Jessica B. Phillips ~ Executive Director
Jessica Baldwin Phillips was raised and educated in New York’s historically rich Hudson Valley. After receiving a BA from Marist College majoring in history (minors: politics & philosophy) she went on to obtain an MA in Public History at the University at Albany. Learning from museum greats at institutions such as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Martin Van Buren House and the Hudson River Valley Institute, Jessica parlayed her experience and education into her current position. Her passion for historical collections, American history and museum leadership has brought her great satisfaction and success in the field.
Jacqueline Masseo ~ Director of Education & Public Programs
Jacqueline Masseo obtained a BA in History and Anthropology from SUNY New Paltz, and an MA in Museum Studies from New York University. Jacqueline’s interest in colonial history first began during her time in Archaeological Field School at Historic Huguenot Street. Her time at Fraunces Tavern started as a Curatorial Intern. Working closely with the Museum’s collection, she fell in love with the artifacts and the stories they told. Jacqueline hopes to facilitate a connection between the visitors of the tavern today with the history of the Revolutionary patrons of the past.
Diego Foronda ~ Development Officer
Diego Foronda was born and raised in Miami Florida and moved to New York to obtain a Master of Art degree in Art Administration from New York University. During his graduate studies, he wrote his thesis on how fundraising sources influence the fundraising efficiency of small nonprofits. Before his time at Fraunces Tavern Museum, Diego worked as a Development Assistant at the Brooklyn Arts Council, and a public programs intern at the American Museum of Natural History. In his spare time, Diego enjoys taking in the beauty of the city and imagining how the city looked throughout its rich and significant history.
Colyn Hunt ~ Sons of the Revolution in the State of NY Events & Membership Manager
Colyn Hunt grew up in a family of 1780s-era frontier reenactors in Middle Tennesse, but, like many, she had no idea of the large role NYC played in the Revolutionary War until she moved here in 2003. While earning a BA in Anthropology and Linguistics at Hunter College in Manhattan, Colyn became interested in the archaeology of colonial New York. She joined Fraunces Tavern Museum as a curatorial intern where for nearly two years, she meticulously catalogued a sizable donation of archaeological artifacts from Lower Manhattan. Now, as Office and Membership Manager, she is busy organizing SRNY events and happily working with potential and existing SRNY Members as they foster a relationship with their own colonial past.
Amy Kennard ~ Communications & Marketing Manager
Amy Kennard hails from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, where throughout her childhood she enjoyed adventures to Valley Forge and Independence Hall, and spent five years as a reenactor and tour guide at the Brandywine Battlefield. Amy has volunteered at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, and first joined the team at Fraunces Tavern Museum as a docent in 2012. Amy received her bachelor’s degree in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, where she completed her senior thesis on how the Revolutionary War has been portrayed in popular media. She strives to combine her love for creative communications and colonial history to build the Museum’s visual identity and reach new audiences.
Eric Sussman ~ Facilities & Operations Manager
Eric Sussman holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s degree in Journalism from New York University. While he dabbles in poetry and worked for a time as a journalist, his greatest pleasure is fixing and building things; from fine carpentry and found object art, to apartment and home renovation. Eric is fascinated by early settler craftsmanship and tools and is thrilled to apply his repair and construction skills to Fraunces Tavern Museum in an effort to enhance the visitor experience.
Mary Tsaltas ~ Events Coordinator
Mary Tsaltas received her BA in History, with a focus in New York City Studies from Pace University. Mary joined the museum originally leading tours as an educator and presently works with multiple departments within the museum as an events coordinator. Mary has previously worked at Trinity Wall Street, where she leads tours of Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel, and works on the Registers Project, digitizing several decades of Trinity's sacramental baptismal records. Mary is thrilled to share her passion for colonial history with museum visitors.
Mark Rud ~ Museum Services Associate
Mark Rud is a theatre artist by training, holding a BFA in Theare Arts and a BA in English Literature from Pacific Lutheran University. The son of an armed forces veteran, he has lived in 8 states from New Hampshire to Hawaii, and traveled to all 50. While freelancing as a dramaturg and stage director, Mark has also worked with a variety of arts and education non-profits on either coast across programming, administrative, and patron service roles – including AmeriCorps service with an elementary tutoring program in Tacoma Public Schools, as well as an apprenticeship with Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre. He is delighted to assist visitors as they explore the Museum’s unique place in American history.
Eli McClain ~ Museum Services & Events Associate
Eli was born and raised in Setauket, New York, home of the Culper Spy Ring. He is currently a student at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, double majoring in History and Sociology. Since 2015, Eli has volunteered at Fraunces Tavern Museum as a School Program Educator and interned in the Curatorial Department. Previously he interned at the New York Hall of Science and completed a Junior Mellon Research Fellowship at the New York Botanical Garden. He is excited to take on this new role at the Museum and continue to share his passion for history and education with the public.
Sarah Kneeshaw ~ Museum Services & Events Associate
Sarah Kneeshaw received a BA in anthropology from Fordham University and a MA in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University. Inspired by a lifelong love of history and culture, she has previously interned at the American Museum of Natural History and the National Lighthouse Museum, and spent a few childhood summers as a costumed interpreter at the Historic Richmond Town Museum. She first joined the Fraunces Tavern Museum as a School Program Educator in 2016, and has interned in the Education & Public Programs Department. Sarah is excited to be a part of the team and to have the opportunity to help visitors understand and connect with American history.
Warren Kitt ~ Museum Services Associate
Sarah Edmiston - Marketing Intern
Sarah was born and raised in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. She recently graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Strategic Communications and Public Relations. Additionally, Sarah has volunteered with several local nonprofits in Morgantown, West Virginia. She is passionate about art, travelling, event planning, and multimedia design. Sarah aims to use her skills in assisting the marketing department at Fraunces Tavern Museum.
Jamie Clark - Curatorial Intern
Jamie was raised in Roslyn, New York on Long Island. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Social Studies Education at Boston University. Jamie has experience researching, working in archives, and teaching in the Boston area. Beyond history, Jamie loves trips to art museums, traveling, reading, and watching re-runs of sitcoms. As a Curatorial Intern at Fraunces Tavern Museum, she hopes to learn a lot about curatorial work and help the museum staff to the best of her ability.