The board of trustees of the North Tonawanda History Museum recently elected officers:
Demelt F. Shaw, president; Larry Bartolomei, vice president; Elaine M. Timm, treasurer; Donna Zellner Neal, secretary; and Barbara Wickman, who continues as a trustee.
Zellner Neal continues as executive director.
Shaw is a retired City of Tonawanda School District teacher and a former member of the School Board, where he served as vice president in 2012-13. Shaw’s extensive History Museum volunteer service includes the development of arts/history educational enrichment programming based upon the 1901 Pan-American Exposition exhibit and Erie Canal in the Tonawandas exhibit. Shaw is a City of Tonawanda resident.
Bartolomei is a retired graphics and marketing professional, with fundraising experience. He is currently a real estate salesperson for Nothnagle Realtors Property Centre. His volunteer service with the History Museum has included playing an active role in the 2013 Historic Treasures Tour, recruiting homes, docents, and sponsors and selling patron ads. He is a North Tonawanda resident.
Timm is retired from the Niagara County Department of Social Services. Her volunteer service has included working as a docent in the 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 Historic Treasures Tours, assisting with the museum’s used book sales, and as a researcher.
She has also been active in the Historical Society of North German Settlements in Western New York, where she serves as a trustee/treasurer and volunteer, and is a member of the Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Commission. Timm is a Niagara Falls resident.
Zellner Neal was a member of the original steering committee which developed the idea for the History Museum in June 2003. It was established on Sept. 10, 2003. She became part of the board of trustees on Oct. 9, 2003, and has served continuously since then. She was made a Charter Honorary Life Member in 2005 and has served as secretary of the board since it was established.
Wickman is the owner of Barb’s Sweet Treats and Jack’s Trains on Oliver Street. She was made an Honorary Charter Life Member in 2005 for her extensive service in the museum’s first year. She has continued to be an active member and volunteer. She has been a trustee since 2005 and has served as treasurer several times. She has been a museum volunteer since November 2003 and was the Heritage Cookbook chairwoman in 2004, 2005 and 2006. .