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
Attorney / Gardener

Nuala has lived in Jackson Heights for over 15 years. With children who have attended PS 222, PS 149, IS 145, and IS 230,     Nuala is an education advocate and is on the District 30 Community Education Council.  She is actively involved in                 . maintaining great local public schools in Jackson Heights.  As a passionate gardener she has worked on the local school gardens at PS 149, PS 280, PS 92, PS 69, IS 145 and IS 230.  She has been working for years on improving the “green zone” along 69th Street between 37th Avenue and Northern Blvd. Nuala leads a group of volunteers every Saturday from April to Thanksgiving gardening around Jackson Heights.  She has worked with different groups around the community to install tree gardens around street trees.  She has worked to truly make Jackson Heights a garden community for all by turning all our greens spaces into small gardens.  Nuala believes in building community and there is no better way of setting roots into a community than to garden.

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

Edwin Westley, Secretary

Edwin Westley is a past president of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group.  He has been a long-time community leader.




joe brunkenJoe Brunken, Accountant

Joseph Brunken runs Garden Heights Property Management, Inc. on 37th Avenue.  Not only does he manage many local properties, but he also keeps the books for the Jackson Heights Beautification Group.  After thirty years in the financial services industry – holding senior positions at such firms as Chase, Institutional Investor, Nikko Capital Management, Mutual of America and Amalgamated Bank – Joe turned to his life-long interest in real estate and launched Garden Heights Property Management (GHPM) to serve the needs of unique small co-op’s.


Leslie Ellman

NYC public schools administrator



Patricia Glunt  

Conductor of the Jackson Heights Orchestra

A retired music educator is hoping to hit the right note with a community orchestra in Queens. Long-time Jackson Heights resident and violinist Patricia Glunt, 58, is launching the Jackson Heights Orchestra, comprised of more than two-dozen local musicians.


Daniel Karatzas
Historic Jackson Heights
Financial planner.


Barbara Kunkle
Data analyst.


Evie McKenna

Visual Artist, Editor & Educator.

Evie McKenna is an artist/educator/environmentalist who wants to see Jackson Heights continue to be a great place to live and work for all in the community. She is a gardener, master composter, fundraiser, planner and all around JHBG board helper. Her particular interests are to garden all of our public spaces that are under the radar and make these pockets of green possible along with raising awareness of the arts in Jackson Heights – especially JHBG projects.


Jim Riccio

Graffiti Busters
Social researcher.


MarthaMartha Sanchez
Education Advocate

Martha Sanchez is a dynamic public education advocate.  Martha is currently a member of Community Education Council 30 and is on the School Leadership Tem for IS 145.  She has been the PTA President at PS 92.  Martha, worked with Make the Road New York, has persuaded the city to build new public schools to our neighborhood.  Martha will work on educating and empowering parents to improve our local public schools.


Doris Derwik Wurgler


Melissa Zavala

Professor / Composter

Melissa grew up in Jackson Heights and has been a volunteer gardener and composter for over a decade.  She is one of the volunteers in charge of maintaining our neighborhood’s composting center, JH-SCRAPS.


Maire Breen