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In Nov. 2021 after ten years of our evolving mission and impact, we changed our name to Gathering Ground. You may still find reference to our old name Creative New Jersey in posts created prior to Nov. 2021.

Gathering Ground benefits from the active participation and wisdom of dozens of individuals who serve as members of our local community-based Host Teams.

Atlantic City Host Team

Atlantic City

Michael Cagno, Noyes Museum
Mayor Chuck Chiarello, Buena Vista Township Diane DeLuca, Atlantic City Ballet
Allan Doerr, Caesars Entertainment
Michael Epps, The Epps Law Firm P.A.
Joyce Hagen, Atlantic Cape Community College
Sidney Hargro, Community Foundation of South Jersey
Sharon Harrington, Casino Control Commission
Pam James, Atlantic City Housing Authority
Bert Lopez, Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic City
Alex Marino, Carnegie Center/Assistant to the Provost at Stockton College
Joe Molineaux, Small Business Development Center at Stockton College
Ken Mosca, Atlantic City Electric
Phyllis Papa, Atlantic City Ballet
Cydnee Phoenix, Community Think Tank
Diane Ramftl, Caesars Entertainment
Chief Henry White, Atlantic City Police Department
Libbie Wills, 1st Ward Civic Association
Diane Deluca, Atlantic City Ballet Company
John Rosnick, Resident
Wendy Liscow, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation 


“What an energizing and enlightening event! It was so wonderful to convene with recovery partners across the state to reflect on lessons learned. When we join forces and find a common voice, we are so much stronger and more effective. I look forward to being part of this movement to make meaningful changes which will positively impact the future of response and recovery in NJ.”

– Kelly Higgs – Former Executive Director of NJVOAD (statewide)