Captain Joseph Ahlstrom,
Prof. SUNY Maritime College

President, Emeritus

John Vokral,

1st Vice President

John Arntzen,
President ACTA Maritime Development Corp.


Eleanor Dugan, Esq.


Maryann Piazza,
Majestic Vending & Services, Inc.


Honorable Alfred B. Curtis, Jr., NYC Commissioner (Ret.)

Peter Lisi

Dr. Roberta Locko-Leo

Aimee White

Honorary Trustees

Alice Diamond


Capt. Zeita Merchant

Captain John J. DeCruz,
NY Pres. Sandy Hook Pilots

Liaisons for President, US Lighthouse Society – Michael Vogel, Keeper, Buffalo Light


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.

Christopher Benbow, Esq.
Dean Curry, Financial Planner
Arlyn Danielson, Curator, US Coast Guard Exhibit Center
Captain Donald DeRosa
LCDR (Ret.) James Dunlap, Lampist
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
Paul Smith
Mike Vogel, Editor, Buffalo News
CDR (Ret.) Wayne Wheeler, President USLH Society


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

Linda Dianto – Executive Director

Linda has served as President, and is currently the Executive Director, of the National Lighthouse Museum. For the past ten years, Linda has devoted all of her energies to the cause of reviving the National Lighthouse Museum and advocating to maintain the Museum on Staten Island.

Possessing Bachelor and Masters’ degrees in Liberal Arts & Education from the College of Staten Island and a 6th Year Certificate in the Administration of Recreation & Leisure Services, Linda also holds Certificates in Philanthropy and Fundraising from NYU. Ms. Dianto has developed a strong career in education, management and administration of programs, teaching, and fundraising.

In her ongoing roles with the National Lighthouse Museum, Linda understood the need to learn more about the maritime and lighthouses worlds, and immersed herself in maritime and museum conferences, seeking out the support of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, including involvement in the City of Water Day; the NY & NJ Waterfront Coalition and the Coalition of Historic Ships in NYC. She has also developed a strong bond with the World Lighthouse Society (WLS); the United States Lighthouse Society (USLHS) and the American Lighthouse Coordinating Committee (ALCC) and other lighthouse-related associations.

Danielle MannSite Manager | Special Events and Administration

Bianca CiprianiSite Supervisor | Sponsorship Coordinator

Thomas J RiceCurator

Stephanie CeballosEducation Coordinator