Interim Executive Director
Andrea Rounds
Operations Manager
Melissa Quinn
Owner’s Representative for Construction
Chuck Berlinghof


John H. Cratin, III, Chair

W. Hayden Bates, Vice-Chair

John Dibari, Treasurer

Jerry McIntyre, Secretary

Dominique Alfandre, Governance Committee Chair and Historian

John Shehan, Building Committee Chair

Phil Bender

Arthur Chapman
Liz Drayton

Lauren P. Flaherty
Tesa van Munching
Lisa Perrault
Alison Vareika


Theater ConsultantChristopher Buckley, founder of Production & Performance Facility Consulting, New York (P&PFC). Formed in 2001, P&PFC provides consulting services on theater design and construction. Current projects include NPAC, Brooklyn Kings Loews renovation  and Rosie’s Broadway Kids Center. Other recent project include the Baryshnikov ArtsCenter, Cedar Lake Ensemble Space, the South Orange Performing Arts Center, Peter Brook’s “TiernoBokar,” the Dwight School expansion, and Dance New Amsterdam, as well as production management for selected tours by the Royal Court Theater, Chekhov International Festival, and Baryshnikov Productions. Mr. Buckley spent seven years at the New 42nd St., Inc., where he oversaw the New Victory Theater and New 42nd St. Studios projects; prior to that he served as production manager at BAM and the Rosas Dance Company in Brussels. He was also project manager of the renovation of the Majestic Theatre for Peter Brook’s “Mahabharata” and ‘Cherry Orchard.”

Architect: Mohamad Farzan,  a founding principal of NewPort Architecture, has been practicing architecture in Rhode Island for over 20 years. His projects include NPAC, the Hope Club Carnegie Abbey Golf House, Grace Vanderbilt hotel and spa, and Salve Regina University’s Fairholme carriage house dormitory.  Mr. Farzan received his architectural training at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and also from Tehran University. He worked for Cubelis & Associates, William Starck Architects, and Newport Collaborative Architects before helping to found NewPort Architecture. He has been honored with several awards, including the Providence Business News Business Excellence Award, Newport Historical Society Preservation Award, and two People’s Choice Awards. In addition, Mr. Farzan has been a visiting critic at the architecture schools at the Rhode Island School of Design and Roger Williams University. As an active member of the local community, Mr. Farzan has volunteered his time on the boards of Save the Bay, and the Newport Historic District Task Force. He currently serves as president of Sail Newport and is a past president of the Newport Rotary Club. Mr. Farzan also contributes much of his time to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), currently serving as Regional Director for New England. In 2007, he published the AIA Guide to Newport.

Construction Management: Jim Farrar of Jim Farrar and Associates. Mr. Farrar possesses over 30 years of professional building and construction engineering experience. His career was built upon a solid education in civil  construction engineering. The firm includes seasoned professional employees who have worked for the firm for over 15 years. Farrar and Associates have been involved with the construction of a multitude of historic preservation and construction projects in the Newport area such as the Newport Historical Society, Salve Regina University, The Pell School , St. Mary’s Parish Hall and Bank Newport. Farrar and Associates have been involved with the Opera House project since 2001 when the firm restored the Opera House façade.

Acoustician: Stephen Lindsey of Longman Lindsey, one of the largest  acoustical consulting groups in the United States. Mr. Lindsey and his partners have  combined experience of more than 100 years. Each partner has a broad portfolio of project types, providing acoustical design for corporate, educational, residential, and cultural spaces, as well as museums, libraries, studios, and environmental noise control.

Historic Tax Credit Specialist: Richard Youngken of Youngken Associates. The firm provides historic preservation planning for communities, businesses, and individuals. With 30 years of experience in the Northeast, Richard Youngken is committed to preserving and enhancing community character and a sense of place. Specialties include: National Register nominations; Rhode Island and Federal Tax Credits for Historic Preservation; Historic Structures Reports; community planning; advocacy for historic preservation; strategic planning for nonprofit organizations in historic preservation and related fields; interpretation plans for historic sites and museums.

Landscape Design: Tanya Kelley of PLACEstudio Landscape Design.
Tanya Kelley is a designer with 30 years of experience, including projects that have been recognized for design excellence from professional organizations and civic agencies. She is active in planning and policy in Newport, Rhode Island where she is currently a member of the Washington Square Advisory Commission, the Newport Planning Board and Critical Area Review.