Meet Our Awesome Team
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Sherry S. Russell
I have been enjoying family businesses my entire career, whether working in our family businesses or supporting local family businesses. I believe in all aspects of family business! I am truly honored to have the opportunity to lead the Alderfer team. It is an incredible group of individuals that are dedicated and passionate about their jobs, and supporting their fellow team members. Owning a family business has allowed me to walk alongside my husband and our children; sharing business and life experiences. My involvements as a mother, wife, coach, mentor and board member have all contributed and impacted my career journey. Life Mission: To challenge and inspire God's children to believe in themselves, and to grow to accomplish their individual passion in life. “It's all about, it's all about the climb… Keep your faith, keep your faith.”
H. Brent Souder, CAI
H. Brent Souder began working with Alderfer Auction in 1986 and has extensive knowledge in the auction industry. Brent graduated from Mendenhall School of Auctioneering, Highpoint, NC in 1987. He is also a graduate of Certified Auctioneers Institute at Indiana University, with certifications as a Master Personal Property Appraiser (MPPA). Brents expertise include jewelry, fine and decorative arts, with a focus on the Pa Impressionists which he has established record sales in his discoveries throughout his tenure. He is also versed in the sale of Real Estate at auction and assisting sellers navigate the process. With his years of industry experience, he mentors the Alderfer sales team to maintain the level of integrity, knowledge, and customer service of the Alderfer brand. Brent was named the Pennsylvania State Bid Calling Champion in 2003. He received the honor of the PA Auctioneer of the year in 2018 and inducted into the PA Auctioneer Hall of Fame in 2020 for his contributions to the industry. He currently serves on the PA Auctioneer Association Board of Directors. His favorite part of his day is "Meeting new people, meeting the needs of buyers and sellers, new discoveries, and hearing the stories of collectors!" In his free time, he enjoys going to auctions! time away with his family at beach, camping, skiing, or spending time in Tioga Co., where he likes to ride ATV, dirt bike.
Ranae holds the position of Business Development & Marketing Director at Alderfer Auction. Ranae graduated from Temple University with a Bachelors of Art in Marketing and Economics. She now has 15 years of experience in the auction industry specializing in consumer behavior, concept management and marketing strategies that capture the most attention digitally, traditionally and analytically. Ranae thrives on matching the admirer and collector with the unique, one-of-a-kind piece of art that they’ve been seeking. As a marketing strategist, she holds strong in the belief, “if your branding message and foundation are not strong, the rest of your marketing efforts will crumble.” Ranae loves to spend time with family and friends, enjoys traveling to see volcanos, golfing, and learning new trends.
Pam Bergey has worked at Alderfer’s for 15 years. She attended Montgomery County Community College but ultimately chose to dedicate her time at home raising her four children. Upon re-entering the work place, she chose to work at a small family owned real estate office where she attained her real estate license. When she first came to Alderfer’s she began as a receptionist. Since then she has worked in many aspects of the business. “I love to see an auction through from beginning to end, with all of the challenges and blessings it brings.” When Pam is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, her children & many grandchildren. She enjoys taking long walks with her dog, playing games, baking, and reading a good book.
Bruce Russell started with Alderfer Auction full time after retiring from a 25 -year teaching career in June of 2020. Bruce’s opportunities through teaching and his love for coaching various sports over the past 25 years has solidified his belief in the importance of the Team Approach to success. Bruce enjoys being part of the Alderfer Team as well being part of a family business which has provided a great opportunity to use many of the same skills from his teaching career. While relatively new to the auction business as an adult, Bruce spent some of his youth listening to the chant of his uncle calling bids as his uncle was an auctioneer in the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Bruce still enjoys the excitement of watching the competitive bidding online and seeing the delight from customers as they gather their auction winnings. Having the opportunity to meet and listen the stories of the consignors and customers and in turn being able to help them with the next steps in their lives is one of the most rewarding parts of his job.
