From the South Orange Village Center Alliance:
The South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) unanimously voted to add four new members to its Board of Directors during the organization’s September board meeting this morning. Joining the SOVCA Board are Courtney Bryan, Executive Director of the East Region for JP Morgan Chase Global Philanthropy, Catherine (Cat) Fisher, owner of Sadie’s in South Orange, Jonathan Javins, a co-owner of Pet Wants SOMA, and Michael Maza, a partner of Kliment Halsband Architects in New York City. All four new board members reside in South Orange. Fisher and Javins will be filling vacant business owner slots on the board, Bryan is filling an at-large position and Maza will fill a vacant resident spot.
“We are pleased to welcome Courtney, Cat, Jonathan and Michael to the SOVCA board” said Board Chair Steven Pedigo. “All four new board members have a passion for downtown South Orange and will be great skills to our leadership team. Executive Director Bob Zuckerman added further, “We had a record number of applicants for the four positions, demonstrating an excitement for the placemaking, beautification and business development work we are doing here in our downtown. I’m really looking forward to working with all of our new and existing board members.”
Courtney Bryan has lived in South Orange for five years — just steps away from the Village Center — with her husband Josh Shaddock and their two children, Molly and Sam. She has had a distinguished career in the field of criminal justice reform. Courtney is now in Global Philanthropy at JP Morgan Chase and promotes inclusive economic opportunity through job training, entrepreneurship, financial health, and neighborhood revitalization.
Catherine Fisher (Cat) lives in South Orange with her husband Andrew and she is the owner of Sadie’s, a boutique in South Orange that sells women’s and men’s clothing and home items. Cat carefully curates the collections to focus on ethical and philanthropic brands while keeping the price point something everyone can afford. Cat is originally from Michigan and has 15 years of retail experience. She has been an active participant in the community since moving to South Orange, including coordinating Theater in The Park, an event put on by the Academy Heights Neighborhood Association in Founders Park.
Jonathan Javins has been in the retail and apparel industry for the past 25 years. Visual merchandising has been the focus of his career which included window installations and store set-up and design. He has also been involved with purchasing at many well-known retailers across various industries. He is currently a co-owner of Pet Wants SOMA in South Orange Village Center that he has operated with his husband Jack Denelsbeck for the past 2 1/2 years. Pet Wants focuses on health and nutrition for pets, sells proprietary kibble by the pound that is made fresh every thirty days and provides a complimentary delivery service.
Michael Maza, a resident of South Orange since 2010, is a partner at Kliment Halsband Architects; an award-winning NYC based firm focusing on cultural, educational and civic projects. He has distinguished himself for managing complex renovations and adaptive reuse projects of historic buildings. Michael has participated in panel discussions and given lectures about renovating historic buildings at local and national AIA conferences and events. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from The College of William and Mary and a Master of Architecture from North Carolina State University and is a licensed architect in New York and New Jersey. A father of two young boys, he is passionate about travel and cycling.
You can learn more about SOVCA at SOVillageCenter.org. Follow-up media inquiries can be directed to Bob Zuckerman at [email protected]g or at 973-763-6899.