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Historic New England is governed by a board of trustees and advised by a non-governing board of overseers and an advisory council. The staff leadership team carries out the organization's mission by overseeing day-to-day operations and employees. 

Board of Trustees
Board of Overseers
Staff Leadership Team

Board of Trustees

David A. Martland, Chair, Brookline, Massachusetts
David Feigenbaum, Vice-Chair, Winchester, Massachusetts
Randy J. Parker, Treasurer, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts
Joan M. Berndt, Clerk, Boston, Massachusetts
Carl R. Nold, President and CEO, Waltham, Massachusetts

Jacob Albert, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Theodore Alfond, Weston, Massachusetts
Maureen Fennessy Bousa, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts
Jon-Paul Couture, Providence, Rhode Island
George Fiske, Sherborn, Massachusetts
Christopher Karpinsky, Westford, Massachusetts
Sidney Kenyon, Boston, Massachusetts
Gregory Lombardi, Belmont, Massachusetts
Sandra Ourusoff Massey, Boston, Massachusetts, and Newport, Rhode Island
F. Warren McFarlan, Belmont, Massachusetts
Elizabeth H. Owens, Boston, Massachusetts
Roger T. Servison, Brookline, Massachusetts
Sylvia Q. Simmons, Ph.D., Boston, Massachusetts
Nancy B. Tooke, Boston, Massachusetts
Stephen H. White, Dover, Massachusetts

Board of Overseers

Sandra Ourusoff Massey, Chair, Board of Overseers, Boston, Massachusetts, and Newport, Rhode Island

Deborah J. Allinson, Hingham, Massachusetts
Nancy J. Barnard, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Ronald P. Bourgeault, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Christine Chamberlain, Brunswick, Maine
Edward C. Fleck, Boston, Massachusetts
William F. Gemmill, Wiscasset, Maine
Leslie Hammond, Manchester, Massachusetts
Eric Hayes, Beverly, Massachusetts
William C.S. Hicks, Wayland, Massachusetts
James Horan, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Katherine Williams Kane, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Elizabeth Leatherman, Newport, Rhode Island
Bruce D. Moir, Portland, Maine
Carolyn Osteen, Boston, Massachusetts
John Peixinho, Newport, Rhode Island
Susan Rogers, Scarborough, Maine
Susan P. Sloan, Boston, Massachusetts
Anne S. Upton, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
William Vareika, Newport, Rhode Island
William P. Veillette, Amherst, New Hampshire
Kelly Wright, Portsmouth, New Hampshire


Joan M. Berndt, Co-Chair, Boston, Massachusetts
Robert P. Emlen, Co-Chair, Seekonk, Massachusetts
George Ballantyne, Boston, Massachusetts
Frederick D. Ballou, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Lynne Z. Bassett, Palmer, Massachusetts
Russell Bastedo, Dublin, New Hampshire
Charles E. Beveridge, Alexandria, Virginia
Ralph C. Bloom, Norwalk, Connecticut
Randolph D. Brock, St. Albans, Vermont
Harold J. Carroll, Boston, Massachusetts
Michael R. Carter, Needham, Massachusetts
Edward Lee Cave, New York, New York
David Chase, York, Maine
Richard W. Cheek, Belmont, Massachusetts
Rebecca Clapp, Rockport, Maine
Martha Fuller Clark, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Karen Clarke, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Barbara A. Cleary, Salem, Massachusetts
Frances H. Colburn, Manchester, Massachusetts
Gregory L. Colling, AIA, Exeter, New Hampshire
Julia D. Cox, Brookline, Massachusetts
Trudy Coxe, Newport, Rhode Island
Abbott Lowell Cummings, Springfield, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Hope Cushing, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Elizabeth K. Deane, Boston, Massachusetts
William H. Dunlap, Amherst, New Hampshire
Jared I. Edwards, FAIA, Hartford, Connecticut
Harron Ellenson, Boston, Massachusetts
Eugene Gaddis, West Hartford, Connecticut
Diane R. Garfield, Center Harbor, New Hampshire
Marcy Gefter, Boston, Massachusetts
Haden Gerrish, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Lucretia Hoover Giese, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Debra W. Glabeau, Salem, Massachusetts
Kerri Greenidge, Beverly, Massachusetts
Martha D. Hamilton, Concord, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Hart Malloy, Haddam Neck, Connecticut
Judy L. Hayward, South Royalton, Vermont
Eric Hertfelder, Bristol, Rhode Island
Bruce A. Irving, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Edward C. Johnson 3d, Boston, Massachusetts
Elizabeth B. Johnson, Boston, Massachusetts
Joseph S. Junkin, Weston, Massachusetts
Mark R. Kiefer, Boston, Massachusetts
Anne F. Kilguss, Boston, Massachusetts
Matthew Kirchman, Salem, Massachusetts
Nancy Lamb, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Paula Laverty, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Arleyn A. Levee, Belmont, Massachusetts
Anita C. Lincoln, Boston, Massachusetts
John B. Little, Brookline, Massachusetts
Charles R. Longsworth, Athol, Massachusetts
Janina A. Longtine, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Peter S. Lynch, Marblehead, Massachusetts
Peter E. Madsen, Essex, Massachusetts
Philip Cryan Marshall, South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Johanna McBrien, Norwood, Massachusetts
Paul F. McDonough, Charlestown, Massachusetts
James D. McNeely, Boston, Massachusetts
Julianne Mehegan, Hingham, Massachusetts
Maureen I. Meister, Winchester, Massachusetts
Pauline C. Metcalf, New York, New York
Thomas S. Michie, Brookline, Massachusetts
Keith N. Morgan, Boston, Massachusetts
William Morgan, Providence, Rhode Island
Henry Moss, Concord, Massachusetts
Cammie Henderson Murphy, Belmont, Massachusetts
Stephen Murphy, Belmont, Massachusetts
Richard H. Oedel, Boston, Massachusetts
James F. O'Gorman, Portland, Maine
Mary C. O'Neil, Burlington, Vermont
Robert I. Owens, Boston, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Seward Padjen, Marblehead, Massachusetts
Anthony D. Pell, Weston, Massachusetts
Samuel D. Perry, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Patrick Pinnell, Higganum, Connecticut
Elizabeth Pochoda, Brooklyn, New York
Julie A. Porter, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Marion E. Pressley, Newton Center, Massachusetts
Sally W. Rand, South Freeport, Maine
Gail Ravgiala, Boston, Massachusetts
Courtney Richardson, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Kennedy P. Richardson, Boston, Massachusetts
Marita Rivero, Boston, Massachusetts
Timothy Rohan, Amherst, Massachusetts
Carolyn Parsons Roy, Kittery Point, Maine
Virginia Rundell, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Gretchen G. Schuler, Wayland, Massachusetts
Kristin L. Servison, Brookline, Massachusetts
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Augusta, Maine
Joseph Peter Spang, Deerfield, Massachusetts
Andrew Spindler-Roesle, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Dennis Stark, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Charles M. Sullivan, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jonathan Trace, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Paige Insley Trace, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
John W. Tyler, Provincetown, Massachusetts
William B. Tyler, Auburndale, Massachusetts
Theodore W. Vasiliou, Boston, Massachusetts
Gerald W.R. Ward, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
David Watters, Dover, New Hampshire
Alexander Webb, III, Boston, Massachusetts
Roger S. Webb, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Elisabeth Garrett Widmer, Newburyport, Massachusetts
Kemble D. Widmer, Newburyport, Massachusetts
Richard F. Wien, New York, New York
Susie Wilkening, Seattle, Washington
Robert W. Wilkins, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
Richard H. Willis, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Robert O. Wilson, Hopkinton, New Hampshire
Linda W. Wiseman, Weston, Massachusetts
Gary Wolf, Boston, Massachusetts
Walter Woodward, Columbia, Connecticut
William McKenzie Woodward, North Providence, Rhode Island
Ellen M. Wyman, Belmont, Massachusetts
Charles A. Ziering, Concord, Massachusetts
Margaret Ziering, Concord, Massachusetts

Staff Leadership Team

  • Carl R. Nold, President and CEO, was appointed President and CEO of Historic New England in April 2003. Prior to joining Historic New England, Mr. Nold served as director of Mackinac State Historic Parks in Michigan, director of The State Museum of Pennsylvania, director/curator of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum in Alexandria, Virginia, and registrar/grants officer of the New York State Historical Association and its Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown. After serving four years on the board of directors of the American Association of Museums (AAM), he was elected vice chairman of that board in 2007, and chairman for 2008-2010, and continues to serve on the board as immediate past chairman. Mr. Nold is a member of DEM HIST, the international committee on historic house museums of ICOM, the International Council of Museums. He is past chairman of US-ICOM, a designator of the Henderson Fund for the City of Boston, an elected life member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, an elected fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, past president of the Association of Midwest Museums, and past secretary of the Michigan Museums Association.
  • Diane Viera, Executive Vice President/COO, joined Historic New England in 1995 as the organization’s first marketing director, and has subsequently served in positions overseeing public outreach, development, and administration. As executive vice president and chief operating officer, she works closely with President Nold and Historic New England’s leadership team on administrative and operational matters, and leads institutional initiatives. Ms. Viera oversees the information technology team and the external affairs group, comprising the visitor experience team, community engagement, exhibitions management, marketing, public relations, e-communications, publications, and museum licensing. Prior to joining Historic New England, she worked in corporate communications for FM Global, public relations for the AD/COM agency, and as a reporter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Bridgeport, and has completed social enterprise executive education programs at the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School.
  • Peter Gittleman, Team Leader for Visitor Experience, is content expert on interpretation, site management, visitor experience, and audience development for Historic New England. A member of the Historic New England staff since 1986, he has served as a museum teacher, school program developer, project manager, and overseer of the tour experience at Historic New England’s thirty-six historic properties. He has helped develop the organization’s school programs, which have experienced dramatic growth in school and youth audiences, received exemplary recognition from federal funding agency reviewers, and are identified as outstanding models for historical organizations nationwide by the American Association of State and Local History and others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and a Master of Arts in preservation studies from Boston University. 
  • Wendy Gus, Director of Finance, is responsible for all aspects of budgeting and financial management, and for human resource programs. Ms. Gus has more than twenty-five years of experience working with non-profit organizations. As an audit manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers she worked with a variety of non-profit organizations and higher education institutions. Ms. Gus served as the controller at Montserrat College of Art for five years and as a senior manager at Stanton & Co. for seven years, specializing in their non-profit practice. Ms. Gus holds a B.A. in environmental studies from the University of Vermont and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University. She is a certified public accountant and a volunteer treasurer of the Newburyport Education Foundation.   
  • Benjamin Haavik, Team Leader for Property Care, is responsible for the maintenance and preservation of Historic New England's thirty-six historic house museums and landscapes. Prior to joining Historic New England in 2004, Mr. Haavik was deputy director of the Historic House Trust of New York City where he cared for twenty-four historic sites throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Mr. Haavik started his career at the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after receiving his M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, Mr. Haavik was a participant in the Attingham Summer School Program in England.
  • Jennifer Kent, Vice President for Advancement, is the key leader for managing development strategy and operations. She designs and manages a comprehensive development program, ensuring implementation of timely cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies across all donor groups and meeting or exceeding annual and long-term development goals established by the Board of Trustees and President/CEO. Ms. Kent brings more than twenty-five years of development experience to Historic New England, including her most recent work as Director of Development at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts, and previously as Director of Marketing and Development at EcoTarium in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her experience includes overseeing membership, annual and major gift support, grants, planned giving, capital campaigns, and cultivation and other fundraising events.
  • Julie Solz, Team Leader for Collection Services, coordinates the work of the collections management, conservation, curatorial, and library and archives teams. Prior to joining Historic New England in 2001 she worked as a registrar, collection manager, and conservator for museums in New England; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Solz holds an M.S. in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and a B.A. in Art History from the University of New Hampshire. In 2000, Ms. Solz was a participant in the Attingham Summer School Program in England.