Sara Johnson,
Interim Director / 
Significant Elements and Work Preserve Job Training Manager

Sara has served as Significant Elements and Work Preserve Program Manager since 2011. At Significant Elements, Sara leads Historic Ithaca’s Work Preserve program, which provides hands-on training in traditional trade and retail skills to youth and adults with barriers to employment. An upstate New York native, she first joined Historic Ithaca as an intern from 2007-2008 and in 2010 rejoined the organization as a Preservation Associate. Sara received a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University and in 2009 completed M.A. coursework in Historic Preservation Planning at Cornell.

Christine O’Malley,
Preservation Services Coordinator

Christine in actionChristine leads Historic Ithaca’s efforts in education, advocacy and community engagement and consults with home and property owners, businesses, city and county government officials, and educators. She holds a Ph.D. in architectural history from the University of Virginia and served as a volunteer member of the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission. Previously she served as assistant director of the Carol Tatkon Center at Cornell University and held visiting faculty appointments in art and art history at several colleges and universities.


Karen Binder,
Office Manager and Bookkeeper

karen_binderKaren comes to Historic Ithaca with years of experience as a certified managerial accountant, copy editor and community volunteer.  In January 2016 she became the office manager and bookkeeper in a position Historic Ithaca shares with The History Center of Tompkins County.  In addition to expanding our organizational capacity and ability to monitor our finances, she brings an enthusiasm for local history, a desire to help Historic Ithaca move forward.

Karen Coleman,
Work Preserve Education & Outreach

Karen brings to Historic Ithaca three decades of experience in working with children and youth. As a program management specialist  at Tompkins County Youth Services, she focused on youth employment and saw a need to offer hands-on training opportunities to young people who have not succeeded in school or work environments. She joined Historic Ithaca in January 2011 after learning about its unique Work Preserve program.


Peter Walz,
Work Preserve Warehousing & Traditional Skills Trainer


Board of Directors

  • Julee Johnson, President
  • Ethan Mancil, Treasurer
  • Maya Gasuk
  • Dan Hoffman
  • Rod Howe
  • Suzy Attwood Kramer
  • Nancy Medsker
  • Andrew Rappaport
  • Charles Pomada
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