APTNE Board

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Rebecca Buntrock, PE,LEED AP BD+C, President (through 2/2020)

Rebecca is an Associate at Silman. She works as a structural engineer for all types of building construction with an emphasis on historic preservation and existing buildings. Rebecca has worked on numerous preservation projects, including the investigation and structural analysis of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, NY, the restoration of New York City Hall, and the facade repair and restoration of the US Post Office & Courthouse (Conrad B. Duberstein US Bankruptcy Courthouse). She was the sixth Robert Silman Fellow for Preservation Engineering at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. While at the Trust, she worked with the Graham Gund Architect on preservation and critical priority construction projects at the NTHP’s 27 Historic Sites nationwide. Email

Helena M. Currie, Vice President (through 2/2021) 

Helena is a registered structural engineer and an active member of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s Building and Preservation Technology Groups. Helena has been the project manager for a range of historic building envelope restoration projects in Massachusetts, including the Mount Greylock War Memorial Tower Summit Improvements, the Façade and Structural Restoration of HH Richardson’s Trinity Church in the City of Boston, a National Historic Landmark, and, most recently, Concrete Façade Restoration of Harvard’s Smith Campus Center, an architecturally significant brutalist concrete façade designed by Josep Lluis Sert. In 2017, Helena’s abstract entitled “Evaluation and Restoration of Architecturally Significant Mid-Century Modernist Concrete Facades in the United States” was accepted as a paper and presentation for the 10th Annual International Masonry Conference in Milan, Italy. Helena Currie graduated from Smith College’s Picker Engineering Program in 2007 and completed her Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2010. Helena has been an active participant in APTNE since 2015, and is currently helping to organize two APTNE events for 2018. Email

Mike Feeney, Secretary (through 2/2020) 

Mike is a Senior Architect and Project Manager at Gale Associates, Inc., Michael is a member of Gale’s Building Enclosure Design and Consulting Group and works out of their Glastonbury, Connecticut office. A graduate of Roger Williams University’s Bachelor of Architecture program, he is a CT registered architect and hold his State of CT Building Official’s license. Michael has acquired the title of Historical Architect as recognized by CT’s State Historic Preservation Office. He has practiced mainstream and historic preservation architecture for more than 25 years in New England, serving as project architect for several high-profile preservation projects including the most recent restoration of Bullfinch’s Old State House in Hartford, The University of Vermont’s c.1895 marble Converse Hall dormitory, and the historic clay tile roof of Cheshire Correctional Institution’s Old Administration Building. Mike’s current role at Gale includes a continuing career in preservation, as well as technical investigations and problem solving of building enclosure issues including roofing, masonry, thermal issues and weather barriers for new and historic building construction. He is an active participant of NCARB’s Mentoring program and has served as mentor for several young architects. Michael has served as an advisory member of the board of directors at Ironwood Community Partners, a small non-profit preservation activist group in Bloomfield, CT. Email

Kurt Hirschberg, Treasurer (through 2/2020) 

Kurt is an avid local preservationist in Northern New Jersey. He has served as a volunteer with the Morris County Historical Society, the Parsippany Historical and Preservation Society, as well as serving on the Board of Historic Speedwell including serving as a founding member of the Friends of Historic Speedwell. Mr. Hirschberg also served as a commissioner with the Hanover Township Landmark Commission. Mr. Hirschberg has organized several local history programs, workshops and exhibits with local historical societies within Northern NJ. He has also authored State and National Register nominations as well as preparing HABS/HAER documentation for historic sites. Mr. Hirschberg current works as a Project Manager at Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Inc. in New York where he is currently overseeing planning and restoration efforts at several significant historic sites within New York City, North Jersey, New York State and Long Island. Mr. Hirschberg has been with Jan Hird Pokorny Associates for over fifteen years. In addition, Mr. Hirschberg has been actively restoring an 1834 farmhouse in Morris County, NJ over the past five years. Email

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mark Anderson, AIA, NCARB (through 2/2020)

