Izzy Kasdin – Executive Director
Izzy was appointed to the position of Executive Director in May 2016. She joined the HSP staff as Curator of Collections and Exhibitions in 2015 and has worked in a number of roles at HSP, including docent and research assistant, since 2007. Izzy reports directly to HSP’s Board of Trustees and serves as HSP’s organizational leader. She oversees all daily operations and is responsible for maintaining HSP’s fiscal health as well as developing and executing HSP’s strategic plan and long-range vision. Izzy is also active in directing HSP’s exciting menu of programs and exhibitions. As a long-time advocate for HSP’s holdings, Izzy is passionate about centering HSP’s programming around its incredible collections and beautiful farm site in innovative ways that push the boundaries of the traditional local history museum model. Izzy earned her BA in History at Princeton University, where she focused some of her independent work on local Princeton histories and was awarded the Moses Taylor Pyne Prize. She received her MPhil (Masters) in Archaeological Heritage and Museums at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Izzy has also worked at the Ford’s Theatre Society and the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. She completed her archaeological field school training in colonial American material culture at the College of William and Mary in 2011.
Eve Mandel – Director of Programs and Visitor Services
Eve has been charged with developing and expanding HSP’s programs and partnerships, as well as providing a fun and educational visitor experience, since May 2011. She manages the Visitor Services operation at Updike Farmstead, overseeing our Admissions Associates and a very active volunteer corps of Walking Tour Guides. She develops curriculum and teaches a wide range of education programming for schools throughout central New Jersey; in addition, she plans and teaches a menu of programs for adults and the general public at our site and in the community. Eve is also responsible for HSP’s community relations, managing all press, social media and public relations, as well as building collaborations with other non-profits and service organizations. Eve earned her BA at American University and her Certification for Teaching at the College of Saint Elizabeth; prior to joining HSP’s staff, she held positions at the Morris Museum and National Constitution Center.
Stephanie Schwartz – Curator of Collections and Research
Stephanie joined the staff of the Historical Society in June 2012, previously serving as Research Assistant and Admissions Associate. As Curator, Stephanie now oversees all collections management operations at HSP, including maintaining the catalogue and online database, supervising the care and conservation of the collection, and fielding acquisitions in line with HSP’s collecting priorities. Stephanie works with the Executive Director to develop museum and travelling exhibitions, and continues to manage HSP’s research services and assist with educational programming. Stephanie earned her BA in History and a certificate in Museum Studies at Connecticut College. She received her MS in Archives Management from Simmons College. Stephanie has also worked at HBO, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the New Jersey State Archives, and the Mercer County Library System.
Kristen Lombardo – Database and Office Manager
Kristen joined the staff of HSP in 2014. She brings 10 years of financial and organizational logistics experience from her work with a large defense contractor in the area. Kristen is responsible for managing the donor, financial and collections databases, overseeing website content, and managing the office. She administers the membership and annual fund drives, and assists with event and grant preparation. Kristen has an MBA from Rider University and a BA from the University of Rhode Island.
Paul Davis – Collections and Research Assistant
Paul joined the staff at HSP in 2018. He is responsible for handling all research inquiries and assisting the Curator in implementing HSP’s Collections Management Policy. He previously worked as a Research Historian at the David Library of The American Revolution. Prior to his career as an historian and researcher, Paul worked in the securities industry where he worked in Investment Operations and as a Compliance Supervisor. Paul received his BA from Dickinson College where he majored in History and Economics. He also holds Master’s Degrees from St Joseph’s University (MBA) and Villanova University (History).