Christopher Armer, President
Chris Armer is a Saratoga native and currently holds a position with Prudential Manor Homes on Broadway. In addition, Chris operates a local property management company. Both endeavors come after Chris's family partnership in Seasons In Saratoga which operated from 1997 to 2007. Chris served as a board member for the Downtown Business Association for several years as well as the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau.
Leslie Mechem, Vice President
Leslie is a classical archaeologist whose interests focus on ceramics in the ancient Mediterranean. She has excavated and conducted field research in Greece, Turkey, Israel, and Italy. She teaches courses on Greek and Roman art and archaeology, ancient Greek, classical mythology, and classical civilization in the Classics and Art History Departments at Skidmore College. In addition to preserving the ancient past she is also concerned with preserving the more recent architectural history of Saratoga Springs where she has lived since 1989.
Charles Wheeler, Jr., Treasurer
Charlie is the New York Racing Association's Planning and Community Relations Manager at Saratoga Race Course, and has lived in Saratoga Springs for the past 4 years. He served nearly 20 years as Executive Director of the Empire State Plaza Convention and Tourism Administration; more recently, he oversaw the development and management of the 200,000 square foot Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington KY ('96- '06) He has been in the tourism hospitality business for nearly 40 years. He currently serves on the board of the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau and the Saratoga Hospital Foundation Gala Committee, and is a member of the Saratoga Rotary Home Show Committee.
Linda Harvey-Opiteck, Secretary
Since 1992, Linda has worked as an Architectural Historian with the New York State Department of Transportation in Albany specializing in federal and state historic preservation laws and regulations. Prior to this she worked at the New York State Historic Preservation Office. She holds a Masters in Historic Preservation Administration from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelors in Art/Art History from Western Michigan University. She is an active member of the Washington DC based Transportation Research Board's Committee on Historic and Archaeological Preservation in Transportation as well as on the national panel for the study on "Guidelines for Design and Management of Historic Roads". Linda has also been involved in the City of Saratoga Springs Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee. Since 1988 she has lived in an 1850's Greek Revival house on the west side of Saratoga Springs. She is very excited to be a part of Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation.
Geoff recently retired as City Planner for the City of Saratoga Springs, a position he held for 22 years. He assisted with several expansions of the City's Historic Districts; the development of the Historic Preservation Plan; administered numerous historic preservation grants, and staffed the City's Design Review Commission. He began his career as a land use planner for the Saratoga Associates. He joined the City after 10 years with the Capital District Regional Planning Commission, where he served as Director of Planning. Geoff and his wife, Nancy Sharples, reside in the East Side Historic District.
Tamie S. Ehinger
Tamie and her husband George moved to Saratoga Springs from San Francisco just over four years ago. Tamie is an advertising account executive and has worked for a variety of magazines and publishing companies. An equine enthusiast, she currently plays polo with the Saratoga Polo Association, and is a very involved member of various local boards and charities. Tamie and George have been restoring an historic property in town and they have been recognized by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation numerous times over the past several years for their work.
Seth is a Capital Region native and an attorney and member of the Lemery Greisler LLC., a Saratoga Springs and Albany-based business law firm. Seth's practice focuses on US and international business, finance and economic development. Seth holds degrees from both Alfred University and Emery University. Seth currently resides in Saratoga Springs and has served on the Board of Trustees of Temple Israel Synagogue, Albany as well as the Albany Youth Soccer program where he was also a coach. Seth also served as a member of the Friends of the Madison Preservation group. In addition, Seth is a painter and accomplished stone lithographer and woodcut artist.
Dan Forbush has been executive director of communications at Skidmore since 2007. Formerly chief communications officer at Syracuse University and SUNY Stony Brook, he launched and managed for 12 years an online expert resource for journalists. In 1999, PR Week named him one of the 100 most influential public relations practitioners of the 20th Century.
Judy grew up in Latham and attended Cornell University for her undergraduate degree and also holds a doctorate in experimental psychology from that institution. Judy ultimately pursued a career in marketing research and strategy which yielded positions with international advertising agencies and corporations. The culmination of her experience eventually lead to the formation of Harrigan-Bodick, Inc., a marketing strategy and research firm in Manhattan. As of 2008, Judy returned to the area to be closer to family and friends.
C. Michael Ingersoll
Mike is a Founding Principal of The LA Group, Landscape Architecture and Engineering, P.C. He is a licensed landscape architect and has been involved with many land use development, adaptive re-use and planning projects within the City of Saratoga Springs and the Region. He and his family have resided in Saratoga Springs for 28 years and they live in a circa 1860s home within one of the City's Historic Districts. He is a past Commissioner for the Saratoga County Sewer District; Past Member of the Board of Directors for the Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce; Past President of the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club; Past Facilities Chair for the YMCA Camp Chingachgook Board of Managers; past Chairperson of the Downtown Saratoga Springs City 485B Tax Incentive Committee; past representative of Saratoga County for the Capital District Transportation Authority Board; and is currently a member of the Downtown Saratoga Springs Special Assessment District Board. As an involved citizen, he has donated his expertise to many community efforts. Mr. Ingersoll holds a BLA and a BS from SUNY ESF at Syracuse University and an AAS in Architectural Technology from SUNY Alfred.
Nicole R. Rodgers
Nicole is an attorney with DeGraff, Foy & Kunz and practices in the areas of civil litigation, family law, bankruptcy, real estate and estate planning. Nicole received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Spanish from The College of Wooster and her law degree from Albany Law School. Nicole is an active member of the Saratoga County Bar Association and is the co-chair of the 2011 Law Day Committee. In addition, Nicole volunteers with the Capital District Women's Bar Association Legal Project Legal Clinic.
Susan, originally from New Jersey, is a pathologist at Bellevue Woman's Hospital in Niskayuna, and was educated at UVM and Georgetown and trained at University of California San Diego.
She and her husband John Koella, a family physician in town, have lived in Saratoga Springs for 15 years in their four square house, built in 1924. They have slowly been renovating it to bring it back to the style and period of the 1920s. Last year they completed their biggest undertaking: a detached carriage house. They have two children: Emily attended American University and studied Arabic in Morocco. Ryan studied Architecture at SUNY Buffalo.
Jere Tatich is a 25 year resident of Saratoga Springs. He is a graduate of Cornell University's School of Landscape Architecture and a founding principal of Elan Planning, Design & Landscape Architecture, PLLC. He lives at Ludlow Street in his 1922 circa home and he promises himself one day he will see its renovation complete. The agrarian setting of his early family life taught him the importance of stewardship, which he believes is what stirred his passion for the preservation of both the natural landscape and the built environment that make up the communities in which we live. Within his professional practice Jere incorporates regionalism, authenticity of place, and craftsmanship into the project design whenever valid. His interest in the spirit of place centers on the village and small city settings of the northeast United States.
Robert M. West
Robert, a Saratoga Springs resident, is president of Old Saratoga Restorations Inc. Old Saratoga Restorations (OSR) is an award winning building restoration and rehabilitation firm whose primary concentration is historic architecture that also inlcudes public works and industrial and commerical projects in the North East Region. Robert is also a board member of the Saratoga Springs Design Review Commission and annually sponsors local charities including Double H Ranch, children's sports teams, and supplies material and labor for community outreach programs.
Eugene Corsale, Emeritus
James Kettlewell, Emeritus