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Meet the Staff

Dale Perry

Dale K. Perry, Business Manager

Dale K. Perry has served as the PNJ Office Manager since 2015.  Her responsibilities include maintaining the membership database, donation register and general mailing list, as well as ensuring all donors are acknowledged for their support. In addition to providing daily financial and administrative functions, Ms. Perry supports PNJ’s Executive Director and Officers, board members, board committees and various programs.  Ms. Perry holds an AA in Business Management, a BA in History, and additional courses in Non-Profit Management.

Kelly Ruffel

Kelly C. Ruffel, Executive Director

Kelly C. Ruffel, is the Director of the Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs for the County of Passaic, and serves as the Assistant County Administrator. In her role, she oversees all of Passaic County’s historic assets from administering program and preservation grants, capital improvement and planning projects, to the development and implementation of cultural and interpretive programming; and management of content and creation of marketing products for print and digital platforms for the County’s See Passaic brand. Through these different facets, Ruffel dedicates her time to the preservation and promotion of Passaic County’s cultural heritage. She previously served as the Principal Historic Preservation Specialist for the City of Paterson, assisting in public preservation projects such as the development and implementation of design guidelines for the Downtown Commercial Historic District, landmark designations, and regulatory permitting review. She continues to serve as a commissioner on the City of Paterson Historic Preservation Commission and Verona Historic Preservation Commissioner, Executive Director to Preservation New Jersey, treasurer to the Society of Industrial Archeology Roebling Chapter, and Trustee on both the Friends of Passaic County Parks, Inc., Friends of Dey Mansion, Inc., and the Hobart Manor Revitalization Committee. A New Jersey native, Ms. Ruffel holds her BA in History, BA in Anthropology, and an MA in History from William Paterson University – with additional coursework in cemetery preservation.

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