Road Scholar Director
Development and Programs Coordinator
Private Rentals Coordinator
Grumblethorpe Operations Manager
Damian Niescior and Liyah Desher
Powel House Site Managers
Grumblethorpe Education Coordinator
Megan Thibodeaux and Tim Urschel
Hill-Physick House Site Managers
Grimaldi Baez and Tania Marie Rios
Grumblethorpe Site Managers
Lynn & Paul Gluck
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gregory P. Montanaro, Chair
Charles P. Keates, Esq., Vice Chair/Chair Emeritus
Timothy M. Alles, Treasurer
Henry F. Reichner, Secretary
Dr. Fraser H. Brown
Bishop David G. Evans
Andrew Hohns, Ph.D.
Stephen S. Lee
Thomas B. McCabe, IV
A board field trip to Mount Vernon- April 2015
Charles P. Keates, Esq., Chair Emeritus,
speaks at the 87th annual meeting
Tom McCabe, John Ventura, and Greg Montanaro
Notice of Election of Members of the Board of Trustees 2019:
Election of Trustees is for a term of three years. Trustees may serve for a maximum of three consecutive terms (nine years).
The candidates presented are as follows:
For a first term ending at the Annual Meeting in 2022:
Justin Detwiler has been an architect at John Milner Architects since 2005. His experience includes architectural design and historic preservation, and he manages both residential and institutional projects. A resident of Philadelphia’s historic Germantown neighborhood, Justin is active within the city’s historic preservation community and serves on the Architectural Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission. He has served on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations including his tenure as a founding board member of Hidden City Philadelphia. Justin was selected for England’s prestigious “Summer School” of the Attingham Trust for the Study of Historic Houses and Collections in 2013 and his award-winning designs have been published in Architectural Digest, Period Homes, Traditional Home, and numerous magazines and books. As the owner of Three Evergreen Antiques, Justin enjoys collecting and selling American and European antiques and decorative arts.
David Doret was a litigation attorney for Wolf, Black, Schorr & Solis-Cohen starting in 1972. The firm was best known for its lobbying and government relations practice, as well as for being one of the oldest law firms in Philadelphia. David also worked for Cozen O’Conner until his retirement in 2016. David’s interests in historic houses and collecting antiques, prints, ephemera, paintings and oriental rugs led him to the board of directors for the Rosenbach Museum and Library where he served from 2007 to 2011.
Andrew Hohns, Ph.D. serves as a Managing Director at Mariner Investment Group and as Lead Portfolio Manager for funds focused on bank capital optimization and infrastructure debt. Dr. Hohns joined Mariner in 2012. Prior to joining Mariner, Dr. Hohns was a Managing Director at Institutional Financial Markets, Inc., focused on securitization strategies for asset backed loans, bank capital, and municipal debt. In 2008, Institutional Investornamed Dr. Hohns as a member of its “20 Rising Stars of Fixed Income.” Dr. Hohns holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Liberal Arts from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Applied Economics and Managerial Sciences from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hohns also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business. In addition to serving on the National Board of UNICEF USA, Dr. Hohns also serves as Chairman for USA250, a non-profit coordinating America's Semiquincentennial celebration, in 2026.
Charles P. Keates, Esq. is Partner, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer with Veritable, LP, a consulting firm that provides investment services to ultra high net worth families and oversees approximately $15 billion of assets. Prior to this he was a Senior Portfolio Manager with Hawthorn, a PNC Adviser Company. He holds a Master of Government Administration from the Fels Institute of Government of the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law, and a B.A. from LaSalle University. Charles has a strong commitment of service to the community. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Library Company of Philadelphia and is an Emeritus Trustee of the Pennsylvania Ballet. Charles’ long-standing interest in history has led to him becoming an avid collector of 18thcentury maps of the Philadelphia area. Charles served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2012-2018 and was named Chair Emeritus for his service in 2018.
