A New President for RNA!

RNA Pare photo 2As soon as he heard the position would be opening, John G. Paré Jr. expressed interest in becoming RNA’s new president. The Board agreed that he would be a great addition to the leadership of the Association, and would represent our neighborhood well. John will serve out the remainder of former president Shane Laporte’s term, through September 2016.

A letter from John:

I am thrilled to be the new president of our Riverside Neighborhood Association, and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.

I live and work right here in Riverside.  My home is on Webster Street, and I work at the National Federation of the Blind headquarters (on the southwest corner of Riverside Park).  I may have met many of you on one of my many trips through the park on my way to and from work.

I love living in Baltimore and having easy access to public transportation, a variety of restaurants and shops, and cultural and sporting venues.  By living in this neighborhood, I also enjoy many features of living in a small town, like knowing all of my neighbors by name and having each other’s phone numbers in case of emergency, the charm of a beautiful park, safe and clean streets, and small business owners who know me by name.

I have worked at the National Federation of the Blind for eleven years.  As the Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy, I am responsible for the world’s largest audio newspaper service for the blind, public relations, and governmental affairs.  I have served as the NFB’s liaison to the RNA and have worked to support the Association’s initiatives, including improving Leone-Riverside Park.  Our park is one of our greatest treasures, and I appreciate the emphasis we place on maintaining and enhancing the area.

The Riverside Neighborhood Association is a prime example of how neighbors can work together to influence development, reduce crime, and promote a clean and friendly environment.  I know that there are still challenges to overcome, such as the shortage of parking spaces, and I look forward to working with all of you to improve that situation and to make our neighborhood the best in Baltimore City! 

I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.