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GDHS Board Members

President

Jeanne Brown

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

“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 

Vice-President

Carla Smith

Carla Smith resides in Newfoundland and has served as Board Vice President since 2014. As Recording Secretary and past president of Greene Dreher Alumni Association, she is the Society’s liaison with that organization.

“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

Secretary

Linda Kramer

Linda Kramer lives in Greentown and has served as Recording Secretary since 2014. Linda is Co-chair of the Refreshment Committee, Co-coordinator of the GDHS House Inventory, and she and her husband, Ed Kramer, are Coordinators of the Kipptown Cemetery Maintenance Committee.

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

Treasurer

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, and is Co-chair of the Fundraising Committee. She is Coordinator of the GDHS Veteran’s History Project. She is the author of books on local history and has written articles for The Greene Hills of Home.

“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

Directors

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 GDHS House Inventory. She is the author of books on local history 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.

“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

Bob Lederer

Bob Lederer resides in Newfoundland and is Chair of the Building & Grounds Committee and Coordinator of the Wolfe Cemetery Maintenance Committee. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fair Association, he is the Society’s liaison with that organization.

It is most pleasurable to be a member of the Society and give back to the community in time, effort and substance, and I plan to continue doing that as long as I can.” —Bob Lederer

Jill Porter

Jill Porter has served on the Board since 2015. As a resident of Paupack, she serves as the Palmyra Township Historian. 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, Co-chair of the Fundraising Committee, Editor of The Greene Hills of Home, and Coordinator of “Stories From the Past.”  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 member of the Society and the Collections Committee since 2016, Suzanne is responsible for the documentation and preservation of artifacts and cataloging the 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 Co-Chair of the Refreshment Committee and a member of the Genealogy, Cemetery Preservation, and Historic Preservation Award Committees. 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, and 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