Board Members

Diane Kaese, 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!

Jennifer Wagner, Treasurer

Jennifer currently serves as the Treasurer of the HPHA.  She has lived in Paulus Hook since 2003 and has been involved in the HPHA for most of that time.  She has been in the asset management industry for over 25 years and is currently the Director of Traditional Investments at ICG Capital Group.  When not working, she enjoys riding her horse and walking her dog, Bristol. 

Peter D'Agati

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.

Stephanie Daniels

Stephanie has been active in the Paulus Hook neighborhood and Jersey City politics almost since she stepped ashore in 1990. She is an Emmy Award-winning television producer, director, animator and visual artist who is currently the city’s creative director. Among things, she wrangles the city website and film office. Stephanie also serves on the Nimbus Dance Board of Directors.

Lidia Gabinelli

Lidia Gabinelli and her husband, Kevin, moved to Paulus Hook in 2016 as happy empty nesters from Bridgewater, New Jersey. A realtor since 1985 she is currently the Broker Manager of Keller Williams City Life Jersey City, The Bayonne Office, serving northern and central New Jersey and specifically Somerset, Hunterdon, Union, Middlesex and Hudson County. ​Lidia feels fortunate daily looking at Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, The New York Skyline and the Hudson River. She is delighted to enjoy living here among the high rises, light rail, historic buildings, shops, art, culture, and city life. Exercising and taking brisk walks to Liberty State Park and along the Waterfront are a big part of her life along with working, cooking, baking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Riza Hunger

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.

Vincent Jacaruso

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.

Roseanna Petruzzelli

Ro was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and has lived in various cities from New York to Los Angeles.  But when she moved to Paulus Hook in 1998 she fell in love with this little hamlet, so much so that she and her husband Phil purchased and rehabilitated a beautiful brownstone making it their home.   After retiring from a successful career on Wall Street she became a local real estate agent assisting others in discovering the hidden treasures of Jersey City.  She also held an appointed position on the Planning Board for over 10 years, is an active member of Our Lady of Czestochowa and has been involved in HPHA since moving to the neighborhood.  Ro and Phil make wine at their home and have begun a neighborhood tradition on Halloween of sharing their award-winning wine with their Paulus Hook neighbors, it’s become a ‘must stop’ on this very busy and exciting night. 


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