Board of Trustees
Jeanette special education teacher and a lifelong resident of Belmar and is the second youngest of seven children of well-known Dr. and Mrs. Smyth. During her childhood, she experienced all aspects of living at the Jersey Shore such as learning swimming and lifesaving skills from Harold Rowland at the Empress Motel in Asbury Park. She is a graduate of St. Rose elementary and high school. She attended Georgian Court College where she received a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting. After college Jeanette worked on Main Street in Belmar for several years at the National Westminster Bank. She later became Assistant Manager of the bank when she relocated to the Little Silver office, and then became the manager of the PNC Bank. After the birth of her first son Anthony, Jeanette returned to school to become a Special Education Teacher. She has worked in Early Intervention for many years and has been teaching in the Neptune Township school system since 2002. Jeanette was instrumental in starting the Multiple Handicapped Program in both middle school and high school. Jeanette has a love for recreational boating and kayaking. She has been the faculty advisor for the high school Sailing and Kayaking club since 2014 and has a real appreciation for water safety. She has combined this interest with her special education skills and has opened new doors in the club for students who were blind, paraplegics as well as those who are cognitively delayed. Jeanette has also been active in marine science education taking students for overnight workshops at the Sedge Island National Resource Education Center in the Barnegat Bay. She has introduced many students, including special needs children, to the natural and cultural history of the bay. Jeanette has been a very active citizen in the area for many years and joined the FOBH Board of Trustees in 2018.
An attorney by trade, Joe has been a sailing enthusiast his whole life, racing sailboats since he moved to the New Jersey Shore including various positions on J105 crews sailing out of several Raritan Bay area yacht clubs. Joe first became involved with FOBH when his son became a student in the Shark River Discovery Program. He is an active member and can often be found making repairs to the sailing dinghies, helping with boat launchings, or driving the safety boat. On most summer weekends, Joe is sailing on the Shark River with his family on one of the organization's sailboats. Joe has been a New Jersey resident since graduating from Rutgers University Law School more than twenty-five years ago. Before Law School, Joe obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Using his science education, he was once an instructor at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Joe is a Jersey Shore resident who has been serving as a federal prosecutor in New Jersey since 2003. Joe joined the Board of Trustees for Friends of Belmar Harbour in the autumn of 2019.
Anthony "Tony" Eldridge
Tony joined to board in November 2021 and brings technical expertise and leadership experience to the organization. More bio to come.
Dr. Paul Owens
Dr. Paul Owens, MD is a Cardiology Specialist in Newton, NJ, and has over 38 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Georgetown U, School of Medicine medical school in 1983. Also a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the College of Holy Cross. Is served as Chief Medical Officer at the Newton Medical Center. Paul joined the board in November 2021.
Fred Carl is interested in local history and the stewardship of the Shark River Estuary. He is known to many in the area as the savior of Camp Evans and the founder of INFOAGE. This scientifically interesting and historically meaningful place in Wall Township was once to be demolished but is now a National Historic Landmark. Fred is also the Project Controls Specialist at Princeton University Department of Physics for Simons Observatory. Fred Carl was born and raised in Monmouth County. He received his B.S. in Science Education and his M.S. in Computer Science from Monmouth University. He has Teaching Certificates in Comprehensive Science and Computer Science. Fred Carl joined the board in December 2021.