Arnold Robinson, AICP, is the Director of the Community Partnerships Center at Roger Williams University. Arnold holds his MA in Preservation Planning from Boston University, and BA in American Studies from Bates College.
In his 25 years of practice in preservation and design he has served as the preservation and urban planner with New Bedford, MA, executive director of the Providence Preservation Society and project designer and urban planner with Newport Collaborative Architects. In addition to managing the CPC, Arnold teaches in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at RWU, with a focus on preservation planning, historic rehabilitation methods, community facilitation and economic feasibility analysis.
Nicole Foti is the Project Coordinator for the Community Partnerships Center at Roger Williams University. Nicole holds her MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, where she studied contemporary American literatures and theories of gender, intimacy, and affective identity formation. She received her BA from Roger Williams University. Before joining the CPC, Nicole worked as the Events and Partner Programs Manager for the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the South Side of Chicago. In this role she produced artistic showcases, managed building operations, and supported the programming of a large collaborative team.
2015-2016 Student Staff
Matt Butzke is a first year graduate Historic Preservation student, and is a CPC Fellow. Matt was brought up in the hills of northern New Jersey, in the town of Sparta. He has previously worked on CPC projects such as the rehabilitation plan for the Codding Farm Barn in North Attleboro, MA and an outreach program for the Spaulding House in Pawtucket, RI. Matt has also interned with the National Trust for Historic Preservation on the Lyndhurst property doing Architectural Convservation. His work with the National Trust has sparked Matt's interest in working in the preservation trades. Matt is pursuing a year long opportunity to work in a medieval town in Germany doing trades preservation work.
Emily Crafts is a junior in the Gabelli School of Business as a Marketing and Finance double major and currently resides in Wilbraham, MA. She is a lifelong softball player and enjoys spending time in the fitness center, going for hikes, or watching movies. Emily likes to volunteer her time at non profit organizations. Currently she volunteers her time at East Bay Food Pantry and Thrift Shop. Family is the most important thing to her. She loves nothing more than spending time on the water or at the beach.
Jessica Gross is a graduate student participating in a 4+2 Bachelor of Science/Master of Architecture dual degree program. During her undergraduate years at RWU, she received a minor in graphic design and led the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) as President during her junior year. Jessica's involvement in this national organization inspired her passion for designing and leading in the professional workplace. More recently, she completed a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. Jessica's travels around Europe have not only exposed her to new people, places, food, and cultures, but broadened her view on architecture and how it is perceived around the world. This new outlook on the profession has motivated her to seek architectural solutions that relate to the greater context- drawing upon local influences to make a difference on the global scale.
Lindsay Guastafeste is a senior in the Bachelor of Science/Master of Architecture dual degree program. She is focusing on architecture and pursuing an interest in the Italian language. She is from Syosset, New York and has lived in Long Island her entire life. Prior to Roger Williams University, Lindsay had taken architectural design and environmental science courses that developed her passion for sustainable design. Through her time at RWU, she expects to minor in Sustainability and travel often to gain a more global perspective. She has spent an alternate spring break in Munich, Germany with Doctor Hollingsworth studying the German language and culture. She has also spent ten days in southern Italy. Lindsay plans to focus her architectural career on finding affordable solutions to sustainable design.
Maddie Medkeff is a junior in the Gabelli School of Business pursuing a Marketing degree. She is a lifelong resident of Hudson, Ohio. Community service, church, playing basketball and a strong network of friends from many different places are very important to her. Maddie is also an avid knitter, loves animals, and to plan fun events. She plans on earning her MBA when she completes her undergraduate work. Maddie would like to work in a management role at a large company and has also considered starting her own business someday.
Pedro Ortiz is a senior in the Architecture B.S. /M.S. dual degree program, concentrating in Sustainability and minoring in Art History. I am a transfer student and previously studied at UMass Dartmouth. Originally from Puerto Rico, Pedro lived in New Bedford, Mass. where he studied Architectural Drafting and CAD during high school. During his senior year, he became more aware about sustainable design when he was given a project that called for a sustainable solution. Pedro believes that by studying architecture and sustainability he will be able to find sustainable solutions in architecture and create sustainable designs that don’t just help the individual but the community and society as a whole.
Mike Tiberio is originally from Waltham, MA, and now lives in Fall River, MA. Mike is in his first year of RWU's Master's program in Clinical Psychology. He graduated from RWU's undergraduate program in May 2015 with a BA in psychology and a minor in theatre. As an undergrad he performed in many plays at RWU's performing arts center. Additionally Mike works as a Personal Trainer, certified through the American Council on Exercise. In his spare time Mike enjoys weightlifting, acting, spending time with friends, and creative writing.
Kejon Sampson is a graduate student in the Architecture program. He transferred to Roger Williams University from New England Institute of Technology where he obtained a dual Bachelor's degree in Construction Management and Architectural Engineering and Design. He is from the small island of Bermuda, where he plans to return with an abundance of knowledge and experience. Upon completion of his Master's degree, he plans to stay and work in Rhode Island to gain that experience and become a licensed Architect. He also has a passion for bowling and teaching drums to youth in the art of drumline.
Amy Slatkavitz is a sophomore studying journalism and political sicence and working towards a double major in these areas. Amy is from Suffield, CT and has a passion for reading, except for Plato. After college, Amy hopes to work in the public relations industry and eventually become a press secretary.
Kate Thompson is a senior at Roger Williams University. She is working towards receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design Communication while pursuing a secondary major in Global Communication. Her passions reside in activities that benefit the greater good and promote social justice. She is also a coordinator for the Feinstein Center's Community Connections program.
Nick Valenti. Graphic designer and project assistant for the CPC. Architecture major. Majoring in fine arts and architecture. Hometown: Averill Park, NY. Attended Ithaca College and Hudson Valley Community College prior to RWU. Loves to think deeply about every perspective in a specific situation because perspective provides culture to the table.