Board of Trustees
Christopher Marsella – President of the Board. Chair of the Advancement Committee and past Co-chair of the Winter Bash. Chris is the President of Marsella Development Corporation, Providence. He resides in College Hill, on the East Side of Providence.
Warren Jagger – Vice President of the Board. Co-chair of the PPS Planning and Architectural Review Committee. Warren is an accomplished architectural photographer, owner, and principal of Warren Jagger Photography, with a studio in Providence’s Jewelry District. He is also a RISD graduate and photographer of the PPS/AIAri Guide to Providence Architecture. He is a board member of the Sakonnet Preservation Association. Warren and his wife reside on the East Side of Providence and in Little Compton.
Melissa Trapp – Vice President of the Board. Former Treasurer of the Board, and Chair of the Finance Committee. Co-chaired the 2015 Annual Meeting. Former Chair of the 2010 Festival of Historic Houses Committee. Melissa is a Senior Vice President of Bank Rhode Island, Investment Sales Manager. She lives in Cranston.
Clifford M. “Jack” Renshaw – Treasurer of the Board. Former Secretary of the Board. Serves as Chair of the Properties Committee. Former Chair of the Membership Committee. He also has been appointed as a PPS representative to the Shakespeare’s Head Association, where he served as Treasurer. Jack is a Providence-based architect in private practice, and he previously served as Historical Architect for the RI Historical Preservation Commission. He lives in the Summit Historic District on the East Side of Providence with his husband, Bob Matthews.
Cait Amirault – Secretary of the Board. A longtime PPS volunteer, Cait Amirault has chaired both the Festival of Historic Houses and Winter Bash Committees several times. Cait currently works at Citizens Bank in strategic communications. Prior to joining Citizens, Cait held a variety of community-facing roles in corporate environments. Additionally, Cait provides PPS with valuable advancement support cultivated through her work on two successful stateside bond referendum campaigns as well as through managing Rhode Island College’s Annual Fund.
Rita Danielle Steele – Assistant Secretary of the Board. Served as Co-chair of the Festival of Historic Houses Committee (2016 & 2017). Owner and Founder of real estate consulting firm Steele Realty Consultants, Rita Danielle Steele is a licensed attorney in MA and RI, a licensed contractor, and previously served as Principal Managing Broker and remains a Founding Partner of Geo Properties Inc. Rita is a member of many organizations and committees, and while her interests are wide ranging, her longtime passion for Providence’s historic properties has been a primary focus, inspiring her to specialize in historic restoration and real estate development. She was most recently named a 2015 Rhody Award recipient for her restoration of the historic Rumford Library.
Ian Barnacle – Board member, Co-chair of the 2014 Annual Meeting and PPS Festival of Historic Houses. Co-chaired the 2013 Festival of Historic Houses. Ian is a licensed realtor and Broker/Manager of Residential Properties’ Barrington office. A former President of the Fox Point Neighborhood Association, he resides in Fox Point on the East Side of Providence.
Carrie Zaslow – Ex Officio. Carrie is the Executive Director of the Providence Revolving Fund. She has an extensive background in community development, finance, and deployment of effective and innovative programs. Prior to joining the team at the Providence Revolving Fund, she had an 11-year tenure at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) as well as earlier experience at Randolph Savings Bank and the Housing Network of Rhode Island.
Laurel Bowerman – Vice President of Commercial Real Estate, Washington Trust Company, Providence. She resides in East Greenwich.
Kathryn J. Cavanaugh – Historic Preservation Consultant and longtime PPS volunteer. She currently lends her expertise as a member of PPS’s Marker Committee and served previously on the PPS Planning and Architectural Review Committee. Kathy resides in Providence’s Mount Hope neighborhood.
Stephen W. Coon – A member of the Providence Preservation Society since 2002, Steve has been an active PPS volunteer since 2007. From 2010 through 2013, Steve was the Volunteer Coordinator for the Festival of Historic Houses and the Holiday Festival. Steve was named PPS’s “Volunteer of the Year” for 2010. He joined the PPS Board in 2013 and is a member of the Advancement Committee. He recently retired as Director of Strategy & Business Development at Textron, Inc. in Providence. Steve joined Textron in 2007 after 25 years as a business strategy consultant. Steve is also currently a member of the Boards of Lincoln School and The Providence Athenaeum. He and his wife Melanie have lived in the Wayland District on the East Side of Providence since 1986 and are the parents of a son, Baker, and a daughter, Jessica.
