John Auwaerter works in the Department of Landscape Architecture at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation, Instructor, and partner with the National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. John’s interests and experience include historical research, graphic documentation, analysis, and treatment of cultural landscapes, urban planning, and teaching of historic preservation practice. He holds a BA in history from Middlebury College, a MA in historic preservation planning from Cornell University, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from SUNY ESF. John lives in Syracuse’s University neighborhood with his wife Kate and two children.
Dean Biancavilla (AIA, LEED-AP) is the Co-Director of the Urban Design Center of Syracuse, Inc., a not-for-profit organization linked to Syracuse University School of Architecture, the American Institute of Architects Central New York Chapter (AIA/CNY), SUNY ESF, ASLA Upstate Chapter and the Downtown Committee of Syracuse under CenterState CEO. Mr. Biancavilla is a preservation architect & Associate at Holmes King Kallquist & Associates, Architects, LLP, with experience in historic neighborhoods, landmarks and historic resources. Dean is also Chair of the Historic Resources Committee for the American Institute of Architects Central New York Chapter (AIA/CNY).
Andrew D’Agostino is Vice President with The Community Preservation Corporation. Andrew holds a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. in Business and Finance from LeMoyne College. Andrew’s professional skills include financial analysis and historic rehabilitation. Andrew is interested in the historic rehabilitation of vacant schools in neighborhoods throughout the city of Syracuse.
Cynthia Carrington Carter has been involved with Historic Preservation projects for the past thirty years, with experience as a planner, historian, and specialist in cultural resource management. Cynthia received a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural History from SUNY Binghamton and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont, and is qualified as an architectural historian under the U.S. Department of the Interior’s requirements identified in 36CFR61. In 2000, she began Renaissance Studio, a New York State Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise specializing in historic resources surveys, National Register nominations and Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record reports. She currently serves on the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board. Cynthia and her husband, Emanuel, live in the National Register listed Scottholm Historic District, in the city of Syracuse.
Rich Cunningham is Vice President and Senior Consultant of Thoma Development Consultants, a multi-faceted community development and planning firm in Cortland, New York. He holds a B.F.A. degree from Syracuse University, has completed Masters level work at the University of Vermont, and is a Certified Main Street Manager through the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Prior to his 20 years at Thoma, he was the Executive Director of PRIDE of Ticonderoga, a non-profit Rural Preservation Company in his hometown in northeastern New York. Rich has experience in grant development and implementation, community planning, housing, downtown revitalization, historic preservation and construction management.
Mary Duffin is an Elementary Teacher at Moses DeWitt Elementary in the Jamesville – DeWitt Central School District. She has been involved with local and state organizations for teaching Social Studies: the Central New York Council for the Social Studies and, as vice-president and president, the New York State Council for the Social Studies. Mary has brought students and teachers to many historic sites for special programs and encourages the importance of preserving our history to help the future learn from the past. She has been a long time member and board member of PACNY. She has her MA from SU in Education and lives in DeWitt, New York.
Barton K. Feinberg has more than 30 years of regional and international business leadership experience and is the Director of Brokerage Services for Sutton Real Estate Company, LLC. He has been the Director of Economic Development for the City of Syracuse and, as the Executive Director of the Food Bank of Central New York, Bart was instrumental in spearheading a $1.5 million capital campaign for the Food Bank’s current home. His experience includes working on projects associated with United States Aid for International Development, strengthening private sector companies in Egypt, and testifying before Congress for the successful passage of federal legislation to appropriate $120 million to the Emergency Foods Program. Bart holds a degree in liberal arts from Ithaca College.
Renée K. Gadoua is a freelance writer and editor whose work appears in numerous local and national publications. She previously worked as a reporter and editor at the Syracuse Post-Standard and has won numerous awards for her writing. She’s interested in the stories behind Central New York’s buildings, with special affection for insights into the everyday people of the region’s rich women’s rights, abolition, and religious legacies. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College and a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. Renée serves on the board of the Syracuse Chorale and is a longtime volunteer for Girls Incorporated of the YWCA of Syracuse & Onondaga County. Follow her on Twitter @ReneeKGadoua.