Mark is a registered architect and the Vice President and Director of Historic Preservation at FacadeMD Architecture and Engineering in New York City, where he’s focused on exterior preservation projects for a quarter century. Mark is a licensed architect in 8 states. He attended The City College of New York for Architecture and Columbia University for Historic Preservation. Exterior preservation projects include the Woolworth Building, 90 West Street, McGraw Hill Building, 2 Fifth Avenue, in New York, as well as buildings on the East Coast.  He is the current Treasurer of the Staten Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was a director of AIA New York State.  Mark is the founder and organizer of the Westerleigh Talks, a monthly exploration and lecture series that focuses on the uniqueness of his hometown, and has been a frequent guest on a local cable channel, where he talks about historic preservation and the built environment.  When not in the office, he can usually be found hanging (safely) off the side of a building. Email

Jacqueline Bascetta (through 2/2020) 

Jacqueline is a Project Manager at Pullman SST. She has a dual B.A. in Physics and Religious Studies from Duke University and an MSc in Conservation of Historic Buildings from the University of Bath, where she wrote her thesis on protecting historic buildings in the NY/NJ region from tropical storms and hurricanes. Some of her projects include several buildings on Governor’s Island (National Historic Landmark District), Tammany Hall in Union Square (NYC Landmark), the W Hotel in Union Square (NYC Landmark), Soldiers & Sailors Monument (NYC and NY State Landmark), and the Port Authority Bus Terminal (voted “World’s Top 10 Ugliest Buildings and Monuments” by VirtualTourist in 2008). She is a member of APT, PWC, and General Mechanics. When not restoring the world’s most beautiful and most ugly buildings, Jacqui enjoys archery, exploring Greenwood Cemetery, and sketching. Email

Adrienne Cali (through 2/2022) 

Adrienne is a registered architectural professional working on preservation and adaptive reuse projects at Bruner/Cott Architects. She is a member of APTNE and an active member of the Boston Society of Architects Historic Resources Committee. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree at Philadelphia University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation at Savannah College of Art and Design. Adrienne has experience managing historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects and works closely with University facilities management groups to make their projects a reality. She writes feasibility studies, performs existing building surveys, and manages restoration projects at Bruner/Cott. Adrienne’s work has centered on planning, design, and construction for a diverse range of preservation projects: 18 th -century Independence Hall in Philadelphia and Harvard Hall in Harvard Yard, 19 th century Greek-revival chapel renovation and addition on Belmont Hill School’s campus, 19 th and 20 th century Edison electrical plants in South Boston, and a 20 th century Colonial Revival library bell tower with an Orozco mural installation at Dartmouth College. In 2018, Adrienne was a recipient of the Preservation Massachusetts “The Next Generation” Tsongas Award. Email

Stephanie Davis (through 2/2022) 

Stephanie has been a Preservation Engineer with Structures North Consulting Engineers, Inc for almost 12 years. Stephanie specializes in historic masonry and timber structures, designing repairs and reinforcements as needed for maintenance and the continued use of the buildings and structures. The many projects Stephanie has worked on include early 20th century mass masonry buildings, Colonial-era timber houses and mound tombs in historic burying grounds. The variations between projects for both the size and materials along with the unforeseen conditions found during construction keep her on her toes. Stephanie has been a long time member of APT and was an active member of the Training and Education Committee for 3 years. In 2015, Stephanie joined Women in Restoration & Engineering (WiRE) to become the Boston Leader and continues to organize events in the Boston Area. Stephanie was also a committee and Board Member of Historic Salem Inc. Email

Christopher J. Dabek, Immediate Past President (through 2/2020) 

Chris is the Vice President of Stone & Lime Imports, Inc. and Freedom Cement LLC. He graduated Roger Williams University (RWU) with a B.S. in Construction Management and has managed numerous challenging restoration efforts throughout the country including: The Bowdoin Chapel Towers Reconstruction, the Harvard Lowell House Danilov Russian Bell Exchange, the Victoria Mansion Tower Reconstruction, the Trinity College Long Walk Restoration, Restoration of the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Travelers Tower Rehabilitation and most recently he’s managed the restoration of Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas and the Rehabilitation of the Louisiana State Capitol. He is also an active member of the Construction Management Professional Advisory Board at RWU. Email

