The NHC Team

Executive Board Members
Matthew Hanson – President
Roger Green – Vice President
Kevin “Coco” Galownia – Secretary
Melissa Patterson – Treasurer

Board Members
Bari Buiso – Events Coordinator
Nick Barbati – Volunteer Coordinator
Felix Ciattarelli – Board Member
Glen Kasper – Board Member
Kari Osmond – Government and Community Outreach
Gordon Pulaski – Creative Director
Sharon Fronabarger – Director of Leadership Development
Jennifer Wohl – Board Member & Events Advisor

Committee Leaders
Chip Luck – Pride Fair Coordinator
Daniel Brooks – Director of the New Hope History Project
Elisa Fusco – High Heel Drag Race Coordinator

Special Contributors
Geri Delevich – Former Board Member
Robert Szwajkos – NHC Attorney at large

Photographers at Large
Sandy Santello, Photographer
Steven Harris Photography
Scott Drake Photography, PGN
Christine Wohl Ramirez, Photographer
Gordon Nieburg – Bucks County Herald

Past Board Members 2016 – 2019
Ryan Fuller
Michael Scott
Trish Dash

Executive Board Members

Matthew Hanson - President

Matt is a Vice President in Retail at the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union. He has been working there since 2016, focusing on team development and member services. Prior to that, he worked at Santander Bank, PNC, Wells Fargo and TD Bank in various leadership and management positions.

He grew up in Ringoes, NJ and moved to Lambertville in 2014. He often visited Lambertville and New Hope as a teen because it was a place where he could be embraced for who he was. Matt loves the welcoming, supportive and “funky” vibe of the area.

Matt joined the Board of New Hope Celebrates in 2016 and was the Vice President. He became the President in July 2017. He is dedicated to keeping the towns LGBT friendly and increasing services to the LGBT community. He is involved with New Hope Celebrates’ projects including I am New Hope, the New Hope History Project and PRIDE events. He is looking forward to the success of these projects and bringing businesses and visitors to our towns.
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Roger Green - Vice President

Roger founded Roger Green & Associates, Inc. in 1991 and serves as their President and CEO. For over 25 years, they have designed and championed marketing research and tools to promote greater understanding of what drives value in the healthcare markets. Roger was the primary developer of Dynamic Practice Simulation, the first system for simulating patient treatment in future markets.

He also founded the Health Payor Council which is the first online marketing research community for US health insurers. Roger is also the past President of the Pharmaceutical Marketing Research Group. He was the 2008 recipient of the R.R. Fordyce Award for leaders in the marketing research industry. Roger has sat on numerous editorial boards, written industry publications and lectured at universities.

Roger joined the Board of New Hope Celebrates in 2015 and is now the Vice President. He also chairs the Business Development Team. A past President of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce, Roger has lived and worked in the community for 12 years. He lives with his wife Enid.
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Kevin “Coco” Galownia - Secretary

Kevin has worked at Teva Pharmaceuticals since 2007 and is now the head of US Generic Pricing. He is also a member of Teva PRIDE, a group that promotes and encourages a safe and diverse work environment regardless of one’s sexual orientation. Before working at Teva, Kevin was employed at Cadista Pharmaceuticals, Sandoz and Cardinal Health.

He has a BA in International Finance and Spanish from Bethany College in West Virginia and a MBA in Corporate Financial Management from Ohio State University. Desiring to celebrate diverse cultures from a young age, Kevin studied abroad in Ecuador as a high school exchange student and spent a college semester in Spain.

Kevin moved to Lambertville, NJ in 2014, where he lives with his partner Mark and their three cats, Button, Tucker and Cooper. He loves the diversity of the Lambertville/ New Hope area. He loves running, reading and travelling to Provincetown, Key West and London. Kevin loves going to Karla’s restaurant in New Hope, PA. He says he can always be counted on for a sassy comment and lots of laughs.
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Melissa Patterson - Treasurer

Melissa Patterson is an Associate Director with a large pharmaceutical company in northern New Jersey.  Prior to this, Melissa was employed with Publicis Health and a chapter lead for their LGBTQ business resource organization which is committed to enhancing the company’s reputation as an employer of choice for LGBT employees and allies by promoting equality in the workplace and supporting the LGBT community. Through that experience she was able to volunteer for the GLAAD Media Awards, support fundraising for the Trevor Project and attended the 2018 Out & Equal conference in Seattle, WA.

Melissa has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in both Accounting & Finance from Millersville University and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Melissa met her wife, Karen at a LGBTQ event at the former Cartwheel in New Hope. They were married at Lambertville Station in 2008 and ultimately moved to Lambertville in 2017. She has a deep love for this area as she has never felt so safe and comfortable being her authentic self as she does here and finds herself telling her wife, “I love where we live” on a regular basis.  She is committed to this organization and helping it to grow and continue its success.

 

Board Members

Nick Barbati

Nick Barbati

Nick is the Associate Dean of Campus Life for Rider University, a school he has called home for the past 16 years as both a student and staff member.  Nick has specialized in event management including introducing many new events and traditions to the campus as well as serving as the manager of The Rider Pub.  In his current role, Nick oversees campus activities, fraternity & sorority life, student involvement, and the campus radio station.

