Phyllis Andersen is a landscape historian and urban landscape specialist. She was director of the Institute for Cultural Landscape Studies of the Arnold Arboretum. Earlier she coordinated the Arboretum’s cooperative agreement with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. She worked on urban landscape issues for the Boston Parks Department, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. She is the author of numerous articles and several book chapters. She is currently writing A Matter of Taste: The Public Pleasure Garden and Civic Life for the University of Virginia Press.
Annie Blair is a registered landscape architect in the Town of Brookline Parks and Open Space Division where she is responsible for the design and public outreach associated with a wide variety of parks and open spaces, including the ongoing rehabilitation of the Olmsted-designed parks in the Emerald Necklace. She has served as past chair of the American Society of Landscape Architects Historic Preservation Professional Interest Group and is an active member of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. Prior to joining the Parks and Open Space Division, Annie spent many years in private practice, focused on a variety of parks and campus landscapes. She received a B.A. from Bowdoin College and a Master of Landscape of Architecture from the University of Virginia.
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 space for both children and adults. For over thirty years, Ray has been involved in the preservation and design of many award-winning Olmsted parks and open spaces. Ray was President of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects from 2009 to 2011 and Board member of the 1756 Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain.
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 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.
Arleyn A. Levee
Arleyn A. Levee is a landscape historian and preservation consultant, specializing in the work of the Olmsted firm. Her background in residential landscape design as well as in landscape history has enriched her work as historical consultant for numerous landscape rehabilitation projects for municipalities, institutions and private clients, on the assessment, preservation and revitalization of their historic properties. She has lectured and published articles concerning the Olmsted firm’s design work including several biographical sketches about the firm’s professional designers. She is the author of the chapter, “An Enduring Design Legacy: Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. in the Nation’s Capital” in Civic Art: A Centennial History of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (2013. Ms. Levee works with non-profit preservation groups, particularly those concerning historic landscapes. She has served in various capacities for the National Association for Olmsted Parks [NAOP], for The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and for Historic New England. She is a member of the Belmont, MA Historic District Commission and the Muddy River Restoration Project’s Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee, working to recapture part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace of parks.
Erica Max is the Landscape Supervisor and Educational Coordinator at the Wakefield Estate, a 23-acre historic property in Milton operated by the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust. Before joining the MBWCT, Ms. Max worked for a year at the NPS Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. A graduate of the Radcliffe Seminars/Landscape Seminars, Ms. Max’s Independent Project focused on the Roscoe Conkling Park, a park in the Utica Parkway System, designed under the direction of Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. Her nomination form led to the Parkway System’s addition to the National Register. She is a founding member of Roslindale Green and Clean, a community organization that received the 2010 American Horticultural Society’s for Urban Beautification Award. Erica was a key player in the effort to save the Coolidge Corner Theatre from demolition in the early 80s and subsequently served as the Managing Director of the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation. She is a graduate of Wellesley College.
Nancy Y. McGovern
Nancy Y. McGovern is the Director of Digital Preservation at MIT Libraries and of the Digital Preservation Management (DPM) workshop series, offered more than fifty times since 2003. Her research and community interests include increasing organizational capacity to develop and sustain digital preservation programs; working to build a diverse and inclusive digital community; and the means for organizations and communities to continually respond to the opportunities and challenges of ongoing technological change. She has more than thirty years of experience preserving digital content, including senior positions at ICPSR, a social science data archives; Cornell University Library; the Open Society Archives; and the Center for Electronic Records of the U.S. National Archives. Her first position was at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. She is a past president of the Society of American Archives and was designated a Fellow of the Society in 2009. She completed her PhD on digital preservation at University College London in 2009.
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 President of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Fund (BSLA’s charitable foundation) and a Member-At-Large on the BSLA Executive Committee. Previously, he is a past Chair of the American Society of Landscape Chapter Presidents Council and a past President of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. He currently serves on the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund Committee for the City of Boston. He previously served his former hometown of Nashua, NH in elected capacities as Alderman (city councilor) and a Board of Education member. Currently, Tim is a project manager at Verdant Landscape Architecture in Brookline, MA.
Former chief of planning and legislation for the National Park Service North Atlantic region, Sarah Peskin directed planning for NPS historic sites and natural areas in New England, New York and New Jersey, and managed major new facility projects from concept to operation. From 1979-90 she was planning director of the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, the public/private entity that helped develop Lowell National Historical Park. From 1990-2009 she directed feasibility studies and worked on legislation to establish new areas such as Weir Farm National Historic Site, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, and others. She led the planning effort for the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park that transformed a closing navy base into an education center. Award-winning projects she managed include Harbor Park Pavilion on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, Mogan Cultural Center, Boarding House Park, and the Park Trolley System in Lowell, Massachusetts. She is a director of the Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle, Maine where she is currently preparing a National Historic Landmark nomination for the ancestral homestead of the nation’s first female cabinet secretary and the mother of Social Security. A graduate of Smith College, Sarah Peskin holds a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. Recently retired from the NPS, she lives with her husband Dr. William Kelley in Walpole, Maine, and Brookline, Massachusetts.
