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.
Kristen Olson, Preservation Services Coordinator
Kristen joined Historic Ithaca in 2007 for a summer internship, and has been on the staff full-time since July 2008. A native of Virginia, Kristen is a 2003 graduate of Colby College. In 2006 she moved to Ithaca to pursue graduate studies in Historic Preservation Planning at Cornell. She received her Master of Arts degree in January 2009.
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 Job Training Manager
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 Program Advisor
Board of Directors
- Dennis Stein, President
- Leslie Chatterton
- Lisken Cordes
- Tom Hoard
- Rod Howe
- Julee Johnson
- Randi Kepecs
- Charles Pomada
- Mary Stoe
- Tracy Vosburgh