Eileen Markenstein, President
Eileen E. Markenstein was born and raised in Jersey City, and attended St. Aloysius High School and St. Peters' College. She has also achieved professional certifications in Audit and Trust through the Cannon Financial Institute at the University of Notre Dame. Eileen has enjoyed a twenty-year professional career in Risk Management, and for the last ten years performed as Vice President and Fiduciary Audit Director for Morgan Stanley. She is also a Board Director (and past President) for FIRMA, the Fiduciary & Investment Risk Management Association, and has been a national leader lecturing on fiduciary responsibility and directing national training conferences for the past nine years. Eileen is also the Vice President and Board Director of Troy Towers, where she currently resides with her husband Aart, of Aart In America Piano Services, and her cat, Janis Joplin.
Eileen has always loved Jersey City and the Jersey City Cemetery, with fond memories of visiting her grandparents graves every Sunday after church. More recently, both her Mother and Father now reside at the cemetery, as well as other aunts and uncles. Eileen is fully committed to the perpetual protection and preservation of the very special and historic cemetery, and is building a plan for a major restoration, including the creation of a historic museum & gift shop in the caretaker house, and restoration of the beautiful garden landscape that once existed on these special grounds. Eileen's vision includes historical landmark status, educational programs and lectures, walking tours and other special events.
Jorge Aviles, Vice President
James Madden, Trustee
Jim Madden was born and raised in the Jersey City Heights. He graduated from St Peter's Prep and St Peter's College. His interest in history and the American Civil War started back in childhood from a family vacation to Gettysburg, PA. This trip helped spark an interest that has led to many other paths in exploring the Civil War, throughout America and within Hudson County, including many trips through local cemeteries looking for veterans' final resting places.He was responsible for the replacement of the headstone and the rededication of the grave of Gilliam Van Houten, a Hudson County resident and colonel ofthe 21st New Jersey Infantry who was killed at the battle of Chancellorcille, Va May 1963 and buried in his Franklin Lakesfamily cemetery.
Jim has extensively researched & written on the civil war focusing on New Jersey and Hudson County's role for over 25 years. He has also collaborated and assisted with many civil war books and video tapes.
Jim is an officer and founding member of the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association, (NJCWHA) a 501(c)3 non profit organization which is dedicated to the preservation, protection and education of New Jersey's role in the civil war. He also serves on the State designated 150th New Jersey Sesquicentennial Civil War Committee.Jim is a political consultant, specializing in polling, research, direct mail and election targeting. He is married to the former Noreen McNamara.
Frank DeMarco, Trustee
Frank, a born and raised New Yorker, is a recent transplant to Jersey City where in 2007 he moved his business, Outside The Box Interactive, and his home to Jersey City's Powerhouse Arts District. Fascination with the rich history of the Powerhouse naturally led him to discover the Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery.
At the helm of Outside The Box Interactive, LLC, Frank brings to bear over two decades in the communications industry and a broad range of related marketing and advertising experience. He has had success both as a Creative Director and a Managing Executive.
Prior to founding Outside The Box in 1995 Frank held positions at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, VP, Director of Creative Services, and as Senior VP, Director of Operations for Design Associates, Inc., a leading sales promotion agency. He has also lectured at the AIGA and other organizations, on "The Business of the Design Profession", and taught for 10 years at Parsons School of Design and later at FIT.
Frank holds a Professional Degree of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and has studied at the New School for Social Research, SUNY Purchase, Pratt Institute's Computer Arts Forum and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts.
Frank is currently a mentor at NYU and has judged a number of creative awards including MARCOM.
Michele LaMonica-Egar, Trustee
Michele La-Monica Egar was born and raised in Jersey City, and resides in her Downtown Jersey City home with her wonderful husband John and two great kids, Ean and Paloma. Michele attended Holy Rosary Grammar school, Ferris High School, and New Jersey City University. Michele is extremely community oriented and serves on the Board of Directors of the Village Neighborhood Association, and is a active member of the Jersey City Parks Coalition, as well as Landscape Director and Board Director for the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery.
Michele came to the emergency Cemetery meeting with a friend as a concerned citizen, and was elected unanimously to participate on the new Board. Michele was awarded a special recognition award at the Annual Cemetery Meeting for her outstanding dedication. She oversees the Cemetery volunteer team every single Saturday, and is a great asset to the Board.
Juanita Solivan, Trustee
Juanita Solivan was born and raised in Jersey City and graduated from Ferris High School in 1979. Juanita lives in Jersey City with her wonderful husband Hector and four children, Hector jr., Frederick, Alex, and Christina. Juanita is also a grandmother with three granddaughters and two grandsons.
The Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery is a very special place for Juanita as her father and two siblings are buried there. She also has special child memories of visiting and playing in the cemetery. Juanita is very dedicated to the Cemetery's mission of restoring the grounds to the beautiful flower filled garden that it once was, and works hard with the Board to realize that vision.
Robert Murgittroyd, Trustee
Bob Murgittroyd and his wife, the former Lynda Earls, are lifelong residents of Jersey City. Both of their daughters, Lisa and Lauren, are teachers in the Jersey City Public school system. Bob attended Dickinson High School, overlooking the Jersey City Cemetery, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a lifelong sales and sales management professional having spent twenty five years employed by Dun & Bradstreet, Inc and currently as a real estate title representative with Bridgeview Abstract, Inc in Fort Lee, NJ.
Bob has been always had an avid interest in local history and for the past twenty five years has been an active genealogist in Hudson County. During that time he has researched the family histories of some of the earliest Jersey City residents buried in the Historic Jersey City Harsimus Cemetery. Bob's research has given him an appreciation of the importance of the cemetery to the history of Jersey City and to the descendants of those interred within its bounds.
Bob is active in Pershing Field Garden Friends and served on a committee which successfully raised funds for the restoration of "America Triumphant", a memorial in the park to the residents of the Hudson City who died serving their country in World War I. He is also a member of the "Friends of Speer Cemetery", a local group working to restore the abandoned Speer Cemetery in Jersey City. Bob is a founding member and served as first President of the Hudson County Genealogical Society.