Aside from his passion for student development, Nick has been an active member of the LGBTQ entertainment industry as a cast member of LOGO TV’s Finding Prince Charming – America’s first all-gay dating show as well as an actor in the off-Broadway show My Big Gay Italian Funeral and currently tours in performances of My Big Gay Italian Wedding.

Nick fell in love with New Hope at first sight in 2011 and has actively participated in community events ever since.  He is a professional wrestling enthusiast and lover of Broadway and Madonna.

Felix Ciattarelli

Felix Ciattarelli
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Gordon Pulaski

Gordon Pulaski - Marketing and Creative Director

Marketing and Creative Director

Gordon studied Communication Design at the Parson School of Design in New York. He designs digital graphics for a wide variety of organizations and works with several LGBT marketing and tourism groups. He is a master at brand building and creating exciting marketing solutions and social media campaigns.

His studio offers Mac based solutions using the latest Adobe products and services offered in the Creative Cloud Suite. These include, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Muse. He creates websites with Muse by Adobe.

Gordon is a longtime resident of New Hope and has also lived in Fort Lauderdale, Key West and Montana. He joined New Hope Celebrates in 2009, bringing his creative force. He has been instrumental in the development and deployment of New Hope Celebrates’ brand and marketing.
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Kari Osmond

Government & Community Outreach

Kari is the District Director for Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in New Jersey’s 12th. Congressional District. Bonnie Watson Coleman is the first African American woman in Congress from New Jersey. Kari was previously Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, New Jersey’s first openly gay Assembly member. She is currently the Regional Vice Chair of Hunterdon County’s Democratic Committee.

She holds a degree in Women and Gender Studies from the College of New Jersey. She was the Mid- Atlantic Regional Director for the Young Democrats of America’s LGBT Caucus in New Jersey, Vice-President of Mercer County Democrats and is currently a member of New Jersey’s Democratic LGBT Caucus. Kari was appointed to the Advisory Board of the New Leaders Council in New Jersey and was appointed to the Executive Board of Garden State Equality. They are New Jersey’s largest civil rights organization for the LGBT community.

Kari is a new homeowner in Lambertville, NJ with her WIFE! Julia and her half blind cat, Randall. She serves as the Mayor’s liaison to Lambertville’s Human Rights Council. Contact Kari

 


Glen Kasper

Glen Kasper

Glen is the owner of Storm Studios, an advertising and TV production company.   Prior to that he worked at Walt Disney Studios and CBS and is a member of the Directors Guild of America.

Glen grew up outside the New Hope area, but visited often, and had a dream of opening a studio one day in New Hope, and 2 years ago moved back from Los Angeles to do so.

Over the years Glen has helped produce the GLAAD Media Awards in LA & NY and started a LGBTQ community organization and newsletter in Laguna Beach, CA, and is looking forward to working with the team at New Hope Celebrates.


Sharon Fronabarger

Director of Leadership Development

Sharon has been in the Human Resource field for 20 years, with experience at Bloomberg LP and Johnson & Johnson. She is currently the Head of Diversity & Inclusion in Global Accountability and Metrics for Johnson and Johnson Enterprise. She has a BS in Finance and Psychology from the College of New Jersey and has her GPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.

Sharon is a recognized leader able to achieve results others believed to be impossible. Her belief in the power of people to create change and create inclusive environments has led to her success. Sharon is currently the Equality Ambassador for New Hope Celebrates and previously served as the Board Secretary, Vice President and President, continuing to drive change. She has lived in New Hope, PA over 20 years and has been actively involved with the community supporting local businesses and events.

She is a certified scuba-diver and dog-lover. She enjoys life with her partner Tara and her home on Stoney Hill Rd. is known for its amazing Christmas display each year.
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Jennifer Wohl

Special Events Advisor

Jennifer is currently the manager of The Hattery Stove & Still Bar and Restaurant in Doylestown, PA. She has also been the promoter of the Miss Gay Pennsylvania USofA Pageant, winning “Promoter of the Year” and “Preliminary of the Year” within the USofA competition.

She has been a New Hope resident for 22 years. Jennifer has been involved with New Hope Celebrates since its inception in 2003. She served as the PRIDE Parade & Fair Chairperson for 8 years. During that time, the parade has grown in attendance from 1,000 to almost 17,000 in 2016. Participants expanded from 100 to over 500 during that time.

Jennifer has been an active member of the community. She is currently the Co-Chair for the annual post parade PRIDE Fair that takes place in the center of town with entertainment and food and craft vendors.


Daniel Brooks

Dan Brooks

New Hope Celebrates Founder and Director of the New History Project

Dan is a licensed psychoanalyst with a private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York. He is also on the staff of the National Institute for Psychotherapies in New York, the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health and Identity House. He is also a part-time staffer for the New York Post’s News Corps and is working on professional publications. Dan is also the owner of the Wishing Well Bed & Breakfast in New Hope, PA.

Dan holds a master’s degree from Fordham University and is a two-time graduate of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, both in New York.

He founded New Hope Celebrates in 2003, based on the need for a volunteer LGBT organization that would serve the community and promote tourism. New Hope Celebrates has since won the 2012 Bucks County Landmark Towns “Best Multi-Event Award” for its parade.

He is currently the director of New Hope Celebrates’ LGBT History Archive, co-founded in 2010 with Sara Scully. Dan attributes the success of the organization to the dedication and diverse talents of its members.


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