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Katherine F. Abbott
Chief Executive Officer, Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Kathy Abbott, Chief Executive Officer of Tower Hill Botanic Garden, is a committed conservationist and visionary leader. Kathy brings over 25 years of related executive experience in government, education, and nonprofits. Kathy's entrepreneurial abilities have served her well as an executive in the public and nonprofit sectors. In government, she served as the first Assistant Secretary for Land Conservation in the Dukakis Administration and later created the Division of Resource Conservation under Governor Weld. Most recently, Kathy served as the first Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

In the private sector, Kathy worked in environmental education as the first Vice President for Program at the School for Field Studies followed by becoming the President and CEO of the Island Alliance that helped to establish, develop, and manage the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Later, Kathy created the Conservation and Recreation Campaign at the Trust for Public Land helping to increase operating funding for Massachusetts' public forests and parks by almost 20%. Prior to coming to Tower Hill, Kathy served as the Executive Vice President and Interim President at the Trustees of Reservations.

Virginia H. Adams
Senior Architectural Historian, The Public Archaeology Laboratory

Virginia Adams began her career in cultural resource management and historic preservation planning in 1977 and joined PAL in 1987. She is a senior architectural historian and manages architectural history and multi-disciplinary planning projects involving historic buildings and structures, landscapes, and archaeological resources. Virginia's technical expertise includes architectural history and preservation planning with extensive experience in survey, National Register of Historic Places evaluation and nomination, regulatory compliance, archival documentation, historic tax credits, and historical interpretation. Her portfolio contains a wide range of projects throughout the Northeast and elsewhere for public and private clients. Virginia possesses detailed knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, and standards for cultural resource management and related environmental impact requirements. She prepares cultural resources sections of environmental review documents under NEPA, Section 106, Section 4(f), and similar state laws; facilitates agency and public consultation processes; develops memoranda of agreement; implements mitigation; and advises clients on meeting the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Buildings. Her business responsibilities encompass proposal and client development.

Prior to joining PAL, Virginia worked for eight years in state historic preservation offices on the Massachusetts National Register program staff and as the Rhode Island federal and state environmental review coordinator. She has specialized training in regulatory compliance, consultation, memoranda of agreement, railroad safety, transit noise and vibration, and telecommunication towers. She received her B.A. in art history and her M.A. in anthropology, both from Brown University. Virginia teaches historic preservation in the master's and certificate programs at The Boston Architectural College. She also serves as the Secretary for the Cape Cod Modern House Trust.

James G. Alexander, FAIA, LEED AP
Principal, Finegold Alexander Architects

James Alexander graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in architecture and studied at the Architectural Association in London, England. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, James holds a National Architectural Registration Certificate and is registered in Massachusetts and six other states. He serves as Principal-in-Charge for a diverse range of projects, including the adaptive use, restoration, and renovation of historic buildings, the design of new buildings, interior design, and urban revitalization planning. He is past Chairman of Preservation Massachusetts and has served for many years on the Boston Landmarks Commission. He is currently President of Ellis Memorial & Eldredge House, a non-profit group that offers innovative educational and social programs. James received the Paul E. Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society in America. He is frequently invited to lecture on the topic of "Preservation and Renovation of Historic Schools and their Impact on Communities" and has most recently presented at the National School Board Association conference. He was featured in Hope J. Shannon's book "Legendary Locals of the South End" for his work shaping the built environment. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Robert Antonelli, Jr.
Assistant Commissioner, Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Division, City of Worcester

Elizabeth Bacon
Founding Director, Worcester's Blackstone Canal Horse and Wagon Tours

Elizabeth Bacon is an award-winning educator. A member of the board of directors of the Canal District Alliance and former Education Director for Preservation Worcester, she is the Founding Director of Worcester's Blackstone Canal Horse and Wagon Tours, which received the ARISTA award from The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council in 2010 and featured at the National Conference on Public History in April 2015. This summer will mark the seventh anniversary of the Canal Horse and Wagon Tours, which will also be performing at 2015's First Night Worcester.

Elizabeth holds a B.A. degree in Child Development from Connecticut College and an M.A. degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University. She currently serves as Coordinator of The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities, Worcester, MA, convened in October 2014.

Pamela Bailey
Project Manager, BOND Brothers, Inc.; Board of Directors, Preservation Massachusetts

Since moving to New England more than 20 years ago, Pamela Bailey has focused her career in Construction Project Management towards preservation and restoration of historic structures. Pam's experience varies from civic landmarks to significant buildings on academic campuses – ranging from projects such as the Boston Public Library's McKim Building, Boston's Old State House and H.H. Richardson's Hayden Building to Emerson's Cutler Majestic Theater, Harvard's Memorial Hall, Radcliffe yard buildings and rebuilding puddingstone walls at the Arnold Arboretum. Her dedication to promoting the restoration of historic buildings and the preservation of the cultural heritage associated with these structures has led to numerous awards and recognition.

Pam is a Project Manager at BOND, a Boston-based construction management firm. She has been a member Preservations Massachusetts' Board of Directors since 2006, and Board Chairman from 2012-2015. Pam was recently inducted as an Overseer to The Boston Architectural College. Aside from historic preservation and restoration, Pam's specialties include theatrical and performing arts installations, creative problem solving related to urban property re-use, historic structure maintenance, and renovation planning.

Daniel Benoit, AIA
Benoit Design Group

Teri Bernert
Executive Director, Waterfront Historic Area League

Teri Bernert has served as Executive Director of WHALE since October 2013. Previously, she was Executive Director for the downtown Taunton Business Improvement District (BID, as well as Director of its partner organization, the Downtown Taunton Foundation, whose focus is the revitalization of historic downtown Taunton. She has over 20 years experience in community and economic development and non-profit management, including 10 years as the Executive Director of The Neighborhood Corporation in Taunton.

Teri has completed many large housing and mixed-use development projects, blending historic preservation, sustainability, creative design, and neighborhood-oriented commercial space. A historic mill project Teri completed in 2006 received statewide Historic Preservation and Smart Growth awards. Teri has also had planning and community development leadership roles in Pittsburgh and Waltham. She holds a master's degree in urban planning from The George Washington University.

Randolph R. Bloom
Worcester Historical Commission

Randy Bloom is a nearly 20-year resident of Worcester's Crown Hill neighborhood, a past member of the board of Preservation Worcester, and currently serves on the Worcester Historical Commission. As president of the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association, he and his board were successful in promoting and achieving the establishment of a local historic district for their well-preserved mid-19th century neighborhood. During Randy's leadership, the association worked to create a positive outlook among neighborhood property owners before requesting the City to establish a local historic district and confirming its commitment by making a neighborhood financial contribution toward the process. In addition to his life-long interest in historical architecture, Randy is also interested in gardening and music. He is currently Minister of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Milford, Massachusetts.