Dawn Tancredi, Esq.is a partner at Zarwin and Baum specializing in all areas of real estate development including acquisition and financing, zoning and land use approvals, business and real estate tax issues, construction contracts, leases and related litigation. Dawn also serves as an adjunct professor of Drexel University’s School of Engineering Construction Management Program, is a Zone Member of the House of Delegates in the Pennsylvania Bar Association and serves as Secretary of the Lawyer’s Club of Philadelphia.
For a second term ending at the Annual Meeting in 2022:
Gregory Cranford, AIA is an architect at HOK, where he is a Senior Principal with a focus on design. For 12 years prior to joining HOK, Greg was a partner at BBG-BBGM. The firms merged in 2013. He has a strong background in adaptive reuse/preservation, urban design and mixed-use projects including hotel/residential and retail. He has led the design of large-scale developments in the U.S. and internationally, including projects in China, India, Malaysia and Korea. His most recent project, The Atlantis Resort in Sanya, China was just awarded the Best New Resort in Asia. Greg holds a Master of Architecture from Rice University. He resides in New York City.
Thomas Hemmerick is a former Trustee from 2008-2014 and a former chairman of the Grumblethorpe committee. Tom is a retired architect and engineer who graduated from RPI and served in the Peace Corps. He has restored two historic properties in Germantown for condominium use. One of these properties, The Blue Mansard, won recognition from The Preservation Alliance. Tom also served as the PhilaLandmarks representative on the Historic Germantown Board.
For a third term ending at the Annual Meeting in 2022:
Lori Cohen is Director and Partner at the Arader Galleries, Philadelphia. She has worked in the international fine art market for more than 22 years.
Jonathan Cresswell, owner of Cresswell Art Advisory, is a fine art dealer specializing in works on paper. Jon currently chairs our Collections Committee and served as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Bishop David G. Evans is Pastor of the 27,000 member Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold, NY. Author of Healed Without Scars, and CEO of David G. Evans Ministries, he also serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Lincoln University.
Hon. Frank Giordano is President and CEO of Atlantic Trailer Leasing Corp., a transportation and storage equipment company that has been in the Giordano family since 1949. In addition, Frank has served as President and CEO of the Philly Pops since 2011. He has also served as Chairman of Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia. He has raised $10 million to open the Sir John Templeton Heritage Center, which provides the public with access to the Union League’s substantial archive of significant historic material. Mr. Giordano has received many honors and awards for his work, including the prestigious Order of the Merit of the Italian Republic by the Ambassador of Italy, the Philadelphia Business Hall of Fame Award, the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s inaugural Platinum Award, and a City Council of Philadelphia Citation. Mr. Giordano is Executive Director of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission. He is also the Honorary Consul of Malta for Pennsylvania. He was appointed by the President of the United States to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Hon. Gregory P. Montanaro is Vice President of Federal Affairs and Senior Advisor for Institutional Advancement at Drexel University, as well as the Honorary Consul of Austria. Greg is also President of Greater Philadelphia Traditions, Inc., a past Chairman of Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, a Past President of the Union League of Philadelphia, and serves on various non-profit boards in the region, including the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art Corporate Executive Board, Philadelphia Police Foundation, Dad Vail Regatta, and the Committee of Seventy. Greg currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and as Chair of our Governance/Nominating Committee.
The Nominating Committee consists of: Chair, Gregory Montanaro, Henry Reichner, Tim Alles, and Charles Keates.
Please Note: All current PhilaLandmarks members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting to vote upon the above listed slate. If you need to renew your membership, please do so HERE
HOUSE COMMITTEE CHAIRS AS REPRESENTATIVES TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Powel House: Margaret Lonzetta
Grumblethorpe: Norman Marcus
Hill-Physick House: Martha Levine
Waynesborough: Sandra Ormerod
David B. Brownlee | Jonathan Burton | Gary J. Crowell, AIA | George J. Haitsch | James Kilvington
Patrick Spero, Ph.D | Grace M. Renner | Keith Straw | Paul Steinke | Franklin D. Vagnone | John Van Horne | Peter Woodall