Preservation foundation welcomes members

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Five new members were elected to the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation’s board of directors at its annual meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at The Arts Center’s Dee Sarno Theater.


The Foundation is pleased to welcome the following new members: Elected to a three-year term: Seth D. Finkell, a member attorney at Lemery Greisler, LCC; Judy Harrigan, president of the marketing firm Harrigan-Bodick Inc; Linda Harvey-Opiteck, cultural resource specialist with the New York State Department of Transportation; Nicole R. Rodgers, attorney with DeGraff, Foy & Kunz; and Robert M. West, president of Old Saratoga Restorations, Inc.


Elected to serve as officers of the Foundation were Chris Armer, president; Richard Kline, vice president; Charlie Wheeler Jr., treasurer; and Leslie Mechem, secretary.


Also at the meeting, the Foundation thanked Doug Kerr, who stepped down after serving three years as president. Cheryl Gold was also thanked for serving her second six-year term with the Foundation. Susan Davis, Stewart Hatch, Jim Sasko, and Joanna Schneider Zangrando were also thanked for their years of service on the board. The Foundation is also pleased that the following board members are returning for their second term: Geoff Bornemann, Tamie Ehinger, and Leslie Mechem.


Following the annual meeting of membership and board of directors, Robert Toole, a local landscape architect, gave a visual overview of his most recent book, “Landscape Gardens on the Hudson, a History: The Romantic Age, the Great Estates and Birth of American Landscape Architecture.”


Information on the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation can be found at