Heritage Commission of Delaware County - Who We Are

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CHAIRMAN - Barbara Marinelli

Barbara has been a resident of Upper Darby Township since 1986 and has been involved with the Upper Darby Historical Society since 2006. She co-authored the Arcadia Publication “Images of America - Upper Darby” and has been with the Heritage Commission since 2013.

Vice Chairman - Cyndi Charney

Cyndi Charney has served on the Heritage Commission since 2010. She is a long-time member and officer of the Chichester Historical Society and is also part of a steering committee that plans tours and History Month events on behalf of the Western Delaware County historical societies. Cyndi is passionate about preservation and raising awareness of Delaware County’s precious historic resources. She is the administrator for local history-related social media sites, including the Delaware County PA History page and the Delaware County Historic and Preservation Network group on Facebook. Cyndi has lived in Delaware County most of her life. She is currently a resident of the Ogden section of Upper Chichester Township where she and her husband are owners and stewards of the historic Galbreath House.


Harold Finigan has been involved in Historic Preservation and Education for over 40 years. He was the founding Executive Director of Fort Mifflin on the Delaware, a NHL, and partnered with the City of Philadelphia to save it. He advises on restoration/repair of historic buildings such as Fort Amherst in the UK, Boathouse Row, and Darby Meetinghouse. He taught Social Studies in Philadelphia High Schools and courses on sustainability and climate change at Drexel University and UPenn Wharton School. He was the Director of Education for the Energy Coordinating Agency in Philadelphia and helped to write the first Climate Action Plan for the city. He teaches an annual course, Understanding Buildings, on maintaining homes and preparing for the future. He taught rowing for over 20 years at every level from High School to International Elite, including being the coach of the US National Team.

Judith Anastasi

Judy Anastasi grew up in southwest Philadelphia but has lived most of her life in Norwood Borough. She is the current President of the Norwood Historical Society and the Treasurer of the Friends of the Darby Methodist Meeting Cemetery. She is also on the board of the Lansdowne Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, as well as the previous treasurer of the Norwood Public Library. Judy has a great love of American history and was appointed to the Heritage Commission in 2016.

Jane Carroll

Jane has been a resident of Thornbury Township for 42 years. She is a former president and current member of the Thornbury Historical Society and a member of the Lewes, DE Historical Society. She is active in a number of other organizations including the Republican Committee, Western Precinct; School PTO, Homeroom, Team Boosters; and Township activities and fundraising efforts. She has been a member of the Heritage Commission for about 20 years.

Kelli Cave

Kelli was raised in the Germantown/Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia and moved to Yeadon in 2009. She is the Chair of the Yeadon Borough Historical Commission. Since childhood, she has enjoyed visiting historic neighborhoods. More recently, she spends her time enjoying historic lectures and taking courses in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania.


Beth McCarrick

Beth McCarrick has been a resident of Delaware County all of her life and has lived in Bethel Township for over 30 years. She is currently the Chairman of the Bethel Township Preservation Society. She and her daughter Faith wrote "Images in America - Bethel Township, Delaware County," for Arcadia Publishing with the help of the Bethel Township Preservation Society. She has also been a presenter at Delaware County Community College's Elder Week focusing on history.

Karen Micka

Karen Micka has been appointed to the Heritage Commission since 2013. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Aston Township Historical Society where she has served as President, Vice President and Treasurer. Karen is also a current member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Swedish Cabin and the Delaware County Historical Preservation Network. She formerly served as past Chair, Co-Vice Chair and Lecture Chair when she served on the Board of Directors of the Delaware County Historic Society. Karen is also active in helping to organize the Western Delco History Tours. She has been active in historical circles for the past 20 years and has a lifelong love of history particularly American history.


Mary has been a resident of Upper Darby since 1966. She recently retired from Villanova University where she worked as the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Ethics Program. While at Villanova, she was the first non-exempt staff member elected to the University Senate, where she served as Secretary to the Chair of the Athletic Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Villanova Football Club and an avid Villanova Men’s Basketball team fan. Since 1992, Mary has volunteered at Villanova University Commencement and Recognition ceremonies, which she has continued in retirement. She also was volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, where she traveled around the country including Valdosta, GA where she worked with Villanova staff (and President Jimmy Carter and Roslyn Carter) on the Jimmy Carter Work Project. During the project, she supervised Kenneth David Kaunda also known as KK, a Zambian former politician who served from 1964 to 1991, as the first President of Zambia/ Africa. Since retirement, she has served as a minister in her parish and as a collection counter. She is also a member of the Tuesday Senior Bowling league at Sproul Lanes, Broomall.

Anne searl

Anne Searl was appointed to the Heritage Commission in November 2019.  Anne has been a resident of Chester Heights Borough, PA for most of her life and is the third generation of her family to reside in her family homestead there.  Anne’s parents and grandparents preceded her in residence there and were all very active in service to the community of Chester Heights over the past several decades. The homestead is a historic residence, barn, and carriage home built in 1881 by George Drayton, a local bank executive and lumber industry magnate.  Anne recently served as the Chairperson of the Historical Committee for the Borough of Chester Heights, from 2015 to 2017.  She is Co-founder of the Chester Heights Neighbors’ Alliance, a community advocacy group, and writes a Throwback Thursday blog focusing on local history for their webpage.  Anne hopes to raise awareness and appreciation of the history and culture of the County through her participation on the Commission.

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