Board Members


Shirael Pollack, Co-Founder and President


Shirael Pollack has been a proud Hoboken resident since 2007, and has two young daughters who attend Hoboken Public Schools. Shirael has a passion for community and for working with local corporations to lead Hoboken PEF's fundraising efforts. She is a practicing pediatric physical therapist who owns and operates Watch Me Grow, a therapy center for children of all ages with two locations in Manhattan, and has been recognized as a child development expert by various media outlets. In addition, Shirael serves as board member and Chair of Fundraising for the National Autism Association NY Metro Chapter.


Erica Gavin, Co-Founder and Vice President


Erica Gavin has lived in Hoboken since 2005, and has two young sons who attend Hoboken Public Schools. She has nearly 20 years of experience in communications and event planning, which serves her well in her event-planning activities for Hoboken PEF. In 2004, Erica established Erica Berg & Associates LLC, consulting for agencies, corporations, and not-for-profits focused on arts and education. Erica currently serves as Regional Director for DukeNY, working for the Duke Alumni Association.


Jackie Dowd-Prince, Co-Founder and Secretary


Jackie and her husband moved from Manhattan to Hoboken in 2006 as expectant parents looking for more space in which to raise their son. They found a welcoming, tight-knit community and soon thereafter decided to make Hoboken their long-term home. As Jackie started attending school board meetings and learning more about statewide funding cuts, she wanted to proactively help support the district schools; she became one of the co-founders of Hoboken PEF, and now manages its operations. Jackie is a senior consultant at Willis Towers Watson, a leading human-resource consulting firm.


Danielle Moss, Treasurer


Danielle and her husband, Jason, are delighted to have set down roots in Hoboken in 1999. Their two young daughters attend Hoboken schools. They love Hoboken's small town charm and convenient proximity to NYC, which allows for a strong work-life balance. Danielle's wish for Hoboken PEF is to better the schools and strengthen the community so that more families will choose to raise their children in Hoboken long-term. Danielle has over 20 years of experience in human resources and currently is Vice President of Compensation & International Total Rewards for Ralph Lauren.


Hannah Gordon, Fundraising and Events


Hannah Gordon has called Hoboken home since 2004, and has two boys in Hoboken Public Schools. Hannah joined the Hoboken PEF team to contribute to the ongoing improvement of the Hoboken public school system. She particularly enjoys helping manage the foundation's events and fundraising. Hannah earned her doctorate in organizational psychology from Rutgers, and has nearly 10 years of experience in the area of talent management, a specialty human resources function.


Leslie Norwood, Endowments and Grants


Leslie Norwood resides in Hoboken with her husband and their two sons who are students at Hoboken Public Schools. She has lived in Hoboken since 1998, and has volunteered with the Brandt Parent Consortium and in her child's classroom.  Her interest in joining the Hoboken PEF board includes establishing an endowment fund to support the foundation's long-term goals. Leslie is employed as a securities attorney in NYC focusing on infrastructure finance. 


Amy Warshawsky, Event Planning

Amy Warshawsky moved to Hoboken in 2013 after living four years overseas. She has three children, one who graduated from Hoboken High School and one who is currently attending Hoboken Middle School after spending first through sixth grade at The Wallace School. Amy has nearly 20 years in event planning and close to 10 years as a professional business, health, wellness and life coach. Amy is dedicated to all Hoboken families realizing the excellent opportunities and education our children receive at Hoboken High School and all schools throughout the District.


Kate DeCock, Community and Volunteer Outreach

Kate and her husband moved to Hoboken in 2007 and are the proud parents of 3 children in Hoboken Public Schools. Kate became involved with Hoboken PEF to help elevate the conversation around public schools in our community. Kate worked as a Project Manager for Accenture for 15 years and now is a yoga instructor in town. The Hoboken Public Schools are a reflection of our strong and diverse Hoboken community, and Kate is excited to dedicate time to its betterment.