Jonathan Bockian
Law Office of Jonathan Bockian, Preservation Law Digest publisher

In over 25 years of legal experience, including over 17 years at partner level, Jonathan Bockian's practice has concentrated on real estate – commercial real estate and preservation of historic, natural and farm places. In the preservation field, Jonathan represents clients whose goal is to protect special, irreplaceable places and structures. He represents non-profit organizations that accept or purchase property or easements on historic, natural or farm places, as well as individuals donating fee title or a preservation easement, conservation easement or agricultural easement. Clients have included New England's largest regional heritage organization, local historic entities and open space preservation organizations. His work in this area is informed not only by substantial experience in preservation law, but also by many years of structuring and documenting commercial real estate relationships and by nonprofit board and public service experience in both new and established mission-driven organizations.

Sarah Burks
Preservation Planner, Cambridge Historical Commission

Sarah Burks is responsible for the administration of the Cambridge Historical Commission and three neighborhood conservation district commissions, all of which meet every month. She also handles all permitting for two historic districts, four neighborhood conservation districts, and dozens of individually designed properties – over 3,000 in all.

Sarah is a key player in the operations of the Cambridge Historical Commission and an expert on parliamentary procedure and historic preservation regulation. She is also active with community groups, including the Cambridge Women's History Project, the Margaret Fuller Bicentennial, and Preservation Massachusetts.

Susan McDaniel Ceccacci
Education Director, Preservation Worcester

Susan Ceccacci has been involved for over 40 years in both historic preservation advocacy in Worcester and the study of the city's architecture – as a citizen volunteer; as a historic preservation consultant; and more recently, as Education Director for Preservation Worcester. She is the author of the recently published book, Living at the City's Green Edge: Bancroft Heights, a Planned Neighborhood in Worcester, Massachusetts, which focuses on one of the city's most outstanding residential neighborhoods. A history of an exemplary phase of Worcester's physical development, it also tells the tale of key players in the city's cultural and economic life. Susan holds an A.B. degree in Art from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and an M.A. degree in Historic Preservation Studies from Boston University.

Josh Cohen
Development Director, Beacon Communities LLC

Josh Cohen has been with Beacon Communities since 2006. In his role as Development Director, Josh is responsible for managing development projects that range from the adaptive reuse of historic buildings to the refinancing and renovation of existing affordable housing. Before starting in his current position, Josh worked in several different areas of the real estate field, including construction, architectural history, and historic preservation. Josh holds a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University.

Joseph Cornish
Supervising Preservation Services Manager, Historic New England

Joseph has worked for Historic New England since 1998 and has extensive experience in administering and enforcing the preservation easements that Historic New England holds across New England. In addition, Joe works with owners interested in entering their property into the Preservation Easement Program, drafting easement documents, and documenting existing conditions at buildings and sites. He also meets frequently with real estate brokers (as well as prospective buyers) regarding easement properties that are going on the market to explain the scope of each easement.

Joe is the current president of the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, a past president of the Belmont Historical Society, and a member of the Belmont Historic District Commission in Belmont, Massachusetts. Joe has written articles and lectured frequently on topics related to architectural history, maintaining historic buildings, and Historic New England, and its Preservation Easement Program. He received his M.A. degree in preservation studies from Boston University and his B.A. degree in history and art history from the College of the Holy Cross.

Kathyrn Crockett, AIA, LEED AP
Vice President, Lamoureux Pagano & Associates

Katie Crockett has a bachelor of architecture degree from Boston Architectural College, a liberal arts degree from Mount Holyoke College, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She became a principal of the firm in 1999 and was named vice president in 2013. With strong programming and team management skills, she is the project architect on many of LPA's most prominent design projects, including the Sherwood and Oak Middle Schools in Shrewsbury, J.R. Briggs Elementary School in Ashburnham, and Eagle Hill School's Cultural Center and Dining Hall in Hardwick. She has played a key role in the renovation of Seelos Theater at the College of the Holy Cross, Clark University Dining Hall, Mechanics Hall, and UMass Medical School Library and Amphitheater.

She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a past president of the Massachusetts AIA, and a former board member and president of the Central Mass AIA. She has also been president of the Mechanics Hall Association, serves on the advisory board for the architectural technology program at Fitchburg State University, and is active in a number of other community and professional organizations.

Lawrence H. Curtis
President and Managing Partner, WinnDevelopment

Lawrence Curtis, President and Managing Partner of WinnDevelopment and member of the Board of Directors, has led a full range of real estate development and acquisition activities for more than 25 years. He has been instrumental in helping the company grow from 3,000 units in 1986 to more than 95,000 units, which Winn currently has under management in 23 states across the country. Lawrence's primary focus has been on the creation of affordable housing and historic rehabilitation developments. In Worcester, his company was responsible for the highly successful conversion of two historic properties into housing units – the former Boys' Trade High School near Lincoln Square as the Voke Lofts and the former Hill Envelope Company Factory on Water Street as the Canal Lofts.

He is the past president of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Multi-Housing Council, as well as the Citizens Housing and Planning Association. Lawrence was also recently named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Board of Trustees. He has received numerous awards, including the Paul E. Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts.

Lawrence, who is a licensed architect in Massachusetts, received a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York and a master's degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University, where he is now a lecturer on Urban Planning and Design.

Eric Dray
Eric Dray Consulting

Eric Dray has over 25 years of experience in the preservation field, with a focus on historic district and preservation planning issues. He has extensive consulting experience with communities around preservation planning and historic district administration. He has also consulted with the Massachusetts Historical Commission on historic district issues, including preparation of scripts, with Gretchen Schuler, for a series of Historic District Training Videos. He worked for six years as Historic District Administrator and Preservation Planner for the Boston Landmarks Commission. In addition to consulting, Eric was an Adjunct Professor in the Boston University Preservation Studies program from 2006-2013 where he taught preservation planning.

