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BAC Overseers

Overseers are individuals who work with the President and the Board of Trustees to provide advice and counsel on a variety of important strategic issues as requested by the President of the College and the Board.

Joe Albanese is the founder and CEO of Commodore Builders, a construction management firm based in Newton, MA. He is a registered professional engineer with a degree in civil engineering from UMass Lowell and an MBA from Boston University.

He retired as a captain, US Navy Civil Engineer Corps, in September 2009 after 28 years of military service. His numerous military awards include the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal (two awards).

Joe is vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans and serves on the Board of Advisors of the UMass Lowell Francis College of Engineering. Joe sits on the Board of Directors of the Village Bank in Newton. He is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts and secretary of the Board of Directors of the USS Constitution Museum. He is a director for the Navy Seabee/Civil Engineer Corp Historic Foundation.

Attorney Michael G. Morris is a communications and legal professional with experience working at the highest levels of business, government, law, politics, and public policy. Michael founded Outside In Advisors, a law firm and business consultancy. The law firm, focusing on areas of corporate, business, and transactional law, is complimented with consulting services including strategic public relations, marketing, business development, and government affairs.

While attending law school, Michael was the Director of Business Development at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, one of the nation's leading communications and government affairs firms. In that position, Michael designed and executed marketing and business development strategies for each of the company's practice groups.

Michael is an active member of the Boston business community and is involved in several philanthropic organizations, including the Sports Legacy Institute and the Boston Athletic Association. He's served as Trustee of the Boston Architectural College since 2014 and is a former member of the board of directors of Cradles to Crayons and the Fitzgerald Urban Youth Sports Institute.

Michael is also politically active. He has held volunteer positions on national presidential campaigns for Congressman Dick Gephardt and Senator Joseph Biden and served as Deputy Finance Director to Congressman Mike Capuano's U.S. Senate campaign. Mike also worked as an intern to the White House Office of Administration, Office of the General Counsel.

Mike earned a BS degree from Bowdoin College, where he played football, and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School.

Joe Mulligan is the City of Boston's Deputy Director for Capital Construction. The Department is comprised of over 50 project management professionals who oversee all planning, programming, design and construction of capital-funded building projects, including new schools, police & fire stations, community centers, libraries, administrative and operations facilities as well as other real estate services and Mayoral initiatives. The Department manages nearly $500 million dollars of active and anticipated design and construction contracts serving the capital needs of Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Administration.

Mr. Mulligan has over twenty five years of broad experience in planning and development from conception to completion. Prior to joining the City in 2008, he provided real estate development consulting services, including site finding, property acquisition, permitting, design and construction management primarily to institutional and non-profit clients.
Earlier in his career Joe worked in Architecture firms in Boston and New York City, as well as staff positions with the Boston's Economic Development & Industrial Corporation, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' House of Representatives.

Mr. Mulligan has a B.A. Degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a B. Arch. Degree from the Boston Architectural College. He received a Masters in Public Administration as a Public Service Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a Certificate of International Leadership and Management from Tuft's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He serves as a Board Member and Vice President of the West End House Boys and Girls Club, is a member of the Building Committee for the Presentation School Foundation and chairs the Design Committee for Brighton Main Streets, Inc.

Michael (Mike) O'Brien currently serves as Vice President and Operations Manager of Gilbane Building Company's Massachusetts Office. Mike oversees team operations and department activities with a focus on client satisfaction, risk management, training and staff development, and adherence to Gilbane policies and procedures. Gilbane's Massachusetts District office employs over 180 employees who deliver a full range of preconstruction, construction and program management services. As chairman of the AGC MA Board of Directors, Mike brings a unique perspective on the overall construction environment in Massachusetts as well as trends and challenges in the industry overall. Michael joined Gilbane after graduating from Boston University in 1993 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Gerald Pomeroy is a member of the Board of Trustees at The Boston Architectural College. Gerald founded Gerald Pomeroy Interiors in 1995 and has honed his skills in high-end residential design over the past 20 years.

Gerald has always been a visual person from a very young age and as such was always drawn to interiors and fascinated by the relationship between forms and shape, color and lack thereof, and rough and smooth surfaces. Prior to opening up his own interior design firm he was in visual merchandising.

Gerald had the good fortune to apprentice with an immensely talented designer, and he believed the most important tools that he stressed to him were people skills, being able to convey his vision, earning people's confidence, and to bring his vision to fruition.

Gerald Pomeroy is a classicist... with a wonderful twist. By respecting the architectural integrity of a space while adeptly mixing modern and traditional furnishings, Gerald uses his considerable knowledge and insight to create interiors that consistently address the needs of a changing world and discerning clientele with intelligence, wit, and wisdom.

