Meet The Team


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Melanie Thiel

Executive Director

O: (908) 689-4800

Sonya Thiel

Interim Executive Assistant ​

O: (908) 689-4800

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Daniel Hirshberg

Public Relations Consultant

O: (908) 507-2200  

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Executive Assistant

The Washington Borough Business Improvement District is seeking an Executive Assistant to start at the end of August. This is a part-time 30-35hours (Mon-Fri with some weekends and nights required) position. The Washington Borough Business Improvement District is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization formed as a legal self-governing body, funded through an assessment on business property located in Washington Borough, NJ. The WBID creates an environment where business and government can work together to promote opportunities, enhance the shoppers experience, and preserve the cultural, historic, tourist and civic interests of the district. Washington Borough takes great pride in its downtown and is always seeking ways to improve the streetscape. Upgrades have included extra-wide pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, antique-style town clock and complementing streetlights, a pocket park with performance space, and plenty of convenient parking. The Borough is home to more than a dozen free and low-cost annual festivals and events each year. Well-attended by area residents, these events also attract more than 15,000 visitors annually. The Executive Assistant is a key member of the Washington BID team as they work directly with the Executive Director on all aspects of the organization. 

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Board of Directors

Executive Committee 

President: Vincent Iannelli, Pasta Grill by Enzo

1st Vice President:  Angela Bridygham, Esoteric Jiu Jitsu Academy

2nd Vice President: Ellen Perkins, Gaia's Gifts

Secretary: Michael Yates, Michael F. Yates & Co. 

Treasurer: Jeff Smith, Smith Motors

Board of Directors

Cynthia Valle, Hairmazing 

Dr. Nancy Grewal, West Washington Family Dentistry

Bob Valinski, Borough Resident

Angela Bridygham, Esoteric Jiu Jitsu Academy 

Ellen Perkins, Gaia's Gifts

Ajay Gaglani, Williams Irish Tavern

Amgad Khalil, property owner 

Scott Severns, NJ School of Woodwork

Michael Yates, Michael F. Yates & Co.

Jeff Smith, Smith Motors

Vincent Ianelli, Pasta Grill by Enzo 

Ethel Conry, Washington Borough Deputy Mayor

Josephine Noone, Washington Borough Councilwoman

Matthew Hall, Washington Borough Manager

Executive Committee - Photo Credit: Dan Hirshberg

When are Board of Director Meetings?

Board of Director meetings are held at the WBID office, 21 Belvidere Avenue, at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month with the the following exceptions: No meeting in July. No meeting in September. The February meeting is our annual Recognition Reception date. 

Meetings will be held via Zoom and in person until further notice. 


Board meetings are open to all members and the community as well, however if there is a particular item you would like to discuss and have added to the agenda, please notify the Executive Director or President in advance of the meeting.