Eric's community work has also been extensive. In Provincetown, he was Chair of the Historic District Study Committee, drafted the historic district bylaw and guidelines, and successfully guided the public process towards adoption of a 1,500-property district in 2004. He served as Chair of the Provincetown Historical Commission from 2005-2014, and was Vice-Chair of the Community Preservation Committee. He has served as a historic district commissioner in both Cambridge and Provincetown. He graduated with a B.A. in History from Brown University and has both a Masters in Historic Preservation and a law degree from Boston University. He also spent a year mid-career studying Urban Planning at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

Dennis DeWitt
Vice Chairman, Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

Dennis De Witt is Vice Chairman of Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill, MA. He holds masters degrees in architecture from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Historical Commission and a member of the Brookline Neighborhood Conservation District Commission, whose by-law he helped draft. Previously, Dennis was Vice Chair of the Brookline Preservation Commission. He was involved in the creation of most of its eight local historic districts and helped draft its demolition delay by-law. He is a past president of the Society of Architectural Historians, New England. His former academic appointments include coordinator of the History, Theory and Criticism curriculum at the Boston Architectural College, Research Associate, Harvard GSD; and Archaeologist-Cartographer, of the Field Museum's, Broken K Pueblo excavation. He was co-curator of "The Art of Engineering," 2015, and U.S. co-curator of, "Aqueducts of Portugal," 2014, exhibits at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum. His publications include: Arthur H. Vinal and Edmund March Wheelwright: Architects of the Chestnut Hill High Service Pumping Station, a book-length study in preparation; an article on the use of iron in the Savannah Custom House, in preparation; the Brookline Reservoir Gatehouse National Historic Landmark Nomination, 2015; "Conspicuous Iron and the Cochituate Aqueduct Gatehouses," in IA, the Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology, 2015; Modern Architecture in Europe: A Guide to Buildings Since the Industrial Revolution, 1987; and "Neo-vernacular: eine moderne Tradition", in architese 9, 1974. He also contributed to Art and Architecture of the Metropolitan Waterworks, Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Boston, 2011; edited, "Benjamin Thompson & Associates" special issue, Process ARCHITECTURE, Tokyo, 1990; and was chief architectural consultant to The Grand Tour (12 volumes), 1978.

Evelyn Dueck
Board President, 19 Carter

Evelyn Dueck began her working life as a professional violinist in Boston. She shifted into music administration in the 1990s working as the Manager of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and then as the Executive Director of Indian Hill Music in Littleton. Over the past 15 years, she has taken a lead role in revitalizing two historic buildings in Berlin's town center – the 1870 Town Hall and the "Old Methodist Church."

Owned by the town and managed by an advisory board, Berlin's 1870 Town Hall now holds 750 events per year attended by more than 10,000 people. Evelyn was instrumental in developing all policies and procedures for both public and private events, and still works closely as a liaison between the building manager and town officials. Building on the success of the 1870 Town Hall, she gathered a group of neighbors to form a non-profit organization, 19 Carter, to buy and restore the "Old Methodist Church" with a vision to make it open to the greater community on a daily basis.

Currently the Board Chair and Project Manager of 19 Carter, Evelyn oversees all fundraising and manages the construction activity with the help of many experienced builders and professionals. In addition, she supervises the volunteers who staff the building. While the main floor restoration is in its final phase, the lower level of the building has been open for community use since January 2015. The project's target completion date is summer 2016.

Kevin Essington
Massachusetts State Director, Trust for Public Land

Since August 2011, Kevin Essington has served as the state director for The Trust for Public Land in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He is responsible for the effective delivery of all land conservation services in support of The Trust for Public Land's mission. He has led the creation of three programs in Massachusetts that have important outcomes in urban settings: Community Agriculture, Community Parks and Open Space, and Conservation Finance. These programs have led to the first permitted urban farm in Boston, a climate adaptation partnership with the City of Boston, and new public funding programs that will generate millions of dollars for urban residents. The $3M+ Massachusetts conservation program consists of ten staff members with extensive real estate, lobbying, legal, administrative, marketing, and fundraising experience.

Prior to this position, Kevin worked for 10 years for The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island and Connecticut as director of government relations and as a local conservation program director. As government relations director he was responsible for promoting sound policies and adequate funding for federal programs in Rhode Island especially for coastal and marine ecosystems. He was responsible for successfully including biodiversity data into the Ocean SAMP, the nation's first marine spatial plan in federal waters. As program director he oversaw the conservation of nearly 7,000 acres in seven years in the largest block of forest between Boston and New York City. Prior to that, he led the establishment of the Montezuma Land Conservancy in the Mesa Verde area of southwest Colorado and was the environmental review coordinator for the Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University.

Kevin has spoken at dozens of conferences and lectured at universities in Colorado, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. He has a degree in history from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in environmental policy from the University of Denver. He lives in East Greenwich, Rhode Island with his children.

Marilyn M. Fenollosa
Preservation Attorney and Consultant

Marilyn Fenollosa is a preservation attorney and consultant in private practice. Formerly the Senior Program Officer and Regional Attorney for the Northeast Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, based in Boston, her responsibilities included providing direct assistance to communities, non-profit organizations, and owners of historic properties in New York and Massachusetts, through correspondence, site visits, public presentations, testimony, workshops, conferences and seminars, and special projects directed at regional preservation issues. As regional attorney, she participated in litigation and regulatory review in collaboration with the National Trust's head office law department.

Prior to joining the National Trust, Marilyn was the Community Preservation Program Manager for Historic Massachusetts, Inc. (HMI), the Massachusetts statewide preservation organization now known as Preservation Massachusetts. Historic preservation is a second career for Marilyn: prior to getting her Masters Degree in Preservation Studies from Boston University and joining HMI, Marilyn was a bank attorney. She holds a law degree from New York University and is a member of the Massachusetts and New York Bars.

Marilyn is active in local preservation activities in her hometown of Lexington, where she serves on the Historical and Historic District Commissions and is Chair of the Community Preservation Committee. She is also an elected member of the local Town Meeting. She is a member of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic New England, Preservation Massachusetts, and the Boston Preservation Alliance.

Benjamin Forman
Research Director, Gateway Cities, Urban Policy; MassINC

Ben Forman's public policy research background includes a concentration in urban policy, economic development strategies and housing policies. He is the lead researcher and program co-lead for MassINC's Gateway Cities program. He is also MassINC's research director. He coordinates the development of the organization's research agenda and oversees production of research reports. Ben has authored a number of MassINC publications, and he speaks frequently to organizations and media across Massachusetts. With a background in urban revitalization and sustainable growth and development, he is uniquely suited to the organization's focus on strong communities and economic security.

Prior to joining MassINC in 2008, Ben oversaw strategic planning for the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation, a large agency providing critical services to youth and families in neighborhoods throughout the city. He also worked as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program in Washington, DC, and Nathan Associates, a global economic development consulting firm.

As a graduate student, Ben was awarded a Rappaport Public Policy Fellowship and served in the City of New Bedford's planning department. He also worked as a graduate research assistant on a multi-year longitudinal analysis measuring the impact of new information technologies on neighborhood social networks. Ben graduated from Trinity College, Hartford in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2004, he completed his master's degree in city planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jason Forney, AIA, LEED
Principal, Bruner/Cott & Associates

Jason Forney joined Bruner/Cott & Associates in 2002 and became a principal in 2014. He specializes in the transformative adaptive reuse of historically significant structures, as well as the design of high-performing contemporary architecture. Jason led design teams for the reuse of the historic gymnasium at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the reuse of a historic New England church for the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University, the Sol LeWitt Gallery at MASS MoCA, and McKim Meade and White's Powerhouse at Amherst College. He has designed LEED Gold and Platinum projects across the region and is currently working on the R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College, designed to meet to the Living Building Challenge. Jason has spoken at the American Institute of Architects National Convention, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's Building Energy Conference, and the Boston Society of Architect's ABX Conference. He holds bachelor's degrees in architecture and environmental design from North Carolina State University.

