2013 Sacred Places Symposium – Speaker Biographies

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Julian Adams

Julian Adams is a native of Georgia and has a Master of Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia at Athens. After a brief time in private consulting, he joined the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in 1988, reviewing rehabilitation and restoration projects under federal and state programs across New York. During a sabbatical from the SHPO in 1995-96, Mr. Adams worked with the Historic Natchez Foundation in Natchez MS, overseeing low income housing development in historic neighborhoods, working with the local preservation commission and planning department, and assisting with heritage education. In 2000 he returned to the New York SHPO where he led its Technical Services Unit for the next 4 years.

During a second leave from the SHPO in 2005 Mr. Adams was a senior architectural historian/historic preservation specialist with a nation-wide environmental consulting firm based in Dallas TX, through which he assisted the US military in its responsibilities under federal historic preservation law. Mr. Adams returned to New York State service in 2006 and currently is director of Community Preservation Services for the SHPO.


John Auwaerter

John Auwaerter is presently Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation and Visiting Instructor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse NY. He has a Bachelor of Arts in American history from Middlebury College, a Master of Arts in historic preservation planning from Cornell University, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from SUNY ESF. Mr. Auwaerter has been a member of Grace Episcopal Church since 1998, and has served much of this time as co-chair of its Property Committee.


Randall T. Crawford

Randall T. Crawford is a principal in the Syracuse NY firm of Crawford & Stearns, Architects and Preservation Planners, and an architect licensed in New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. He holds Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from Syracuse University. In private practice for more than 35 years he has provided professional services for historic properties in 9 states as well as throughout New York. His principal expertise lies in the areas of historic preservation, adaptive reuse, accessible design, and Main Street revitalization. Mr. Crawford currently serves a member of the New York State Board for Historic Preservation, the New York State Council on the Arts Design & Planning and Capital Projects Panels, and the Trustees’ Council of the Preservation League of NYS.


Robert Doucette

Robert Doucette is President of Armory Development & Management, a real estate and management firm located in Syracuse NY, and is co-owner of Paramount Realty. He has been a pioneer in downtown revitalization in Syracuse and has won several awards for his development efforts. He also serves as a consultant to city governments and private companies interested in urban revitalization and mixed use development. In addition, Mr. Doucette has taught in the Sociology and Urban Studies Departments of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, as well as at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University where he currently teaches real estate development. He also has experience in the fields of mental health and law prior to his work in real estate and urban studies. He serves on the boards of several organizations and his volunteer activities include Syracuse 2020, the Downtown Committee, Onondaga Environmental Institute, Catholic Charities, and Interfaith Works.

Mr. Doucette earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from LeMoyne College, and a Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctor from Syracuse University. He lives in Syracuse with his wife Katie and has two children, Erin (Condron) living in Wellesley MA and Sarah living in Boston MA.


Dennis Earle

Dennis Earle grew up in Lafayette NY and after leaving the area to earn a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Yale University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and to work in architecture, he returned to his home town. He currently teaches design, architecture and history of architecture courses in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, and specializes in exploring the connections between culture, history and environment as seen in architectural and landscape design.

Mr. Earle has lectured at local and regional educational and public art institutions over the course of 20 years, teaching courses in design, art and architectural history, architecture and interior design, and theory and philosophy of design of the built environment. He is the youngest son of Patricia Earle, a trail-blazing woman in architecture in the 1950s and 60s, and local pioneer in historic preservation, for whom the PACNY “Pat Earle Award for Adaptive Reuse and Restoration” is named.


Joe Fama

Joe Fama is the Executive Director of TAP, Inc., a Troy NY community design and development center established in 1969 which provides design and planning services in the New York State Capital Region; he has held that position since 1972. He is also the President of Troy Architectural Program, PC an associated architectural office formed by TAP’s 3 staff architects. Mr. Fama and TAP, Inc. have been recognized for their work by New York State as recipients of the NY State Governor’s Arts Award and by the NYS Division of Housing through its Empire Award. The Preservation League of New York State (PLNYS) has recognized three TAP projects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation cited TAP, Inc. for its work on improving the in rem process in Troy NY.

Mr. Fama has been a member of several NY State Technical Subcommittees on revision of the State Code, and has been most active on the Building Code for Existing Buildings. He has been a board member of many local organizations and is a trustee of the Howard and Bush Foundation. He has regularly participated in the PLNYS “Upper Floors” workshops, speaking on the relationship of codes in advancing historic preservation. His preoccupation is the revitalization of distressed and disadvantaged urban neighborhoods. Mr. Fama believes every available resource needs to be utilized to prevent deterioration and promote reconstruction; and he promotes historic preservation as an important tool to accomplish those goals.


Ann-Isabel Friedman

Ann-Isabel Friedman directs the Sacred Sites Program of the private nonprofit New York Landmarks Conservancy based in Manhattan, managing financial and technical assistance initiatives for historic religious properties throughout New York State. Sacred Sites collaborates with regional preservation groups such as the Preservation Association of New York and Preservation League of New York State to match congregations with qualified consultants and contractors, helping ensure Conservancy grants fund cost-effective repairs. Under Ms. Friedman’s tenure, annual matching grants—ranging from $1,000 to $100,000—have grown from $320,000 in 2001 to $570,000 in 2013, with over 50 grants awarded per year.

