Patrick McCluskey is responsible for the daily operations of the Conservancy and reports directly to the Chairperson and Board of Directors. He is charged with the development and execution of fundraising strategies to support the Conservancy’s mission and goals. He is also responsible for establishing and maintaining internal controls to preserve Conservancy assets, authorize and record transactions, and ensure the accuracy of financial statements.
Patrick provides leadership, support and guidance to the Conservancy’s hundreds of volunteers, and assists with the implementation and management of all programming, ranging from the Adopt-a-Bench program to the Gracie Square Art Show.
He is passionate about continuing to strengthen the Conservancy’s commitment to all those who help make the Park and Conservancy treasured neighborhood gems.
Prior to joining the Conservancy staff, Patrick worked in retained executive search and global mobility for top tier financial services and consulting firms. His professional background includes training and experience in international human resources, policy creation and administration, and organizational management.
Director of In-Park Events
Ann Meschery serves as the Director of In-Park Events with New York City’s Carl Schurz Park Conservancy. In this capacity she is responsible for producing the Summer Sounds Concert Series, Sunset Film Festival, Gracie Square Art Show and the Holiday Tree Lighting and Caroling Celebration.
From 2001 till 2008 Ms. Meschery was General Manager of the American Russian Youth Orchestra (ARYO), a cross-cultural collaboration with Russia. Prior to that, her lengthy career in advertising included senior positions with Campbell Media Alliance, Bates Worldwide and McCann-Erickson.
She has participated, for 25 years, with the New York City Opera Volunteer Corps and is its immediate past President. For ten years she served on the Board of Directors of Opera Volunteers International, an organization that provides resources and mentoring to opera company volunteers. She has also been a community activist since arriving in New York City, participating in numerous political campaigns, serving as a member of Community Board 8 and on the staff of the late State Senator, Roy Goodman.
She holds a certificate in Arts Administration from New York University
As Operations Associate, Jess Goetz is responsible for assisting with the day-to-day operational tasks of running the Conservancy. Jess oversees all database management and assists with all events.
Before joining the staff, Jess worked as a casework representative for Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. (NJ-09). There she worked on his successful reelection campaign, assisted with fundraisers, and was the first point of contact for the congressman’s constituents. She is excited to transfer these skills to maintaining and improving Carl Schurz Park.
Breeana George is thrilled to be the Conservancy’s new Horticulturist. She works full time, year-round, to identify and execute projects to restore and further improve the health of existing landscaped areas. She is responsible for documenting and assessing all plants and implementing routines for their care and maintenance. Breeana works closely with the volunteer Gardening Committee, Conservancy Zone Gardeners, neighborhood volunteers and NYC Park’s personnel to carry out new and ongoing projects.
Bee started her career in Seattle, Washington where she was born and raised. She interned for four years doing restoration in the Duwamish Greenbelt, Seattle’s last standing forest. While working for the Nature Consortium she attended South Seattle College to obtain her Associates Degree in Horticulture. Bee studied in Ireland to learn traditional European gardening practices as well as here in the US to learn plant merchandising, floral design and landscape management. She moved to NYC in 2015 and spent the past three years working for Riverside Park Conservancy.
Breeana is committed to making our small public park a cleaner, greener and more enjoyable space for the community.