NPA Board Members

The Newburgh Preservation Association (NPA) is comprised of a board of dedicated volunteer citizens of Newburgh with a passion for historical preservation, a love for their city, and a desire to share knowledge with the public.


Rebecca brown,
Board member

Rebecca moved to Newburgh in June, 2017 from Brooklyn, and has eagerly been exploring the Hudson Valley’s historical and natural landmarks as she acclimates to life “up river”.  She currently oversees academic affairs for the Media, Culture, and Communication department at NYU and earned both her BA and Masters degrees from UCLA. Although she is new to the city, Rebecca is fully invested in promoting and preserving Newburgh’s historical gems via her involvement in NPA. A native of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, she currently lives in the Washington Heights neighborhood in Newburgh with her husband Joshua, their dog Skillet, and a baby due in Fall 2018.

tHOMAS Burr Dodd,
Board Member

Thomas Burr Dodd, is a painter, photographer, and digital artist who splits his time between Newburgh and Brooklyn. Dodd graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in photography, and in 1999 Dodd incorporated his Brooklyn-based business, Brooklyn Fire Proof, which has since expanded to include artist studios, film and television stages, galleries, music studios, and non-profit creative projects. Dodd has a deep appreciation and love for Newburgh, and can often be found either photographing historic architecture around the city or working on one of many of his many restoration projects, most notably of the Liberty Street School.



board member

Nancy Thomas was born and raised in Newburgh. Education and family took her to upstate New York and then 19 years on Hilton Head, SC.  She and her late husband had a design/build business which replicated architectural elements in new homes as well as faux painting and period finishes.  They moved to Newburgh in 2001 and have restored an 1820 home, Goldsmith Denniston House, which Nancy has run as a B&B since 2004. Nancy is past president of Newburgh Preservation Association and she continues as a board member, former board member of Newburgh Professional and Business Assoc., Board member of Newburgh IDA, and past president of Union Church Corp.

Nick Valentine,
board member

Nancy Nick grew up in Newburgh, above his father’s barber shop. His business of now 53 years, Broadway Tailors is in the same space that was his grandfather’s shoe shop, 281 Broadway.  He graduated from St Patrick’s High School in 1968, and the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1970. Nick took this role to a new level in 1999 when he was elected to City Council. After serving 4 years as a Councilman, Nick ran for Mayor, won and served for the next 8 years. As Mayor, Nick was instrumental in revising the City Charter, creating our current ward system, acquiring the Armory and developing it as a youth center, and guiding the drafting of a comprehensive new zoning plan as well as the waterfront development plan. Nick’s strongest achievements were in economic development and the resurgence of the city.



Allison G. Cappella,
Board member

Allison G. Cappella is a proud City of Newburgh resident and a native of Lowell, Massachusetts. She is a an Attorney at Jacobowitz & Guibts. Allison earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2003, with a major in English Literature and a focus in Latin. She earned her Juris Doctorate in 2009, from Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York. Allison is a recent graduate of the Pattern Fellowship Program and Leadership Orange and is current a member the Leadership Sullivan class of the 2019 . She is a passionate lover Newburgh and takes great pride in her volunteerism in the City. Allison enjoys kayaking, especially on the Hudson, hiking, bird-watching, and gardening.  Allison is also a Board Member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh and Safe Harbors of the Hudson. She in Newburgh with her fiancé, Peter Kronner, and two dogs Oscar and Christmas.

Gabrielle Burton-Hill,
Board member


Gabrielle Burton-Hill is a native of Newburgh. As a lifelong resident, she has seen the gradual, but steady, demise of this once booming community due to urban renewal, drug infiltration, and unemployment. However, she is excited about the restoration of her home town, block by block. Since 2010, she has taken an active stand in her community by getting involved in various organizations. She is the former Chairperson for The Newburgh Housing Authority and Former Commissioner of the Newburgh Police Community Relations Review Board, serving in those capacities for a combined 7 years. Currently she is the Executive Director Assistant at Merakey Newburgh, a family services and support organization that aids to keep children in the home and help families become stable and self-sufficient. She is also the program founder of I AM L.I.T. (Leader In Training) at the Newburgh Armory Center. A 12-week session/year-round leadership class for girls ages 8-15.

Terry Ahlers,
Board member

I was appointed to the Newburgh Fire Department in 1999 as a Firefighter. After several promotions, I am currently the Assistant Chief, Acting as the Chief of this historic Fire Department.
Born and raised in Ulster County, I grew apples for the once prosperous Hudson Valley Apple industry, settling in Middle Hope where I still live with my wife Cathy, son Rob, and dog Jake."
I have been interested in local history since learning about the American Revolution in 7th grade. Besides the history of the Newburgh Fire Department, I really enjoy exploring and learning about the local historic railroads, brick industries, old Newburgh, and agriculture here in the valley.