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Trustees

Frederick Bland, Chairman
Frederick Bland has provided design leadership over the past 35 years for educational, residential and cultural facilities in both the U.S. and in China. He has directed downtown redevelopment plans nationally, working with clients that require options for long-term growth. Mr. Bland began his career at Beyer Blinder Belle in 1972, became the first non-founding partner in 1978, and Managing Partner in 2004. An Adjunct Professor in the Fine Arts Department of New York University since 1990, he has also lectured on design at Yale University, Columbia University, Pratt and City College. He is a member of the Vestry of Trinity Church, Wall Street; Chairman of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and serves on numerous other civic boards in New York City including the Evergreens Cemetery and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Mr. Bland received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Yale University.

William J. Higgins, Vice-Chairman
William Higgins has over twenty years of historic preservation experience encompassing nearly all aspects of the profession including documentation, historic construction analysis and conservation; regulatory and design review at state, federal and local levels; museum restoration; historic rehabilitation; real estate development; and writing and lecturing. Previous to the past fifteen years as principal of his historic preservation consulting firm, Mr. Higgins was the statewide director of restoration for New York State-owned historic sites, and project development manager for a real estate firm specializing in rehabilitation and historic preservation. He has extensive experience in applying and interpreting the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, both as government reviewer for the New York State Historic Preservation Office and as a private consultant to a range of private, public, corporate and institutional clients including the American Museum of Natural History and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Mr. Higgins holds a BA from Boston College and an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.

Felicia Mayro, Treasurer
Felicia Mayro is the Director of the St. Mark’s Historic Landmark Fund and it’s Neighborhood Preservation Center project. The Landmark Fund is committed to the preservation of the landmark St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery campus. The Center is dedicated to facilitating and encouraging citizen participation in the improvement and protection of the New York City’s diverse neighborhoods and its cultural heritage. Prior to her work with the Landmark Fund, Ms. Mayro worked at the World Monuments Fund, an international preservation organization; and has a Master's Degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.

Amy Freitag, Secretary
Amy Freitag is the Executive Director of the New York Restoration Project. Prior to joining NYRP, Ms. Freitag served as U.S. Program Director for the World Monuments Fund, where she developed a demonstration conservation project for Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage Site; site protection and digital laser documentation of Tutuveni, a Hopi petroglyph site on Navajo Land near Tuba City, AZ; preservation and strategic planning for Shaker Villages in New York and Massachusetts; and program support for preservation education in high schools in Brooklyn and Newburgh, NY. Her professional background also includes serving as Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects in the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Fairmont Park in Philadelphia. Ms. Freitag serves on the board of the New York Preservation Archive Project. She lectures nationally on the history of women in conservation and is researching a book on the founding of the Garden Club of America. She holds an A.B. from Smith College and master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mary Dierickx
Mary Dierickx is Principal at Mary B Dierickx Historic Preservation Consulting, an award-winning preservation consulting firm established in New York City in 1977. Prior to establishing her firm, Ms. Dierickx was a member of the architectural survey department of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. She holds an MS from Columbia University's Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and was the United States representative at the Unesco-sponsored ICCROM (International Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Property) Course on Wood Conservation Technology in Norway. She is the author of the monographs The Architecture of Literacy: The Carnegie Libraries of New York City and The Architecture of Public Justice: Historic Courthouses of the City of New York. She has served as Chair of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, President of the Fine Arts Federation of New York City, Secretary of the New York Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, and Chair of the Preservation Committees of the Metropolitan Historic Structures Association and the New York Chapter of the Victorian Society. She served as Treasurer of the United States Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) and is a member of its Scientific Committee on Historic Towns.

Pamela W. Hawkes FAIA
Pamela Hawkes, Principal with Scattergood Design in Portland, ME, has a particular interest in new interpretations of historic sites and contemporary lives for landmark buildings. As a Principal with Ann Beha Architects in Boston for 25 years, she completed award-winning preservation and design projects including restoration of the McLellan House and Sweat Galleries at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine; expansion of the Currier Art Museum in Manchester, NH; conversion of the Charles Street Jail to the Liberty Hotel in Boston; and ongoing restoration of Boston’s Symphony Hall. Ms. Hawkes is a graduate of Williams College with a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has taught professional development courses on Preservation and Adaptive Re-Use there, as well as leading a Distinguished Firm in Residence design studio at Roger Williams University. Her public service includes fourteen years on the Boston Landmarks Commission and terms on the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the U.S. International Council on Monuments and Sites and the U.S. General Services Administration’s National Register of Peer Professionals.

