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Michele Barker is a lead guide at Storrowton. She assists with programs and does many behind-the-scenes tasks, like maintaining the museum’s costume closet and craft supplies, as well as two new projects of organizing the museum library and coordinating garden volunteers. Michele began working at the museum in Fall 2015 and previously worked for Preservation Massachusetts, as an archivist at the Springfield History Museums and as a Historical Interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village.

Jay Blain is the Collections Manager at the Storrowton. He helps with the upkeep of the museum’s antique and artifact collections, developing exhibits and new ways for people to interact with the historic objects. Jay served in the Army as a member of the military police and brings his skills as a grant writer, program developer and historian to the staff. He is a blacksmith and has a long history of working at the museum, having started in 1996 as a junior counselor for the Early American Summer Days Program.

Jessica K. Fontaine is the Director of Storrowton. She supervises the day-to-day operations and represents the museum to the community. Jessica is also a part of the Eastern States Exposition Leadership team. Before coming to the Village in June 2017, Jessica worked as a higher education administrator, fostering student success outside the classroom. Jessica has a long history at Storrowton, having attended the Early American Summer Days program as a child and later serving as a volunteer and counselor in July 1998.

Carol Geryk is the seamstress at Storrowton. Her needle work keeps the Village’s many volunteers and young visitors neatly dressed in 19th century garb. Geryk began volunteering at the museum in 2001 and was an English Language Arts teacher at Powder Mill School in Southwick before joining the staff part-time. She teaches lessons each week for the Look Back School Program in the “Little Red Schoolhouse,” her favorite building on the grounds.

Nan Matregrano is the manager and buyer for the Shops at Storrowton. She began working at the museum in December 2012 and was a beeswax candlemaker before joining the staff. She enjoys many programs at SVM and her favorite building is The Clark Blacksmith Shop because she loves stone buildings, watching the squirrels run around the green and is intrigued by the lore of the mythological blacksmiths.

Sarah Platanitis is the Education and Communications Specialist at Storrowton. She concentrates on social media, facilitation of school programs and program planning for the museum. Sarah previously worked as a multimedia journalist, editor and K-12 educator. She has been connected to Village since 1994, as a volunteer and senior counselor for the Early American Summer Days Program, and is the first woman to work at the forge in the Clark Blacksmith Shop to demonstrate the trade for public events at Storrowton.

Bill Stroud is a lead guide at Storrowton. He assists with school programs and museum events throughout the year. Bill is a transplant from Philadelphia and worked as a historic interpreter for Historic Philadelphia Inc. He started volunteering at the Village in Spring 2010 and joined the staff part-time the following year. His favorite events are Yuletide and the Look Back School Program.

Jackie Sullivan is the Office Manager at Storrowton. She has worked at the Village for nearly 30 years and is usually the first staff member that visitors interact when they call or stop by the Phillips House. Jackie works closely with the director to coordinate and supervise daily operations at the museum. She manages the museum’s volunteer staff of nearly 100 people, knows or can find the answers to any staff member’s question and is the keeper of the candy dish.

Chelsea Viens is the assistant manager of Storrowton Shops. She also serves as the coordinator for weddings and events at the Village. Before joining the staff, she was a shipper at C&S Wholesale. Chelsea is the daughter of Jackie Sullivan, assistant to the museum director, and has worked at Storrowton on and off since she was 16 years-old. Her favorite event is Yuletide and she enjoys telling the story of how the buildings were moved to the Village from all across New England.
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