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."



Shawn Welch

US Army (retired)


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


Gerard Glaser

Former Executive for the National Science Foundation



John Ekdahl

Mayor, Borough of Rumson


James Krauss

Certified Public Accountant


Chairman of the Atlantic Highlands Environmental Commission


Member of the Monmouth County Environmental Council


Linda Cohen

Founder and Director of Ocean Discoveries


Mary Eileen Fouratt

Program Associate at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts


Former Executive Director of Monmouth Arts


Lillian G. Burry

Chosen Freeholder, Monmouth County


Former Mayor of Colts Neck


Member of the Fort Monmouth Redevelopment Board


Anthony P. Mercantante

Licensed Professional Planner


Township Administrator of the Township of Middletown


Formerly Director of Planning and Community Development of Middletown


Guy Hembling

President of Charles B. Hembling & Sons


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


Katherine Stevenson

Former Associate Director of Business Services for NPS


Former Associate Director of Cultural Resources for NPS


Karolyn Wray

Professional Real Estate Broker and Associate


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


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


Lynda Rose

President of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce


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



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


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


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).