Jill's introduction to the auction industry came at a young age. Jill was an Alderfer raised in Harleysville, spending time as child with her grandparents that were antique collectors. On the weekends, Jill and her mother would spend most Saturday's at live auctions treasure hunting. As a child Jill dreamed of being an auctioneer when she grew up. She received a Bachelors in Business from Temple University, majoring in Marketing, Minoring in Real Estate. Jill has worked over 10 years for Alderfer Auction, first clerking and now as a Realtor and Sales Associate. Jill enjoys supporting local community organizations and volunteering, supporting adults with disabilities. Jill says "I am proud to be part of a local, family owned company whose focus is to provide exceptional customer service and services to both our buyers and sellers. The team at Alderfer’s takes great pride in the services we provide and the quality of work that we do. I am blessed to work alongside a group of people who hold honesty and integrity above all else." Jill lives close by her three adult children, one who works here at the company! In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors, hiking or biking, with a love to travel. Jill brings on a level of expertise to assist her clients in obtaining or selling a home, and with management of personal property as an Estate Sales Specialist.
Joined the Alderfer team in January of 2018. Christian contributes a range of skills as an auctioneer, historian, and scientist which offer both a broad and targeted knowledge base to our Fine and Decorative Art, Specialty, and Single Owner auctions. His thorough research and Renaissance approach have yielded success for our consignors in a wide range of merchandise including fine art, silver, Americana, comic books, and pop culture materials. Christian’s 10+ years as an auctioneer and 6 years serving on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association has enabled him to build a strong local and national network within the auction, antique, and fine art community. In addition to his auctioneer’s license, Christian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a focus in Philosophy.
Grant officially joined the Alderfer team in 2019 after several years of sales experience in the vehicle industry. Grant grew up in and around the auction industry attending auctions and even periodically worked at Alderfer’s as an auction “runner” as well as volunteering at local benefit auctions in his teen years. He is a graduate of Christopher Dock High School and Bucks County Community College and specializes is firearms, equipment, vehicles, and general estate items. His favorite part of working at Alderfer’s is assisting our clients with their specific auction needs, discovering rare merchandise, and generally learning something new every day. Grant and his wife reside in Schwenksville, PA.
Mike Gribbin has worked in the auction industry since 2015. Mike has always had interest in items of years-gone-by and finds the auction life rewarding both in product and customer relationships. Mike received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Cedarville University with a minor in Bible and has his Secondary Education Teaching Cert/graduate classes in English from Gwynedd Mercy University. In addition to spending time teaching overseas, he spent 6+ years in the high-end, collector-quality furniture market and another 6 years managing thrift stores for Liberty Ministries. His areas of focus at Alderfer Auction are as diverse as his background. Mike concentrates on asset recovery for our Business Liquidations in all markets of the workplace. Additionally, he coordinates the musical instrument auctions and is one of the point-people for vehicle-specific consignments. As a sales representative at Alderfer’s, Mike enjoys the day-to-day opportunities of meeting new clients, listening to their stories, and discerning how Alderfer Auction can best fit their individual needs. Mike has lived in the area since 2000 and his wife teaches band and orchestra locally. They have two teenage daughters and are busy with all that entails!
Annette is a Certified Senior Advisor with a background in senior living sales and admissions. This provides her with practical and multi-disciplinary knowledge and resources to help serve older adults and their families. Her desire is to help families navigate the journey of down-sizing and moving and provide the solution to the daunting question "What do I do with all my stuff?".Additionally, Annette brings 30+ years of experience in sales, marketing and business development, in the commercial furniture industry. Along with her professional experience she brings a lifelong love of art and antiques to the table. Annette is active in the community as a volunteer teacher with North Penn chapter of "Art Goes to School" and as a member of the North Penn Arts Alliance.
Allyson Constant Babcock grew up in Orient, NY, the easternmost town of Long Island’s North Fork. It was in this small town that her love of history and antiques began. From a young age, Allyson was submersed in the decorative arts world, training her “eye” for fine antiques and art by attending art and antique shows and visiting shops and galleries across New England and throughout New York. Her father, Douglas Constant was an antiques dealer, collector and appraiser for over 40 years. Throughout his career, he imparted much of his knowledge to his daughter. Allyson has over 15 years of experience in the auction and appraising world. She began her career at Alderfer Auction learning the day-to-day operations of an auction house and became the lead cataloguer for their quarterly fine and decorative arts auctions where she researched and catalogued thousands of items for estate auctions. Her areas of expertise include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American Fine Art, and general residential contents.
Ms. Babcock is an accredited member of the Appraisers Association of America specializing in American Furniture & Decorative Arts. Allyson offers appraisal services to individuals, attorneys, insurance professionals, trust companies, financial planners, museums and historical societies. Ms. Babcock produces professional appraisals for the purposes of insurance, estate tax, equitable distribution, estate planning, and personal interest. Allyson Constant Babcock holds double bachelor’s degree from Brown University in American Civilization (Material Culture) and Organizational Behavior & Management. Continuing her education in the decorative arts field, she obtained a certificate in Appraisal Studies by completing the Appraiser’s Association of America’s Comprehensive Appraisal Studies Program. Her appraisals conform to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. USPAP has now become recognized throughout the United States as the generally accepted standard of appraisal practice for all appraisal disciplines.
