Fran Altshuler has been the Director of Volunteer and Student Interns at Parsons Child & Family Center for the past seven years, following a 20 year career in human resources management. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of the Woman's Club of Albany (WCA) and has had several BOD positions since joining the club in 2007, including past President. Past BOD experience includes The Women's Employment Resource Center (WERC) and President of the Capital Region Human Resources Association (CRHRA). Her passion for preserving Albany's historical gems started when she became intricately involved in the recent restoration of the west bay of the Woman's Club. Currently as Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign she is actively involved with launching the restoration of the front porch, "The Best View on Madison Avenue", including the addition of an accessibility ramp. Although her 4 children and 3 grandchildren are "far flung" across the US, she resides in Guilderland with her husband Steve and 3 furry kids.
Michelle Bruck, a homeowner in Center Square since 2006, is a committed preservationist and is passionate about Albany history, architecture and maintaining the city’s built environment. As she describes it, the restoration of her 1889 row house is “ongoing.”
Michelle serves on the Center Square Association, Inc., board of directors, as Director of Communications. In that capacity, she developed and maintains the association’s website and manages all public relations outreach and social media communications. In addition, she has designed the graphics for the annual Hidden City House and Garden Tour, an important fundraiser for Historic Albany, for the past five years and has conceived and produced videos for the event.
Schuyler Bull is the former manager and current owner of The Fort Orange General Store, which has hosted three HAF lectures on 48 Hudson and will celebrate its first anniversary in July.
He is currently employed as Marketing Manager of Pioneer Bank. Mr. Bull serves as a Vice Chair of the Saint Rose Board of Associates, member of the Saint Rose Business Advisory Council, and member of the Saint Rose Community of Excellence committee, which raises funds for student scholarships. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District.
Robert Coughlin is life-long resident of the Albany area with a great enthusiasm for history. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena College and received his Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School.
Mr. Coughlin was appointed Counsel to the New York State and Local Retirement System in 2007. He began his career with the Legal Division of the Office of the New York State Comptroller, the administrative head of the Retirement System and sole trustee of the NYS Common Retirement Fund, over thirty years ago. He also serves as the State Comptroller’s representative to the September 11 Workers Protection Task Force.
Bob is a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys and is a frequent presenter and panelist at their annual conferences. He is currently renovating a house from the 1920s.
JAMES GAUGHAN has over 30 years of extensive experience in the New York public education sector, serving for 10 years as NYS’s Title I Coordinator and Chief for School Improvement at the State Education Department. Since 1984, Jim has resided in Altamont with his spouse, Keith Lee. For 32 years, they lived in one of the Village’s historic homes built in 1885. Jim served as Altamont’s Mayor for 12 years during which he implemented several initiatives that highlight Altamont’s rich history and culture, crafted to enhance the Village’s economic development and uniqueness in Albany County. He also spearheaded the installation of a walking tour of Altamont’s historic buildings.
CHRISTOPHER HACKER is the owner of Albany Artisans, a local contracting company specialising in restoration. Chris Hacker and his team at Albany Artisans have had a profound impact on Albany’s historic neighborhoods, having been the craftsman behind the restoration of many vacant buildings. In 1997, Chris purchased his family’s generational home at 748 Madison Avenue and carefully reconstructed the porch from the original drawings, earning the first of many recognitions for his work. Chris is a Commissioner on the Historic Resources Commission. As a side project, he is also the project manager for the Sword Surrender Site at the Saratoga Battlefield at where Burgoyne surrendered to the Americans in 1777.
As a Principal at Ryan-Biggs Associates, P.C., in Clifton Park, New York, Jack Healy is responsible for the structural engineering design and management of many historic preservation and masonry repair projects. He has provided the structural design for over one dozen projects on the National Register of Historic Places. He is President of the Society for the Preservation of Historic Cements and is a Certified Program Evaluator for the Practicing Institute of Engineering. He maintains memberships for the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Construction History Society of America, the American Society of Testing Materials, and the American Institute of Steel Construction. He has served on the board of directors for the Northeast Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology and the Capital District Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. He has authored several articles on masonry topics and frequently presents seminars on masonry topics. He holds professional engineering licenses in New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts. He is a resident of Delmar, New York.
DAVID HINCHEN is a full-time artist who has spent the last 30 years creating drawings and paintings of historic homes and landmark buildings in Metro New York, the Hudson Valley, Greater Boston and throughout New England. He has been a participating artist at BUILT, HAF’s annual art auction since 2000, winning numerous awards. David and Duane Barker purchased their home on Manning Boulevard in 2002 and spent every weekend for seven years slowly restoring each room. converting it back to a single family residence. In 2016, David and his father purchased two brownstones with eight apartments on Eagle Street. He is managing the building and currently working on renovating one apartment per year.
Matt Malette is a 15 year veteran of Spectrum News where he is the news channel's senior graphic designer for all of upstate New York. He also hosts and produces "Albany Archives," a monthly television segment about the area's local history.
For five years now, Matt has run the popular Twitter account @AlbanyArchives which highlights the history, people, and buildings of Albany. He is married with two children living in the Village of Colonie. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, running, and telling stories to generally anyone that will listen.
SHAWN MORRIS is a long-time advocate for city living in Albany. She served as the 7th Ward Councilmember for 12 years and Common Council President for four years. As an elected official, she worked to establish and promote neighborhood associations and other community groups working to improve the quality of life in city neighborhoods. Shawn authored local ordinances establishing the Vacant Building Registry, neighborhood commercial design standards and commissions to review the park system and the city charter. Shawn currently serves on the board of the Delaware Area Neighborhood Association and is recently retired as the Director of Public Information for the Office of the New York State Attorney General.
