Michelle Rodecker, Office Manager
Michelle (along with her husband Jim) is a founding member of NAG, and has worked for the organization in varying capacities for many years. She is a resident of the Northside and has lived and worked in Williamsburg since the 1970s.
Nicole De Feo
Ward Dennis has been a resident of Williamsburg since 1992. He is a partner at Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, LLC, a New York-based historic preservation consulting firm specializing in the restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive use of historic properties. Ward is the former land use chair of Community Board #1 and has served as an adjunct assistant professor of historic preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Through his work and teaching, and his background in urban geography, Ward has extensive experience with land use and public review.
Roseann was born and raised on the Northside and has long been concerned about environmental justice in her neighborhood. She is a Supervisor at the New York City Police Department’s Payroll Section. Roseann also serves as co-president of the Holy Family Church Ladies Guild.
Born in NYC, Felice came to work in the Northside when she was hired by the late neighborhood activist Adam Veneski to build a community organizing department of the People’s Firehouse during the years of property abandonment and arson-for-profit schemes in the late 1970’s/early 80’s. She has been involved in many local volunteer-driven efforts to protect and increase affordable housing, jobs, health service clinics, senior housing, youth after school programs, and the renovations of Metropolitan Pool and the Williamsburg Bridge. In the late 1980’s, Felice joined the Citizens’ Committee for New York City where she pioneered a New York City and, later, national, program to train police officers in building partnerships with community organizations to prevent drug and violence. Felice is the managing partner of Teddy’s Bar and Grill, a 120-year old North Brooklyn business with a history of community involvement dating back to Tammany Hall, and is raising her family in the same building.
Ryan Kuonen has been a resident of Williamsburg since 2002. Having lived in Valdez, Alaska and being an environmental justice activist, upon her arrival in North Brooklyn, she got on a bike and started exploring the Newtown Creek area. Working as an environmental educator, she developed curriculum around the history and ecosystem of the Creek, leading tours exploring this area. Ryan was NAG’s tenant organizer, working with rent regulated and loft law tenants facing illegal evictions as pressures from the 2005 rezoning ramped up the neighborhood’s gentrification. Currently, Ryan organizes the Southside CSA farm share and likes to garden on her sidewalk.
Alan Minor (Chairperson)
Alan Minor is an urban planner and community organizer who resides in Williamsburg. For the last six years, he has worked on his own projects in North Brooklyn concerning civic engagement, solid waste management (Curb Your Litter) and transportation. Alan joined NAG in January of 2014.
Luke Ohlson (Vice Chairperson)
Luke Ohlson is a Greenpoint resident and community organizer with the pedestrian and bicycle advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. Through his work with Transportation Alternatives he has engaged with Community Board 1 and local elected officials on safe streets infrastructure and education. He helped facilitate neighborhood street safety forums in Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint in 2014. He is currently working with El Puente and other community groups to improve Meeker Avenue and the area underneath the BQE in North Brooklyn.
Luke is also a filmmaker and has produced short films for Transportation Alternatives and the Woodhaven Bus Rapid Transit Coalition.
Mike Schade (Secretary)
Mike Schade is the Director of the Mind the Store campaign with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (a national coalition of 450 organizations) which aims to work with the nation’s leading retailers on creating comprehensive chemicals policies. For the previous nine years, Mike was the Markets Campaign Coordinator with the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ), a national environmental health organization where he led national campaigns to phase out PVC plastic, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA) and dioxin. Prior to CHEJ, he was the Director of the Buffalo office of Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, a NY statewide environmental organization.
Mike lives in Greenpoint, is the co-chair of the Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group (CAG), is on the steering committee of the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance (MPNA), and is on the Community Advisory Panel of the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF). He received a BS in Environmental Studies from the University at Buffalo.
Evan Thies is the founder and president of Brooklyn Strategies, a communications and strategic services firm serving local and national non-profit, political, and corporate clients. Evan spent years in public service as a senior adviser in the New York City Council, at the office of Sen. Hillary Clinton, and as a communications specialist for political campaigns, including Andrew Cuomo’s successful campaign for Attorney General.
As a private consultant, Evan works with some of the largest non-profit advocacy organizations in New York and in the country, fighting for the rights of blue-collar workers, wide-ranging improvements to environmental and education policy, economic and social justice, and good government.