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Current Administration

Timothy G. Hart, Division Director, Timothy is the Division Director of Recreation in the Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department. He is also the Division Director of the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission. He is both the Ocean County (2012) and Stafford Township (2006) historian. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Rutgers Law School - Camden and he is a retired member of the New Jersey Bar. He is active in many cultural organizations including: the League of NJ Historical Societies, South Jersey Cultural Alliance, Advocates for NJ History and the American Association of State and Local History.

Renee Kennedy, Cox House & Cedar Bridge Tavern, Among other responsibilities, Renee is a docent at both Cox House and Cedar Bridge Tavern. A 4th generation resident of Barnegat Township, she has been active in regional civic activities including a term as president of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. She has a background in graphic design and tourism promotion.

R. Joseph Latshaw III, Public History - Cedar Bridge Tavern, among other responsibilities. Joseph serves as a docent and archery instructor at Cedar Bridge Tavern. In his capacity researching for public history projects he highlights and brings to the forefront local stories of the Revolutionary War for the semiquincentennial. He also writes articles for Ocean County Out & About magazine. He graduated from Ocean County College and Kean Ocean with a BA in history. He is currently pursuing a MA in museum studies at CUNY SPS. In his free time, he volunteers for the Ocean County Historical Society and the Toms River Historic Preservation Commission.

Catherine McLearen ,Public History - Registrar, Among other responsibilities, Catherine is responsible for public history research, grant writing, folklife programming, and is the division registrar. Catherine graduated from Seton Hall University with a BA in Political Science and minor in History.

Samantha Stokes, Grants Manager – Website - ADA - Historic Buildings, Among other responsibilities, Samantha is the Local Arts and History Grants manager. She is also the ADA coordinator for Culture & Heritage and is responsible for updating the website. She writes articles for Out & About. She majored in History at Georgian Court University and is active in Lakewood’s vibrant multicultural community.

JuliaRose Violante, A graduate student at Rutgers University for a Masters of Information with a concentration in Archives and Preservation, and a life-long resident of Tuckerton, NJ. For the Cultural and Heritage Commission, she runs public outreach to schedule the department’s 250th Anniversary Revolutionary War trailer for community events and education. JuliaRose also does public history with 3 prior years of experience as a public historian for the NJ State Department of Parks, Forests and Historic Sites. She also assists with digitizing paper records pertaining to County history to ensure their preservation for future generations’ enjoyment.

Past Administrators

AdministratorsStartEndYear(s) Served
Hart, Timothy2009Present 
Dandeo, Lindsay200820091
Smith, Cynthia200120087
Miller, Polly1982200119
McGorty, Kevin197819835