The Quillin family story starts nearly thirteen years ago in Brooklyn.
Allison and Peter married in 2013. Allison laughed, “We got married at a taqueria in Tribeca. We didn’t say we were getting married, but when people walked in, they figured it out quickly – we were wearing custom, matching, white leather! It was so much fun.” They two had their first child while still living in Brooklyn. She shared, “Once I got pregnant with our second, we realized it was time to move to the suburbs. Actually, Peter was the one who knew
about SOMA. I grew up in South Jersey, and remembered it as being beautiful but the community was pretty homogenous. But when we looked at SOMA, it was so rich in culture, I knew right away it would work.”
he Quillins are a family grounded by faith. Allison, Peter, and their children are members of The Life Christian Church in West Orange. Allison explains, “We’re really involved with other families there. Peter actually is one of the youth leaders. Our kids have grown up there. That’s been a really good experience for us and a big part of our social life as a family.” Allison attributes Pastor Terry A. Smith’s book “The Hospitable Leader” as a guide for the entire family.
The Quillin family story starts nearly thirteen years ago in Brooklyn. Allison shared, “I met Peter at a boxing gym. A girlfriend of mine took me there.
He has a big personality and will talk to anyone. We met and immediately started talking. At the time, you couldn’t just look someone up on social media. He had a couple of things on Youtube. So, I sort of assumed he was a trainer there. I wasn’t really sure. But then I found out he was a professional boxer and I was like, ‘oh, my goodness’.”
Fast forward to 2022, and the Quillins are thriving in Maplewood. Their three children, Joaquin (8), Valencia (5), and
Lucia (3) are enjoying the schools and their friends. The kids love sports. Joaquin plays basketball at the Y with Coach Fred, and the girls love playing with his teammates’ siblings. In addition, all three enjoy professional modeling. Allison quickly explains, “It’s not about vanity. My kids are having fun while learning how to follow directions. It’s fun to see them do their own thing and having a chance to shine. They’ve done a few commercials, runway modeling, and print ads.” In the meantime, Allison is a producer for the TODAY with Hoda & Jenna on NBC. She adds, “I’m what we call an ‘NBC baby’. I started right out of college, and I’ve actually been at the same place for 17 years. The work is exciting and incredibly interesting.” She concluded, “I have no reason to look elsewhere. It’s a very, very special place.” The same can be said for SOMA and the life the Quillins share here.