Diane Kaese - Board President
Diane has lived in Jersey City since 1982 and in Paulus Hook since 1986. She has been President, Secretary, and Chair of the Parks Committee of the HPHA. She currently is the chair of the Downtown Construction Committee. Diane has a BS in Architecture from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Weather permitting, Diane rollerblades early on weekend mornings in Liberty State Park. She is always happy to have a companion who can accompany and challenge her!
Andy Siegel - Vice President
Andy moved to Paulus Hook in 1993, and has had a wide career - consumer product marketing executive, real estate developer and local restaurant entrepreneur.
Andy has developed and helps operate three unique restaurant/bars in downtown Jersey City - Satis Bistro, Lucky 7 Tavern and the latest, Raval Tapas Bar & Lounge.
Since 2012, Andy has been President of Liberty Humane Society, the non-profit animal shelter for serves all of Jersey City and Hoboken. Andy is also on the board of the Exchange Place SID (Special Improvement District.). Lauren, Andy’s wife, opened Liberty Pilates in 2013, a personalized Pilates studio in Jersey City. Both of Andy’s twin daughters, Ashley and Mara, live in Jersey City. Ashley is an ER nurse at Jersey City Medical, and Mara is a High School Art Teacher.
Joyce Mathisen - Secretary
Joyce is a recent transplant to Jersey City, moving to Paulus Hook the end of 2015. She quickly became an active member in the HPHA, and is our current Secretary and New Membership Chairperson. She graduated Oswego State with a dual major in Accounting and Art. Then went on to receive her CPA License, and a Masters in Art Education from Hofstra. Joyce and her husband Bob are parents to two wonderful daughters. She loves spending time with family and friends, volunteer work, traveling, art, walking her dog, and being involved in the Paulus Hook Community she now calls home.
Lauren was born and raised in Ramsey, NJ and moved to Paulus Hook in 2012 after falling in love with the neighborhood. She has been an active member of the 77 Hudson Social Committee since her arrival. After spending some time in corporate America, she realized her passion was with animals, not with numbers. In 2014, she dedicated herself to the pets of Paulus Hook and decided to follow her dreams by founding, a pet care and dog walking company. Lauren joined the HPHA to assist in the planning and execution of social events, as well as serve as a community ambassador to help bring the people of Paulus Hook together.
Peter has been a homeowner and resident of Paulus Hook since 2000. He is currently an active member of the Development Oversight Committee. Peter is Founder and President of Stembrook Asset Management, an investment management firm located in downtown Jersey City. Stembrook provides investment counsel and portfolio management to individuals and non-profits. Previously, Peter headed Portfolio Strategy Research at Brown Brothers Harriman. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Finance from Providence College and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Peter is also an avid sailor and regularly competes in local regattas.
Sharad either lived or worked in Jersey City since 1998. Sharad moved with his family into Jersey City in 2006 and into Paulus Hook in 2013. Sharad has Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering and a masters in Computer Science from Pune University, India. Sharad has worked several years with financial giants like JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs but in his heart he has always been an entrepreneur. Sharad is a director in OpenJC, a startup in the social engineering space and played a leadership role in Code For JC. Right now, he has a couple of startups that he is actively involved. He has two kids in local schools and loves to spend time with them. Through HPHA, he would like to offer his humble contribution to make Paulus Hook and JC better.
A resident of Paulus Hook since 2001, Riza has been active in her community and serves as Events Chairperson for the HPHA. Her love for the pets in the neighborhood sparked the Annual Halloween Pet Parade in October 2008. With her passion for cooking, Riza organizes the annual Fall Feast for the HPHA. Her personal goal as a member of the Board is to assist in organizing events that will bring new and current residents together to continue to progress the quality of life in Paulus Hook. A certified personal chef and Contract Sales Representative, Riza shares her life with her husband Adam, and their aussiedoodle Jake. Weekends will often find her haunting Chinatown for elusive cooking ingredients.
