Board Members and Committee Chairs of the FNA are unpaid volunteers. Elections take place once a year and Board Members and Committee Chairs serve a one-year term.
Ian is the community manager of several condominiums in center city Philadelphia, and spends his days working with homeowners and staff to ensure smooth operation of residential communities. A lifetime Philadelphia resident, Ian moved to Fishtown in 2013 with his wife Kara, who also serves on the Zoning Committee. Ian has served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the River City Festival, coordinated contestants for the Chili Cookoff, and also serves on the Finance Committee. He spends his weekends working on his home & backpacking in Appalachia.
Joe Kain is a (self-described!) Fishtown newcomer/old-timer hybrid. Although raised in Lawndale in the Lower Northeast, his family roots in Fishtown go back almost 100 years (his father and his aunts and uncle are all Holy Name grads and his grandfather was a ward leader). After living in Boston and Norfolk, Virginia, he returned to Philly and made a beeline for the Riverwards reestablishing his family’s presence. A train buff, Trekkie and borderline beer snob, when he isn’t finding wealthy people for UPenn’s fundraisers he can be found sidled up to the bar in one of Fishtown’s many fine establishments.
John has lived in Fishtown since 2001 and been active with the FNA since 2007. 2017 will mark John's seventh year as a member of FNA's Board of Directors. This year John is looking forward to working with fellow Board Members and neighbors to help implement the FNA's 2016 strategic plan. He'll also be sending you our email newsletters and responding to all of your inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trevor is originally from the island of Jamaica but came to the US at the age of 17. He came to Fishtown in 2013 when he and his wife decided to relocate from New Jersey. He loves walking and jogging through the neighborhood, eating out at neighborhood restaurants and spending time with his family. He is the treasurer of the Fishtown Neighbors Association as well as the treasurer of his community HOA. He is looking forward to an exciting year participating in neighborhood events and helping FNA achieve its goals.
Mary has worked for the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission for sixteen years, most recently in the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention and Grants Management Unit. Mary’s primary responsibilities include managing, providing technical assistance, and monitoring JJDP funded programs and contracts, specifically Family Engagement in secure and residential juvenile facilities and New Jersey’s state plan to address Disproportionate Minority Contact.
Mary has been the President of the Fishtown Recreation Advisory Council for two years and, with council members, has been working with city partners to plan for the renovation of the Fishtown Rec playground. Mary and her husband Justin moved to Fishtown in 2006, and have rescued and helped find homes for A LOT of homeless cats, as well as trap, neuter, and release (TNR) as many feral kitties as possible. In her free time Mary loves reading murder mysteries and hanging out at Interstate Drafthouse.
Arthur is a vintage furniture restorer and dealer with a shop in Old City. Although Arthur has lived in Fishtown for over 30 years and has been active in the neighborhood most of that time, he still considers himself a newcomer. Arthur served on the Fishtown Civic Association (the Fishtown civic that predates the FNA!) and stays busy with many beautification activities, and helps to maintain Palmer Park. Arthur is an At-Large Member of the Board with a particular interest in both Zoning and Beautification activities.
Eric has lived in Philadelphia for 10 years working as a business owner and software engineer in the health care industry. He is new to the Board this year and is excited to contribute ideas to welcoming neighbors (old & new) and sharing useful information with new residents to the neighborhood. He enjoys making ice cream and planting potatoes on his back porch. Eric lives near Loco Pez with his girlfriend, Monica and dog, Luna.
Originally from New York, Phil moved to South Philadelphia from Jacksonville FL in 2005, and settled in Fishtown with his wife in 2010. Phil has been an Engineer in the packaging / paper converting industry for 18 years. Along with handling IT and network administration, he currently manages a production department at a carton manufacturer. Phil is looking forward to working with FNA to help keep Fishtown moving in a direction that keeps it a vibrant family community.
Matt Karp has been the Chair of the FNA Zoning Committee since 2011 and an active Zoning Committee member since 2007. He is also a former FNA Board Member. As zoning chair, Matt is the Fishtown Delegate to the Central Delaware Advocacy Group (CDAG), which is an assembly of River Ward civic associations aligned to improve the Delaware waterfront. He is an Associate at MGA Partners in Old City and an adjunct professor at Temple University’s School of Architecture. Matt can often be found picking up takeout from Ekta or dining at Kraftwork with his wife and son.
Ryan Welch is an associate and researcher at KieranTimberlake, where he conducts building performance analysis through the development of custom-scripted software tools, workflows, and data visualization. Ryan received a M.Arch degree from Yale University and a BA from Amherst College.
Michael is the lead agent for a local Real Estate team and has been in the industry for 5 years. He specializes in the development of new construction homes. He received his Bachelor's in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University. He lives with wife Meaghan and two cats.
Shannon is the community manager for a Philly news website and spends her spare time trying to keep her flower boxes alive. A Northeast Philly native, Shannon has lived in Fishtown since 2009 with her now-husband. She likes traveling to foreign countries, but has never missed a summer in Wildwood. The Mister Softee driver knows her order by heart. Shannon is setting up the FNA's Safety Committee to work with Fishtowners on issues like Frankford Avenue traffic calming, rec center safety and communication between the neighborhood and police.
A native Philadelphian, Neil Brecher has literally made his home in Fishtown and recently passed the decade mark as a local resident. He has been at the helm of the RiverCity Festival since its birth in September 2008, leading a group of dedicated volunteers to produce the area's longest-running live music and arts event. The RiverCity Festival welcomes thousands Philadelphians to Penn Treaty Park each fall to introduce them to the best that Fishtown has to offer. Neil served on the board of the FNA for four years, two as president. You may also see him running around the city with the other lunatics who make up the Fishtown Beer Runners.
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