Captain Joseph Ahlstrom,
Prof. SUNY Maritime College

President, Emeritus
John Vokral,

1st Vice President
John Arntzen,
President ACTA Maritime Development Corp.

2nd Vice President
Peter Lisi

Eleanor Dugan, Esq.

Maryann Piazza,
Majestic Vending & Services, Inc.

Dr. Roberta Locko-Leo
Dr. Robert L. Marraccino
Aimee White

Honorary Trustee
Alice Diamond

Capt. Zeita Merchant

Captain John J. DeCruz,
NY Pres. Sandy Hook Pilots
Michael Vogel, US Lighthouse Society, 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
Al Curtis, Jr.
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
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.

Danielle MannSite Manager | Special Events and Administration

Bianca CiprianiSite Supervisor | Sponsorship Coordinator

Thomas RiceCurator

Cézanne BiesEducation Coordinator