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



Elizabeth Alexander Goddard, co-Chair

William W. Kenyon, co-Chair

John M. Woolsey, co-Chair

David Abbott

James Michael Abbott

Kimberly Smith Barnett
Rebecca J. Bertrand
Sheila Brush
Abigail Campbell-King

Kristen A. Carron Esq.

Jerry W. Dauterive Ph. D.

Kristin DeKuiper

Erica Luke

Amy Oakley

Brett N. Pelletier

Christopher G. Ponder

Kathleen A. Ryan Esq.

Michael A. Sherry

Amy Neal Sonder 

Jennifer Suellentrop

Theresa Guzman Stokes 

Rosalind M. Weir


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

(401) 272-5101 ext. 203

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Tom Peterson

Development Director

Tom Peterson works with non-profits to build sustainable models for growth.  A former marketing strategist and brand builder for international CPG companies (Unilever, Estee Lauder, Swarovski), tech companies (IGT), marketing agencies, non-profits and small/challenger brands, he now utilizes his expertise for positive impact in Rhode Island.  His ability to interpret consumer insights, find new markets and audiences, build affinity and loyalty with current customers/donors and create effective communication strategies across media platforms provide him with a unique ability in helping organizations meet their goals.   He has a B.A. in Finance from Fordham University and a M.B.A. in Marketing/International Business from N.Y.U.

(401) 272-5101 ext. 201

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Paul Trudeau

Program and Property Manager

Paul joined PRI 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.  




(706) 224-4344


Emma Sheridan

Program Coordinator

A part of the PRI team since 2022, Emma has experience working across diverse spaces, from marketing and hospitality to event and property management, when she administered several historic buildings on Providence’s West End. Having moved to Warren from Washington, DC, Emma completed her Bachelor’s in Communications with a minor in Political Science at the University of Rhode Island. She is passionate about expanding the dialogue of historical preservation to questions of housing justice and public policy, in order to ask how built environments can be both sustainably and equitably stewarded. Away from PRI, Emma enjoys working on a range of design, illustration, and architectural projects.

(401) 272-5101 ext. 204


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.

(401) 490-0289

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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.


(401) 453-0688


Naydine Rock

Development & Special Events Manager

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.  





(401) 272-5101 ext. 205


Jane Bird

Museum Associate


Jane comes to Preserve Rhode Island from a background in community outreach and the arts. She grew an early love of history as a tour guide, researcher and historical reenactor at several house museums in her hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. Creating and performing educational programs at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, the Wayside, the Concord Museum, The Old Manse, and the Longfellow House in Cambridge, she also served as a tour guide at the Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City. Jane holds a B.F.A. in Drama from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and trained at the Atlantic Theater Conservatory in New York. In addition to her work at Lippitt House, Jane is an active volunteer in educational theater, improv and drama therapy organizations in Providence.

(401) 453-0688

Job Opportunities


Property Manager 


Preserve Rhode Island is seeking a motivated, organized, and team-oriented individual to fill the position of Property Manager. The Property Manager will serve as the main point of contact for all property-related activities at Preserve RI, including general maintenance and inspection, project planning and budgeting, vendor coordination, tenant oversight, security and emergency response, event setup, landscaping and snow removal oversight, and stewardship services for properties contracted with Preserve RI.


The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or building trade education/certification, experience working with historic buildings, an understanding of building systems, basic handyperson skills, experience with budgets and project planning, and an ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously. This full-time position includes a generous benefits package. Click here for full job description.


To Apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to (no phone calls please). This position will be open until filled.


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.

Internship at Lippitt House Museum

If you are interested in an Internship with Lippitt House Museum, please send an e-mail to Carrie Taylor, Lippitt House Museum's Director with information about the type of internship you are seeking and your current school/college/university affiliation. 

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