Bob Townley

Executive Director

Bob Townley

Executive Director

Bob's broad experience in nonprofit management is bolstered by a Master's degree in Social Administration from Columbia University. He has worked extensively with families in New York City, including homeless families at the Henry Street Settlement's Urban Family Center. His commitment to helping families secure employment and childcare has been the driving force in his work. Bob's other love is sports and recreation. In the mid-1980s he became Youth Coordinator of Community Board One, and he started Manhattan Youth in 1986 with Lower Manhattan parents. His commitment to social activism helped him organize community meetings and services for residents including successful advocacy efforts for parks, sports leagues and schools. In the aftermath of 9/11 Bob took the lead in organizing services for the downtown community.

Bob ranks as one of the longest-serving members of CB1. He is a member of the Hudson River Park Advisory Board, the Residents Advisory Board of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and he is a founder of the Downtown Soccer and Little Leagues. A native of Coney Island who grew up in Manhattan and Queens, he has lived in Tribeca and has been a Battery Park City resident for over 20 years. Bob enjoys hiking, music about beaches and the ocean, he loves the gym in his building, and he is a die-hard fan of both the New York Giants and New York Jets!

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Matthew Behrens

Lawyer and Parent

Matthew Behrens

Lawyer and Parent

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Bruce Cronin

Board Chair and Professor

Bruce Cronin

Board Chair and Professor

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David Gage

Instrument Repair Shop and Parent

David Gage

Instrument Repair Shop and Parent

Board member David Gage has lived and worked in Tribeca since 1977. He and his wife Judy raised their two children, Mollie and Isaiah, in their Tribeca loft . Their children attended both the neighborhood schools and various Manhattan Youth programs and day camp. For many years David enjoyed coaching both his children and others at Manhattan Youth Basketball leagues. He is the adoring grandfather of Isabella, now three and a half and a frequent visitor to Manhattan Youth open play areas.

Since 1978 David has been President of David Gage String Instruments in Tribeca, a brick and mortar shop specializing in the restoration , sales and rentals of string basses, celli, violins and violas . He is also the designer and manufacturer of a line of transducers for the amplification of instruments in the violin family. David plays the upright and electric basses as well as the guitar and enjoys sharing his love of music and musicians with area children who now rent their instruments through the shop.

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Janiece Brown Spitzmueller, Esq.

Sptizmuller Lawyer

Janiece Brown Spitzmueller, Esq.

Sptizmuller Lawyer

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Paul Hovitz

Teacher, Activist, and Parent

Paul Hovitz

Teacher, Activist, and Parent

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Ron V. Shenfield

Ron V. Shenfield

Ron Shenfield, Treasurer MY Board of Directors is an accomplished healthcare consultant and project manager specializing in large-scale healthcare planning, strategy, capital development, administration, and operations. With a diverse career in senior executive, consulting and government roles, having set healthcare policy, directed and run long-term care facilities, and both planned and administered hospital programs, services, and capital developments over the past 25+ years.

Ron’s industry knowledge, contacts, and leadership/consulting expertise span the full breadth of healthcare planning, administration, and operations. His experience provides the ability to advise on and lead all project phases, from defining the vision to executing the plan.

Ron has also lectured and presented before some of the top universities and healthcare associations throughout Canada and the U.S.

Ron holds a Masters Degree in Social Policy & Administration with a minor in Business Administration from Columbia University, Bachelor degrees from the Universities of Calgary and Alberta, and has chaired or contributed to over 20 senior-level planning and action committees in both Canada and the U.S..

Ron was a co-founder of Manhattan Youth in 1986 and continues to serve as a Board member, currently he is the Board Treasurer.

Ron and his wife enjoy travelling, kayaking, sailing and hiking.

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Tillie Shuster, MS

Founding Board Member, Retired 2019

Tillie Shuster, MS

Founding Board Member, Retired 2019

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Wendy Chapman

Community Board Member, Parent

Wendy Chapman

Community Board Member, Parent

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