Who We Are
2021 Board of Directors
Christine Miles has served on the WPC Board since 2014, chairs the Governance Committee and is active with several board committees and initiatives. Professionally, she has worked in leadership positions at a number of museums, most recently the Albany Institute of History & Art where she served as director for 25 years. She has held positions at Museum of the City of New York, The Whitney, South Street Seaport Museum, and Fraunces Tavern Museum. She has served on numerous boards including Historic Albany Foundation where she chairs the development committee. She and her husband Jake have lived on the park since 1998 and appreciate all it has to offer every day.
Susan Pezzolla joined the board of directors in 2014 and has been involved in the oversight of the environmental health of WP as well as horticultural issues facing our urban park. In 2018 Sue and former City Forester, Tom Pfeiffer, worked with Nine Pin Cidery to site and plant an urban orchard in Washington Park. Sue retired in 2017 from Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County where she was a Horticulture Educator and coordinator of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Sue lives on South Manning Blvd. with her husband and Bernese Mountain Dog.
Tom Pfeiffer joined the Conservancy board in 2018 after his retirement as forester for the City of Albany. While employed by the City, he served the board ex-officio for more than 20 years. As forester, Tom conducted routine work with park landscape vegetation, prepared and executed tree and shrub plantings throughout the grounds, in concert with the Conservancy. In 2001, he conducted a complete inventory of the park trees, and he has advocated for diversity of plantings in the spirit of historic landscape design. Raised in Albany, Tom is intimately familiar with Washington Park grounds, currently living in the Town of Colonie. He is a member of the American Conifer Society, Pine Hollow Arboretum, and the ‘Albany Goes Green’ committee for conservation education with Albany schools.
John Pipkin is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, retired from the Department of Geography and Planning, University at Albany. His interests include urbanism, urban design, planning history and nineteenth century landscapes. He has been on the Board of Washington Park Conservancy since 2010 and also serves as a trustee of Albany Rural Cemetery. John is an enthusiastic birder who has occasionally led bird-walks in the park, in addition to his more frequent historical ones.
Sam Shipherd has been a member of the Washington Park Conservancy since moving to Albany in 2001. She is Development Associate for Unity House, a non-profit human services agency in Troy, and is a volunteer in the Albany City School District. Sam joined the Conservancy’s board of directors in 2014 and is co-chair of the Program Committee. She and her husband JP have two children and a dog, who can often be seen playing in the park. Sam appreciates all that Albany has to offer, but especially its green spaces.
Stacey Stump is an attorney for the State Department of Health. Originally from Westchester County she moved to Albany 16 years ago and has lived in walking distance to Washington Park ever since. Stacey lives with her husband, Rob, and two sons, Benjamin (5) and Ethan (3). Her family loves playing together in the park and attending community events. She enjoys reading fiction novels and crossword puzzles.
Michaela Sweeney is originally from Ulster County and has lived in Albany since 2016. She works as a Parks Project Associate at the Open Space Institute in Albany, where she provides planning, design, and oversight functions related to park, trail, interpretive, and open space capital improvement projects throughout the Hudson Valley and Adirondacks. Michaela previously worked as a senior planner for Albany County. She holds a Master of Regional Planning degree from SUNY Albany and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College in Environmental Studies and Public Policy. Michaela also serves as a board member for the Capital District Planners Association as the Professional Development Officer. She lived on State Street across from the park for over two years and recently became a first-time home owner in Albany’s Helderberg neighborhood. She regularly enjoys picnicking and taking jogs in Washington Park during the warmer months.
Daniel McEneny, President
Marcia Moss, Vice President
Sarah Read, Secretary
Douglas Ebersman, CPA, Treasurer
Marcia O. Kees
Jonathan Jones, Commissioner, Dept of Recreation
Jay Lavigne, City Forester
Jessica Morgan, Parks Division Supervisor
Sergio Panunzio, Commissioner, Department of General Services