Dan has worked at Alderfer Auction since 2017. He started in the shipping department and then worked in most departments learning the auction business, his main duties include all scheduling of pickups and deliveries, and works with the firearm team as needed. When Dan is not on those duties, he is doing loadouts and lot & list. Prior to working at Alderfer Auction, Dan worked in Philadelphia as the transportation manager scheduling and setting up deliveries to grocery stores and deli shops. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities including boating and fishing. His enjoyment at Alderfer Auction is meeting new people everyday and seeing the end results at completed job sites.
Kaitlyn joined the Alderfer team in 2020 as a part time photographer. She became full time in January of 2022 as a Human Resource Assistant. While she is currently still our Human Resource Assistant, she has also assumed the role of Estate Sale Coordinator as well as doing appraisal report work. Kaitlyn recently moved to Souderton and now has a chocolate lab named Copper. She graduated from Villanova University in May 2022 with a certificate in Human Resource Management and hopes to continue on to complete her SHRM certification as well as assist in other roles throughout the company.
Lucy was an educator in the Pennridge School District for 20 years. She left the classroom to become owner/ operator of Rita’s Water Ice in Harleysville for 12 years. Upon selling her business she joined Alderfer Auction in 2019 to be part of the Transition and Downsizing Team. Today she coordinates Transitions and assists with Marketing. She enjoys walking alongside clients to help them downsize their personal property to prepare for a move or transition. Lucy has been married to Ed for 38 years and their daughter and son in law live in Portland, Oregon. She is an active member of Souderton Mennonite Church.
Chris Harper has been with the Alderfer Auction team since 2013 specializing as an Online Auction Coordinator with an emphasis on lead photography, photo editing, advertising, cataloging, and research. He is most highly involved in the Fine and Decorative Arts, Mid-Century Modern and Design, Collectors, and Firearms auctions. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University which he has used as a foundation to help cultivate his diversity within his position.
Kirsten joined Alderfer’s in 2017 and brings over 30 years of marketing experience to the team, specializing in Graphic Design, Research, Product Photography, Website Management and Communications. Prior to Alderfer’s, she worked in the food industry, serving as Marketing Coordinator for two local supermarket chains. Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Design. She and her husband Chris have a daughter and son that live in Virginia. She enjoys camping, hiking, traveling and following local sports teams.
Deborah has a Bachelors & Masters in Information Technology and Management from American Military University (AMU). She has graduate degrees in Front End Development and in Digital and Website Design from UCSD. Deborah began her career at age 19 serving in the U.S Army. After being honorably discharged in 2009, she graduated from AMU with degrees in Social work and Legal Studies before beginning a 10 year career working as a social worker for local community non-profits. After going back to college in 2017, Deborah started a consulting firm for small businesses with website production & social media management. Deborah has been with Alderfer Auction since January of 2022 as a digital designer, working on digital and print ads, social media management, and website design. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the marketing department to help advertise product globally. She lives in Schwenksville with her three children and dog, and in her spare time manages a middle school hockey team and enjoys doing sports photography.
Joining the Alderfer Fine Arts team in 2019, Sara’s ability and contributions made an immediate impact. With over 20 years of extensive curatorial experience in the museum field, Sara has brought her skills and abilities of identification, research, and targeted knowledge of Americana, textiles, artwork, primitives, and furniture to the Alderfer team. Her multiple degrees in both history and American Studies expand her skillset and bring a unique perspective to the Fine and Decorative Arts Department.
Jill joined Alderfer Auction in 2016. Prior, she worked for over 30 years in accounting at Harleysville Insurance/Nationwide where she met and later married her husband, Tom. After working for a large company, Jill was hopeful to find a small company where there was fun & excitement. She most definitely found it at Alderfer Auction. Born and raised in Harleysville, Jill became very familiar with "backyard" auctions. She is amazed at how things have changed over the years. Jill now greets the customers whether it be in person or over the phone. She does her very best to provide them with professional customer service, helping to make their experience a pleasant one. In her spare time, Jill can be found in the kitchen trying a new recipe.
