Alan Strauber – President
Francis R. Kowsky – Executive Vice President
Jon Lawson – Treasurer
Tina Reichenbach - Secretary
Michael Lemieux – Events Coordinator
Board of Directors
Alan Strauber is President, Chairman of the Board and a founder of Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance. He is an Adjunct Professor in U.S. History and Political Science at Westchester Community College and Mercy College. As a photographer, his work is included in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History (2005 exhibition), Yad Vashem and National Baseball Hall of Fame, among other institutions. Strauber’s work was part of a recent exhibition at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY – New Paltz entitled Dick Polich: Transforming Metal into Art, focusing on sculpture produced at Tallix Foundry.
Francis R. Kowsky is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at State University of New York and noted architectural historian. His publications include Country, Park and City: The Architecture and Life of Calvert Vaux. Kowsky’s most recent book is The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux and the Buffalo Park System. He serves on the New York State Board for Historic Preservation and is a trustee of the National Association for Olmsted Parks. Kowsky is also one of the founders of Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance.
Evan Friss is an Assistant Professor in U.S. History at James Madison University. He has also taught at New York University, City College of New York and John Jay College. His forthcoming book, “The Cycling City: Bicycles and the Transformation of Urban America,” will be published by University of Chicago Press in the Fall of 2015.
Jon Lawson is Lighting Supervisor at the Cort Theatre on 48th Street in New York City, the last functioning New York theatre designed by Thomas Lamb and celebrating its 101st year. He has spent 30 years working in stage lighting, touring the world with ballet and theatre productions, including Rudolph Nureyev’s farewell tour, Dance Theatre of Harlem, “Dreamgirls,” “42nd Street,” and others. Lighting Supervisor for over 40 Broadway shows since 1984, avid gardener and partner in a Rhinebeck maple syrup operation.
Kathryn McCullough has served as Executive Director of Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center, Development Director for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and as Capital and Planned Giving Manager for Scenic Hudson. She has alsoserved as Interim Executive Director of Peekskill’s Paramount Center for the Arts.
Betsy Pisik was formerly the United Nations Bureau Chief for the Washington Times and has reported from locations in Pakistan, Iraq and Lebanon, among other places. She currently works as an Investigator for the New York City Department of Investigations.
Tina Reichenbach is founder and owner of Richbrook Conservation, a small, independent architectural conservation firm serving owners, curators and architects on historic landmark buildings. She performed work on Keramos Hall in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which received New York Landmark Conservancy’s Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award in 2013.
Stuart Sachs has been a leading champion for the restoration and adaptive reuse of AJ Davis’ Dutch Reformed Church in Newburgh and is President of the Newburgh Landmarks Conservancy, among other preservation and arts boards where he serves. Sachs is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Board of Advisors
J. Winthrop Aldrich is a former Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Along with his other work in advocating for the preservation of historic sites and architecture across New York State, he is also a founder of Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance.
Jay A. DiLorenzo is President, Preservation League of New York State.
Gerrit Graham is an actor and Hoyt family descendent.
Edward C. Hackett III
Ken Kleinpeter is Director of Farm and Facilities at Glynwood Farm. He was a founding partner in the first integrated sheep dairy and cheese-making operation in the United States, and later managed the Old Chatham Sheepherding Company. Ken also served as Director of the Farm and Genetics Center for the Heritage Breeds Conservancy.
Mary McTamaney is the Newburgh City Historian and serves on the Board of Directors of the Newburgh Preservation Association as well as the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay & the Highlands.
Henry McCartney has served tenures as Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Director of Neighborhood Conservation for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Executive Director of the Landmark Society of Western New York. He is currently on the Trustees Council of the Preservation League of New York State.
Richard Pieper is Director of Preservation, Jan Hird Pokorny Associates and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture.
Jaime Reppert is a Master of Landscape Architecture specializing in historical landscape interpretation. He is on the Advisory Board and Finance Committee of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and is a member of the Landscape and Interpretation Committee of the Olana Partnership. Jaime is also on the adjunct faculty of State University of New York at Albany in the Department of Geography and Planning.
David Schuyler is Professor of Humanities and American Studies at Franklin & Marshall College. His written works include Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists and the Hudson River Valley, 1820-1909 and he is co-editor of The Frederick Law Olmsted Papers.
Arlene Simon is President, Landmark West!, the preservation advocacy organization of Manhattan’s Upper West Side.