John J. Kerr, Esq.
Jack Kerr is a retired partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City. Mr. Kerr has more than 35 years of experience in the field of historic preservation as counsel to the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Municipal Art Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and other organizations in some of the most important historic preservation cases of the day, including the Grand Central Terminal, St. Bartholomew’s Church, and St. Paul and St. Andrew’s Church cases, and New Jersey v. New York, a Supreme Court case deciding the jurisdiction of Ellis Island.

Mr. Kerr attended Columbia Law School and received his J.D. in 1976. At Columbia, he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, an International Fellow, a National Scholar of the Seventh Circuit, and the editor in chief of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. Mr. Kerr attended Boston College and the London School of Economics and Political Science as a history and economics major. He received his A.B. summa cum laude from Boston College in 1972 and was awarded the Durcan Medal for distinction in History.

After college and before entering law school, Mr. Kerr worked as an archeologist in Greece. He excavated at Halieis in the Peloponnesus under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from law school, Mr. Kerr was a law clerk to Chief Judge Gus J. Solomon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon from 1976-78.

Holly Leicht
Holly Leicht is Executive Director of New Yorkers for Parks. Prior to coming to NY4P, she served as the Deputy Commissioner for Development at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). Before joining HPD in 2004, she was the Director of Planning for offsite projects at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. She spent five years at the Municipal Art Society, first as in-house counsel and then as Director of Design, Planning and Advocacy. During her tenure at MAS, Holly directed Imagine New York, which engaged thousands of people in thinking about and discussing the future of the World Trade Center site and New York's neighborhoods in the aftermath of September 11th. She began her legal career as a Real Estate Finance associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law and magna cum laude from Yale College.

Edward Mohylowski
Edward T. Mohylowski, Director of Corporations and Foundations at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Alliance College, where as a Junior, he spent a year abroad studying at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Subsequently, as a Fulbright scholar based at the Warsaw Polytechnic University, Mr. Mohylowski conducted research in Poland on the reconstruction of Warsaw’s Old Town. After earning an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, he worked as a professional preservationist for more than a decade at both the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and the New York Landmarks Conservancy, where he directed the Sacred Sites Program. He has since been a fundraiser specializing primarily in institutional giving at The New York Botanical Garden, Environmental Defense Fund, World Monuments Fund and John Jay College. In addition to serving as a trustee of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, he is Treasurer of the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America. He is a former trustee of the Fairfield (CT) Historical Society, the Historic Districts Council and the Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as a former commissioner of the Fairfield (CT) Historic District Commission.

Theodore H.M. Prudon
Theodore Prudon, PhD, FAIA, a leading expert on the preservation of modern architecture, was educated at the University of Delft, Netherlands, and Columbia University where he received his doctorate. He is a partner of Prudon & Partners, based in New York City, and teaches preservation at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Prudon is the President of DOCOMOMO US and a board member of DOCOMOMO International. DOCOMOMO is dedicated to the study of significant works of Modern Movement architecture, landscape design, and urban planning around the world.

Martica Sawin
Art historian Martica Sawin is the former chair of the Department of History and Criticism of Art and Design, Parsons School of Design. She is now an independent scholar, curator, and critic. Ms. Sawin is the author of ten books on art and artists, including Surrealism in Exile and the Begining of the New York School, and of numerous essays in museum catalogues and art journals; literary executor for James Marston Fitch and editor of James Marston Fitch: Selected Writings on Architecture, Preservation, and the Built Environment (W.W. Norton 2006).

Robert Silman
Robert Silman is president of his structural engineering firm Robert Silman Associates. The firm divides its time evenly between projects of new construction, alteration, renovation and preservation with Mr. Silman contributing his knowledge in all structural materials. He has particular expertise in historic preservation, as evidenced by his work on Carnegie Hall, Fallingwater and The Museum of Immigration at Ellis Island. The Secretary of the Interior appointed Mr. Silman to the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Board representing the fields of engineering and preservation education. He is a recipient of the New York Historic Districts Council’s Landmarks Lion Award, the AIA New York Chapter Award, and the New York Landmarks Conservancy Preservation Leadership Award. Mr. Silman is founder and Past Chairman of the Working Commission 7 on Sustainable Design for the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineers (IABSE). In recognition of his dedication to excellence in structural engineering and his role as a mentor for young engineers IABSE awarded Mr. Silman the prestigious Anton Tedesco Medal in 2005. He was co-leader with the National Trust for Historic Preservation running forums on sustainability and historic preservation at Pocantico, NY in 2008, and Nashville, TN in 2009.