Greg Galer
Executive Director, Boston Preservation Alliance

Greg Galer brings over 20 years of experience as a historic preservation advocate and museum professional to the organization. Previous positions include: Vice President of Collections and Exhibitions at the New Bedford Whaling Museum/Old Dartmouth Historical Society (New Bedford, MA), Curator of the Stonehill Industrial History Center at Stonehill College (Easton, MA), and Coordinator of Industrial History at the Valentine Museum (Richmond, VA).

Galer holds an A.B. (Bachelor of Arts) with Honors in American Civilization from Brown University and a Ph.D. in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology from MIT. He has been active with organizations such as Preservation Massachusetts, the Easton (MA) Historical Commission, and the Society for Industrial Archeology for many years.

Areas of expertise include the interpretation, preservation, and curation of material culture collections and the built environment. Writings include "The Boston Bridgeworks and the Evolution of Truss Building Technology" and "Forging Ahead: the Ames Family and Three Centuries of Industrial Enterprise." He has curated dozens of historical and fine art exhibitions, taught at the college level, and successfully advocated for historic sites under threat of imminent demolition. He has been deeply involved in a variety of preservation and adaptive reuse projects from 19th century factory complexes, to historic museum galleries, to an early 20th century bank.

John Giangregorio
President, Board of Directors, Preservation Worcester

John Giangregorio, a Worcester businessman, has been a driving force behind the successful branding of his East Side business district. By focusing on the story of the 1828 Blackstone Canal and on local history, this place-making effort has resulted in the creation of what is now known as the Canal District. John is a founding member of the Canal District Alliance, Inc. and founding member and president of the Canal District Business Association. Past president of the Canal District Alliance, he is also president of Preservation Worcester, sits on the board of the Worcester Convention and Visitor Bureau, serves on the steering committee of Citizens for Business, and is the Canal District's representative on the Mayor's Small Business Roundtable.

A politically astute leader and community activist, John has worked collaboratively to bring in funds for streetscape improvements, the Blackstone Valley Bikeway, the McKeon Road Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitors' Center, and the passage of the new Blackstone Valley National Heritage Park. Another one of his focused efforts is working with the City to make the Canal District the next growth area to benefit from current downtown revitalization.

Abby Goldenfarb
Vice President of Development, Trinity Financial

Abby Goldenfarb joined Trinity in 2004 and is a vice president with the company. She has served as project manager on One Canal, a 310-unit transit-oriented development in the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood of Boston; Avenir, a 241-unit transit-oriented development also in the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood of Boston; Boston East, a 200-unit development on the East Boston waterfront; the Appleton Mills, a 130-unit residential development in Lowell; 110 Canal Street, a 55,000 square foot adaptive reuse of a mill building into commercial space; and a 20-unit homeownership development in Newburyport, MA. As Vice President, Abby's responsibilities have primarily included leading a team of consultants through the complex permitting, financing, closing and marketing phases of the development. Prior to joining Trinity, she founded, operated, and managed the sale of her own professional organizing company. Abby received a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and a master's degree in business administration from Boston University.

Anne Gatling Haynes
Director of Transformative Development, MassDevelopment

Jason Hellendrung, ASLA
Principal, Sasaki Associates

Jason directs landscape architecture, planning, and urban design work on a wide range of complex, urban, public infrastructure projects for the Urban Studio at Sasaki. His project responsibilities include management and coordination of multi-client stakeholder teams for planning, design, and implementation. He is also experienced in organizing and facilitating public involvement processes for projects.

The power of transformations in transportation and infrastructure to reshape cities drives Jason's interests and practice. Much of Jason's work involves reshaping cities through public infrastructure improvements – in particular, the integration of transit into cities including bus rapid transit, the redevelopment of urban waterfronts, and the creation of public open space in cities. A key leader in innovative sustainability initiatives at Sasaki, Jason is on the Sasaki Sustainability Committee, which steers sustainable design initiatives for the firm.

Jason is a registered landscape architect. He is involved with the American Society of Landscape Architects, on the Public Development and Infrastructure Council for the Urban Land Institute, and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the American Public Transit Association, and the International Downtown Association.

Lisa Howe
Director, Building Conservation Associates

Lisa Howe is the co-Director of BCA's New England branch located in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. Lisa shares director responsibilities with Andrea Gilmore who founded BCA New England in 1995. Lisa received her preservation training at Roger Williams University and has a master's degree in real estate development from the University of Maryland. Lisa's projects have received numerous awards, and she has lectured and published on the subject of preservation. Lisa is a past board member of the Association for Preservation Technology and continues her involvement on the Conference Committee. Her projects completed during her career span time periods from the 1798 Bulfinch Massachusetts State House to the 1960s Smith Center at Harvard University, and they range in scale from a Historic Structures Report for the Charlestown, MA, Navy Yard Building 24 to coordinating the assessment of 900,000 SF of building stock at St. Elizabeth's Campus in Washington, DC.

James W. Igoe
Executive Director, Preservation Massachusetts

Jim Igoe has been with Preservation Massachusetts since 2002 and President since 2004. During his tenure, he has worked with the volunteer Board of Directors and staff to increase the organization's impact and outreach across the Commonwealth in an effort to rebuild, refocus and re-energize Preservation Massachusetts. He served as Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth for 15 years. During that time he had oversight of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, which he chaired for 10 years, as well as overseeing the construction of the State Archives on Columbia Point in Boston. In 1995, he became Executive Director of Preservation Worcester and substantially built up a local preservation non-profit. He has always had a lifelong interest and passion for preservation and currently resides in South Dennis.

Stephen Jablonski, AIA
Principal, Jablonski DeVriese Architects

Stephen is a partner in Jablonski DeVriese Architects based in Springfield, MA. He has practiced architecture since 1980 and was a member of the Springfield Historical Commission for 9 years. Adaptive reuse projects are his specialty. Notable projects include the Wood Museum of Springfield History and the Stitzer Center at Springfield College which received a Tsongas Preservation Award from Historic Massachusetts in 2011. He has a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Syracuse University and is a registered architect in Massachusetts and Connecticut. His education includes the Architectural Association, London, England and continuing Education at Harvard University.

