Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Cultural adn Heritage Commission is a division of The Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation


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 the 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.

Carly Conticchio, Public Art - Archaeology, Among other responsibilities, Carly is the newest member of the staff and assists in researching the local archaeology of the area. Carly has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology. She is currently pursuing a Professional Science Masters in Environmental Science.

Lucas DiMartini,Cedar Bridge Tavern – Events – Digitization, Among other responsibilities, Lucas is the primary docent and program coordinator for Cedar Bridge Tavern Historic Site. He is also responsible for digitization. He is responsible for updating cultural events for the Out & About and County Tourism. He writes articles for Out & About. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Rowan University. He has a history of fostering the public’s cultural interaction with the environment through his experience with the Ocean County Parks system

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.

Donna Malfitano,Communication, Among other responsibilities, Donna is responsible for distribution of Out & About and other public projects. She majored in History and Art at Bergen Community and Ocean County Colleges. She has a passion for art and the study of local history. She volunteers for various groups in Ocean County.

Catherine McLearen ,Public History - Registrar, Among other responsibilities, Catherine is the newest member of the staff and will be responsible for public history research and will act as the division registrar. Catherine graduated from Seton Hall University with a BA in Political Science and minor in History. Her background includes program development, grant writing, collections management, exhibits, and guiding group tours.

Samantha Stokes,Grants Manager – Website - ADA, Among other responsibilities, Samantha is the Local Arts and History Grants manager. She is also the ADA coordination 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.

Past Administrators

Year(s) Served

Hart, Timothy

Dandeo, Lindsay

Smith, Cynthia

Miller, Polly

McGorty, Kevin