Harmony Hall-Jacob Sloat House

  • Phone: (845) 712-5220
  • Mail: membership@friendsofharmonyhall.org
  • Website: http://friendsofharmonyhall.org
  • Address: 15 Liberty Rock Rd Sloatsburg, NY 10974

Meet our Board

The hard working people behind the scenes

Preservation is about passion – It is about “pride of place” and honoring our past. Preservation takes time, vision and resources, and a diverse toolbox of skills and experience. Meet the people behind the Harmony Hall preservation project.

 

Barbara A. Berntsen

President

President Barbara A. Berntsen is serving her fourth term having also spent two years as vice president of the Friends. As owner and CEO of Sloatsburg-based interior construction firm ADW, Inc., she brings over 25 years of contracting and construction experience to the board. Guided by her love of historic preservation and revitalization, Barbara has restored several buildings in the Village of Sloatsburg, which has grown to support a thriving business community. She worked with village planners while a member of its Board of Trustee to develop the master plan that supports improvement and expansion of the downtown center, and to help to preserve the historic character of the Sloatsburg as a whole. She is excited to work with the board and its membership in the restoration of Harmony Hall, and to help to establish Harmony Hall as a recognized New York State Heritage Site, museum, educational and cultural center in the Highlands region of New York State. Barbara is a founding member of the Friends and served as a member of the original advisory group assembled in 2006 by the Town of Ramapo to assist with the founding of a friends organization to support the town with preservation and programming tasks.

Kenneth J. Linsner

Vice President

Vice President Kenneth J. Linsner, ASA, CSV is the immediate past-president of FOHH and chairman of its Restoration Committee. Ken is director of Art Services International Group, a New York City-based professional appraisal and conservator firm that has served a variety of national and international clients. Trained at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts’ Conservation Center, Ken was a founding lecturer in the Appraisals Studies Program at NYU. He is currently president of Rockland Center for the Arts and chair of the Arts in Public Places program of the County of Rockland. Ken has served as a member of the Friend’s Board of Trustees since 2012.

Jane Kral

Financial Secretary and Treasurer

Financial Secretary and Treasurer, Jane Kral in addition to her work with Friends of Harmony Hall, is on the board of the Sloatsburg Historical Society, holding the position of Treasurer for the last 12 years. She is FOHH’s liaison between these organizations, who share the common goal of preserving Sloatsburg’s rich history. Jane has a BA in Mathematics and has been employed for the last 27 years by a large real estate management company, with offices in Suffern, Manhattan and Philadelphia, where she holds the current position of assistant controller.  She has been a resident of Sloatsburg for 37 years and a member of the Friend’s Board of Trustee since 2007.

Andrea LaMantia

Recording Secretary

Recording Secretary Andrea LaMantia is a public school teacher and preservation advocate, who is a tireless advocate of experienced-based education for both children and adults. She brings more than 30 years of experience in curriculum development to the board in support of our educational charter and mission as well as a sense of theater and fun that continually contributes to the quality of our events. Andrea has been a member of the Friend’s board since 2012.

Harrison Bush

Trustee

Trustee Harrison Bush is a founding member of FOHH and its original president, serving in that post for four years. He and wife Gretel are also the only members to be elected by the board to a lifetime membership in honor of their dedication and contribution to the organization. Harrison is the great-great-grandson of Jacob Sloat and has contributed richly to the recording of the history of the mansion and the family. He is also the Sloatsburg historian and a retired teacher, making him an invaluable contributor to our educational mission.

Suzanne Daycock

Trustee

Trustee Suzanne Daycock is a writer and history buff with a flair for strategic planning. Though she earned her bachelor and master’s degrees in music, she became one of the first women in the US to be responsible for developing an electric power plant. Her sojourn in the energy policy arena led to her appointment as executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Power Supply Association, where she worked with industry leaders on the deregulation of the nation’s wholesale and retail power markets. She has since taken that experience with her into the not-for-profit markets, where she consults with clients on strategic planning and organizational development. Suzanne, who joined the board in 2007, serves as chair of the Long-Term Planning Committee, and is a former secretary and treasurer of the group.

 

Katheryn Goldman

Trustee

Trustee Katheryn Goldman is a founding officer and trustee of FOHH, who returned to the board in 2016 after successfully founding Ol’ Darlin’ Handcrafted Soaps and Salves, which specializes in the production and sale of all-natural body care products. Kathy is an active member of the Sloatsburg Revitalization Committee, an avid hiker and biker, and a dedicated environmentalist. Born in Syracuse, New York, Kathy has been a resident of Sloatsburg for more than two decades now. She serves as a key liaison with a number of local business and recreational organizations as the Friends move forward with their vision for a Highlands Heritage Center at Harmony Hall.

Nancy Healy

Trustee

Trustee Nancy Healy is an IT Analyst for a major healthcare network in New York City, where she has worked for more than 30 years. She received a B.A in English from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and an M.A. in English from Fordham University. After spending most of her life in the Bronx, Nancy moved to Pomona, New York in 2002. Having discovered Harmony Hall in 2007, Nancy was finally persuaded to join the board in 2015 and currently heads its Communications Committee.

Darlene James

Trustee

Trustee Darlene James retired after serving for most of her career in various aspects of the healthcare industry. Born and raised in Suffern, Darlene can trace her family roots back to the crew of the Mayflower, where her family Bible is part of the Plymouth museum’s collection. Darlene brings her love of history and service to the FOHH board along with a dedicated love for handmade crafts that she inherited from her grandmother. In addition to co-chairing the Harmony Hall craft group with Jane Kral, Darlene chairs the FOHH Program Committee. She has been a member of the board since 2013.

Geoff Welch

Trustee Geoff Welch has been photographing the environment of the Ramapo River Valley in New York, and the New Jersey Highlands region for more than 35 years. He has also made music, taught art, conducted historical research, delivered hundreds of expert presentations on a variety of subjects and served as the Ramapo Watershed Keeper throughout that same period. Geoff is not only a founding member of FOHH, he has served as the groups Historian and Curator since its inception. His early involvement in eclectic music and music making also provides a unique benefit to the group when it comes to the production of the annual Highlands Bluegrass Festival, where Geoff has played a key role in the selection and engagement of talent.

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