Erin Tobin, Executive Director
Erin joined Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) as Executive Director in 2021. She previously served as the Preservation League of New York State’s Vice President for Policy and Preservation for 14 years, from 2007 to 2021. At the Preservation League, Erin directed all aspects of the League’s Public Policy and Technical Services Programs. She worked collaboratively to set and pursue a statewide preservation policy agenda and both built and maintained a statewide coalition to assist the League in achieving its goals. Erin also oversaw the League’s Technical Services and preservation grants programs, including oversight of the Seven to Save Endangered Properties Program and all preservation workshops and community outreach.
Erin Tobin has also held positions with the Massachusetts Historical Commission, New York Landmarks Conservancy, and Historic Albany Foundation. She serves on the City of Albany Historic Resources Commission, appointed in August 2018. Erin holds a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural History from Binghamton University. She lives in the city of Albany with her husband, three children, and labradoodle, Asher.
Contact Erin for information about AARCH, preservation issues and advocacy, endangered properties, fire towers, and special projects.
Christine Bush, Preservation Services Director
Christine has spent over 25 years in the construction industry, working with architects specializing in historic preservation and new construction. After formal training in architecture and historic preservation at Roger Williams University and the Preservation Trades Institute, Christine worked for Lowell National Historical Park on many extensive restoration projects. Christine’s deep love of the Adirondacks brought her to the north country nearly two decades ago. She has worked as an independent contractor for local architects and builders before taking the position at AARCH.
Contact Christine for information about State and Federal tax credits, technical and special assistance with your historic properties, and information about and help writing National Register nominations. Christine also manages AARCH’s easements and our annual preservation awards program.
Nolan Cool, Educational Programs Director
Nolan joined AARCH in 2018 after completing the Public History Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a public historian, he is passionate about exploring how communities preserve, remember, and use history and historic places to connect their past with their present. He has authored articles on the history of both Upstate New York and Western Massachusetts. Nolan is a native of Central New York, where he grew up near Utica and graduated from Utica College.
Contact Nolan about our extensive public education program, which includes a series of day-long and multi-day tours to communities in and around the Adirondacks, preservation-inspired workshops, as well as our popular series of talks and presentations.
Samantha Johnson, Membership & Communications Director
Samantha joined AARCH in 2021. A Schuyler Falls native, she first worked for AARCH as an intern while studying art history at SUNY Plattsburgh. Since then, she has gone on to earn an M.S. in historic preservation from the University of Vermont and most recently worked at an architectural firm in New York City that specializes in historic restoration. Samantha has long been passionate about history and has had the opportunity to follow that curiosity through positions at museums, archives, and archaeological sites. She brings this diverse perspective along with her North Country roots to AARCH, where she is eager to help the team continue to explore and preserve the rich legacy of the Adirondacks.
Contact Samantha about joining or supporting AARCH, your membership questions, merchandise orders, tour reservations, or information about the organization and our work.
Wilkes Jordan, Camp Santanoni Historic Site Manager
Wilkes joined AARCH in 2023. After completing her undergraduate degree in history and museum studies from SUNY Brockport, Wilkes worked at Camp Santanoni as a summer intern in the summer of 2019, where she discovered her strong interest in historic interpretation. Wilkes then returned to Santanoni during the peak of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Her internships at Santanoni inspired her to continue her education as a historian. Following her second Santanoni internship, Wilkes entered the Cooperstown Graduate Program through SUNY Oneonta, focusing on historic preservation, historic interpretation, and public education at museums and historic sites. During her graduate studies Wilkes spent time working or volunteering at the Slate Valley Museum, Hanford Mills Museum, and Little Falls Historical Society. Following graduation, Wilkes worked with her father for a year at Pain in the Glass window repair, preserving historic windows across western New York. In her free time, Wilkes pursues a number of hobbies, including rockhounding, bird watching, and visual media studies. She will be making her home in Long Lake.
Contact Wilkes to learn more about our work at Santanoni, including visiting the camp and upcoming programs there as well as our current projects and volunteer opportunities.