Erin Fisher, PE (through 2/2020) 

Erin is the Principal Director of Engineering Services at CANY, an organization specializing in building envelope systems. As a licensed structural engineer, Erin specializes in the restoration, renovation, adaptive reuse, and preservation of existing buildings. Erin has nearly 20 years experience working in both the construction and design sides of the industry, from the design development phase through construction closeout. Prior to joining CANY, Erin held senior positions at Deerpath Construction Corp., Cauldwell Wingate LLC, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP, and Robert Silman Associates. Hallmark projects have included Radio City Music Hall, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse, and the former Met Life insurance building at 5 Madison Avenue. She has been a member of APT since 2003 and is currently serving on the APTI board as a Director-at-Large and Co-Chair of the Training and Education Committee for APTI. Email

Patrick Guthrie (through 2/2020) 

Patrick is a registered architect and principal at Design-Associates, Inc. in Cambridge where he is primarily engaged in residential design, preservation, adaptive use, and architectural access solutions for historic buildings. He has lectured on the building code and historic buildings, window restoration and copper roofing. Since 1996 he has served on the board of the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, and previously worked at the National Park Service and Massachusetts Historical Commission. Email

Olga A. Hathaway (through 2/2021) 

Olga holds a Master of Science in Building Conservation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University. Ms. Hathaway has authored several articles including “Restoring Historic Terra Cotta” published in the Facility Management Journal, and has given a number of presentations on the insulation of historic masonry structures. From 2004 through 2013, Ms. Hathaway was a Senior Project Engineer in the Building Technology Group at Gale Associates, Inc., where she specialized in historic restoration with projects including historic masonry, roof, and window restoration, in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, while living in Belfast, Northern Ireland from 2014 – 2015, Ms. Hathaway volunteered as a Visitor Experience Volunteer and a Conservation Assistant, at Mount Stewart, a renowned National Trust property. Email

Charles Kramer (through 2/2021) 

Charlie, a registered architect and LEED AP, has been Director of Historic Preservation at CANY NYC since 2015.  A member of APT for fourteen years, he has had a keen interest in old buildings since his teens.  His thirty-five-year professional career includes a number of unique restoration/preservation projects ranging from the House and Temple of Vesta in the Roman Forum to the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport.  Prior to his position at CANY, Charlie was an architect at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects NYC.  Two of his more notable projects involved moving landmarked buildings: the Empire Theatre on NYC’s 42nd Street and the Administration Building at Newark Airport (see Library of Congress HAER Report No. NJ-133-B).  Charlie has a variety of experience in surveying, assessing, preserving, updating and modifying buildings of any period; as CANY Director of Historic Preservation he brings this experience to the firm’s landmark projects.  Charlie also contributes his professional experience to non-for-profit organizations as a volunteer, serving as a foundation board member of “Save Gould Memorial Library”, Stanford White’s 1898 masterpiece at Bronx Community College, and as a member of the Building and Grounds Committee for the Church of the Holy Apostles, the 1848 Minard Lafever NYC landmark. Email

Connie Mugno (through 2/2020) 

Connie has 21 years of experience assisting companies in the marketing and business development of preservation related services. She has worked in house as Marketing Director at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger and Client Services Director at Shawmut Design & Construction, and has run her own firm for 13 years. Connie has supported a variety of clients in the A/E/C industry with tasks ranging from strategic business planning to performing specific business development and marketing activities. She has been active on industry association boards and committees in both Boston and New York, including the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI); the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS); the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA); and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). Connie has an MBA with an emphasis in Services Marketing and Management, and a BS in Management Systems. Email

Christina Muir Vágvölgyi (through 2/2020) 

Christina is a Historic Preservation Technical Specialist at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. She is responsible for reviewing Section 106 and 14.09 consultation projects, as well as projects receiving state and federal rehabilitation tax credits. Prior to joining the OPRHP staff, she gained considerable experience in the field of historic preservation as an architectural conservator at Jan Hird Pokorny Associates in New York City, and as a historic preservation specialist at Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects in Albany, NY. Mrs.Vágvölgyi is a graduate of the Columbia University Historic Preservation Program and previously served on the board of Preservation Alumni. Email