JP Couture – Past President and former Vice President of the Board. Former chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Former Co-chair of the Properties Committee, the 2013 Executive Director Search Committee, the Planning and Architecture Review Committee, The Preservation Awards Ceremony, and Most Endangered Properties Committee. He helped create and co-chaired the first Providence Symposium, “The American Renaissance and Providence: A Golden Age in Architecture and the Arts,” a collaboration with the RISD Museum and The Providence Athenaeum. JP has a B.Arch degree and owns a residential design firm located in Providence that works in many communities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. A Providence resident of over 20 years, he has worked on the restoration of a 1920s garden by Achille Duchene in Newport and a James Bucklin-designed Federal House in Providence’s Fox Point. JP lives in Fox Point on the East Side of Providence.
Paul Kappel – Member of the Finance Committee. Co-chaired the 2013 Annual Appeal Drive with his wife, Mary Reineman. Currently retired, Paul has served most recently as Director of Development at the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Previously he was the Rhode Island Director for Prudential Securities and Director for Merrill Lynch in Charlotte, North Carolina. Paul and Mary reside on Providence’s Historic East Side.
Kirsten Kenney – Chair of the Nominating and Board Governance Committees. Kirsten is a Partner in the Real Estate Group of Hinckley Allen, where her practice focuses on real estate development and financing. She is a resident of Barrington.
Dr. Cathy Lund – Cathy is a feline practitioner and owner of City Kitty Veterinary Care for Cats on Hope Street. A 30-year Providence resident, she currently serves on the boards of The Providence Athenaeum, the Providence Historic District Commission, Preserve Rhode Island, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the American Veterinary Association. Cathy resides in Providence’s Elmwood neighborhood with her husband, Dr. Peter Karczmar.
Miguel Quezada – Chair of the 2018 House Tour Committee. Miguel is an Executive Sales Professional at Sanofi Pharmaceuticals with experience in the bio-environmental, financial, and healthcare sectors. Miguel currently serves on the boards of the Providence Revolving Fund, Stop Wasting Abandoned Property, and the Providence Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He resides with his wife, Dina, in Providence’s North Elmwood neighborhood, where he was an instrumental volunteer for PPS’s 2017 Festival of Historic Houses in partnership with Knight Memorial Library.
Patricia Raub – Chair of the Public Engagement Committee. Patricia teaches courses on the history of Rhode Island and Providence architectural history in the School of Continuing Education at Providence College. She also teaches a course on the history of U.S. documentary photography at Providence College and at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is one of the founders of Providence Community Library, and she serves on PCL’s Board of Trustees. She resides in Elmhurst.
Edmund A. Restivo Jr. – Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Restivo Monacelli LLP, a Providence-based tax, accounting, and business advisory firm and a PPS Partner in Preservation. Ed leverages his expertise and passion for historic preservation to advise clients nationwide on how to maximize historic tax credits for the development of historic properties. His own development projects have included the rehabilitation of Providence’s Conrad Building into the city’s first downtown residential development. Ed resides in Narragansett with his wife, Susan.
Lucie Searle – Ex Officio. Lucie is a former President of the Board and Co-chair of the 2014-2015 Providence Symposium Committee. She specializes in the redevelopment of historic properties and for the past 25 years has focused most of her efforts on downtown Providence. Through her work with AS220, a nonprofit community arts organization, and the Providence Preservation Society, Lucie has been responsible for the adaptive reuse of several high-profile downtown buildings. Lucie also serves on the boards of Farm Fresh Rhode Island and Grow Smart Rhode Island. Born and raised on her family’s farm in Exeter, Lucie now resides in Providence.
Barbara Sokoloff – Ex Officio Board member representing the Providence Revolving Fund, where she is on the board. She is president of Barbara Sokoloff Associates, a multifaceted housing, finance, development, and community revitalization consulting firm. BSA has been the development consultant on many notable projects, including the WaterFire Arts Center, more than 2000 affordable housing units, and mixed-use buildings along major thoroughfares. Barbara also serves on the board of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, among others. Barbara resides on Providence’s East Side with her husband, Herbert Rakatansky.
Mark Van Noppen – Ex Officio. Past Vice President of the Board and Past President. Currently serves as Co-chair of the Planning and Architectural Review Committee. Mark has served on just about every PPS committee at one time or another. He is the Managing Director at The Armory Revival Company, a 27-year-old development firm located on the West Side of Providence. He lives with his wife Julie in a Second Empire mansard in the Armory District, Providence.
Wm McKenzie “Mack” Woodward – Architectural History Consultant. Former Board member. Among the many publications by Woodward are the 1986 work Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historical Resources, co-written with David Chase and Edward F. Sanderson, and the more recent PPS/AIAri Guide to Providence Architecture, which acts as a historic guidebook to all the structures and sites of architectural significance in the city, granting him a reputation as “the person who knows more about Providence architecture than anyone.” The latter provides 12 self-guided tours covering over 300 buildings, with corresponding maps, photographs, and historical narratives. Woodward recently retired as architectural historian for the Rhode Island Preservation and Heritage Commission.