Staff & Board

Alice Austen House

Staff

Victoria Munro

Executive Director

Victoria is responsible for all aspects of the museum’s staffing and development and for the artistic direction of the AAH. As a working artist, Victoria works closely with the museum’s live-in curator and caretaker to conceive and promote the work in our contemporary galleries. 

Victoria is an Art and Art History Educator, Maker and Curator. Victoria consults and speaks on LGBTQ curriculum development, historical and current LGBTQ interpretations in public and private institutions.

Amy O'Hara

Director of Operations
& Visitor Services

Amy has a long history of work in the arts for non-profit organizations. She brings a wealth of knowledge to her position in house operations and serves an important role as the public face of the museum for all museum visitors ensuring that the historic site is presented at its best.

Alyssa DeMarco

Alyssa DeMarco

Director of Education

Alyssa is a new media specialist who provides interactive educational experiences at the museum and in schools. This includes curriculum development, and teaching museum educational initiatives and after-school programs. 

Alyssa fosters relationships with schools in the community and is heading several key arts education initiatives, including those intended to create a new body of online resources. She designs and develops all media and website communications and works alongside our development team in grant delivery and foundation partnerships.

FAVORITE PIECE IN AAH COLLECTION

Her favorite piece in the collection is always changing as she continues to study Austen’s life and work. Right now she would love to share the 1896 book illustrated by Austen that embodies so much of her work to lift up women’s liberation narratives, Bicycling For Ladies.

FAVORITE PIECE IN AAH COLLECTION

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FAVORITE PIECE IN AAH COLLECTION

Her favorite pieces include some of the iconic photographs and vintage cameras used to teach her classes, but right now, her favorite piece is the Cast Iron Pug Figurine.

Kirstin Swanson

Director of Development

Victoria is responsible for all aspects of the museum’s staffing and development and for the artistic direction of the AAH. As a working artist, Victoria works closely with the museum’s live-in curator and caretaker to conceive and promote the work in our contemporary galleries. 

Victoria is an Art and Art History Educator, Maker and Curator. Victoria consults and speaks on LGBTQ curriculum development, historical and current LGBTQ interpretations in public and private institutions.

Kristine Allegretti

Visitor Services, Collections & Development Associate

Kristine is passionate about the history of photography and assists in implementing museum and special event operations, social media, donor and member relations, and maintaining collections policy. Alegretti is a key member of the collections staff with the most extensive knowledge of the museum’s holdings and their significance to the field of photography.

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Paul Moakley

Curator & Caretaker

Paul’s love of Alice Austen began as a young teenage volunteer at the museum. He has lived at the museum for over 12 years and followed his passion for photography in his career and is an Editor at Large for Special Projects at TIME. He served as Deputy Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise of TIME  from 2010 to 2018.

Paul Moakley produces special projects such as the recent “Opioid Diaries” and TIME’s Person of the Year. He was part of the Emmy award winning team for TIME’s interactive documentary Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience.

Previously he was senior photo editor at Newsweek and photo editor of PDN (Photo District News).

FAVORITE PIECE IN AAH COLLECTION

“My favorite piece in the collection is the photo album that Alice made for Gertrude Tate. It’s touching to think of an artist of Alice’s caliber selecting the photos she would include to tell the story of their first meeting and giving that work to the woman she would spend the rest of her life with.” 

FAVORITE PIECE IN AAH COLLECTION

“Being in constant contact with the objects in the collection I always have a new favorite. Currently I would say it is this hand carved wooden rosary that Alice picked up during a trip to Rome in the 1920’s. The rosary is 4 feet long and unlike anything else of Alice’s in our collection. Alice gave it to a neighbor in 1943 who helped her and Gertrude out a little during that hard time. “

FAVORITE PIECE IN AAH COLLECTION

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Teaching Artists 

Shani Mitchell

Alesha Kilayko

Lee Donlon

 
 

Board of Directors

Catherine Schiavone

President

 

Faiza Peetz

Treasurer

 

Nancy Myers Benbow

Vice President

 

Jacquelyn Krogh

Secretary

 

Deborah Hernandez

Vice President

 

Toni Ann Barone

Counsel

Amoy Barnes

Theo Dorian

Al Johnsen

Radhakrishna Mohan

Jack Turner

Alex Van Clief

EX OFFICIO

Tom Finkelpearl

Commissioner of Cultural Affairs

 

Mitchell Silver

Commissioner of Parks & Recreation

 

James S. Oddo

Staten Island Borough President

 

Lynda Ricciardone

Staten Island Borough Commissioner of Parks & Recreation

 

John Krawchuk

Executive Director, Historic House Trust


 

“From the outside, this charming cottage looks like any other late 17th-century Dutch Colonial House. Step inside, and you’ll soon discover it was the home base for one of New York’s most celebrated female photographers.” 

Atlas Obscura, 2018