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About the Young Advisors
The Young Advisors Board is a group of professionals under the age of 40 formed by the Alliance in order to expand the organization’s mission and carry its message to younger generations. We accomplish this mission through engaging our large and growing network of younger Bostonians in social and educational activities that allow us to discover and appreciate Boston ’s unique history, people, and places.
Want to know more about our big event of the year? Check out Libations for Preservation held at GrandTen Distilling. This exciting event hosted by the Young Advisors raises funds for the Alliance's monthly educational programs.
The Young Advisors are in the midst of planning several 2016 activities for young professionals in Boston interested in preservation, architecture and design. Want to learn more? Email email@example.com.
The 2017 Young Advisors Board:
Kelly Andrade is an Estimator at Shawmut Design and Construction, a National Construction Management Company with $1 billion in revenue and seven offices nationwide. Her primary focus is historic preservation projects located throughout New England. Prior to joining Shawmut, Kelly held the position as Assistant Project Manager for the Linbeck Group, LLC. Throughout her career, Kelly has been involved extensively in the pre-construction process, particularly in the historical approval process and preservation negotiations. She also possesses particular expertise in the area of wetland delineation process for conservation commission approval, and planning and zoning procedures. Kelly received her B.A. in Historic Preservation from Salve Regina University located in Newport, Rhode Island and her M.A. in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.
Nicole Benjamin-Ma is a Preservation Planner with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., specializing in historic resource regulatory compliance. She moved to the Boston area in 2005 after spending several years as an archaeologist in San Diego, during which time she also served as a site and archives curator for the Leo Carrillo Historic Ranch in Carlsbad, CA. Ms. Benjamin-Ma is moving her previous archaeology degree above-ground, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Historic Preservation through Goucher College in Baltimore.
Jessica Bitely is the Director of Preservation Services for NEDCC, a non-profit conservation, preservation, and digitization center, where she coordinates training programs, facilitates outreach efforts, and provides guidance on preventive conservation standards and practices to individuals and organizations in the US and abroad. Jessica received her MLIS from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science and her BA from Rollins College. Originally from Maryland by way of Texas, with meanderings through Florida, Pennsylvania and New Mexico, she now resides happily (and hopefully permanently) in Somerville.
Emilia Deimezis is the co-owner of Appleton Antique Lighting in Chestnut Hill, where she is involved in the sales and restoration of antique lighting for residential, commercial, and institutional settings. Originally from Boston, she worked in commercial property management and environmental consulting in San Francisco before returning to Boston to work in science education and eventually return to the family business. She holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University and an M.Ed from Lesley University.
Lori Ferriss is a project manager in preservation architecture at Goody Clancy. She holds a B.S. in architecture and an M.Eng. in structural engineering from MIT, and completed preservation related internships in Paris and Tel Aviv. Prior to joining Goody Clancy in 2016, Lori worked as an architectural conservator for Building Conservation Associates and as a structural engineer focusing on preservation and adaptive reuse with Robert Silman Associates. Originally from Louisiana by way of North Carolina, she currently resides in Roslindale.
Sean Geary is an associate portfolio manager at Acadian Asset Management and specializes in quantitative strategies and foreign exchange. Prior to Acadian, Sean was at State Street and provided analytical advisory services to institutional clients on topics ranging from foreign exchange hedging, asset allocation, and risk driven investment strategies. Sean holds an M.B.A. from Boston College, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and a B.S. in Physics from James Madison University. Sean moved to Boston on 2005 and currently resides in Hingham.
Eleni Glekas is the Director of Historic Preservation at the Boston Architectural College. She is a preservationist and urban planner with experience both in the US and abroad. Prior to moving to Boston Eleni was working in Charleston, SC for a boutique development firm specializing in infill projects on the city’s historic peninsula. Originally from the southeast, Eleni is a newly minted Bostonian and lives in the Lower Mills area of Dorchester. She holds a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites from the Raymond Lemaire International Center for Conservation (RLICC) at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.
Josh Kleinman is a project manager at the construction management firm Marc Truant & Associates in Cambridge, MA. Prior to working at Marc Truant & Associates, Josh worked as an architect at Behnisch Architekten in Boston and at Melander Architects and MAK Studio in San Francisco. Josh has worked on a wide range of projects as both an architect and construction manager from residential restoration to ground-up institutional projects. He received a B.S. in environmental studies from Bates College and an M.Arch with distinction from the University of Michigan. Josh is a licensed architect and maintains a real estate license in the state of Massachusetts.
Rebekah Krieger is an architectural conservator with the National Park Service's Northeast Regional Office, where she provides technical conservation expertise and cultural resource management support for a wide variety of historic structures throughout the United States. Before moving to Boston in 2013, Rebekah lived in New York City for nearly a decade, where she volunteered with the Historic Districts Council, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the Museum at Eldridge Street. She holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. Originally from Norwalk, Connecticut, Rebekah now lives in Jamaica Plain.
Brian Lever is Senior Preservation Planner at Epsilon Associates specializing in historic preservation compliance and tax credit rehabilitations. Brian has expertise in documentation and the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic properties. Brian previously served as Senior Preservation Planner for the City of Newton and has had positions at environmental and historic preservation firms as well as the National Park Service. Brian has bachelor’s degrees in History and Anthropology from UMass Amherst and graduate degrees in History and Liberal Arts (specializing in Anthropology and Archaeology) from UConn and Harvard.
Justin Masterman is an Associate at the law firm Dain Torpy in Boston where he focuses his practice on all aspects of real estate law, including permitting, financing, leasing, and litigation. He graduated from Boston College Law School, cum laude, in 2014. During his time in law school, Mr. Masterman interned at Dain Torpy and also at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where he was a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy. Mr. Masterman was Senior Note Editor of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review and graduated with a Certificate in Land & Environmental Law. Prior to law school, Mr. Masterman graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a University Scholar.
Ariana McSweeney holds a B.A. in history from Kenyon College and an MSc in architectural conservation from the University of Edinburgh. She has previously been an intern at the Alliance, a project assistant for Hamady Architects’ Ames Mansion restoration project, and an intern at the World Monuments Fund in New York. She currently lives in Somerville.
Stephanie O’Hara is a structural engineer with Jacobs Engineering where her main focus is on the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project. She holds a B.S in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and a M.S in Urban Planning from University of Colorado. Prior to Jacobs, Stephanie worked in transportation planning in Boston and Boulder, Colorado. Stephanie is an active member of the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club serving on the House Committee for the historic Loring Greenough House. She and her husband live in Jamaica Plain and welcomed their first child in the fall of 2015.
Ashlynn Rickord is a public historian currently interning at the National Park Service in Records Management. Ashlynn received her B.A. in History and Religion at Carthage College and is currently pursuing her Master of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School. She has worked previously in museum education, historic preservation, archival management, oral history, and other realms of the public history world. Ashlynn's particular research interests lie in the intersection of religion and institutionalization of the mentally ill and developmentally disabled in American history. Originally from Chicago, IL, Ashlynn currently resides in Melrose.
David joined Freudenheim Partners as the Research Director in 2016. He is responsible for the creating and maintaining a commercial real estate database. David was previously Director of Research with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, where he wrote research reports, maintained the property database, prepared presentations and implemented the new Microsoft Dynamics contact management system. David was born and raised in Boston and graduated from Hamilton College in 2014 with a B.A. in Philosophy. He currently resides in Cambridge.