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 (President) is the owner of Roblee Historic Preservation, LLC, and has had extensive training in historic preservation planning and the evaluation of historic resources. Before receiving his BA at Wells College and an MA at Cornell University, Andy worked for ten years in the construction trades, a source of pride which compliments and enhances his understanding of historic preservation, setting him apart from his colleagues.  His study of history and his deep interest in the trades and building systems led him naturally down the path to historic preservation.

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Matthew Macvittie (Vice-President) 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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Bruce Moseley (Secretary) 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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Lori Beirman (Treasurer) 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).

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Kelley Weaver is retired with a M.A. degree in education and a M.S. degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry / Syracuse University. She has worked in both the private and public sectors, writing Environmental Impact Statements and Assessments to help preserve cultural and natural resources. Kelley has traveled.across the country visiting hundreds of historic sites. She has shared her passion for cultural history with classrooms using distance learning technologies.

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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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Christine Hall O’Neil is the Executive Director of the Oneida Community Mansion House where she’s focused on preserving the National Historic Landmark building. At OCMH, Chris is leading efforts to increase philanthropy and grant funding, implement a new business plan, and launch building preservation projects. Previously, Chris served as the Executive Director of Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum where she secured new funding, grew community partnerships, engaged new audiences and expanded interpretation. Chris guided CLCBM to complete a cultural landscape report, install solar panels, expand the education program, implement new interdisciplinary and recreational programs, and strengthen CLCBM’s connection to the Erie Canalway/Empire State Trail. Chris serves on the Madison County Tourism Board and in her free time enjoys exploring cultural and natural heritage sites by bike, kayak or foot. A graduate of Cornell University, Chris resides in Fayetteville, New York, with her husband, Scott, where they raised three children.

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Zachary Finn is a Historical Researcher and Grants Reviewer at the William G. Pomeroy Foundation (WGPF) in Syracuse, NY, an organization dedicated to helping communities preserve and celebrate their history. Before joining the WGPF Zachary worked as the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Seward House Museum (SHM) in Auburn, NY. While working in the education department of the SHM he helped develop both virtual and in-person outreach, connect with the local community, and establish a national programming presence. He has also spent time as an educator in a number of settings. Zachary received his MA in American history from SUNY Brockport and his BA in history from Lycoming College. Along with his experience in historical research, community engagement, and education, he is also a published author. Zachary currently resides in Cortland, NY with his fiancé and their dog, Bruce.  

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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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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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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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Austin Wheelock is the Deputy Director at Operation Oswego County, Inc. (OOC), the county’s designated economic development agency, and has been employed there since 2006. He is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a designation granted by the International Economic Development Council. Austin manages several key initiatives at OOC such as the Next Great Idea Oswego County Business Plan Competition and the OOC real estate portfolio including multiple industrial parks and a business incubator. He has also been involved in the attraction, retention, and expansion of many Oswego County businesses and has coordinated fundraising initiatives at the federal, state and local level for multiple projects.

He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County since 2009, and is the current Board President. He has also served on the Oswego Renaissance Association Board of Directors since 2013 and the Oswego History Records Center Board of Directors since 2019. He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Technology at Alfred State College. He’s been a resident of Oswego County for fifteen years and currently resides in the Village of Cleveland, NY with his wife and dog.

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Ariel Bero is the Librarian at Oneida Public Library where she oversees programming, staffing, the local history room, among other things. She received her BA in History from SUNY Oneonta in 2012 and her Master’s in Library Science from the University at Buffalo in 2018. Before coming to Oneida, Ariel was the Librarian at the Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta, NY. Ariel has a lifelong passion for history, advocacy and preservation. She is also a member of the Oneida Rotary Club, Columbian Club, Progress Club and is the Library Liaison for the new Friends of the Library group. She has lived in Oneida with her husband, Nick since May 2020 with their dog, Beanie and two cats, Sage and Big Cheese.