Board of Directors & Advisers – Professions

HDC’s small professional staff is directed by our dedicated Board of Directors & Advisers, whose members represent over two dozen historic neighborhoods and are drawn from the fields of architecture, education, history, marketing, law, design, public relations, journalism and community activism.

HDC’s board consists of people of wide-ranging disciplines from all over the city, each of whom works on two or more committees and serves without remuneration.

 

Board of Directors

 

Officers

 

Daniel J. Allen  has a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. He currently teaches in the Historic Preservation program at Columbia University. Mr. Allen and is a registered Architect and principal at CTA Architects.

 

John Bacon has a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Yale University, a Law Degree from Temple University and a Master Degree in Early American Culture from the University of Delaware. Mr. Bacon is currently the Chief Development Officer for Planned Giving the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Christian Emanuel is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Sotheby’s International Realty, working in the office of Stan Ponte. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Emanuel was a brokerage manager and founding-level agent of a startup brokerage in Manhattan. Also active in the preservation community, he helped lead the campaign to preserve the Long Island City Clocktower and worked closely with the Historic Districts Council under the auspices of our Six to Celebrate program. Mr. Emanuel is a graduate of New York University.

 

Susan Mathisen has a Bachelor Degree in Art History, a Master Degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Museum Studies and Conservation and a certificate from New York University in Fundraising Ms. Mathisen is the founder of SAM Fundraising Solutions Corp. SAM Fundraising is a S. A. M. Fundraising Solutions Corp. specializes in fundraising for art conservation, historic preservation and collections care.

 

Christopher W. London has a Doctorate Degree in Modern History from Oxford University. Dr. London is an author, architectural historian and President of Naumburg Orchestral Concerts.

 

Susan S. Hopper holds a Doctorate Degree in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Hopper is the founder of Susan Shampaine Hopper, PhD, Consulting, which provides qualitative research for health organizations and foundations.

 

Anthony Wood has a Bachelor Degree in History from Kenyon College and a Master Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Wood is a preservation activist, author, teacher, historian and the Founder and Chair of the New York Preservation Archive Project. He is currently the Executive Director of the Ittleson Foundation and formerly worked at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Municipal Art Society and the J. M. Kaplan Fund.

 

 

Directors

Penelope Bareau has worked as a writer, editor and interior designer. Ms. Bareau has been active in preservation for several decades, in addition to HDC she serves on the Board of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation.

 

Brendan Coburn has a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University. Mr. Coburn is a registered architect and founder of C.W.B Architects.  In addition to HDC he serves on the Board of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and the board of the Brooklyn Central YMCA.

 

Matthew Coody has a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master Degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Mr. Coody is currently the Executive Director of the New York Preservation Archive Project and is a co-founder of Six to Celebrate group Preservation Greenpoint and the Vice President of Preservation Alumni.

 

Gregory Dietrich has a Master Degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.  Mr. Dietrich founded Gregory Dietrich Preservation Consulting, which offers historic preservation expertise encompassing historic building/landscape analyses, preservation policy and planning studies, and historic tax credit applications. He formally was the Acting Director of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Historic Preservation Grant Program. Mr. Dietrich is actively involved in preservation in Morningside Heights along with Six to Celebrate group the Morningside Heights Historic District Committee.

 

Thomas A. Fenniman is a registered architect and founder of Thomas A. Fenniman Architecture firm.

 

Jeffrey A. Kroessler has a Master of Library Science, and a Doctorate in American History. Dr. Kroessler is an Associate Professor at John J. College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Head of circulation. In addition he is also an accomplished author of books and articles. In addition to HDC he serves on the Boards of the Citizens Emergency Committee to Preserve Preservation, Greater Astoria Historical Society, Municipal Art Society, New York Landmarks Conservancy, Queensborough Preservation League, Queens Historical Society, Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance, Sunnyside Foundation.