Julie Gedro is an associate professor of Business, Management and Economics. She has a B.A. in economics from the College of William and Mary; an MBA in information systems from Kennesaw State University and a doctorate of education (Ed.D.) in adult education and human resource development from the University of Georgia. Julie is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management. Formerly a human resource management and development practitioner in finance, technology, and telecommunications, Julie’s work is informed by theory and practice. Her research focuses on leadership, ethics, equity, and productivity in organizations.
Murray F. Gould is the founder of Port City Preservation LLC, a consulting and development firm that specializes in the adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of historic properties. Since beginning in the preservation field in 1983, Murray has participated in more than 100 successful projects that include historic homes, mills, industrial facilities, hospitals, downtown buildings, shools, sacred places and public buildings. He is a frequent speaker at preservation and economic development workshops. His work related to historic preservation has been diverse, having served as an investor, lender, developer, owner, property manager, project manager, grant writer and consultant. Murray and his wife Ellen reside in the historic William Sabine House in the Valley Section of Syracuse.
Robert Haley is an Architect and Educator in private practice, currently promoting innovative design, rehabilitation and sustainable development projects and planning in CNY. He has served as the Vice-Chair of the Landmark Preservation Board for the City of Syracuse since 1996, over the past 20 years. He was a founding Board member of UNPA (University Neighborhood Preservation Association), as well as FOCUS Greater Syracuse and continues to serve on the FOCUS Board. He is the Co-Founder of the UDC of Syracuse (Urban Design Center) a NFP providing Urban Design project planning and consulting services.
Bob is a native of the CNY area, a graduate and past Faculty member of the Syracuse University School of Architecture, continuing with a Masters from the University of Oregon. He was Director for SU Architecture Program in London, and has taught Architectural Design at the Department of Art & Art History at Colgate University. His professional career includes 34 years of Architectural Design leadership of leading Syracuse Architectural firms, resulting in many Awards for Design Excellence. He is currently committed to improving the Urban Design impact for the I-81 Viaduct Project in Syracuse, through two organizations he helped to create, “reThink81” and “The I-81 Task Force” of the AIACNY Chapter.
Patrick Heaton is a Principal and Director of Cultural Resources Services at Environmental Design & Research, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, & Environmental Services, D.P.C. in Syracuse, NY. Pat is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with more than 15 years of experience directing archaeological investigations, conducting National Register of Historic Places-eligibility evaluations, assessing potential impacts, and proposing avoidance and/or mitigation strategies for archaeological and historic resources. He has B.A and M.A. degrees in Anthropology from Hartwick College and New York University, and currently lives in Fayetteville, NY with his wife and two children.
Grant Johnson is a Senior Cultural Resources Specialist at Environmental Design & Research, Landscape Architecture, Engineering & Environmental Services, D.P.C. in Syracuse, NY. Since joining EDR in 2012, he has conducted historic resources surveys, undertaken NRHP nominations and determinations of eligibility, and provided cultural resources support to EDR staff for projects in over 30 counties in New York State and throughout the northeast. Grant holds a Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Syracuse University, and has previously completed internships for the National Park Service Midwest Regional Office (Omaha, NE), City of Syracuse Division of Neighborhood Planning, and the City of Ogdensburg (NY) Department of Planning and Development, where he designed and implemented the first Historic Resources Survey Report written for the city (adopted 2011). In addition, Grant is the President of the Board of Directors of the Westcott Neighborhood Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Gustav Stickley House Foundation.
Adam L. Megivern is the Executive Director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the commerce and culture of historic downtown Cortland.
He is a lifelong resident of Cortland County and currently resides in the East End of the City of Cortland. Adam has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont and a M.P.A. from the University of New Orleans.
Nicholas V. Petragnani, Jr. is the Senior Vice President/Regional Director of The Community Preservation Corporation. He focuses on the financing of new and existing housing targeted to both low-moderate income and conventional markets. This work has included the adaptive reuse of numerous historic buildings. Shortly after starting at CPC, Nick focused on revitalizing Syracuse’s Downtown and partnered with City Hall to develop a former factory into loft market-rate rental apartments. He has also served as the Vice President of the Community Initiatives Development Corporation (CIDC) and as Assistant Director for Business Retention in the City of Syracuse Office of Economic Development. Nick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University.