Getting to Know Steve

Steve Pavis and John have been friends since they were five years old, growing up together on Staten Island, NY. Steve’s several older siblings made him a very hip music fan from a young age and he has been John’s music guru since the 6th grade. During the punk rock era of the late ‘70s Steve single-handedly introduced John to bands like The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Heartbreakers, The Dead Boys, X-Ray Spex, and The Adverts. Steve brings to CHP the same unique energy and compassion that he possessed when he and John were 8th graders playing “Honky Tonk Women” for residents with special needs at the infamous and long closed Willowbrook State School on Staten Island. And he is still turning John on to new sounds.

What is your “super power”? My ability to interact with all kinds of people
What is your favorite quality in a person? Compassion
What is your biggest personal challenge? To find true happiness
What’s your dream job? Disc jockey
Your idea of happiness? A tranquil lifestyle
Your idea of misery? Loss
Where would you like to live? Tahiti
Your favorite song now? “Kids” by MGMT
Your favorite song as a younger person? “Deuce” by KISS
What was the best concert you ever attended? The Clash at The Palladium in Manhattan, Feb. 1979
Who’s your favorite fictional character? Clem Snide from Naked Lunch
What do you enjoy about volunteering for CHP? Working with the clients and knowing we are able to put a smile on their face and a spring in their step. That brings me happiness.