Mission, Board and Staff

Our Mission

The Royall House Association explores the meanings of freedom and independence before, during, and since the American Revolution, in the context of a household of wealthy Loyalists and enslaved Africans.

The Board and Staff


  • Peter Gittleman, Co-President and Treasurer, Historic New England
  • Penny Outlaw, Co-President, Partners in Health
  • Cuthbert I. Thomas, Assistant Treasurer, WithumSmith+Brown, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
  • Jennifer Pustz, Recording Secretary, Tufts University
  • Gracelaw Simmons, Communications Secretary, Community Volunteer

Board of Directors

  • Elizabeth Ammons, Tufts University English Department
  • Michael Baenen, Community Volunteer
  • Barbara Berenson, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (ret.)
  • Anne Donaghy, Community Volunteer
  • Ariana Fiorello, Simmons College
  • Amanda Hadad, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
  • Madeleine Karolian, Boundless Rugs
  • Margen Kelsey, Tsongas Industrial History Center
  • Lucia Marconi, Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • Mary Kathryn Lee, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Collins Warren, Museum & Collector Resource

Executive Director

  • Kyera Singleton

Honorary Director

  • Julia Royall

Academic Advisory Council

  • Rachelle V. Browne, Esq., Associate General Counsel, Smithsonian Institution (ret.)
  • Alexandra Chan, Archaeologist / Author
  • Steven Cohen, Department of Education, American Studies Program, Tufts University
  • Rachel Fletcher, Upper Housatonic Valley African American Trail
  • Frances Jones-Sneed, Department of History, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Joanne Pope Melish, Department of History, University of Kentucky
  • Margot Minardi, Department of History, Reed College
  • Margaret Vetare, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center , Vassar College