Who We Are
Our team includes people who live and work in the local community and several who are lifelong residents of Queens. Be assured that you are represented by people who know and understand the community they serve and are passionate about making a difference. We have a team of talented, capable, hardworking individuals who are eager to serve you.
Frank Taylor, Chairperson
Frank Taylor a longtime resident of East Elmhurst, has served on Queens Community Board 3 since 2017. He serves on a total of 10 special committees, including Education, Land Use Review, Airport, Business/Economic Development, Traffic & Transportation, and Youth Services Planning. Frank is also currently the President of the Ditmars Boulevard Block Association, since January of 2016, and Vice President of the New York Chapter of the Lincoln University Alumni Association, since July 2017, of which he is a graduate of the school with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. Frank served the New York Department of Corrections and honorably retired after 20 years of service as one of New York’s Boldest. During that time, Frank was the recipient of the Medal of Honor and the Exceptional Duty Award. In addition, Frank was proudly a First Responder at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Since retirement, he serves as a Trustee on the Correctional Officer’s Benevolent Association Union. Frank spends what little time he has left over in his busy schedule of his free time doing volunteer work as a stock market day-trader, real estate investor and art enthusiast.
Giovanna A Reid, District Manager
Giovanna A Reid a resident of Queens, has served as District Manager of Queens Community Board 3 for several years. As District Manager, she services the neighborhoods of East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and North Corona, which is comprised of a very diverse community with a population of over 250, 000 residents . The District Manager serves as the intermediary between the constituents of Community Board 3 and the agencies that provide services to the community. She represents and advocates for the community and works closely with agency heads and elected officials.
She, along with her staff and members of the board, assesses the needs of the community and interacts with agencies that provide essential services to the board area. She coordinates board and committee meetings, the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process, Board of Standard and SLA applications, and Annual Health Care Expo and Outdoor meetings, to name just a few of her myriad of responsibilities.
Dr. Laverne Nimmons, First Vice Chairperson
Dr. Laverne Nimmons has been a resident of East Elmhurst for over 50 years and has served on Queens Community Board 3 since 2013. Currently, she co-chairs the Education & School Facilities Committee, which develops needs assessments and monitors education services within Queens Community Board 3. Dr. Nimmons graduated from Queens College with a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1979, and earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Queens College in 1981. In addition, she earned her Professional Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from St. John’s University in 1988 and her Ph.D. in Urban Educational Leadership in 2009. Dr. Nimmons credits her research while working on her doctoral dissertation, which examined how underachieving schools in poor urban areas transformed themselves into high performing schools, as a significant factor in her school winning the National Blue-Ribbon award in 2010 for academic excellence. This award was presented by the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C.
Dr Nimmons is the recipient of several prestigious awards which include: 2010“Outstanding Educator of the Year” by the Association of Black Educators of New York (ABENY), 2011 “Outstanding and Dedicated Civic and Community Service” award by Concerned Women of Brooklyn, Inc., 2010 U.S. Department of Education Terrell H. Bell Award Winner , 2011 Cahn Fellow, Teachers College Columbia University, named 2009 & 2011, and the “Outstanding Educator of the Year” award by Education Update Hunter College.
Dr. Nimmons retired as an elementary school principal in 2016 after serving the children and their families of the City of New York for 37 years. She is now enjoying her service to the Queens communities of East Elmhurst, Corona and Jackson Heights as an Executive Queens Community Board 3 Member.
Kevin Hughes-Noboa, 2nd Vice Chairperson
Kevin Hughes-Noboa has been a resident of East Elmhurst for many years and has served on Queens Community Board 3 since 2016. Currently, he chairs the Technology Advisory Committee, which oversees the Queens Community Board 3 Web site, social media channels and the ongoing advancement and upgrade of QCB3’s technology needs. In addition, he personally manages the QCB3 Twitter account, “tweeting out” the Board’s many meetings, events, public hearings and announcements to the community at large.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Advertising & Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York, a Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts from Oakland University of Michigan, and a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Long Island University of Brooklyn. When he is not attending to the needs of the communities of Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and Northern Corona, Kevin works for the Legal Aid Society, New York City’s largest and oldest public defender law firm. Enforcing the constitutional rights of NYC’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised residents is a passion that Kevin cares deeply about and as such has spent the last 10 years dedicated to that cause. Kevin is also an avid animal lover and activist and can be seen around town with his husband, Dennis, walking their two dogs, Maximus and Samantha.
