Who We Are

2022 Board of Directors

Barbara Nazarewicz, RLA

Barbara Nazarewicz joined the WPC board in September 2021. Barbara is a registered landscape architect with ten years of experience working on a variety of projects throughout the Northeast. A designer at heart, her work is inspired by local community assets and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well-being.  Barbara has worked on local projects including the Albany Skyway and New York State Welcome Centers in New Baltimore and Queensbury.  She is an active member of Upstate American Society of Landscape Architects and presented at a local seminar focused on placemaking and reuse of obsolete infrastructure.  Barbara is a founder of professional networking community LocalxDesign in Albany, NY where she promotes creative work focused on designing spaces for all users.

Barbara received her AS with Honors in Environmental Horticulture and Design from Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, and her BS in Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Davis. While living in Boston, Barbara was a volunteer and a Docent the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, which stewards the 100-year-old park system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted that encompasses 1,100 acres of parkland extending from Boston’s Back Bay through Brookline.  Barbara works for the local office of Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., and has been instrumental in Stantec’s volunteer participation in Washington Park cleanups. She lives with her family in Albany’s Center Square neighborhood.

Sue Pezzolla

Sue is a retired Horticulture Educator who spent more than a decade teaching back yard gardeners and training and co-ordinating the Master Gardeners at Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County.   

Thomas Pfeiffer

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.

Sarah Read

Sarah Read joined the board of directors in 2018 after working with Conservancy to organize the 2nd Albany Lantern Parade in 2017. Professionally a special education teacher, she currently stays home with her two children, ages 2 and 4- they spend a lot of time enjoying all the Capital Region has to offer, including Washington Park. She is enthusiastic about building community partnerships to create opportunities that celebrate the diversity of Albany’s residents. Sarah grew up in Albany, and returned in 2016 after living in the Boston area for many years.  She and her family now live in the Buckingham Pond neighborhood.

Samantha Shipherd

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

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.

OFFICERS

Jeff Crumpton, President
Marcia Moss, Vice President
Michaela Roberts, Secretary
Douglas Ebersman, CPA, Treasurer

DIRECTORS

Matthew Hamm
Marcia O. Kees
William Lemmon
Christine Miles
Ta-Sean Murdock
Barbara Nazarewicz
Susan Pezzolla
Thomas Pfeiffer
Sarah Read
Samantha Shipherd
Stacey Stump
Michaela Sweeney

EX-OFFICIO

Jonathan Jones, Commissioner, Dept of Recreation
Jay Lavigne, City Forester
Jessica Morgan, Parks Division Supervisor
Sergio Panunzio, Commissioner, Department of General Services

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