APTNE Board

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Helena M. Currie, President (through 2/2024)

Helena (Lena) Currie is a registered engineer and building enclosure division head in WSP's Boston Office. 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 Concrete Façade Restoration of Harvard’s Smith Campus Center, an architecturally significant brutalist concrete façade designed by Josep Lluis Sert. 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. With a Bachelor’s Degree of Science from Smith College’s All Women Picker Engineering Program in 2007 and a Master’s Degree of Science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Graduate Engineering Program in 2010, Lena is passionate about improving student outreach and creating new partnerships between industry and academic leaders in the field of preservation. Lena is also a member of Diversity Committees for both APTI and APTNE, and supports efforts to tell the full American story.

Corey Spitzer, Vice President (through 2/2022) 

Corey is a Project Manager with Henson Architecture 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 Secretary of Metro New York Chapter of ICRI and Women in Restoration and Engineering (WiRE).

Patricia S. Palmiere, Secretary (through 2/2024) 

Trish works for Commodore Builders and has over 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 Long Wharf Custom House Block.  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.

Jacqueline Bascetta, Treasurer (through 2/2023) 

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 the Brooklyn Bridge (National Historic Landmark, NYC Landmark), 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). When not restoring the world’s most beautiful and most ugly buildings, Jacqui enjoys exploring Greenwood Cemetery, sketching, and traveling.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alafia Ahktar (through 2/2024)

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.

Mark Anderson, AIA, NCARB (through 2/2023)

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.

Scott Aquilina (through 2/2023) 

When I grew up in Buffalo, its streets were lined with a canopy of elms. My interest in architecture began with a daily commute through an Olmsted park and passed buildings by Richardson, Sullivan, and Wright and a tapestry of vernacular architecture. This rich environment set me on a course through college where I majored in architectural history. My thesis focused on the Darwin Martin House and the influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Following graduation, I worked for the UK National Trust through an ICOMOS student exchange. With the Northwest Regional office, I surveyed early industrial and agricultural buildings within the Trust’s holdings. My career began at Solomon & Bauer and work on the 19th century campus of the Albany Institute of History and Art. I joined Ann Beha Architects to continue this type of work. With Ann for fifteen years, I had access to significant historic buildings, including the Charles Street Jail, Cambridge Public Library, and Wellesley’s Alumnae Hall. Recently at Bruner/Cott, I was pleased to continue along the same vein with the 1840 Hamilton Chapel at Belmont Hill School. I am now working as a consultant for the restoration of the 1873 bell tower at Grace Episcopal Church Newton and have recently joined the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission. I look forward to being more active in the Association for Preservation Technology and to surround myself with a diverse body of emerging leaders in the field of historic preservation.

Sloane Bullough (through 2/2023) 

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 2/2022) 

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.

Brigitte Cook (through 2/2023) 

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.

Michelle Dallhoff (through 2/2024) 

Michelle is an Architect and Senior Associate at WJE Engineers & Architects P.C. in New York City. 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.

Kevin Daly (through 2/2024) 

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 Walter B. Melvin Architects, where has been employed since 2003 and currently serves as a Technical Director. 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.

Ken Follett (through 2/2023) 

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.  

Olga A. Hathaway (through 2/2022)

Olga holds a Master of Science in Building Conservation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University. Olga 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, Olga 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.  From 2014-15 Olga had the opportunity to live in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she volunteered as a Visitor Experience Volunteer and a Conservation Assistant, at Mount Stewart, a renowned National Trust property.  Since returning from abroad, she has been working on a consultant basis for both construction and engineering firms, most prominently with Cirrus Structural Engineering.

Jennifer Kearney (through 2/2023) 

Jennifer Kearney is a 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.

Charles Kramer (through 2/2023) 

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.

Ellen Lane (through 2/2024)

Ellen Lane is a structural engineer at Silman, where she has been fortunate enough to work on preservation projects ranging from the New Jersey Executive Statehouse to the Fort Jefferson Lighthouse in the Dry Tortugas. She holds a BEng from McGill University and an MEng from MIT. Her Master’s thesis, supervised by John Ochsendorf, involved graphic static analysis of the historic cast-iron bridges of Thomas Telford in England and Scotland. This work, drawing on her long-time love of history and passion for preservation, led her to Silman, where she now enjoys a range of work from new construction to adaptive reuse to historic preservation projects. She was honored to be chosen for the APTNE Student Scholarship in 2018 and has enjoyed attending APTNE events and meeting fellow preservation activists and enthusiasts ever since her arrival in New York. 

Connie Mugno (through 2/2023) 

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 System.

James Norberg (through 2/2023)

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 2/2024) 

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. 

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

Jill is a Senior Associate and Preservation Architect at Goody Clancy in Boston and the technical advisor on their most prestigious historic building projects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, most notably Trinity Church in the City of Boston, the Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo, and the Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse in Brooklyn, as well as distinguished colleges and universities including Cornell, MIT, and Swarthmore. 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.

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