Membership Representatives

"Members of the Natural Resources, Business, Cultural Resources, Real Estate, Recreation, Education, Science, and Hospitality communities serve on the Committee as do Representatives of the Borough of Highlands, the Borough of Sea Bright, Middletown Township, the Borough of Rumson, and the Monmouth County Freeholders."

Co-Chairs

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Shawn Welch

US Army (retired)

 

Former Deputy Director for Infrastructure, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management

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Gerard Glaser

Former Executive for the National Science Foundation

Members

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John Ekdahl

Mayor, Borough of Rumson

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James Krauss

Certified Public Accountant

 

Chairman of the Atlantic Highlands Environmental Commission

 

Member of the Monmouth County Environmental Council

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Linda Cohen

Founder and Director of Ocean Discoveries

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Mary Eileen Fouratt

Program Associate at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts

 

Former Executive Director of Monmouth Arts

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Lillian G. Burry

Chosen Freeholder, Monmouth County

 

Former Mayor of Colts Neck

 

Member of the Fort Monmouth Redevelopment Board

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Anthony P. Mercantante

Licensed Professional Planner

 

Township Administrator of the Township of Middletown

 

Formerly Director of Planning and Community Development of Middletown

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Guy Hembling

President of Charles B. Hembling & Sons

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Timothy G. Hill

Former Director of Recreation of the Borough of Highlands

 

Former Borough Administrator of Highlands

 

Former President of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association

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Katherine Stevenson

Former Associate Director of Business Services for NPS

 

Former Associate Director of Cultural Resources for NPS

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Karolyn Wray

Professional Real Estate Broker and Associate

 

Member of the Board of Directors for the Monmouth Ocean Regional Realtors

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Michael Walsh

Legal and Compliance Risk at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

 

Former Councilman, Police Commissioner, and member of the Zoning Board of Fair Haven

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Lynda Rose

President of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce

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Daniel Saunders

Administrator of the Historic Preservation Office of NJ, Department of Environmental Protection

 

Former Historic Preservation Specialist

 

Member of the Board for the Crossroads of the American Revolution, New Jersey Historical Commission, and the New Jersey Historic Trust

 

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Dr. Howard Parish

Vice-Chair of the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium

 

Professor Emeritus of Geosciences at New Jersey City University

 

Member of the Board of Directors of the Jersey City Rotary, the Palisades Nature Association, and Board Chair of the United Way of Hudson County

 

Former Chair and Member of the Board of Directors of the Pocono Environmental Education Center

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Jeffrey C. Tyler

Former Senior Director at Express Scripts

 

Former Member of the Hazlet Township Land Use Board

 

Member of the Hazlet Open Space Advisory Council

 

Lay member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics

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Michael E. Holenstein

USMC (retired)

 

Member of the Appraisal Institute

 

State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser

 

About the Federal Advisory Committee 

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).