 

Alyssa Loorya has a Master Degree in Anthropology and Archaeology from Hunter College and a M.Phil; Anthropology and Archaeology from CUNY. Ms. Loorya is the Principal Investigator and President of Chrysalis Archaeology and is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists. In addition to her archaeological work, Ms. Loorya has developed special content curricula in archaeology, historic preservation, and architecture for the New York City Department of Education and several local museums and non-profit organizations. She is a former Vice President of the Professional Archaeologists of New York.

 

Marissa Marvelli has a Master Degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Ms Marvelli is currently BKSK’s in-house preservation specialist, conducting historic building analyses and research for projects with historical merit, and works freelance on a wide range of preservation-related projects, from nuts-and-bolts documentation and surveys of historic resources to the development of communications strategies for preservation advocacy efforts. In addition to HDC she serves on the Board of DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State andFriends of Historic Kingston, and wrote a historic survey of Madison Square North.

 

Liz McEnaney has a Master Degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Ms. McEnaney is architectural historian, preservationist, curator, documentary film producer and author. She is the Executive Director of the S.S. Columbia Project, an adjunct professor in both the Historic Preservation and the Urban Design programs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Integrated Digital Media program and the Sustainable Urban Design program at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She co-founded BLDG BLOK, a collaborative of historians, digital media artists, and programmers who are inventing and creating new ways to present history. She has previously worked for the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation

 

Joyce Mendelsohn is an educator, historian, writer, and author. Ms. Mendelsohn is one of the founding members of Friends of the Lower East Side. She has worked at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Museum at Eldridge Street, LES Jewish Conservancy and the Henry Street Settlement. Ms. Mendelsohn won a Mickey Murphy Lifetime Achievement Award from HDC in 2010.

 

Cristiana Peña has a Master Degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Ms. Peña is currently an Account Executive at Geto & de Milly, the Executive Director of the James Marson Fitch Charitable Foundation, the Social Media Coordinator for CIRCA and a freelance Social Media consultant. She previously worked at LANDMARK WEST!,  and Woodlawn Conservancy and was an adjunct professor at  Drew University, in New Jersey.

 

Beverly Moss Spatt has a Master and Doctorate Degree in Urban Planning from New York University. Dr. Spatt is a former New York City Planning Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. She has taught planning, preservation and public policy at Barnard College and currently serves on the boards of variety of community and philanthropic organizations.

 

Jack Taylor is the founder of The Drive to Protect the Ladies’ Mile District, a Board Member of the Union Square Community Coalition and a trustee of the Dvorak American Heritage Association. Mr. Taylor was instrumental in getting the Ladies’ Mile Historic District designated and individual landmarks around Union Square.

 

Susan Tunick has a Master of Fine Art Degree from  Bennington College. Ms. Tunick is an artist, author and the President of Friends of Terracotta. She has worked on both private and public art commissions, and site-specific works using ceramics, tile and brick. Her work can be seen in the NYC schools and subway stations.

 

Board of Advisers

 

Hunter Armstrong has a Master Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning, Urban Planning and Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia and a certificate for Non-For-Profit Management from Columbia University. Mr. Armstrong was formally the Executive Director of CIVITAS, the Deputy Directer of LANDMARK WEST!  and the Deputy Director of Development at Freedom to Marry. He is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Natural Areas Conservancy.

 

Angel Ayón is the founder of AYON Studio Architecture and Preservation. He is trained and experienced as an architect and a preservationist in both his native Havana and New York City. Mr. Ayón holds a professional degree in Architecture and a M.Sc. in Conservation and Rehabilitation of the Built Heritage from Havana’s Higher Polytechnic Institute, as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Conservation of Historic Buildings and Archaeological Sites from Columbia University. He is a former Fitch Foundation Fellow, was the leading advocate in the campaign to rehabilitate the Mount Morris Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park, and is the Vice-President of Save Harlem Now!

 

Wayne Benjamin has a Master of Science of Architecture and Master in City Planning, Architecture, Urban Planning and Urban Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Benjamin is the Chair of Land Use for Community Board 12 and Assistant Director, Opportunity Programs Group at Dormitory Authority- State of New York.

