David is the co-founder and managing principal of the New York City design consultancy known as Two Twelve. Mr. Gibson is internationally recognized as an advocate of “public information design” and for his work on behalf of cities, institutions, and corporations over the past thirty-five since Two Twelve’s founding. David studied architecture at Cornell University, attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and received an MFA in graphic design from Yale University. He is also an award-winning organic garden designer.
He gives workshops and lectures on way finding design at educational institutions and industry associations across the United States and around the world. He is a past President and Board Member of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) and is author of the award-winning volume The Wayfinding Handbook: Information Design for Public Places, published by Princeton Architectural Press. He was named Fellow of SEGD in 2009.
ELENA ZAZANIS, AEA, SAG-AFTRA
Elena Zazanis, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, is an actress and vocalist with extensive film, theater and commercial credits, as well as an outstanding lead actress award from Planet Connections Theater Festivity. As a volunteer, she has served on committees for The American Museum of Natural History, NJMOCA and Blueberry Pond Theatre, and as a docent at Mana Contemporary. Upon moving to Jersey City, she initiated the Art House INKubator, a script development forum for professional writers, actors and directors. Now several years running, the program scaffolds numerous scripts that have evolved into award-winning productions in professional theaters, and the network has connected many actors to commercial and legitimate jobs.
Alicia is a founding member of Art House Productions. She holds a B.A. degree from California State University at Northridge. With her love for the arts and humanities, she has helped non-profit organizations, including Starlight Musical Theater and Malashock Dance Company, realize their goals using her professional skills.
Samantha Green has worked in not-for-profit financial administration since first coming to the NYC area in 1992. She has always been engaged in the arts – having studied music extensively since a young age and later earning a jazz performance degree from Berklee College of Music, and more recently engaging in photography studies at various institutions in NYC and Gulf Photo Plus of Dubai. As an enthusiastic fan of Jersey City for its magnificent history and current vibrancy, she is proud to be a homeowner and resident in one of the great historic neighborhoods of Jersey City.
As an artist and Jersey City native, Bojana has been participating in the city’s arts events and programming since she was 12 years old. Now, as an adult, she has kept the lessons she had learned over the decades and given back to the community. After losing her vision in 2007 she started an art program at St. Joseph’s School for the Blind and is currently pursuing her masters in Art Therapy.
Advocate. Mother. Counselor. Poet. Agitator. She works with diverse and multicultural populations in the Metro area within the areas of event management, marketing, publishing, mental health, human services, public policy and education. An Academic Advisor since 2006 at New Jersey City University, Leah works with the STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, *Arts*, Mathematics) student population. She is a published author and has been writing plays, stories and poetry since she was nine years old. Leah is a charter member of the Greater North Jersey Chapter of The Society, Incorporated, a non-profit national women’s organization dedicated to exposing, supporting and promoting youth in the arts and also on the board of trustees for Bayonne Community Mental Health Center in Bayonne, NJ. Leah holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from NJCU. She is the proud mother of two sons who are highly energetic and incredibly talented.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Mayumi moved to Jersey City in 2000 and loves living in one of the most diverse cites in the US. Mayumi is a writer and translator. She worked as an international liaison in entertainment including Sony Music and Toho. She is a member of the Art House INKubator since 2013. As someone who was graded 1 out of 5 (with 5 being the highest) in 8th grade English, she strongly believes motivation is key for one’s academic achievement. While majoring English at Sophia University in Tokyo, she heard classmates saying, “You can never be a writer unless you’re a native speaker.” She’s been motivated to prove otherwise. Today her goal is to write like David Remnick.
MICHAEL J. LORD
Mike is a higher education professional, with over 20 years of experience in the areas of Admissions, Financial Aid, Residence Life, Academic Administration, and Grants Management. Mike has a long standing relationship with the arts, contributing during his undergraduate years at Boston College to leading the nations only improv Murder Mystery troupe, the Committee for Creative Enactments, where he wrote, acted in, and directed many productions. Most recently, Mike has been involved in the Art House INKubator project, volunteering to read roles in scripts written by many of the amazing local writers in the Jersey City area. He also hosts a monthly podcast, Tabletop Genesis, that explores the music of Genesis and the related solo careers of the band members.
PAUL H. THOMAS
A transplanted Southerner, Paul Thomas moved to New York in 1988 to study ballet at the Joffrey School and be a triple-threat on Broadway. After experiencing auditions as endless job interviews with risky companies that could close overnight, he found a different passion in corporate communications and public relations.
Paul now focuses his energies on helping organizations articulate their goals and execute communications that delight customers, boost productivity, transform business processes and drive cultural change. In addition to serving on Art House’s board, Paul has been president of Dixon Mills Condominium Association since 2013.
Born and raised on Woodlawn Avenue, in the Greenville section of Jersey City, Linda is a Hudson County girl, through and through. Upon graduating from NJCU Linda began a career at the Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST) that spans over 34 years. As the current Director of Development for HCST, in 2009 Linda established the HCST Foundation. In her role as the Executive Director the HCST Foundation it has become a vital part of the Hudson County Schools of Technology. As a non-profit organization, the Foundation works with local industry and educational leaders, as well as alumni, parents, and teachers, to provide financial support for innovative, quality learning scenarios that provide students with memorable, real-world experiences. Linda maintains the philosophy that she doesn’t go to work; she goes to school. Beyond the halls of HCST, Linda is the President of the Condo Association at Creekside Manor. Linda is the President of her company LQ Strategies, LLC started in 2010.
Linda is civic-minded and a firm believer in the power of community service and the notion of “Paying it Forward.”
EDWIN J. RAMIREZ
Edwin is a licensed real estate salesperson since 2006 and is part of a new breed of associates who focus on integrity and relationship building. He possesses a proven track record and successfully manages properties in New Jersey and Pennsylvania under the Corban Properties moniker.
With an intense focus on white-glove service and severe attention to detail, Ed engages each client with earnestness and handles every task unto completion. Market proficiency affords him an edge and helps keep buyers, sellers, renters and property owners at ease throughout the entire process.
In addition to his real estate acumen, Ed possesses years of experience in the world of high-end fashion sales and public relations. Having worked for Calvin Klein, Gucci, Valentino, Reem Acra, Roger Dubuis, and others, Ed has generated millions of dollars in sales and media for world-class taste makers.
KRIS VAN NEST
Kris has been involved in the arts since 1998 and was introduced to Art House Productions through Christine Goodman’s acting workshops shortly after moving to Jersey City. He became a volunteer working in the areas of technology and set building, and joined as a board member in 2008. He continues to contribute his experience in business strategy, technology, and education to Art House Productions with an emphasis on using technology and education in a strategic, sustainable way to help empower artists to be successful and broaden the impact of their work. Kris is owner of thislearning®, a Jersey City-based video production company in the education space focused on showcasing kids at their best.
Karin is a writer, producer and digital content developer who loves to create impactful interactive experiences for all kinds of audiences. She served as Producing Director of San Diego’s Fritz Theater from from 1992-2001, where she founded the Fritz Blitz of New Plays. In 2006 she partnered with Stuart Hynson Culpepper in the motion media company Culpepper/Williams, co-creating The Captive (Sundance Channel), and the independent feature Jordan (Lifetime).