In 2004 Ms. Friedman initiated a survey of Roman Catholic churches in New York City, and in 2007 broadened the survey to include the city’s little-known historic synagogues, facilitating launch of a NYC Jewish Heritage fund, equivalent to the Conservancy’s challenge grants for churches. Last March the Conservancy hosted a conference in the New York State Capital region on the adaptive use of religious properties, and in October the Conservancy began a series of seminars on financial asset management for religious properties.


Donald Fudge

Donald Fudge has been a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Syracuse NY since 2008 and served as the chair of the Sanctuary Renovation Committee in 2008-09. He has a Bachelor of Arts with major in architecture from Princeton University and a Master in Arts in American history from Syracuse University. Mr. Fudge spent 40 years working and consulting with private-independent schools. He recently retired after spending the last 9 years advocating for high performance schools and consulting with state governments and public school districts on energy efficiency and renewable technologies.


Murray F. Gould

Murray F. Gould is the founder of Port City Preservation LLC, a consulting and development firm specializing in the adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of historic properties. Since 1983 when he first became active in preservation, he has participated in more than 100 successful projects that have included historic homes, mills, industrial facilities, hospitals, downtown buildings, schools, sacred places and public buildings. His other involvements related to historic preservation have been equally diverse, having served as an investor, lender, developer, owner, property manager, project manager, grant writer and consultant. Mr. Gould is a frequent speaker at preservation and economic development workshops. He and his wife Ellen reside in the historic William Sabine House in the Valley neighborhood of Syracuse NY.


Brian Hanson

Brian Hanson is a licensed architect and partner with the firm Architecteam/Schleicher-Soper in Syracuse NY. Over the course of his 30 years of practice, he has enjoyed commissions for new building design, rehabilitation and renovation work, and historic preservation throughout upstate New York. His firm has been a recipient of various awards for its work in multi-family housing, long-term care, and higher education. Mr. Hanson is a graduate of Onondaga Community College. He, his wife and 5 children are members of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Syracuse, where he currently serves as the Pastoral Council facilitator and as a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee.


A. Robert Jaeger

A. Robert Jaeger has a Master of Arts in historic preservation planning from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. In 1989 he co-founded Partners for Sacred Places, a national non-denominational nonprofit organization focused on caring for and making good use of older and historic religious properties. Prior to that, he worked with the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Corporation as senior vice president for its Historic Religious Properties Program. Mr. Jaeger also is the co-author of Sacred Places at Risk (1998) and Strategies for Stewardship and Active Use of Older and Historic Religious Properties (1996), author of Sacred Places in Transition (1994), and editor (1985-89) of Inspired, a bi-monthly magazine with news and technical articles on religious property preservation.


Reverend Daren Jaime

Rev. Daren Jaime is entering his seventh year as the spiritual leader of The People’s AME Zion Church in Syracuse NY, and is known for having a shepherd’s heart. Continuously expanding ministry through building bridges, Pastor Jaime focuses on meeting the diverse needs of both the congregation and community through various spiritual, economic and community development endeavors.


Sean Kirst

Sean Kirst joined The Post-Standard in 1988, and has written a column for the newspaper since 1991. His appreciation for design and historic architecture, and their critical role in the health or decline of Upstate New York cities, was shaped by working in six different communities, all struggling with similar urban pressures. His two years at City Newspaper in Rochester were particularly important, as editor and co-publisher Mary Anna Towler made questions of design and preservation a priority at her alternative weekly.


Eric Kuchar

Eric Kuchar has a Master of Science in building conservation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in architectural studies from Norwich University. He was formerly a principal at Traditional Building Collaborative, Inc. of Middlebury VT and has specialized in the design, assessment and restoration of historic homes throughout his professional career. Prior to his move to Vermont, Mr. Kuchar worked with the architectural firm of Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects in Albany NY specializing in preservation design and building conservation. For over 4 years, he played an integral role within the restoration team at Montpelier, President James Madison’s home in Orange VA, along with a variety of other major preservation projects in the eastern US.

Mr. Kuchar has been with the New York State Historic Preservation Office since 2010, where he provides comments on the effects of federal and state undertakings on the historic built environment with a focus on weatherization and energy efficiency projects, housing programs and natural disasters. He has been enthusiastically received as a guest speaker at preservation forums for his research on the history of American home design, historic pattern books, and energy efficiency in older buildings.


Kathleen LaFrank

Kathleen LaFrank has a Master of Arts in architecture and design criticism from Parsons School of Design. She is the National Register Coordinator for the New York State Historic Preservation Office with expertise in rural cultural landscapes, state parks, parkways, and modern architecture and cultural resources. Ms. LaFrank also is the author of National Register nominations for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Manitoga (Russel Wright Home and Landscape) and the Taconic State Parkway and has worked on National Register documentation/evaluation projects for the Palisades Interstate Parkway, Whitney Museum of Art, Woodstock Festival Site, and Stonewall.


