Alphonse F. Pieper, Executive Director
Alphonse was Historic Ithaca’s Preservation Director in the late 1990s before moving on to start his own architectural salvage business in Homer, New York. He rejoined Historic Ithaca in mid-2008. Alphonse has an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University.
As executive director Alphonse has realigned the organization to focus on its core mission of historic preservation and promoting its value in Tompkins County; initiated the Work Preserve Program, which provides training in traditional trade and retail skills to youth and adults with barriers to employment; reorganized Significant Elements so that it generates steadily increasing sales; established the organization’s role in Ithaca’s Southside neighborhood which has gained Historic Ithaca recognition as a community-based development agency; and reduced organizational debt while increasing sources of funding to improve financial stability.
Sara Johnson, Significant Elements and Work Preserve Job Training Manager
Sara joined Historic Ithaca in 2007 for an internship that continued through September 2008. In 2010 she rejoined the organization as a Preservation Associate and transitioned to the role of Work Preserve Program Manager in May 2011. Sara received a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University and in 2009 she completed her Master of Arts Historic Preservation Planning coursework at Cornell.
Robert Kauffman, Work Preserve Traditional Building & Crafts
Robert commenced his retirement from a lifelong involvement in repair, restoration and maintenance of structures, their components, fixtures and accoutrements nearly a decade ago. At this time, he began withdrawing from his established business of restoring antique furniture, attended graduate school, and obtained an advanced degree in Clinical Psychology and Licensure as a Mental Health Counselor. He also began a move from his home of twenty five years on Martha’s Vineyard, MA. By Spring of 2008 he arrived in Ithaca carrying all the tools of his building trades and not much desire to continue in a practice as Mental Health Counselor. He came to Significant Elements shortly thereafter to continue his retirement avocation–sharing with others the knowledge gleaned from his lifetime of repair and restoration specialty.
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.
Board of Directors
- Dennis Stein, President
- Charles Pomada, Treasurer
- Randi Kepecs, Secretary
- Leslie Chatterton
- Lisken Cordes
- Tom Hoard
- Rod Howe
- Julee Johnson
- Tracy Vosburgh