Gerald A. Holbrook
Gregory R. Long
Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Pike
Arete Swartz Warren
Caroline Rob Zaleski
Duncan Barrett is the Chief Operating Officer of Omni Housing Development LLC. He is responsible for the firm’s marketing efforts, new business, and government relations including regulatory approval and financial assistance. Over the past 30 years he has developed in excess of 2,000 units of housing and directed the financing of more than $100 million in real estate development projects throughout New York State. Mr. Barrett is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.
Ildiko Butler was born and raised in Hungary until the 1956 Revolution when the family came to the U.S. as refugees. She has her undergraduate degree from Fordham University and received her Masters degree in photography from NYU/ICP. Mrs. Butler serves on the board of her family foundation, the main focus of which is environment and education in Upstate New York. She and her husband have restored two homes in France.
Dave Christensen is a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley. He joined the firm in 2009 from Merrill Lynch where he was First Vice President for over 11 years. Dave grew up in Michigan and graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BA in Economics with an emphasis on business and the banking industry. As a senior in college, he worked in the Merger and Acquisitions department of First of America Bank developing acquisition criteria and prospective targets as a result of changes in the interstate banking laws. Upon graduating from college, Dave served for eight years as a senior officer in the Armed Forces. His military services included tours in Germany, Hawaii, Georgia, and the Middle East (Operation Desert Storm) where he led a variety of military units including an elite parachute unit. Dave currently lives in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife Dianne, who is a senior officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and their son Cole and daughter Hazel.
Suzanne Clary is President of the Jay Heritage Center in Rye, NY. During her tenure, the Jay Estate, childhood home of Founding Father John Jay, was awarded a prestigious place on the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area list because of its sustainable practices in architectural and landscape preservation. A Yale graduate with a B.A. in Art History, Suzanne has been recognized by the Garden Club of America with a Historic Preservation Award, by the Association of Development Officers as Outstanding Non-Profit Board Member of the Year and received a Visionary Award from the African American Men’s Association of Westchester for increasing access to educational programs about African American heritage and cultural diversity. She is a Board Member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation and a member of the International Council of Mystic Seaport.
Georgette Grier-Key, Ed.D. is currently the Executive Director and Curator of Eastville Community Historical Society of Sag Harbor, New York, the President of the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies, and Cultural Partner for Sylvester Manor of Shelter Island. She is a cultural historian and preservationist working on the East End of Long Island. As a founding member and lead organizer of the Pyrrhus Concer Action Committee her continued work led to the rebuilding of the formerly enslaved Pyrrhus Concer’s homestead in the heart of Southampton’s Village. She continues to work on preserving historic structures in Sag Harbor and East Hampton. Dr. Grier-Key is also an adjunct history and political science professor at SUNY Nassau Community College. She has been a guest curator at various outlets, namely at the Suffolk County Historical Society of Riverhead, New York extending her work and expertise to the Smithsonian’s newly introduced National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.
Gerald A. Holbrook is a founding partner of Taconic Builders Inc. Taconic manages the building and renovation of high-end private residences and specialty commercial projects in and around New York City, Seattle and Santa Barbara. Prior to founding TBI, Mr. Holbrook worked in the film and video production business. Mr. Holbrook is a member of the Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America and serves as a guest lecturer at the New York School of Interior Design. Currently he serves on the board of The Children’s Dream Foundation.
Gregory Long is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The New York Botanical Garden. Mr. Long has developed innovative public programs, creative financing methods, and best practice strategic planning programs for non-profit cultural institutions. Previous posts include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Zoological Society, and The New York Public Library. In addition, Mr. Long's associations include the Cultural Institutions Group of New York City, the Association of Science Museum Directors, and the Advisory Council to the National Council for Science and the Environment, Trees New York and the Ancram Preservation Group. The City University of New York awarded Long an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of "his inspired stewardship" in helping "to make culture flourish in New York City." Mr. Long is an Honorary Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and received that organization’s LaGasse Medal in 2015. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Fordham University in 2017.
Lee Miller is the Regional Office Director, New York of the Glenmede Trust Company, N.A. Ms. Miller is an advisor to high-net-worth families and specializes in estate planning, trust administration, and financial and philanthropic education for multi-generation families. Ms. Miller began her involvement with preservation during high school as a member of the Roslyn Landmark Society and interned at the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation while a law student at Emory University. She served on the board of Glynwood in the Hudson Valley, and has been a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for more than thirty years where is also on the Professional Advisory Council. Ms. Miller is a Trustee of Emory University and a member of the Board of the Optometric Center of New York. She also serves on the Professional Advisors Council of Calvary Hospital.
Ruth Pierpont served as the Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation and the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, retiring in 2016. Under her supervision, Pierpont grew the Historic Tax Credit program into one of New York State’s signature economic development tools, undertook a comprehensive assessment of the state’s Historic Site system, and maintained New York’s role as the national leader of listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Through her efforts, the state has emerged as a trailblazer in recognizing new and formerly under-represented historic resources, including buildings associated with the recent past and properties significant to LGBT Americans. She also served on the national level for many years as a board member and board president (2009-2013) of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. Prior to joining the State Historic Preservation Office staff in 1993, Ruth worked for the City of Troy Department of Planning & Community Development for 16 years, serving as Commissioner of that department from 1991 to 1993. She was an adjunct professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the building conservation program from 2002 – 2007.
Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Pike has served as an Episcopal rector at Manhattan churches for four decades and retired in 2008. He has volunteered as a leader at city agencies and nonprofits, including the Landmarks Preservation Commission, The New York Landmarks Conservancy, Partners for Sacred Places, and Partnership for the Homeless. During 1986-87 Rev. Pike was the President of the Preservation League of New York State. He has advocated for the preservation of secular buildings in struggling neighborhoods as well as old churches and synagogues. On Oct. 28, 2009 he received the Historic District Council’s Landmarks Lion award.
David Schnakenberg is an associate with Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., which he joined in 2011. His practice areas include commercial and real estate litigation, land use, condemnation and appellate law. Before joining R&E, Schnakenberg was the Ralph C. Menapace Legal Fellow at the Municipal Art Society of New York, where his work focused on the legal issues surrounding land use and planning, historic preservation and New York City governance. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association's committee on Land Use, Planning & Zoning, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Historic Preservation Law at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Schnakenberg received two bachelor's degrees from the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst; a degree in English cum laude (2001) and a degree in History cum laude (2002). David received his juris doctorate from Brooklyn Law School where he was a member of the Journal of Law and Policy, the recipient of the Max M. Lome Memorial Prize for Urban Law and a Richardson Merit Scholar. He is licensed to practice law in New York.
Miriam Trementozzi, recently retired, served as Associate Vice President for Community Engagement in the President’s Office of the University at Albany, SUNY. She has been a leader in advancing UAlbany’s engagement and partnerships in addressing public needs from the arts and education to economic growth. She is active in developing Albany’s potential for heritage tourism, currently serving as co-chair of the Albany Heritage Tourism Advisory Council. Her varied professional background includes service as Executive Director of Historic Albany Foundation, and among her advanced degrees, she holds a Masters in History/Historic Preservation (UVM).
Arete Swartz Warren is an architectural historian, lecturer, and author of Glasshouses: An Architectural History of Greenhouses, Conservatories, and Orangeries. She was appointed to the New York State Board for Historic Preservation in 1998 and also serves on the Empire State Plaza Art Commission and formerly the Mayor’s (Guiliani) Commission for Protocol in New York City. Mrs. Warren is past chairman of the National Council of the Ackland Art Museum of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a trustee of and chairs the American Council of the American Museum in Britain. She was the founding executive director of the Royal Oak Foundation and has held various positions in museums in the United States and Britain. She is the chair of The Millbrook Garden Club of the Garden Club of America where she served as National Chair of its Garden History and Design Committee.
Mark W. Warren is an Administrative Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, based in Buffalo, New York. He supports commercial banking activities, including international trade finance, commercial loan workouts, investigations and outside law firm relationships. Mark has been with M&T since 1994. Prior to joining M&T, Mark was with the law firm now known as Nixon Peabody LLP, where his practice included creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Previously, Mark was an attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Resolution Trust Corporation, and has practiced law in New York City and Upstate New York. Mark served as chairman of the East Aurora Historic Preservation Commission from 2003 to 2015, and recently served on a steering committee to preserve the Mill Road scenic landscape in the Town of Aurora. Mark earned his B.A. from the University at Albany and his J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School.
Charlotte Worthy is the principal of Charlotte Worthy Architects, LLC. A resident of Tuxedo Park, she and her husband served as hosts and guides for the Preservation League’s Tuxedo Park Tour in 2013. She has been civically active and has sat on the Tuxedo Park Board of Architectural Review, was a member of the planning board and a member of the Tuxedo Park Board of Trustees. Ms. Worthy holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
Lori Zabar spends her time researching, writing, curating and lecturing in the fields American and British art, decorative arts, and architecture. She guest curated an exhibition entitled Roaring into the Future: New York, 1925-1935, including all visual arts, at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art in Utica. Prior experiences include working as a Research Associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was co-owner of the Kurland-Zabar Gallery which specialized in the sale of British and American furniture and decorative arts of the Gothic Revival, Aesthetic, Arts & Crafts and Early Modern periods to museums and collectors. Zabar is on the Board of Landmark West! She also was the director of the New York City Historic Properties Fund of the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Lori is a magna cum laude graduate of Barnard College and has received a master's in historic preservation from Columbia and a J.D. from New York University.
Caroline Rob Zaleski is an architectural historian and preservation activist and author of Long Island Modernism 1930–1980 for W.W. Norton, 2012, an illustrated book, based on a field survey of modern buildings for the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA). From 2002 to 2016 she was Director of the Modern Long Island Survey for SPLIA and since 2013 serves on the SPLIA board of directors, executive committee. She earned her Master of Science degree in architectural preservation from Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she was one of the first to concentrate on the preservation of Modern buildings. From 2004 to 2012 she served as chair of the Preservation League of New York State “Seven to Save.” As an Everett Fellow at the Municipal Art Society in 2000, she got her start in advocacy by working closely with the Consulate of Finland and DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State on a campaign to raise awareness of the endangered Edgar Kaufmann Rooms by Alvar and Aino Aalto. Former Director of Advocacy for DOCOMOMO Tri-State, she has served on its board of directors since 2013. Brought up in Rochester, New York, and now based in New York City, her interests are statewide and towards architecture from all periods in need of recognition and preservation.
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