, VP Records Headquarters

Kerri Edge
Executive Director,
ESOTA – The Edge School of the Arts

Daniel Englander
Vice President, Rosco, Inc.

Ernest Ferrara
President, Gemca Electric Corp

AJ Ghaness
Senior Account Executive/Broker,
H&N Insurance Agency & Financial Group, Inc.



Cathy Hung
Executive Director,
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

Dr. Wilma Hunt-Watts, D.P.M.

Derek C. Irby
Executive Director,
165th Street Mall Association

Rev. Fr. Darryl F. James
The Parish of Grace Church

Federica Jefferies

Michele B. Keller

Albert Laboz
Principal, United American Land, LLC

Rocco Lacertosa
CEO, New York Heating Association, Inc.

Neil J. Lucey
Senior Vice President & NY Area Manager, Parsons Brinkerhoff

Greg Mays
President, A Better Jamaica

Charles Morant

Ali Najmi, Esq.
The Law Office of Ali Najmi

Jim O’Neill
Real Estate Consultant/Broker


Rick Razack
Greiner Maltz Investment Properties

Eileen Sackman
Senior, Vice President,
Valley National Bank

Brian Sarath
Senior Director, NAI Queens

John C. Simons
Managing Partner,
Corporate Fuel Partners, LLC

Steven Stowers
Urban Capital NY

Steven L. Sussman
Vice President, J. Sussman, Inc.

Martha Taylor, Esq.
Second Vice Chair,
Jamaica Estates Association

Donald Vernon, Esq.
Vernon and Associates P.C.

Farina Wang
Owner, Dunkin Donuts LIRR Station

Patricia Wylie-Kennedy
HCH Coordinator, Damian Family Care Centers

Tom Zlabinger
Performing and Fine Arts,
York College


Directors Emeriti


Vincent M. Albanese, Esq.
Lawrence J. Cormier
Robert V. Delaney

Paul P. Gibson, Jr.

Hampton D. Graham

William L. Jefferson

James A. Lacchini

William J. Laraia

Therese M. Molloy, Esq.

Tazewell A. Smith


President Emeritus


F. Carlisle Towery