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.

Paterson Host Team

Paterson Falls

Kim Birdsall, Health Coalition of Passaic County
Jen Brady, OASIS
Mikayla Carter*, Paterson Youth Council
Giancarlo Di Lonardo, NJ Community Capital
Barbara Dunn, Paterson Habitat for Humanity
Veronica Fernandez Rogers, AmeriCorps
Pierre Francis, Kintock Group Community Resources Centers
Rosie Grant, Paterson Education Fund
Bob Guarasci, NJCDC
S. Nadia Hussain, Bangladeshi-American Women’s Development Initiative
Steve Lenox, TAPInto Paterson
Pastor Carolyn McCombs, New Destiny Family Success Center
Ann Marie Miller, ArtPride NJ
Kate Muldoon
, William Paterson University Small Business Development Center
Mike Powell, Passaic County Community College
Nicholas Rodriguez, Inner City Ensemble
Rana Sabagh, Islamic Center of Passaic County
Inge Spungen*, Paterson Alliance
Luis Vega, Paterson Fire Department
Jim Walsh, OASIS
Veronica Fernandez-Rogers, AmeriCorps

*Creative Paterson Host Team Co-Chairs


“It was a delight to work with all of you on this initiative that is so critical to the future of our community. I have lived and worked in Atlantic City for 26 years. During those years, I have heard and read about so many “plans” that never were brought to completion. Thanks to Gathering Ground, we now have a blueprint for success. What you have done for us will impact the lives of so many people for years to come.”

– Diane Ramftl – Former Regional Charter Marketing Specialist, Harrahs (Atlantic City)