Tom Newbold (through 2/2020) 

Tom is the president of Landmark Facilities Group, Inc., an engineering firm specializing in the design of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems for architecturally significant cultural, commercial, and educational applications. Mr. Newbold holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s of Business Administration. Mr. Newbold is a licensed Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering in numerous states, and his work has focused on unique engineered systems in buildings for over twenty five years. Mr. Newbold has been an active member of APT for many years and participates in the Professional Engineering Technical Committee and the Technical Committee for Sustainable Preservation. Email: [email protected]

Patricia S. Palmiere (through 2/2021) 

Trish is a Senior Project Manager with the Lee Kennedy Company in Quincy, MA and has 20 years of experience in architecture, subcontracting, and construction management. Her disciplined and detailed approach to the management of historic restoration projects is balanced by her passion for revitalizing historic structures to preserve their relevance and function in their communities. Trish specializes in the restoration of significant Boston-area landmarks, including the Longfellow Bridge, the Church of the Advent, Harvard University’s Smith Center, and the MIT Stata Center. Her enthusiastic and holistic approach to collaborating with all stakeholders in the preservation process and her commitment to leading by example are instrumental in bringing together successful project teams. Email

Anita Simon (through 2/2020) 

Anita joined Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in 1998.  Anita has worked in the WJE offices of Seattle and Atlanta before transferring to Boston in 2012. Anita has gained experience in historic restoration and the investigation and repair design of several building assemblies and materials. Past projects have specialized in the condition assessment and investigation of historic masonry enclosures. Experience also includes field observation during the construction or repair of materials such as terra cotta, brick, stone, stucco and sealant, cleaning studies of various masonry materials, and monitoring of cleaning procedures. She is a registered architect and routinely holds positions in local preservation and industry groups. Most recently Anita served as the interim 2011 president of APTSE; served on the advocacy committee of the Atlanta Preservation Center; was the RCI Georgia program chair; and was a board member of the Building Enclosure Council of Atlanta and CIRCA. Anita is the outgoing chair of Boston’s Building Enclosure Council and the unit manager of WJE Boston. Email

Corey Spitzer (through 2/2022)

Corey is a Conservation Specialist with John G. Waite Associates, Architects and an enthusiastic preservationist involved with historic preservation and restoration projects throughout the Northeast. She previously held positions at CANY and Surface Design Group and she has focused on building enclosures, with a particular interest in masonry restoration. Corey has experience with restoration of a variety of building types and scales, from privately-owned brownstones, to large commercial hotels, while focusing on the materials themselves and the appropriate restoration techniques. She spoke at the APTI Annual Conferences in 2015 and 2018. She is also a Board Member of Metro New York Chapter of ICRI. Email

Amanda Trienens (through 2/2021) 

Amanda is an architecture conservator providing preservation design and implementation services for historic buildings, sculptures, and monuments through her firm, Cultural Heritage Conservation. Her experience is gained from many years in the field working with a variety of structures and art spanning time from the 11th century to the modern age, both locally and internationally. Amanda specializes in masonry conservation documentation, testing, analysis, quality control, and implementation. She studied architecture conservation at the University of Pennsylvania and worked for Integrated Conservation Resources, Inc. as Senior Conservator & Managing Director before establishing her own firm. Email

Jill Verhosek, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (through 2/2022) 

Jill is a Senior Preservation Architect at Goody Clancy in Boston and the technical advisor on their most prestigious historic and existing building projects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. She is currently the project manager for on-going work at Trinity Church in the City of Boston as well as overseeing notable projects at several colleges and universities in the region. In addition, she has participated in national and international conferences to share her expertise. She received her graduate degree in historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania, and her undergraduate degree in architecture at Clemson University. Jill has been involved in APT at both the international and regional level since 2007 as a member, participant, and presenter. Email

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