Jonathan Brecht 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, Jonathan entered the US Foreign Service and was stationed in Washington, DC and Jeddah, 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 22 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 his wife Paula bought their house at 269 Warren Street in 1996 and have gradually restored the property. Their daughters, Natasha and India, currently attend the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights. Jonathan and Paula collect fine art photography and are particularly interested in Central European photographers active in the pre- and post-WW2 period. Jonathan is also active in 2 non-partisan foreign affairs organizations, the Middle East Institute and the Foreign Policy Association.

 


 
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 ten 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 a graduate of  Murrow High School now studying at Berklee School of Music and Boston and the other a Brooklyn Tech and Stony Brook Honors graduate who recently completed his Masters in Statistics at Columbia. 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. Hannah worked at the Brooklyn Museum for seven years as the Exhibitions Manager. She a founding member of the Fool's Pearls Productions 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 grandchildren. He takes great pride in his son Michael and the five grandchildren.
 
Steve Neiman has lived at 248 Wyckoff St for the past 8 years, with his friend Ellen, ome 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.
 
Lauren Stern Schwartz moved to Boerum Hill in 2012, after five years in Carroll Gardens. She lives on Bergen Street with her husband, Ori, and their two small children, Naomi and Eliot. They love their warm, family-friendly block and hope to contribute to the greater community. Lauren, an interior designer, provides design and renovation solutions for residential, commercial and hospitality clients worldwide. Prior to opening her interior design studio in 2007, Stern worked as an interior designer at the firm Wilson Associates and an event producer for Black Book Magazine. She studied fine art and communication at Boston University and design at the New York School of Interior Design.

 

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.