Len Maniace, President
Tree LC, Green Agenda for Jackson Heights and Communications Committee 

Journalist / editor / writer

Len and his wife Barbara Monteiro moved to in Jackson Heights in 1988 and have two sons, Daniel and Nicholas. He started volunteering with Friends of Travers Park committee when park was in terrible shape and eventually came to lead it. Len brought the Greenmarket to Jackson Heights in 2000 and started the Summer Sundays in the Park performance series in 2004.
He initiated JHBG’s Green Agenda for Jackson Heights, a community environmental planning effort that held a series of visioning sessions in English, Spanish and Bengali, attracting more than 400 people. The project highlighted the need for more park space and demonstrated community support for pedestrian plazas and green transportation and composting. Along with his presidential duties, Len leads our street care and assist with our communication efforts. His wants JHBG to make Jackson Heights the city’s greenest and friendliest neighborhood for all members of our diverse community.

Nuala Nuala O’Doherty, First Vice President
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.


John McCaffrey, Jr., Second Vice President
Town Hall MeetingsHR Director.

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.

Edwin Westley, Secretary

Leslie Ellman
Heads Friends of Travers Park
NYC public schools administrator

Daniel Karatzas
Historic Jackson Heights
Financial planner.

Barbara Kunkle
Data analyst.

Evie McKenna

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

Jim Riccio

Graffiti Busters
Social researcher.

Doris Derwik Wurgler

Patricia Glunt (Jackson Heights Orchestra)

Rodrigo Salazar

Julia McInnis

Melissa Zavala

Susan Latham

Maire Breen