Speakers

Featured Speakers

Laurel O'Sullivan

Laurel O’Sullivan

Laurel O’Sullivan, J.D. is the Principal and Founder of the Advocacy Collaborative, LLC.  Laurel started the Advocacy Collaborative, LLC to empower more nonprofits to fulfill and fund their mission while increasing impact through advocacy.  Laurel thrives by assuming a signature comprehensive approach that positions advocacy at the core of a mission not at the periphery. With Laurel ’s strategic consulting, advocacy can become seamlessly integrated as a leadership function across planning, programming, and fundraising.

Laurel brings to her work nearly two decades experience in policy advocacy.  Most recently she pioneered a new direction for a 1,000 plus membership organization, the Donors Forum, by spearheading a multi-year planning effort to squarely connect advocacy to the mission. Her efforts ultimately led to increased funding for policy by 300% by securing $2.2 million in multi-year funding.

She also brings to every consulting project a decade’s experience as a public interest lawyer and advocate. She has worked and advocated for community, regional, and national organizations including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest and Terris, Pravlik and Millium, LLP.

In addition, Laurel is an accomplished speaker and presenter.  Having been invited to present at numerous national and academic and professional conferences and symposiums on the topic of policy advocacy. Her quiet confidence,  grounded determination and storytelling abilities provide a compelling platform for motivating and engaging more groups to understand advocacy as a leadership strategy for impact.

Laurel serves on the Social Service Advisory Council, for the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the board of the Young Center for Immigrant Children, at the University of Chicago and on the board of the Forum for Regional Associations of Grantmakers.  She lives in Evanston with her husband Tim, 5 children and dog named Blue and is an avid runner.

Speakers

Gianfranco Archimede

Gianfranco Archimede

Gianfranco Archimede, MS, RPA, has served for the past 10 years as Director of the Division of Historic Preservation for the City of Paterson and Executive Director of Paterson’s Historic […]

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Darren Boch

Darren Boch

Darren Boch is the superintendent of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, located in Paterson, New Jersey. The park was established in 2011 and is a part of the […]

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Ian Burrow

Ian Burrow

Ian Burrow has worked in historic preservation and cultural resource management since 1975, firstly in the UK and, since 1988, in New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic. Until 2015 he was […]

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Kat Cannelongo

Kat Cannelongo

Kat Cannelongo is the assistant to the National Register Coordinator at the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, as well as a National Register nomination reviewer. In her spare time, she […]

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Wade Catts

Wade Catts, MA, RPA, is Associate Director of the Cultural Resources Department at John Milner Associates.

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Patty Chrisman

Patty Chrisman

Patty Chrisman is the Vice-Chair of the Maplewood Historic Preservation Commission and a Trustee Board Member of the Durand-Hedden House and Garden Association – Maplewood’s historical society. She holds an […]

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Kinney Clark

Kinney Clark, GISP, is a GIS Specialist with the NJ State Historic Preservation Office coordinating cultural resources GIS development and other information management initiatives. He also administers HPO’s annual federal […]

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Susan P. Coen

Susan P. Coen

Susan P. Coen served as director of the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs from 1992 until her retirement in December 2006. Now a consultant, Susan continues to […]

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Jennifer Costa

Jennifer Costa, Director, Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization

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Amy Dahn

Amy Dahn

Amy Dahn is a 21-year resident of South Orange who has a keen interest in architectural history. She served on the board of the Montrose Park Historic District Association from […]

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Leonard DeGraaf

Leonard DeGraaf is an archivist at Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Before joining the National Park Service in 1991 he was on the staff of the Thomas A. Edison Papers […]

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Rita DiMatteo

Rita DiMatteo

Rita DiMatteo, a resident of Llewellyn Park, serves as a trustee of the Llewellyn Park Preservation Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the historic structures and landscape […]

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Katherine Durante

Katherine Durante

Katherine Durante is the Executive Director of OceanFirst Foundation, which was established in 1996 and is the first foundation in the nation to be established by a bank as part […]

