Participants (2016)

2016 Participants

The “Bio” that you write when you Propose a session will be listed on this page. Not proposing a session?  We’ll use the biographical information you provided when you registered for the unconference!

Questions? Email Marisa Brown: mbrown[at]genieloci[dot]com

Evelyn A. Ansel (Picturae Inc.)

Patsy Baudoin (Antrim Media Arts)

Markus Berger

Bio: Markus Berger is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Interior Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a registered architect (SBA) in the Netherlands and principal of the Providence based art|design studio InsideOut Design. He co-founded and co-edits Int|AR, the Journal on Interventions and Adaptive Reuse, that encompasses issues of preservation, conservation, alteration and interventions. His work, research, writing and teaching is a critique on modern architecture and focuses on forms of change such as art and design modifications and interventions in the built environment. His recent publications include the essays: “Change, Preservation and Adaptive Reuse”, (past. present. future, Rhode Island School of Design, 2011); “(In)convertability and Memory” (Int/AR -Interventions and Adaptive Reuse V04, 2012); “Constructing Change; Developing a theory for Adaptive Reuse”, (Common Ground Publishing, 2012); “Left over spaces: Rediscovering Qualities for Interior Architecture” ([In]arch Proceedings, Universitas Indonesia, 2014) and the forthcoming article, “Death of the Architect: Appropriation and Interior Architecture” (Interior Architecture Theory Reader, Routledge)

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Phoebe Blake

Tom Blake (Boston Public Library)

Laurie Brewer (Curator; RISD Museum)

Margaret Carlin (GSLIS Student at URI)

Andy Cutler
Bio: As a communications design professional with two decades of experience, Andy specializes in counseling public and private institutions, colleges and universities and start-up ventures on issues related to image enhancement, media relations, crisis communications, grassroots organizing, student engagement, placemaking, social media and community outreach programming aimed at improving key stakeholder relationships.

He is the founding professional advisor of the world’s premier student-led conference on socially conscious design, Better World by Design. He founded Smaller Cities Unite!, as a way to connect creative talent from cities with populations of 500,000 or less. Andy is also a founding partner of the Ocean State Oyster Festival aimed at increasing awareness of Rhode Island’s aquaculture industry.

Andy has also served as a guest lecturer at Brown University and RISD on the subject of entrepreneurship and taught “The Brand of You” at RISD’s Continuing Education program. He received his B.A. from George Washington University.

Follow Andy on Twitter at: @andypvd, @ourpvd, @smallercitiesu, @oysterfestri
Twitter: @andypvd
My unconference experience wouldn’t be complete without: Whether it be this platform or others explored at this conference, what would make the experience well worth everyone’s time is actionable next steps coming out of this event.

Ari Davidow
Bio: Long-time proprietor of the KlezmerShack and other websites. Former Director of Online Strategy at Currently looking at how to make more cultural heritage available online long-term, in a form that is preservable, discoverable, and re-mixable.

Russell Dean (Battery B)

Brenda Desantiago (Brown University)

Morgan Devlin (Preserve Rhode Island; Marketing Communications Manager)

Eve Dewan (Brown University)

Angela DiVeglia
Bio: Angela DiVeglia works as the Curatorial Assistant at the Providence Public Library, planning and mounting exhibitions, bringing artists and designers into the library’s Special Collections, and building collaborative projects with educational and artistic institutions throughout Rhode Island.

James Alan Egan
Bio: James Alan Egan was a professional photographer in Providence for 40 years. He has been researching the Newport Tower for thirty years and has written fifteen books on the subject. For the past six years he has been the curator of the Newport Tower Museum, just fifty steps northeast of the Tower at 152 Mill Street.
My unconference experience wouldn’t be complete without: open minds and creative thinkers
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Cynthia A Elder (Executive Director, Coggeshall Farm Museum)

Barbara Elmúdesi (Brown University)

Emily Esten (UMass Amherst)

Blaire Gagnon (University of Rhode Island)

Bruce Wayne Gaines (Adult Education Program Director)

Paula Garcia (Boston University)

Gayle Gifford (Brown University)

Charmyne Goodfellow (Rhode Island Historical Society; Program Outreach Manager)

C. Morgan Grefe (Rhode Island Historical Society)
Bio: Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society. I’ve been at the RIHS for more than eleven years, serving as the Director of the Goff Center for Education and Public Programs for 6.5 of those. In the summer of 2011, I became the Executive Director.
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My unconference experience wouldn’t be complete without: Great conversations and challenging ideas.

Logan Hinderliter (Rhode Island Council for the Humanities)
Bio: Logan Hinderliter – Program Associate, Grants and Partnerships, works at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities supporting the administration and development of the Council’s programs including the speaker’s bureau: EnRICHment Opportunities, Grants, and Rhode Tour, the digital place-based storytelling mobile application and website focused on sharing the state’s compelling local narratives. He also maintains the Council’s social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.
My unconference experience wouldn’t be complete without: Connecting with new individuals and sharing great ideas!
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Twitter: @rihumanities

Anne Holland (Founder, Rhode Red)
Bio: Founder of multiple B2B media brands bringing niche industries the data, case studies and connections they need to thrive, Holland has recently turned her attention onto helping local retailers grow their businesses.

Holland has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fast Company, Boston Globe and many more media outlets. She has also keynoted dozens of business conferences across the US.

She is a Providence resident, a RI employer and has owned and restored several older homes.

