Board of Directors
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Gerald J. Caliendo, Chair
Gerry Caliendo earned his Bachelor’s of Architecture Degree from the New York Institute of Technology. He worked for 10 years in the interior architecture firm of Soo Kim Associates, finishing as a Senior Associate of the firm. Gerry became a licensed architect in 1989. Following his work at Soo Kim Associates, he moved on to the architectural firm of Philip Augusta and Associates. There, Gerry gained mastery of New York City’s zoning law and building codes.
In 1994, Gerry opened his own architectural firm, Caliendo Architects, in Forest Hills, Queens. Gerry grew the firm from a three-person operation to its current success as a 40-plus person firm.
In addition to managing his firm, Gerry has appeared before the City Planning Commission to advocate for changes in zoning; obtained variances from the Board of Standards and Appeals; and worked with the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Gerry was appointed to Queens Community Board #1 in Astoria in 1977. He chaired the Land Use Committee for over 10 years and remains an active member of the Community Board to the present day, a period of over 35 years.
Gerry served as the President of Queens Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) from 1995 to 1997 and has been an active member since 1989. Gerry also serves on the Board of Directors of Queens Center for Progress (formerly Queens Cerebral Palsy).
Gerry, with his wife, Barbara, are the proud parents of three beautiful children, Justin, Caitlin and Christian.
Gerry has dedicated himself to his family, his business, and his community.
Richard Werber, Vice-Chair
Richard Werber is an independent consultant doing business as Foresight Consulting. Foresight develops feasibility studies, business plans, and funding tools for both for-profit and non-profit entities, and accesses government services and incentives for small and mid-size businesses. In his adventurous youth, Richard cast a wide professional net as a school teacher, musician, farmer, small business manager and journeyman tool and die maker. From 1986 onward, he spent the balance of his professional career serving the interests of community, economic, and workforce development.
Richard also serves on the Board of Directors of New Partners for Community Revitalization, a non-profit organization that advances the renewal of New York’s low and moderate income neighborhoods and communities of color through the redevelopment of brownfield sites in collaboration with community, commercial, government, and nonprofit partners.
D’Chivon Gooding, Treasurer
D’Chivon Gooding has been in the financial services industry for 21 years, helping businesses grow and consumers reach their financial goals. She is currently a Licensed Agent NY Life, which she joined in 2015,
Throughout her career, D’Chivon’s work was recognized for its value and quality. In 2014 D’Chivon was recognized as Top 9 Manager for Astoria Bank for overall achievements in sales and service. Prior to joining Astoria Bank, D’Chivon held a range of progressively more responsible positions in the banking sector at Jamaica Savings Bank, the Bank of New York, North Fork Bank, and then Capital One Bank from 2008-2012. At North Fork, she developed an employee training program that was rolled out company-wide. At Capital One, she managed over $80 million in deposits and managed a high-energy team that delivered exceptional customer service that helped customers achieve their goals.
D’Chivon contributes mightily to the Jamaica community, where she has lived for over 35 years. She works closely with local and religious organizations providing financial literacy and wellness programs. In 2014 D’Chivon was awarded the Community Service and Vision Award from the Royal People Group. The YMCA of Greater New York named her the 2014 Volunteer of the Year for her dedication and service to the Jamaica Y.
D’Chivon serves on the boards of the Jamaica YMCA, King Manor Museum, and the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning. Other affiliations include the 103rd Precinct Community Council, Community Board 8, and Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.
D’Chivon Gooding holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY). She currently lives in Inwood, NY with her two daughters Shakira and Tachi, and nephew Dae’len.
Walter H. Sanchez, Secretary
Walter H. Sanchez is the publisher of The Queens Ledger/Greenpoint Star Weekly Community Newspaper Group, a collection of eight weekly community newspapers and three dozen hyper-local community news websites throughout Queens and Brooklyn. He is a board member of the New York Press Association, Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, Queens Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Greenpoint YMCA. He is also a trustee of Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens and is a member of the President's Advisory Council of the Queens Botanical Gardens. A graduate of Fordham University, Walter lives in Maspeth, Queens with his wife Tammy, sons John and Thomas, and daughter Caitlyn.
