Board of Directors & Staff

Preservation Massachusetts is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and maintains a professional staff. The staff collaborate on advocacy, programs and projects and with project specific consultants, such as legislative and conference planning. We also work with partners statewide, regionally and nationally.  Our office staff work from our base in Plymouth, MA while our Circuit Riders work “in the field,” responding directly to requests for advocacy assistance. 


Meet The Team

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Jim Igoe

President & CEO

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Jim has been with Preservation Massachusetts since 2002, during which time he has worked to increase the impact of the organization and historic preservation statewide. From working on state and national policy like tax credits to every day advocacy, Jim leads the organization and staff in coordination with the Board of Directors.  His prior work includes serving as Deputy Secretary of State, overseeing the Massachusetts Historical Commission and running a local preservation organization. He holds a Bachelors in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross and a Masters in Public Administration from Clark University.

Jeff Gonyeau

Eastern MA Circuit Rider

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Jeff came to Preservation Massachusetts in 2015 as the Eastern MA Circuit Rider. Along with his colleague Stacia, he works in the field, delivering mentoring support, education, resources and technical assistance directly to those facing preservation challenges or projects. Jeff has been an independent historic preservation consultant since 2013, focusing on preservation planning, fundraising, and project management work and previously worked at Historic Boston, Inc. A graduate of Hamilton College, Jeff has master’s degrees from Smith College and New York University

Erin D. A. Kelly

Associate Director

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Erin joined Preservation Massachusetts as a "part time/temporary" office administrator and preservation advocate in 2004 and now serves as Associate Director. She has worked on a range of projects from establishing the Circuit Rider program and Predevelopment Loan Fund to legislative advocacy, partnership cultivation and PM's graphics and videos. She currently serves as Secretary for the Board of the National Preservation Partners Network.  Erin holds a Bachelor of Science in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University and has a deep love of preservation, history, the arts and her tiny Southeastern MA hometown. 

Stacia Caplanson

Western MA Circuit Rider 

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Stacia came to PM in 2014 as our Western MA Circuit Rider and took on the added role of Special Projects Manager in 2017. She oversees specific programs such as the Massachusetts Most Endangered, organizes educational opportunities and presentations and fosters regional coalitions and preservation networks, all while serving as a source of guidance and advice as a Circuit Rider.  Stacia has a BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University and an MA in American History from UMASS/Amherst. She has worked in the museum & nonprofit world for 20+ years working in both large & small institutions.

Board of Directors



John Gahan, Chair (Sullivan & Worcester, LLP)

Mary Thompson, Vice Chair (Bank of America Merrill Lynch)

Nick Ratti, Treasurer (CohnReznick)ynch)
Daniel Kolodner, Clerk (Klein Hornig, LLP)

James W. Igoe, President

  • Kara Anderson, (Architectural Heritage Foundation)

  • Pamela Bailey, (Bond Brothers)

  • Maureen Cavanaugh (PAL Inc.)

  • Robert Charest (Boston Financial Investment Management)

  • Josh Cohen (Beacon Communities LLC)

  • John Cornell (Nixon Peabody, LLP)

  • Maria de las Mercedes Farrando (Beacon Communities LLC)

  • Wendall Kalsow (McGinley Kalsow & Associates)

  • Douglas Kelleher (Epsilon Associates)

  • Sarah la Cour (Westmass Area Development Corporation)

  • Ryan Lynch (Shawmut Design and Construction)

  • Karen Mauney-Brodek, (Emerald Necklace Conservancy)

  • James E. McDermott (Holland & Knight LLP)

  • Gordon Pulsifer (First Resource Companies)

  • Deirdre Robinson (Robinson Cole LLP)

  • Michael Rosenberg

  • Jon Rudzinski (Rees-Larkin Development)

  • Scott Winkler (Wessling Architects)

  • Claudia Sauermann Wu (Attorney)