His rooms are stylish, elegant... and perhaps provocative. They are always memorable. And they reflect an unswerving adherence to a design philosophy that has remained unchanged throughout a distinguished career: to create gracious interiors that revel in beautiful materials and showcase finely crafted furnishings while sustaining and enhancing his clients' quality of life.

Gerald is a collaborator. He brings to his clients talented, reliable professionals and craftspeople whom he knows will understand both the aesthetic nuances of a project and the necessity of executing it to exacting standards, budgets and schedules.

His work has been published in countless regional and national shelter magazines. Two recent examples of his work can be seen in the fall cover story of ID Boston as well as the current issue of Northshore Home Magazine.

Scott Richardson, AIA, LEED AP, is principal and vice president of Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects (GRLA), the firm he co-founded in 1976. GRLA provides architecture, planning, interior design, and building envelope consulting services to a variety of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to local not-for-profits. Scott spearheads the firm's sustainability efforts, striving to incorporate environmentally responsible strategies into every phase of design. He has served as Principal-in-Charge on all of the firm's LEED-certified projects, and is currently overseeing GRLA's participation in the AIA 2030 Commitment.

A recent project highlight for Scott and GRLA is the new Subaru of New England corporate headquarters in Norwood, a 165,000 SF facility featuring offices, a warehouse, and training center. The project has been certified LEED Platinum by the USGBC, and--at 86 points--is tied for fourth among the highest rated LEED NC v2009 projects in the United States! Scott is proud to be a part of this innovative project, which showcases how sustainable design can directly impact corporate culture.

In addition to his work as an architect, Scott is active in the community. He currently serves as President of the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Hopkinton Zoning Advisory Committee, the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, and the United Way of Tri-County. Scott received his B.Arch from the Boston Architectural College in 1980.

Cynthia Webster Smith joined Halvorson Design Partnership, Inc. in 1988, rising to her current position as vice president of the firm. Halvorson Design Partnership is a nationally recognized landscape architecture and planning firm, based in Boston, with a broad spectrum of areas in each of which Cynthia has practiced. These include academic, commercial, residential, park and open space, historic preservation, health care, sacred site, waterfront, and museum projects.

An active member of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA), Cynthia served as president from 2000–2001. She is a Board Member of the Hubbard Educational Trust, established to fostering landscape architecture education. An active civic practitioner, she has served on the Cambridge Public Art Commission and Committee on Public Planting; the Advisory Boards of the Trust for City Hall Plaza and Move Massachusetts; and the Alumni Council of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She has been a design critic and lecturer at Boston Architectural College, MIT, Radcliffe Seminars, Massachusetts College of Art, and Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Cynthia's work includes Norman B. Leventhal Park at Post Office Square, Charles River Reservation planning and design, The Sloan School of Business at MIT, Harvard Law School, Riverside Park and Cambridge Common renovation, "complete streets" projects in Boston, Cambridge and Buffalo, NY, New England Aquarium, Pilot House Harborwalk and Christopher Columbus Park Renovation along Boston Harbor, Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Logan Airport Hilton.

She has extensive experience in collaborating with artists in the design of outdoor spaces, such as James Cutler FAIA and Maggie Smith, at the Salem Witch Trials Tercentenary Memorial, Cai Guo-Chiang, at MIT, Howard Ben-Tre, at Post Office Square, and David Phillips, at City Square Park, in Charlestown.

Cynthia received her bachelor's degree in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts in 1976. She began her career at Sasaki Associates, where she became an associate. In 1984, she received a Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design and then joined the Boston office of SWA Group. She was elected to the prestigious Council of Fellows by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2012. Cynthia previously served as a Trustee of the College from November of 2013 to June of 2018.

Carolyn Spicer is the executive vice president of McDermott Ventures, where she has worked since its inception in 1997. McDermott Ventures, a certified women-owned business, is a boutique consulting firm specializing in public affairs and marketing communications. Carolyn provides strategic communications services to innovative companies around the state as well as real estate developers and municipalities. She became a trustee of The Boston Architectural College in 2015.

In her time at McDermott Ventures, Carolyn has worked with real estate clients to permit over 15 million square feet of mixed-use projects including Fan Pier, Atlantic Wharf, and The Clarendon. She currently works with The Chiofaro Company on the redevelopment of Boston's Harbor Garage, the CSX Corporation on Beacon Park, Jamestown Properties, The Peebles Corporation, and Ashkenazy's Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Carolyn is a native of Massachusetts and has spent the last 20 years living in downtown Boston. She is active in her Fort Point Channel neighborhood, recently convening a Fort Point Parents Group to act as a collective voice for parents in the area. She serves on the Board of Directors of Heading Home and is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Massachusetts Center for Collaborative Leadership. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the New England Baptist Building and Grounds Committee and Board of Visitors.

