The Historic Village at Allaire welcomes in a new team of Executive Officers and leadership to the Board of Trustees of Allaire Village, Inc. They all share a common goal- a love for Allaire and working to make it the premiere historic site of NJ!
Hance M. Sitkus, CPA- Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Hance Sitkus’s family history dates back to the 1600’s and they are related to employees of Arthur Brisbane, the last private owner of the Allaire property. Allaire has always been a part of Hance’s life; his first memory is riding the steam train at the Pine Creek Railroad. At the young age of 16, he became Manager of the Allaire Village General Store and Bakery where he blended history and business. After receiving a double degree in Accounting and Public Relations/Journalism with a minor in history, he pursued a career in public and private accounting from 2000 to present. After working for companies in NYC such as Ernst & Young, Primedia, Channel One News, and Visible World, Hance launched his own business out of Sea Girt, NJ: Hance Accounting & Business Advisors, LLC. Hance has sat on the Board of Trustees at Allaire Village, Inc. since 2002, serving as Vice Chairman and Treasurer, as well as serving on various committees. One of his tasks as treasurer was the running of operations of the General Store, which in 2014 was inducted into the Museum Store Association! 2013 marked the highest revenue and net income achieved for the Store.
Hance has stepped in as Chairman this year and logs in over 1,200 volunteer hours each year. As Chairman, he hopes to increase visibility and awareness of the Village’s history, as well as the need for preservation. Other anticipated projects include the strengthening of events and programming on a year-round basis. Hance has high hopes for Allaire: “There are no limits to what we can do at Allaire Village if we all work together!
Pat Lundervold- Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Until her retirement in 2002, Pat worked as a high school Spanish teacher and a multi-lines insurance representative. That year she also became Activities Chair for the Chichester Property Owners Assn and served as its president from 2008 until 2011. In 2007, Pat joined her mother, Vernie Van Dyke, as a member of the Allaire Auxiliary, and has served as an officer since 2008. Pat is currently its President. An avid quilter and sewer, Pat formed the Bog Iron Quilters within the Auxiliary, who make the annual raffle quilt for the Village. Most importantly, “Allaire has given me a love of living history and the people who work and volunteer here.”
Ray O‘Grady- Treasurer of the Board of Trustees
Ray O’Grady has been a volunteer at The Historic Village at Allaire for over 15 years! In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees for five years, Ray is the Village tinsmith guild master where he mentors and trains new volunteers and develops historic tinsmith programs. In addition to his role as tinsmith, Ray is also a member of the Bog Iron Boys townball team who recently played against the Hoboken 9! Outside Allaire, Ray holds various instructor positions at local vocational schools and is an avid golfer. Ray has received many awards over the years and recently was the recipient of the 2013 Guild Master of the Year Award! Ray is excited to serve in his new role for the Board!
Tom Laverty- Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Tom Laverty has been on the Allaire Village Board since 2007 and a Secretary of the Board since 2009. Tom is a retired New Jersey State Park Service employee where he worked in several different capacities during his 34-year career there. His most recent assignment was Supervisor of the Office of Interpretation and Resource Management. There he had oversight responsibility for Historic Sites, and natural and cultural history interpretive programming at all State Park properties. His early career included being a historic site manager at Washington Crossing State Park, then at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage historic sites, and finally at Twin Lights Historic site. Tom is a past president of the New Jersey Lighthouse Society.