This October, The Landmark Society said a bittersweet farewell to Caitlin Meives after thirteen years with the organization. Caitlin will be working with our colleagues at the Preservation League of New York State as their new Director of Preservation, a position she held at Landmark for the past three years. While we’re sad to see her office empty, we’re glad that we’ll continue to collaborate with her in a different capacity, hopefully for years to come.
In her time at Landmark, Caitlin was a fierce advocate for our region’s historic resources, particularly in underrepresented communities. She co-founded the Young Urban Preservationists (YUPs), a group of preservationists in the greater Rochester region dedicated to promoting inclusive, modern, and innovative preservation practices to help revitalize communities and our built environment. With the YUPs, she helped plan and lead a series of popular Architecture in the Wild walking tours with Rochester Brainery. Caitlin organized the New York Statewide Preservation Conference, a partnership between The Landmark Society, the Preservation League, and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. In her role as Director of Preservation, Caitlin was responsible for growing The Landmark Society’s consulting business, providing tax credit and historic resource survey services to building owners and municipalities across our nine-county area and beyond. Caitlin’s connection to our community was evident in her long-standing involvement in the Celebrate City Living Program. Her presence at community meetings and events was always accompanied by insightful observations to help move Rochester forward. Her quick wit and deep passion for preservation were the qualities that made her time at Landmark truly memorable.
In Caitlin’s absence, our Preservation staff will be taking on new responsibilities, a challenge that they are all well-qualified for.
We’re pleased to announce that our Preservation Outreach Coordinator, Becky Timmons, has accepted the position of Director of Preservation Outreach. Becky joined The Landmark Society two-and-a-half years ago after spending over fifteen years in private development and urban planning. Her broad skillset has helped the organization streamline processes, improve deliverables, and take on unique projects like the recently-completed Historic Resources Survey of Rochester’s Inner Loop North area for Hinge Neighbors. She’s elevated the design and content of our quarterly LANDMARKS magazine (free for supporters!) and has injected creativity into Landmark events, print material, and social media. In her new position, Becky will oversee community outreach and digital and print media, while continuing to expand Landmark’s consulting services and taking a lead role in planning the statewide Preservation Conference.
We are also pleased to announce the promotion of Megan Klem to Director of Preservation Services, previously having served as a Preservation Planner. Megan has been with The Landmark Society for three years and has a well-rounded twelve-year background in historic preservation and design from both private consulting and government roles. Her unique experience allowed the organization to grow its consulting services, and with the preservation staff, has undertaken many National Register nominations, Historic Resources surveys, and homeowner and commercial Historic Tax Credit application projects. In her new position, Megan will oversee the preservation consulting services and take a lead role in Landmark’s advocacy initiatives, the reboot of Landmark’s Revolving Loan Fund, oversight of our covenant properties, and take over as Landmark’s lead staff with the Young Urban Preservationists (YUPs). She will also continue to co-administer the Genesee Valley Rural Revitalization Grant program in partnership with the NY State Historic Preservation Office.
Megan and Becky will continue to work closely with Preservation Planner Jeff Iovannone, who been hard at work on consulting projects and advocacy since joining Landmark this past June – read more about Jeff here!
We wish Caitlin all the best at her new position with the League and congratulate Becky and Megan on these well-deserved promotions. We’re excited about this next chapter!