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Officers of the Club

Officers of the  2019 Executive Committee

President  •  Founding Member

NICK FRANKLIN

Nick has helped HK Dems find our voice - whether that's building our websites, knocking on doors, writing club emails, or organizing phone banks and postcard parties.  He brings experience working with volunteer groups in LGBT civil rights, volunteer counseling, and homeless outreach.  Nick's personal goal is to make HK Dems into an active, passionate, campaigning organization that can speak with voters in our neighborhood and beyond about Democratic values.  He feels a strong moral obligation to fight the Republican agenda, especially when it exploits the weakest and most vulnerable in our society for the benefit of the rich and powerful.

Vice President  •  Founding Member

ALETA LaFARGUE

A life-long resident of Hell’s Kitchen, Aleta has been serving her community since she was a child working beside her mother as a volunteer during the AIDS crisis. She became politically active in her teen years, campaigning for local and presidential candidates, as well as working with NARAL as a lobbyist for a woman’s right to choose. She marched on Washington against the Gulf War. Beyond our shores, her community service extended to the mountains of Costa Rica, where she traveled with other volunteers to help rebuild septic systems assist after the devastation of hurricane Cesar. She returned to community service in 2016, initially as Secretary of the Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association. The following year she put a slate together and was elected President. In December of 2017 she and her team were re-elected to serve the 3500 tenant body once again. Raising her four-year-old son, and serving her vibrant community are the joy and passion of her life.
 

Corresponding Secretary  •  Founding Member

CARL WILSON

Carl is a resident of 48th Street and proud to have been a founder member of the Hell’s Kitchen Democrats.  Carl served as the assistant campaign manager for Deborah Glick’s re-election campaign and was the Co-Manager for the 2017 Hell’s Kitchen District Leader Race which was successful in defeating candidates backed by the 100 year old McMannus club. Carl also works for Council Speaker Corey Johnson as the liaison to Community Board 4. As a lifelong Democrat, Carl is proud to help bring new and exciting grassroots change to the neighborhood!

Recording Secretary

HEATHER LAVALLE

Bio to come.

Treasurer

MICHAEL SCARNA

Michael is an 18-year resident of Hell’s Kitchen and native of Staten Island. He is the full-time Senior Producer and Business Director at Overland Entertainment, a boutique event production company, where he produces national large-scale festival productions and award shows. He holds a BFA from New York University with a major in Film Production and a minor in Medieval & Renaissance Studies. He is also a classical pianist, avid motorcyclist and dirt biker, video gamer, and amateur curler.

Director of Membership and Outreach

PAUL DAVIS

Paul T. Davis, Esq., is an attorney, progressive activist, and proud resident of Hell’s Kitchen since 2011, along with his wife Jacqueline.  A native New Yorker, Paul’s grandmother was raised by his great grandfather in Hell’s Kitchen, where his father spent the first years of his life.  After graduating from law school and returning to New York, Paul earned a Masters of Law in taxation.  Paul is a Board Member of an environmental non-profit, the Roof Project, which focuses on implementing practical, tangible solutions to mitigate climate change and the urban heat island effect, and to strengthen our communities.  Before joining the Hell’s Kitchen Democrats in 2017, Paul was active with the Manhattan Young Democrats (MYD), serving as Chair of MYD’s then Foreign Affairs Committee.  Now a member of the Democratic County Committee in Manhattan, Paul serves as Chair of the Divisional County Committee for the 75th Assembly District, Part B.  Contact Paul.
 

Director of Political Affairs

ELIZABETH KEEFE

Elizabeth Keefe was born in the Midwest but has lived in the Hell’s Kitchen community for 30 years. In a past life, she has appeared in television commercials and in numerous theatre productions in and around NYC, mostly at American Globe Theatre where for 25 years she was also Executive Director. She is a long-standing union member currently working for the hotel industry. She understands both the non-profit and corporate world as she has straddled both. Liz has been an activist in standing up for educating children in under-served communities, organizing for labor and climate justice, and is a strong advocate for supporting local businesses.  For the past 3 years she has transferred all of her energy and theater skills into being a political activist. She is extremely proud to call this neighborhood home and is very invested in seeing that it remains a vibrant, diverse and safe neighborhood.  Her main 2020 goal is to work towards electing a new administration in the WH. Simultaneously she will work her pants off to do whatever it takes to hold the Congress and flip the Senate. All roads and goals lead to November of 2020. Education: MFA from FSU, Asolo Conservatory. Her chief talents are problem solving and the ability to communicate and organize.  Contact Liz.
 

Director of Programming and Events

TIM OUSEY

Bio to come.