Kevin Sullivan is Vice President of Shawmut Design and Construction and a member of the company's Executive Leadership Team and Safety Executive Steering Committee. A life-long Boston area resident, Kevin worked residential construction jobs in his youth, developing a passion for the construction industry. He went on to Wentworth Institute of Technology where he earned his B.S. in Building Construction and Technology.

Since that time, Kevin has established himself as a leader in the industry with the proven ability to expertly guide teams from master planning and preconstruction processes, through project completion and beyond. Throughout his 25-year career at Shawmut, Kevin was promoted from Assistant Project Manager to Vice President. He has built lasting relationships with many Boston-area companies and institutions as a result of his range of expertise across numerous project challenges across educational, healthcare, commercial, and cultural and historic projects. As a long-term veteran on academic sites, Kevin has developed a strong sense of planning and managing complex construction around the constraints of the occupied campus.

In addition to this role as an Overseer for the BAC, Kevin is currently a Board Member of the Room to Dream Foundation, a charity that creates healing environments in hospitals, communities, and homes for children and adolescents who are facing chronic illnesses. He also is an active member of Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Paul Sullivan is the president of R.W. Sullivan Engineering with over twenty years' experience in the design of Fire Protection, Plumbing, and HVAC Systems, as well as experience in Code Consulting.

From Jacksonville University, Mr. Sullivan received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics & Engineering. He also earned a second Bachelor of Science from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Civil Engineering, and finished with his Masters of Science in Fire Protection Engineering.

Not only is Mr. Sullivan a registered professional Fire Protection engineer in 24 states and a registered professional Mechanical engineer in Massachusetts, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Certified Building Plans Examiner and Building Inspector in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but he is also active in numerous professional associations and committees. Mr. Sullivan and his company support and organize events for several charitable organizations including: Make-A-Wish® Foundation for MA & RI; Children's Hospital Boston; Dana Farber; Project Place; Cradles to Crayons; One Fund Boston; Horizons for Homeless Children; and many others.

Mr. Sullivan recently joined the BAC committee for the rebuilding of sustainable communities after disasters. He also was an editor for the publication of Performance-Based Design of Structural Steel and Fire Conditions: A Calculation Methodology for the American Society of Civil Engineers. This book contains ASCE manuals and reports on Engineering Practice Number 114.

Jane Weinzapfel is an overseer of The Boston Architectural College. She served as BSA Representative to the BAC Board of Trustees for three years. Before her appointment as BSA Representative, she was elected to the first group of overseers, serving in that capacity from 2000–2007.

Jane served as past president of the Boston Society of Architects, and she is a trustee for Boston By Foot. Jane previously taught architecture at MIT's School of Architecture and Planning and has been Visiting Critic at the University of Arizona's School of Architecture.

Her Boston-based design firm, Leers Weinzapfel Associates, has won many honors. Leers Weinzapfel Associates was recognized with the national AIA Firm Award in 2007, winning national attention for its refined modernist architecture, exemplified by such critically acclaimed works as the Transit Operations Control Center for Boston, the Youth Recreation Center in Mattapan, and the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. The firm's design for the Chiller Plant at the University of Pennsylvania received a P/A Architecture Awards Citation and national AIA Honor Award.

Overseers Emeriti

Overseers Emeriti are non-voting members who have served the maximum number of terms as trustees or overseers and have demonstrated exceptional service to the BAC. They have been appointed to this honorary title by the Board of Trustees in recognition of their continued engagement and support of the College.

Rebecca Barnes Diane Georgopulos Wilson Pollock, '11 (Hon.)
Elisabeth Carr-Jones, B.Arch '93 Roger Goldstein Jonathan Randall
Stephen Ceglarski, B.Arch '91 Robert Haimes Alison G. Richardson
Holly Cratsley, B.Arch '84 G. Neil Harper, '16 (Hon.) Jill Rothenberg-Simmons, '89
Lenord Cubellis Eva Kampits Leslie Saul
Domenic DiGiorgio Peter Kuttner Mary Silveria, B.Arch '89
William Dill Frederick Noyes, '07 (Hon.) A. Anthony Tappé
William Elinoff William Parker George Terrien, '05 (Hon.)
Elizabeth Ericson Thomas Payette Edward Tsoi
Richard Fitzgerald, '08 (Hon.) John Pilling Jean Valence Peter Vanderwarker
J. Stephen Friedlaender Antonia Pollak, '14 (Hon.) David Wexler, '05 (Hon.)
Gianfranco Zaccai, B.Arch '78,
'15 (Hon.)