Board of Directors

PACNY Officers (through 2023):

President: Andrew Roblee
Vice President: Matthew MacVittie
Secretary: Bruce Moseley
Treasurer: Lori Bierman

PACNY Board of Directors:

Andrew Roblee is a Project Architectural Historian with Environmental Design & Research, Landscape Architecture, Engineering & Environmental Services, D.P.C. in Syracuse, NY. Since joining EDR in 2017, Andrew has undertaken historic resource surveys and conditions assessment reports on projects across New York State, Ohio, Massachusetts, Delaware, and Maryland. Before jointing EDR, Andrew was the Facilities Manager at the Seward House Museum, a National Historic Landmark, in Auburn, NY. Andrew holds a MA in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University, and a BA in History from Wells College. He lives in Auburn with his wife, Devon, and his two boys, Alex and Arthur. Andrew serves on the City of Auburn Historic Resources Review Board, and has assisted a number of property owners in Cayuga County with their historic rehabilitation projects.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Grant Johnson is the Senior Project Manager of Historic Preservation 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. In addition, Grant is the President of the Board of Directors of the Westcott Neighborhood Association and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Cornell University Historic Preservation Planning Alumni.

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Rachel Leibowitz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is a co-director of its Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation. She has taught courses in preservation and the history of architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Rachel’s past practice includes positions at two Chicago architecture firms, the Historic Preservation Division of the City of Chicago, and the state historic preservation offices (SHPOs) of Texas and Illinois. Most recently, Dr. Leibowitz served for five years as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer of Illinois before joining the ESF faculty in Syracuse.

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Bruce Moseley is director of corporate, foundation and government relations at Colgate University where he also served as interim director of the Picker Art Gallery from June 2007 – January 2009. A 1975 graduate of Middlebury College with a degree in theater, he has an MA in Cultural History/Museology from the University of Vermont and worked for a number of years in the history museum field. He was the registrar at the Gallery Association of New York State (GANYS) and Historic Deerfield, curator at Fort Ticonderoga and executive director of Oneida Community Mansion House. He was also associate director of corporate, foundation and government relations at Syracuse Stage. He has served on the boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations including the Partnership for Community Development in Hamilton, Upstate History Alliance, Central New York Library Resources Council, Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance, American Precision Museum, New England Museum Association, the Earlville Opera House and Sculpture Space. He has been a peer reviewer in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) of the American Association of Museum and served on grant review panels for the museum program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and for the Preserve New York program of the Preservation League of New York State.

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Michael Stanton has stimulated important discussions while maintaining the PACNY list serve, engaging hundreds of preservationists, architects, planners and the general public in historic preservation and urban issues. As a Board Member for PACNY, Mike also developed the Syracuse Then and Now website, which won an historic preservation award in 2004 from the Central New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In 2010 he prepared nomination materials leading to the National Grid (Niagara Mohawk) Building being added to the National Register of Historic Places. A former producer of public affairs and documentary television programs, he has a B.A. from Gonzaga University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington. He has also been an outspoken neighborhood advocate as the longtime leader of the Southeast University Neighborhood Association. His contribution has been essential to the success of the local historic preservation movement over the past fifteen years.

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Matthew Urtz was appointed the Madison County Historian in April 2010. He also serves on the Cabinet of Freedom for the National Abolitionist Hall of Fame and Museum and as the 1st Vice-President and Region 9 Coordinator for the Association of Public Historians in New York State. Urtz’s articles have been published in multiple local and regional newspapers and magazines. He does over 30 public and private speaking presentations a year on all things Madison County. In October of 2013 Urtz started a project to record the stories of WWII Veterans from Madison County. That project is ongoing and to date 12 local WWII veterans stories have been recorded, four Korean War Veterans stories have been recorded, and an Air Force National Guard veteran that served in Operation Desert Storm. It also spawned a second series where elderly residents are interviewed, interviews have included a prominent national artist based in Georgetown, the Madison County Clerk from the 1950/1960’s and a farmer who farmed from the late 1940’s to the mid 1990’s.

