Staff/Board

Executive Director Ron Hine, a founding member of FBW, currently serves as its Executive Director. He helped lead the successful 1990 and 1992 Hoboken waterfront referenda that defeated an ill-conceived development scheme for Hoboken’s South Waterfront. He then led the organization as it developed its own plan for the waterfront, the centerpiece of which is a continuous, public waterfront park that is today largely built. He has been instrumental in forming a number of other nonprofit organizations including People for Open Government in Hoboken. His work over the last four decades includes extensive experience working with nonprofits, government agencies and community based organizations throughout Hudson County, New Jersey and in New York City. He began his working career in the 1970s as a community organizer.

Kathryn Valenta is a fundraising volunteer. Kathryn has fifteen years of experience in arts administration, including three years in a management position at a Lincoln Center constituent organization, three years in a management position with a major symphony orchestra, and five years in a senior staff position with a prominent festival orchestra. She obtained her graduate level studies in cultural sociology, extensive background in classical music. Kathryn has the highest respect for those involved in the creation and production of great performances.

Donna K. Ramer, owner of Strategcations, Inc., is a pro-bono media consultant assisting FBW with marketing coordination and outreach. She honed her communications and business-building skills at a number of prestigious public relations agencies, is an award-winning communications professional who specializes in driving client businesses and building positive corporate, association and product reputations. With more than three decades of experience, Donna’s communications expertise spans the continuum of industries, most notably within the healthcare, pharmaceutical, consumer product, technology and non-profit sectors. She was named one of the PharmaVOICE 100 Most Inspiring People in Healthcare, one of PR Week’s Top 50 Healthcare Agency Executives and the 2005 recipient of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) STAR award.

Diane Thibault is a graphic designer assisting FBW with designing marketing materials. As the Arts Director of Greene Street Creative, she has led a wide variety of projects from branding, brochure systems, exhibition and environmental graphics to web design and digital campaigns. Modern, clean and timeless, her aesthetic is grounded by the belief that good design enhances the world. Notable clients are Knoll, the Guggenheim Museum and Crate & Barrel. For twenty-five years, Diane has used her design and typography skills to create highly readable, captivating work that distills the essence of the client’s message into a variety of ever evolving graphic media.

Ron Hine leading tour

FBW’s Ron Hine in Pier A Park leading a waterfront tour.

FBW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

James Vance, President, Partner, Vance & Engles Aircraft Brokers, Inc.
Carrow Thibault, Secretary, Architect, C Thibault Architect
Monica Pollock, Treasurer, Staff Accountant, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Nicholas Borg, President, Pelham Partners, LLC
Heather Gibbons, Video Producer, Paddy Films
Ron Hine, FBW Executive Director
Ines Garcia Keim, Customer Service, United Airlines
Aaron Lewit, Consultant to nonprofit low-income housing programs
Brad Miller, Civil Engineer and Planner
Augusta Przygoda, Emeritus Board Member
Christopher Welsh, Architect, Christopher Welsh Architects
David White, Attorney, Pashman Stein