Samantha Bosshart, Executive Director
Samantha joined the Foundation in June 2008. She came to the Preservation Foundation from the Historic Albany Foundation (HAF), where she was the Director of Preservation Services. She represented HAF at the City of Albany Historic Resources Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and neighborhood planning meetings. She also served as Chair of the Solutions to Vacant Buildings Committee, a diverse twenty-two member community stakeholder group whose goal is to recommend creative solutions for the large vacant building problem of the City of Albany. Samantha also provided technical assistance to HAF members and members of the community; developed and organized educational programming; and administered rehabilitation grants.
In 2006, Samantha completed her Master of Arts Historic Preservation Planning coursework at Cornell University. Prior to Cornell, Samantha worked at Galveston Historical Foundation, the second-largest historic preservation not-for-profit in the country. There she was the Manager of the Preservation Resource Center, which offers historic property research, neighborhood information, and technical rehabilitation guidance. She also oversaw the nationally recognized Paint Partnership and Paint Pals programs, which provides low-income homeowners of historic houses with free paint.
Before joining the Galveston Historic Foundation, Samantha was an independent contractor. She completed an extensive rehabilitation of four houses located in the East End National Historic Landmark District in Galveston, Texas. She moved to Galveston after graduating from Indiana University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Criminal Justice.
Sara Boivin, Membership and Program Director
Sara joined the Foundation in April 2011. Sara has a museum background and most recently held the position of Director of Education at The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls NY. Prior to that experience, Sara was the Curator of Education at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH. Sara has developed public programming for over 12 years for a variety of audiences and age groups and brings to the Foundation all of her museum-related experience.
Sara received her MA in Art History and Museum Studies in 1999 from Case University, Cleveland, OH and a BA in Art History from Skidmore College.