Comings and Goings for HBI Board of Directors and Council of Advisors

Comings and Goings for HBI Board of Directors and Council of Advisors

Spring has sprung, and there is change in the air at HBI. As new projects like the church at 50 Cedar Street take shape, and we near completion of the Upham’s Corner Comfort Station, HBI welcomes new faces to its Board of Directors and Council of Advisors, and bids farewell to several long-time members.

Board of Directors

Left to Right: Marla Curtis, Tom Goemaat, David Hacin, Julie Paul Brown


Julie Paul Brown is the HBI Board of Directors’ newest member. She is a registered architect in MA, CT, NH and VT and a LEED Accredited Professional. She manages the operations of North Bay Construction Consultants and provides construction consulting for both owners and design firms. This includes construction cost estimating, constructability and peer reviews of design documents as well as design consulting for high performance building envelopes and historic structures. Julie is also an owner’s representative for both private and public clients. Julie holds the MA Certification for School Project Designers & Owner’s Project Managers (MCPPO) Certification and has been qualified by the State of Connecticut Commission on Culture + Tourism as a Certified Historic Architect in accordance with the US Secretary of the Interior. Julie received a BArch with University Honors at Carnegie Mellon University where she was awarded the Vira I. Heinz Travel Endowment to study at the Technical University in Vienna. She earned a Master in Design Studies with Distinction in Critical Conservation from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

As we welcome our new board member, we bid a fond farewell to Tom Goemaat, David Hacin, and Marla Curtis who will step down as members of HBI’s board after many of years of dedication and time spent helping to guide HBI’s preservation projects. We are grateful to Marla, Tom, and David for their service and good will. David Hacin and his firm Hacin + Associates become architects for HBI’s project at the St. James African Orthodox Church.

Council of Advisors

Left to right: Matt Kiefer, Carolyn Osteen, Nancy Coolidge


Earlier this year HBI welcomed Brian Swett as the new chair of the Council of Advisors. Brian replaced Matthew Kiefer and Carolyn Osteen, two valuable and longtime co-chairs of the Council of Advisors. We extend our gratitude to Matthew and Carolyn for their years of dedicated leadership, and we are glad to report that both remain active members of the Council.

Our longtime advisor and former board member Nancy Coolidge, stepped off the Council of Advisors in January after many years of involvement with HBI. “Nancy was the perfect advisor,” said HBI’s Executive Director, Kathy Kottaridis. “She brought to our organization a unique blend of preservation knowledge, non-profit practice and commitment to our city. Her voice will be missed at our table.