Christine Miles Kelliher
Christine Miles served as Director of the Albany Institute of History & Art from 1986 to 2011. She guided the museum through numerous advancements and challenges, which resulted in increased museum capacity and public profile, including a $20 million capital and renovation project. Before coming to Albany, Chris held museum positions in New York City and Washington DC. Her degrees include a BA in Art History, Boston University and an MA in American Culture, George Washington University. She is an alumna of the Museum Management Institute of the Getty Foundation and was a fellow of the Winterthur Summer Institute. Chris currently serves on the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and has served on the boards of groups including WMHT, the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, the University at Albany Foundation, Historic Albany Foundation, the Albany Local Development Corporation and Capitalize Albany. She is a past president of the Museum Association on New York State and the Gallery Association of New York State. Chris received the Good Patroon Award from the Albany Roundtable in 2008 and the Woman of Excellence Award from the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce in 1996. She lives on State Street with her husband, Jake Kelliher, across from Washington Park.
KATHERINE ONUFER is an associate and project architect with John G. Waite Associates, Architects. She has worked on a many large preservation projects both in Albany (the Cathedral of the Immaculate of Conception), and across the country, including buildings by McKim, Mead and White, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Thomas Jefferson. Most recently she participated in the exterior restoration of Cincinnati Union Terminal, a large, art deco, 1931 train station turned museum center. She is a resident of the Delaware Area Neighborhood, where she has been slowly fixing up her 1929 bungalow and garden since moving there ten years ago. She has served on the board of Historic Cherry Hill and been a long-time volunteer at HAF with all of our main events.
Daniel Sanders is a graduate of the Masters Program in Urban Design from the University of Michigan and obtained his Undergraduate Degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia. He returned to the Capital Region in 1990 and became President of Harris A. Sanders, Architects, P.C. in 1993. He has served on numerous community boards including Congregation Ohav Shalom, Parson Child and Family Center, Bethlehem Little League, Albany Roundtable and B'nai B'rith Housing Corporation. He has served as a Board Member of the Central Avenue Business Improvement District since its inception in 1998 and is currently its Treasurer.
Matthew K. Scheidt AIA, is an architect with 25 years of experience overseeing the restoration of locally and nationally significant historic buildings. Mr. Scheidt is an associate and project manager for John G. Waite Associates, Architects in Albany, New York, and has been with the firm since 2008. Notable projects Mr. Scheidt has managed for JGWA include Thomas Jefferson’s Rotunda at the University of Virginia which recently received and AIA Honor Award, Cincinnati Union Terminal, Ralph Adams Cram’s Parish of All Saints, Ashmont in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and McKim, Mead & White’s Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York. Previously, Mr. Scheidt was a project architect at Preservation Architecture Services Team in Cincinnati, Ohio for ten years, and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Scheidt also attended Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Portsmouth in England. Mr. Scheidt serves as the Vice President of the Turpin Bannister Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, as well as volunteering for several local community arts groups.
Charles P. Silverstein
Charles P. Silverstein is a life-long Albany resident who grew up in the Pine Hills section of Albany. His turn-of-the century childhood home inspired his love of the fine craftsmanship and architecture of that period.
A graduate of Christian Brothers Academy and Siena College, Charles has dual masters degrees from the College of Saint Rose and is a policy analyst for the New York State Senate for over ten years. Charles presently resides in a condominium that is an adaptive re-use of an old Albany public school, and is a partner in a business that carefully restores, rehabilitates and maintains 19th century properties in downtown Albany.
JOSHUA SINGLETARY is a successful technology leader with over twenty years of experience developing and leading research, information management and compliance strategies for complex, high profile and changing organizations. He has worked with the Vatican, World Food Programme, Berklee College of Music, and is now at the Albany College of Pharmacy, bringing him to Albany. Joshua lives with his wife in the Buckingham Pond Neighborhood, loves Albany’s historic architecture, and is involved with the Washington Park Conservancy.
Christina Vágvölgyi is a Historic Preservation Technical Specialist at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation and a resident of the Melrose neighborhood in Albany. Prior to joining the OPRHP staff, she gained considerable experience in the field of historic preservation as an architectural conservator at Jan Hird Pokorny Associates in New York City, and as a historic preservation specialist at Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects in Albany, NY. Mrs. Vágvölgyi is a graduate of the Columbia University Historic Preservation Program and previously served on the board of Preservation Alumni. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Association for Preservation Technology Northeast Chapter.
Tammy Weinman is a lifelong resident of Albany. Currently she is the Director of Alumni Relations and Institutional Events at Albany Law School where she manages a comprehensive alumni relations program through chapters around the country and the annual Reunion/Alumni Weekend. She facilitates volunteer engagement programs such as the Alumni-in-Residence program, Alumni Initiative in Mentoring program and Recent Graduate Continuing Legal Education. Tammy has over 20 years experience in event planning. Prior to her current position, she was the first Events Coordinator for the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is a Board Member and longtime volunteer of the Ronald McDonald House of Albany. She is a proud graduate of Albany High School and SUNY at Potsdam. Tammy is the owner of ACKaroons, a specialty cookie company based in Albany; and Cake, event and wedding coordination. She became involved with Historic Albany Foundation when the 'Moveable Feast' was held on campus for two consecutive years. She has since joined the planning committee and hosted dinner the past two years.