Meet Our Team
Stasia Cruz- General Manager
General Manager, 1840s Plaza
Stasia has been part of the Gramercy Mansion and 1840s Plaza family since her high school years, learning the ins and outs of the hospitality and events business through firsthand experience with every aspect of daily operations.
Her first job was working on Koinonia Farm and landscaping in the gardens at Gramercy Mansion. She was then promoted to housekeeping and cooking for bed and breakfast guests. Showing limitless potential, motivation and a desire for continued learning, Stasia began working in the office as an innkeeper and event host, eventually becoming manager of 1840s Ballroom when the Pomykalas purchased the Fava Building and opened the fourth floor for events in 2002.
Stasia has managed sales, contracts and special events at 1840s Plaza ever since and has played an integral role in the continued growth and success of multiple venues at the Plaza. She now oversees the entire Plaza, including 1840s Carrollton Inn, the 13-room boutique bed and breakfast across the courtyard from the Fava Building event venues. Her passion for creating memorable experiences, providing top-notch personal service, and motivating a service-oriented team have made Stasia an invaluable asset as the General Manager of 1840s Plaza.
When she’s not at the Plaza, Stasia enjoys spending time with her husband Tony and their four boys: Daniel, Noah, Christian, and Sebastian.
Kelsey Spriggs, Events Manager
Events Manager-1840s Plaza
Kelsey has been a part of the 1840s Plaza team since August of 2014. She started out assisting as an intern, and is now Manager of Events at 1840s Plaza.
Kelsey graduated from Stevenson University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Communication. Customer service is her main priority; having been in the service industry since the beginning of high school and throughout college.
Not only will you find Kelsey serving breakfast and greeting guests, you will also find her behind the scenes – marketing, managing and planning events, weddings, our annual open house, and wedding expos. Kelsey has impeccable attention to detail and experience in graphic design allowing her to add her own artistic talent to our custom event signs and marketing materials.
Kelsey is an avid lover of Starbucks, Kate Spade, and new office supplies.
Lauren Spivey- Marketing Director
Marketing Director, 1840s Plaza
A recent graduate with a bachelor’s in Business Communication from Stevenson University, Lauren brings her background in marketing, social media and more to the Plaza. Lauren started her full-time position in June of 2018 after completing her senior internship at the Plaza. Lauren greatly enjoys the excitement of the wedding industry as she has been envisioning her wedding since she was a child.
Baltimore is a place Lauren has always called home and is also an avid dog-lover!
Every event at 1840s Plaza is fully staffed to ensure quality control and oversight for your one of a kind experience. Our talented staff is trained to ensure all details run smoothly as well as to ensure seamless transitions during your event. Our event staff is present during the set up period working with your vendors, the duration of your event, as well as during the breakdown after your event has ended. The event staff is the face of our company as well as your “go to” if you have any questions during your event. Don’t be surprised if you see the same faces serving you breakfast the morning after! Our staff is multifaceted and multi talented providing you with an intimate and welcoming environment for both you and your guests.
Valet & Security
At 1840s Plaza, the safety and security of our guests, visitors and fellow event industry professionals is our top priority.
We work exclusively with Jays Valet Service to provide convenient valet parking. Guests arrive at the wrought-iron gatehouse entrance on South Front Street and are pleasantly greeted and directed into the Plaza’s private courtyard gardens. Complimentary valet parking is included with the basic site rental for events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings and is available at an additional fee on all other days of the week.
Ford Protection Services provides guards for all events beginning 30 minutes prior to the event start time until the last guest or event professional leaves the property. Our guards patrol the exterior perimeter of the Plaza and are in constant contact with our event staff to ensure that each visitor has a safe and enjoyable experience at 1840s Plaza.