Allaire Village Inc. consists of a small group of dedicated staff who oversee the day to day operations of the Village.
Hance M. Sitkus | Executive Director
The youngest member to be publically elected to the Allaire Village Inc. (AVI) Board of Trustees in 2002, Hance served on various committees of the Board of Trustees, and has been the Board’s Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Chairman. In November 2017, Hance entered into a contract to lead and serve as the Village’s Executive Director. His family has lived and worked in the Allaire area since the 1600s. At age 12, Hance started off as a historical interpreter, became AVI’s first paid Retail Sales Manager in the 1990s and later coordinated exhibits at the Enameling Building. He is author of “Images of America, Allaire” and “The Allaire Coloring Book.” From 2009 to 2015 Hance served as our General Store Manager on a volunteer basis, logging over 1,200 volunteer hours annually. In May 2014, Hance opened his own accounting firm, Hance Accounting & Business Advisors, LLC, in Sea Girt, NJ. Prior to that he was the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Visible World, Inc. located in NYC. Hance holds a BS in accounting and a BA in public relations, journalism, and history from Lehigh University. He enjoys travelling, especially train travel across the United States and Canada! Hance looks forward to applying his unique business and professional background to formulate a long-term sustainability plan for the village, advising the Board of Trustees, strengthening Allaire’s management team, enriching the visitor experience, and ensuring Allaire’s status as the premiere living history museum in the State of New Jersey. Contact Hance at 732-919-3500 Ext 15 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonnie Brown | Director of Historical Interpretation and Museum Programming
After receiving a degree in History Education from the College of New Jersey, Bonnie spent 7 years teaching grades 7 – 12 as well as adult education classes and children with special needs. Joining the non-profit sector, she served as a research manager in the area of fund raising, membership, and grant making, as well as public event planning and volunteer services. For the past 15 years she was with Grounds For Sculpture, ultimately becoming the Director of Operations and Guest Services. She also serves on the advisory board of the Cultural Access Network working with other non-profit organizations on issues surrounding ADA compliancy. Contact Bonnie at 732-919-3500 ext 12 or email@example.com
Tim Brown | Village Manager
Tim has been with the Allaire team as a volunteer for many years but has recently joined the staff in 2018 as the Village Manager. As a volunteer, Tim has been in charge of the Howell Works Militia (and for the time being he will continue to be our “Captain in Residence”.) Tim also has lent his talents to the village in the blacksmith shop, and the leather working guild, as well as an interpreter for special historical events. Contact Tim at 732-919-3500.
Kathy Geiser | Office Manager
Kathy Geiser joined the Allaire team in 2012. Since stepping in, Kathy organizes, schedules, and coordinates all Chapel occasions (of which there are hundreds each year), museum membership, Craft Markets, monthly Flea Markets, and general day to day functions of the village office! Prior to her work at Allaire, Kathy worked in the non-profit sector for 16 years. On her off days, Kathy can be found in her garden, and spending time with her family in Bradley Beach. Contact Kathy at 732-919-3500 ext 14 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daryl Lynn O’Connell | Events & Marketing Coordinator
Daryl Lynn O’Connell has joined the Allaire Team in 2018 as the Events and Marketing Coordinator. Daryl was born and raised on the Jersey Shore and visited Allaire State Park many times growing up. She has over 25 years of marketing and event experience along with a strong background in social media, retail and public relations. Daryl loves anything vintage, crafting and writing. She is the author of two children’s books and loves spending time with her family in Point Pleasant. Contact Daryl at 732.919.3500 ext. 11 for any sponsorship opportunities or any general comments, questions, and/or ideas on events at the Historic Village at Allaire.
Angela Larcara | Group Tour Coordinator
Angela Larcara has been the Group Tour Coordinator at Allaire Village since June of 2012. Prior to her time at Allaire, she spent 15 years as a school librarian. Angela lives in Wall Township where she raised her three children and visited Allaire State Park and Allaire Village on many occasions. These days, Angela can often be found scheduling and facilitating group tours of schools, camps, and senior groups. Contact Angela at 732-919-3500 ext 13 or email@example.com.
Gina Palmisano | Manager of Volunteers and Educational Programming
Gina Palmisano has joined the Allaire team for 2018 as the Manager of Volunteers and Educational Programming. Gina graduated from the College of New Jersey with a degree in History and Secondary Education. Gina has a lot of memories with Allaire having grown up attending its events as a child. She began volunteering at the village in high school and was later hired to be Allaire’s blacksmith. Gina has experience working in other museums as well including being one of five people cross country to be selected for an internship in Washington D.C. at George Washington’s Mount Vernon where she learned more about the inner workings of living history museums. She has a passion for education and loves working with the public. She is excited to be in this role and is happy to be back at Allaire. Contact Gina at 732-919-3500 ext 10 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cindy Srnka | General Store Manager
Cindy joins Allaire Village, Inc. after having been at Grounds For Sculpture for 10 years in various positions. She began as Museum Shop and Gallery Associate, became a Museum Educator, Corporate Engagement Associate, and Development Associate. Cindy studied art history at Mercer County Community College and was accepted into the University of Pennsylvania as a recipient of the Bread Upon the Water full academic scholarship. She is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a minor in History/History of Art and expects to graduate in 2020. Cindy has been a visitor to the Historic Village at Allaire from childhood and is excited to be coming on-board at a time when the village is growing its audiences, events, and educational programs. She is looking forward to working with our Guilds to carry more one-of-a-kind art pieces handcrafted here at the Historic Village at Allaire.
Alyssa Paterno| Assistant to the Executive Director
Alyssa Paterno joined the Allaire team in 2018 as the Assistant to the Executive Director. She is our Membership Coordinator and works with Hance Sitkus to assist with the day to day operations. Alyssa is a graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelor’s in Justice Studies with three concentrations in Paralegal Studies, Justice Systems, and International Justice. She hopes to further her education as an attorney. Contact Alyssa at 732-919-3500 ext. 16.