Current Board Members

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Steven Donovan

Since - Spring 2015

A native of Upper Darby, PA, visual artist Steven Donovan moved to New York City at the age of 19 to seek his fame and fortune. In the intervening years, [...]

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Doug Gray

Since - Winter 2015

Doug Gray and his wife, Lynn, the CEO of the Remington Federal Credit Union, moved to the Mohawk Valley from New England in 2013, settling in historic Fort Plain, NY. [...]

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Tolga Morawski

Since - Spring 2011

Tolga Morawski founded the Mohawk Valley Collective (formerly Historic Fort Plain) in 2011, and currently serves as Treasurer. He was raised in Fort Plain, just two blocks away from their first restoration [...]

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Gerritt Platel

Since - February 2015

Historic preservation is a passion of Mohawk Valley Collective President Gerritt Platel. The son of a contractor, the Rensselaerville, NY, native developed an interest in historic preservation in his youth. [...]

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Tanya Towne

Since - Spring 2012

There’s a lot more to Fort Plain business owner, Tanya Towne, than meets the eye. The Fulton County native is an Iraqi War veteran, retired after 17 years of service [...]

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Current Staff


Andrew Salimian

Since - Summer 2015

Andrew joined us in June of 2015 as an intern and later became a Preservation Associate, effective 2/20/17 he has become MVC’s Executive Director. He received an Architecture degree from [...]


Sam Wrigglesworth

Since - Spring 2015

Sam grew up in Portland, OR and moved to Brooklyn when she completed high school. While in New York, she came to the MVC as an intern in May of [...]


Emily Brockenbrough

Since - Spring 2016

Emily joined the Mohawk Valley Collective in Spring 2016. She has studied at The Barnard College of Columbia University, majoring in Architecture with concentrations in Visual Arts and Literature. She [...]


Jocelyn Mosher

Since - Fall 2015

Jocelyn, our bookkeeping assistant, is a native to the Mohawk Valley, living in the Canajoharie/Fort Plain area. She is a mother of two daughters and is currently going to school [...]

Former Board Members


Ted Arndt

Start - Summer 2011
End - Winter 2013

Ted Arndt was a founder of the Mohawk Valley Collective (then known as Historic Fort Plain) and the Secretary from its inception in July 2011 through late 2013. He was [...]


Nick Drummond

Start - Spring 2014
End - Spring 2015

Nick Drummond was born in Annapolis, Maryland. Following high school, he attended the University of Maryland (UMD) earning a B.S. Degree in Architecture with a Certificate in Historic Preservation in [...]


Hein Kraak

Start - Fall 2013
End - Winter 2015

A resident of Canajoharie since 2001, Hein and his wife, Autumn, have two sons and formerly owned the Elephant Bistro and Twilight Gardens Boutique & Cafe. Hein is also an [...]


Linda Kellett

Start - Spring 2015
End - Summer 2016

Rich loamy soil, an abundant supply of water, and gently contoured hillsides with rolling pastures of alfalfa, timothy, and hay were among the assets that attracted Linda Kellett and her [...]


John McGlone

Start - Spring 2013
End - Summer 2014

Originally from Long Island, New York, John and his wife Michelle, reside at Valley View Farm, a historic farm in Palatine Bridge that is listed on the National Register. Since [...]


Bob Perry

Start - Summer 2011
End - Summer 2013

Robert V. Perry was President of the Mohawk Valley Collective from its inception in July 2011 as Historic Fort Plain through the Summer of 2013. He was born, raised, and [...]


Robert Smith

Start - Fall 2011 - Spring 2012
End - Winter - Fall 2014

Robert and his wife, Ina, raised their two daughters in a large Stick-style Victorian home and four-stall carriage house in the village of St. Johnsville. Robert has operated a keyboard [...]

Former Staff


Sarah Silverblatt Buser

Start - Fall 2014
End - Spring 2015

Growing up immersed in the small but intense world of classical ballet, Sarah has always held a deep passion for the performing arts. In May of 2015, Sarah earned a [...]


Carla Penque

Start - Fall 2014
End - Fall 2015

It’s with heavy hearts that the Mohawk Valley Collective shares the unexpected passing of Preservationist Carla Penque. Carla had spent 2014 through 2015 as an intern with the MVC as [...]


David Gassett

Start - Spring 2015
End - Summer 2015

David joined us in May of 2015, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Archaeology from Columbia University. David has a strong appreciation for history and its [...]


Meg Madorin

Start - Fall 2014
End - Spring 2015

Meg Madorin holds a BFA in dance from New York University and has worked with New York-based dance companies and organizations, both through artistic and administrative/PR work. Prior to the [...]

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Elizabeth Rodgers

Start - Fall 2013
End - Summer 2015

Elizabeth Rodgers has always been interested in art. An avid quilter, the Barnard College history major has sewn since childhood and was involved with costume design for her Boston-area high [...]


Charlotte Volpe

Start - Fall 2012
End - Winter 2013

Former MVC intern Charlotte Volpe is passionate about history, so when an opportunity presented itself to work with an upstate organization dedicated to the preservation of local history and architecture, [...]


Whitney Wei

Start - Spring 2013
End - Spring 2015

An artist in her own right, former intern Whitney Wei has brought her unique skill set and creative talents to the Mohawk Valley Collective over her two-year association with the [...]

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