About Us


Jon Lawson – Chair

Mara Farrell – Vice-Chair

Kathryn McCullough – Treasurer

Board of Directors

Mara Farrell is a Marketing and Public Relations consultant specializing in the artisan food and wine industry. An active preservationist, Mara testified before the United States Senate on behalf of proposed legislation that would provide federal preservation funds for unprotected lands of the American Revolution. In 2011, Mara received the Martha Washington Woman of History Award for her contribution to the advancement of Hudson Valley history. She is co-founder of the advocacy group Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot.

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 also served as Interim Executive Director of the Woodstock Guild/Byrdcliffe Colony and Peekskill’s Paramount Center for the Arts. Recently she co-founded the Kingston Midtown Arts District and Kingston Preservation Inc.

O. Stephen Paganuzzi, Jr. is a Manhattan attorney for over 30 years concentrating in Trusts and Estates, Real Estate, Family Law and General Civil Practice. A Dutchess County resident for 25 years, he is extensively involved with hands-on renovation of local residences for rent and/or resale, including the renovation of his current home in Rhinebeck village. Accomplished in various building skills, he has an interest in history, historic preservation and environmental conservation.

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.

Melissa Gardner-Maillet

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.

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.

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.