We are open only for ticketed tours T – S. First tour is 12PM. Last tour is 4PM.

Staff & Board

Alice Austen House

Staff


Victoria Munro
(She/her)

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.

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 most recent publication of the 1896 book illustrated by Austen that embodies so much of her work to lift up women’s liberation narratives, Bicycling For Ladies. Victoria wrote the forward in this publication, and it’s available for sale at the museum.


Karen Kalriess
(She/her)

Visitor Services SPECIALIST

Karen honed her administrative skills in the higher education and arts sectors. As a music curator, she produces and hosts both streaming, recorded, and live shows that feature the work of women and artists who identify as women. Besides working behind the scenes as a manager and administrator, Karen has worked in entertainment as an audio engineer and event producer.

 

In her role at AAH, she is responsible for the daily operations, rentals, and visitor services of the museum. Her interest in local, public history brings her to this role at the Alice Austen House.

 

Favorite piece in AAH collection

“There are two images that I relate to so strongly here; in both, Alice’s  ingenuity, determination, and on-the-spot adaptability are highlighted. I have a fond place in my heart for those who just make it work and follow their instincts. Alice Photographing at the Auto Race (in which she is seated, precariously, on a fence), and the image of the stacked chairs, camera balanced atop, are my clear favorites.”

 

Margaret Simons
(She/her)

Collections & Development Specialist

Margaret leverages her enthusiasm for researching and writing to uphold Austen’s place in the American photographic canon and inspire financial support for AAH.

Using the information uncovered by the examination of Alice’s photographs, home and belongings, Margaret advocates for AAH exhibitions and programming with the donor community by leveraging the skills she honed through art history scholarship and a previous career in finance.

FAVORITE PIECE IN AAH COLLECTION

“Currently, my favorite photograph is a portrait of Alice’s grandfather, John, framed by the ivy-covered timber supports on the Clear Comfort porch. Through his intentional positioning, I can feel Alice’s intertwined affection for her grandfather and the house they shared. As he gazes off camera, I suspect he admires his front-yard view of the Narrows – a view I share working in an office that was his bedroom.”

Kristine Allegretti
(She/her)

DIRECTOR OF COLLECTIONS & OPERATIONS

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.

Allegretti 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.

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. “


Zoë Tirado
(She/her)

Dir. of Education

Zoë is a painter and installation artist who has worked in museums for nearly a decade. Zoë’s passion is to develop and present LGBTQ+ programs for children, families, and adults. Zoë has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a MA in Museum Studies from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

AAH’s rich history, dynamic contemporary exhibitions and trailblazing programming is what drew Zoë to the organization.

FAVORITE PIECE IN AAH COLLECTION

“It’s hard to choose a singular favorite object or piece in the collection. Alice’s sense of humor comes through in so many photos as well as her love of her home and surroundings. The high contrast of “Deaf Albino Kitten going up elm tree” is really beautiful. I also love how Alice and her family cared for the cats that lived along side them for generations.”

Lee Donlon

Lee Donlon
(They/them)

Education Coordinator

Lee Donlon is a photographer and filmmaker based in Staten Island, New York. They primarily work with antiquated photographic processes, experimental materials, and handmade cinema.

Donlon began working at the Alice Austen House as a Teaching Artist after being featured in the AAH 2019 Triennial: Deliberate Acts. As a member of the Education Department they work to share the creative and liberatory power of photography with students of all ages.

Kristen is a photographer, writer, curator and recent graduate of a one year certificate program at the International Center of Photography. She is also an avid collector of found photographs, building an archive particularly focused on women and queer subject matter.

Her passion for inspiring others creatively and love for LGBTQ history and community led her to join the Alice Austin House as a teaching artist.

FAVORITE PIECE IN AAH COLLECTION

“An image that has stuck with me since the first time I saw it is a self-portrait of 26-year-old Alice posing on the porch of Clear Comfort in her favorite yellow dress. There is something so powerful about her gaze and body language in that photograph. She commands your attention with a confidence you aren’t accustomed to seeing from women in photographs from that time period. It’s a photograph I’ll always come back to as a reminder of the importance of remaining true to your authentic self.”

Janet is an NYC-based mixed-media artist and printmaker with Bachelor’s Degrees in Graphic Design & Literature. While currently working as a teaching artist; she is also an aspiring graphic designer with a passion for colorful pallets , grunge textures, and quirky typography.

She was drawn to the Alice Austen House because of their inclusive programming and LGBTQ+ representation. Having taught with several museums, schools, and non-profits across  Staten Island; she was thrilled at the prospect of retelling Austen’s history through a queer lens, and especially inspiring youths into telling their own familial and personal histories.

FAVORITE PIECE IN AAH COLLECTION

“My favorite photograph in the catalogue, so far, has to be the portrait of Gertrude Tate which was taken by Austen. The way she reclines in her seat, relaxed, with direct eye contact towards the camera speaks to the trust shared between both women. I doubt that just anyone could have taken such an intimate and loving photograph of Tate.”

Shani Mitchell is a highly motivated and versatile native Staten Islander. She has a B.F.A from Five Towns College and returned home with the passion and creative mind to create and collab with the art community within Staten Island.

As an actress, she has performed in web series, community theaters, and tv shows such as The Hunt with John Walsh. While she pursues her dreams to enter the entertainment industry (for film and tv) she creates films and videos for artist and organizations such as Staten Island Arts, Projectivity, Staten Island Urban Center, and many more.

Alyssa DeMarco

Alyssa DeMarco
(She/her)

Marketing & Design Specialist

Alyssa is a new media artist specializing in digital production and photography. She began at the Alice Austen House as a teaching artist on LGBTQ+ programs and has worked within both the visitor services and education departments since 2018. Her love of Austen and her work stems from being a Staten Island native, longing for a space to belong in the borough. 

Alyssa designs and develops all media and website communications, assisting in grant delivery and foundation partnerships.  She also provides digital interactive experiences within the museum and within school curriculum.

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.

Paul_Moakley

Paul Moakley
(He/him)

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).

Pamela Bannos
(She/her)

Alice Austen Scholar.

Pamela Bannos works with the Alice Austen House on new research and scholarship of the collections.

She is an artist and researcher who utilizes methods that highlight the forgotten and overlooked, exploring the links between visual representation, urban space, history, and collective memory. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife and is professor of photography at Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory and Practice. 

 

Board of Directors

Deborah Hernandez

President

 

Gerard Mawn

Treasurer

 

Terry Tsui

Vice President

 

Jacquelyn Krogh

Secretary

 

 Toni Ann Barone

Counsel


Theresa Torres

Chair of Friends of Alice Austen Committee

 

Rev. William Baker

Amoy Barnes

Cheryl Clarke

Blanche Wiessen Cook 

Theo Dorian

Daile Kaplan

Jahtiek Long

Nancy Myers Benbow

Jack Turner

EX OFFICIO

Gonzalo Casals

Commissioner of Cultural Affairs

 

Susan Donoghue

Commissioner of Parks & Recreation

Vito Fossella

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