Our People

North Brooklyn Parks Alliance was born out of the environmental justice movements of the 1980s and 90s. Many of the forebears of those movements make up or inspire our board, staff, and volunteers.

Nayshawn Cummings has worked with NBK Parks as a member of our gounds crew since July 2022. He likes helping to keep North Brooklyn safe and clean for all to enjoy, and thinks Under the K Bridge Park looks particularly nice when the colorful lights on the Kosciuszko Bridge turn on at night. A native New Yorker, Nayshawn grew up in Bed Stuy and then moved to Cooper Houses in Williamsburg about five years ago. When he’s not working, he pursues hobbies including streaming his video game play on Twitch and jam skating (dancing on roller skates) with his friends. If you want to know more, Nayshawn says you’ll have to get to know him!

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_Nayshawn Cummings

Gerard Beauchamp is a Grounds Crew member at North Brooklyn Parks Alliance. His favorite part of the job is helping to keep park plants alive and thriving through consistent watering. Gerard was born and raised in North Brooklyn and growing up he spent a lot of time at McCarren Park—at the pool, on the track, and playing handball. Now, he likes that his job is having a positive impact on people using north Brooklyn’s parks today—including his grandson who is learning to skateboard and utilizes the skate park at Under the K. When Gerard isn’t busy with work or with his four children and grandson, he and his wife like to ride motorcycles.

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_Gerard Beauchamp

John Altyn joined North Brooklyn Parks Alliance as Director of Horticulture in June of 2022. For John, this role is a return to his roots: he was born and raised right here in Greenpoint, and his grandfather—a horticulturist from Poland—taught John to care for plants in their backyard garden.

After studying at Pratt, John moved to LA in 1990 to pursue multiple creative endeavors including partnering with renowned animator Virgil Ross on a successful limited edition series of cartoon drawings. In 1993, Warner Bros. commissioned the duo to create a drawing for President Bill Clinton, the cel of which is now housed in the collection of the Clinton Presidential Library. John also composed music for horror movies including the second, third and fourth installments of the cult classic ‘Sleepaway Camp.’

After living in the urban sprawl of Los Angeles for several years, John decided to make a drastic shift. He bought property on 40 acres of old-growth forest in Michigan and lived there for a little over a decade—eschewing modern technological conveniences like phones, computers, and television. Instead, he dedicated himself to caring for nature and planted over 450 varieties of maple trees on his property. John has written a book about his experience titled: ‘Maples on the Pond Nature Preserve: A World of Swirling Colors.’

In addition to his experience in animation, music composition, and land stewardship, John also has a background in journalism, art curation, as well as bonsai cultivation and education.

Now as Director of Horticulture at NBK Parks, John has come full circle and is currently working on planting 150 maples at Under the K Bridge Park! You can reach him at john@nbkparks.org.

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_John Altyn

Dylan Brown began volunteering with NBK Parks in January 2022, then joined the staff as the Outreach & Program Coordinator in June 2022. In his current role, Dylan is mainly focused on supporting North Brooklyn Open Streets Coalition in its efforts to increase the amount of public space within the neighborhood. Dylan is grateful to have the opportunity to work towards a greener North Brooklyn!

Originally a native New Yorker, Dylan completed a degree in Urban Planning in Philadelphia—and then came right back to Brooklyn to apply his talents. When he’s not working, you can catch Dylan biking around the city, browsing in a record store, or hanging on the waterfront taking in the views (which are best in Brooklyn).

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_Dylan Brown

Edwin Hernandez joined North Brooklyn Parks Alliance in spring 2022 as the Operations Manager. Born and raised in Cooper Houses, Edwin has seen firsthand how under-utilized industrial sites in Greenpoint and Williamsburg—like Under the K Bridge Park—can be transformed into vibrant community spaces. Outside of his role at NBK Parks, Edwin is an accomplished creative fiction writer and has self-published more than a dozen short stories!

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_Edwin Hernandez

A non-profit communications & marketing professional, Sara Morgan (she/they) was born in NYC, but grew up in the Bay Area, California where they developed a deep appreciation for nature, open space, and parks.

Sara relocated back to NYC after receiving a BA in Art History from Oberlin College in 2014 and worked in external affairs at several non-profit arts organizations including Socrates Sculpture Park and Center for Book Arts.

They were thrilled to join the staff of North Brooklyn Parks Alliance as Communications Manager in summer 2022. At NBK Parks, Sara works to amplify the stories of essential open spaces in Greenpoint and Williamsburg across digital and print channels.

Outside of work, Sara is taking aerial silks classes, visiting NYC’s many wonderful arts institutions, and enjoying the city’s parks.

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_Sara Morgan

Born and raised on the Southside of Williamsburg, Tony has always loved the outdoors. Spending most of his young life hanging out on the Waterfront or walking endless miles around New York City.

Before joining NBK Parks as part of the Green Team, Tony spent several years in Wyoming at Yellowstone National Park. When not fly fishing or hiking, he learned a great deal about natural habitats and conservation.

You can find Tony most days in the garden beds at Under the K.

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_Tony Perez

Katie Denny Horowitz became Executive Director of NBK Parks in May 2019. She brings nearly two decades of public and nonprofit experience to the role. Having steered the fundraising, communications, and government relations at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City for six years. Prior to which she served as the Director of Development for New Yorkers for Parks and the Director of Special Projects at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. 