Victoria Jennings Ross holds a B.A. in art history and English and two graduate degrees (an M.A. in art history and a certificate in museum studies) from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and completed one term of coursework toward her Ph.D. at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. She has spent much of her professional career as a museum researcher and writer for institutions that include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Phillips Collection, and The National Museum of American Art, where she was assistant editor for the journal Smithsonian Studies in American Art. Most recently, Ms. Ross researched American paintings at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for the catalogue A New World Imagined, which accompanied the opening of the Art of Americas Wing in 2011. During her tenure at the MFA, she also wrote catalogue entries on works by Boston School artists (Frank Benson, Childe Hassam, Edmund Tarbell, and others) for the Museum’s online American paintings catalogue. In addition, Ms. Ross has taught art history and has lectured extensively on a variety of art and architectural history topics. Currently, she is researching nineteenth century Colonial Revival architecture, decorating, and gardening for an upcoming book on New York and Connecticut country houses.
Carlo Rotella is Professor of English, American Studies, and Journalism at Boston College. His books include Playing in Time: Essays, Profiles, and Other True Stories; Cut Time; An Education at the Fights; Good with Their Hands: Boxers, Bluesmen, and Other Characters from the Rust Belt; October Cities: The Redevelopment of Urban Literature; and (in 2019) The World Is Always Coming to an End: Pulling Together and Apart in a Chicago Neighborhood. He has held Guggenheim, Howard, and Du Bois fellowships and received the Whiting Writers Award, the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award, and The American Scholar’s prizes for Best Essay and also Best Essay by a Younger Writer. He writes regularly for the New York Times Magazine and has been a regular columnist for the Boston Globe and commentator on WGBH FM. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Believer, and The Best American Essays.
Patricia Suhrcke received her Ph.D. in Russian Literature from the University of Chicago. She has spent a career working to promote the humanities in both academic and public settings. She served as Dean of Students in the Graduate Humanities Division of the University of Chicago and has taught Russian Literature in translation in Chicago and Atlanta and, currently, at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UMass Boston. She also served as a program officer and assistant director for the Georgia Humanities Council, the education and research director for the Atlanta History Center, and, for 17 years, the director of Cambridge Forum where she produced public discussions and public radio programs on a wide range of topics. As a volunteer for Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, she coordinated volunteer field trips and assisted in public and educational programming. She also co-founded and served as first president of the Friends of Fairsted and continues to serve on the program committee.
Sam Valentine is a landscape architect at Richard Burck Associates (RBA) in Somerville MA, where he manages campus, streetscape, and public-realm park projects. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he came to Boston to help develop the “Good Neighbors” education program, working at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site as a conservation intern. With RBA, Sam recently completed landscape renovation drawings for Westland Avenue Gateway in the Back Bay Fens, reconciling the needs expressed by the community with the Olmsted firm’s historic design intent for the landscape.
Sarah Vance holds a masters degree in landscape architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Formerly a Senior Associate with Reed Hilderbrand in Watertown, MA, she worked on a wide range of projects, including two Olmsted landscapes. One of these was Groton School in Groton, MA, where she worked with the landscape committee to protect the integrity of the gem-like campus, as the school adapted to needs of a growing student body and a changing academic environment. The second of these landscapes is the Blue Garden (FLO Jr., c. 1912) in Newport, RI. Here Sarah worked with Arleyn Levee to develop a rehabilitation plan in keeping with the garden’s historical origin. Sarah’s role included an analysis of the original planting scheme of blue flowering plants, and a translation of that scheme into a modern, sustainable garden. With an undergraduate degree in graphic design, Sarah served for several years as a consultant to the National Park Service to design brochures and other print materials. Sarah lives with her husband in Brookline on Griggs Park. She and her husband are devoted travelers. In fall 2013, they spent two months in Sydney, Australia, where Sarah lectured on landscape architecture at the University of New South Wales. This spring they traveled to Kyoto, Japan to study the gardens and enjoy the cherry blossoms.
Tom has over twenty years of experience working in resource development and strategic planning in museums, higher education and the federal government. After a career in bookselling, he began his not-for-profit career with the National Park Service at the Olmsted, Longfellow, and Kennedy National Historic in Boston and the March-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Site in Woodstock, Vermont. He subsequently spent 17 years at Harvard University where he led the Advancement Programs at Harvard Divinity School and the Harvard Art Museums. Tom currently serves as the Chief Advancement Officer at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.
Kyle Zick PLA, ASLA; Principal, Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture (KZLA), has been practicing landscape architecture for 20 years, on project types ranging from historic sites and parks, environmentally sensitive areas, college campuses, streetscapes, residences, and commercial properties. Kyle has lectured on site design in historic contexts, trail design, and sustainable materials at the Boston Architectural College, Build Boston and the Historic Trails Conference. Several of his projects have won design awards from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects, the Louisiana Society of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects.