New Board Members

Beth Belisle has lived in Larchmont for nine years.  Prior to that,  she lived in Forest Hills Gardens, where she was active in that community’s historical preservation, while also working in theater, television and public relations.

Upon moving to our Village in 2001, Beth has been busy with her three children, and pursuing her interests in mid-century art and furniture.

Her passion for houses and design has led her to begin a new business this past year in home staging and decorating.  She is also working with the artistic directors of the White Plains Performing Arts Center, publicizing the new musical drama Wallenberg, as well as the other shows in the 2010/2011 inaugural season.

Beth is very excited to be working with the LHS, having been a long-time member and volunteering in past years on many LHS functions.  She will be working on the Spring 2011 House Tour and reception, as well as helping with PR and other events throughout the year.

She lives on Mayhew Avenue with her husband Chris, and kids, Jack, Lindsey and David.

Ned Benton (returning member) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and serves as Director of the MPA Inspector General Program, which is the only Master of Public Administration program in the United States that concentrates expressly on inspection and oversight and the role of Inspectors General. He serves as the Monitor in United States of America v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Monitor reports on compliance with a consent decree about youth corrections in Puerto Rico. Nominated by both parties in the case and appointed by the United States District Court, Benton’s position is independent of the parties in the case. Before joining the faculty at John Jay College, Benton served as Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections from 1975-1979, and as the Director of Planning for the National Clearinghouse for Criminal Justice Planning and Architecture from 1972-1975.

Locally, Ned was a member of the Historical Society Board from 2002-2009 so he is returning for a third term. He was Larchmont Village Trustee from 1998-2002.

Susan Emery (returning member) was on the board of the Larchmont Historical Society for six years and was chairperson of the house tour during those years.  Last year, while off the board, she served as “chair emerita” and advisor to Laura Hoffman in her role as the chairperson of the 2010 house tour.

Susan has worked at such places as Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Pace Gallery and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Jim Fleming (returning member) is returning to the Larchmont Historical Society Board having previously served as a vice president. Jim is a Larchmont native, and an architect by profession. In addition to a natural interest in the village of his upbringing, and basing his professional work here in Larchmont, Jim has worked on many of the areas historical structures, and that typically involves research of the origins and development of each structure and its relevant architectural style and application.

Jim also paints and draws his surroundings and has Larchmont as one of the most beautiful places along the Sound from which to draw inspiration. Jim  has written the architectural descriptions for LHS’s House Calls, as well as serving as the visiting LHS program speaker liaison.

Monica Foster is married to a movie and theater producer and the proud mother of a son who grew up too quickly and now attends college. She shares her  home with Ruby, an adorable, energetic Labradoodle who has finally learned to respect a fine carpet.

She too was a movie producer for quite some time which is where her flair for the dramatic expressed itself. Leaving Hollywood behind, she has embraced her love for drama and beauty through the traditional, but no less exciting art of antique rugs.

Rick Lefever is the founder and president of Facade MD Architects & Engineers, a professional firm specializing in the restoration and historic preservation of building exteriors. Since 1986, he has led the design and projects primarily in New York City, but reaching as far afield as Boston, Miami and New Orleans.

His designs have resulted in major awards at local, state and national levels. This includes major restoration projects resulting from the September 11 terrorist attack in New York, and from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Katherine Ann Samon is the author of Ranch House Style, the first history since 1948 of suburban ranch houses, and includes eighteen homes across the U.S.

She’s also author of Ethan Allen Style, and (from another life passage) Dates from Hell and More Dates from Hell. Among her freelance clients is Patch.com for whom she writes the bimonthly “Historical Wonders’ and “Home & Gardens” columns. She’s lived in Larchmont with her son since 1998.