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Arnold RobinsonArnold Robinson, AICP, is the Director of the Community Partnerships Center at Roger Williams University. Arnold holds his MA in Preservation Planning from Boston University, and BA in American Studies from Bates College.

In his 25 years of practice in preservation and design he has served as the preservation and urban planner with New Bedford, MA, executive director of the Providence Preservation Society and project designer and urban planner with Newport Collaborative Architects. In addition to managing the CPC, Arnold teaches in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at RWU, with a focus on preservation planning, historic rehabilitation methods, community facilitation and economic feasibility analysis.

Nicole Foti is the Project Coordinator for the Community Partnerships Center at Roger Williams University. Nicole holds her MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, where she studied contemporary American literatures and theories of gender, intimacy, and affective identity formation. She received her BA from Roger Williams University. Before joining the CPC, Nicole worked as the Events and Partner Programs Manager for the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the South Side of Chicago. In this role she produced artistic showcases, managed building operations, and supported the programming of a large collaborative team. 

 

Dana Brown is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving with the CPC. His academic pursuits led him to the English and Creating Writing Programs at CCRI and RIC. After graduating, he wrote for The 411 Newspaper, a Rhode Island local periodical focused on bolstering small businesses. In moments of leisure, Dana reads, writes, runs, rides his bike, hikes and listens to the cacophonic harmony of the world, letting his senses absorb experiences and his thoughts express them in words. He lives in post-industrial Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 

 

2014-2015 Student Staff

Kyle Baron is a 5th year currently enrolled in the M. Arch program. Kyle studied abroad in Florence, Italy during the spring of 2013. His passions outside of architecture include photography and world travel. Kyle is a very active person who enjoys all types of sports and is an avid New York Giants fan. Kyle hopes to become a successful principal architect in the future and pursues his dream every day. 

 

 

 

Hanna Bate is in her first year at Roger Williams University.  A native of Hudson, New Hampshire, Hanna attended Alvirne High School. Hanna is majoring in architecture and really enjoys drawing. Hanna is eager to learn a lot in college and make life long friends. She loves dogs, and has three dogs back home. Her favorite color is green and she has a love for chocolate fudge ice cream. Outside of school she likes bike riding, rock climbing, and ice skating, but she is most passionate about swimming. 

 

 

 

Julie Braid is a graduate student in the Historic Preservation Masters program. She graduated from RWU for her undergraduate degree in historic preservation with an art and architectural history minor. She originally from Wilmington, MA. Along with working for CPC this year, she also currently works with the Providence Preservation Society photographing and researching historic buildings for their historic property marker system. 

 

 

 

Matt Butzke is a Senior pursuing his Bachelors of Science in the Historic Preservation with two minors in History and Art and Architectural History. Matt was brought up in the hills of northern New Jersey, in the town of Sparta. He has previously worked on CPC projects such as the rehabilitation plan for the Codding Farm Barn in North Attleboro, MA and an outreach program for the Spaulding House in Pawtucket, RI. Matt has also interned with the National Trust for Historic Preservation on the Lyndhurst property doing Architectural Convservation. His work with the National Trust has sparked Matt's interest in working in the preservation trades. Matt is pursuing a year long opportunity to work in a medieval town in Germany doing trades preservation work.

 

Emily Crafts is a sophomore in the Gabelli School of Business as a Marketing and Finance double major and currently resides in Wilbraham, MA. She is a lifelong softball player and enjoys spending time in the fitness center, going for hikes, or watching movies. Emily likes to volunteer her time at non profit organizations. Currently she volunteers her time at East Bay Food Pantry and Thrift Shop. Family is the most important thing to her. She loves nothing more than spending time on the water or at the beach. 

 

 

Eric Deitz is a graduate student at Roger Williams University pursuing a Master's degree in Historic Preservation. Eric received his Bachelor's degree in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University as well. A native of Towaco, New Jersey, he has completed three internships there, working for the Morris County Heritage Commission, Morris County Park Commission, and Textured Home Urbane Construction. In addition, Eric completed a masonry internship with the Preservation Society of Newport County (RI) in 2014. After graduation, he hopes to work with a preservation architect or building contractor to restore and preserve historic buildings.

 

Abby DeVeuve is a junior pursuing her BA in English Literature at Roger Williams University. She is from Hanson, MA and hopes to move to Boston and work at a publishing house when she graduates. Along with being a CPC Writer, she works at the Tutoring Center as a Writing Tutor and is an Editorial Assistant for RWU's literary magazine, Mount Hope. Outside of work and school, Abby enjoys reading, exploring the outdoors, and instagramming pictures of her two adorable cats.

 

 

Sydney Gamache is a graduate student in the Architecture B.S./M.S dual degree program. She is also pursuing a minor in Sustainability. She is from Goffstwon, NH and has lived there all her life. As well as an interest in architecture, she is passionate about art, and spends her free time drawing. After completing her education at RWU, she plans to obtain her architecture license and begin working at an architecture firm, in the hopes of one day owning her own practice. 