Meri Jenkins
Program Manager, Massachusetts Cultural Council

Meri Jenkins is Manager of the Adams Arts Program for the Creative Economy and the Massachusetts Cultural Districts Initiative, programs of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the state arts agency. The programs are designed to promote the use of cultural assets in economic development efforts in communities throughout the Commonwealth. Meri has worked at the Council since 2000 and was the architect of the Massachusetts Cultural Districts Initiative. She has cultivated numerous dialogues among diverse stakeholders on the topics of creative place-making, sector capacity, and tourism; developed educational programs, symposium, and conferences; and designed technical assistance initiatives to support the development of the field. During her tenure at the Council and as manager of the Adams Arts Program, she has had responsibility for the dispersal of $12 million in grant awards to more than 100 projects involving 1,200 organizations. Since 2011, she has cultivated 27 cultural districts from inception to state designation. Prior to moving to the United States in 1999, Jenkins was the Principal Manager of Business in the Arts South UK, an organization that developed mutually beneficial relationships between the commercial and cultural sectors. She has 30 years of experience managing a wide variety of cultural organizations both in the United States and in the United Kingdom. A through line in all of her work has been to reach under-served populations. She believes that government – be it federal, state or local – support for cultural organizations, artists and entrepreneurs is an investment that enables access for all, improves quality of life, allows for economic growth, and has far reaching consequences for the well-being of a community. A visual and theatre artist, Jenkins brings an empathetic approach and a deep understanding of what it means to be in the creative life.

Doug Kelleher
Principal, Epsilon Associates

Doug Kelleher has more than 20 years of experience in historic preservation planning, architectural design review, state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, and regulatory compliance. His prior experience includes numerous years as a preservation planner with the Massachusetts Historical Commission. He specializes in providing public and private sector clients with strategic consulting for complex real estate projects involving historic resources for compliance with local, state, and federal historic preservation regulations. Widely recognized as a leader in the preservation community, Doug's well-established expertise is a cornerstone of Epsilon's historic resources and historic tax credit practice.

Dan Kolodner, Esq.
Partner, Klein Hornig LLP

Dan Kolodner focuses his practice on community development projects utilizing tax credit financing. He specializes in complex deal structuring, combining tax incentives – such as New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and Renewable Energy Tax Credits – with state tax credits and other financing sources in a variety of community development transactions. He regularly represents both for-profit and non-profit developers, qualified active low-income community businesses (QALICBs), and community development entities (CDEs), as well as institutional tax credit investors. Dan regularly shares his expertise at conferences on both the national and local level, speaking on the topics of historic tax credits, new markets tax credits, and other federal and state tax incentives.

In 2014, Dan was awarded the Paul E. Tsongas Award by Preservation Massachusetts for his work on historic tax credit projects across Massachusetts. This annual award honors "those who have played an extraordinary role in promoting historic preservation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." Dan was also recently recognized by The National Law Journal as a "Boston Rising Star." The Boston Rising Stars are selected as the region's 40 most promising lawyers under age 40 who have "wielded influence in their practice areas, demonstrated strong leadership qualities, developed unique practice niches, showed expertise in litigation or transaction work, and committed themselves to pro bono work." Dan was honored for his community development legal practice and his pro bono work. Before joining Klein Hornig, Dan was an attorney in the Syndication Department at Nixon Peabody, where he focused his practice on community development finance.

Jason Korb
Principal, Capstone Communities LLC

Jason Korb is the principal of Capstone Communities LLC. Prior to forming Capstone in October 2010, he was the Vice President of Acquisitions at Beacon Communities LLC, a developer, owner, and manager of over 9,000 apartment homes in the Northeast. At Beacon, Jason was responsible for sourcing new acquisitions and overseeing mixed income and market rate development and financing opportunities. Jason specializes in complex affordable housing transactions that involve multiple government subsidies. In his seven years at Beacon, Jason was responsible for developing over 600 apartment homes totaling over $100M. Prior to joining Beacon in 2004, Jason was a housing project manager at the Fenway Community Development Corporation in Boston.

Jason is a Director of Caritas Communities and Preservation Massachusetts. Jason is a LEED Accredited Professional and received an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Real Estate and a BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Jason's MIT thesis "The Low Income Housing Tax Credit: HERA, ARRA, and Beyond" has been cited by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies and the U.S. Senate Budget Committee.

Kathy Kottaridis
Executive Director, Historic Boston Incorporated

Kathy Kottaridis joined Historic Boston Incorporated as its Executive Director in June of 2007. HBI undertakes preservation projects and programs in the city of Boston that support neighborhood revitalization, including individual property development, technical assistance, religious properties preservation, and commercial district support. Prior to service at HBI, Kathy was Associate Director of Public Affairs at Northeastern University, responsible for shaping and implementing the university's strategic effort to support neighborhood revitalization. Kathy has also served as director of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Director of Economic Development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Director of the City of Boston's Office of Business Development, and founding director of Boston Main Streets. A native of Dover, New Hampshire, she received her BA in History from the University of New Hampshire, an MA in Historic Preservation from Boston University, and a masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Anne Louro
Historic Preservation Planner

Anne Louro, Historic Preservation Planner of New Bedford, MA, is responsible for the administration and direction of the city's historic preservation activities. She has extensive experience in community planning, regulatory review, and the implementation of strategies for continued use of historic resources as part of community development and tourism programs.

Since 2006, Anne has overseen the expansion of local historic districts and has directed numerous grant projects for resource surveys, as well as the repair and restoration of municipally-owned historic properties throughout the city. She has been responsible for formulating new policies, regulations, ordinances, and economic strategies that protect the city's historic resources. Anne maintains the city's Certified Local Government status, provides technical assistance to various entities, advocates historic preservation through heritage education, and develops funding for preservation activities.

As a New Bedford native, Anne is pleased to be in a position that allows her to leverage her leadership, planning, and technical skills to move forward an agenda that preserves, enhances, and markets New Bedford's heritage and cultural resources, while promoting economic development and improving the quality of life in the neighborhoods. Anne has a B.S. in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University and serves on the board of directors of several historical and community non-profit organizations.

Martha Lyon, ASLA
Managing Principal, Martha Lyon Landscape Architecture, LLC

Martha Lyon Landscape Architecture, LLC is a certified woman-owned business entity offering design, historic preservation and planning services to clients throughout New England and New York State. The firm specializes in the treatment of historic and cultural landscapes, and since its founding in 2000, has completed over 100 such projects. Included in these are work for the Emily Dickinson Museum, (Amherst, MA), Winthrop Street Cemetery, Town Green, Lopes Square, and Provincetown Public Library (Provincetown, MA), Maple Street Cemetery and Veterans' Memorial Park (Adams, MA), North and Britland Parks (Fall River, MA), Pine Grove Cemetery, Valley Cemetery and Stark Park (Manchester, NH), and the historic Warren and Polly Hull Family Home and Farmstead (Lancaster, NY). Clients have included state and municipal governments, as well as non-profit organizations.

