APTNE Board

Executive Committee

Corey Spitzer, President (through 2/2025)

Corey is a Project Architect with Easton Architects and an enthusiastic preservationist involved with historic preservation and restoration projects throughout the United States. She has focused on building enclosures, with a particular interest in masonry restoration, existing conditions assessments, and existing paint investigations. Corey has experience with restoration of a variety of building types and scales, from privately-owned brownstones, to large commercial hotels, to interior historic lobbies, while focusing on the materials themselves and the appropriate restoration techniques. She graduated with an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She spoke at the APTI Annual Conferences in 2015 and 2018, and has served as a Session Chair at the 2021 and 2022 Conferences, and will do so again in 2023. Additionally, she is also the Vice President of Metro New York Chapter of ICRI and was the President of Women in Restoration and Engineering from 2020 to 2022. 

Jennifer Kearney, Vice President (through 2/2026)

Jennifer Kearney is an Associate and Senior Conservator at Jablonski Building Conservation and has been with the firm since 2005. Jennifer has worked extensively with architectural finishes including tile restoration, finishes investigations, and plaster restoration. As a conservator, she is also involved in design development and construction supervision for a wide range of restoration projects including transportation hubs, Broadway theaters, public works projects, and historic ruins. She graduated with an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation.

Brigitte Cook, Secretary (through 2/2026)

Brigitte is an architect and associate at PBDW Architects. During her career, she has managed complex cultural and educational projects, integrating new design and technologies into significant historic institutions. In her work as an adjunct professor at Columbia University in the Graduate School of Architecture in the Historic Preservation Program, she taught students the art of digital representation for buildings and investigates technology to communicate poignant arguments about architecture that are notoriously difficult to represent. Brigitte holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation, from Columbia University as well as a Bachelor of Science of Design in Architecture from Clemson University.

Kevin Daly, Treasurer (through 2/2027)

Kevin has been active in the preservation community of the northeast US since 1995, when he received an MS in Historic Preservation (Conservation sector) from Columbia University. Since that time, he has worked in private preservation/conservation consulting within the design/construction industry, most recently at Jablonski Building Conservation, where he serves as a Senior Associate and Senior Conservator. During his career he has served in a significant capacity for Preservation Alumni, as chair of the Architecture Specialty Group of AIC, and for APTI. He also has enjoyed volunteering in a much simpler, boots-on-the-ground capacity for local groups such as Landmarks West! and Open House New York. He’s deeply enamored of the way our built heritage brings physical life to social and personal history, materials science, the development of technology and art; and he alternately amuses and bores his non-preservationist friends with frequent non-sequitur observations when walking around New York City. Originally from California, he lives with his family in Manhattan.

Helena M. Currie, Immediate Past President (through 2/2025)

Helena (Lena) Currie is a registered engineer and Senior Project Manager at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH), specializing in the evaluation, restoration, and renewal of architecturally significant buildings. Lena is a published author and has presented internationally on the best practices for the restoration of architecturally significant mid-century concrete and for stability assessment of historic plaster ceilings. In 2018, Lena was a recipient of the Preservation Massachusetts “The Next Generation” Tsongas Award. Lena is passionate about improving student outreach and creating new partnerships between industry and academic leaders in the field of preservation to improve the diversity of the ACE industry pipeline.

 

Board of Directors

Alafia Ahktar (through 2/2027)

Alafia is a Project Manager at CANY in New York City, a firm specializing in the exterior building envelope; working on façade restoration and historic building conditions documentation, evaluation and repair. Prior to working at CANY Alafia was an Architectural Conservator at Jablonski Building Conservation. Some of the Preservation/Conservation projects Alafia has worked on include: 220 West 42nd Street a.k.a. the Candler Building, 1185 Avenue of the Americas, Monuments at Battery Park, Chandler Fireplace at the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Studio, The Breakers in Newport, RI, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Alafia has a degree in Art History and Criticism and Business Administration from Stony Brook University and an MSc in Historic Preservation with a focus on Conservation from Columbia University. She previously served on the board of Preservation Alumni and has been a member of APT since 2013. In her free time Alafia enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures and foods. Alafia also enjoys exploring different techniques in print making and visiting various art museums and galleries throughout the city.

 

Sloane Bullough (through 2/2026)

Sloane holds a master’s degree in Building Conservation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University. She brings 25 years of experience in historic preservation. This includes her work reviewing projects under state and federal historic preservation laws and projects receiving New York State and federal historic preservation tax credits through her work at the New York State Historic Preservation Office. Sloane managed the New York State Commercial and Homeowner Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program as well, which included promoting the programs, creating application materials, and working with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to find ways to allow the program to best serve property owners and preservationists. Sloane’s areas of expertise include the adaptive use of houses of worship, historic streetlighting, and industrial revolution era architecture. She has spoken at numerous conferences and college classes on and written on these topics. Sloane has arranged a tour of houses of worship that were adaptively reused for the 2018 APT International Conference in Buffalo, spoke at an international transportation conference on the topic of historic streetlighting, published a peer reviewed conference paper on historic streetlighting, and has talked to numerous groups about the industrial architectural history of the area of New York State at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers.