Laura Kitching(The Trustees of Reservations)

Clayton Kindred (Brown University)
Bio: Clayton Kindred studies the history of art and the politics of art and culture, with a particular focus on the interplay between ancient and modern cultures, heritage policy, and social criticism. Clayton received his bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Dayton, and his master’s degree in art history from West Virginia University. His graduate thesis focused on the institutional and social reception of Assyrian art in nineteenth century England. Previously, Clayton worked at the Meridian International Center in Washington DC, where he worked to foster international, diplomatic relationships through the trade of art and culture.
My unconference experience wouldn’t be complete without: Developing framework for a new policy of heritage preservation in war and conflict zones.

Janaya Kizzie

Brian Knoth (Rhode Island College)

SueEllen Kroll (Rhode Island Council for the Humanities)

Joseph Leduc (Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University)

Jason Martin (City of Providence)
Bio: Jason Martin has worked in the preservation field for the last 15 years in as the Preservation Planner for the City of Providence. He is a native Rhode Islander, having grown up in Providence. He has degrees in Art History and History from Rhode Island College, and a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Marta V. Martinez
Bio: I am the Executive Director of RI Latino Arts and Project Director/Founder of Nuestras Raíces: Latino Oral History Project of RI
My unconference experience wouldn’t be complete without: My hope is to form a local group of individuals in the Latino community who are passionate about preserving their heritage and culture outside of collecting oral histories.
Web Site
Twitter: @RILatinoStories

Michelle Montalbano (Archiving Assistant, The Digital Ark. MLIS Candidate, Simmons SLIS)

Katherine Monteiro (Independent Scholar)

Shannon Mulligan (American Studies, Smith College)

Sneha Murali (RISD)
Bio: With a background in Architectural design, I am currently pursuing the M.A in interior architecture and adaptive reuse at RISD
My unconference experience wouldn’t be complete without: Being my first proposal towards academic contribution, I hope to learn from feed back and gain a broader perspective on the topic.

Margot Nishimura (Deputy Director, Newport Restoration Foundation)

Kris Nolte (Brown University SPS – Digital Media Specialist)

Marjory O’Toole
Bio: Marjory is the Managing Director of the Little Compton Historical Society and a part-time MA in Public Humanities student at Brown University.

Carole Ann Penney (Rhode Island Council for the Humanities)

Glynis Ramos Mitchell (Director of Fox Point Cape Verdean Heritage Project)

Kristin Read (Ready to Learn Providence- AmeriCorps Director)

Kristin Read (Battery “B”; First RILA Inc.)

Rekha Rosha (HiFi Collaborative)

Monica Roth (Brown University)

Brent Runyon
Bio: Executive Director of Providence Preservation Society
Web Site:
Twitter: @pvdpreservation

Debra Sarlin (Brandeis University)

Clark Schoettle

Yoon Kyung Shim (Brown University)

Sylvia Ann Soares

Lane Sparkman (RI Secretary of State’s office; Education and Public Programs Coordinator)

Rupert Spatzenegger (Technical Director, The Digital Ark)

Robert Stack (Executive Director, MCMRI)

Rita Danielle Steele (Principal, SRCI Group)
My unconference experience wouldn’t be complete without: Straightforward discussions regarding gentrification issues in the city

Caroline Stevens (Brown University)
Bio: As a program manager, architectural guide, and independent blogger, Caroline explores ways of bringing the diverse architectural landscape and vibrant history of cities to life for others by opening doors to buildings and telling the stories of neighborhoods.

Caroline helped launch and eventually managed Open House Chicago, Chicago’s largest weekend architecture festival, while working at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. She was just awarded a fellowship from Brown University, where she is pursuing a masters degree in Public Humanities, to launch a new program called Doors Open Rhode Island.
Web Site:
Twitter: @caroline_nye
My unconference experience wouldn’t be complete without: Meeting awesome people and leaving with new ideas

Carrie Taylor (Director, Lippitt House Museum)

Ruth Taylor

Michael L Umbricht (Observatory Curator, Brown University Department of Physics)

Lori Urso
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Alyssa Valco (URI Student)

Katie Vogel (Brown University)

Leigh Waldron-Taylor (Artist)

Sarah Weed (Regional Librarian, Providence Public Library)

Joseph Wagenbach (Board Member of the Massasoit Historical Association, Warren, RI)

Jeremy C. Wells
Bio: Jeremy C. Wells is an assistant professor in the Historic Preservation Program in the School of Art, Architecture, and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University, and a Fulbright scholar. Previously, he has worked as an historic preservation planner, Main Street manager, and as an architectural materials conservator. He is the co-editor of the book, Preservation Education: Sharing Best Practices and Finding Common Ground (University Press of New England). He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Clemson University, an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University. Dr. Wells is interested in how people perceive, value, and interact with historic environments and how this experience is similar to the experience of natural environments with a focus on place attachment. He uses social science research methodologies, such as ethnographies, survey research, and phenomenology to answer these questions because, fundamentally, he believes that the conservation of the historic environment is an endeavor that should benefit people.
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Twitter: #HistEnv

Lee Wright
Bio: Founded The History List and History Camp (History Camp Boston is March 26). Created the campaign for history at the holidays, “Make this holiday historic!” Publishes the weekly “Guide to History Events in Rhode Island,” the monthly “Conferences and Courses for History Professionals,” and the occasional, “Marketing Tips for History Organizations.” Has spoken at the New England Museum Association annual conference an the Association for the State and Local History annual conference. Works with early-stage and growth-stage new ventures. More on LinkedIn:

Liza Yeager (Brown University)

Sarah Zurier
Bio: Special Projects Coordinator at R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission