The N.H. Preservation Alliance is governed by a board of directors that includes leaders of significant accomplishment from the business, public and nonprofit sectors in New Hampshire.
Ken Viscarello, Chairman, is shareholder and director at Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green, PA. He is the current Chairman of the Board of Special Olympics New Hampshire, and is a former board member of the Special Olympics United States Leadership Council. Viscarello served as chairman of the board of trustees of Intown Manchester from 2001 to 2003. His practice focuses in the area of affordable housing development, and he represents many housing and community development clients, including Neighborworks Greater Manchester and Families in Transition. He lives in Manchester.
Kathy Bogle Shields, Vice Chair, is executive director of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, a quasi-state agency that oversees state investment in housing, economic and community development projects. Prior to her appointment at NH CDFA, Ms. Shields was manager of Providian Financial Community Grants and Investment Program, and as such led an innovative program to expand and improve child care in the state of New Hampshire and nationally. As a volunteer, she chaired the NH Main Street Center board of directors, served as an incorporator of Canterbury Shaker Village and as the inaugural chair of Canterbury's Historic District Commission. Currently, she is involved as a local Lake Host, volunteering to help boaters understand the importance of protecting New Hampshire lakes, particularly Clough Pond. She lives in Canterbury.
Christopher Rogers, Treasurer, of Francestown is a C.P.A. in Amherst who has served individuals and businesses for over 35 years. He is very active in community affairs. He was formerly the chairman of the board and treasurer of St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua and formerly the president of the Souheghan Nursing Association in Milford. He is currently a board member and past president of the Milford Rotary Club. He is also a board member of the Francestown Land Trust.
Michael B. Tule, Secretary, is an experienced business lawyer who represents both companies and individuals in a wide range of business matters. He is currently of counsel to McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association, based in Manchester, New Hampshire. Mike was also a former in-house general counsel and secretary to two New England-based manufacturers and has substantial expertise advising senior management on legal and business issues. Mike currently serves as Chair of the Board Development Committee and is a former Chair of the Seven to Save Committee. Mike volunteers his time in a number of local and statewide nonprofit organizations. He lives in Milford.
Michael Bruss, Immediate Past Chairman, is president and founder of Bruss Construction, Inc. and Integrated Building Energy Associates, focusing on green technologoes, reuse of historic structures, energy efficiency and preparing today's buildings for future generations. Projects for non-profit clients include the Visitors Center at Canterbury Shaker Village and the French Wing for the Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests. He is on the board of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and N.H. Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Energy. He lives in Concord.
Andi Axman is editor of New Hampshire Home, a bimonthly magazine that covers architecture, interior design and gardening. She is the author of five books and has renovated an historic New Hampshire mill that became the subject of a This Old House program on PBS. She is a member of the AIANH Public Relations Committee, and former chair and trustee of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. She and her husband, Mark Goldstein, and their Chesapeake Bay retriever, Rosie, live in a Cape in Epsom that was built before the Revolutionary War.
Sue Booth became the owner of Vintage Kitchens in 1995, after working as a speech therapist for many years. She discovered her love for kitchens, renovations and space planning after purchasing a small bungalow on the east end of Manchester. Her research and study of kitchens appropriate for her purchases resulted in her current career choice as a kitchen designer. Architectural study remains a favorite hobby of Sue and her husband Steve, a finish carpenter. In addition to her strong interest in preservation and restoration, Sue enjoys gardening, knitting, sewing, and antique hunting. She lives in Canterbury.
Paula Cabot is owner, with her husband Colin, of Sanborn Mills Farm in Loudon, a restored, 2000-acre working 19th century farmstead that hosts workshops on traditional agricultural traditions. She was an actress and singer for 15 years, working primarily at the Skylight Theater in Milwaukee, Wis., before she and her husband moved to New Hampshire. She is currently acting director of the Shaker Singers at Canterbury Shaker Village.
Jeffrey D. Gilbert is a broadly-experienced businessman who practiced law for 14 years, primarily as a business lawyer, and then spent a number of years as an investment banker. Currently, he is one of two principals of W.J.P. Development, LLC, which owns and manages retail and community shopping centers in New Hampshire. Gilbert has been active in politics since 2000, serving as a State Representative until 2005. From 2002 to 2005 he was vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Currently, he is chairman of the board of directors of New Hampshire Public Broadcasting, president of the board of trustees of the Housing Partnership, a local organization providing affordable housing in the Seacoast region, and has served as chairman, vice chairman and treasurer of the board of trustees of Strawberry Banke Museum. He lives in Rye.
Patrick McDermott, Economic and Community Development Manager for Public Service of New Hampshire, brings a deep commitment to New Hampshire’s inter-related economy and quality of life. A New Hampshire native, he was a founding board member of the New Hampshire Main Street Center and currently serves as vice chair of the Androscoggin Valley Economic Recovery Corporation and member of the N.H. Economic Development Advisory Committee.
Stephen Taylor, a lifelong New Hampshire resident, has been a farmer, newspaperman, and public official. In November, 2007, he concluded 25 years of service as the state's Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets and Food. Taylor and his family operate a commercial dairy and maple farm in the Meriden village section of Plainfield. He has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and, as a freelance writer, has contributed to many publications on topics ranging from politics to rural life. For nearly three decades he served as Plainfield's town moderator, and he has long been involved in numerous community and charitable activities. Taylor is keenly interested in protecting and preserving New Hampshire's landscapes, architecture, and cultural heritage.
As a founding Principal of UK Architects, Hunter Ulf has worked extensively on residential, commercial, and institutional projects involving new construction, additions, and renovations. Early in his career, Hunter served as a consultant to the General Services Administration and the National Park Service in the renovation of historic federal buildings nationwide. His award-winning projects include the rehabilitation and revitalization of Claremont’s Monadnock Mills No. 2 & No. 6. Hunter has served as the president of both AIA Vermont and AIA New England, and served as a director on the national AIA board.
Linda Upham-Bornstein, PhD, is a Research Assistant Faculty in the Department of History and Philosophy and the History, Heritage and Culture Coordinator at the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University. She lived for two decades in Berlin before moving to Lancaster. In addition to extensive publications, she has assisted the City of Berlin, the Northern Forest Heritage Park, N.H.'s Smithsonian Folklife Festival and other organizations with research and preservation projects.
In memorium: Richard M. Monahon, Jr., died, with his wife Mary "Duffy" Monahon, in a car accident on January 27, 2013. Rick was Principal Architect and owner of the firm, Richard M. Monahon, AIA, Architects, established in 1975. He held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Architecture degree from MIT. Rick moved to New Hampshire in 1972 to begin restoration work on the Harrisville Mills. He was registered as a licensed Architect in 1976 and established his offices at the Granite Block in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Rick, and his wife Duffy Monahon, was a supporter, advisor and consultant to the Alliance for many years. Duffy was an early board member of the Alliance, and Rick served from 2008 until his death. They lived in Peterborough.