Heritage Commission of Delaware County - Who We Are

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Who We Are

Chairman - Richard Paul

Rich has lived in Marple Township for the last 65 years and has been involved with historic preservation for the last 27 years. He has been the Chairman of the Delaware County Heritage Commission since 1999. He is a Marple Township historian, as well as the current President of the Marple Historical Society since 1992, and the Chairman of the Marple Historical Commission since 2004. He is also the Property Director and Vice President to the 1696 Thomas Massey House.

 

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 - 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.


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.


LAURIE GRANT

Laurie J Grant was appointed a member of the Delaware County Heritage Commission in February 2019. She is currently serving as Executive Director of Delaware County Historical Society. Ms. Grant brings over 25 years of non-profit leadership experience with her and has worked for, served on, and worked alongside of numerous boards throughout her career, including serving as a founding director of the Rose Valley Centennial Foundation.


Doug Humes

Doug grew up in Haverford, lives in Marple, works in Radnor and attends the Quaker Meeting in Newtown. As a lifelong resident, he has always enjoyed exploring Delaware County and its rich history. He has been involved in various capacities with the Newtown Square Historical Society, and is on the steering committee of the Delaware County Historic & Preservation Network. He is an attorney by day, but also researches and writes regularly on topics of local history for several area publications.

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.

Frank Murnaghan

Frank grew up in southwest Philadelphia but moved to Delaware County with his family in 1966. Frank spent twelve years in Yeadon as a Yeadon District Judge. He later moved to Springfield and continued to work for the County as a criminal defense attorney. He was appointed to the Heritage Commission in 2017. Frank has observed many changes in the various communities where he has worked, and understands the need to preserve their cultural heritage. He hopes to further learn and understand the culture and history of Delaware County through his service on the Commission.


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