David Thomas-Train, Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine Coordinator
Ed Hodges (President) is Principal and CEO of DiMella Shaffer, Architects in Boston and has lots of personal and professional experience in historic preservation. About being a member of the AARCH board he said, “My interest in Adirondack architecture is rooted first in the fact that I am an architect, second that I am a woodworker, and lastly, that special places often need advocacy.” Ed previously served for six years on the AARCH Board of Directors and we are pleased to welcome him back.
Susan Lynch (Vice President) has more 15 years of experience in the field of preservation including work in non-profit, private, and public sectors. She was a summer intern at Great Camp Santanoni in 2007, AARCH’s Program Director from 2008 to 2014, and the first Preservation Planner for the City of Worcester. Susan received an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont and a BA in Architectural Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Susan lives in Greenwich, New York, where she co-owns two businesses with her father and sister and consults as an architectural historian. Susan chairs AARCH’s Stewardship Committee.
Andy Prescott (Vice President) was a founder of Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture and Engineering (EYP) a large firm with offices throughout the U.S. and overseas. A specialty is adaptive-use and preservation. Projects included: in New York – the State Capitol, the State Education Building, Federal Hall, Ellis Island and Albany’s Union Station; in Washington D.C. – The US Capitol, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Old Executive Office Building, and the Vice President’s residence. Significant collegiate projects include work at Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Williams, and Middlebury; and US Embassies around the world.
Andy was a founder of Historic Albany Foundation and President of NCARB regulating architectural practice throughout the US. He has also served as President of AARCH. He and wife Kathy are Keeseville residents.
Maria Russell (Secretary) is retired from a career on the public relations faculty of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, including four terms as Chair of the school’s Public Relations Department. Previously she enjoyed a fourteen-year career in the private sector, including supervision of the press center for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors from College of St. Rose, and a Masters in Journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. Maria lives in Fayetteville.
Jim Van Hoven (Treasurer) spent his career as a teacher and educational administrator. He served as the Headmaster of two independent schools and, prior to his 2002 retirement, as a School Superintendent in Westchester County. He and his wife Colleen bought a historic home in the hamlet of Essex in 1978 and have lived there full time since his retirement. During the 2000’s Jim raised funds to rehabilitate the historic Essex Community Church and oversaw that project to completion. He served for many years as chair of the town planning board, retiring at the end of 2017. During his tenure he completed a comprehensive revision of the town’s zoning law. He remains very active, as is Colleen, in community affairs.
Jim graduated from Williams College, holds an MA in American Studies from NYU and a Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Jan C. K. Anderson is the Founder of RESTORE, a not-for-profit educational corporation dedicated to advancing the technology of building conservation. Ms. Anderson served as a Commissioner of the United States Commission on UNESCO until the United States withdrew from UNESCO in 2019. She is a member of the Executive Committee of US/ICOMOS—the United States National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, and is the immediate past President of the Board of Trustees. She currently serves as a Vice President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Education. Ms Anderson is a Fellow of US/ICOMOS, and is also a Fellow of APTI – the Association for Preservation Technology International. Ms. Anderson is a former Vice President of the New York State Preservation League and currently serves on the League’s Governance Committee and Trustees Council. Ms. Anderson is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where she has also served as an adjunct professor for several years. Ms. Anderson lives in Chappaqua, New York and has a family home in the Adirondacks designed by Rockwell Kent. Jan chairs AARCH’s Governance Committee.
Adam Bailey is the Adirondack Program Manager at the Northern Forest Center, where he supports towns throughout the region with various community development efforts, including housing development, downtown revitalization, and community-based recreation. He recently earned his Masters of Regional Planning from Cornell University, where he participated in many historic preservation classes and activities, including developing a historic structures report and completing nomination forms in support of a historic district nomination. Prior to earning his Masters, he worked as a structural engineer on many rehabilitation projects throughout northern New York. In his spare time, he can be found slowly renovating his home in Elizabethtown or out in the woods with his wife and dog.
William Barnes had a decades-long career in human resources, including at Interleaf, a software company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in his own HR firm, and with several nonprofits. He is also a professional business coach. Currently retired, Bill lives in Wilmington, with his wife Christine. He is a member of the Lake Placid Rotary Club and served as President for the 2016-17 year.
