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Board Of Trustees

President John Vokral, PE
1st Vice President Captain Joseph Ahlstrom, Prof. SUNY Maritime College
2nd Vice President John Arntzen, President ACTA Maritime Development Corp.
Treasurer Joseph Tirone, Jr., Community Home Brokerage, LLC
Secretary Maryann Piazza, Majestic Vending & Services, Inc.
Chris Benbow, Esq.
Michael Carr
Honorable Alfred B. Curtis, Jr., NYC Commissioner (Ret.)
LCDR James Dunlap, USCG (ret.), Lampist
Bruce Liozzi, Officer, Bay St. Landing Board
Peter Lisi,
Carl H. Ludders, Jr., Zurich Ins. Risk Mgt.(ret.)
Glen Mancuso, Owner, Allstate Insurance Agency
Inez Palladino, Assistant to former Senator John Marchi
Joseph Zolfo, Film Producer
 Honorary Trustees
 Alice Diamond
Gregory Perillo
Captain Jason Tama, USCG – Captain of the Port
Captain John J. DeCruz, NY Pres. Sandy Hook Pilots
CDR (Ret.) Wayne Wheeler, President USLH Society

The National Lighthouse Museum is honored to have in its service a distinguished Board of Advisors.  Members of this panel have worked tirelessly providing essential support and expertise in areas of critical importance to the Museum’s development.

Board Of Advisors

Dean Curry, Financial Planner
Arlyn Danielson, Curator, US Coast Guard Exhibit Center
Captain Donald DeRosa
William Dertinger, Jr., Esq.
Ralph Eshelman, PhD, Museum Director (ret.)
John Killcullen, President, Preservation League of Staten Island
Dr. Thomas Matteo, Staten Island Borough Historian
Trevor Mills
Frank Ninivaggi
Arturo Porazzi
Mike Vogel, Editor, Buffalo News  (ret.)
Wayne Wheeler



The success of the National Lighthouse Museum to date is the result of the hard work of the museum’s two professionals and its volunteer Friends of the NLM organization. For more info about becoming a Friend of the NLM, please contact the Museum.

Linda Dianto, Executive Director

Linda initially served as President of the NLM and in 2014 became the Executive Director. Since 2010, she has devoted all her energies to the cause of reviving and opening the Museum – completing Phase 1 of opening Building 11 and now preparing to expand the Museum into the neighboring historic Building 10.

Linda possesses a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Liberal Arts & Education from CUNY’s College of Staten Island. She also holds a 6th. Year Certificate in the Administration of Recreation & Leisure Services in addition to a Certificate in Philanthropy and Fundraising both from NYU.  Over the years, Ms. Dianto has developed a strong career in education, management and administration of programs in addition to her extensive experiences in fundraising.

Throughout her career, Linda has been instrumental in serving as an advocate in many areas and most recently in the maritime world. Her ongoing mission-driven efforts have recently earned her the prestigious Staten Island Woman of Achievement Award – Class of 2017 from the Staten Island Advance; the Best of the Best Recognition from City & State Magazine in 2017; Power Women Award – Schnapp’s Communication in 2016 and the Woman of Distinction Award from NYS World of Women in 2014.

Her passion and determination to move the National Lighthouse Museum to success is unending and she is most grateful to the dynamic and supportive team of FRIENDS, Trustees, Volunteers and Supporters who continue to serve as the Wind in Her Sails!

Celestina Cuadrado, Curator/Site Manager

Celestina Cuadrado joined the NLM as Curator/Site Manager in May 2015. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Her research interests are varied but usually include any exhibition topic she is currently working on.

Celestina’s appreciation of maritime history came by the way of studying 19th-century mercantile history while working at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden and as collections manager at the Merchant’s House Museum in New York City.



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Tuesday through Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Always closed on Mondays and holidays

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