Bonnie has been at Alderfer Auction since 2018. She originally started in the transition department and then was added to the Estate Sales Lot and List team. Eventually, she was moved full time inside as Operations Coordinator. Since Covid, she has been the person at door 3 to help with either bringing incoming goods into the building or handing out sold items to buying customers. When she is not at door 3, she is organizing and moving product around the building to make room for more treasures to come in. Bonnie also helps set up auctions that are open to the public for preview. Bonnie comes from a 28 year, 9 children, stay at home mom, homeschooling career. She enjoys family, hiking, camping and other outdoor activities.
Pat started at Alderfer Auction in 2021. He joins Alderfer Auction as Lead Logistics, Estate Sales, and Vehicle Cataloger. Pat helps bring product to the auction house from consignors locations, works at Estate Sale load outs, and heads up the car auctions among the many other project fullfillments. Pat comes from a 30 year career in the automotive industry as an auto technician. In his spare time, he has helped run sound and lights for Quakertown Concerts and was a lead sound man for 8 years at his church. Pat enjoys family, hiking, camping and other outdoor activities.
“Seeking partime work, I landed at Alderfer Auction on 2005. Having been fortunate enough to take a hiatus from work for 19 years to raise a family, I realized I had a lot of oomph left in me and a desire to learn. I wanted to be around pretty things, expand my knowledge and interact with people. I had graduated from Drexel University with a degree in interior design and for years worked in Philadelphia at an Architectural and Interior Design firm specializing in commercial design. My knowledge had sparked my interest but my desire to learn was the driving force. I had never experienced an auction and the whole process was fascinating to me…the product, the pace, the people, the consigners, the buyers, the wins, the surprises… I loved it all! Such fun! I started on the auction floor unpacking, setting up auctions, running at auctions, sorting and sifting through consigner’s treasures, eventually becoming a team lead for the estate auctions. Today, my knowledge, with my experience is so well rounded that I am able to help out wherever needed. After all these years the auction process continues to excite me! It has given me great joy to help individuals, families and businesses with a solution that I truly believe in. Still part time today, I love spending time with my husband, my kids, my three precious grandkids, my large family of origin, my friends and my community.”
Meredith has been with Alderfer Auction since 2015. She has had numerous roles over the years in different departments including clerking, estate sales, photography, cataloging and transition moves. Meredith has an extensive background in Books/Ephemera and specializes in toys, trains and models. She currently lives in Hatfield with her son.
Diane has been with Alderfer Auction since 2017. She has a degree in Social Work and a background in catering. Some of you may remember her as our café manager during our live auction days. She currently works as an auction assistant and still bakes treats for our visiting customers during special preview days and lunch for our employees. Diane grew up going to farm auctions on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where her uncle was an auctioneer and often clerked for him. She enjoys being a part of the Alderfer team and working with a fun and dynamic group of people. Diane also enjoys traveling and hiking and has trekked to the base camp of Mount Everest. In her free time she enjoys gardening, baking, and spending time with her family and especially her new granddaughter.
Joanna began working at Alderfer Auction in 2018. When she started she worked in the Transitions department. As time went on she began lotting, listing, and photographing at Estate sales, now she also photographs for sales like Firearms, Fine Arts, Collectors, and other Specialties, as well as Home and Decor, Discovery Art, Furniture, and more. When she’s not in the office photographing you may see her out with the Estate team or doing the occasional Load out or Pick up. Joanna got married in 2022 and lives in Perkasie with her husband. In her free time she enjoys playing games with friends and family and volunteering at her churches youth group.
Marlene Landis was raised in Harleysville, PA. Her grandparents on both sides of her family are farm owners, a pig farm in Harleysville and Penn View Dairy in Perkasie. Marlene assists at the family dairy with the pasteurization process. She grew up attending Towamencin Mennonite Church and is a current member of Hilltown Baptist Church. She has participated in multiple missionary services and projects including two years spent in Alaska working for a soup kitchen and a remote Christian Bible camp. Marlene and her husband are brand new parents and enjoy working together restoring their historic farmhouse. Her interests in quilting, history, art and architecture help her with her work at Alderfer Auction, where she has been a photographer since 2019.
Barry Doremus joined the Alderfer team in 2017 and works as the Firearms Specialist. Barry has 32 years of experience in the firearms industry buying, selling, valuing, and collecting antique military and modern firearms and militaria. Barry is a native Pennsylvanian and outdoorsman with a special interest in the American Civil War, Military and early American history and exploration. Favorite part of the day is meeting new people, meeting needs of buyers and sellers, new discoveries, hearing the stories of the collectors. Barry is often at the gun shows representing Alderfer Auction.
