John Green Preservation Coalition Board Members
The board of the JGPC consists of residents from a variety of backgrounds and expertise who all believe that "restore, remember and reuse" describes the best path forward for the John Green House. They are listed below in alphabetical order following the JGPC President.
Winston C. Perry (Jr.), President - After a 50-year career as an architect, Mr. Perry is devoting his time in retirement to local history and historic preservation. A lifetime resident of Nyack, he is a member of the Rockland County Historic Preservation Board, Village Historian of Upper Nyack and Trustee of the Historical Society of the Nyacks. A life-long small boat sailor on the Hudson, he is especially interested in Hudson River history.
Lisa Buckley - <more info coming>
Shakira Chin - Ms. Chin has been in Hospitality Management for over 25 years. She has always had a deep love and appreciation for historic, character filled homes. She is elated and adheres to the vision of seeing the John Green House completed. Through her unquenchable love for art, music, history and the outdoors, she has spent her weekends for many years in the Nyack area, to where giving back in the community is her driving force. Ms. Chin serves on the committee of The Great Nyack Get Together and is a member of the Nyack Art Collective.
Claudia Cooney - Ms. Cooney grew up in Nyack where she developed a love of old houses that continues today in her professional role as a historic preservationist in New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley, as a member of Rockland County's Historic Preservation Board, and involvement in local preservation efforts.
Ben Falchuk - Mr. Falchuk is a computer scientist and longtime resident of Upper Nyack where he and his spouse are raising a daughter. He has contributed to many benevolent and creative initiatives in the region and is interested in the intersections of art, science, and community. He holds a Ph.D. in computer engineering and is a published author.
Janet Hamlin - Ms. Hamlin is an artist who has worked in a variety of creative fields; with the Associated Press as a visual journalist/court artist covering the tribunals in Guantanamo Bay from 2006-2020, a freelance illustrator for over 30 years, and is currently working as a scenic artist in the entertainment industry for TV and films. She has been a past board member at the Nyack Community Center, and has helped run a non-profit figure drawing venue via Hopper House since 2008 to present. She has a love and appreciation for Nyack and it’s colorful history, of which the John Green House is part of. She believes there is great potential to renovate the home and make it a welcoming community space for Nyack. It’s a rare and historic structure that has weathered hundreds of years- with the hope of many more.
Jennifer Rothschild - Ms. Rothschild is an avid preservationist with a background in law who has served on many boards and committees in this field. She is currently vice-Chair of the Closter (NJ) Historic Preservation Commission, Secretary and trustee of the Historical Society of Rockland, and Chair of the “Friends of the Lustron” group that operates the Hess Lustron house museum. She works for the National Trust for Historic Preservation at Lyndhurst.
Kayla Sharp - Ms. Sharp has long had a love for Nyack, and hopes to give back to the village by making the John Green House a place to remember our historic past, and to help create a vibrant future for our community. In addition to serving as the Treasurer of the John Green House Preservation Coalition from the start, Ms. Sharp has served on the boards of The Nyack Parks Conservancy, Nyack MusicWorks, and on the executive committee of The Nyack Hunger Coalition as well as the steering committee of The Great Nyack Get-Together since their inceptions.
Robert (Chris) Sorensen - Mr. Sorensen has lived in an 1800’s sandstone house in Rockland County’s New City since 1985 and has been a college professor of political science for over 40 years. To Mr. Sorensen the loss of Rockland's Dutch Sandstone buildings has been a source of disappointment over what is gone and inspiration to save what is left.
Gini Stolldorf - Ms. Stolldorf has lived in Nyack for many years. She has a teaching background and taught in Rockland. She has always been interested in history and has served on Boards of local history organizations. She is a tour guide for some historical sites in the area.
Rev. Bebb Wheeler Stone - Ms. Stone, PhD. is a retired Presbyterian minister. She lives in the Village of Nyack and seeks to support community-backed redevelopment such as the Riverwalk, including the John Green House as a destination. She also serves as a Trustee of the Nyack Public Library and is a member of the Garden Club of Nyack.
John Green Preservation Coalition Advisory Board
The JGPC benefits from an esteemed Advisory Board comprised of:
Bill Batson - nyacknewsandviews.com columnist; artist, activist
Mary Cardenas - Historian of the Town of Orangetown; Director of Orangetown Museum
Kim Cross - Executive Director of Nyack Center
Andrew Fuge - Vice President Lloyds Bank, PLC, New York City
John Patrick Schutz - Historian of the Village of Nyack; realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty
Clare Sheridan - Co-chair Preservation Committee of the Historical Society of Rockland County; broadcaster, writer, historian