Board of Directors

Thomas Woodward, Carlisle, MA, President
Lauren Meier, Belmont, MA, Vice President
Ray Dunetz, Jamaica Plain, MA, Treasurer
Annie Blair, Boston, MA, Clerk

Phyllis Andersen, Boston, MA
Barbara Hayden Fitts, Esq., Brookline, MA
Elizabeth Igleheart, Concord, MA
Erica Max, Roslindale, MA
Nancy McGovern, Belmont, MA
Tim Nickerson, Boston, MA
Sarah Peskin, Brookline, MA
Vicky Ross, Boston, MA
Carlo Rotella, Brookline, MA
Sarah Vance, Brookline, MA
Kyle Zick, Roslindale, MA

Phyllis Andersen
A landscape historian, teacher, and urban landscape specialist, Phyllis served as Director of the Institute for Cultural Landscape Studies of the Arnold Arboretum, where she coordinated a cooperative agreement with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. She has also worked on urban landscape issues for the Boston Parks Department, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Phyllis is currently writing A Matter of Taste: The Public Pleasure Garden and Civic Life for the University of Virginia Press.

Annie Blair
Annie is a registered landscape architect for Brookline Parks and Open Space, where she oversees the design and public outreach for a variety of projects, including the ongoing rehabilitation of the Olmsted-designed parks in the Emerald Necklace. Annie has served as past Chair of the Historic Preservation Professional Interest Group for the American Society of Landscape Architects and is an active member of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.

Ray Dunetz
Ray Dunetz is the founder of Ray Dunetz Landscape Architecture, Inc., a firm specializing in the design of historic parks, community gardens, cemeteries, and public spaces for both children and adults. For over thirty years, Ray has been involved in the preservation and design of many award winning historic Olmsted Parks and Open Spaces. Ray was the President of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects from 2009-2011, board member for the 1756 Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain and currently sits on the Browne Fund Committee, a Trust Fund that supports Public Art in the City of Boston.

Barbara Hayden Fitts, Esq.
Hayden has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1977. She concentrates her Boston practice on real estate, estate and trust planning and administration, and taxation, including tax planning for family lands, conservation and preservation easements, and non-profit organizations. Previously, Hayden served as Vice President of the Massachusetts Lawyers Alliance for World Security.

Elizabeth Igleheart
Elizabeth Igleheart is an architectural and landscape historian and former National Register Coordinator for the National Park Service’s Northeast Region. Fairsted and the Olmsted Firm Archives have been a constant in her career; beginning in 1981 while researching an Olmsted designed subdivision in Maine; followed by a project documenting Olmsted commissions in Maine while working at the Maine Historic Preservation Commission; and most recently serving as Project Manager for updated National Register documentation for the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site for the National Park Service. She has served on the board of the National Association of Olmsted Parks and the Maine Olmsted Alliance for Parks and Landscapes.

Erica Max
Erica began her career at the NPS Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. Her graduate work on Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.‘s contribution to the Utica, New York, Parkway System led to its addition to the National Register. Erica is a founding member of the award-winning Roslindale Green and Clean community organization and now works as Landscape Supervisor and Educational Coordinator at the Wakefield Estate in Milton, Massachusetts.

Nancy McGovern
Nancy is the Director for Digital Preservation at MIT Libraries. She directs the Digital Preservation Management (DPM) workshops, an award-winning program offered more than fifty times in a dozen countries since 2003. She has thirty years of experience with preserving digital content, including senior positions at the University of Michigan; Cornell University Library; the Open Society Archives; and the Center for Electronic Records of the U.S. National Archives. Her very first archival position was at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. She is a Fellow of SAA and a past president the Society of American Archives (SAA). She completed her PhD on digital preservation at University College London in 2009.

Lauren Meier
Lauren was the founding coordinator of the National Park Service’s Historic Landscape Initiative in Washington, D.C. and served as Historical Landscape Architect for the NPS Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. Her work nationwide includes the restoration of the landscape at Fairsted. In addition, she is a former board member of the National Association for Olmsted Parks and former chair of its research committee. Lauren co-edited The Master List of Design Projects of the Olmsted Firm 1857—1979 and is currently an editor of The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted Supplementary Series, Volumes 2 and 3.

Tim Nickerson
Having served on the boards of directors of numerous non-profits and foundations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for over 20 years, Tim brings a wealth of varied experiences to the board. In particular, he is the 2017-2018 American Society of Landscape Architects Chapter Presidents Council Chair, the President of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Fund (BSLA’s charitable foundation), and a past President of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. He previously served his former hometown of Nashua, NH in the elected capacities as Alderman (city councilor) and a Board of Education member. Currently, Tim is a landscape designer at Verdant Landscape Architecture in Brookline, MA.

Sarah Peskin
Former chief of planning and legislation for the National Park Service, North Atlantic region, Sarah directed planning for NPS historic sites across the Northeast. During her tenure, she managed numerous award-winning projects that included the Harbor Park Pavilion on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston and the Park Trolley system in Lowell, Massachusetts. Currently Sarah is a director of the Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle, Maine where she recently prepared the successful nomination for the Frances Perkins National Historic Landmark.

Victoria Ross
Victoria has spent much of her professional career as a museum researcher and writer for institutions that include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. (where she served as Assistant Editor for the journal Smithsonian Studies in American Art), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Most recently, she worked as Curatorial Researcher for the catalogue that accompanied the 2010 opening of the Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Victoria has written and lectured extensively on a variety of art and architectural topics and is now researching nineteenth-century Colonial Revival gardening, decorating, and architecture for an upcoming book.

Carlo Rotella
Currently on the faculty at Boston College, Carlo is Director of the American Studies Program, Professor of English, and Director of the Lowell Humanities Series. An award-winning writer focusing on cultural history, Carlo writes a column for The Boston Globe, has been a regular commentator on WGBH/Boston, and contributes frequently to numerous periodicals that include The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, and The New Yorker.

Sarah Vance
Sarah is Director of the Blue Garden in Newport, Rhode Island. The garden, which opened in 1913, was designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm as a part of a 125-acre estate owned by Arthur Curtis and Harriet James. As Senior Associate at Reed Hilderbrand, a landscape architecture firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Sarah worked with their team and with fellow Friend of Fairsted board member Arleyn Levee to develop a landscape rehabilitation plan for the long-neglected garden, which has since been implemented.

Tom Woodward
Tom has worked close to twenty years in not-for-profit strategic planning and fundraising for higher education and the federal government. He began his career at the National Park Service, where he gained extensive experience in resource development and management for organizations that included the Olmsted, Longfellow, and Kennedy National Historic Sites in Boston and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Site in Woodstock, Vermont. He also served as Director of Development for the Harvard Divinity School and is now Director of Institutional Advancement for the newly-reopened the Harvard Art Museums.

Kyle Zick
Kyle is a registered landscape architect in private practice specializing in the preservation of historic sites and parks. He recently completed a “Tree Inventory, Conditions Assessment, and Management Plan” for Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace in Boston and Brookline. He has lectured on landscape preservation, trail design, and sustainability at the Boston Architectural College, Build Boston and the Historic Trails Conference.