Board of Trustees

Officers

Warren Jagger 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/AIA 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.

Laurel BowermanTreasurer of the Board.  Laurel is the Vice President of Commercial Real Estate for the Washington Trust Company in Providence. She has served on the PPS board for 10 years, and also serves on the boards of several economic and social development non-profits. She lives in East Greenwich.

Heather Evans Vice President of the Board. Heather moved to Providence from her home town of New York City, where she raised four daughters and was a senior executive at several top Wall Street firms. She was previously responsible for state tourism and business attraction for the state of Rhode Island and now heads marketing at the United Way of Rhode Island. Heather is an art and antiques collector and has restored several historic houses.

Patricia Raub Secretary of the Board. 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.

Rita Danielle SteeleVice President of the Board.  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 long-time passion for Providence’s historic properties has served as a primary focus, inspiring her to specialize in historic restoration and real estate development. She was named a 2015 Rhody Award recipient for her restoration of the historic Rumford Library. Rita also served as Co-chair of the Festival of Historic Houses in 2016 and 2017.

Trustees

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.

Joanna DohertyEx Officio. Joanna joined the staff of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission in 2013, where she serves as Principal Architectural Historian. She works with communities, consultants and property owners on nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Prior to joining the RIHPHC, Joanna served as a Community Planner with the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and as a Historic Landscape Planner at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Barry Fain – A native of Providence, Barry and his wife Elaine have lived in an 1820 house on the East Side for the past three and a half decades. Currently the president of Providence Media, a chain of six local newspapers, Barry is proud to have served on the Boards of United Way, Moses Brown School, the Providence Rotary and Waterfire. This appointment marks his second participation on the PPS board.

Antonieta FalconiEx Officio. An impact-focused business leader with financial and operations expertise, she is committed to developing and supporting ventures whose primary goal is achieving positive social impact while maintaining financial self-sustainability. Her work has spanned a variety of industries in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her most recent professional role was as CFO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse, where she managed the financial growth of the organization and assisted entrepreneurs in developing financial management skills. She is currently a stay-at-home mom and an active community member. She has been on the board of several organizations, including: the Urban Greens Co-op Marker, the Providence Revolving Fund, the Public’s Radio and the Latino Policy Institute. Antonieta and her family live in the Armory Historic District in the West End in Providence.

Anthony Hubbard — Anthony is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of YouthBuild Preparatory Academy, an umbrella organization authorized to operate both a school and a YouthBuild program, YouthBuild Providence. YBPA’s mission is to provide a liberating educational experience to all students, with a focus on engaging young men of color, preparing them to be confident, civically engaged leaders. Anthony is a life-long advocate for the success of boys and young men of color. Anthony successfully established a dropout prevention program in partnership with the Providence Public Schools Department and is the co-founder of The New Beginnings Academy middle school initiative to assist students in presecondary schooling completion and transition. Through his work with the NBA, Anthony wrote his first book, The Tale of Two Americas, The Socio-Emotional Development of Young Boys of Color. He also co-authored Examining The Core, A Study of the Difference in the Achievement and Growth of Males of Color within Rhode Island Urban Core Communities. Anthony sits on several boards and committees within the community and is a member of the Principal’s Center at Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the recipient of YouthBuild USA President’s Awards for Innovator of the Year and Excellence in Advocacy. He also serves as Vice President of the National Director’s Council of YouthBuild USA. Anthony also holds a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.

Rochelle Lee – is committed to fostering the right to self-determination of communities of color, low income, and marginalized peoples by advocating for equitable representation and deeply rooted community driven decisions on issues which impact their lived experience and the wellbeing of their natural environment. She has decades of experience developing affordable housing in Massachusetts, Connecticut,  and Rhode Island. She spent 10 years working for the Pawtucket School Department implementing career tech education programs in district high schools. Her time in self-employed work focused on residential, industrial and commercial revitalization. Rochelle’s relationships included municipal, non-profit and under resourced business entities. Some of Rochelle’s previous positions include Senior Asset Management Specialist for the National Equity Fund, Senior Program Manager with RI’s Local Initiatives Support Corporation  as well Associate Director of Codman Sq NDC in Boston. Her municipal employment history includes a variety of positions with the City of Boston as well Redevelopment Planner with the Boston Housing Authority.

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.

Wendy MacGaw – is a trained artist who currently owns Artpack Services, Inc., an art consultancy and fine arts shipping company based in Detroit.  She lives on the East Side in a 1937 Bauhaus-style home she renovated herself.  In 2018, Wendy curated a PPS Heritage Travel trip to Detroit, where she spent her formative years, including a stint at Cranbrook Academy of Art where she received her Master of Fine Art degree.

Jonathan Pitts-Wiley – is a father, husband, storyteller, and educator. A 2007 Yale graduate, he has been the Artistic Director of Mixed Magic Theatre since 2010 and a member of the faculty at Moses Brown School since 2013. An avid photographer, he is also the co-founder of The Vanta Guild, a collective of Rhode Island-based Black photographers. Jonathan is married to Mixed Magic’s music director, Kim Morrison Pitts-Wiley, and the couple lives in North Providence with their two children, Corinne and Joshua.

Katherine J. Pomplun – Katy Pomplun is the Institutional Giving Officer for Preservation at Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. She previously served as Grants Coordinator at the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, where she worked closely with community stakeholders and stewarding organizations in support of grant-funded capital preservation projects. She resides with her family in the Elmhurst/Mount Pleasant area of Providence.

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.

Shideh Shafie – Physician and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Warren Alpert School of Medicine. Shideh has a passion for Providence and the beauty and energy of the city. She also serves as a board member at the Rhode Island Economic Progress Institute, a non-profit group that advocates for policies that improve economic security and opportunity for working-class Rhode Islanders.

Barbara SokoloffEx 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.

Jared Sugerman – Jared is an attorney who lives and works in Providence. He is a graduate of Northeastern University and University of Michigan Law School and is a former journalist. Jared Chairs PPS’s Development Committee, has served on the Winter Bash Committee, and was a member of College Hill Neighborhood Association’s Board of Directors.

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 historical 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 an architectural historian for the Rhode Island Preservation and Heritage Commission.

Carrie Zaslow – 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.

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