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Meet our Board Members


Aart Markenstien

Art markentstiens, is the husband of our late president Eileen Markenstien. He has helped the cemetery sinced 2008. He know leads the all volunteer mission at the historical Harsimus Cemetery.


Jorge Avales

Vice President

Jorge is the Vice President of our board. He is a long-time Jersey City resident and has a special connection with family members buried at the Harsimus Cemetery.


Michele LaMonica Egar


Michele La-Monica Egar was born and raised in Jersey City and resides in her Downtown Jersey City home with her wonderful family. Michele is extremely community-oriented and serves on the Board of Directors of the Jersey City Parks Coalition, as well as Landscape Director and Board Director for the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery.



Frank DeMarco


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.


Florence Holmes

Board Member

Florence Holmes is a long-time Jersey City resident, who enjoys spending her time volunteering around the community. She is an active board member of the Jersey City Park Coalition.


JoAnn Northgrave

Board Member

JoAnn worked at Hudson County Office of Veteran Affairs over 10 years and is now getting back into the workforce after raising two children.  Before children, she taught high school business for 10 years. She graduated from Jersey City State with a degree in Business Administration. She has a family of her husband Bill,  her children - Jessie and Sean, and a grandchild on the way!

Meet our Team


Dancin' Tony

Entertainment Director

Anthony “Dancing Tony “Susco moved to Jersey City in 1995 and for the last 27 years has been a staple of the Jersey City art and music scene. He runs social events for Groove on Grove as well as concerts for our very own Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery! To learn more about him you can visit his website Rock-it Docket, his official website,



John & Tommy


Our Veterans, John and Tommy have been roommates and groundskeepers for our cemetery for a long time! They help with the upkeep of our cemetery needs including the garden, goats and so much more!

Want to become part of our team? Click here to start volunteering!

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