Adrienne Cali through 2/2025)

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.

Preme Chaiyatham (through 2/2027)

Preme completed her undergraduate degree in interior architecture, she has been in interior design and built environment industry for four years in Bangkok, Thailand. She is competent in spatial design for residential, commercial, and organizational spaces. With experience working in old structures, she decided to pursue her graduate program in Historic Preservation at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, where she had been working as a Preservation Lab Assistant and a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the school and served on the student council for the program. She graduated in May 2022 and is now working at John G. Waite Associates, Architects, PLLC, as Intern Architect.

Pamela Clemens (through 2/2026)

Pamela Clemens is a registered architect and associate at Goody Clancy in Boston. She brings an expertise in sensitive renovations to historic structures, revitalizing buildings that communities will cherish for years to come. Her projects have ranged in scale from the restoration of a 4-room 1790 house museum, whose mission focused on teaching local history to young students, to overhauling several 1970’s dormitory building into a vibrant, open place focused on community. To every project, she brings an interest in understanding the local community connections that will on guide the adaptation and preservation of an existing building. She believes that the design, labor, and craftmanship encompassed within a building brings together past, present and future occupants. When not in the office, she can be found organizing her church’s youth program or volunteering at local scouting events. Pamela holds a master’s degree in architecture from Roger Williams University.

Marcie Clifford (through 2/2027)

Marcie is a Project Manager with Petra Construction Corporation. For the past decade, her career has focused on historic restoration and building preservation. Originally from Yorktown, VA, her love of historic preservation did not begin until moving to Connecticut and gaining hands-on experience restoring a c. 1924 interior in New Haven. Since then, in her previous role with John Canning & Co, she has provided preconstruction and project management services for historic properties and landmarks throughout New England. Currently, her work is focused on various restoration and rehabilitation projects at Yale University. Her hands-on experience in historic restoration and experience in project management has been integral in delivering successful projects that advocate for the preservation of historic structures. Additionally, Marcie provides social media services for APTNE, managing and designing social media posts and graphics to support committee announcements and events. She has also previously served as a member of the Social Media Committee for APTI.

Michelle Dallhoff (through 2/2027)

Michelle is an Architect and Unit Manager of the New York Office of WJE Engineers & Architects P.C. Her professional work involves investigation of distressed masonry facades, roof and window replacement, and facade condition surveys. She routinely conducts facade assessments and repair designs for historic masonry structures along with large residential and commercial towers. During her 15 years of experience at WJE, Michelle has had the opportunity to work on notable New York City buildings such as the MET Opera, New York Public Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Lincoln Center Theater. She has spoken at the APTI Annual conference in 2020, along with APTNE in 2020. Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Northeastern University in Boston, and a Graduate Certificate in Heritage Preservation from Empire State University.

Derek Dandurand (through 2/2026)

Derek J. Dandurand is the Director of Historic Preservation with Shawmut Design and Construction. His passion for historic preservation originated at fifteen when he accidentally excavated a Civil War belt buckle at his family home in Rhode Island. He holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation and Bachelor of Science in Historic Preservation and Art & Architectural History from Roger Williams University. He is dedicated to the study of historic buildings and the architects who designed them, as well as the construction methods and even the tools used to build them. Derek provides clients with technical guidance in historic preservation, from planning and approvals through project execution. His years of personal hands-on historic restoration, rehabilitation and project management experience has laid the foundation for his role as a strong, experienced advocate for quality preservation work. Derek has held previous positions at NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation, and the Historic House Trust of NYC where he worked on notable National Historic Landmarks and NYC Landmarked properties such as Gracie Mansion, Lewis Latimer House, Rufus King Manor, the Merchants House Museum, and the Wyckoff Farmhouse.

Art Femenella Jr. (through 2/2027)

Art is co-president and COO of Femenella & Associates. Learning to hand putty stained glass at age 7, Arthur grew up in the historic preservation environment under the direction of his father. From 2000-2009 Arthur worked in the field during the offseason, being involved in projects such as Temple Emanuel in Manhattan, The Emma Willard School, as well as the Chapel at Princeton University. While attending UVM as a two-sport student-athlete (Ice Hockey and Lacrosse) he was the recipient of the Jeff Stone Memorial Award for community service and off-ice leadership. Arthur is also a welder, designing and building custom choppers, motorcycles, and assorted custom parts. At F&A Arthur concentrated his efforts on expanding the company’s major disciplines, adding steel & metal window restoration. Arthur is also the leader of the F&A educational marketing program. Performing AIA certified presentations for continuing education for architects and professionals across the country. All topics are centered around the care and stewardship of historic windows.

