Some of the Friends Staff, Board Members and Ex-Officio Members: from left to right: Sara Kempton, John Butler, Teresa Grant Stoeth, Tom Carey, Marcia Allina, Councilman Andrew Cohen, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and Christina Taylor.

Some of our Staff, Board Members and Ex-Officio Members: from left to right: Sara Kempton, John Butler, Teresa Grant Stoeth, Tom Carey, Marcia Allina, Councilman Andrew Cohen, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and Christina Taylor.

Board of Directors
Christopher Rizzo, Chair

Teresa M. Grant Stoeth,  Vice Chair
Jessica Loeser, Treasurer

Tom Carey, Secretary
Marcia Allina

Susan Baldwin
Robert Baron
Hilary Baum
Paula Luria Caplan
Peter Kohlmann
Karel Littman
Felicity Nitz
Carol Samol
Wendy Schmidt
Eric A. Seiff
Doris Spencer
Howie Waldman
Stacey Wieder

Advisory Council

Frances Beinecke
Dennis Burns
Elizabeth Cooke-Levy

Jon Deveaux
Margot Guralnick
Holly Leicht
Susan Morgenthau
Carol Robles-Roman
Jane E.S. Sokolow
Dart Westphal


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


Full-Time Staff:

Christina Taylor is the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park's Executive Director.Executive Director- Christina Taylor
Christina Taylor has been with FVCP since September 2000. Ms. 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, her main responsibilities as the Education Coordinator were 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, Ms. 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 Ms. Taylor as the Executive Director of the Friends. Ms. 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, Ms. 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.

Sara Kempton Friends of Van Cortlandt Park's Director of ProgramsDirector 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.
John Butler is the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park's Ecological Project Manager.

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.

Environmental Educator- Alex Byrne
Mr. Byrne joined FVCP in March of 2016 as an Environmental Educator to help lead the organization’s environmental education, restoration and research programs. Alex studied Biology (B.S) with a concentration on community ecology at Paul Smiths College where he was involved in many education and research projects that resulted in multiple conference talks and peer review publications on the ecology of amphibians and insects. Alex uses research and experience based approaches as a tool to educate on the ecology of Van Cortlandt Park.
Part-time Staff
Janice DeLuise, Development Assistant
Sai Khay, Water Quality Lab Technician