The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance
Board of Directors
The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is governed by a board of directors that includes leaders from around the state who have made significant contributions to the business, public, and nonprofit sectors in New Hampshire.
Kathy Bogle Shields, Immediate Past Chair, was most recently the executive director of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, a quasi-state agency that oversees state investment in housing, economic and community development projects. Prior to her appointment at NH CDFA, Ms. Shields was manager of Providian Financial Community Grants and Investment Program, and as such led an innovative program to expand and improve child care in the state of New Hampshire and nationally. As a volunteer, she chaired the NH Main Street Center board of directors, served as an incorporator of Canterbury Shaker Village and as the inaugural chair of Canterbury's Historic District Commission. Currently, she is involved as a local Lake Host, volunteering to help boaters understand the importance of protecting New Hampshire lakes, particularly Clough Pond. She lives in Canterbury.
Sue Booth, Secretary, became the owner of Vintage Kitchens in 1995 after working as a speech therapist for many years. She discovered her love for kitchens, renovations and space planning after purchasing a small bungalow in the east end of Manchester. Her research and study of kitchens appropriate for her purchase resulted in her current career choice as a kitchen designer. Architectural study remains a favorite hobby of Sue and her husband Steve, a finish carpenter. In addition to her strong interest in preservation and restoration, Sue enjoys gardening, knitting, sewing, and antique hunting. She lives in Canterbury.
Ian Blackman of Chichester specializes in restoring and preserving historic barns and houses, and is both a trusted advisor and a popular Preservation Alliance workshop presenter. Blackman is a graduate of North Bennet Street School's furniture making program. He was a preservation carpenter at Canterbury Shaker Village, a National Historic Landmark, from 1997-2003, and then launched his own preservation contracting business.
David F. Choate, III of Rye has more than 30 years of commercial real estate experience. He has been the managing partner of the Portsmouth office of Colliers International since 1991. In his career, David has been involved in transactions with a total value of more than $250 million. New Hampshire Commercial Investment Board of REALTORS named him the 2014 Realtor of the Year. David serves on the boards of The Housing Partnership, Northern New England Real Estate Network, and A Safe Place of NH.
Jeffrey D. Gilbert, Chair, is a broadly experienced businessman who practiced law for 14 years, primarily as a business lawyer, and then spent a number of years as an investment banker. Currently, he is one of two principals of W.J.P. Development, LLC, which owns and manages retail and community shopping centers in New Hampshire. Gilbert has been active in politics since 2000, serving as a State Representative and vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from 2002 to 2005. Currently, he is chairman of the board of directors of New Hampshire Public Broadcasting, president of the board of trustees of the Housing Partnership, a local organization providing affordable housing in the Seacoast region, treasurer and board member of Seacoast Hospice, and has served as chairman, vice chairman and treasurer of the board of trustees of Strawberry Banke Museum. He lives in Rye.
Frank Lemay, Vice Chair is the president and owner of Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc., a construction management, general contracting and consulting business. He is a graduate of Northeastern University and a registered structural engineer. He is currently the president of the board of directors for Second Start in Concord, serving as a board member since 2005. He served on the board of directors of CATCH Neighborhood Housing from 1995-2005. His business focus is on institutional, educational, medical, business, and historic preservation clients. Projects include Portsmouth's historic North Church, Folsom Tavern in Exeter, Ashland's Historic School, and Manchester's Odd Fellows building. He lives in Chichester.
Nick Mitchell was the president of MC2, Inc, a marketing and strategic planning firm he founded in 1992 and ran until his retirement in 2015. Prior to that he served as managing partner of Altman and Manley/Eagle advertising. Nick graduated from The Lawrenceville School and earned a BA in Economic at Boston University. He has developed marketing strategies and advertising campaigns for a diverse group of clients including Agfa Corporation, Anheuser-Busch, Bitstream, Caterpillar Tractor and GTE/Sylvania. He has also managed communications and media relations for several US Senate and House campaigns and served as Vice President/Communications Director of Americans for Campaign Reform, an advocacy group based in Washington, DC. Nick is a former chair of the board of The Fells historic estate in Newbury, NH, and former chair of the board of The Friends Program in Concord, NH. He lives in Warner in an historic cape built in 1796.
Jayme Simoes of Concord is president of Louis Karno & Company and past president of the Public Relations Society of America, Yankee Chapter. He is currently a board member of McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.
Lisa Thompson is an attorney with Hage Hodes P.A. in Manchester, where she focuses on business and intellectual property law, advising clients in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors on issues such as governance, brand management, copyrights, internet and privacy issues. She absorbed a love of modernist architecture while growing up in Houston, then studied medieval art and architecture in college. Since returning to New Hampshire, she has visited over 100 towns in the state and continues to pursue her goal of visiting all of them. Her husband is the program director at New Hampshire Public Radio.
Lori Wamser, Treasurer, is the director of operations for the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, managing several of their grant programs and ensuring the organization is in compliance with all state and federal regulations. She is a Certified Public Accountant with over thirty years of experience, mostly in the non-profit sector. She served as treasurer and vice-chair of Home Health and Hospice Care of Nashua from 1996-1999, and board chair of Emerson School in Concord from 2001-2003. She lives in Dunbarton.
Ben Wilson holds a degree in History and African American Studies from Syracuse University, a certificate in Preservation Carpentry from the North Bennet Street School in Boston and a Masters Degree in Building Conservation from the University of York, England. Currently, he is the Director of the Bureau of Historic Sites within the N.H. Division of Parks and Recreation. He has worked professionally in the field of historic preservation and museums for over twenty years in South Carolina, Georgia, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. Ben currently sits on the boards of the Association of Preservation Technology, the Gundalow Company of Portsmouth and his local Rotary Club. He lives in a restored 1791 tavern in the town of Hopkinton with his wife Lucy and their two boys Lincoln and Harrison.
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Christopher Rogers of Francestown is a C.P.A. in Amherst who has served individuals and businesses for over 35 years. He is very active in community affairs. He was formerly the chairman of the board and treasurer of St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua and formerly the president of the Souhegan Nursing Association in Milford. He is currently a board member and past president of the Milford Rotary Club. He is also a board member of the Francestown Land Trust.
Hunter Ulf is a founding principal of UK Architects in Hanover and currently serves as chief operating officer at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden. He has worked extensively on residential, commercial, and institutional projects involving new construction, additions, and renovations. Early in his career, Hunter served as a consultant to the General Services Administration and the National Park Service in the renovation of historic federal buildings nationwide. His award-winning projects include the rehabilitation and revitalization of Claremont’s Monadnock Mills No. 2 & No. 6. Hunter has served as the president of both AIA Vermont and AIA New England, and served as a director on the national AIA board.
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