 

Andrew Berman has a Bachelor Degree in Art History form  Wesleyan University. Mr. Berman previously worked for Thomas K. Duane while he was a New York City Council Member and a New York State Senator. Mr. Berman is currently the Executive Director of Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation.

 

Miriam Berman has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. Ms. Berman is an author, tour guide and a graphic designer. She is the founder of Miriam Berman Graphic Design and works with the Flatiron / 23rd Street Partnership to promote the preservation of Madison Square North.

 

Beth Bingham is a Visiting Assistant professor at Pratt University. She formally worked for New Yorkers For Parks, Partnership for Parks, Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group and Save Coney Island.

 

Claudette Brady began her career as a Project Manager for Citi Corp. Ms. Brady then joined the Bedford Stuyvesant Society for Historic Preservation and became the driving force behind the landmarking of the Expanded Stuyvesant Heights Historic District and the Bedford Historic District. Ms. Brady organized It’s My Park Day at Von King Park and is a member of Community Board 3. She currently owns a craft store, Slip Stitch Needlecraft in Bed-Stuy.

 

Peter Bray is Executive Director of the Brooklyn Heights Association, an organization dedicated to preserving the physical fabric of the neighborhood and informing and advocating for residents and businesses on matters affecting the community. Mr. Bray also serves as a Trustee of the Park Slope Civic Council and has led the committee overseeing the expansion of the Park Slope Historic District.

 

Donald Brennan has a Master Degree in Architecture from Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration from New York University.  Mr. Brennan is the Founder and Principal of Brennan Marketing and Sales Real Estate Broker. In addition to HDC he is a board member of the Brooklyn Heights Association, and he teaches urban planning in New York City high schools.

 

Hal Bromm trained as an architect and is the owner of Hal Bromm Gallery, an art gallery in Tribeca. Mr. Bromm was very involved in advocating for the designation of the Tribeca Historic Districts. In addition to HDC he is a board member of Tribeca Trust.

 

George Calderaro has a Master Degree of Science, Non-profit Management from the New School. Mr. Calderaro is currently the Director of Community Relations for Columbia University, School of Professional Studies.  In addition to HDC he is on the board of the 29th Street Neighborhood Association, Victorian Society of New York and No Longer Empty. Mr. Calderaro was previously the Director of Communication for the Landmarks Preservation Commission and co-chair of the Battery Park City Committee and a member of its Landmarks Committee for Manhattan Community Board 1.

 

Pat Courtney is a member of Volunteers for Isham Park. Inwood was a Six to Celebrate neighborhood.

 

Kerri Culhane has a Master Degree in Arts, Architectural History from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master Degree in Science, Ecological Design from The Conway School. Ms. Culhane is a freelance architectural historian and planner. She formally worked as the Associate Director for Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and a Project Manager for the Trust for Public Land.

 

Nikki Chung has a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Berkeley University and a Master of Fine Art, Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Ms. Chung is a creative director, graphic designer, and a founding partner of Once–Future Office.

 

Ian Danic has a Master of Business Administration in International Business/Strategy, Policy and Planning from York University. Mr. Danic is currently the Executive Director of Electra Information Systems. In addition to HDC he serves on the Board of the SS Columbia Project.

 

Andrew Scott Dolkart has a Master Degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Mr. Dolkart is an advocate, tour guide, consultant, curator, author and professor at Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) . Mr. Dolkart is the past Director of (GSAPP) and formally worked for the Landmarks Preservation Commission, where he was responsible for writing numerous designation reports.

 

Dan Donovan has a Bachelor of Architecture from the City University of New York. Mr. Donovan is a Planner at the Bronx Borough President’s Office where he is responsible for Landmarks Preservation issues, real estate and land use and prepare testimony for the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

 

Franny Eberhart has a Master Degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Ms. Eberhart is an adjunct professor at New York University and is the President of FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. She is a former Chair of the Historic House Trust.

