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Lynn Fylak

Born in Monmouth County, Lynn Fylak had lived in Manhattan for 15 years before moving to Atlantic Highlands in 2007. She has been an active member of the AHHS since being charmed by Paul Boyd upon moving into town. She has held a Trustee position since 2011 and in 2013, with Victor Zak, initiated the 'Jersey Journeys' AHHS tour group. In 2015, with funding from a grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust, she started bi-monthly guided architectural walking tours of Atlantic Highlands. She is a former Vice President of the AH Arts Council, current Boad member of the Jersey Coast Heritage Museum and member of the National Arts Club in New York City.

She had worked at Christie's auction house in NYC since 1997 as the Senior Art Director. She specializes in designing books, forms, and corporate identites and has worked with a long list of important, famous and infamous collectors. Privately she has maintained a roster of clients which work included branding for the Palos Verdes Library District, University of Oklahoma Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art, Audubon New York, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, among many others large and small. Her work has been in numerous publications and has received an American Institute of Graphic Arts Certificate of Excellence for book design. Her work for the AHHS was awarded Mc Hale Publication Awards in 2014 and 2015 from the Leaugue of Historical Societies of New Jersey. Lynn is honored and inspired by the Board of the AHHS and hopes to continue the evolution of the society.

She is a first-time-home owner in Atlantic Highlands. If you see her on a ladder outside her house she asks that you kindly stop and offer to help spot her.

Jean Howson
Vice President

Jean has been a member of the AHHS Board of Trustees since 2008, serving as Vice President since 2010. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from New York University, and currently works as a Cultural Resources Specialist and Principal Archaeologist at The RBA Group, based in Parsippany. It is a long commute, but worth it to live in beautiful Atlantic Highlands! She landed here with her husband and daughter, Len and Lucy Bianchi, in 1995, and enjoys long walks with friends around town and on the Bayshore trail, as well as the nearby beach at Sandy Hook. Jean has conducted historical and archaeological research on sugar plantations in the Eastern Caribbean country of Montserrat; on 19th-century neighborhoods in New York, Newark, and Jersey City; on the colonial period African Burial Ground in Manhattan; and on rural tavern sites, including the one beneath the Shrewsbury River Bridge in Highlands. Her job lets her pursue a range of interests, from analysis of artifact collections to development of exhibits and web sites dealing with historic sites—and her familiarity with historic preservation in New Jersey helps when it comes to pursuing grants for the Strauss Mansion.

Bette VanDeventer

Bette VanDeventer has been a resident of Atlantic Highlands since 1974 and a member of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society since 1978. She has served as a past assistant treasurer, Treasurer and has served as its Secretary since 1986. She is the Chairperson of the Annual Outdoor Flea Market and has been since its inception. She also handles Publicity for AHHS events. She is married to William and has two children, Kristen and Jason. She holds a BA in History from Rutgers University and an MST from University of Wisconsin-Superior. She taught as an Elementary teacher for 35 years in Marlboro Township at Marlboro Elementary School before retiring in 2006. She also served as Sec. for the MTEA, served as a delegate for her school and was part of the negotiating team for the MTEA. She is a former member of NJEA, NEA, MCEA and now a retired member of NJEA and MCEA. She also ran as a candidate for Town Council in 2008 and is currently Treasurer of the Atlantic Highlands Democratic Campaign Committee and has been for the last two years.

Ken Frantz

Kendall Frantz Board member since 1998 and Treasurer since 2003 Kendall and his wife Doreen moved to Atlantic Highlands in 1989. They have one son, Michael, who is 22 years old. Ken worked in Manhattan as a foreign Exchange Broker from 1982 till 1994. Faced with job elimination, he bought and operated a Furniture Medic franchise in Monmouth County from 1995 till 2012. Doreen is a VP for Prudential Insurance Company in Newark. They live in a house, similar to the Strauss, built in 1895 that was also a summer cottage in the Victorian Era of the town. After 26 years there are still rooms that have to be restored and endless carpentry, maintenance and painting to be done.

Lynne Petillo, Esq.

A native and lifelong resident of Monmouth County, New Jersey, Lynne Petillo has maintained a local law practice for over twenty-five years. She concentrates her practice on intellectual property and real property. She has had wide-ranging experience counseling clients on matters pertaining to brand acquisition, protection and expansion, including prosecution of trademark applications and infringement claims in state and federal court, serving as primary trial counsel in Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings; management of trademark portfolios for diverse organizations in the fields of banking and financial services, apparel, restaurant services, fitness, hotel amenities and cosmetic industries; registration and protection of copyrights; review and drafting of license agreements and domain name registration and protection. In the realm of real estate, she has negotiated numerous purchase, sale, refinance and lease transactions for residential clients and commercial clients for diverse properties such as offices, restaurants and strip malls. Additionally, she has successfully prosecuted numerous property tax appeals for a variety of large commercial clients, including office buildings, warehouses, restaurants, gas stations, automobile dealerships and shopping centers. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society since 2018 and is currently the Assistant Treasurer. .