Managing principal Martha H. Lyon, ASLA, holds a master's degree in landscape architecture and is registered to practice landscape architecture in the States of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. She has published articles and delivered lectures on historic landscapes, and is an adjunct professor of landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts.

John Mackey, CPA
Consultant, CohnReznick LLP

John Mackey is a consultant and retired partner based in CohnReznick's Boston office. A recognized leader in the affordable housing industry with more than 30 years of accounting and business advisory experience, he has experience in long-range planning, structuring new real estate transactions and helping to realize value from older properties.

At CohnReznick, John works closely with both established and new clients, focusing on transactional consulting and long-range planning. He has extensive experience in structuring low-income housing, historic, and New Markets tax credit transactions, and he has worked on hundreds of low-income tax credit transactions and helped developers resolve countless issues. John also has been involved in dozens of public housing revitalization low-income credit transactions. A leader in several professional organizations and a frequent speaker at national conferences and seminars, John is also a member of the advisory board of the Housing and Development Reporter.

Olivia Mausel
Chair, Holyoke Historical Commission

Julie McCarthy
Founder, President, and Director, Friends of North Brookfield Town House

The Friends of the North Brookfield Town House, Inc. was established in 2006 at the request of the Board of Selectmen for the purpose of raising funds and promoting public support for the renovation and restoration of the historic North Brookfield Town House and for restoration and maintenance of the Town House's Great Hall. The Friends have made it their mission to preserve the structural integrity of the building while retaining the important historical character and architectural design of the building in order to reestablish it as the center of civic, political, social, and cultural activities of North Brookfield.

Steven Moga
Assistant Professor, Landscape Studies, Smith College

Steven Moga completed his doctorate in urban studies and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His dissertation analyzed the historical phenomenon of low-lying urban districts as human settlements associated with poverty and marginality. He received a 2009 Trustees' Merit Citation from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the 2010 Hal Rothman Research Fellowship from the American Society for Environmental History to support his research. He received the 2013-14 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship for 2013-14 from the New-York Historical Society.

Steven's research interests include city planning and urban environmental history, historic preservation, community development and urban design politics. As a photographer, he brings a strong visual sense to his work: making photographs as fieldwork, using visual analysis as a research method and critically assessing urban images. He views city planning history as a powerful tool for considering built forms and studying urban landscapes. Steven advocates for more equitable, better-planned and more meaningful places, seeking to use the power of physical design to effect social improvement in a manner that respects history and welcomes progressive social change.

Marisa Morra
Weston Historical Commission

Ivan Myjer
Principal, Building & Monument Conservation

Stefan Nagel, Esq., Of Counsel
Law Office of Stephen J. Small, Esq., P.C.

Stefan Nagel, J.D., is a nationally recognized authority on the private protection of environmentally and culturally significant properties. Following an active real estate and environmental law practice in this country and abroad, Stefan served for nearly 15 years as legal counsel to The Nature Conservancy and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since 1995 Stefan has been Of Counsel to the Law Office of Stephen J. Small, Esq., P. C. in Boston. Stefan has planned, negotiated and closed hundreds of land conservation and historic preservation transactions and assisted innumerable property owners in planning the succession of important properties. A frequent lecturer and author of several publications, Stefan has also been honored with the Wright Spirit Award, given by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, Chicago, Illinois. Stefan received his law degree from Boston University and his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College.

Deborah Packard
Executive Director, Preservation Worcester

Deborah Packard has been the Executive Director of Preservation Worcester since 2004. In that capacity, she oversees the advocacy efforts of the organization. During her tenure, revitalization of Worcester's Lincoln Square has been a top priority for the organization. Deborah is active in the community and serves on the boards of Mechanics Hall, The Research Bureau, Salisbury Cultural District (co-chair Sustainability & Adaptive Re-Use Committee) and Worcester Public Library (president), as well as the Mayor's Task Force for Elm Park, Endowment Committee Rogers-Kennedy Memorial, MA Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Advisory Committee, Union Hill Design Review Guidelines Committee, and the Preservation Massachusetts Coalition.

Jan Parent
Docent, Preservation Worcester

Jan Parent, owner of Prudential Parent Associates real estate agency, is a lifelong resident of Worcester. She loves the history and architecture of the city and holds a special fondness for the mid-19th century history and architecture of the Crown Hill Historic District. A Preservation Worcester docent since 2011, she has prepared well-received, popular talks on the city's Oread Institute, Deed Rock, and Matthew Whittall's development of South Worcester.

Wendy Pearl
Preservation Planner, Historic Landscape Preservation Initiative, Department of Conservation and Recreation

Wendy Pearl is a preservation planner at the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Director of DCR's Historic Landscape Preservation Initiative. Wendy oversees projects in DCR's historic landscapes, analyzes and documents cultural resources across the state, and provides technical assistance and training to DCR staff and outside partners. She also oversees the award-winning Terra Firma technical bulletin series on historic landscape preservation. Recently, Wendy's work has included developing interpretive waysides and exhibits to tell the story of the heritage landscapes at Mount Greylock State Reservation and Maudslay State Park. Her favorite heritage landscape is the pond, woodlands, and fields that surround her childhood home in Boxford. Wendy has an undergraduate degree in architecture, an M.A. in historic preservation, and over 20 years of experience at DCR.

Susan Pranger, AIA, LEED AP
Boston Landmarks Commissioner; Adjunct Professor, Boston Architectural College

Susan Pranger is an Adjunct Professor at Boston Architectural College, teaching Sustainable Design and Traditional Building. She has a master's degree in Sustainable Design and 30 years of experience as a licensed architect in renovation, restoration and new construction, including extensive experience in project management, programming, strategic planning, preservation, adaptive reuse, and sustainable design. Past projects include a new 740-bed LEED Gold Residence at CWRU and the conversion of an 1860 Italianate home into a LEED Platinum Welcome Center at Champlain College. Susan is a member and past chair of the Boston Landmark Commission and is active in her Boston neighborhood, where she chairs the local Neighborhood Association, Crime Watch and community garden.

Elizabeth Rairigh, AICP
Historic Preservation Planner, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Elizabeth Rairigh holds both a Master of City Planning degree and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a B.A. in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Prior to joining PVPC in 2012, Elizabeth worked for KSK Architects Planners Historians, Inc. in Philadelphia, PA, and the National Park Service Northeast Regional Office. Her work at PVPC focuses on preservation planning and technical preservation assistance for PVPC's 43 municipalities, historic tax credit applications, and National Register eligibility evaluations for individual and district-wide nominations, as well as regulatory compliance oversight for housing rehabilitation projects. She also contributes to PVPC's Community Development group, writing and managing Community Development Block Grant applications and projects.