In 2011 Urtz, the Madison County Clerk’s office and Madison/Oneida BOCES formed a partnership that allowed teachers to learn about local primary sources and how to utilize them in their classroom. In October of 2014 Urtz and the Madison County Clerk’s office were awarded the Excellence in the Educational Use of Local Government Records by a Local Government by the New York State Archives for their work incorporating local government documents into teacher’s lesson plans. In 2017 Urtz was awarded a Larry Hackman Research Residency to the New York State Archives to continue his research into the Arthur L. Brooks Grand Army of the Republic 272 based in Hamilton, NY. An article on this research was published in Winter 2019 New York Archives Magazine.

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Matthew Macvittie serves as the Curator/Collections Manager with the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton New York. The ABM is the largest museum dedicated to freshwater pleasure craft in the world with a collection of over 350 boats and 10,000+ related artifacts on its 4.5 campus. Previously, Matthew worked as the Director of Collections & Exhibitions at the Seward House Museum in Auburn NY. As the DCE Matthew oversaw the 15,000 plus item collection of the Seward family and its conservation. Prior to that Matthew served as the Exhibit and Archives Coordinator at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs NY. The duties of the Exhibit and Archives Coordinator range from booking, installation, fabrication and oversight of several nationally recognized exhibits per year, as well as management of the museums extensive and ever-growing archive. In addition, Matthew worked as the Assistant Curator of History at the Onondaga Historical Association in Syracuse New York and has also served in several contract roles with the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in exhibit development and museum administration. Mr. Macvittie received his B.A. in History from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2008 and his M.A. in Early American Military History from Norwich University in 2013.

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Sarah Tietje-Mietz is the director of the Hilltop House and Studio, the nationally recognized home and studio of artist, author, and preservationist Dorothy Riester in Cazenovia, NY. With a background in traditional studio arts (BFA, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University) historic preservation, (MSHP, Art Institute of Chicago) and arts journalism, (MA, Newhouse School of Public Communications) her passions for architecture, history, art and their place in the wider community comes through in her work at the Hilltop House and Studio. Outside of her work at the Hilltop House, Tietje-Mietz is a freelance writer with work appearing in Syracuse Woman Magazine, The Stand, Cape Cod Life and Home, Syracuse.com, as well as a few preservation blogs. She is also a practicing artist, most recently exhibiting work with the Cultural Center of Cape Cod and the Roberson Museum in Binghamton, NY.

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Diane Portugal is a first-year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in landscape architecture at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Her interests include celebrating the cultural landscapes belonging to women and people of color and increasing representation in designated historical sites. Last year, Diane graduated summa cum laude with a BS in physics from Syracuse University. During her undergraduate studies, she had the opportunity to take courses at the School of Architecture at Syracuse University, covering topics such as hip-hop architecture and ecologically responsive design. She lives in Liverpool with her partner and their cat, Sage.

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Christopher Trevisani is Vice President of Business Development for Housing Visions Unlimited, Inc., a not-for-profit housing development company in Syracuse, New York.  His work at Housing Visions has helped revitalize numerous neighborhood communities throughout New York State utilizing a multitude of financing vehicles such as Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, Brownfield Tax Credits, and numerous federal and state resources to promote the creation and preservation of affordable and supportive housing.  He has been involved in various sectors of real estate development and historic preservation projects across the county for over 25 years.  Recent preservation projects include portions of the Phoenix Block in downtown Syracuse and the former Crescent Corset factory in Cortland, which received the 2018 PACNY Pat Earle Award.  He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Union College and a MS in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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Lori Beirman is a Supervisor at Dannible & McKee, LLP, a certified public accounting and consulting firm with offices in Syracuse, Albany and Binghamton, NY.  Graduating from Le Moyne College with her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1999, Lori began her career at the firm working for DM Systems, Inc., where she utilized her prior work experience and associates degree in computer technology, combined with her accounting knowledge, to install, maintain, and support a variety accounting programs before transitioning to the audit department.  With over 20 years of experience in audit, reviews and compilations in a variety of industries such as manufacturing, construction and professional service firms, Lori currently performs quality control procedures for the firm. She also continues to perform traditional audit work and specialized work in data analytics and fraud. Lori’s diverse background and specialize knowledge has led her to conduct training both internally and externally, and she perform speaking engagements on a variety of topics.  Lori currently serves as treasurer of both Hope for Bereaved and Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY).