Jacqueline Masseo ~ Museum Director
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 earned a BS 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.
Lisa Goulet ~ Collections Manager
Lisa Goulet holds a BA in Honors Visual Arts from Brock University and an MA.in Museum Studies from New York University. She is interested in the early modern histories of art and science, and how permanent museum collections can be reimagined to tell new stories. Lisa also works at the Climate Museum organizing exhibitions as a Curatorial Fellow, and previously interned at the Richard Avedon Foundation. She joined the Fraunces Tavern team as Collections Manager because she is passionate about public and scholarly access to museum collections. In her free time, Lisa is an independent scholar and an avid home cook.
Sarah Kneeshaw ~ Education & Public Programs Coordinator
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.
Brittany Goss ~ Office & Membership Coordinator
Brittany Goss has a BA in Anthropology and English from St. Lawrence University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State. Her professional background includes work in publishing and nonprofit organizations. When she is not working at the Fraunces Tavern Museum, she is a personal coach helping women take risks to create their most authentic lives. Brittany has always been interested in history, and has even enjoyed writing historical fiction. Recently, while tracing her genealogy, she was surprised to find that her research led her all the way back to the Revolutionary War. As the Office & Membership Coordinator, she is happy to have the opportunity to work with SRNY Members who are connecting with their own ancestors.
Mary Tsaltas ~ Programs & Events Assistant
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.
Jessica Bryant ~ Museum Services & Events Associate
Jessica Bryant holds a BA in History and History of Art from Boston University, as well as an MA in History of Art from University College London. As a native New Yorker, Jessica’s passion for history originated in her time exploring the city’s many museums. She loves the space these institutions provide for people to learn about and discuss history. Prior to working at Fraunces Tavern, Jessica was a Curatorial Intern at the Howard Gottlieb Archival Research Center, where she helped to mount and install the archive’s exhibits. Jessica started at Fraunces Tavern Museum as a School Program Educator, and she loves the opportunity this role has provided her to have conversations with people who are interested and engaged in the stories our city has to share.
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.
Theresa DeCicco ~ Museum Services & Events Associate
Theresa has a BA in History from SUNY Stony Brook and is currently working towards her Master's degree in Public History at New York University. Originally from Long Island, her interest in public history began while volunteering as an interpreter at the William Floyd Estate. Continuing her work with history in the public atmosphere, she has interned and worked at the Long Island Museum in both the education and development departments. Having recently completed a season with the National Park Service at Castle Clinton NM, Theresa looks forward to joining the Fraunces Tavern Museum and sharing her passion for American history.
Warren Kitt ~ Museum Services Associate
Allie Delyanis ~ Communications & Marketing Intern
Allie Delyanis grew up in Tacoma, Washington with very little evidence of the Revolutionary War at her disposal. After moving to NYC, Allie and her family uncovered a series of documents that link her family back to the Revolutionary War. Allie has a BA in Journalism and French/Linguistics from New York University, but wishes she had majored in American History. To make up for it, Allie joined the team at Fraunces Tavern Museum as the Communications & Marketing intern. When she isn’t creating new content for the Museum’s blog and website, Allie works as a freelance writer and producer for a variety of podcasts.