Edwin O’Keefe Westley, President


Len Maniace, 1st Vice-President
Green Agenda for Jackson Heights / Friends of Travers Park
Freelance writer.





John Petrozino, 2nd Vice-President
Publication: Views from the Heights
John joined initially JHBG as the first Director of JHCREW and served in that capacity until 2011 when he took over as Editor of Views From The Heights, JHBG’s quarterly newsletter. Formerly employed by Queens Pride House, John’s focus is on service to Jackson Heights’ diverse community. When not working for a boutique law firm in Manhattan as a Legal Administrative Assistant, John enjoys singing opera with various, small companies throughout the tri-state area.

Janet Kelly, Treasurer
Volunteer program
I first heard of the JHBG about 20 years ago and I was a “reporter” for The Views first. Then Dan Karatzas asked me to start a Garden Committee to start planting along 37th Avenue. Our most important tool back then was a crowbar for digging out Belgian block and breaking up the concrete-like dirt. I also helped to put financial information together for our accountant. After I became a teacher at Newtown High School, my free time was limited and I withdrew for several years. I rejoined the Board of Directors in 2012 and was elected Treasurer – I am an inactive CPA.  Other than the JHBG, my main interests are our 8 grandchildren, knitting and other needle arts.

John McCaffrey, Jr., Secretary
Town Hall Meetings
HR Director.

Leslie Ellman
Green Agenda for Jackson Heights

Nelida Florez
Classical concerts

Darryl Hoss
Good Neighbor Awards
Health care provider.

Daniel Karatzas
Historic Jackson Heights
Financial planner.

Barbara Kunkle
Data analyst.

Lori Longbothham
Jackson Heights Canine Recreational Wonderland (JHCREW)
Lori Longbotham is a freelance food writer who has lived in Jackson Heights since 1996. Lori is the author of over twenty cookbooks including the notable Luscious Dessert series. A former food editor at Gourmet magazine, she has been a contributing writer for the Dean & Deluca, Williams-Sonoma, and Weight Watchers books, as well as numerous other magazines, newspapers, and food companies. Her career has also included stints as a caterer, private chef, and restaurant chef. Lori is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of American and a founding president of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance. She and her Border Terrier Quid spend as much time as possible at the dog run. You’ll recognize Quid—he’s the one running with a ball in his mouth—while barking.

Carlos MartinezCarlos Martinez
Arts & Culture Programs / Green Agenda for Jackson Heights
Environmentalist, artist and advocate.




Evie McKennaEvie McKenna
Green Agenda for Jackson Heights
Visual Artist, Editor & Educator.





NualaNuala O’Doherty
69th Street Corridor
Assistant DA.
Nuala has lived in Jackson Heights for over 10 years. With children attending PS 222, PS 149 and soon PS 145, she is actively involved in maintaining great local public schools in Jackson Heights. As a passionate gardener she has worked on the tree pits on 37th Avenue, the BQE garden and next is working on the PS 149 Garden. With young kids, she has been an active volunteer on the 78th Street Play Street. Nuala has pushed for a Green Zone along the east side of the BQE. Over the past years, Jackson Heights now has a garden, a small and large dog run and soon a composting center. Many have pushed to increase the amount of public green space in Jackson Heights. Nuala has worked to better maintain and green our existing open space. She has pushed to beautify tree pits, medians and other unused public spaces to truly make Jackson Heights a garden community.

Jim Riccio
Graffiti Busters
Social researcher.

Basil Safos
Holiday Celebrations
Financial Planner.

Doris Derwik Wurgler

Maire Breen