Although Vincent was born and raised in Brooklyn NY, he has been working in Jersey City for over 25 years has been a resident of Paulus Hook since 2009. He joined the HPHA to get involved in his neighborhood. He provides transportation and logistics for HPHA events. Vincent is chairman of the police committee, attends the police meetings and provides updates on what's happening in the neighborhood. Vincent owns VJ Delivery Service, Inc., a commercial moving and storage company, and Arthur Digianno Inc., an office furniture installation company. He has been in the industry for more than 30 years and is the third generation of his family in the same business. Vincent is a wine enthusiast and is an avid fisherman who spends most of his free time on the water.
Ann Kaufman Webster
After living in Manhattan for over 3 decades, Ann Kaufman Webster and her family moved to Paulus Hook last year without regrets! A design and construction professional who now runs such projects at the Brooklyn Museum, Ann has also worked in architectural firms, museums, and CUNY. She spends free time in Liberty State Park and on a rural property in Warren County, New Jersey with 25 beehives. She is also trained as a fine art appraiser. Ann is interested in environmental, transportation and building issues in Paulus Hook and Jersey City’s resiliency in the face of global climate change.
Andrew is an Assistant Prosecutor with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City. He previously clerked for a federal judge in Newark. Born and raised in Mount Holly, NJ, Andrew graduated from Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School. He is excited to serve on the HPHA Board and to help amplify the voice of our community!
Faith Black Ross
Faith has been a Jersey City resident since 2005 (about a month before NY Magazine called it the cool new place to live). A one-woman Jersey City tourism board, she has since convinced over a dozen people (including her husband) to move here. Faith studied at Williams College, Rutgers University, and Oxford University, earning both a BA and MA in English. She now works as a book editor from her home office here in Paulus Hook with the able help of the littlest editorial assistants, her son and mildly recalcitrant cat. When she and her husband moved to Paulus Hook in 2015, they were excited to get more involved in this wonderful neighborhood and with HPHA and are looking forward to being a part of the community for many years to come.
Emmanuel A. Simon
Emmanuel A. Simon moved with his wife to Paulus Hook in 2009 and has for many years talked about Jersey City as 'NYC’s Biggest Secret'. Well the secret is out, and Emmanuel has taken an active role in building his family here and in developing the technology sector as a resident serial entrepreneur, after working for companies like Code and Theory and Apple, Inc. He is a founding partner of Open JC, as well as leader of the Code for Jersey City brigade (the largest volunteer community of technologists in NJ). This rocket scientist has a B.Sc in Aerospace Science Engineering from Tuskegee University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Always aware of the next big thing, Emmanuel is either building or experimenting with something new. Emmanuel has over 15 years of experience globally in technology education and just over 4 yrs orchestrating ‘Daddy’s Hi-Tech Daycare’ for their children.
Fred joined the board in 2013 to enhance the quality of life in Paulus Hook. Fred is interested in learning more about Paulus Hook’s long and rich history and the vibrant and diverse community of today. Fred is originally from Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa. As a resident of Paulus Hook since 2007, Fred plans to leverage his 20 years of experience in online technology as a member of the website committee. As an artist, he hopes to see you out dancing Argentine Tango with him to support efforts to redesign the Paulus Hook Park.
Regan has lived in New Jersey since 1998. He sold his house in the "burbs" and moved to Paulus Hook in 2016. Regan is a graduate of Northwestern University and has spent his entire career in the apparel industry launching and managing Children's businesses for design houses such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, and Esprit. Regan and his wife Laurie are the parents of 3 grown children and the grandparents of 1. Regan spends his spare time exploring the Jersey City art community, learning how to sail at the Manhattan Yacht Club here in Jersey City, and running on the boardwalk.
Regan and Laurie were drawn to Paulus Hook for its charm, diversity, and small community feel. By joining the HPHA board Regan hopes to contribute to maintaining the integrity of the neighborhood as growth and development in the area burgeons.