Leah has worked for Alderfer Auction since 2018, starting part time as a photographer and assistant to marketing. Since 2022, she has become full time, as a specialty and collectible auctions coordinator along with continuing to photograph. Leah grew up in Souderton, with her family who brought her close to auctions and antiques, her grandmother would bring her to visit her mom who worked here at Alderfer’s on auction days! Leah Graduated from Millersville University with a biology degree concentrating in animal behaviors. She enjoys coming to work every day to spend time with her Alderfer family and continue to learn new things.
Melissa Jay has a BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in History and an MA in Museum Studies. She was the Coordinator of Education and National History Day Regional Coordinator for 15 years at the Mercer Museum & Library in Doylestown. She started her own business in 2019, Presenting History, LLC. This organization develops and presents history programs, on a wide range of subjects, but with a strong focus on women’s roles during World War II. In addition to WWII, her research programs concentrate all areas of women’s history, local history and holiday folklore. Melissa has been at Alderfer Auction since November of 2020, researching and cataloging a variety of auctions and writing educational articles for the Alderfer Auction blog.
Adrian Martinez joined the Alderfer team in 2020 as a Generalist and Cataloger with a focus on Decorative Arts and Silver. He attended The Hill School in Pottstown, PA and earned a BA in US History at New York University. Adrian spent several years in New York as an assistant to an antiques collector/archivist and as a museum tour guide. He has held various roles in the surrounding Philadelphia area auction industry since 2016. Adrian works in the areas of Fine and Decorative Arts and Mid-Century Modern & Design in our Doylestown location.
Samantha Fiseha began working at Alderfer’s since 2022. Before Alderfer’s, Sam studied social work at Eastern university and worked in the social work field with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Sam works on the lot and list team, load out, and shipping.
Cindy was hired in 2022 as an auction assistant.
Jennifer holds a BFA and a Master's degree from the University of the Arts. With a background in fine art and painting Jennifer has studied with renowned portrait and figurative artists in New York City, Philadelphia, and in Florence Italy. Jennifer’s work has been recognized internationally and garnered many awards and recognition, most notably from The National Portrait Gallery, London. Her work is represented in diverse collections, including the law firm of Fox Rothschild, The Trenton City Museum, and the estate of Mary Travers, as well as private collections internationally. Jennifer has worked in both the auction industry and having a presence in the resale antique market, with both buyers and sellers, for over 20 years. She is an avid collector herself, filling her 1700’s Oddfellows home with numerous collections.
Roxanne LeMay Morison
Roxanne began working with Alderfer Auction in 1997. She has been in the Doll business since 1982 when she opened her Doll Hospital. Roxanne is a member of Letitia Penn Doll Club, National Antique Doll Dealers Association, and United Federation of Doll Clubs. She sits on the Board of Historic Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia's largest historical house. They have one of the largest Doll Collections in the area. Roxanne acts as the curator of this collection. Roxanne not only specializes with Antique dolls at Alderfers but also Modern Collectible Dolls, Steiff/Artist Bears, vintage clothing and vintage Christmas/holiday. In her free time, Roxanne does custom doll dressing, and is an avid gardner.
Charles has been affliated with Alderfer's since 2015 specializing in philatelic properties. He also handles the wine and spirits consignments. A Penn State graduate with a degree in Business Administration, he has been involved in stamps for 60 years, in all phases: collecting, buying, selling, evaluating and auctioning. As a youngster, he quickly moved on from approval buying to Charles Neff's regular stamp auctions in Allentown, PA. He also gained a lot of experience helping out in organizing and selling several large estates while still a young collector. When not working with the auction he enjoys being with family and grandchildren, hiking, visiting wineries, financial investing, reading and research.
Shawn Gabel has been with Alderfer Auction since January 2016. He graduated from Temple University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science & Technology along with a certificate in Computer Security and Digital Forensics. One of Shawn’s most proudest accomplishments is leading a team of five who created and developed a custom Client Resource Management System for an organization in the Philadelphia area. Shawn assists Alderfer Auction with assessing, improving, and developing new and existing applications for in-house use from custom CRM, online security, website development, auto crop program, to app improvements. Shawn enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling, and always learning something new.