After completing his Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, Peter followed a career arc that eventually led to having his own real estate development company. With its success as a backdrop, Peter offers a strong voice for responsible development through a commitment to his industry’s trade associations, and provides generous support to charitable and non-profit organizations.
Peter began his career at the City of New York's Department of Housing Preservation and Development. He followed up with experience in banking, specializing in underwriting loans for rehabilitation of small multifamily homes and multi-family affordable housing development. Armed with his banking experience, Peter moved into progressively more responsible positions at Benjamin Development Co., Inc., where he rose to the level of Executive Vice President.
He formed The D & F Development Group (D&F) with his partner, Leonard D'Amico in 2002 and has since completed twenty-five affordable residential projects with over 2,200 residential units and 50,000 sq ft of commercial space.
Peter is an active and committed board member of the Queens and Bronx Builders Association (Chairman), the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (founding board member), the Long Island Builders Institute (Treasurer), Vision Long Island, and the New York Housing Conference.
Peter is also active in a number of charitable causes and community organizations. He is a board member of King Manor Museum in Jamaica, Queens, organizes and directs The Race for The INN, an annual 5K race to benefit The Interfaith Nutritional Network, and has been honored with recognition awards from a wide range of public entities and non-profit organizations.
Peter is a frequent guest speaker on affordable housing at Vision Long Island, NYU Furman Center of Real Estate and Urban Policy and New York State Association for Affordable Housing.
In 2017, Peter will compete in his fourth Boston Marathon.
David J. Gary
David J. Gary is the Curator of Printed Materials at the American Philosophical Society (APS) in Philadelphia. At the APS, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, he builds, interprets, and promotes the print collections, including books, maps, prints, broadsides, and ephemera. Previous to joining the APS, he was the Kaplanoff Librarian for American History at Yale University Library, where he performed collection development duties and was the library liaison to the History, American Studies, and African American Studies departments. David has a Ph.D. from the City University of New York's Graduate Center, where he focused on early American history and wrote “Rufus King and the History of Reading: The Use of Print in the Early American Republic” for his doctoral dissertation. He is in the early stages of writing a full biography of Rufus King. Additionally, David has a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the City University of New York's Queens College. From 2002-2003 he worked in the education department of the King Manor Museum.
Richard L. Gibbs
Richard L. Gibbs is the former Executive Vice President for Finance and Planning with Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA). He retired in 2004 after a 35-year career with the firm. In addition to serving on the board of King Manor, Richard is also the Board Chair for Community Mediation Services in Jamaica, Queens.
Richard is a graduate of Lehigh University, where he majored in mathematics, and is a Fellow of the So-ciety of Actuaries. He resides in Jericho, New York with his wife Eleanor. They have two children, Julie and David. Richard is an avid golfer and baseball fan. Since 2005 he has been a baseball umpire for the junior and senior high schools in Nassau County.
Father Darryl F. James
Following his graduation from Howard University in 1975, Father Darryl F. James received a Master of Divinity Degree in 1979 from Yale Divinity School. He was ordained Deacon at St. Matthew's and St. Jo-seph's Episcopal Church in Detroit, Michigan on June 29, 1984. In 1985, Father James was ordained to the priesthood in Detroit by the Right Reverend John M. Burgess, the first African-American diocesan bishop in the United States. He was called to Messiah-St. Bartholomew in Chicago, Illinois in October 1985, where he was instituted as Rector and served with distinction for more than 20 years. In 2007, Father James was assigned to serve as Priest-in-Charge at Grace Episcopal Church in Jamaica, Queens. He served in that capacity until 2010, when the Vestry of the Church voted to call him as their Rector.
Throughout his life in the Church, Father James’s commitment to public service and social ministry have been generous, determined, and unwavering. He was a distinguished member of the Chicago Board of Education (1990-1995), Vice-President for Membership for the Howard University Alumni Association, and former National President of the Union of Black Episcopalians (1996-1998). Father James is currently President of the Queens Federation of Churches, as well as a member of the Jamaica YWCA Board of Managers, the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, and the Diocese of Long Island Investment Committee.
Peter Phillips is the Owner and Founder of Phillips Brokerage Group, a retail insurance operation, A-Star Realty, a real estate management and development company, and Co-Owner and Founder of Advantage Partners Inc., a preferred agent network representing top insurance carriers providing insurance markets to the Independent Agent distribution channel. Advantage Partners is licensed in fifteen States.
