Board of Directors

W. Lewis Barlow, IV, FAIA

National Park Service, Retired

William G. Barry, AIA

Heritage Planning & Design

Nicole Benjamin-Ma

Daniel Bluestone

Boston University

Nick Brooks, AIA, NCARB

EYP Architecture & Engineering

Valerie Burns

Ross Cameron, RIBA

Elkus Manfredi Architects

Laura Dziorny

Rennie Center

Minxie Fannin

Fannin/Lehner Preservation


Gill Fishman

Gill Fishman Associates

Kay Flynn

Preservation Plus

Leigh Freudenheim/Chair

Freudenheim Partners, LLC

Peter Goedecke

Goedecke & Co., LLC

Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez

North Bennet Street School

Carl Jay

Shawmut Design and Construction

Michael LeBlanc, AIA

Utile, Inc.

David Nagahiro, AIA, LEED, AP

CBT Architects

Beatrice Nessen/Secretary

Friends of the Public Garden



Susan Park/President

Diana Pisciotta/Vice Chair


Christopher Scoville

Eastern Bank

Regan Shields Ives,

Finegold Alexander Architects

Catharine Sullivan


Roger Tackeff/Vice Chair

Renaissance Properties

Tony Ursillo

Loomis, Sayles & Co.

Peter Vanderwarker

Vanderwarker Photography


About the Board of Directors

W. Lewis Barlow IV, FAIA  

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.

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William Barry  |  Heritage Planning & Design

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.

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Nicole Benjamin-Ma  | VHB

Nicole is a Preservation Planner with VHB, specializing in the architectural history of the New England region. After working as a historical archaeologist and historic site curator in the San Diego area for several years, she shifted her focus to architectural heritage after moving to Boston in 2005. In her current role, Nicole works with clients
and government agencies to understand the historic resources in and around their projects, and facilitates various local, state, and federal historic review processes. More recently, she has expanded her role into VHB’s extensive historic tax credit practice, working with project teams to rehabilitate and reuse historic buildings in a modern
environment. Nicole was a long-time member of the Boston Preservation Alliance’s Young Advisors Board, publishing an article about the group in NAPC’s The Alliance Review and presenting on the formation of the Young Advisors at the 2014 Directions in Twenty-First Century Preservation symposium. She serves as a Board Member of the New England chapter of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and presented on creative mitigation strategies at the NAPC Forum in Philadelphia.

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Daniel Bluestone  |  Boston University

Daniel Bluestone is the director of Boston University's Preservation Studies Program, and a specialist in nineteenth century American architecture and urbanism. A highly regarded preservation educator and advocate, Daniel spent ten years teaching preservation at Columbia University and twenty years directing the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Virginia's School of Architecture. He was worked on numerous building and neighborhood revitalization projects, including the Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative and the National Register designation of Chicago's Pilsen Historic District. Professional accolades include the National Trust/HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation (2007), the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation/Landmarks Illinois Preservation Award (2009), and the Virginia Design Medal (2011). Last year, Daniel's book, Buildings, Landscape, and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation, received the Society of Architectural Historians Antoinette Forrester Downing Award, the most prestigious award given annually to a book in historic preservation.

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Nick Brooks  |  EYP Architecture & Planning

Nick Brooks is a Project Director at EYP Architecture & Planning and a registered architect with over 15 years of experience. Nick's work and interest range from Historic Preservation to building energy use. Nick has served on the Board of Directors for Watertown Community Housing and recently completed a Graduate degree in Energy Systems at Northeastern University. Most notably, Nick has been a part of the preservation teams for Trinity Church in the City of Boston (while working at Goody Clancy) and has been an Energy Analytics Intern at EnerNOC. Nick brings a comprehensive perspective to the thoughtful use of existing buildings and is dedicated to finding innovative ways of using the past while endeavouring to create the future.

