JVH Staff


Kristina Poggi, of North Plainfield, Somerset County, serves as a part-time museum coordinator for The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House. Ms. Poggi earned a Master’s Degree in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies and a dual Bachelor’s Degree in History and Art History along with a certificate in Cultural Heritage Preservation Studies from Rutgers University.  Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, she held internships at the Howell Living History Farm, East Jersey Olde Towne Village, and the Elmwood Cemetery in New Brunswick.  At those historic sites, Ms. Poggi played a leading role in developing school group tours, exhibits and activities that met New Jersey Standards for Social Studies Curriculum.  She has a Certificate of Eligibility to teach Social Studies in grades K-12, and currently works with elementary and middle school children in the Somerset Hills School District.


Renáe Tesauro, of Bethlehem Township, Hunterdon County, has been retained on a monthly basis, since February 2016, to serve as communications director for The Friends’ organization.  She continues the program she has capably led as a volunteer board member for the past six years. Ms. Tesauro, president of RCB Communications, promotes the museum’s exhibitions, events and programs through multi-media platforms and assists with communications to members, donors, volunteers and community partners.  Mrs. Tesauro has been an active volunteer for educational and nonprofit organizations, including Kent Place School, the Bonnie Brae School, the United States Equestrian Team, and her alma mater, Lafayette College, where she received an undergraduate degree in psychology.