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Heritage Planning & Design
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Gill Fishman Associates
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
King Associates, LLP
Goedecke & Co., LLC
Shawmut Design and Construction
GLC Development Resources, LLC
Friends of the Public Garden
Partners HealthCare System, Inc.
New Atlantic Development Corporation
Community Design Partnership
Turnstone Property, Inc.
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin
Royal Barry Wills Associates
Goulston & Storrs
About the Board of Directors
Jean Abouhamad founded Sea-Dar Enterprises and has been its President since 1991. Sea-Dar is a Boston based Real Estate Development and Construction Management firm building fine custom residences in Boston's historic neighborhoods, the surrounding communities, and beginning in 2010, Cape Cod.
Jean has a Masters degree in Structural Engineering from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Columbia University. He holds Professional Engineer (PE) licenses in Massachusetts and Maryland and is a Licensed Construction Supervisor in Massachusetts.
Before starting Sea-Dar, Jean spent 5 years at Structural Engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc., where he managed various structural design and repair projects across US.
As the supervisory architect for the National Park Service’s Boston National Historical Park from 1997-2011, Bill Barlow was responsible for policy and management of the preservation for some of America’s foremost architectural and historical treasures, such as the Bunker Hill Monument, Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, the Old South Meeting House and the Paul Revere House. Mr. Barlow, who was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2002 and a Fellow of the Association for Preservation Technology in 2000, played a leading role in restoring and rehabilitating 18th and 19th century structures in Lowell, Massachusetts, when he was Lowell National Historical Park’s assistant superintendent in the Division of Technical Preservation from 1979-1986. He is a professional fellow at Texas A&M’s Center for Heritage Conservation, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1972.
Bill Barry's consulting practice serves owners, architects and builders who need to creatively engage historic structures, including strategic planning, project development and community process facilitation. He brings to the Alliance Board a balanced perspective founded in a diverse career having served as architect, owner and builder. Most recently Bill served as Director of Preservation at the John Canning Studios, a company of building artisans skilled in traditional decorative finishes, the conservation of historic interiors and the creation of authentic new interiors. Previously, he was Vice President of Preservation & Facilities at Mount Auburn Cemetery, where he focused on the preservation and development of the physical facilities, and the conservation of historic monuments and collections. Prior to that, Bill’s architectural practice with Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott focused on the National Historic Landmarks of institutional clients, public and private. Originally from New Orleans, he is a graduate of Tulane University School of Architecture, and a resident of Cambridge, MA. Bill serves on the Cambridge Public Library Board of Trustees, the Cambridge Historical Commission, and on the Facilities Committees of the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Bostonian Society.
Richard J. Bertman is a founding Principal of CBT Architects. He has been the force behind prominent restorations and renovations of historic buildings throughout the Northeast, including the Ames Webster House and Thomas Crane Public Library. In 1996, Mr. Bertman was made an Honorary Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission, and in 2007, he was one of the first architects inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame. Mr. Bertman serves on the Board of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, is president of the Downtown North Association, and was chair of the Mayor’s Working Group to Review Back Bay Commercial Guidelines.
Patrick Chassé, ASLA, is Maine born and bred. He earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design, after a B.S. in biology, graduate studies in botany and a MEd in environmental education from the University of Maine.
Patrick's contributions to civic projects illustrate his dedication to the field of historic landscapes. At Garland Farm in Bar Harbor, Maine, Patrick led the effort to purchase and preserve this property the last home and garden of Beatrix Farrand, the first female landscape architect in America. As historic landscape architect on the restoration of the Benenson Conifer Collection at the New York Botanical Garden he received a Lucy S. Moses Preservation Award in 2005. He was appointed as the first curator of landscape at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts in 2004 and served through 2009. He is the historic landscape consultant for the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where campus restoration and rehabilitation are under way.
Patrick has served on a number of historic landscape boards and committees, including the Maine Olmsted Alliance, the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England), the Massachusetts Horticutural Society, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Beatrix Farrand Society—of which he was a founder. He has taught and lectured at the Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum, the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, the College of the Atlantic in Maine, and Sheffield University in the UK, and has lectured widely at historical societies, garden clubs, botanical gardens, arboreta and museums in the US, Canada and western Europe. In 2011, the Garden Club of America and the National Garden Club both awarded him honorary life memberships for his contributions to historic garden preservation.
