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.

Rahway Host Team

Rahway Call to Collaboration

Nikki Ahmetaj, Resident/Allume Events
Ennis Carter, Social Impact Studios
Kristine De Jesus-Farrar, Resident/Montclair State University
Rachael Faillace, Resident/Rahway Arts District
Nilyne Fields, Resident/Park Square Manager
Sondra Fishinger, Resident/Friends of Rahway Library/ Union County PAC Board of Trustees
Bobbi Fishman, Restaurant Owner, The Rail House 1449
Wendy Liscow, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Pam Marvin, Monmouth Arts
Michelle McTamney, Resident/Liberty Harley-Davidson/Buell
Eric Miles, Resident/Rahway Library Board of Trustees
Angela Pryor, Resident/Creative entrepreneur
Vanessa Rozzelle, Resident/Rahway Library Board of Trustees
Danni Rumsey, Union County Performing Arts Center
Tony Walker, Resident/Entrepreneur


“I was really amazed by the cross-section of people in this whole building today. I really didn’t know what to expect and I wasn’t anticipating facilitating a session. I absolutely loved the energy that came out of the room and I was pretty amazed at the breath of ideas. “The fact that we come back on day two to create an action plan and walk out of here with very specific tasks is an amazing thing. It’s a way to help Asbury Park to move forward with an actionable plan.”

– Jen Souder – Consultant, Greener by Design, Founder Asbury Park African American Heritage Project & Museum (Asbury Park)