Our Board

Friends of Olmsted-Beil House
(L-R) Sean Ryan, Jeff Tandul, Carol Obler, Carlotta DeFillo, Tina Kaasmann Dunn, Ed Johnson, Felicity Beil, Eileen Monreale, Justin Martin in Kaasmann House (2018)

Carl Alderson is the Coastal Habitat Restoration Coordinator and Landscape Architect for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the Howard Nat’l Marine Science Lab in Highlands, NJ. Carl provides restoration planning and technical design guidance to projects that improve passage of migratory fish and enhance shellfish and wetland habitats; often with the additional benefit of contaminant remediation. Carl began his career at New York City Parks & Recreation. His first habitat improvement project involved the eradication of invasive plants from Turtle Pond in Central Park. Carl is a graduate of Rutgers University. For many years he resided in St. George, Staten Island.

Felicity Beil developed a deep love for historic buildings and the natural world growing up in the Olmsted-Beil House. Surrounded by acres of unmanicured woodland and also landscaping put in place by Frederick Law Olmsted gave her that appreciation. At her home near Snug Harbor she enjoys gardening. Working as Education Director at Historic Richmond Town allows her to share her love of Staten Island history with a wide audience.

William E. Bell has been practicing lawyer for almost 40 years.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Denison University; master’s degree from Union Theological Seminary; juris doctor from Fordham University School of Law.  Bill is a volunteer with the New York City Bar Association, as well as a member of the Maritime Law Association and Transportation Alternatives.  He lives across the street from Central Park and near Riverside Park affording a daily appreciation of the work and genius of Frederick Law Olmsted.

Carlotta DeFillo grew up in what is now known as the Olmsted-Beil House. She has always loved history and insists that you couldn’t help it growing up there you had to! Carlotta has worked at Historic Richmond Town for over 30 years and is presently the Librarian at Historic Richmond Town. Her favorite days are spent visiting parks and museums. Carlotta is married, has two children and still lives in Eltingville on Staten Island.

Terry DeMonbrun, a NYC native, is a retired financial professional with an interest in local history and preservation.

Matt Falber is the owner and operator of Central Park Sunset Tours, where he has extensively researched Central Park. He is also a regular contributor to the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries of the Museum” and “Monumental Mysteries.” In 2013, Matt started non-profit, Central Park Arch Project in order to advocate for the use of historical safety measures to improve the park’s transportation infrastructure. E

Tina Kaasmann-Dunn is a native Islander and a well respected Staten Island historian. She is a past board member of the S.I. Preservation League, the Conference House Association, and the Tottenville Historical Society. Tina is semi-retired after a long career as a restorer of antique cane and rush chair seats, working with individuals, Antique stores, museums and collectors of early 17th century English and Dutch furniture. Her family home, where she grew up, is adjacent to the Olmsted house and her deep interest in the history of her surroundings has made her a passionate preservationist. She lives in the past and likes it there!

Maureen Stoddard Marlow is a fourth-generation Staten Islander with a deep appreciation for the Island’s history and natural history. She attributes her love of Staten Island’s open spaces to her childhood in the mid-Island neighborhood of Bulls Head, with its woods, fields, and farms at the time. She now lives in West Brighton, not far from Silver Lake Park, “originally created as Staten Island’s response to Manhattan’s Central Park and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park” (https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/silver-lake-park).  She is an editor and grants manager at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island.

Eileen Monreale is a fourth generation Staten Islander with a strong interest in stories and local history. While raising her children Eileen worked in 2000-2001 with the New York City Dept. of Parks and Recreation in the project to write historical signs for every named park across the five boroughs. Here she developed a deeper appreciation and understanding that history connects the past with the present. In 2004-2006 Eileen worked as Assistant to the Manager of Conference House Association on Staten Island. Passionate about local history, during this time Eileen wrote books including “Mathilde Weingartner:A Staten Island Naturalist” and “St. Alban’s Episcopal Church: Our History and Our Community”, a book documenting the landmark Eltingville Church. In 2007 Eileen returned to full time work and currently works as an Education/Training Specialist for the American Institute of Marine Underwriters in NYC.

Carol Obler is a native Staten Islander and founding member of the Friends of Olmstead -Beil Historic house.  She receiver her masters degree in Education from Richmond College. A retired teacher, Carol taught Mathematics in Brooklyn and Staten Island junior high schools and Robotics in IS 49 Staten Island for 10 years. Carol now works at Historic Richmond town in the Education Department.  As a 60-year member of Girl Scouts Carol trains Girl Scout leaders in Outdoor Skills, leadership, robotics and camping. She works with girls to guide them in attaining their Gold awards (highest award in Girl Scouting) as well as individual badges.

Sean Ryan is a licensed Landscape Architect and a graduate of Rutgers University Landscape Architecture program and has a Certificate in Historic Preservation from Drew University. He has worked on an Olmsted Firm Park System for 25 years now and become familiar with the Olmsted ideals of Democratic Open Spaces, Grading, Planting and application of the Secretary of the Interior Standards concerning Hardscape and Detailing. So far I have gotten a DOE (Determination of Eligibility) on 5000 acres of Olmsted Parks, gotten 3 parks listed on the National Register of Historic Places and am currently working with a 501C3 non-profit to attempt to get a 15 mile long 1200 acre Parkway (Rahway River Parkway) listed on the National Register. Last, I was HALS (Historic American Landscape Survey) director for the state of NJ for 2 years and thus am very familiar with Historic American Landscapes.

Patricia M. Salmon is a Curator of History retired from the Staten Island Museum. A Staten Island resident for almost fifty years, Ms. Salmon has authored five books including Staten Island’s Brewery Barons; Realms of History: The Cemeteries of Staten Island; and The Staten Island Ferry: A History. She is on the Board of Directors of the Tottenville Historical Society, and is an adjunct lecturer at the College of Staten Island and a guest speaker at Wagner College.

Jenny Swadosh is a former Staten Islander, beginning her library career at the Staten Island Museum. An alumna of Queens College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Jenny is an archivist at The New School in Manhattan, a past trustee of the Association for Gravestone Studies, and a founding member of the annual Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference and Workshops.

Jeffrey A. Tandul, LLA, ASLA, M.Arch., a licensed landscape architect, Past President NJASLA and current Chairman ASLA National Professional Practice Committee.

Advisory Board

  • Nancy Benbow
  • Chris Benbow
  • Edward Johnson
  • John Kilcullen
  • Justin Martin
  • Ray Matarazzo
  • Barnett Shepherd
  • Gabriela Staniszewski
  • Ken Tirado