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John Penn Lewis
Executive Director

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Sergio Cruz
Technical Director

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Lisa Young

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Fr. Kevin Ashe
Executive Director Emeritus


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Union City, NJ 07087
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Board Members

Stephen P. Gallo
Cullari, Gallo, Soojian & Carrabba
Steve Gallo is a Certified Public Accountant and Licensed School Accountant. He has been practicing public accounting since 1978.

A partner in Cullari Gallo Soojian Carrabba, P.C., Steve heads the firm's Financial Planning and Management Consulting departments.

Mr. Gallo has spent the majority of his career helping small to mid-size business owners manage their business and has appeared before the New Jersey Supreme Court as an expert witness on business valuation.

Steve also has extensive experience in the area of real estate development and management, serving as accountant and consultatnt to many multi-million dollar development companies.

Steve earned a B.A. in Accounting and Marketing from Montclair State University. He is Chair of Strategic Planning and Chair of Youth Services for the New Jersey District of Kiwanis International. He also serves as a member of the New Jersey District Foundation Board.

Robert E. Perry
Saint Peter's College
Robert Perry has served as Director of Minority Affairs at Saint Peter's College since 1988.

As a counselor, advocate and mentor for minority students, Robert has been at the forefront of creating many new programs to assist minority students and has supervised state- and federally-funded college programs for low-income and first generation students.

Robert also served as Interim Director of the African American Studies Program, Co-coordinator for the Institute for the Advancement of Urban Education and Associate Director of the Public Policy Program, all at Saint Peter's College.

Robert holds a B.A. in Sociology from Catholic University and a M.Ed. in Urban Education from Howard University, both in Washington, D.C., a M.A. in Urban Studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA, and a Juris Doctorate from Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Prior to Saint Peter's, Robert worked as program director of the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council in New York and as a Fellow at the Farmworkers Legal Services of New York where he advocated on behalf of indigent migrant farmworkers.

Robert has also worked tirelessly in the community in a number of roles. He was Chair of the Jersey City Board of Education and was recently appointed by the Commissioner of Education as a member of the Transition Team of Jersey City School District. He is also currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Kenmare High School (an alternative high school for girls). He has served as a member of the board of directors for the Hudson Repertory Dance Theater and Chair of the 1999 "Read to Me" conference sponsored by Jersey City Head Start and the Turrell Fund.

Gregory Erbach
Metropolitan Opera
Greg Erbach has been a stagehand and electrician at the Metropolitan Opera House in
New York City since 1997.

Prior to the Met, Greg worked as a Production Manager, Technical Director, Set Designer and Lighting Designer for a broad range of Broadway, Off-Broadway and television productions. Beginning in 1983, Greg's technical direction credits include productions at the American Place Theater, the John Houseman Theater, Equity Library Theater and American Jewish Theater in New York City, Newark Symphony Hall in Newark, NJ, Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT, and HBO Films' Spic-O-Rama and Mambo Mouth.

Greg has served as Stage Manager at the West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theater Bar and the West Side Arts Theater; Lighting Designer at the Pelican Theater in New York; and Set Designer at Circle Rep Lab, all in New York.

Greg has worked as Master Carpenter at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, IL, and as a Scenic Carpenter at CBS Scenic Studios for the CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning, the Dana Carvey Show, Cosby and the 1998 Winter Olympics.

In addition to his technical expertise, Greg studied theater at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and has appeared in many Off-Broadway, television and film productions. Greg is a member of Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild and IATSE (International Association of Theater and Stage Employees), Local 1.

Carl Gonzalez
Carl Gonzalez is an award-winning playwright, director and educator.

Carl's plays have been produced across the United States since 1989 when he received the Hasselfree award for his first play, The 1990 Suburu Jettison Station Wagon. His plays have been produced Off- Broadway at the Arena Stage, American Place Theatre, The Kraine, Love Creek and Samuel French.

Carl is "Playwright in Residence" with the Waterfront Ensemble, an artist collective in Hoboken, NJ, and also with Stageplays Theatre Company in Brooklyn's thriving new cultural district. Carl has won many awards including the 1997 OOBR award for Evening of Best Plays for his play Whatever Happened to You and Me? and the 1999 Best New Play at the Long Island Arena Repertory Players Theater.

An enthusiastic promoter of arts education, Carl is a professor in the Visual/Performing Arts Program at New Jersey City University where he teaches theatre at the Performing Arts High School. He recently received the 2001 Merrill Lynch Outstanding Achievement in Education Award.

Carl earned his BA in English Literature at Saint Peter's College and an M.A. in Communications and Theatre at Montclair State University. He studied playwriting under Neal Bell at Playwrights Horizons and Lonnie Carter at New York University. Carl is a member of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), the Dramatics Guild and Drama League of New York.

Bart Erbach
President, Erbach Communications Group
Bart Erbach is president/creative director of Erbach Communications Group (ECG), a full-service, award-winning advertising, public relations, communications and marketing firm based in Jersey City.

Winner of several Summit Creative Awards, including a Gold for multi-media campaign, and an Apex Award of Excellence, ECG specializes in health care and education marketing.

A former newspaper reporter and editor, Bart was the associate producer of "New York Works" on WNYC-AM. He founded and was publisher of Hudson County Magazine, winner of an Ozzie award for best design of a new regional magazine. He has worked as a communications professional in various levels of government, including the New Jersey State Legislature where he represented state legislators at Senate and Assembly committee meetings, public hearings, and community meetings, moving legislation from preparation to final passage.

An authority on strategic communications and marketing, Bart studied design at the Parsons School of Design and graduated magna cum laude from Saint Peter's College in Jersey City.

Bart has served on many community boards, including the United Way of Hudson County and the Northern New Jersey Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a founding member and president of the Hudson County Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. He currently serves on the St. Nicholas Parish Finance Committee, the St. Peter's Prep Board of Trustees and as president of both the Mt. Carmel Guild Behavioral Healthcare System Advisory Board and Park Performing Arts Inc.