A longtime Greenpoint resident, Katie has held past volunteer positions with NBK Parks, when it was Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), and chaired its Community Committee. Katie was also a board member of Greenpoint Waterfront Alliance for Parks and Planning (GWAPP), co-founder of the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition, and a Community Advisory Member of the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF).

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_Katie Denny Horowitz

Native New Yorker, and twenty-plus year resident of Greenpoint, Lynn del Sol is a park lover. Which is great, since she joined one of the oldest nonprofits in the neighborhood fighting for equity and innovation in our public spaces. As the Deputy Director, her job is to obsess over social media engagement, unearth an archive, and fire up a neighborhood’s philanthropic soul.

Lynn was an art dealer and curator for almost fifteen years -responsible for over two hundred exhibitions, including Lebanon’s first attempt at a National Pavillon during the 2005 Venice Biennale. She also served as a Visiting Scholar to the New School’s Humanities Action Lab where she partnered with OutHistory.org, ACT Up! Oral History Project, and the New York Public Library Archive Division. 

When she’s not spending an inordinate amount of time in a park with her best friend and pup, Lola, you can find her leading groups of folks around the neighborhood on walking tours discussing everything from rezoning and affordable housing to art, architecture, and history.

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_Lynn del Sol

Joe Vance is the owner of the architectural and interior design firm Joseph Vance Architects. Specializing in townhouse and brownstone renovations. He is a founding member of the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance and currently serves as Board Secretary. Previously, he served as the co-chair of the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning for five years and on the board of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative for eight years. Joe has been a resident of the neighborhood for over 35 years.

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_Joe Vance

Erich Anderer is the chief of neurosurgery at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn. As a former Manhattanite, he attended Regis High School followed by Columbia University for college and medical school. Erich is a board member of both the Japanese Medical Society of America and the New York State Neurosurgical Society. He is a founding member of the North Brooklyn Runners Club and has been a resident of Brooklyn since 2004.

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_Erich Anderer

Michael Happel has over 30 years of experience investing in real estate, including acquisitions of office, retail, multifamily, industrial, and hotel properties. Including 25 Kent, Brooklyn’s first ground-up, speculative commercial and manufacturing building in 40 years. Offering unobstructed views of Bushwick Inlet Park, East River, and Manhattan skyline

Mr. Happel received a B.A. in economics from Duke University in 1985 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988.

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_Michael Happel

Originally from Alabama, Dr. Love completed her undergraduate education at the University of Alabama, where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her Doctor of Medicine from Emory University School of Medicine, after which she moved to New York to complete residency training at The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology. She served as chief of aesthetics during her final year.

Elyse is a fitness enthusiast that lives in Williamsburg and has completed the NYC marathon twice.

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_Elyse Love

Kate Bernstein is a two-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and writer. Kate graduated Summa Cum Laude from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Film and Cultural Studies. She received an M.A. in Cinema Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Kate was born in Moscow, Russia, and raised in Southern Brooklyn. She’s been a proud resident of Williamsburg since 1999, where she currently lives on the waterfront with her husband and young daughter.

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_Kate Bernstein

Dewey is the creative chief of Pickerel Pie Entertainment, which creates smart and strategic content for corporations. He lives in Greenpoint with his wife, Katherine, and three kids, for more than 20 years helping found the Greenpoint Williamsburg Youth Soccer League (GWYSL). Serving Community Board 1 for five years, he eventually became the Co-Chair of the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning (GWAPP). An avid paddler, he also founded the North Brooklyn Boat Club of which he is currently the President.


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_Dewey Thompson

Keith Berger is a director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and has lived in Williamsburg since 2008. He enjoys spending time on the waterfront and is excited to see our parks improve. Keith is a member of the board of directors and a past chair for Urban Pathways, a homeless services non-for-profit in New York City.

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_Keith Burger

Jane Pool is a soccer mom who has resided in Greenpoint for more than 15 years. She is a co-owner of Excello Recording Studio in Williamsburg and as such, has organized several events (including a Patti Smith concert) for the Greenpoint Williamsburg Waterfront Task Force. In addition to serving on the NBK Parks board, Jane is on the board of the Firehouse, North Brooklyn Neighbors, and the PTA at PS 132 in Williamsburg.

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_Jane Pool

Ward Dennis is a partner at Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, a preservation consulting firm based in New York City. In addition to serving on the NBK Parks board, Ward is a board member and former co-chair of North Brooklyn Neighbors, and a founding member of Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park and the Waterfront Preservation Alliance. From 2003 until 2012 he served on Community Board 1 in Brooklyn. Participating in the ad hoc task force for the 2005 waterfront zoning. A neighborhood resident since 1993, Ward lives in Williamsburg with his wife, Carol, and two children.




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_Ward Dennis

Doug Steiner spearheaded the rehabilitation of the Navy Yard back in 1999. Converting his “little” corner of the former shipyard into an enormous, state-of-the-art film studio. Over a decade later, the studio shows no signs of slowing down, hosting blockbuster productions, creating educational partnerships with both Brooklyn College and Carnegie Mellon, and setting an aggressive goal of creating 6,000 jobs over the next decade.

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_Doug Steiner

Brooklyn Parks Commissioner

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_Martin Maher

NY City Council, District 33 

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_Jennifer Gutiérrez

NYC City Council Member for District 33.

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_Lincoln Restler

NY State Assembly, District 50 

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_Emily Gallagher