A resident of Marlborough Street in the Back Bay for over thirty years, Frances Duffly has been intimately connected to architectural preservation and history since the early 1980s, and her previous affiliations include the South End Historical Society, the Back Bay Architectural Commission. Frances is a past officer and present member of the board of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay and a past chairman and member of NABB's Architecture Committee. Frances is presently on the Board of Directors for the Boston Preservation Alliance and the Gibson House Museum.
Minxie Fannin is a founder and principal of Fannin-Lehner Preservation Consultants, a firm specializing in stone and masonry restoration planning and execution, with a focus on burial ground conservation. The firm provides master and preservation plans for historic burial grounds, condition assessment of gravestones and stone monuments, conservation, repair, resetting, cleaning of gravestones and stone monuments, tomb, tomb marker and mausoleum conservation and rebuilding, and National Register nominations. They work with park/cemetery departments, historical commissions and volunteers in association with landscape architects, architects and structural engineers. Minxie represents the Society of Architectural Historians on the Alliance's Board.
A life-long resident of the Boston area, Gill Fishman grew up in Roxbury, graduated with honors from Harvard College with a degree in Economics, earned a Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and has studied at the Harvard School of Education as well as at MIT.
He is a nationally-recognized designer with a broad range of experience in all fields of Design, Branding and Communications and his firm, Gill Fishman Associates, has been honored with more than 400 national design awards.
Mr. Fishman is a founding committee member of the New Center for Arts & Culture, co-founder of Water Music, Inc./Concert Cruise/JazzBoat, an original member of The Great Boston Kite Festival and a founding committee member of First Night, Inc., organizations all directly involved with the enhancement of life within the urban environment. He is also on the boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, as well as Israel’s Technion.
Gill’s firm has just designed the newly launched Boston Preservation Alliance website on a pro bono basis.
Kay Flynn started her consulting firm, Preservation Plus, after earning an MA in Historic Preservation from Boston University. For the past three decades, Kay's career in preservation has focused on the importance of retaining the architectural integrity of a property while combining current technological practices.
In 1985 Kay moved from Wellesley to Beacon Hill and has resided there and in midtown Boston for the past 25 years. Kay has been active in the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission where she served as a Commissioner for 13 years and remains an active member of the Boston Preservation Alliance Board of Directors. Since 1996, Kay has been active in acquiring significant townhouse properties for restoration and resale.
Leigh Freudenheim is an Executive Managing Director and Partner at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. He is the head of the investment Brokerage and Capital markets team. Leigh moved from Buffalo in 1996 to attend Tufts University and "never plans to leave Boston."
Alden Gifford is a semi-retired real estate developer and investor who has wisely counseled the Alliance as a member of the Executive and Governance Committees for over a decade. A resident of Beacon Hill, Alden has been active in civic life in the city, and served on the Board of the Bostonian Society, a sister organization that recognizes and celebrates many of Boston’s rare treasures, including the Old State House.
Peter Goedecke is the founder and Managing Member of Goedecke & Co., LLC, a real estate investment banker and commercial mortgage banking firm with offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Westport, Connecticut. Goedecke & Co., active in New England and metropolitan New York since 1999, arranges a full spectrum of commercial real estate financing including construction, interim and permanent mortgage loans; structured financings including joint ventures, participating loans, pre-sale commitments and private equity investment; and sale/leasebacks, CTL loans and private placements. Prior to founding Goedecke & Co., Mr. Goedecke had been a founding principal and Managing Director of Boston-based Fowler, Goedecke, Ellis & O'Connor, Inc. (FGEO), at the time the Northeast's largest commercial mortgage banker, which was sold to AMRESCO in 1998. Mr. Goedecke graduated from Wesleyan University and received an MBA from Stanford University. He resides in Cohasset and Boston.
Carl Jay has made a lifelong study of historic buildings, the architects who designed them, the construction methods and even the tools used to build them. He puts this experience to work at Shawmut Design and Construction, where he leads their historic preservation division. Carl has worked on a great many prominent New England restoration projects including Trinity Church in the City of Boston, Cochran Chapel at Phillips Academy, The Class of 1945 Library at Phillips Exeter Academy, Memorial Hall Tower Spire Restoration at Harvard University, and the Ayer Mansion in Back Bay. Carl has a degree in Wood Science and Technology from the University of Massachusetts.