 

Doreen Gallo is and artist and the Executive Director of the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance.

 

Susan Gammie attended McGill University. Ms. Gammie is the Business Representative for Motion Pictures, United Scenic Artists, USA Local 829, IATSE and was a former costume designer for The Walt Disney Company, ABC Inc. Ms. Gammie is on Manhattan Community Board 2.

 

David Goldfarb is a managing partner of the law firm of Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin LLP. Mr. Goldfarb is the Chair of Preserve & Protect, Inc.; and the Chair of the Elder Law & Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association. He was formally on the board of the Preservation League of Staten Island; the past president of Staten Islanders for a Unified New York; the St. George Civic Association; and the Friends of the Alice Austen House.

 

Victoria Hofmo has a Master of Arts, Urban Museum Studies from the City University of New York. Ms. Hofmo is the Executive Director at Ridge Creative Center. She is the Founder and President of the Scandinavian East Coast Museum, Bay Ridge Arts & Cultural Alliance and Bay Ridge Conservancy. 

 

Kyle Johnson has a Master Degree in Historic Architecture, Planning and Preservation from Columbia University. Mr. Johnson is a Senior Architect at Snohetta Architecture Firm; and the Walking Tour Director, Architecture Tour leader for the American Institute of Architects, NY Chapter.

 

Linda C. Jones is the Founder of Winter Hill Associates, an IT firm; and is the co-founder of Friends of the Lower East Side.

 

John Jurayj has a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Washington University, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Bard College. Mr. Jurayj is an artist, author and an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts.

 

Eve M. Kahn has a Bachelor Degree in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. Ms. Kahn is a freelance writer specializing in Architecture, Design and Preservation. She was formerly a columnist at the New York Times.

 

Daniel Karatzas has an Engineering and Business Degrees from Columbia University. Mr. Karatzas is an author and a Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker with the Beaudoin Realty Group. In addition to HDC she serves on the Board of the  Jackson Heights Beautification Group.

Six to Celebrate program.

 

Tara Kelly

 

Denish Kinariwala Graduate of City College, and currently works for BLuHR Architects

 

Paul Kerzner

 

Robert Kornfeld, Jr.

 

Alison LaFever has a Master Degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and currently works at Walter Melvin Architecture Firm

 

Rachel Levy is Executive Director of FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. A graduate of the historic preservation and urban planning programs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Historic Preservation, Ms. Levy previously worked with the Park Slope Civic Council, Landmark West!, and the Municipal Art Society. She is currently working with the Historic Districts Council to advance the preservation of Manhattan’s Yorkville neighborhood under the auspices of our Six to Celebrate program.

 

Barry S. Lewis

 

Timothy McCabe

 

Joyce Mendelsohn is an educator, historian, and preservation activist. Author of “The Lower East Side Remembered and Revisited,” Ms. Mendelsohn was the first Director of Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, served as a consultant to the Historic House Trust, on the Board of Directors of the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, and is an adviser to the boards of the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and Bowery Alliance of Neighbors. She is one of three founding member of Friends of the Lower East Side and was awarded the Historic Districts Council’s Mickey Murphy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

 

Richard Moses

 

Kate Burns Ottavino

 

Joseph S. Rosenberg

 

Thomas F. Schutte

 

Zulmilena Then is the founder of Preserving East New York (PENY) and a registered Architect working at Michael Ivanhoe McCaw Architects, P.C. PENY was one of the 2016 Six to Celebrate groups.

 

Pablo Vengoechea holds a in a Master Degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University. He is a former Vice-Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and served on the LPC for 15 years. Mr.  Vengoechea is  a Professor at Hunter College and a founding partner of Vengoechea + Boyland Architects.

 

Brian Scott Weber is a director specializing in television commercials. In addition, Mr. Weber is a member of Manhattan Community Board Four, which encompasses the neighborhoods of Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea. Mr. Weber was also active in the effort to preserve the former Christ Church on West 36th Street in Manhattan.

 

Kevin Wolfe

 

Kate Wood

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