Gregory R. Long
Betsy Davidson Pickering
Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Pike
Paul R. Provost*
Frank Emile Sanchis III*
Anne H. Van Ingen
Caroline Rob Zaleski
Karen Arrison lives and works in Buffalo, New York. Currently, she
serves as president of the Clement and Karen Arrison Legacy
Foundation and president of the Clement and Karen Arrison Family
Charitable Foundation. She also serves as board chair for Western New York Public Broadcasting. She is president of Karen Fick Design, Inc., a position she has held for 32 years. Karen attended the University of Buffalo and SUCB, and has completed design projects for both institutions. In the recent past, she and her husband have dedicated themselves to the historic restoration of the McKinney Mansion in Buffalo as well as the rehabilitation of their circa 1878 cottage at the Chautauqua Institution. Mrs. Arrison serves on several additional boards including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Kleinhans Music Hall. She and her husband are also recent recipients of the Preservation Buffalo Niagara Award for Restoration. They are also patrons of the Stradivari Society of Chicago and founders of Wisdom Farm, an interactive and integrative wellness farm.
Angel Ayón has worked as an architect and a preservationist in both his native Havana and New York City. He has more than twenty years of learning from, advocating for, and ultimately conceiving and overseeing conservation efforts to save and secure our built heritage as a cultural asset for current and future generations. His experience includes rehabilitation, adaptive reuse and building-envelope evaluation and repair of a variety of commercial and residential properties ranging from single-family homes to museums, universities and high-rise commercial buildings.
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.
Dr. Carol R. Bentel FAIA, LEED AP, ASID, IIDA Fellow of the American Academy in Rome ’94, is a partner in the architectural firm Bentel & Bentel, which is known for its award-winning modern architecture. Ms. Bentel holds a doctorate from History, Theory, Criticism of Architecture Program at MIT and teaches architectural history at Webb Institute and NYIT. Ms. Bentel has numerous local, national, and international design awards beginning with the winning prize for the 1985 New York Times Square Competition (with Dr. Paul Bentel FAIA) to the international award from the London magazine “Wallpaper” for the best restaurant design in the world for The Modern restaurant at MoMA in New York City (with Dr. Paul Bentel FAIA & Peter Bentel AIA). She was awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome in 1994 and was the national chair of the AIA Committee on Design in 2008 with over 10,000 members.
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.
Thomas Jayne is principal of New York City’s award-winning Jayne Design Studio. For over twenty-five years the firm has designed modern rooms that reflect a strong connection to history and place. He received a master’s degree from the Winterthur Museum program in American material culture in 1983 and has held fellowships at the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Historic Deerfield, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon’s College of Architecture and Allied Arts and was the 2014 recipient of the Preservation League’s Pillar of New York Award.
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.
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.
Betsy Davidson Pickering serves on the board of the J.M.Kaplan Fund which has programs in cultural heritage, social justice and the environment. She has a long history of work at various non profits including the Aspen Institute, the Public Theater, The Shakespeare Society, The New York Studio School of Painting and Drawing and the Common Good Institute. Betsy was raised in NYC and, other than a few years in London and New Orleans, has lived here most of her life. She has three children and lives in Brooklyn.
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.
Paul R. Provost Over the course of a twenty- five-year career in the art world in both business and museums, Mr. Provost has served as a scholar and executive as well as a trusted art market advisor for private collectors, fiduciaries and estates, as well as foundations and museums. Trained as an art historian and museum professional, Provost joined Christie’s in 1995. In September of 2016 Mr. Provost became Principal at Provost & Associates, LLC providing consulting services and strategic advice for ultra- high net worth families, individuals, foundations and museums around issues related to art collecting and the art market, with emphasis on developing strategies for philanthropy, legacy planning, and collections management.
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.
Frank Emile Sanchis lll has been the Director of United States Programs for the World Monuments Fund in New York City since December 2010. Before joining WMF, he served as Executive Director of the New York City Landmarks Commission; Vice President for Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC; and Executive Director of the Municipal Art Society of New York. Sanchis is the author of “American Architecture, Westchester County New York,” published by North River Press in 1977. He currently serves on the boards of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development and the City Club of New York, and the advisory boards of the Historic House Trust and the Jay Heritage Center. Sanchis holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute (1966) and a Master of Historic Preservation from Columbia University (1969).
John Sare is a partner in the tax-exempt organizations practice and the personal planning practice of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. Mr. Sare has extensive experience in the representation of museums, colleges, private foundations and other types of exempt organizations. This work includes advising charities on the issues and options they face with respect to their endowment funds and other types of restricted gifts. Mr. Sare also has significant experience representing tax-exempt organizations in connection with inquiries and investigations conducted by the New York State Attorney General’s Office. He also advises individuals and fiduciaries on legal issues involving works of art, charitable giving, estate planning, and the administration of estates and trusts. From 2001 until 2011, he taught the Seminar in Law and the Visual Arts at the Columbia University School of Law. In 2003, he was recognized for Outstanding Pro Bono Service by The Legal Aid Society of New York.
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).
Anne H. Van Ingen served as the Director of the Architecture, Planning & Design Program and Capital Projects at the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) where she served since 1983. Prior to that she ran a historic preservation consulting business and worked for several nonprofits and public agencies in New York and Massachusetts. Ms. Van Ingen currently serves as President of the St. Regis Foundation, a land trust in the Adirondacks, and is the Secretary of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. She served as an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation from 1999 to 2008. Ms. Van Ingen currently is the Chairman of the Board of the Preservation League and is also on the boards of the Pratt Institute and the Adirondack Museum.
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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