Albert Rex
Partner, Director, MHA Northeast, MacRostie Historic Advisers, LLC

Albert Rex is a partner at MHA and Director of the MHA Northeast office. A Massachusetts-based historic real estate consultant and strategist with 20 years of experience in the Northeast, Albert has worked with clients that include developers and organizations, municipalities, and institutions that have complex preservation, permitting, and zoning issues.

During his career, Albert has focused on the economic impact of historic rehabilitation. He was one of four authors of the original legislation that created the Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (MAHRTC) and has consulted on that matter as a technical advisor to Preservation Massachusetts, Inc., the statewide non-profit advocacy organization. Albert provides his clients with a unique understanding of the MAHRTC application criteria as a result of his involvement in the creation of the program. He has also represented clients on federal, state, and local preservation matters, including regulatory compliance and local landmark review.

Albert is a former Executive Director of the Boston Preservation Alliance, Boston's citywide non-profit preservation advocacy organization. While at the Alliance, he was involved in numerous projects and planning processes that focusing on historic preservation's role as an economic development tool. Previously, Albert was the Program Manager for Preservation Massachusetts. He was the Executive Director of Friends of the Wentworth in New Castle, New Hampshire from 1995-1998.

Albert has a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island, a master's degree in Historic Preservation from Boston University, and is currently pursuing an MBA at Babson College.

Stephen Rolle
Director of Planning and Regulatory Services, City of Worcester

Stephen Rolle has been involved with community and regional planning efforts throughout the United States, having held prior positions in municipal government and consulting. His professional background includes transportation and environmental and land use planning, and his interest in historic preservation dates as far back as middle school, when he volunteered at a State Historic Park in his home state of California. Stephen is a Worcester resident and past Vice Chair of the Worcester Planning Board. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Michael Rosenberg
Chairman of the Board, Preservation Massachusetts;
Senior Vice President, Community Development Banking Group, Bank of America

Mike Rosenberg's responsibilities include financing affordable, multi-family housing developments and community revitalization projects sponsored by for-profit developers and community-based non-profit organizations. Mike has been with Bank of America and its legacy banks since 1998. Prior to joining BankBoston, he held a variety of positions in urban planning, community development, and housing finance, including Director of Multi-Family Development at Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (1994-1998) and Assistant City Manager for Community Development, City of Cambridge, MA (1987-1994). He holds an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from Queens College, CUNY. He and his family reside in Brookline, MA.

Katherine Roth
Associate Director, Community Preservation Coalition

Kathy joined the Community Preservation Coalition in August 2005, after working for several years for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection on wetlands protection initiatives. She has a wide range of experience in research, policy development, planning, and municipal and state government. Kathy received a master's degree from Tufts University's Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning in 2001, where she specialized in land use planning and water resources management.

Kathy served on the Conservation Commission in her hometown of Sharon for six years and ran a campaign to pass the Community Preservation Act there in the spring of 2002. Sharon adopted the CPA in the fall of 2004 and has since gone on to complete a variety of compelling community preservation projects. Kathy's strong affinity to and interest in historic preservation dates to a seminal third grade class trip to Old Sturbridge Village, and was also influenced by her childhood spent in historic Woods Hole village.

Clarissa Rowe, RLA
Brown, Richardson + Rowe, Inc.

Clarissa Rowe, Registered Landscape Architect and co-founder of the firm. She has concentrated on waterfront park design and construction, public parks, and the treatment of soils. Clarissa received her education at Bryn Mawr College and at the Conway School of Landscape Design. She has served as both a Selectman and Town Meeting Member in Arlington, Massachusetts. She is the Chair of the Community Preservation Coalition and President of the Arlington Land Trust and the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park, Inc. She is an avid reader and a Nationals fan.

Dr. Judith E. Selwyn
Principal, Preservation Technology Associates, LLP

After graduating from what was then the largest public high school in New York, Judy Rosenkranz went on to study chemistry at Brooklyn College. National Science Foundation Undergraduate research fellowships provided her with opportunities for summer research at Brooklyn College and then at MIT where she enrolled as a graduate student in physical chemistry and subsequently received her PhD.

After enrolling in the newly started preservation program at Boston University, Dr. Selwyn was hired out of the classroom by the instructors and she joined the consulting staff at the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, giving her the opportunity to work with some of the true pioneers in the field of architectural conservation. In 1978, she formed Preservation Technology Associates, Inc. to provide architectural conservation services to architects, government agencies, non-profits and others responsible for historic properties.

Specializing in masonry conservation and historic roof restoration, "Dr. Judy" has participated in more than 1,000 projects over her distinguished career. Her projects include the Boston Athenaeum, the Old State House, the Massachusetts State House, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard's Memorial Hall, Touro Synagogue and the Carnegie Museum, as well as numerous churches, public and academic buildings. Dr. Selwyn serves on MIT's Corporation Committee for the Chemistry Department and she has been a long-time member of the Brookline Preservation Commission. Earlier this year, Dr. Selwyn was honored by Preservation Massachusetts with a Paul E. Tsongas Profiles in Preservation Award.

Cynthia Shenette
Docent, Preservation Worcester

Cynthia Shenette is a Preservation Worcester docent and Head of Access Services, Robert Goddard Library, Clark University. Cindy grew up in Worcester and is fascinated by Worcester's history and its architecture. She is a graduate of Worcester State College and Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. A genealogist, she writes Heritage Zen, a genealogy blog, which was named one of the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs in 2011 and again in 2013 by Family Tree Magazine.

Troy Siebels
President and CEO, The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Troy Siebels serves as President and CEO of The Hanover Theatre, having led the organization's development and staff since 2005. The theatre presents more than 140 performances to audiences of more than 200,000 annually, anchors Worcester's new Theatre District and is a key catalyst to the city's revitalization. Prior to his time in Worcester, Troy has served as Executive Director of Stoneham Theatre, American Stage Festival and Toledo Repertoire Theatre. Troy serves as Chairperson of Destination Worcester and the Massachusetts Performing Arts Center Coalition; on the Board of Directors of MassCreative; and as a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Lynne Spencer
Principal, Spencer & Vogt Group

Spencer & Vogt Group was launched by Lynne Spencer and Arthur Vogt in 2013. A full-service architectural and planning firm, we maintain an exclusive focus on existing and historic structures. Lynne's qualifications combine expertise in architectural history with a strong background in technical preservation. She is experienced in planning and implementing sensitive restoration and rehabilitation projects ranging from country houses to landmark churches to historic landscapes. Lynne is familiar with all aspects of historic site management, non-profit operations, and fundraising, and is skilled at project management, compliance and reporting, permitting and site supervision.