Drew M. Leff provides real estate development consulting services as Principal of Stantec Consulting. He was previously the founding Principal of GLC Development Resources LLC and Vice President with National Development Associates, Inc. As Project Developer for Forest City Development, Leff directed the development of the award-winning University Park at MIT from its inception. Leff was also Project Director for the development of the mixed-use Massachusetts Transportation Building. Leff began his career as University Planner at the University of Chicago and as Campus Planner and Assistant to the Financial Vice President at Princeton University. Mr. Leff is Treasurer of the Boston Preservation Alliance and serves on the boards of Historic Boston, Inc., and on the Editorial Board of Architecture Boston. He is also an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mr. Leff earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Chicago.
Mimi Love is a principal at Utile Inc., a Boston design firm that specializes in urban design, architecture, and interior design. Her expertise ranges from complicated renovation projects to new construction with challenging programmatic requirements. Mimi managed the design of the Harbor Park Pavilion, located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, for the National Park Service and Boston Harbor Island Alliance. She also completed the conversion of a fire station into a community-based performance center for Zumix, a non-profit organization based in East Boston.
Prior to joining Utile Inc. in 2006, Mimi was an Associate at Machado & Silvetti Associates in Boston where she was the lead designer for the renovation projects at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California. The scope of renovations included a radical transformation of the existing Roman-styled museum, the conversion of J. Paul Getty’s original house into offices and a scholars’ library, and new conservation laboratories located in buildings that were part of the original campus. Between 1989 and 1994, Mimi worked in New York City for Perkins & Will and Kohn Pedersen Fox.
Mimi recently co-authored Color Space Style, a reference book on interior design for Rockport Publications. The book covers everything that both a designer and layperson need to know about interior design, with chapters ranging from project management to the installation of decorative accessories.
Beatrice Nessen is a long time resident of Boston, growing up in Brighton and as an adult living on Beacon Hill. She became actively involved with issues facing Boston’s urban fabric as a result of the Park Plaza Urban Renewal Project. Her advocacy participation has continued as a member of the Park Plaza Citizens Advisory Committee and other environmental, open space, and historic organizations.
Beatrice’s professional career began with environmental regulation policy development at the Department of Environmental Protection and then progressed to project management at the Central Artery Project and at ICON architecture, inc. where she specialized in harbor master planning and public participation.
Beatrice currently serves on the boards of several not-for-profits organizations in Boston area. She is one of the founders of the Garden of Peace, a Massachusetts memorial for homicide victims.
Susan Park serves as president of the Boston Preservation Alliance. She is also the former president and current treasurer of The South End Historical Society, which preserves and promotes the South End neighborhood of Boston - the largest intact Victorian row house district in the country. When not advocating for historical preservation, Ms. Park is president and chief executive officer of Boston Harborfest. It is a private, nonprofit organization which celebrates Boston's colonial and maritime heritage during the Fourth of July holiday. Finally, Ms. Park is a Parks Commisioner for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.
Tim Pattison is Director of Real Estate at Partners HealthCare System, Inc. in Boston, the parent company of a number of hospitals including Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, Newton-Wellesley and Spaulding Rehab. Tim currently oversees a large portfolio of leased property and is responsible for a wide range of other real estate transactions. His background includes real estate development, urban planning with the City of Boston as well as consulting with two national firms, where he advised corporations, financial institutions, developers, non-profit organizations and government agencies on real estate matters. Tim received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University and graduate degrees in urban planning and real estate from MIT.
With 15 years of experience in strategic communications, Diana Pisciotta offers clients a keen ability to create and deploy concise and persuasive messaging through media relations, thought leadership campaigns, online communications, direct outreach to key stakeholders and creative marketing programs. A regular speaker and writer on crisis communications, Diana leads crisis communications workshops and spokesperson trainings for companies and non-profits of all sizes. A member of the Denterlein team for 10 years, Diana previously served as the Communications Manager for Mass Insight/Mass Insight Education, where she focused on Massachusetts education reform and issues of economic competitiveness. Diana also worked with Geri Denterlein for 5 years prior to the founding of the firm; in that role, she managed strategic public policy campaigns for high profile clients, including BankBoston, Harvard Pilgrim, and McLean Hospital, as well as a number of crisis communications clients. A graduate of Boston College, Diana is a practitioner of Ashtanga yoga, a regular hiker, an avid cook and a supporter of Rosie's Place, the Greater Boston Food Bank, Pine Street Inn, and the Institute for Contemporary Art.