J.B. Clancy’s relationship with the Adirondacks dates back several generations, as his parents and grandparents have lived in North Creek, and Diamond Point on Lake George. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies at Brown University, and then completed a masters’ program in architecture at Yale University, earning an award in urban planning and design. He currently both works and lives in Boston, where he is a member of the firm Albert, Righter, and Tittmann Architects.
Sarah Heffern first joined AARCH as an intern at Camp Santanoni where she collaborated on website development for Camp Santanoni as well as did hands-on preservation work. She most recently worked in social media for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Previously, she managed website and e-mail communications for Historic Hotels of America. Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Siena and earned a Certificate in Historic Preservation from Goucher. She lives in Washington, D.C. Sarah chairs AARCH’s Marketing and Communications Committee.
David Hislop worked for most of his professional life as a psychologist for New York State but has always been a passionate preservationist. Besides being an AARCH board member for decades and its president from 2005 to 2011, he has served as the president and chief volunteer for the Essex Community Heritage Organization (ECHO), is a long-time member and now Chair of the Essex Planning Board, and taken on the restoration of several historic buildings, including Greystone Mansion. In 2002, he received an MA in Historic Preservation from Goucher College.
Howie Kirschenbaum was a founding AARCH board member in 1990, was its first president, and has been an active board member ever since. Besides his leadership in helping to create and grow AARCH, he was also largely responsible for the successful campaign to save Camp Santanoni and played a large role in saving other endangered Great Camps, including Sagamore, Uncas, Warren Point Lodge, and White Pine Camp. He has written books on Sagamore, Santanoni, Uncas, and White Pine Camp. In 2011, he received an Excellence in Historic Preservation award from the Preservation League of New York State.
Howie is Professor Emeritus and Former Chair on the Department of Counseling and Human Development, Warner School of Education, University of Rochester. He has written some 20 books in the fields of education and psychology. Howie chairs AARCH’s Santanoni Committee.
Dean Melville is a retired physician who previously practiced in Saranac Lake, and Syracuse. He now lives in a historic home in Upper Jay. In Cazenovia, White Store, Norwich and Upper Jay he was an active, hands-on practitioner of preservation through working on various historic buildings and features, including a farmhouse, barn, silo, and stone walls. Dean served as AARCH President from 2019-2023.
Stefanie Noble’s experience with AARCH began with a Santanoni internship, and she previously served on our board of directors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electronic media art and communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), then did graduate studies in historic preservation at Cornell University, and in documentary film and history at Syracuse University. Stefanie lives in the Syracuse area, where she serves as Vice-President for Marketing and Communication for YMCA of central New York. Stefanie chairs AARCH’s Membership and Development Committee.
Chris Rediehs is an attorney with a master’s degree in urban planning and a history of involvement with a variety of not-for-profit organizations. In addition to carrying out legal work for charitable organizations, he has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Solomon Islands, Preservation Planner for Historic Boston Incorporated, Executive Director of the St. Lawrence County Housing Council, and Commissioner of Social Services for St. Lawrence County.
Pat Benton, Long Lake
Sally Berk, Indian Lake
Jennifer Betsworth, Troy
Samantha Bosshart, Saratoga Springs
Duncan Cameron, Paul Smiths
Robert Craft, Corlear Bay
Susan Darrin, Hague
Edward Finnerty, Lake Placid
Richard Frost, Schuyler Falls
Darcey Hale, Willsboro
Susan Harral, Keene Valley
Chuck Higgerson, Deansboro
William Johnston, Westport
Chad Kilbourne, Greenfield Center
Richard Longstreth, Keene Valley
Jacqueline Madison, Keeseville
Wester Miga, Newcomb
Willem Monster, Northville
Lauren Murphy, Essex
Suzanne Roberson, Albany
Peter Sefton, Northville
Jeffrey Sellon, Raquette Lake
Carl Stearns, Syracuse
Rick Weerts, Port Kent
Janice Woodbury, Lake George
Donna Wotton, Ticonderoga