About / Board Members
Bruce Eaton is a relatively new (since 1999) resident of the Gardens and has served as President of the FHGC (overseeing the effort to renew the Covenants) and as both Treasurer and President of the West Side Tennis Club. Bruce has long had an interest in history and architecture and was drawn to the Gardens because of the history and convenience of the Gardens. He is an avid tennis player at the WSTC.
1st Vice President
Sinead Whelan has worked in the advertising and marketing industry for three decades both within Ad Agency companies such as Ogilvy, JWT, Rapp Collins to name a few as well as in-house at American Express, Fidelity Investments and her most recent post at JP Morgan Private Bank. Sinead’s path to Forest Hills was after attending a wedding in 1999 and was amazed at the beauty of the neighborhood. Sinead and her husband Gerry got the chance to move to Forest Hills in 2001 initially living on Nansen Street and then moving to Summer Street. Sinead became very active in the community joining The Women’s Club of Forest Hills and becoming chair of the Evening Chapter. Sinead also performed with the WCOFH’s Drama Singers. Sinead is also a tennis playing member of the West Side Tennis Club and served as Governor of the Board. Sinead took some time away from Forest Hills from 2013 – 2018 to work in Boston at Fidelity Investments. Sinead is happy to be back to Forest Hills with her new position and is honored to serve on the board of the Forest Hills Gardens Foundation.
Maureen Shillet, a former senior level advertising executive, moved to Forest Hills Gardens in 1995 when her son Sam was born. After leaving the frenetic world of advertising in 2007 to establish a small business, Maureen used her newfound time to become an active member of the Forest Hills Gardens community. For six years, she served as a Trustee on The Kew-Forest School Board where she Chaired the Marketing and Communications Committee. She also serves on the Forest Hills Gardens Corporation Communications Committee and is on the Board of the Women’s Club of Forest Hills where she Chairs the Evening Chapter. Maureen is an avid tennis player at the West Side Tennis Club and in 2018 served as the elected Chair of the Nominating Committee.
She is honored to serve on the Forest Hills Gardens Foundation and looks forward to helping it continue its mission of preserving the rich history of the community we all love.
Emily Wilcox recently moved to the Gardens in 2017 with her husband and daughter. Attracted to the area for it’s beautiful landscaping, quaint neighborhood feel and stunning architecture she hopes to be a resident for many years to come and to play an important part in preserving the rich history of the area. Emily holds memberships to the West Side Tennis Club and the Community House and is an avid runner.
Christine O’Brien has spent her entire post-college life in the Gardens. After obtaining her CPA and a job offer at one of the Big 8 accounting firms in 1981, she moved from PA to the Big City where she met co-worker, Kathryn Noumair, who invited her to move into her family home at 24 Seasongood Road. Falling in love with the Gardens, shortly after, she became a resident of 10 Holder Place and moved to her current location on Puritan Avenue when she married long-time Gardens resident, Fouad Beydoun, in 1985. While an officer of a Wall Street firm, she raised two of her children, Natasha and Janine, and “retired” when her third, Aleena, was born.
Since leaving Wall Street, Christine has participated in various volunteer roles at neighborhood organizations such as The Community House School, Forest Hills Gardens Centennial Committee, West Side Tennis Club, The Kew-Forest School, Gardens Celebrations Association and was a Girl Scout leader for neighborhood troops for eighteen years. Currently, as a Past-President of the Women’s Club of Forest Hills, she serves as Chair of numerous Women’s Club committees and chapters, serves on the Communications Committee of the Forest Hills Gardens Corporation and serves as a Trustee on The Kew-Forest School Board.
Christine is honored to serve on the Forest Hills Gardens Foundation Board and looks forward to advancing its mission of sharing and preserving the history and beauty of our neighborhood with others.
Ann Chamberlain is a life-long member of the Forest Hills Gardens community. Her family lived at 10 Holder Place when she was born and later moved to Greenway Terrace. She attended PS 101 for Kindergarten, and Our Lady Queen of Martyrs from first through eighth grades, went away for high school, college and graduate schools, but moved back to Forest Hills in 1983 with her husband, Jim, and their two very young children, Colby and Elizabeth. Ann loved seeing her children enjoying the same neighborhood activities at the Community House and West Side Tennis Club, and annual Children’s Days and Christmas carols as Ann did growing up.
Ann was a corporate partner at two large law firms in Manhattan throughout her 35-year legal career, retiring at the end of 2015. Since her retirement, Ann has joined the Board of the Forest Hills Women’s Club, served on the Forest Hills Gardens Beautification Committee, and volunteers with Christine O’Brien Beydoun on a blueprint conservation project for the Forest Hills Gardens Corporation. She also volunteers for the Learning to Look Program, which teaches second through fifth graders at inner-city parochial schools how to look at and appreciate art.
Ann has graduate degrees in Art History (M.A. Columbia University), Library Science (M.S. in L.S. Catholic University) and Law (J.D. NYU Law School). She hopes to make a meaningful contribution to the mission of the Forest Hills Gardens Foundation drawing on her personal experience, her education and her deep connection to the people and places in the Gardens.
3rd Vice President
James Navarrete was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to NYC 23 years ago to continue his career in the publishing world. He moved to Forest Hills over 19 years ago from Manhattan and never looked back. He’s an active member of the community. He serves as Governor on the Board at the West Side Tennis Club, is active in the Men’s Club of Forest Hills, sings with the Yuletiders in Station Square every Christmas Eve and also sang at Our Lady Queen of Martyr’s Church and is a Sales Agent at Terrace Sotheby’s Realty.
2nd Vice President
Beatrice E. Hunt
Beatrice “Bea” Hunt moved to Forest Hills Gardens in 2002, but has been playing tennis here since 1971, when she joined the West Side Tennis Club. She joined the Foundation Board in 2021, and co-chairs the Archives Committee. Since the mid-1970’s she has volunteered on numerous WSTC committees and served on the Board as Governor, Secretary or VP. She currently co-chairs their Tennis History & Archives Council which recently acquired the Bud Collins Tennis Library, donated by his family. She also serves as Secretary on the Board of the Tennis Collectors of America. She hopes to expand the Foundation’s physical and electronic archives in order to document and preserve our great heritage for residents and researchers worldwide.
Bea is a principal hydraulic engineer at AECOM, where she specializes in bridge hydraulics. She has a BA in psychology from Franklin & Marshall College, and a BS and MS in engineering mechanics from Columbia University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer. Bea is a past president of the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and has chaired or been a Board member of numerous civil engineering professional organizations.