Meet the Allaire Village Staff

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 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 hsitkus@allairevillage.org

 

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.

 

Leah Wilderotter| Events & Media Coordinator

Leah Wilderotter has been with us since 2010 and started as a bakery clerk. She then worked her way to being the General Store Manager. Leah graduated from Monmouth University with a Communication degree. She is also one of our blacksmiths for tours.  She has a passion for reading and being outside. When she is not working in the office, you can catch her helping to run events or giving history about the park. Leah can be reached at lwilderotter@allairevillage.org

 

Laura Clark | Manager of Volunteers & Historical Programing

Laura Clark is very excited to rejoin the staff at The Historic Village at Allaire! Laura studied History at Rutgers University and continued her studies as a graduate student in History with a specialization in Public History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Laura worked for The Historic Village at Allaire as an Historical Interpreter and as Field Manager in charge of daily operations. She pioneered the internship program at the Village in the spring of 2003. As part of her internship, Laura created the exhibition “Women’s Clothing Through the Decades: 1830-1900” in the Enameling Building, showcasing the Village’s extensive historic clothing collection. She has also worked as Curator of Collections for the Historical Society of Princeton. She is delighted to return to Allaire! In her free time Laura enjoys reading, exploring new cities, running, cooking, and spending time with her family. Laura can be contacted at lclark@allairevillage.org.

 

Felicity Bennett | Museum Collections Coordinator

Felicity started as an intern at Allaire in 2017, working largely with our museum’s artifacts and collection. In July 2021 she became the museum’s first full-time Museum Collections Coordinator! She has been visiting the Historic Village at Allaire since she was a child, and volunteered at the village during middle school. Felicity received her Master’s in Museum Professions from Seton Hall University and has a passion for history and nature. You can find her around the village inventorying the museum’s historical collections and working at events. Felicity can be contacted at fbennett@allairevillage.org.

 

Caroline Peters | Development Coordinator

A Monmouth County native, Caroline is excited to serve as the Development Coordinator at Allaire Village! Caroline studied History and Political Science at Rutgers University, then obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Historic Preservation at Columbia University. While writing her thesis on the adaptive reuse of historic cemeteries, Caroline developed a passion for fundraising and outreach at historic sites. Her understanding of historic buildings and nonprofit management, not to mention her love of New Jersey, makes Allaire a great place to be! In her free time, Caroline loves crafts of all types, baking, and gardening. For any questions on membership or sponsorship, Caroline can be reached at cpeters@allairevillage.org.

 

Cynthia Dwyer | Wedding Coordinator

Cynthia Dwyer’s love of Historic Allaire Village dates back to her childhood and many memorable visits to the village with her grandfather. She began her career at Allaire as a Tour Guide and was thrilled to move to working with couples on planning their dream wedding.  Cynthia is married with two children and one beloved rabbit. She enjoys watching her children’s’ sporting events, spending time with her friends and volunteering with Rescue Ridge, a local animal rescue organization. For more details about weddings, Cynthia can be reached at cdwyer@allairevillage.org.

 

Linnea Kuglitsch | Historical Programming Coordinator

Linnea is the newest addition to the Allaire Village team. After studying history and anthropology at Mary Baldwin College, Linnea went on to earn a doctorate in archaeology from the University of Manchester. Linnea developed a passion for learning about moral and medical reform movements while studying the rich (and often tense) relationship between wellbeing and industrialization in nineteenth century America. Linnea is excited to share her enthusiasm for learning about life in the past with the folks at Allaire Village! In her free time, Linnea enjoys hiking, gardening, baking, and writing about health in the past. Linnea can be reached at LKuglitsch@AllaireVillage.org.

Bonnie Brown | Museum Store Manager

Sharon Knauf | Bakery Manager