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Huntedon County Cultural and Heritage Commission


Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Lora W. Jones

LORA W. JONES, Chair, was appointed to the Commission in2007. She combines an interest in history and the arts, serving as Historian of Franklin Township where she resides; Rural Awareness, Inc., a non-profit group dedicated to preserving Franklin’s rich agricultural and historic heritage; and as a Trustee of the Hunterdon County Historical Society. She was editor and production manager for the book Facts and Fantasies of Franklin by J. Edward Stout. With Dan and Marty Campanelli, she authored the Arcadia Publishing book, Franklin Township, Hunterdon County. She established and for 17 years directed The Squibb Gallery for Squibb Corporation in Princeton, NJ, showing art from the US and ten other countries. After forming her own public relations firm, she was an independent consultant and curator of art exhibitions for other corporations and art centers. She is a former Trustee of Hunterdon Art Museum, New Jersey State Teen Arts, and Hunterdon County YMCA.

She earned a BA, Journalism with Honors at Louisiana Polytechnic University, Ruston.

Her current term expires 12/31/2016.


Maeve Pambianchi


Ms. Pambianchi has won awards for her contributions to the youth of Hunterdon County and performing arts in general.  She worked professionally as an actor, singer and dancer, and was a long-time student of Obie Award and Drama Desk winning director and acting teacher Gene Frankel, who was one of the earliest members of the Actors' Studio. She lived and worked in Paris for six years, and upon returning to America founded the Lambertville Cultural Center. After working off-Broadway and touring with regional theatre companies she settled in Hunterdon County and founded Franklin Theatre Works.

Since founding the group in 2004, Ms. Pambianchi has directed hundreds of students
in over 45 full-scale dramas, comedies and musicals.

Her term expires 12/31/2018.


Carol Cronheim

CAROL CRONHEIM most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of State for New Jersey with responsibility for management, oversight, and coordination of the cultural divisions in the NJ Department of State, including the NJ State Council on the Arts, the NJ Historical Commission, NJ Cultural Trust, NJ State Archives, and the NJ State Museum. Before that she was Seminar Director for Leadership New Jersey responsible for content for the nonprofit public policy program. She has held numerous positions in State government, as Acting Secretary of State, Deputy Chief of Policy and Planning, Senior Advisor for Cultural Affairs, and as a speechwriter and policy advisor to various senior elected officials.  She knows and has worked with local, state, and nationally elected officials, and leaders in major cultural, historical, and educational organizations. She has a B.A. degree in Classics from Princeton University, and both an M.A. degree in Politics and a Ph.D. degree in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She resides in Lambertville

Her term expires 12/31/2020.


James Davidson

JAMES DAVIDSON is a resident of East Amwell Township where he was appointed the local historian in 2008 and is an active member of the East Amwell Historical Society and the township’s Preservation Committee. A lifetime Hunterdon resident and avid local historian, he was a co-author of a book on East Amwell and writes a column for the township’s monthly newsletter.

He is an avid collector of Lindbergh memorabilia and has recently finished a book on The Lindbergh Kidnapping, a subject he often speaks on. A former history teacher, he is also a member of the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education.

His current term expires 12/31/2020.

Susan Laffler

SUSAN LAFFLER is Director of Development and Marketing for the Judith G. Wharton Music Center and New Jersey Youth Symphony with facilities in Berkeley Heights and New Providence. She lives in Califon. She earned a B.A. degree, cum laude, from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. with majors in politics and social justice and a minor in performing arts, and a master’s degree in fundraising management at Columbia University, New York City. Her career has progressed from her own theater and dance company through the creation and management of a photography studio that was voted as Top Ten Photographers in the World by Popular Photography in 2012, to principal fundraiser for a multi-million dollar national charity, children hospital foundation, and other major organizations. She is widely respected for her ability to generate a high level of donor and prospect activity and for increasing one organization’s donations by up to 40 percent. On a personal level, she creates found-object art, fiber art, quilts, jewelry, and is a certified yoga instructor.

Her current term expires 12/31/2019.


Gayle A. Maher

GAYLE A. MAHER ended her 30-year career in New Jersey Court Administration as Chief of Probation Services in the Probation Division and turned her interest to community service. She served on the municipality’s Historical Society and its Cultural and Heritage Committee and developed a community tour based on independent historical research.  Appointed as a Trustee of the Hunterdon County Tricentennial Committee in 2013, she researched, wrote, and directed the Freeholder reenactment that kicked off the County’s 300th Anniversary celebration. She also is co-chair of the annual Hunterdon Museum Days.  She continues to serve on the Hunterdon 300th Committee and is a Trustee of the 1759 Vought House and a member of the Hunterdon County Historical Society. She earned a B.A. degree in English and Sociology at College Misericordia in Dallas, PA, and an M.A. degree in Public Administration at Rider University, Lawrence Township, NJ.

Her current term expires 12/31/2016.


Alan Rigoletto

ALAN RIGOLETTO is a professional guitarist and vocalist who specializes in classical, jazz, rock, folk, and Indian classical music. He earned a B.M. in classical guitar performance with a minor in German at The College of New Jersey, Trenton after completing a semester of classical guitar study at the conservatory in Frankfurt, Germany. He performs regularly at private events and public venues in New Jersey and New York City, and has performed all over Europe. He also performs and records music that he has written with his rock band and as a singer/songwriter. He is an accomplished private music instructor who teaches guitar, piano, voice, ukulele, and mandolin to all ages and levels of experience, using his own immersive technique of music education. He currently teaches at Vanguard Music Studio in Denville, New Jersey and at The Birdhouse Center for the Arts in his hometown of Lambertville.

His current term expires 12/31/2020.


Don Sherblom

DON SHERBLOM is a residential realty broker who lives in Annandale. He is a former educator who taught at Seton Hall University, South Orange; Montclair University, Upper Montclair; and Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA. He earned a B.A degree in political science at the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in political science at the New School for Social Research, New York City. He was instrumental in saving and restoring the 1759 Vought House in Clinton, a Revolutionary War Loyalist homestead now on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.  He has been president of a non-profit group that supports the Vought House since 2006. He is the author of the books, The Vought Family, Loyalists in the American Revolution and Neighbors at War, The Vought Family and the Revolution. He also has presented papers and lectures on the Vought house and family before historical groups and organized a two-week public archaeology program at the house.

His current term expires 12/31/2020.


Robert Sussna

ROBERT SUSSNA, AIA, a Rosemont resident, has a record of achievement in architecture, photography, and watercolors. With a degree in architecture from Cornell University, he practiced in Princeton and New York City for 45 years, completing hundreds of buildings and winning awards. He held numerous elected positions with the American Institute of Architects, including service on the Board of Directors. Also an award-winning fine-arts photographer, he had one-man exhibitions at the New Jersey State, Jersey City, and Newark Museums, and is in the permanent collections of the Jersey City Museum, and Library of Congress. A 1981 New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship grant allowed him to travel and photograph throughout the West, and to publish his work in a book, Fragments: Landscapes East and West. He began painting watercolors in 2004, and has since won awards and had his work in 50 international and Northeastern juried exhibitions.  He has served as Adjunct Professor of Art at the College of New Jersey and lectured on Architectural Modernism at Columbia Graduate School of Education. Sussna is a Certified Small Business Mentor with SCORE and former 8-year lay member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Fee Arbitration Committee.

His current term expires 12/31/2019.



Financial support for the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission´s general operations and programs is made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
NJSCA Discover NJ Arts

The Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

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