Our Staff

Kelly C. Ruffel (Director) oversees all of  Passaic County’s historic assets, including Dey Mansion. Through the administration of preservation grants, development and implementation of cultural and history programming, and the management of restoration and rehabilitation projects, Ruffel dedicates her time to the cultural and historic heritage of the County. She previously served as the 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 and landmark designations, and regulatory permitting review. She continues to serve as a commissioner on the City of Paterson Historic Preservation Commission, treasurer to the Society of Industrial Archeology Roebling Chapter, and Trustee on the Friends of Passaic County Parks. A New Jersey native Ms. Ruffel holds her BA in History, BA in Anthropology, and an MA in History from William Paterson University.

Jessica Bush (Interpretation & Education) brings extensive experience to her mission of education and interpretation at the Dey Mansion. Bush, who joined the staff in June 2017, has worked at several institutions including the New Jersey Historical Society, the New York Historical Society, and the Save Ellis Island Foundation. Among her near-term goals, Bush will establish the groundwork for the 18th century mansion and site to become more of a presence in the Passaic County community and beyond. She’s dedicated to the preservation of the Dey Mansion, as well as a greater documentation and exploration of daily colonial life and the American Revolution. This means providing a deeper understanding and appreciation for the human element of history; learning about the people who lived and worked at the Mansion. Originally from upstate New York, she moved to New Jersey in 2002. She received a master’s degree in Museum Education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City.

Kelly McManus (Visitor Services)  a recent graduate of the Masters of History program at William Paterson University, brings his love of 18th century history to the Dey Mansion.  Being a Passaic County native, local historical sites captured his imagination from a young age which resulted in Kelly becoming transfixed on the past.  This appreciation for history pushed him to get his BA in History with a focus on German Cultural Studies at Kutztown University.  Kelly became aware of the Dey Mansion through an internship opportunity while enrolled at William Paterson in 2017.  After interning for a semester, he began working as a seasonal for the year of 2018.  Kelly has recently joined on as a permanent addition to the Dey Mansion staff where he hopes to share his passion of history to those that visit here.