Richard G. Mullings, Secretary
Richard Mullings has been a resident of East Elmhurst for over 30 years and has served in Queens Community Board 3 since 2018. He serves on multiple committees including Land Use Review, Airport, Business/Economic Development, and Traffic & Transportation planning. Richard graduated from Baruch College with a Master in Public Administration through National Urban Fellows, and earned his Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at City College, Center for Worker Education.
Richard’s recognition for his extensive expertise and interests in business economic development, community relations, and neighborhood improvement, offering over 10 years combined experience in government advisory, community outreach, and non-profit management, have credited him for driving program success, cultivating relationships with local organizations and stakeholders to analyze facts and data, translated them into meaningful insights and recommendations. Richard was a participant of Coro Leadership NYC to further enhance his program management, strategic planning, and policy analysis abilities; to the next level in better resolving local problems, and equipping public leaders with practical tools and multi-sector approaches to address challenges, increasing equity, and elevate the social mobility and economy in under-served communities. Outside of public service, Richard is a fitness enthusiast, an avid traveler, and a food connoisseur of various ethnic cuisines in the district.
Leoncio Romero, Treasurer
Leoncio Romero has been a resident of East Elmhurst for many years and has served on Queens Community Board 3 since 2000. Currently, he chairs the Personnel & Budget Committee, which oversees staff and develops internal budgets for Queens Community Board 3. Leoncio graduated from City College of New York with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and has since spent his professional career working as a Civil Engineer, currently for the New York State Department of Transportation.
Members at Large
Jairo Rodriguez is a long-term resident of Jackson Heights who has served on Queens Community Board 3 for over 10 years. Jairo has also served the community for many years in various capacities as Vice President of the Jackson Heights Rotary Club, Merchants Association, Precinct Council, and many other Civic Philanthropic groups. He is proprietor of a local restaurant and bar and he is the CEO of his realty company.
Lobsang Salaka has been a resident of Jackson Heights for many years and has served on Queens Community Board 3 since 2017. He co-chairs the Immigration Affairs Committee, which oversees the numerous issues that affect the many immigrant populations who reside within the areas served by Queens Community Board 3.
Currently, Lobsang has been as been at the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor as Foreign Affairs at the U.S. Department of State where his role is to shape the U.S. Foreign Policy by promoting and advancing human rights online and offline across the globe. Before joining the Department of State, Lobsang worked at the United States Census Bureau as a Partnership Specialist, developing strategies to support the Decennial census. Lobsang served in the Army for nine years with three combat tours to Afghanistan. During his service, he held leadership positions as Non-Commissioned Officer-In-Charge of Afghanistan Humanitarian Relief Project, Logistical Support Operation, and Afghanistan Retrograde Operation. He also completed Congressional Fellowships with Students Veterans of America, Veterans in Foreign Wars, Hill Vets, and the Mission Continues, where he worked on veterans’ affairs, defense, foreign policy, trade, economic, and human rights issues. He is a member of various non-profit organizations in the City of New York and Washington, D.C. Lobsang is a Doctoral of Law and Policy candidate at Northeastern University. He received his MPA from Columbia University and an MBA from the State University of New York.
Megan Rockwell, Member at Large, has been a resident of Queens for over a decade and has served on QCB3 since 2019. She currently serves on the executive committee and as QCB3’s appointee to the Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board. Megan earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her law degree from Fordham University School of Law. She is an attorney in the corporate group of Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, and general corporate matters, particularly in the hospitality industry.
Andre Ulrick Gedeon is a resident of East Elmhurst since 1970, served on the Queens Community Board 3 as a Resident member, eventually becoming a regular Board Member. He graduated from Citizens Police Academy and served on Community Council 115 Precinct as Sergeant-at-Arms. He’s a former Block Watcher for East Elmhurst Neighborhood, currently volunteer’s as NYPD Community Partner. Presently, Andre is an active member of the NAACP Corona East Elmhurst Branch and Kiwanis Corona -East Elmhurst Branch.