Steven Tichenor

Chairman and Treasurer

Steve is currently the NRCD Chairman and instructor in the Ridgewood Community School course “English-American Historical Social Dancing (17th-19thC].  Steve is also a member of New Jersey Militia  Heard's Brigade, a revolutionary-war era re-enactment group, in which he has served in every capacity from NCO to Unit Commander.  He also makes special appearance to public school classes speaking to students regarding the Revolutionary War and 18th Century re-enacting. Tichenor's interest in history is personal - both his maternal and paternal ancestors settled in New England in the early 1600s. He works for the Board of Education in Ridgewood, NJ.

Roxanne Memmolo

Colonial dancing with NRCD seemed like a natural transition for Roxanne.  A civilian reenactor with the New Jersey Militia-Heard's Brigade, she was previously an historical docent at Bear Mt State Park where she taught the 18th century Battle of the Twin Forts Clinton and Montgomery, and she was also Director of the East Coast Country Dancers, a not-for-profit dance troup who performed and taught line, partner and group dances for schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Roxanne is also moderator of the Shakespeare for Fun reading-discussion group at Nyack Library and a compulsive volunteer for a list of good causes. 


 Jane Breazzano

David and Sandra Hancock Martin

David and Sandra have been dancing with NRHD since 2014. David grew up near Alexandria, Virginia on property that once was part of George Washington’s estate. His sister-in-law’s father was the director of Mount Vernon. David and Sandra met and married at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg where Sandra’s first job after college was as a “hostess” (costumed guide) at the Royal Governor’s Palace. She has returned to that role as an educator-docent at the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus. Sandra’s first relative in the colonies was one of the planners of the Virginia Company that founded Jamestown, but who unfortunately was massacred at Berkley Plantation in 1622. David and Sandra are members of the American Friends of Lafayette.

 Susan Burleigh

Janice Wolk

Secretary and Public Relations

A longtime resident of New Jersey, Janice Wolk has studied Baroque dance as well as English Country dancing for several years. She is also a  “civilian” member of New Jersey Militia Heard's Brigade, and a member of the American Friends of Lafayette, a historic and patriotic organization dedicated to the memory of the Marquis de Lafayette. Other hobbies, aside from living history, is a passion for art and art history- she has taken portrait painting workshops in Woodstock, NY and also enjoys dabbling in watercolors. Janice works in Manhattan.

Betsy Jordan

Influenced by her love of Jane Austen books and movies, Betsy started English country dancing in 2006 with the North Jersey Country Dancers in Ridgewood. She is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and New Jersey Militia-Heard’s Brigade. Betsy has a BFA in Fiber Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and is a certified Family and Consumer Science Educator. Professionally, she is the food editor for a national women’s magazine. Her interests include creating her own historical clothing, gardening, cooking and studying American and English history, culture and domestic arts.  


 Adele Leopardi

Miriam Colwell

Miriam started dancing when she was eight years old and studied ballet for seven years. Much later she did International folk dancing for a number of years. Recently she has returned to dancing with 18th century English country dancing, which combines several of her interests—colonial history, baroque music, dancing, costume history and sewing. Singing in her church choir allows Miriam to indulge in her love baroque and ancient music. She also enjoys gardening and reading. Although her academic training was medieval art history, she has worked as a library specialist at one of the science libraries of Columbia University. She maintains her medieval connections by illuminating dedications and certificates in a style that combines medieval and art nouveau influences with a mixture of medieval and personalized contemporary iconography.

 Dick Brahs and Edith Hausmann

Cora Chandler

Raoul Mallalieu

Tina Ishihara

Tina has been doing English country dancing since the late 1990s. She began dancing with the Bergen County Historical Society and saw it as a great way to enter into the reenactment community. She has participated in many dance groups and enjoys the many variations in this particular style of dance, and feels it is a great way to further interest in American history and culture. Tina is an accomplished artist and has displayed and sold her oil paintings in many venues in New Jersey; you might see some familiar NRCD faces in many of her paintings! She is also fluent in Japanese and teaches English to Japanese students

 Dave and Christine Amundsen

Morgan Evans Patrick

Morgan is a professional historian with both a BA (William Paterson College/University) and MA (Monmouth University) in History. He also has written a Master's Thesis on The New Jersey Home Front during the Civil War. Morgan has worked for both Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City and as a Historical Site Survey Assistant for the County Government of Bergen County, New Jersey. Morgan has been involved with historical reenacting and dancing for 16 years. He has been active as a Civil War Reenactor (portraying a Harper's Weekly Reporter) and as a Revolutionary War Reenactor (as an artilleryman in both Doughty's and Lamb's Companies of Artillery)."


 Alex Peña

Alex has been doing English Country dancing for several years. Alex is also a member of the Outwater’s Militia, a Patriot American Revolutionary War militia unit, in which he serves as Quartermaster.  He is also a member of the 35th Regiment of Foot, a Grenadier unit of the British Army.  Alex attends Moravian College, Bethlehem where he is a History major.  He is also member of the Moravian College Choir and Moravian College Theater Company.  Alex is an Eagle Scout, and credits Scouting with his sense of commitment and honor.  Alex says English Country Dancing has rounded out his impression of colonial life during the time of the American Revolution.  He intends to pursue a career in politics.