Executive Board Members
Matthew Hanson – President
Jennifer Wohl – Vice President
Kevin “Coco” Galownia – Secretary
Melissa Patterson – Treasurer
Roger Green – Vice President – Governance
Bari Buiso – Board Member
Nick Barbati – Volunteer Coordinator
Felix Ciattarelli – Board Member
Glen Kasper – Board Member
Kari Osmond – Government and Community Outreach
Ryan C. Segura – Board Member
Graham Lundeen – Board Member
Lydia Thomas McAllister – Board Member
Chip Luck – Pride Fair Coordinator
Daniel Brooks – Director of the New Hope History Project
Elisa Fusco – High Heel Drag Race Coordinator
Gordon Pulaski – Graphics & Creative Direction
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born 12-17-64 owner and G.M. Of Value Towing & Rigging Corp. Lover of New Hope and ALL it’s inhabitants. Moved to New Hope 8 years ago after making it his hangout for 26 years. Loves being a part of one of the greatest communities the world has to offer. Doesn’t know how to read e-mails but answers text instantly. Loves the shore and collecting old cars. Loves his Daughter Tayler Jean and raised her knowing the love of New Hope. Engaged to a pretty fly for a white chick Lauren Speis. Will do anything for a friend and sometimes stranger in need. Loves V.O Jameson and Rufino Ducale and when he drinks enough can be a barrel of laughs or a boat load of apology tours. Former race car driver with 5 wins and one close indictment. Proud American and the guy that screams USA! Every chance he gets. Proud to be a member of New Hope Celebrates and all the awesomeness it provides. USA ??
Ryan currently teaches writing at The College of New Jersey and works for River Valley Realty. Prior to that, he worked as an editor at The Wall Street Journal.
He was born and raised in Utah and then moved to New Jersey in 1993. After living between Virginia for college, Connecticut for graduate school, and various places in New Jersey, he and his husband Scott finally settled in Lambertville in 2016 with their Animal Alliance rescue pups, Duke and Princess.
In addition to working with New Hope Celebrates, Ryan also co-founded and organizes the New Hope/Lambertville LGBTQ Book Club and hosts a bi-weekly tabletop game night.
If he’s not showing a house, grading papers, or rolling dice, he’s often found with his face buried in a book or planning his next vacation while enjoying a beer at one of the many amazing bars in our awesome towns.
Graham is a skilled bartender and server with over 10 years of experience in the Restaurant Industry. He currently works at Martine’s Riverhouse in New Hope and Jake’s Restaurant and Bar in Flemington, NJ. Graham has a diverse background in theatre, biology, peer education, sex education, and fundraising.
Despite being a more recent addition to the New Hope/Lambertville community, Graham visited the area frequently as a teenager and adult. The overwhelming message of love and acceptance projected by the community inspired him to volunteer with New Hope Celebrates and dedicate himself to maintaining and fostering growth in a healthy LGBTQ+ identity in New Hope and Lambertville.
Graham grew up in Hunterdon County, has lived in Michigan and Ewing, and currently resides in Stockton, NJ with his two cats, Freddy and Roger.
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 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.
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.