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Valerie Burns |  Consultant

Valerie Burns is experienced in working with residents, community groups, government, business and philanthropic sectors to bring environmental and economic change to the city’s neighborhoods. As former president of Boston Natural Areas Network for more than 25 years, Valerie led efforts to expand protected green spaces to meet the
needs of changing Boston neighborhoods. Prior to her non-profit career, Valerie was the Director of Planning for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Currently a consultant for non-profits and philanthropies, Valerie serves in leadership positions on the boards of the Friends of the Public Garden and COG Design, and on the board of
Light Boston. A resident of the Fort Point neighborhood since1984, she worked with her neighbors and the Boston Landmarks Commission to help create the Fort Point Channel Historic District in 2009.  

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Ross Cameron  |  Elkus Manfredi Architects

Since joining Elkus Manfredi over ten years ago, Ross has been a key player in the firm's work with Emerson College, including the award-winning Paramount Center, planning studies for The Little Building, and the new Boylston Place Residence Hall. His preservation and renovation work includes studies for the Old North Church in Boston; Massasoit Paramount Theatre in Springfield, Massachusetts; One Wall Street in New York City; and the Union Trust building in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Elkus Manfredi, Ross was involved with the design of the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre in England, the redevelopment of the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and renovation of the William Playfair Parliament House. Ross received his Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Edinburgh. He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, and the Society of College and University Planning.  

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Laura Dziorny  | Rennie Center

As Chief of Staff for the Boston-based Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, Laura draws on her experience at both the classroom and district levels to help improve public education by generating and sharing evidence on effective policymaking and practice. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Boston
Public Schools, working to advance district policy-making and managing projects including a working group on measuring school quality. Laura is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as an intern in the education office of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Prior to law school, she taught fourth grade at Ira J. Earl Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada through Teach for America and earned a Master’s degree in education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in history and government from Georgetown University. A resident of Charlestown, Laura is active
in a number of community groups, including serving as the Charlestown Preservation Society representative on the Charlestown Neighborhood Council.

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Minxie Fannin  |  Fannin/Lehner Preservation Consultants

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.

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Gill Fishman  |  Gill Fishman Associates

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 designed the Boston Preservation Alliance website on a pro bono basis.

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Kay Flynn  |  Preservation Plus

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.

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Leigh Freudenheim/Chair  |  Freudenheim Partners, LLC

Leigh Freudenheim is President and CEO of Freudenheim Partners, LLC. Leigh moved from Buffalo in 1996 to attend Tufts University and "never plans to leave Boston."

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Peter Goedecke  |  Goedecke & Co., LLC

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.

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Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez  |  North Bennet Street School

Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez became president of the North Bennet Street School (NBSS) in 2006. He is the first NBSS graduate to lead the institution. During his tenure, NBSS has begun to offer collaborative courses with like-minded education institutions in Boston, developed a program of public lectures and exhibitions on craft, and established ties with the Boston Public Schools to promote pathways to success that do not require traditional academic degrees. In 2013, NBSS opened a new 65,000-square-foot facility in Boston's North End, just five blocks from the building it had occupied since its founding in 1881. Miguel holds an M.Arch from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University. Before enrolling at NBSS, he worked as an architect for 26 years. His furniture has been featured in House and Garden, American Craft, and other magazines, galleries, and museums across the country.

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Carl Jay  |  Shawmut Design and Construction

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.

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Michael LeBlanc  |  Utile, Inc.

As a principal at Utile, Inc., Michael LeBlanc's interests range from the logics of construction and material research to investigating the relationship between code, cost, sustainability, and experiential qualities in building design. Over the past 20 years, Michael has led numerous institutional, residential, and renovation projects locally, nationally, and internationally. He is currently working on a range of multi-family housing projects within the city of Boston, the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Design at the Qatar Foundation in Doha, Qatar. In addition to his professional practice, Michael has taught design studies as a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University and is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Northeastern University's Department of Architecture. He earned his B.F.A. in Architectural Studies from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Architecture from Arizona State University.

