Preserve Rhode Island protects and celebrates Rhode Island's historic places for generations to come.


Sheila Brush, co-Chair

Kristin DeKuiper, co-Chair
Wendy Nicholas, co-Chair

J. Michael Abbott

Sheryl Amaral

Elizabeth Capozzi

Joanne Chang
Eleanor Ferguson
Elizabeth Goddard

William Kenyon
Lawrence Lavers

Doris Licht

Catherine Lund

Cristen Raucci

Michael Rossi
Carole Saracco

Michael Sherry

Theresa Guzman Stokes

Anthony Thomas
Richard Ventrone

Rosalind Weir

John Woolsey


Ensuring a place for the past in Rhode Island's future


Valerie Talmage

Executive Director

Valerie is an experienced preservation professional and non-profit administrator.  She is the former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Historical Commission and MA State Historic Preservation Officer.  She then shifted from working in historic preservation policy and regulation to land conservation as a Land Protection Specialist for The Trustees of Reservations.  In 1997, Valerie became the Director of Projects for the New England Office of the Trust for Public Land, overseeing a $50 million portfolio of conservation real estate transactions.  In 2007, Valerie joined Preserve Rhode Island as its Executive Director.



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Naydine Rock

Development & Special Events Coordinator

Naydine brings a depth of experience in development. Most recently, she was at Lincoln School where she spent six years as Manager of Donor Services. A native Rhode Islander, she started her career as the Traffic Reporter for Spy-in-the-Sky. Naydine attended Manhattanville College and holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island. She is a resource for Preserve Rhode Island members and donors.  



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Debra Sansone

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Debra was introduced to Preserve Rhode Island and the Lippitt House Museum when she moved to Providence from Massachusetts in 2017. Debra's background includes a bachelor's degree in Retail Management from Simmons University in Boston and a Master's degree in Human Resources from Emmanuel College in Boston. Debra worked at Biogen in Canbridge, MA for six years where she led the HR Communications function. Her experience brings a blend of creativity, hospitality, and people skills to the Marketing & Communications role.  



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Paul Trudeau

Property Manager

Paul joined PRI as Property Manager in 2018. A native of Rhode Island, he holds both a B.A. in History and a M.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia. His background includes work as a preservation planner, nonprofit director, and construction project manager. He has a passion for wood window restoration and finding solutions for the adaptive reuse of older buildings.  


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Carrie Taylor

Lippitt House Museum Director

Carrie came to Lippitt House Museum to be its first director in 2013. Prior to joining PRI, she was Registrar and later Collections Manager at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia home.  Carrie was elected Phi Beta Kappa and graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in History.  She then earned a master’s degree in Public History with a Museums Studies concentration from the University of South Carolina. She is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Association for State and Local History, the New England Museum Association and the Victorian Society in America. She serves on the Board of the Friends of the Brown University Library and is a 2013 graduate of the Seminar for Historical Administration.  



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Cathy Saunders

Lippitt House Museum Curator of Education

Cathy has spent three decades providing children and adults with experiences, knowledge, and tools to enable them to be their own advocates and their own agents for change. She earned an MSEd in Museum Education Leadership from Bank Street College. She has held education leadership positions at Providence Children’s Museum and Science Museum of Minnesota. She is a member of the board of directors of New England Museum Association. Currently, she is an independent consultant based in Providence, Rhode Island and Curator of Education at Lippitt House Museum.

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Kristen Minsky

Lippitt House Museum Rentals Manager

Kristen joined Preserve Rhode Island's Lippitt House Museum to manage private rentals and market the Museum as a boutique venue on Providence's historic east side.  She is behind Chifferobe Events and New England’s premiere vintage dance company, The TropiGals. Her background includes a BFA in Studio Art and Performance Studies from NYU and an MFA in Sculpture from RISD, as well as working with the production team for PERFORMA, New York's world-class biennial focused on visual arts performance. Her relationship with the Museum actually began when she was still at RISD and she curated a series of 1930s murder mysteries in the Museum.



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This person will assist in administering several PRI programs, including preservation easements, revolving fund projects, preservation advocacy, grants and special projects. He/she will also assist with PRI property management and building stewardship services.

For more information please review the full job description. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to jobs@preserveri.org by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 6, 2019 (no phone calls please). Cover letters should include a description of why the applicant would like to work for PRI.


Preserve Rhode Island (PRI) was founded in 1956 under state charter to "preserve the beautiful historic buildings, places and things in Rhode Island."  Properties such as Lippitt House Museum, Jeremiah Dexter House, Philip Walker House, and Hannah Robinson's Rock were donated, accepted for stewardship, and have been guided into responsible management - whether under our direct care or through affiliated organizations.


In 1999, the organization adopted its current name (previously the Heritage Foundation of Rhode Island and then the Heritage Trust of Rhode Island), marking the expansion of its role from steward to statewide preservation advocate.  PRI began responding to local issues in communities that grappled with sprawl, lack of resources, community revitalization, maintaining community character and more.


PRI is a 501(3)c non-profit charitable organization directed by a volunteer Board of Trustees dedicated to protecting the historic and unique places that define Rhode Island.  Our small professional staff work with a philosophy of team work amongst ourselves and collaborate with other organizations and individuals, all to preserve Rhode Island as a place where we love to live, work and play.

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Preserve Rhode Island Headquarters

Jeremiah Dexter House

957 North Main Street

Providence, RI 02904

(401) 272-5101


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199 Hope Street

Providence, RI 02906

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