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.

Mike Anderson provides technical support in addition to database administration and management. Mike is the CEO and founder of MEA Strategic Solutions, LLC. MEA is a business focused technology consulting, executive search, and staff augmentation firm. With offices in Hoboken, NJ, Houston, Chicago and Austin, MEA’s clients include global construction companies, consumer products companies, major retailers, and international restaurant chains.

Prior to founding MEA, Mr. Anderson was Chief Information Officer for several major public and private retailers throughout the United States. An author of several books and dozens of technical articles, Mr. Anderson holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Indiana University and is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Navy.

Jessica Mathelier is the Administrative Associate, providing services in donor relation management, fundraising, event planning and grant research. She majored in communication Studies and minored in Business Marketing at The College of New Jersey. Ms. Mathelier is the founder of Wavelength Communication, a consulting firm offering services in Communications, Public Relations, Event Planning, Grant Writing, Social Media Strategies and Web design for artists, small businesses in addition to arts-centered and economic development non-profit organizations.

Jessica partnered with Creative New Jersey, ValleyArts, Inc. and HANDS, Inc. to spearhead marketing campaigns, city-wide festivals and community programs that engaged over 5,000 stakeholders in Essex County, NJ. Her professional grant writing experience extends to winning national awards on behalf of grassroots organizations in the New York metropolitan area.

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.

Ron Hine leading tour

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

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.

Emmanuel Morgen assists FBW as an outreach volunteer and sits on the Special Events Committee. As an agent at Stonestrong publishing company, Emmanuelle represents adult and children’s fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction in the areas of memoir, psychology, sociology, and popular science. Previously she was an agent at Judith Ehrlich Literary and Wendy Sherman Associates, and an editor at Fodor’s, the travel division of Random House. She enjoys developing long-term relationships with her clients, working closely with them to build their literary careers. On May 2, 2015 Emmanuelle Morgen and two fellow Hoboken residents plan to open Little City Books, a new, general-interest bookstore in Hoboken. The store will feature a substantial children’s section, as well as literary fiction, memoir, history, local interest, cooking and art sections.

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.


James Vance, President, Partner, Vance & Engles Aircraft Brokers, Inc.
David White, Secretary, Attorney, Pashman Stein
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, Civic Activist
Christopher Welsh, Architect, Christopher Welsh Architects