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.
Kathy Bogle Shields, Chair, was most recently the 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.
Ken Viscarello, Immediate Past Chair, 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.
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.
Sue Booth, Secretary, 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.
David F. Choate, III of Rye has more than 30 years of commercial real estate experience. He has been the managing partner of the Portsmouth office of Colliers International since 1991. In his career, David has been involved in transactions with a total value of more than $250 million. New Hampshire Commercial Investment Board of REALTORS named him the 2014 Realtor of the Year. David serves on the boards of The Housing Partnership, Northern New England Real Estate Network, and A Safe Place of NH.
Jeffrey D. Gilbert, Vice Chair, 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, Treasurer and board member of Seacoast Hospice, and has served as chairman, vice chairman and treasurer of the board of trustees of Strawberry Banke Museum. He lives in Rye.
Frank Lemay is the president and owner of Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc., a construction management, general contracting and consulting business. He is a graduate of Northeastern University and a registered structural engineer. He is currently the president of the board of directors for Second Start in Concord, where he has served on the board since 2005. Prior to that, he served on the board of directors of CATCH Neighborhood Housing from 1995-2005. His business focus is on work in instituional, educational, medical, business, and historical restoration areas. Projects includes the histroic restoration of North Church, Folsum Tavern, Ashland Historic School, and Manchester Historic Association. He lives in Chichester.
Nick Mitchell is the President of MC2, Inc, a marketing and strategic planning firm he founded in 1992. Nick graduated from The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ and Boston University, where he earned a BA in Economics. Nick has developed marketing strategies and advertising campaigns for a diverse group of clients including Agfa Corporation, Anheuser-Busch, Bitstream, Caterpillar Tractor and GTE/Sylvania. He has also managed communications and media relations for several US Senate and House campaigns and currently serves as Vice President/Communications Director of Americans for Campaign Reform, an advocacy group based in Washington, DC. Nick is a former Chairman of the Board of The Fells historic estate in Newbury, NH, and former Chair of the Board of The Friends Program in Concord, NH. He lives in Warner in an historic cape built in 1796.
Jayme Simoes of Concord is president of Louis Karno & Company and past president of the Public Relations Society of America, Yankee Chapter. He is currently a board member of McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
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.
Ben Wilson holds a degree in History and African American Studies from Syracuse University, a certificate in Preservation Carpentry from the North Bennet Street School Boston and a Masters Degree in Building Conservation from the University of York, York England. Currently, he is the Director of the Bureau of Historic Sites, Division of Parks and Recreation, Department of Resources and Economic Development. He has worked professionally in the field of historic preservation and museums for the last twenty years in the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. Ben currently sits on the Boards of the Association of Preservation Technology, The Gundalow Company of Portsmouth and his local Rotary Club. He lives in a restored 1791 tavern in the town of Hopkinton with his wife Lucy and their two boys Lincoln and Harrison.