Susan became Executive Director of Historic Ithaca in November 2017 and was previously at the helm of the Historic Albany Foundation for 12 years. Historic Ithaca and Historic Albany’s missions mirror each other, and Susan will lead Tompkins County’s premier preservation organization by providing education, technical services, and advocacy for the built environment. In Albany, she led the fight and raised significant funding to save Wellington Row, St. Joseph’s Church, and the c. 1728 Van Ostrande-Radliff House, the city’s oldest building. In addition, Susan partnered with the Bloomberg Foundation on such creative initiatives as Breathing Lights, a public art project about vacancy. She also has worked closely with statewide partners, including the State Historic Preservation Office, the Preservation League of New York State, and local and state officials on preservation and economic development issues. A graduate of Cornell University, she has served on numerous boards and panels and won awards, notably leading Historic Albany when it received the 2016 Albany Business Review’s Nonprofit of the Year.
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.
Preservation Services Coordinator
Christine 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.
Nancy joined Historic Ithaca in January 2018 as bookkeeper, in a position that Historic Ithaca shares with The History Center in Tompkins County. Nancy has a passion for connecting people and place. She has pursued that interest in both academic and government settings through work in outdoor recreation, community forestry, environmental protection, and religious environmental ethics. She became acquainted with The History Center and Historic Ithaca through her interest in local cemetery history and is excited to play a supporting role for the important work of these organizations.
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.
Work Preserve Warehousing & Traditional Skills Trainer
Peter is devoted to the cause of fine craftsmanship and high-quality woodworking as well as to passing on the traditions of classic workmanship for the modern era. He is a graduate of the prestigious Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, and owner of P.T. Walz & Co., a high-end furniture workshop in Ithaca, New York. His work covers a wide range of styles from medieval coffers to modern boardroom conference tables. He has worked both in restoration and conservation workshops as well as in modern cabinetmaking shops. Peter lives in Candor, New York, with his wife, Ivy, and his son, Thomas.
Events and Community Engagement Coordinator
Pat coordinates Historic Ithaca’s community events and partners with The History Center in Tompkins County and other local organizations to share the area’s rich architectural heritage and history. A native Texan, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s from the University of Chicago, both in Latin American history. Locally she has teamed with colleagues on the award-winning Cayuga Heights History Project and helped launch the county-wide Names on the Land—Tompkins County initiative to collect and share place name histories that explore the region’s cultural geography.
Board of Directors
- Maya Gasuk
- Dan Hoffman, Vice President
- Suzy Attwood Kramer
- Ethan Mancil, Treasurer
- Nancy Medsker, Secretary
- Andrew Rappaport
- Kati Smith
- Dennis Stein, President