Michael Long

Michael Long has over 33 years of local government public experience in New York State. He began his career with the Cayuga County Planning Board where he worked in a joint capacity with the City of Auburn NY. In 1994 he joined the City of Auburn Office of Planning and Economic Development, holding various positions over the years. Mr. Long ultimately was named Director of Capital Projects and Grants in the Auburn City Manager’s office, and for a time also was Interim City Manager. In 2008 he was appointed City Administrator for Poughkeepsie, NY and served in that capacity until 2012. He then became the first City Manager of Oneonta NY in October 2012.

Mr. Long holds a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in environmental design, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Landscape Architecture from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is a founding board member and former chair of the Community Preservation Committee, Inc., which owns the Willard Memorial Chapel in Auburn.


Reverend Andrew J. Ludwig

The Reverend Andrew J. Ludwig has been pastor of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, in Buffalo NY since 2007. Prior to that, he served Southminster Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh PA. He holds a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Witternberg University. He is happy to share his life with his wife and three daughters.


Andrew M. Maxwell

Andrew M. Maxwell currently serves under Mayor Stephanie Miner and County Executive Joanie Mahoney as Director of the recently reconstituted Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency. The Agency is the consolidated planning department for both the City of Syracuse and County of Onondaga, and contains planning, zoning, Geographic Information Systems, sustainability, historic preservation, public art and urban design functions for both governments. Prior to directing this joint agency under the recent merger, Mr. Maxwell served as founding Director of the Syracuse Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, created by Mayor Miner in January 2010. From August 2006 until December 2009 he worked in the City of Syracuse Community Development Department managing a number of key programs, as well as other housing, planning and community development related initiatives. He serves a number of not-for-profit organizations, and sits on the board of directors for several.

Mr. Maxwell received a Bachelor of Arts in history and American studies from St. John Fisher College in Rochester NY and a Master in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He was born and raised in Syracuse NY and is a proud graduate of the Syracuse City School District.


Matthew W. Meier

Matthew W. Meier is a registered architect and since 1997 has been a partner at HHL Architects in Buffalo NY; the firm is well-known for its successful adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and renovation and restoration projects, including Kleinhans Music Hall and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Darwin Martin House, both in Buffalo. Mr. Meier is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), having served in various leadership positions with the organization’s Buffalo/Western New York Chapter. His association with the AIA began when he was a student at Erie Community College in Buffalo, where he earned a degree in architectural technology. He also has a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Architecture from the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Meier is involved with a number of community-based organizations, most notably several dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Buffalo, and his commitment to this particular cause has been recognized through several awards. He is a born and bred Buffalonian, passionate about the city where he continues to live and work.


Stephanie A. Miner

Stephanie A. Miner is the 53rd Mayor of the City of Syracuse, first elected to that office in November 2009. Mayor Miner has taken a leading role in the discussion of municipal finance across New York State, working with a coalition of large city mayors to develop strategies and solutions for coping with financial pressures. She has made sustainability a top priority, understanding the great potential Syracuse has as a leader in the global green movement by bringing together the resources of government, higher education, and the living classroom our environment has to offer. One of her first acts as Mayor was the establishment of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the first time in decades that City government had an office focused on urban planning, while also integrating the principles of environmental, social and economic sustainability. The City of Syracuse has seen record economic development since she has taken office. In her three years as Mayor, the construction permit values have skyrocketed, with a total figure of nearly $330 million in 2012.

Mayor Miner attended Syracuse University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and journalism; and earned her Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the first woman elected Mayor of any of the “Big 5” cities in New York State, and previously served two terms on the Syracuse Common Council.


James Serafin

James Serafin has over 30 years of professional experience serving the needs of not-for-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, business management, fundraising and grant writing in New York, Texas and Colorado. For the past 9 years he has been the president of Resource Development and Management based in Buffalo NY. Mr. Serafin has been a volunteer with the Corpus Christi parish in Buffalo for 10 years, from working to save the landmark church from closing to helping advance the present preservation and restoration efforts.


Judith Stander

Judith Stander has been a member of Temple Society of Concord longer than she cares to acknowledge, and currently is chair of the Volunteer Committee. In the past she served multiple terms as a Vice President and Secretary of the temple, and during each term also was a member of the Executive Committee. In addition, Ms. Stander sits on the Facilities, Finance, Ritual, Membership, and Marketing Committees. Somehow there is also time for her to sing with the Knesseth Shalom Singers.


Christine Tucciarone

Christine Tucciarone started her career in the hospitality industry over 20 years ago as a sales manager for the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau, today an integral component of CenterState CEO, a regional business leadership organization, chamber of commerce and economic development strategist, based in Syracuse NY. She then spent 10 years at the Onondaga County Oncenter complex, presenting the multi-venue facility to the national and state association markets. In 2009, Ms. Tucciarone decided to leave county government to become the Director of Group Sales for the Woodbine Hospitality Group, which specializes in restoring and re-purposing older buildings and creating beautiful works of art.

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