Ken Follett (through 2/2026)

Currently a co-chair of the APTNE Events Committee, Ken has been involved in contracting and historic preservation for close to fifty years. Ken served as an APTI board member from 1997 to 1999. From there he became a founding member of the Preservation Trades Network, first past president, and is currently a lifetime member. Beside organizational work with PTN Ken organized several national traditional trades conferences. Over the decades he has maintained involvement with both APTI and APTNE with attendance at several conferences and events. Current work includes assisting architects, conservators, and structural engineers in their investigations during the design phase at heritage sites. Probes, logistics, construction logic, feasibility and project team building. Recent projects have included assisting in site investigations at the Statue of Liberty, Fire Island Lighthouse, Villa Lewaro (Madame CJ Walker), Kykiut Orangerie, 79th Street Boat Basin, High Bridge, and the Church of Messiah in Rhinebeck, NY. For seven years Ken was an independent project manager for the recently completed timber frame investigation, repair, and roof shake replacement at the 1720 Jean Hasbrouck House at Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, NY. Ken also works as an independent business development consultant within the preservation industry. Projects have included several decades of work with heritage conservators from Poland, and currently with a contractor from Spain. Public service activities include work as a trades-practice guide with National Trust HOPE Crew projects (involvement in five projects to date). Ken has an interest in local outreach to cultivate membership and participation of individual traditional trades practitioners within the region covered by APTNE.

Heather Hartshorn (through 2/2027)

Heather is a materials scientist with a background in chemistry and preservation as well as a special interest in historic construction. She is the senior chemist at Highbridge Materials Consulting, Inc. where she focuses on characterization, forensic investigations, and performance and durability studies of masonry materials. She is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University GSAPP where she lectures on cementitious materials. Heather holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Art History from Trinity University and M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.

 

Benjamin Lueck (through 2/2026)

Ben is a registered architect specializing in the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of existing structures. As an associate at DBVW Architects in Providence, Rhode Island, his work currently focuses on condition assessments and restoration designs for late 19th- and early 20th-century masonry structures, and improvements to contemporary and historic building enclosure systems. Ben has over 10 years of wide-ranging professional experience on projects located throughout the country. He has worked on a number of properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as structures managed by the National Park Service from Hawaii to Boston. Recent projects in New England include multiple prominent buildings on the Yale University campus, and comprehensive restorations of historic house museums in Chestnut Hill, MA, and Newport, RI. Ben received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Rhode Island, followed by a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

James Norberg (through 2/2026)

James is an Engineering Management Graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology. Participating in their Co-Op program, he was introduced to Historic Restoration early on with an opportunity to work at the Battery Maritime Building Restoration for Tishman Construction in 2004. This great experience led him to join to the team at Brisk Waterproofing in 2006 where he has spent his career active in the preservation world, having worked on such projects as the Corbin Building, 90 Church Street, Battery Maritime Building, 30 and 75 Rockefeller Plaza, the Century Club, and Christ Church. He has been attending the APTNE symposium and other APTNE events since 2010. As Senior Branch Manager of Western Specialty Contractor's (Formerly Brisk Waterproofing) Metro NY area office, he has supported the Chapter as a Granite sponsor since 2014. Although the NY Metro office does not do a tremendous amount of work outside NYC, James' Branch covers the entire geographic area of APTNE. James has association committee experience, having served on the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Membership Committee for the last 3 years. James also co-founded the Fairways for Research Invitational Golf Outing in 2013 supporting Breast Cancer Research and Small Local Charities supporting those undergoing Breast Cancer treatments. With seven outings completed, he has helped raise over $100,000 donated to the Breast Cancer Research/Support organizations.

Jess Ouwerkerk (through 2/2027)

Jessica Ouwerkerk is the Northeast Territory Manager for Gladding, McBean (GMcB), the oldest surviving architectural terra cotta manufacturer in the United States. Based in New York City, she manages all East Coast operations for GMcB. In her time with the GMcB, Jessica has worked on many preservation/conservation projects, including: The Chanin Building, 2 Park Avenue, The Ansonia, 1301 Surf Avenue, 400 Madison Ave, 17 Battery Place, John Jay College, Old Westbury Gardens, Providence Performing Arts Center, 434 Broadway, 1185 Park Ave and the Flatiron Building. Prior to her work with GMcB, she worked as a preservation consultant, with a focus on creating condition assessments for historic resources, architectural photography and research-based interpretive projects. She holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Vassar College. Jessica has been a member of APTNE since 2014.

 

Amanda Sanders (through 2/2026)

Amanda Sanders is an Associate at RODE Architects. With 18 years of industry experience focusing on historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and institutional clients within the higher education field, Amanda has been instrumental to RODE’s success not only with projects, as well as playing key role as mentor. She recently spear-headed the firm wide initiative of signing on to the AIA 2030 Commitment and leads the Sustainability Committee, ensuring that all of the firm’s projects and internal operations meet established goals.

Stacey Thomas (through 2/2025)

Stacey Thomas is from the Albany, NY area. She works at Ryan Biggs Clark Davis Engineering as a Restoration Engineer. Over the last 20+ years, she has focused her career on investigating, diagnosing and designing repairs for various historic buildings. Stacey received her Master of Engineering degree in Structural Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Construction Management and Engineering. She continued her education in building conservation with coursework at RPI and Boston University, while working in the preservation field. Stacey enjoys being active in local organizations that support her community, home improvement projects, cooking classes and cheering her kids on during their sporting events.
 
 

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