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Jeanne Brown

Jeanne Brown resides in LaAnna and has served as Board President since 2014. She serves as Chair of the Museum Collections Committee, Chair of Building and Grounds Committee and Coordinator of the Historic Preservation Award.

“Since joining the Society in 2007 I have thoroughly enjoyed learning the history and meeting the people of the community. Their family stories are fascinating, and working with the artifacts of their lives in order to educate others is a rewarding experience.” — Jeanne Brown 


Carla Smith

Carla Smith is a life-long resident of Newfoundland and has been a member of the Society since 2011, serving as its Vice President since 2014. She serves on the Genealogy and Cemeteries Committee, Fundraising Committee, and Collections Committee, where she manages all records and documents pertaining to local schools. As Recording Secretary and past president of Greene-Dreher Alumni Association, she is our liaison with that organization and coordinates the Society’s “Welcome Home” activities during GDAA’s annual Alumni Reunion weekend. 

“I am a fifth generation resident of Greene Township, but my interest in genealogy and local history really peaked when I moved back into my childhood home. As a GDHS Board member I am able to help preserve this history for future generations of all families.”  —Carla Smith


Linda Kramer

Linda Kramer lives in Greentown and has served as the Society’s Recording Secretary since 2014. Linda is Co-chair of the Refreshment Committee and Co-coordinator of the GDHS House Inventory Project. As a former member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee she participated in the planning of recent and proposed renovations to our historic meeting hall and museum. She and her husband, Ed Kramer, have “adopted” Kipptown Cemetery and are responsible for overseeing its ongoing restoration and maintenance. Linda transcribes oral histories for publication in The Greene Hills of Home and other publications.

“I enjoy volunteering and working with other individuals who have the same love of local history.”  — Linda Kramer


Bernadine Lennon

Bernadine Lennon resides in Greentown and has served as Board Treasurer since 2008. She is Chair of the Finance Committee, the Programs & Membership Committee, the Fundraising Committee and the Research Committee. She is Coordinator of the GDHS Veteran’s History Project and the Community History Seminar. Bernadine is the author of books on local history and has written articles for The Greene Hills of Home. She is Editor of the GDHS Newsletter.

“I enjoy discovering ‘old facts’ that have been forgotten over time and, through research and writing, increase the community’s awareness of them. One example is the Burns & Cross Pottery, now under Lake Wallenpaupack—who knew we had a local pottery? If it wasn’t for a hawk flying past their window on November 29, 1880, the pottery’s history may have been lost forever!”  — Bernadine Lennon


Ruth Altemier

Ruth Altemier resides in Greentown and has served on the Board since 2005, where she was also past president. She is Chair of the Genealogy & Cemeteries Committee and Coordinator of the House Inventory Project, Adopt-A-Cemetery Program and the annual Cemetery Tour. She is the author of a book on local cemeteries and has written articles for The Greene Hills of Home.

“I believe in the saying ‘You won’t know where you are going if you don’t know where you came from.’ I find genealogy fascinating. It has led me to the preservation of the cemeteries, to honor those who led the way to where we are today. The world moves so fast that it is easy to not look around and appreciate our world. I feel the work that our GDHS members do is preserving the past for the future.” — Ruth Altemier

Ellen Drake

Ellen Drake resides in Newfoundland and has served on the Board since 2012. She is Chair of the Public and Media Relations Committee and Coordinator of Children’s Programs, including the annual field trips to the museum for third and fourth grade students at Wallenpaupack South Elementary School.

“As a retired American History teacher, my work with the Society is a perfect fit for me.  It has always been my goal to bring an appreciation of the rich history of Pennsylvania and its communities to those around me.” — Ellen Drake

Jill Porter

Jill Porter has served on the Board since 2015. As a resident of Paupack, she serves as the Palmyra Township Historian and is our liaison with the Wallenpaupack Historical Society. She assists the Collections Committee with research and exhibitions and the Fundraising Committee with special projects.

“My ancestors forged their way here nearly 150 years ago; their stories continue to inspire me to research our local history. Learning about and sharing those stories is a way of preserving the past while creating a sense of community.” — Jill Porter

Diane Smith

Diane Smith resides in Bethlehem and has served on the Board since 2010, where she also served as Secretary. She is Chair of the Publications Committee, Editor of The Greene Hills of Home, and Coordinator of “Stories From the Past.”  As a member of the Collections Committee, she is responsible for managing the Society’s photographic archive. She is the author of books and articles on local history.

“I enjoy gathering stories about the people who have made these beautiful mountains their home and, through The Greene Hills of Home, sharing them with our members and the community.” — Diane Smith

Suzanne Urton

A Board member since 2019, Suzanne has served on the Collections Committee since 2016, where she is responsible for the documentation and preservation of artifacts and cataloging of items in the museum database. She is a museum docent and has conducted workshops on dying wool with natural plants, wool spinning and weaving.

Valerie Wheeler

Valerie resides in Greene Township and has been a member of the Society since 2010. She is Chair of the Refreshment Committee and a member of the Historic Preservation Award Committee. As a member of the Genealogy and Cemeteries Committee, she leads genealogy workshops offered free to the public and assists with the documentation of historic cemeteries and churches. She has also authored articles on local history.

“My curiosity about the Society was first piqued when I became interested in genealogy and local cemeteries. Becoming a member provided me with an easy way to meet many wonderful people and to learn more about the interesting history of this beautiful area. I’d like to give a little back to the community by helping to preserve that history in whatever ways I am able.” — Valerie Wheeler