Eileen Zengel

Eileen, born and raised in New York, is a graduate of Grace Institute and several certificate degrees. With many years of corporate experience at Union Carbide Corp. and NBC International Sales and Human Relations in NYC’s headquarters, Eileen made the decision to stay closer to her new home in New Jersey, once her first child was born, and became a Fitness Instructor at The Community YMCA and other local gyms and organizations for 18 years. Her community-based volunteerism created the first Atlantic Highlands Historical Society’s “Lantern Tour”. She created and organized the Children's Fun Run as part of the Scenic 5-mile Race, regularly volunteers at Atlantic Highlands Elementary School, Henry Hudson Regional School, is active in the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council and is a Board Member of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society. She works as the General Office Manager at Black Rocket Productions, a family-owned, digital-arts education and software company, located in Freehold, NJ. Eileen lives in Atlantic Highlands with her husband, Bill, of 33 years and her three children, Kevin, Peter and Sarah.


Christopher DuBarton

Chris DuBarton was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up Fair Lawn, NJ. He escaped to Jacksonville, Florida to attend Jacksonville University, where he studied speaking French and writing English, but did not take a degree. He worked for two years with the Bergen County Sherriff’s Office (also working nights in the County Clerks Office), one year with the Ford Motor Company, where he learned the printing trade, and then began his career at National Broadcasting Co. in NYC. Midway within his twenty-one years with NBC, he went back to college to earn his degree, first studying writing at the New School for Social Research, then transferring to Parson’s School of Design where he took classes at night and received his degree (NBC paid) as an Illustrator. Before moving to Atlantic Highlands, he was elected as the male County Committee Person (Republican) for his district in Fair Lawn, Bergen County for one term. Shortly afterwards, he changed his voting registration to AH and gave up his apartment in Fair Lawn. Around that time he became a member of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society and served as host at the Strauss Museum. He is the proud presenter of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society’s History Award to the two graduating students in the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School each June, and at Mother Teresa Regional School in Atlantic Highlands.

Antoinette Knittel

Antoinette was born and raised in Atlantic Highlands, graduating from Atlantic Highlands High School. She was employed for three years as a dental associate in Atlantic Highlands. Antoinette married Joseph Walter Knittel in June, 1959, and relocated to Caribou, Maine. While there, she assumed the position of Treasurer for the Officer's Wives Club at Loring AFB.

Antoinette returned to New Jersey in 1961, settling in Navesink. She and Walter were blessed to raise four children: Katherine, Joseph, David, and Janette. They have two grandchildren: Ryan and Leigh.

For 25 years, Antoinette was a medical associate in Hazlet. She and her family were members of St. Agnes Parish, where she was active in the PTA as a member and officer for 15 years. Antoinette was co-founder of the St. Agnes Thrift Shop in 1969. She directed the very successful operation of the Thrift Shop for 33 years, donating over $2,000,000 toward the support of St. Agnes School.

Antoinette served as a local Girl Scout leader for 4 years. She became a member of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society around 1995 and played an active role in the historical advancement of the organization. In 2008, Antoinette assumed a position on the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society Board of Directors.

Mary Wall

Mary Wall grew up in the small Victorian town of Atlantic Highlands on the New Jersey shore overlooking Lower New York Bay, with Manhattan in the distance. As a Board of Trustee Member of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society, Mary sits on the Atlantic Highlands House Tour committee, along with various other duties. Mary is an active member of the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and a Support EMT Member with the Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad. Appointed by Mayor Frederick J. Rast III to the Shade Tree Commission and the Beautification Committee, Mary can be seen decorating, First Avenue’s Historic Business District, for the Holidays. Mary is also a member of the Atlantic Highlands Community Events Committee, a very active Committee that raises money for local non-profit organizations within Atlantic Highlands by holding the annual Mayor’s Ball and Christmas Tree Sale.

Mary has been fortunate enough to live in her Historic, childhood home and to be part of the restoration of three historic homes in Atlantic Highlands. Many of Atlantic Highlands' Victorian homes have been preserved and restored, adding to the charm of small-town living.

Patrick Murray