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.

Secretary - HAROLD FINIGAN

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.



STEPHENIE SCHWARTZ BAILEY

Stephenie has been a resident of Nether Providence for 13 years and serves on the Board of the Nether Providence Historical Society and 1785 Thomas Leiper House and Estate in Wallingford. She is currently the Education Program Manager and Preservation Consultant at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, responsible for connecting cultural heritage professionals to engaging educational programs and preservation resources. Previously, she worked as an archival assistant at the Revs Institute for Automotive Research and Historical Study of Stanford University and at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; as an assistant to the curator at the National Gallery of Art; and as a conservation intern at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Rockford Art Museum. She served as Adjunct Professor of Art History at Florida SouthWestern State College. Stephenie received a MA in Art History from The George Washington University and a BA in Art History from Beloit College. In 2021, she will complete a certificate in Historic Preservation at Bucks County Community College. Stephenie is passionate about preserving our community’s historic architecture and the collections of artifacts stored and exhibited within.

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.

 



MICHAEL COSTIGAN

Michael is a lifelong resident of Parkside Borough. He is a 7th grade social studies teacher at William Tilden Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia. He enjoys supporting the intellectual growth of his students and fostering among them a love for history, geography, and culture. A recent graduate of Arcadia University, Michael served as research assistant for Dr. Peter Siskind. In this position, he supported with research on topics including environmental policy, US-Vietnam relations, and the Obama presidency. Michael was appointed to the Heritage Commission in 2021.

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..

SAM PICKARD

Sam was appointed to the Heritage Commission in 2021. He was born and raised in the Lawrence Park section of Marple Township and serves on the board of the 1696 Thomas Massey House and the Steering Committee of the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance. Since 2020, he has researched and authored a blog on Marple Township history. He is currently a historian in AECOM’s Cultural Resources group, where he works alongside archaeologists and architectural historians.  Sam has BA in history from La Salle University, a certificate in historic preservation from Bucks County Community College, and is currently working toward an MS in city & regional planning from Temple University.

 


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Delaware County, presently consisting of over 184 square miles divided into forty-nine municipalities is the oldest settled section of Pennsylvania.


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