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 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 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.

 

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 gpalmisano@allairevillage.org.

 

Leah Wilderotter| Events and Office Assistant

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 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.

Cindy Srnka | Retail Sales Manager

Cindy joins Allaire Village, Inc. after having been at Grounds For Sculpture for 10 years. During that time she held various positions including Retail -Museum Shop  & Gallery, Museum Educator, and Corporate Engagement/Development Associate. Cindy studied Art History at Mercer County Community College and was later accepted to the University of Pennsylvania as a recipient of the Bread Upon the Water Scholarship, receiving a full academic scholarship. She is currently a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a minor in History/History of Art.  Cindy has been a visitor to the Historic Village at Allaire since a young girl, and is excited to contribute to the organization at a time when the village is cultivating its audience, events, and educational programs.  Contact Cindy at csrnka@allairevillage.org