Lynne launched her career with a degree in history from Keuka College and has invested 25 years in the field of preservation, including more than a decade as director of properties for the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England) and a consultancy with the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Steve Stowell
Administrator, Lowell Historic Board

Stephen Stowell has been Administrator of the Lowell Historic Board, the City of Lowell, Massachusetts' historic preservation agency, since 1994 – overseeing design review and development within 11 historic and neighborhood districts as well as other preservation and historic resource related responsibilities. As part of the Board's education and outreach programming, he helped launch Doors Open Lowell, which was the first such program in the United States when initiated in 2002. Steve currently serves on the board of the Lowell Heritage Partnership and is a former board member of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Lowell and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.

Michael Traynor
Chief Development Officer, City of Worcester

Michael Traynor has led City of Worcester economic development efforts since January 2014, when he assumed responsibility for a number of important development projects, including the CitySquare downtown redevelopment project; the adaptive-reuse of the former Worcester Vocational High School as the Voke Lofts apartments; the rehabilitation of the former Worcester Telegram & Gazette building as a state-of-the-art downtown campus for Quinsigamond Community College; and the City's acquisition of the former Worcester County Courthouse on Main Street.

Before assuming his role as Chief Development Officer, Michael was Deputy City Solicitor. In that role, he was intimately involved in all of the City's major development projects. He drafted contracts and worked with key stakeholders on numerous efforts, including the creation of the City's Downtown/Theater District Urban Renewal Plan, the CSX Expansion, Gateway Park, the Med City Project, and the Canal District Streetscape Improvements project.

Gregor Trinkaus-Randall
Preservation Specialist, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissions; Co-chair, COSTEP MA

Gregor Trinkaus-Randall is responsible for implementing the statewide preservation program. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, the Society of American Archivists, the Midwest Archives Conference, and is a former President of the New England Archivists (1995-1996) and of the Society of American Archivists (2011-2012). He is a member of the NEDCC's Advisory Committee, the Digital Commonwealth's Executive Board, LYRASIS's Board of Trustees, and the USS Constitution Museum Curatorial Committee. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists in 2006. In 2008, the MBLC and he were the recipients of the AIC/Heritage Preservation's Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections. In 2012, he was awarded the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award from ALCTS PARS. In 2013 he was honored with the New England Archivists Distinguished Service Award.

He is the author of Protecting Your Collections: A Manual of Archival Security and contributed a chapter on security to Archival and Special Collections Facilities: Guidelines for Archivists, Librarians, Architects, and Engineers (SAA, 2009). He was instrumental in developing dPlan: an Online Disaster Planning Tool. He is Co-Chair of COSTEP Massachusetts (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness), Project Director for Mitigation for Memory, a FEMA Hazard Mitigation grant, and Co-Project Director for Archival Education for Municipal Clerks, an NHPRC grant with Simmons College. He has spoken widely on preservation, disaster preparedness, archival, and security topics. He has run numerous disaster preparedness, repair, security, and other preservation as well as archival workshops for librarians and archivists.

William D. Wallace
Executive Director, Worcester Historical Museum

Bill Wallace has served for more than 30 years as executive director of the Worcester Historical Museum, which is dedicated solely to the preservation of Worcester's history. During this period, he has become Worcester's reigning expert on matters of historic cemeteries, tombs, and tombstones. A long-time member of the City of Worcester's Hope Cemetery Commission, he is its current chairman.

William is former executive director of the Oswego County Historical Society, Oswego, New York, and former junior curator of Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts. A native of New Hampshire, his personal research interest is pre-1870 Mt. Washington. When not in a library or a cemetery, he might be found in Disneyland.

Rita Walsh Senior Preservation Planner, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin

Rita Walsh is a senior preservation planner with VHB, an east coast transportation/environmental/land development firm. She also serves on the Boston Preservation Alliance Board as Secretary and is involved in the membership and communications committees of the BPA. Rita has resided in Boston for 9 years and never intends to leave. That's why she is interested in the influential work of the BPA in preserving meaningful places in Boston.

John Wathne, PE
President, Structures North Consulting Engineers, Inc., VoidSpan Technologies, LLC

Stephen Wessling, AIA, CSI, ICC
President and CEO, Wessling Architects

Stephen J. Wessling is the founder and President of Wessling Architects, a mid-size award-winning firm registered in 15 states and servicing more than 500 clients nationally and internationally. Stephen is a multi-disciplined architect with over 49 years of in-depth experience. He is accomplished as an entire building architect and consultant to clients, colleagues and professional associations.

Stephen received his Bachelor of Architecture, from Boston Architectural College, second in his class, and Certificate in Architectural and Structural Engineering from Weymouth Vocational Technical High School Post Graduate Program, top in his class.

Sarah White
Chair, Newburyport Local Historic District Study Committee

Erin Williams
Cultural Development Officer, City of Worcester; Executive Director, Worcester Cultural Coalition

Erin Williams is Cultural Development Officer for the City of Worcester and Executive Director of the Worcester Cultural Coalition. As the unified voice of the Greater Worcester creative community, the Coalition is a unique public-private partnership that shines a spotlight on the creative activity produced in the region. Supporting creative placemaking through such initiatives as the WOOcard, and the Worcester Wayfinding signage and public art program, the Coalition was presented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' highest award as the Creative Economy Catalyst. In July 2012, Richard Florida named Worcester as one of the top 20 creative cities in the U.S. in his national bestseller The Rise of the Creative Class.

Erin currently serves on Governor Baker's Creative Economy Council. She is a founding director of MASSCreative, board member of Destination Worcester, National Science Foundation Art of Science Learning Incubator National Advisory Committee, and a participant in Americans for the Arts Local Arts Agency Executive Leadership Forum.

Eugene Zabinski
Treasurer, Canal District Alliance and local historian

Gene Zabinski grew up in the Worcester East Side neighborhood, now known as the Canal District, and has devoted much of his time to collecting both information and historical documents to illuminate its history. Treasurer for the Canal District Alliance, he is active in placemaking efforts in the neighborhood. An important contribution to the popular understanding of the history of the district is the set of photographs and maps that he has displayed in the former Crompton Loom Works building as a mini Canal District museum. Awaiting a location for display is the Canal District diorama he made, which shows this section of the city as it appeared in the early 19th century.

Kyle Zick, ASLA
Founder and Principal, Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture, Inc.

Kyle Zick has practiced landscape architecture for over 21 years on project types including historic sites and parks, environmentally sensitive areas, college campuses, streetscapes, residences, and commercial properties. Kyle has lectured on site design in historic contexts, trail design, and sustainable materials at the Boston Architectural College, Build Boston, and the Historic Trails Conference. Many of his projects have won design awards from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects, the Louisiana Society of Landscape Architects, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.