Jonathan Brecht and his wife Paula bought their house at 269 Warren Street in 1969 and have gradually restored the property. Their daughters, Natasha and India, currently attend Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights. Jonathan was born and educated in New York City. He is a graduate of Manhattan College (BA, History) and New York University (MBA, Finance). Upon graduation from college, he entered the US Foreign Service and was stationed in Washington, DC and Jedda, Saudi Arabia. He subsequently returned to New York, obtained his MBA and has worked for Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup in private wealth management for over 20 years. He primarily advises individuals and small businesses in the service industries, arts and professions on a range of financial, banking and investment issues. Jonathan and Paula collect fine art photography. Jonathan is also active in two non-partisan foreign affairs organizations, the Middle East Institute and the Foreign Policy Association.

 

Michael Cosaboom lives at 123 Nevins with his wife, Diana Son, and sons Wilder, Nate and Dash. They moved to the neighborhood in the fall of 2006. Michael is a technology specialist for museum exhibitions, an avid gardener, and maker of spicy condiments. His main areas of civic interest are traffic calming and increasing green spaces and parks in our neighborhood and the city at large. Now that his children are a little older he’d like to invest more energy in beautiful Boerum Hill.

 

Cheryl Gelbs has lived in the downtown Brooklyn area for 32 years - nine in Brooklyn Heights and the past 23 years in Boerum Hill. She and her husband, Mark, are proud parents of two wonderful children; both are graduates of P.S 261 and Brooklyn Technical High School. Cheryl has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Francis College and Master of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from NYU Poly. She recently retired from Verizon after 30 years as a manager in the Telecommunication industry and is currently serving as Treasurer of the 84th Precinct Community Council. Her family has been members of BHA for many years and she has decided to become more active in the Association. “The preservation and enhancement of the Downtown Brooklyn way of life is very important to me as the Borough undergoes a major renaissance.”

 

Howard Kolins has been President of the BHA for eight years. He has spearheaded many board projects: co-chairing the very successful House Tours; serving as the writer and editor of the BHA Newsletter and being the representative on the House of Detention Stakeholders’ Committee to name a few. Howard has lived in Boerum Hill for 30 years both as a tenant and an owner. He met his wife, Carol, a Rockette, when he was a producer for Radio City Entertainment. They have 2 boys one at Murrow High School and the other a recent Brooklyn Tech graduate now enrolled in the Stony Brook Honors program. Howard is a self-employed producer of business meeting, special events and galas. His garage is home to the annual Hoyt Street Association Plant Sale.

 

Hannah Mason is originally from Michigan. Hannah moved with her family to Kensington, Brooklyn when she was 12 years old. Since then she has lived in several borough neighborhoods including Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Prospect Heights and Bay Ridge. Hannah now lives on Dean Street in Boerum Hill with her partner and three young children who attend PS261 and New Voices. Hannah worked at the Brooklyn Museum for six years as the Exhibitions Manager and has been an active member of the city’s performing arts scene. She currently works as a general manager producing commercial theater.   Among the many important issues facing BH residents today, the Atlantic Yards, traffic/transportation and accessible green space are of interest to her. She has been on the board for seven years.

 

Sidney Meyer has been a resident of Boerum Hill since 1978 and a resident of Brooklyn even longer. He has been a resident of New York City for his entire life, a member of the Brooklyn Community Board 2 for over 10 years and a member of Brooklyn Speaks as Council Member’s Levin’s sometime representative. His work history includes the community representative (among other duties) for a large retailer (Korvettes when it existed); an assistant director of personnel for a State Hospital in Brooklyn; a Driver Safety Specialist for the NY State DMV; a senior executive for a PPO, and an HMO. He is an attorney graduated from Brooklyn Law School (of course). His interests are varied and include extensive travel and trying to keep up with his three grandchildren. He takes great pride in his son Michael and his wife Marian who most of you know (Marian has served the last three City council members with distinction).

 

Steve Neiman has lived at 248 Wyckoff St for the past 8 years, with his friend Ellen, our dog and 4 cats. In 2010, he retired after 43 years of teaching, 31 of them at the Little Red School House, in Manhattan. As a show of support for the BHA, he frequents Boerum Hill Association meetings. “Communities stay healthy only if people support the work of those who are willing to make the time to monitor community problems and work at improving conditions. Life in Boerum Hill has greatly improved over the past few decades. I'd like to become more active at doing my small part in keeping this good work going.”

 

Stephen P. Radacinski lives on Hoyt Street having moved to BH in 1982 and currently works as a Security Consultant after retiring from the NYPD at the rank of Sergeant after 20 years. He was also a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army and a graduate of ST. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Tony Rock has lived in Brooklyn since 1985: 1 year in Park Slope, 5 years in Brooklyn Heights, 10 years in Carroll Gardens and 10 years on Dean Street in Boerum Hill. He first visited Boerum Hill when he moved to the City in 1985 (his sister lived on State between Hoyt & Bond) and immediately knew that he wanted to live in Brownstone Brooklyn. He loved the small town feel of the neighborhood. He is married and helped raise two daughters in Brooklyn. Both were born at Long Island College Hospital and both attended the Brooklyn Heights Montessori through 8th grade. He recently retired (or is on sabbatical) from a 25 year career in finance where he worked as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for two international companies: France based Credit Industriel et Commercial and Japan based Mitsubishi Trust. He worked for the Mayor's office during the Koch administration (1988-1989) serving as a staff member to the Deputy Mayor for Finance and Economic Development. His primary focus in that position was to help develop the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a small business incubator. He also worked for the New York Chapter of the Volunteers of America for two years (1985-1987) as Associate Director of Development. He wrote and produced that organization's marketing materials including its annual reports and quarterly newspaper. He also wrote fund raising letters and grant proposals. He has an MBA in Marketing from Columbia University Business School (1989) and a BA in History from Hamilton College (1985). He says, “My family and I have loved our life in Boerum Hill and are committed to the neighborhood.”

 

Dwight Smith is a 28-year resident of Boerum Hill. He currently serves as a Vice President of the Boerum Hill Association, a Community Board 2 board member, a Community Board 2 Parks and Recreation Committee member; and he is a long-standing Hoyt Street Association Garden sale volunteer. He has over 30 years of corporate and government experience in finance and strategic planning. He now works as a consultant.