John H. Stubbs
John Stubbs is Vice President for Field Projects for the World Monuments Fund in New York and plays a key role in planning and coordinating several of the organization's key architectural conservation projects and related activities. Prior to joining WMF in 1990, Mr. Stubbs served for ten years as Assistant Director of Historic Preservation Projects at Beyer Blinder Belle, Architects & Planners. In 1978-79 he worked as a Historical Architect for the Technical Preservation Services Division of the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. helping to administer federal tax incentives for rehabilitating historic buildings. He is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and attended the International Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Property in Rome (ICCROM) as a UNESCO Fellow. He served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Historic Preservation in Columbia University's Graduate Program in Historic Preservation from 1989 through 2009, and served for six years as Trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America. Mr. Stubbs has been an active board member of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation since its founding in 1988. In January 2009 he published Time Honored; A Global View of Architectural Conservation and in April 2011 he published the sequel (co-authored by Emily G. Makas) entitled Architectural Conservation in Europe and the Americas, National Experiences and Practice.

William W. Tippens
Mr. Tippens is Vice President in the Chicago office of Related Companies, Related Midwest. With an expertise in historic preservation he managed the planning, preservation, and architectural design process for the redevelopment of the National Landmark District of Fort Sheridan, Illinois and the adaptive reuse of another National Landmark, the Cleveland Arcade, in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to joining Related, Mr. Tippens worked for the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development and for the Office of Research and Planning at the Chicago Park District. He helped to establish their preservation program, which oversees in excess of 500 historic structures and over 7,000 acres of historic designed landscapes. Mr. Tippens graduated from the University of Illinois in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies and from Columbia University in 1988 with a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation. He is Vice Chair of Landmarks Illinois and the immediate past chair of Preservation Action. He lectures regularly for government and universities on the economic incentives available for historic buildings.

Anne Van Ingen
Anne Van Ingen is a historic preservationist. Until recently she was the Director of the Architecture, Planning & Design Program and Capital Projects at the New York State Council on the Arts 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 is the President of the St. Regis Foundation, a land trust in the Adirondacks. She is also on the boards of The Preservation League of New York State and the Adirondack Museum. She served as an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation from 1999 to 2008. In the private sector, she is a founding partner of 5516 Dauphine LLC, an affordable housing company working in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, LA., and a Director of Charles Pratt and Co., LLC, a financial services company in New York City. Ms. Van Ingen holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. She is an Honorary Member of the New York State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Ms. Van Ingen has recently been awarded a President’s Medal from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a 2010 New York State Historic Preservation Award for Individual Achievement and a 2011 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award for Public Leadership from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

President, Preservation Alumni, ex officio
Cristiana Pena
Cristiana is the Director of Programs at the Woodlawn Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the artistic, historical, cultural, and natural resources of The Woodlawn Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark located in the Bronx. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Cristiana focused on community-based preservation advocacy on Manhattan's Upper West Side, working for five years as, first, the Director of Community Outreach and, later, as the Director of Preservation and Interim Executive Director for LANDMARK WEST!. Cristiana recently joined the faculty of Drew University, in New Jersey, as adjunct professor in the course "Preservation + Technology," through which she'll share her experience leveraging new media platforms for the benefit of preservation efforts. Prior to Columbia, Cristiana received her BA in Art History, with a minor in Architectural History, from The Pennsylvania State University. She is originally from western South Dakota.


Honorary Trustees

Adele Chatfield-Taylor
Blaine Cliver
Page Ayres Cowley
Dr. Abbott Cummings
Joan K. Davidson
Dr. David G. DeLong
Eric DeLony
Dr. Henry Glassie
William Barnabas McHenry
Rev. James Parks Morton
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Mildred Schmertz
Michael Tomlan

Richard Blinder (1935-2006)
James Marston Fitch (1909-2000)
Cleo Rickman Fitch (1910-1995)
Sir Bernard Feilden, OBE (1919-2008)
Bruce Kelly (1948-1993)
Dorothy Miner (1936-2008)


Staff

Seri Worden, Executive Director