The Collective relies on small group of dedicated staff and a Board that meets once a month.

Current Board Members

Jo Clayson

Since - May 2018

Jo has lived in upstate NY most of her life, but ran out of fingers and toes to count the moves before putting down roots in Herkimer County in 2003.  Jo has been […]

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Tolga Morawski

Since - Spring 2011

Tolga Morawski founded the Mohawk Valley Collective (MVC), formerly known as Historic Fort Plain, with two friends in 2011 and currently serves as a Director on the Board. Tolga was […]

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Sheryl Neal

Since - December 2021

Sheryl Neal was born in Seneca Falls, NY. Upon graduation from high school she left NY and earned her Bachelorsof Fine Arts at Bethel College in Minnesota. After teaching in […]

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Gerritt Platel

Since - February 2015

Gerritt Platel is President of the Mohawk Valley Collective. Historic preservation is a passion of Mohawk Valley Collective President Gerritt Platel. The son of a contractor, the Rensselaerville, NY, native […]

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Tanya Towne

Since - Spring 2012

Tanya Towne has served on the Board of Directors since Spring of 2012, serving as the Secretary from Fall of 2016, until September 2017, when she became the organization’s Treasurer. […]

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Current Staff

Emily Brockenbrough

Since - Spring 2016

Part of the Mohawk Valley Collective since Spring 2016, Emily is a designer dedicated to the mission of aligning the built environment with community needs. She holds a degree in […]

Andrew Salimian

Since - Summer 2015

Andrew joined the Mohawk Valley Collective (MVC) in 2015 as an intern and later became a Preservation Associate, as of 2017 has served as MVC’s Executive Director. He has a […]

Julie Seamon

Since - June 2022

Looking to channel her experience in business administration towards a community nonprofit, Julie Seamon joined the Mohawk Valley Collective in 2022 as our Administrative Director. Julie grew up in Richfield […]

Sam Wrigglesworth

Since - Spring 2015

Sam Wrigglesworth joined the Mohawk Valley Collective (MVC) as an Intern in May of 2015 while she was living in New York City and has since grown with our organization […]

Partners & Collaborators

Omonike Akinyemi

Since - 2015

Omonike Akinyemi is a film director/choreographer based in Fort Plain, NY. Omonike has earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature and African Studies from Yale University and a MFA in Film […]

Seb Choe

Since - Summer 2017

Seb Choe joined the Mohawk Valley Collective in Summer 2017 and is working on the design of Unity Park at 41 Mohawk Street. They are a recent graduate of Columbia […]

Holly Flitcroft

Since - 2022

Holly Flitcroft graduated from The State University of New York at Oswego, where she earned a BA in Fine Arts/Ceramics and Art History. Holly has over 15 years of arts […]

Joe Gyurik

Since - 2014

Joe Gyurik is a vocalist and multi-instrumental musician who has been an active performer in groups in the Mohawk Valley over the past 15 years. With his experience in music […]

Jessie Ravage

Since - 2011

Jessie Ravage works as a researcher and writer specializing in central New York State history, especially in the areas of architectural history, resort development, agricultural history, and social history. She […]

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 […]

Steven Donovan

Start - Spring 2015
End - Fall 2022

Steven Donovan is our former Vice President. A native of Upper Darby, PA, Steven moved to New York City at the age of 19 to seek his fame and fortune […]

Nick Drummond

Start - Spring 2014
End - Fall 2020

Nick Drummond served as a board member of the Mohawk Valley Collective from Spring of 2014 through November 2020. Originally from Laurel, MD, he attended the University of Maryland, earning […]

Doug Gray

Start - Winter 2015
End - Winter 2019

Doug Gray is a Director of the Mohawk Valley Collective. He and his wife, Lynn, the CEO of the Remington Federal Credit Union, moved to the Mohawk Valley from New […]

Linda Kellett

Start - Spring 2015
End - Summer 2016

Although Linda had served the MVC in the capacity of volunteer and staff member for many years, she joined the board during the summer of 2015 bringing communications, networking skills […]

Hein Kraak

Start - Fall 2013
End - Winter 2015

Hein Kraak has been involved with the Historic West Hill School Committee (as the president) and Unity Hall project since the beginning and was a director, and eventually President of the Mohawk Valley […]

John McGlone

Start - Spring 2013
End - Summer 2014

John McGlone joined the Board of Directors of Mohawk Valley Collective in 2013.  He served the MVC through the Summer of 2014, acting as Secretary. While globally experienced, John describes himself as […]

Jocelyn Mosher

Start - Summer 2017
End - Winter 2021

Jocelyn became out bookkeeping assistant in Fall of 2015. Jocelyn has since joined the Board in August of 2017, becoming Secretary in September, in addition to continuing as our bookkeeping […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jocelyn Mosher

Start - Fall 2015
End - Winter 2021

Jocelyn became our bookkeeping assistant in Fall of 2015. Jocelyn has since joined the Board in August of 2017, becoming Secretary in September, in addition to continuing as our bookkeeping […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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