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Emilie Evans

Emilie Evans

Emilie Evans is secretary and founding member of the Preservation Rightsizing Network, which works to preserve local heritage and revitalize the built environment of legacy cities by sharing best practices […]

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Jerry Fabris

Jerry Fabris

Jerry Fabris As a Museum Curator at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, Jerry Fabris preserves the park’s extensive audio collections and serves on National Park Service’s Digital Information Services Council.  He […]

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Mindy Thompson Fullilove

Mindy Thompson Fullilove

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. She was educated at […]

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Candace Gabbard

Candace Gabbard retired after 31 years in the Orange School district as a teacher and central office administrator. She received her post graduate degree at Seton Hall University. In her […]

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Maureen Gammon

Maureen Gammon

Maureen Gammon is currently President of MPHDA and a Board Member for over 15 years. She has resided in her 1908 home in Montrose for 32 years. Born in Glasgow, […]

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Cristina Garmendia

Cristina Garmendia

Cristina Garmendia is Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development at Isles, an environmental nonprofit dedicated to fostering self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities in Trenton. She leads vacant property […]

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Sally Woodruff Garrison

Sally Woodruff Garrison is an active participant in the fields of education and social services.  She founded and chairs Save the Library! (STL!), a committee formed in 2008 in response […]

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Lisa Ginther

Lisa Ginther

Lisa Ginther represents a number of clients in pursuing their legislative, regulatory and executive branch initiatives. She also coordinates community outreach activities on large highway construction projects around the state, […]

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Vonda Givens

Vonda Givens

Vonda Givens is the Executive Director of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. Prior to this appointment in 2014, she served as the museum’s Education Director for five years and […]

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Howard Green

Howard Green

Howard Green started Public History Partners in 2005, after he left the New Jersey Historical Commission, where he was director of research for two decades. A partial list of PHP’s […]

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Briann G. Greenfield

Briann Greenfield

Briann G. Greenfield, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities with a mission of bringing […]

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Dorothy P. Guzzo

Dorothy Guzzo

Dorothy P. Guzzo currently serves as the Executive Director for the New Jersey Historic Trust. The Trust provides matching grants for bricks & mortar preservation projects and funds heritage tourism […]

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Nicholas Hamilton

Nicholas Hamilton

Nicholas Hamilton directs the urban policy work of The American Assembly where he leads the Legacy Cities Partnership, a national coalition of practitioners, researchers and leaders working to revitalize America’s […]

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Kevin Hanna

Kevin Hanna

Kevin Hanna is a New Jersey Licensed Land Surveyor with over 30 years of field and office experience. He is a graduate New Jersey Institute of Technology and Dublin Institute […]

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Joan Harris-Rico

Joan Harris-Rico

Joan Harris-Rico has been the Collections Manager at Thomas Edison NHP since 1999. She also works as a Collections Consultant for the New Jersey Association of Museum’s Artifact Assessment Program, and […]

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Sarah M. Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah M. Heffern Over her 17 year tenure at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Sarah Heffern has held a variety of roles related to online marketing, including website manager, […]

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Margaret Hickey

Margaret Hickey

Margaret Hickey, RA, is the Principal Historic Preservation Specialist for Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects, located in Cranford, New Jersey.  Connolly & Hickey is an architecture and historic preservation firm […]

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John Hnedak

John Hnedak

John Hnedak, Deputy Superintendent for Business Management, Planning and Development, has worked for the National Park Service for over 35 years.  Before coming to the Statue of Liberty National Monument, […]

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Richard W. Hunter

Richard Hunter

Richard W. Hunter, Ph.D., RPA, is President of Hunter Research, Inc., a historical and archaeological consulting firm in Trenton that has specialized in Section 106 compliance and historic preservation consulting […]

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Matthew Jacobs

Matthew Jacobs

Matthew Jacobs is a practitioner, educator and advocate of historic preservation and the preservation trades. He is currently working for the National Park Service (NPS) as the education coordinator at […]

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Frank Juliano

Frank Juliano

Frank Juliano As Executive Director, Frank Juliano brings innovation and community building to all aspects of Reeves-Reed Arboretum including a strengthening and re-branding of the Arboretum’s core education and horticulture programs, […]

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Deborah Kelly

Deborah Kelly

Deborah Kelly is an independent historic preservation consultant with Preservation Partners, a firm specializing in research, documentation and planning for historic sites.  She is the co-creator of the NJ Women’s […]

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Jonathan Kinney

Jonathan Kinney

Jonathan Kinney is a Senior Historic Preservation Specialist with the NJ Historic Preservation Office (HPO). From 2007-2014, his primary role was the review of undertakings pursuant to Section 106 of […]

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Ginny Kurshan

Ginny Kurshan

Ginny Kurshan recently retired after many years working for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.  In that capacity she researched and wrote hundreds of designation reports and National Register […]

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Heather Hope Kuruvilla

Heather Hope Kuruvilla

Heather Hope Kuruvilla, M.A., J.D., is a museum professional with special interests in the areas of intellectual property and rights management, museum administration, board fiduciary responsibility, and the ethical and […]

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Brian Lo Pinto

Brian Lo Pinto

Brian Lo Pinto was born in Paterson, New Jersey and was raised two blocks away from Hinchliffe Stadium. As a young child walking past the stadium, he knew that this […]

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Michael Lysicatos

Michael Lysicatos

Michael Lysicatos, AICP/PP, is the Assistant Director with the Passaic County Department of Planning Economic Development located in Totowa, New Jersey. He is a licensed planner in the State of […]

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Michael Malbrough

Michael Malbrough

Michael Malbrough is a professional artist, illustrator and teacher with over 20 years of experience. Michael’s work has appeared in magazines, comics, apparel and beyond and he has lectured on […]

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Samip Mallick

Samip Mallick is Executive Director of the South Asian American Digital Archive.

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Karen Marlowe

Karen Marlowe

Karen Marlowe is President of the South Orange Historical and Preservation Society and serves as a Commissioner on the South Orange Historic Preservation Commission. She is a lifelong resident of […]

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Christopher N. Matthews

Christopher Matthews

Christopher N. Matthews is a professor of anthropology at Montclair State University. He has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University (1998). His research interests include the archaeology of capitalism, […]

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Katherine T. McCaffrey

Katherine McCaffrey

Katherine T. McCaffrey is an associate professor of anthropology at Montclair State University. She has conducted ethnographic research in Puerto Rico and the United States on the themes of social […]

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John McEwen

John McEwen

John McEwen serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and is the Founder and Chairman of the Cultural Access Network of New Jersey.  He has consulted […]

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Douglas McVarish

Douglas McVarish

Douglas McVarish is an architectural historian with the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office. Having begun his architectural survey work nearly thirty years ago in the film, paper form, and paper […]

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William H. Michelson

William H. Michelson, Esq., Chair, Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission

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Michelle Mihalkovitz

Michelle Mihalkovitz

Michelle Mihalkovitz has been the Supervisory Museum Curator and Cultural Resource Program Manager at Thomas Edison National Historical Park since 2006 where she supervises staff that care for the more […]

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Beth Miller

Beth Miller

Beth Miller has been the Curator of Thomas Edison’s home, Glenmont, for the past eighteen years and has worked for the National Park Service for twenty five years. Beth has lectured […]

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Sarah E. Minegar

Sarah Minegar

Sarah E. Minegar, Ph.D. is the Archives Technician and Museum Educator at the Morristown National Historical Park, where she manages the Lloyd W. Smith Archival Collection and the Primary Source […]

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Evelyn C. Murphy

Evelyn Murphy

Evelyn C. Murphy, Ph.D., is Director of Monmouth County Historical Association in Freehold. With three decades of experience in business, government, and the nonprofit sector she brings a unique perspective […]

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Gary Nelson

Gary Nelson

Gary Nelson has had a career in marketing communications and advertising. A transfer from the Midwest, but a long-time resident of Maplewood, he was a founding member of the Maplewood […]

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William “Billy” Neumann

Billy Neumann

William “Billy” Neumann is a commercial photographer with 25+ years of competitive experience in the NYC market. He is an Adjunct Professor of Photography with School of Visual Arts and […]

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Laurel O’Sullivan

Laurel O'Sullivan

Laurel O’Sullivan, J.D. is the Principal and Founder of the Advocacy Collaborative, LLC.  Laurel started the Advocacy Collaborative, LLC to empower more nonprofits to fulfill and fund their mission while […]

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Dr. Jude Pfister

Jude Pfister

Dr. Jude Pfister has been at Morristown since 2004 and has been with the National Park Service in the field of historic preservation and cultural resource conservation since 1993. Prior […]

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Annabelle Radcliffe-Trenner

Annabelle Radcliffe-Trenner

Annabelle Radcliffe-Trenner is a founding Principal of Historic Building Architects, LLC, Trenton, NJ, an award winning firm specializing in historic public buildings. She was trained as a preservation architect in […]

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Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the director of digital content at the National Trust, where for six years she has transformed words, images, and pixels into stories about saving places. Her career […]

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Michael R. Schnoering

Michael Schnoering

Michael R. Schnoering, FAIA, is a Partner with Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC, a full service architectural firm with broad experience in the planning and design of new buildings and […]

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Sarah Scott

Sarah Scott

Sarah Scott works at the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office (HPO), where she assists both professional and support staff on a variety of projects. Ms. Scott coordinated a mitigation project […]

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Vanessa Smiley

Vanessa Smiley

Vanessa Smiley is the Chief of Interpretation and Education at Morristown National Historical Park. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation and a Masters of Science in Resource […]

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Amy Southerland

Amy Southerland

Amy Southerland, AICP, is the Tourism and Special Events Manager for the City of Charleston, SC, where she works with the management of horse-drawn carriage, bus, and walking tours, among […]

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Jennifer Stark

Jennifer Stark

Jennifer Stark, AIA, CSBA, is an architect, historic preservation consultant, and certified sustainable building advisor. Her company, Stark Design, specializes in historic preservation-centric projects and new design. She is currently […]

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Geri Stengel

Geri Stengel

Geri Stengel uses for-profit skills to help nonprofits to increase their impact and sustainability. Typical projects include strategic planning, business planning for nonprofit commercial ventures, profit optimizations and crowdfunding coach. Ms. […]

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R. Michael Stewart

Michael Stewart

R. Michael Stewart, Ph.D., RPA, has a long record of research and publication dealing with the archaeological record of Native Americans of the past 13,000 years in the Mid-Atlantic and […]

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Amy Trimarco

Amy Trimarco

Amy Trimarco is co-chair, with Mary Jo Paterson, of the Glenmont Project of the Rutgers Extension MGEC.  The Glenmont Project is a service committee that has been restoring flowerbeds at […]

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Peggy Van Patton

Peg Van Patton

Peggy Van Patton graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of New Jersey with a B.A. in English Education, a M.Ed., and completed all of her course work in the […]

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Naoma Welk

Naoma Welk

Naoma Welk is a business writer who authored two books on the history of South Orange, published by Arcadia:  South Orange and South Orange Revisited.  She served on the Montrose Park Historic District […]

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Rebecca Yamin

Rebecca Yamin

Rebecca Yamin, Ph.D., RPA, has been working in historic preservation for forty years.  Her earliest projects were in New Jersey including many excavations at Raritan Landing and in New Brunswick.  While […]

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Sally Yerkovich

Sally Yerkovich is the author of A Practical Guide to Museum Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), Adjunct Professor of Museum Anthropology at Columbia University, Director of the Institute of Museum […]

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