Suzanne Nolan, ASLA, President


Suzanne is a landscape architect and planner and serves on the Westchester County Historical Society’s Historic Preservation Committee, as well as on the New Rochelle Heritage Task Force. While working at the Westchester County Planning Department, she became thoroughly acquainted with the history of the Reservation and its significance as a recreation and transportation resource.

Katie Hite

Katie is the executive director of the Westchester County Historical Society, a library and research center located in the Westchester Archives and Records Center at 2199 Saw Mill River Road in Elmsford. The Society is committed to collecting, preserving and making accessible to the public the rich history of Westchester County. She has lived along the Bronx River Parkway Reservation for the past 40 plus years.

Valerie Scimia, Secretary

Valerie has lived along the Bronx River Parkway Reservation for 20 years and has served as an officer on the board of her cooperative building for over 15 years.  She is a founding member and current President of the Garrett Park Neighborhood Association which represents over 1200 area residents.  The association focuses on beautification projects and bringing residents together to improve neighborhood life.

Peter Thorp, Treasurer

Peter spent 40 plus years at Citibank/Citicorp working in human resources and with the Citicorp Foundation. He now works with various not for profit organizations in the Bronxville area as well as on Cape Cod.

Thomas G. Andruss 

Tom is a lifelong resident of Eastchester. He is active in parish, civic, and political activities. He is an active and Honorary Board member of The Community Fund of Bronxville-Eastchester-Tuckahoe. Tom has a B.S. in marine engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His thirteen years as a volunteer and organizer for the annual Pitch In for Parks effort has made him interested in preserving local area green space, especially the Bronx River Parkway Reservation.

Robert DelTorto

Bob is the former Head of Volunteers for the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. During his 33 year tenure he worked with over 300 volunteer groups throughout the County park system, coordinated the yearly system-wide “Pitch in for Parks” effort, and developed a specialty in advising on Eagle Scout projects. We are pleased that Bob takes an active role coordinating our volunteers, particularly the vine cutters, who he also trains. Bob serves as the co-chair of the steering committee for the Native Plant Center, located on the Westchester Community College campus. It is the first national affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.   

John Fava*

John is the retired Director of Park Facilities, having worked in the Westchester County Park system for thirty-five years. He and his wife Karolyn earned their landscape architecture degrees from UMASS. Since 2001, John has been Chairman of the North Castle Conservation Board. He has been the keeper of Bronx River Valley history, is active in numerous organizations, and knows every stretch and bend in park and river intimately.


P. Lynn Oliva, AICP* 

Lynn is a former Commissioner of the Westchester County Planning Department.  She is currently employed by the Philip Johnson Glass House, a National Trust Property on the National Register of Historic Places, in New Canaan, Ct..  She is a member of the City of White Plains Planning Board and also serves on the Westchester County Historical Society Board of Directors.

James A. Sutton, Executive Director

Jim is a retired banker, and former Executive Director of the Westchester Community Fund. He takes a hands-on approach to this volunteer position, and in addition to the administrative role he fills, you will often find him walking, bicycling, kayaking, vine-cutting and wading in the waters of the Bronx River to remove debris. As head of our Pitch In for Parks effort, Jim takes great satisfaction in leading up to 150 volunteers in the annual spring clean-up of the Reservation. He has lived along the Bronx River Parkway Reservation for the past 30 years.

Barbara Troetel

Barbara Troetel Ph.D. has been a professor of history at Queens College of the City University of New York and is author of the monograph "The Bronx River Parkway" published by The Westchester Historian in 1999 and 2000.