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OUR TEAM

Meet The Liberty House #MemoryMakers.

Our event experts are here to help you celebrate life’s greatest milestones in style.

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Jimmy Thornton

General Manager

Jimmy was born in Cape Town, South Africa. After studying Hotel Management at Middlesex University in London, England, Jimmy returned to South Africa to work on a private game reserve as a Chef du Rang, at the famous Sun City resort. Since then Jimmy has worked in the Hotel, Catering and Restaurant industry on three different continents. Jimmy is a past chairman of the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association as well as a certified ServSafe food and alcohol safety instructor.

Kenny Trickilo

Executive Chef

With a career spanning back to high school, Chef Trickilo’s love for cooking has taken him across the country. Since his days studying at the Culinary Institute of America, he has perfected his farm-to-table technique, and uses only fresh, seasonal ingredients to formulate his farm-to-table menus.

Jose Peralta

Chef de Cuisine

Inspired by a childhood spent helping in his family’s kitchen, Jose decided to attend culinary school in his native country, the Dominican Republic. Ever since joining Landmark as a Memorymaker in 1996, he has not only opened quite a few of our venues, but has helped give our menus a global perspective.

Erin Cleary

Sous Chef

Erin attended Hudson County Community College where they taught her the basics and even helped land my first Culinary job at Jule’s; a small casual restaurant. Graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management, Erin began her career. She has been with Landmark Hospitality working at Liberty House since 2015 first starting in salad preparation. Her hard work and dedication is what landed her the Sous Chef position In July 2017.

Fares Batarseh

Restaurant Manager

Fares is a restaurant manager that has grown in the industry from the bottom up. His passion for hospitality brought him from serving to tending bar, being a maître d' for small events to assistant manager, and finally to a restaurant manager. Fares started with Landmark Hospitality in 2009 while he was attending college, where he now holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Hospitality was embedded in Fares through his mother who would either cook for her church or host small parties at her house. His love for the industry then grew while working at the Stone House by experiencing fine dining, presentation, and the art of the cocktail. The people that he came into contact with caused him to love managing because he would be very personal and know about their likes and dislikes.

Mara McMullen

Office Manager

With a grandmother who opened one of NY’s first Mexican restaurants, Mara was born into the industry. Since she began at Liberty House in 2003, she has worked her way up from Host to Office Manager.  Not only does her role allow her the opportunity to meet new people and put her organizational skills to good use, but also provides a sense of excitement since no two days are ever the same.

Danielle Villa

Banquet Director

Ever since Danielle got her start booking weddings in 1995, she’s been driven by a passion for perfection. Her favorite part of her job is providing her clients with lasting memories while adding exciting twists to the classic elements of their events.

Alexandra Argenio

Event Stylist

A passion for celebration and attention to detail led Alexandria to a career in event styling. She aims to bring every client’s vision to life and make their experience at Liberty House unforgettable.

Christina Hope

Event Stylist

Since her start in event planning almost a decade ago, Christina Hope has helped style over a thousand events.  Her attention to detail, strong client relationships, and outstanding customer service ensure every event is flawless.

Vivian Bifulco

Event Stylist

After leaving the world of IT in 2004 to pursue something a little more creative, Vivian made the transition into event planning. She considers her guests an extension of her Liberty House family and feels privileged to help them create their lifelong memories.