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David Nagahiro |  CBT Architects

David Nagahiro is a Principal at CBT and has over 22 years of design and management experience on a broad spectrum of urban design, interiors, and architecture projects. He has worked locally and internationally, and is responsible for CBT’s recent work in the Far East. His experience includes mixed-use, multi-family, commercial, civic, and hospitality projects. David is passionate about high performance buildings, design excellence and an integrated urban design approach to all architectural projects. He is a past Rotch Traveling Scholar, and, in 1999, he was one of five recipients honored with the National Young Architects Award from the American Institute of Architects. David received his Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University. While at WSU he studied at the Architectural Association in London, England.

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Beatrice Nessen/Secretary  |  Friends of the Public Garden

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.

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Susan Park/President  |  Boston Harborfest

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 was a Parks Commisioner for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

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Diana Pisciotta/Vice Chair  |  Denterlein

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.

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Chris Scoville  |  Eastern Bank

Christopher Scoville is a Senior Vice President of Community Development Lending at Eastern Bank in Boston. In this role, he is responsible for originating, structuring, underwriting, and approving financing requests to nonprofit organizations, healthcare and educational insitutions, and affordable housing developers, and to invest the Bank's capital in various state and federal tax credit programs. Chris started his career at Eastern in January of 2006 as a Commecial Real Estate Underwriter for Eastern's predecessor, Wainwright Bank & Trust Co. Prior to that, he held positions as a credit analyst at community banks in Connecticut after graduating from Fairfield University in 2003 with degrees in International Relations, Economics, and Russian. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, and as a youth mentor in the YearUp program. Chris is a native of Litchfield County, Connecticut and currently resides in Boston's South End. He is an avid reader, gardener, traveler, and a collector of antique automobiles.

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Regan Shields Ives  |  Finegold Alexander Architects

Regan Shields Ives, AIA, LEED AP is a Senior Associate at Finegold Alexander Architects where she is the studio leader for their educational and cultural projects. She is passionate about restoring and preserving historic buildings, including adapting them for new, contemporary uses. Regan is an active member of a number of organizations including The Trustees of Reservations where she serves on the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors, the BSA Women Principals Group, and the Boston Preservation Alliance where she most recently served as Secretary on the Young Advisors Board. Regan received her M.Arch in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania prior to settling in the Boston area. She currently resides on the North Shore with her husband and son.

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Catharine Sullivan  |  SixOverSix

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.

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Roger Tackeff/Vice Chair  |  Renaissance Properties

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.

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Tony Ursillo  |  Loomis, Sayles & Co.

Tony Ursillo is a Vice President and Senior Equity Analyst at Loomis, Sayles & Co., a 90-year old investment management firm with over $240 billion in assets under management. In his role, Tony is responsible for managing several hundred million dollars of Technology and Telecom-focused assets within a Large Cap Core strategy.
Tony joined Loomis Sayles in 1999 after having spent five years as an investment analyst at The Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Financial Analysts Society. He earned a B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and an MBA in Finance from The Ohio State University. Tony resides with his wife in the Historic Ladder District neighborhood of the Downtown Crossing/Midtown Cultural District area of Boston. He currently serves on the City of Boston’s Impact Advisory Groups for both One Bromfield and 115 Winthrop Square, which are proposed residential and commercial developments in downtown Boston. These projects have repercussions and impact to Boston’s residents and its historic resources, and through his involvement, Tony hopes to positively influence them while also creating more
awareness and appreciation for the city’s unique and treasured history.

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Peter Vanderwarker  |  Vanderwarker Photography

Peter Vanderwarker received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and practiced architecture in New York City before returning to Boston to become a freelance architectural photographer. Two years later, his first book, Boston Then and Now, was published. For over 20 years, Peter collaborated with Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell to produce "Cityscapes", a series of more than 200 articles paired with images of Boston for the Boston Globe Magazine. Their resulting book, Cityscapes of Boston, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1991. Peter's work has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation. He has received Institute Honors from the American Institute of Architects, and served as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University from 1996-1997. Peter is represented by Gallery NAGA, Boston. His recent solo show, Dislocations, ran there in March 2014.

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