Board of Directors
Christopher Rizzo, Chair
Teresa M. Grant Stoeth, Vice Chair
Jessica Loeser, Treasurer
Tom Carey, Secretary
Paula Luria Caplan
Eric A. Seiff
Jane E.S. Sokolow
Hon. Andrew Cohen, NYC Councilman
Hon. Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President
Hon. Jeffrey Dinowitz, NYS Assemblyman
Hon. Eliot Engel, Congressman
Hon. Jeffrey Klein, NYS Senator
Iris Rodriquez-Rosa, Bronx Borough Commissioner, NYC Parks & Recreation
Executive Director- Christina Taylor
Christina Taylor has been with FVCP since September 2000. Mrs. Taylor graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental and Forest Biology. From September 2000- November 2006, Christina’s main responsibility at FVCP as the Education Coordinator was to coordinate and direct two internship programs for local high school students that focus on environmental education and to begin developing additional programming. In November 2006, Mrs. Taylor stepped up to assume the position of Interim Executive Director of the Friends while still working as the Education Coordinator. In March 2007, the Board of Director’s appointed Mrs. Taylor as the Executive Director of the Friends. Mrs. Taylor works directly with FVCP Board of Directors to monitor the organization’s budget and implement its programming and fundraising efforts.
As a dedicated NYC Parks supporter and advocate, Mrs. Taylor is a board member of the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, Co-Chair of the Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces and a member of the Community Board 8’s Parks and Recreation Committee.
Director of Programs- Sara Kempton
Sara Kempton joined FVCP in January 2006 as an intern while attending Hunter College. Sara graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science from Hunter College in the summer of 2006 and promptly joined the Friends staff as a part-time Program Assistant. As such she supervised the Environmental Internship and ran FVCP’s free outdoor education and volunteer programs. In the summer of 2007, Ms. Kempton was promoted to FVCP’s Director of Programs and her responsibilities expanded to include the development and implementation of FVCP’s teacher workshops, expansion and development of programs within the garden/compost site, including the addition and supervision of a Garden Crew, and expanded our education programs. Recently Ms. Kempton created and supervises the Friends’ Youth Run Farm Stand Internship which has grown over the years since it was first started in 2012.
Ecological Project Manager- John Butler
John Butler joined FVCP in March 2014 as the Trails Project Manager. Mr. Butler graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology in May of 2013. Since joining FVCP, John’s main role has been working alongside volunteer groups from the community to assist in maintenance and conservation within the Park. He corresponds with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to implement trails projects on FVCP’s Trails Plan as well as natural area conservation projects. Mr. Butler serves as the supervisor for the Summer Teen Trails Crew and school year Environmental Internship, paid internships for high school students who perform trail work as their daily duties. He now leads the water quality monitoring program of Tibbetts Brook and Van Cortlandt Lake while assisting with educational programs.
Alex Byrne, Environmental Educator
Janice DeLuise, Development Assistant
Charlene Dubin, Program Assistant