Peter served as President of the Tri-County Independent Insurance Agents Association, advocating for the insurance agents of the Tri-State community. Peter also holds a seat on the Advisory board of Investors Bancorp, Inc., a publicly traded company with 129 full service branches in New York and New Jersey.
Peter is most proud of his service with Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church of Whitestone, where he served as Chairman of Construction, overseeing the development of the Church’s school and youth center.
Simon H. Rothkrug, Esq. Simon H. Rothkrug is a partner in the Great Neck law firm of Rothkrug Rothkrug & Spector, LLP, and has been practicing real estate law for over 25 years. His practice focuses primarily on representing clients in complex commercial and residential real estate transactions, including note purchases, and real estate-related litigation. He also regularly handles all aspects of the formation of condominiums and homeowner’s associations. Mr. Rothkrug also has a master’s degree in tax law, and counsels clients in estate and trust matters, and in estate litigation.
As a litigator, Simon focuses primarily on zoning and commercial matters. He won a landmark decision before the Court of Appeals granting a client damages for an unconstitutional taking of real property (Ward v. Bennett, 79 NY2d 394), and has also won numerous cases determining easement and adverse possession rights. Simon is active in zoning legislation and authored a zoning law permitting rooftop swimming pools in New York City. He is frequently consulted by real estate organizations in connection with pending zoning law changes.
He is admitted to practice law in New York and before the United States District Courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mr. Rothkrug graduated from Brandeis University (B.A. 1986) and from Hofstra Law School (J.D. 1988). He received a LL.M. degree (Master of Laws) in Taxation from NYU School of Law (1996). Simon is a lifelong resident of Great Neck and also maintains a residence in Dallas, Texas.
Susan G. Shiroma
Susan Shiroma, senior librarian for Foundation Center’s national headquarters in New York, provides administrative direction for Foundation Center’s library and public services for social sector and philanthropy professionals in the NY metro area. Susan joined the organization in 1995, leading the national expansion of Foundation Center’s proposal writing seminar programs and directing Foundation Center’s Associates Program. Susan is a former Chair of the Consortium of Foundation Libraries, an affinity group of the Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C.
Prior to her work in philanthropy, Susan was an Associate Curator at New York University and adjunct professor of library sciences at St. John’s University and Long Island University. Susan’s volunteer work has included leadership positions on citywide and local community education councils in Queens, where she was a veteran advocate for parent, student, and community engagement in our public school system. She received a B.A. in American history from Barnard College and an M.L.S. from Columbia University.
Steven M. Sinacori, Esq.
James Vaccaro graduated from the New York City Police Academy in 1985. He served with distinction as a dedicated and disciplined New York City Police Officer, first in mid-town Manhattan, then from 1989 to 1992 in the Intelligence Division of the Mayor’s Security Detail.
Beginning in 1992, James joined the 103rd Precinct, serving the people of Southeast Queens and, as the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association Union Delegate, his fellow officers, as well. James retired from the force in 2005.
In 2008, James joined the staff of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation as its Director of Security and Quality Control. He formed and continues to lead a team of “ambassadors” who, under the banner of the Jamaica Alliance, patrol the downtown’s parking garages to assure their safety, and monitor quality of life issues affecting those who live, work, or shop in the environs of downtown Jamaica. Currently, there are 12 ambassadors—all from the community—that have measurably improved the safety, cleanliness and attractiveness, through a horticultural program that maintains planters throughout the downtown, of Jamaica’s commercial strips, with special attention to its Business Improvement Districts.
James is dedicated to his family and his wife of 10 years, Debra, and his two adored children, Mathew and Christopher.
EX OFFICIO: Mitchell Silver, Commissioner, NYC Parks & Recreation and John Krawchuk, Executive Director, Historic House Trust of NYC
DIRECTORS EMERITI: Charlotte Pickman Gertz, Ph.D. and Byam K. Stevens, Jr.
PRESIDENTS EMERITI: Charles G. Meyer, Jr. , Robert V. Edgar , Anne Jacobosky , Richard C. Yeretzian, Esq. and Peter J. Engelbrecht
The Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has been open to the public since 1900. King Manor is owned by the City of New York, operated by the King Manor Association of L.I., Inc., and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.