Peter Roth is founder and President of New Atlantic Development Corporation, a Boston-based company developing housing and mixed-use in-fill projects in the city and surrounding suburbs. His work includes a mix of historic/adaptive and new construction projects, with a focus on community integration and affordable housing. He also teaches part-time in the real estate Master of Science program at MIT.
Jon Seward is principal of Community Design Partnership, a planning and design firm. CDP works for public and private clients on regional and community-wide planning and analytical studies, for local areas, corridors and, for developments and building projects, on single and multiple parcels at various scales. CDP specializes in community and consensus based processes, regulatory, permitting and approvals, and strategic planning. Focus areas include smart growth, sustainability and energy efficiency, roadway and transportation planning, historic properties evaluation, renovation and restoration, and economic development.
Mr. Seward also serves as Vice-President of the Fort Point Arts Community, as Treasurer of MoveMass, and on the Advisory Board of the CAFEH air quality study. He previously served on the Board of Walk Boston, as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Boston Architectural Center, on the Silver Line Advisory Committee and the Channel Center Impact Advisory Group.
Catharine Sullivan is a senior executive with 25 years of experience defining marketing communications strategies for a number of Boston-based firms. Catharine was most recently with Boston Private Financial Holdings as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications. Her career includes a decade with John Hancock Financial Services where she held a variety of marketing and communications positions and played a key role in successfully launching a direct-to-consumer business channel, and several years at Fidelity Investments where she was responsible for the development and rollout of national marketing programs. In the spring of 2011, Catharine launched SixOverSix, a professional strategic marketing and communications services firm that partners with clients to drive brand value. With a career spent working in the city, Catharine's interest in Boston's rich history, architecture, and neighborhoods grew. Catharine holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Communications from Babson College, Wellesley, MA, and a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the Boston Architectural College.
Roger E. Tackeff was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Maryanne, have two sons Michael and David. Mr. Tackeff graduated from Brandeis University in 1976 with a degree in History/Economics. He received his M.B.A. from The Harvard Business School in 1980.
Mr. Tackeff founded Renaissance Properties in 1979, a real estate development firm specializing in historic preservation. He currently serves as the company’s Chairman and CEO. Over the past 30 years, Renaissance Properties has created award winning developments throughout Boston, including the restoration and adaptive reuse of the Electric Carriage House, Dartmouth Square, Clarendon Square, Garrison Square, Bigelow School, Emerson Square and the Kearsarge House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
In addition, Mr. Tackeff has served in a leadership capacity in nearly two dozen civic and community organizations. Current Boards include the Boston Preservation Alliance (Vice Chairman, Chairman of the Awards and Nominating Committee), Hebrew Senior Life (Governance, Housing and CCRC Board committees), Beth Israel Hospital (Overseer), The Rivers School (Facilities Committee), The Fisher Hill Neighborhood Association and others.
Bob Thomas’s career in real estate springs from an interest in architecture of all kinds, and a belief in the importance of design quality. In 1997 he founded in Turnstone Property, a real estate development and consulting company specializing in the re-use of underperforming properties, and in new construction on urban in-fill sites. Turnstone's projects have been published in the books Integrated Designs in Contemporary Architecture and Urban Housing Atlas, the architecture and design magazine Azure, and in the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.
Rita Walsh serves on the Board as the Secretary and is involved in the Membership and Communications committees of the BPA. She is a Senior Preservation Planner with the East Coast transportation/environmental/land development firm, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. She 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.
Richard Wills AIA is president of the Architectural firm of Royal Barry Wills Associates. He is a corporate member of the American Institute of Architects. A member of the Boston Society of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Former Commissioner for the City of Boston Beacon Hill Historic District. Co-author of the book More Houses for Good Living and the current publication of Houses for Good Living. He was inducted into New England Design “Hall of Fame” in 2008.
Andrew Zelermyer is an attorney at Goulston & Storrs where he conducts a broad-based real estate practice. He represents real estate development companies, financial institutions and architectural firms in all aspects of commercial real estate law, including land use and development, construction and permanent financing, construction and design, leasing, acquisitions and sales. He serves on the Commonwealth's Retail Solar Task Force, the New England Government Affairs Committee of the ICSC, and on the boards of Keshet, MassEquality, and Temple Israel, Boston, and is a former member of the Housing Advisory Board for the Town of Brookline, where he resides.