Contact: Sarah Olson, 845-229-9115
Kinderhook, NY- Megan O'Malley has been selected as the next site manager of Martin Van Buren National Historic Site (NHS). In this position, she will oversee President Martin Van Buren's home Lindenwald and work as part of the management team for the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt-Van Buren sites. This group of parks includes four sites in New York, the Home of Eleanor Roosevelt, Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Sites in Hyde Park, and Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook. O'Malley currently serves as chief of interpretation for Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS and Johnstown Flood National Memorial in Western Pennsylvania. At Martin Van Buren NHS, she succeeds Justin Monetti who left for a new position in Washington, D.C. in February, and Michael Riegle who has been acting site manager since Monetti. She will begin her new position in late June, 2016.
O'Malley has worked for the National Park Service (NPS) for over twenty years, starting while still in college as a campground ranger at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. She has worked in interpretation at several parks, including Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Yellowstone National Park. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and has a bachelor of arts degree in history from Bryn Mawr College.
Superintendent of the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt-Van Buren group of parks, Sarah Olson, shared her excitement over O'Malley's appointment, "she is a seasoned interpretive supervisor who is admired in the NPS for her innovative approaches to making historic sites come alive for visitors." Olson, who retires this June, will be succeeded in her position by Lawrence Turk, Superintendent of Aztec Ruins National Monument and Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico.
"I've loved being able to work with history every day at Allegheny Portage Railroad and Johnstown Flood National Memorial," O'Mally said. "I'm excited that at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site I'll continue to work to protect, preserve and share the wonderful cultural resources in the National Park Service."