 

 

 

 

Lindsay Guastafeste  is a junior in the Bachelor of Science/Master of Architecture dual degree program. She is focusing on architecture and pursuing an interest in the Italian language. She is from Syosset, New York and has lived in Long Island her entire life. Prior to Roger Williams University, Lindsay had taken architectural design and environmental science courses that developed her passion for sustainable design. Through her time at RWU, she expects to minor in Sustainability and travel often to gain a more global perspective. She has spent an alternate spring break in Munich, Germany with Doctor Hollingsworth studying the German language and culture. She has also spent ten days in southern Italy. Lindsay plans to focus her architectural career on finding affordable solutions to sustainable design.

Andrew Guerrino is an undergraduate transfer student at Roger Williams University majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Business. He is from the small town of Red Hook in Upstate New York and hopes to land a job as a Graphic Designer at a New York City-based design firm. Aside from Graphic Design, Andrew has a passion for multiple creative fields including photography, illustration, music, and film. 

 

 

 

Marissa Klein is a sophomore from Pelham, New York majoring in Marine Biology and plans to minor in Business. She started off doing photography as a hobby in 9th grade and it bloomed into much more than that. Marissa enjoys going to concerts, going to the fitness center, and afternoon naps.

 

 

 

 

 

Audrey Lupachino is a second year Bachelor of Science of Architecture student from Ramsey, New Jersey and this will be her first year with CPC. Along with her major, she enjoys traveling and learning new things about new places. She is also involved in the Roger Williams University chapter of the organization American Institute of Architecture Students. She plans to work for a residential firm and plans on accomplishing her lifetime goal of designing and building her own house. Aside from schoolwork, she likes the outdoors, arts and crafts, and exercising. She values her time spent with family, her two dogs, and friends. She also has a special interest for the continent of Africa and her favorite animal is an elephant. 

 

Maddie Medkeff is a sophomore in the Gabelli School of Business pursuing a Marketing degree. She is a lifelong resident of Hudson, Ohio. Community service, church, playing basketball and a strong network of friends from many different places are very important to her. Maddie is also an avid knitter, loves animals, and to plan fun events. She plans on earning her MBA when she completes her undergraduate work.  Maddie would like to work in a management role at a large company and has also considered starting her own business someday.  

 

 

 

Leah Markham is a Fourth year Graphic Design major from Groton, MA. She is also a Marketing and Photography/Digital Media double minor. She has interned with PUMA, North America as well as the Providence Bruins. Leah has a passion for photography, loves snowboarding, and spends her free time enjoying her friends and family's company. 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke Nigro is a Second Year student in the Gabelli School of Business double majoring in Economics and Finance wit ha Core Concentration in German. He is from Burlington, MA. Currently, he is in the process of starting a new club at Roger Williams University, the Economics Society. He plans on going to graduate school after his four years at RWU to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics. He is also employed as an office manager with his family's company, Dudley Services, Inc.

 

 

Pedro Ortiz is a junior in the Architecture B.S. /M.S. dual degree program, concentrating in Sustainability and minoring in Art History. I am a transfer student and previously studied at UMass Dartmouth. Originally from Puerto Rico, Pedro lived in New Bedford, Mass. where he studied Architectural Drafting and CAD during high school. During his senior year, he became more aware about sustainable design when he was given a project that called for a sustainable solution. Pedro believes that by studying architecture and sustainability he will be able to find sustainable solutions in architecture and create sustainable designs that don’t just help the individual but the community and society as a whole.

 

 

Charlie Schaefer is a sophomore in the Business Management B.S. program and Marketing major.  Charlie lives in Wilton, CT, a mid sized town part of Fairfield County, located in the southwestern part of the state.  He is a member of the hockey team at Roger Williams and plans on taking his enthusiasm and interest in athletics along with his business knowledge into the sports marketing world upon graduating from RWU in 2017.  Aside from hockey, his other interest include; playing golf, watching football and hockey, doing freelance work for graphic design, and hanging out with his friends.  Charlie’s future goal is to one day run his own graphic design company based around doing work for collegiate and professional sports teams.
 

 

 

Kejon Sampson is a graduate student in the Architecture program. He transferred to Roger Williams University from New England Institute of Technology where he obtained a dual Bachelor's degree in Construction Management and Architectural Engineering and Design. He is from the small island of Bermuda, where he plans to return with an abundance of knowledge and experience. Upon completion of his Master's degree, he plans to stay and work in Rhode Island to gain that experience and become a licensed Architect. He also has a passion for bowling and teaching drums to youth in the art of drumline. 

 

 

Amy Slatkavitz is a freshman studying journalism and political sicence and working towards a double major in these areas. Amy is from Suffield, CT and has a passion for reading, except for Plato. After college, Amy hopes to work in the public relations industry and eventually become a press secretary.

 

 

 

Kate Thompson is a junior at Roger Williams University. She is working towards receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design Communication while pursuing a secondary major in Global Communication. Her passions reside in activities that benefit the greater good and promote social justice. She is also a coordinator for the Feinstein Center's Community Connections program.

 

 

 

 

Jacob WheelerJacob Wheeler is a graduate student in the Architecture program. He is from Winslow, Maine and enjoyed growing up in the small, rural town. In addition to enjoying architecture, Jake finds passion in the construction of buildings and is pursuing a minor in Construction Management and a core concentration in Art and Architecture History in order to further his architectural and construction knowledge. Upon earning both a Bachelor and Master degree in Architecture, he is interested in becoming part of a successful architecture firm in New England. He hopes to one day return to Maine and pursue a long career in the architecture industry.