About FACA

The Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee was formed in 2012 by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972.The Committee provides advice to the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through the Director of the National Park Service (Director), on the development of a reuse plan and on matters relating to future uses of the Fort Hancock Historic District of Gateway National Recreation Area.Its members come from a variety of disciplines including local government, real estate, hospitality, education, recreation, nature sciences, environmental action and more.Members must nominate themselves during a Call for Nominations. All meetings and all major changes to the committee, including its formation and changes to membership, must be announced in the Federal Register.

All meetings are open to the public, with a time regularly set aside for public comment. Come see a meeting for yourself.

The committee has met regularly since January 2013 to consider the future of the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark. The Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, a National Park Service site created by an Act of Congress in 1972, covers the majority of the landmark district.As stated in the original Advisory Committee Charter (2012), the committee encourages leasing of the historic buildings for adaptive reuse. (The 2014 amended version of the charteris here.) This committee will follow its operating procedures to help the park develop plans consistent with Gateway’s 2014 General Management Plan (GMP).

Member of the Faca Committee

Membership Representatives

Natural Resources, Business, Cultural Resource,Real Estate, Recreation, Education, Scientific, Hospitality,communities

Representatives of Borough of Highlands, Borough of Sea Bright, Middletown Township, Borough of Rumson and Monmouth County Freeholders


Lillian G. Burry

Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders: Serves as an elected member of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and sits on the Fort Monmouth redevelopment board.

Linda Cohen

Founder and Director, Ocean Discoveries, 1994 – present. Created and developed an individualized, hands-on Marine Science Program for school visits for pre-school through grade eight. OceanDiscoveries has educated thousands of New Jersey students about the fascinating, yet fragile, beaches and estuaries of Sandy Hook.

John Ekdahl

Mayor, Borough of Rumson. Served many years on Borough zoning and planning boards. He is a first vice president of investments with Merrill Lynch.

Mary Eileen Fouratt

Monmouth County Arts Council, Red Bank Executive Director, 1999-present. Leads a nonprofit county-wide arts agency with a $500,000 budget, a 17-member Board of Trustees, 75 member arts groups, and over 250 individual members.Led community arts planning for Monmouth County, municipalities and regional redevelopment plans.

Gerald Glaser (co-chair)

Executive, National Science Foundation (NSF), the federal agency with primary responsibility for funding the nation’s basic science and engineering research and education activities. Annual budget for NSF is approximately $7 billion. A member of the agency since 1976, Glazer was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1988.

Guy T. Hembling

President of Charles B. Hembling & Son. Inc. Oversees numerous historic restoration projects at The Church of Seven Presidents in Long Branch, Old Brick Church in Marlboro and the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium, located at Fort Hancock.

Timothy G. Hill

Served 33 years of in municipal government in a variety of positions, including 30 years as a member of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association, where he served as president as well as on Public Affairs, Conference, Strategic Planning, Awards and Community Recreation Society committees.

Michael Holenstein

MAI Real Estate Appraisal. Performed Consulting Services as his sole occupation beginning in 1987. Valuation experience with partial interests, real property rights, condemnation appraisal, subdivision analysis, tax appeals, general fee appraisal, and a variety of consulting services including acquisition and development, feasibility, financing, estate management, partnership interests, partial interests, evaluation for trusts, and discounting of partial interests. Serves as the Director, Relocation & Business Development/Broker, Office Manager for GMS, Predential, Zack Shore Properties, Responsible for developing relocation and referral business throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties

James Krauss

A Certified Public Accountant with over 40 years’ experience, Krauss brings several diverse interests and talents to the group. A resident of Atlantic Highlands, a nearby community not previously represented on the committee, Krauss chairs the Atlantic Highlands Environmental Commission and also serves as a member of the Monmouth County Environmental Council.

Anthony Mercantante

A licensed professional planner in New Jersey and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Mercantante has served as Township Administrator for the Borough of Middletown since 2008. From 1989 to 2008, he served as planner for Middletown. He has helped other towns in and out of the state with planning for a variety of issues, including the management of growth and environmental concerns.

Stephanie Murray

Borough of Middletown: Murray serves as the Mayor of Middletown, where she was elected as a committeewoman in 2012. During the past year, she served informally as a conduit between town government and the committee. She organized and chaired Middletown 350, a group organizing the celebration of the town’s 350th anniversary. A former assistant trader on the NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange, Murray owns and runs Crescent Moon Press, Inc., a publishing company.

Dr. Howard Parish

Professor Emeritus of Geosciences, New Jersey City University; Member of the Board of Directors of the Jersey City Rotary; Past Chair and current member of the Board of Directors of the Pocono Environmental Education Center located in Dingmans’ Ferry Pennsylvania; Vice Chair of the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium, located at Sandy Hook New Jersey. Both organizations are affiliated with the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Lynda Rose

President of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 500 businesses in the Monmouth and Ocean County Area. Responsible for the planning, communication, program development and all operational aspects of the organization. Rose has been a featured speaker on the Tourism Industry.

Daniel Saunders

Administrator (2008-Present) Historic Preservation Office, NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Served as a Historic Preservation Specialist. Has worked on a number of projects with the NPS in the State of New Jersey including planning at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park and the rehabilitation of the south side of Ellis Island. Saunders has also worked as a project reviewer for Historic Preservation Tax credits and serves on the following boards: Crossroads of the American Revolution; New Jersey Historical Commission; New Jersey Historic Trust.

Katherine Stevenson

Recently retired after a 40-year career with the National Park Service, Stevenson has held two associate director positions;associate for business services and associate for cultural resources, partnerships and recreation programs. Her combination of historic preservation expertise and familiarity with concessions in the NPS will serve Fort Hancock well as it reawakens into a vital, vibrant community.

Jeffrey Tyler

A senior director at Express Scripts, Tyler directed all real estate transactions for this Fortune 20 Company. He has extensive experience in real estate matters in the tri-state area as well as experience with US Government leases and procedures. Tyler currently chairs the Hazlet Township Land Use Board, which created the award-winning Hazlet 2030 Vision Plan, and is a member of the Hazlet Open Space Advisory Council.

Margot Walsh

Executive Director, Jersey Shore Partnership; President, Jersey Shore Partnership Foundation. Served as the vice president of administration and development with the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting. Currently a member of: American Shore & Beach Preservation Association; Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce; the Monmouth/Ocean Development Council; the MODC Environment and Energy Committee; New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Stakeholder Advisory Board.

Michael Walsh

Walsh works at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he manages a group of legal risk specialists. Previously he served as chief compliance officer or as general council to a variety of financial institutions. Walsh also served on the zoning board of Fair Haven, where he has lived for 20 years and served as both a councilman and police commissioner. Walsh helped in planning the development of an historic district in Fair Haven and rewriting town zoning ordinances.

Shawn Welch (co-chair)

Division Chief, Army Staff. Founding member of the Army Ground Forces Association (AGFA), which sponsors World War Two-era living historian programs at Fort Hancock. AGFA has completed preservation work in gun batteries at Forts Hancock, Mott, Monroe and MacArthur.

Karolyn Wray

Serves as the Director, Relocation & Business Development/Broker, Office Manager for GMS, Predential, Zack Shore Properties, Responsible for developing relocation and referral business throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties.