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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Ryan grows more than 100 apple varieties at her Breezy Hill and Stone Ridge Orchards. Her Hudson Valley harvests, which also include pears, peaches, cherries, plums, nectarines, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries, and the cider she makes from them, are highly sought at local farmers’ markets. She is a founder of New York City’s famous Greenmarket program and has also founded a number of upstate markets including Cold Spring, Mill Brook and Rhinebeck. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Pomology from Cornell University and studied cider making in Somerset and Hereford, England. She made her first barrel of as a student in 1980 and purchase Breezy Hill in 1984. She has served as President of Hudson River Heritage.

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 the Founder and President Emerita og Landmark West! the preservation advocacy organization for Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Stephen Yarabek Landscape Architect Stephen Yarabek’s career has been dedicated to the restoration and revitalization of the ecological and historical landscape fabric of the Hudson River Valley. Notable landscape restoration projects have included Montgomery Place, Blithewood, Boscobel, Manitoga, Mohonk Preserve Gateway,   and Sam’s Point Nature Preserve. He serves on the board of managers for the Hudson River National Heritage Area, the Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy, chairs the Town of Saugerties Historic Preservation Commission and is president of Friends of Czech Greenways.