Director of Communications

CHRIS REZA

One of NYC’s leading labor-activist musicians, Chris Reza served on Local 802’s last two Broadway Contract Negotiating Committees, securing for musicians the largest economic wins in nearly a quarter century. He also Vice-Chaired 802’s Broadway Theatre Committee and helped modernize 802’s contracts after founding 802’s Electronic Music Committee. Chris actively wields his 16 woodwinds (saxes, flutes, clarinets, oboes) within the pits of Broadway, Off-Broadway, Radio City, and others. As our HK Democrats’ new Director of Communications, Chris will create opportunities for club members to be part of the creation and implementation of our club’s fresh new communications vision focused on content, accessibility, and modernized functionality. Learn more and get involved by contacting Chris! [Photo Credit: Bryan Canonigo]
 

Member at Large

JOHN AMODEO

Bio to come.

Member at Large

ADRIENNE FORD

Adrienne Ford is a life long resident of Hell’s Kitchen. She exemplifies "a New Yorker" as a National Golden Gloves champion. With her fighters mentality, she has marched on Washington at the Million Woman March and the Women's March. She has also advocated with empathy as a counselor for the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program. Adrienne dual-majored in Urban Affairs & Planning and Sociology but found her niche in Sports Television with a notable 2018 Emmy Award win. She has served her community since 2017 as Vice President of the Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association and as the mother of twin boys, is also a member of the Parents Association at Avenues: The World School.

Member at Large

CHRISTINE GORMAN

Christine has lived in Hell’s Kitchen for more than 25 years and is passionate about health, education and community building. Currently a freelance medical writer, she has worked as a journalist and editor for TIME and Scientific American. She is also president of the West 55th Street Block Association, where—among other things—she created a college travel grant program for junior students at the nearby High School for Environmental Studies. 

Member at Large

JIM McNICKLE

Bio to come.

Member at Large

PAULETTE OSBORNE

As an activist, whose priority is climate change, and a 28-year resident of Hell's Kitchen, Paulette is proud to be serving the HKDems.  With a background in management, she is currently semi-retired and working on events as a freelancer.  She campaigned for Obama in 2008 when she lived in LA and went to Las Vegas for the last push of the campaign and celebrated at Harrah's Hotel in the Presidential Suite with the Beverly Hill Democratic Club.  In 2012, she was living in NYC and volunteered on the campaign, traveling to PA and West Palm Beach for the final push and celebrated at a party for Chris Murphy who ousted Alan West!!  She was invited to the White House for a holiday party in 2013 and met the Obamas.  Since this she has been very active along with great friends that she made working with OFA.  She has two sons and two grandchildren.  This year Paulette is dedicated to getting the current administration out of DC.  Vote Blue No Matter Who! Contact Paulette.
 

Member at Large

DIANE ZUCHNIK

As an elected Member at Large for The Hell’s Kitchen Democratic Club, as well as my many years teaching at the College level, Diane will bring her energy, knowledge and vision, as well as her long history of activism to learn, listen, address and participate in actions and activities that promote ideas, programs, outreach and quality of life issues to improve the lives of all members of a vibrant and diverse community. “It is a great time to live in Hell’s Kitchen and I am thrilled to be an active and strong participant in its success, and to encourage its commercial, economic, educational and social growth.”

Founding President

MARTI ALLEN-CUMMINGS

Marti is a current board member of Community Board 9 as well as a member of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Nightlife. As a drag artist he is known for his political activism, concert tours, talk show, and television appearances. He has used his drag as a force to engage people to become active in politics.

Additional Executive Committee Founding Members

FOUNDING MEMBERS

SEAN COUGHLIN

SARAH FOX

ANTHONY HAYES

JEFFREY LeFRANCOIS

WENDI PASTER

MARK ROBINSON

District Leaders

 
 

MARISA REDANTY 

Female District Leader, Assembly District 75 - Part B

As the longest-serving head of the Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association and as a community leader, Marisa has fought against excessive development in Hell’s Kitchen, and to preserve the “community” preference at Manhattan Plaza. As a union activist and actor (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Sex and the City, and The Sopranos, among others) she was active in the merger of SAG and AFTRA. Marisa grew up in East Rochester, NY, and was the first in her family to attend college, graduating from Ithaca College with a BFA in Acting/Directing. She is a breast cancer survivor. 

PAUL DEVLIN

Male District Leader, Assembly District 75 - Part B

Paul is a lifelong Democrat and long-time activist who has been fighting for progressive causes for most of his adult life. He has worked in over 20 states on Democratic campaigns from Dukakis for President to Corey Johnson for City Council. Besides being District Leader, he serves on Manhattan’s Community Board 4, organizes with Gays Against Guns, fundraises for MS Society, and is one of the earliest members of Hell’s Kitchen Democrats. Paul believes that the Democratic Party can and should be more representative of our neighborhood so will work to ensure voices from Hell’s Kitchen are heard by our local elected officials and at the Party.