About the Committee

The committee to save Mount Manresa was formed on May 12, 2013 by Community Board  Our mission is to  do all we can to preserve and protect Mount Manresa before it is too late.  Once is is gone, it is gone.

This is a grassroots effort to save the property.  This 15 acre property has historical, landmark, environmental and sentimental value.  We need to work together as a united community to protect it so that future generations can enjoy as a park.

Committee to Save Mount Manresa – Officers

Jack Bolembach – President
Jack is currently a Deputy Plant Chief at NYC Department of Environmental Protection. He began the official movement to Save Mount Manresa. Jack is military Veteran and served aboard two Destroyers in the United States Navy. He has two Bachelor of Science Degrees one in  Economics and the other in  Finance and earned a Masters of Science in Facilities Management at Pratt Institute under the Mayors Scholarship Program.  Jack is also an elected union official for the past 14 years as a  vice-chairman in the Engineers Division of Local 3, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers,
Jack Bolembach | Marathon92@aol.com | 347-267-4940

Gloria Tepper  – Vice President
Gloria is a homeowner and Board Member, Hills North Condo, parent, student of Sociology/Urban studies at CSI, 20 year supporter/retreatant at Mt Manresa, community activist.

Barbara Sanchez – Secretary / Media Relations
Barbara is a homeowner and President of the Board at Narrows Crossings Condo.  She is a graduate of St. John Villa Academy, and has a Bachelors degree in Communications from Marist College and MBA in Marketing from Fordham University.  She is the webmaster of the official committee SaveManresa.org.
Barbara Sanchez | bsanche@yahoo.com  | 917-428-8117

Joe Canepa – Landmarking
Joe is a member of the Immigration Committee of the Richmond County Bar Association,Georgetown Club of Metropolitan New York,and owner Canepa Realty.com LLC. He is working on a project to document the graces that flowed from Mount Manresa after September 11, 2001 and the Shrine of The Sacred Heart of Jesus. He is focused on Landmarking Mount Manresa.
Joe Canepa | jcanepa@josephgcanepapllc.com | 917-991-7877

Joe Billoti  –  Community Liason / Mount Manresa Historian
Joe is a long term resident of Staten Island and a strong connection to Mount Manresa and buildings, the grounds and its history.  Joe led a rosary club at Mount Manresa for over 17 years.

Charlotte Mentzer – Treasurer
Charotte is  CPA, neighbor of Manresa activist and advertising specialist.

Joseph and RoseAnn McAllister, South Beach Civic association
Joe and RoseAnn have been active in the South Beach community and all over Staten Island.  They have joined us and are supporting us in saving Mount Manresa.

Our Public Supporters Include(alphabetical order):

10,000 petition signers (3,500 online and 6,500 on paper)
Brighton Kiwanas Club
Colonnade Diner
DaNoi Restaurant
Federated Garden Clubs of NYS, District One
Friends of Blue Heron Park
Former New York City Council Member Jerome O’Donovan
Grasmere Civic Association
Historic Districts Council
Iron Hill Civic Association
Liedy’s Shore Inn Tavern
Mount Carmel Society, Rosebank
Natural Resources Protective Association (NRPA)
New Dorp Central Civic Association
New York City Council Member Debi Rose
New York City Council Member Dominick Recchia
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James
New York State Assemblyman Michael Cusick
New York State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis
New York State Governor Cuomo’s Representative for Staten Island, Paul Duffy
New York State Senator Diane Savino
Our Lady of Graces
Pleasant Plains Mount Loretta Civic Association
Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Richmond Civic Association
Richmond County Ancient Order of Hibernians
Rosebank Boys
Second Saturday Staten Island
Serpentine Commons
Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
South Beach Civic Association
St. John Villa Academy Alumnae Association
Staten Island Borough President James Oddo
Staten Island Community Board 1
Staten Island Community Board 2
Staten Island Community Board 3
Staten Island Preservation League
Todt Hill Civic Association
Veterans of Foreign Wars Staten Island Chapter
WestleighImprovement Society

The committee continues to grow with members and support every day.  If you have questions for the committee, please contact us.

Links for Media:
Committee press releases 
Event Recaps