Preservation Buffalo Niagara (PBN) was established in 2008. Built on the more than 30-year history of our predecessor organizations, the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier and the Preservation Coalition of Erie County, PBN is committed to bringing resources and results that ensure that our historic places thrive for generations to come.
Meet the Staff
Jessie Fisher, Executive Director
Jessie Fisher brings a wide background to her role as the Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara. An Urban Planner with a Master’s degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, Jessie has worked as an historic preservation and neighborhood planning consultant, owned and developed at-risk and abandoned buildings, and served as the Director of Planning at Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. These experiences have combined to give her a unique sense of how promoting our region’s heritage can unlock a brighter, more equitable, more sustainable future.
When she’s not working on strengthening WNY communities, Jessie can be found producing copious amounts of baked goods and hanging out with her husband, four children, and three cats in their historic Buffalo home.
Christiana Limniatis, Director of Preservation Services
Christiana Limniatis has nearly 15 years’ experience in historic preservation. Originally from Albany NY, Christiana completed her coursework towards an MA in Historic Preservation Planning at Cornell University and has worked in non-profit preservation advocacy and consulting in Louisiana, Tennessee, and New York. When not on her soapbox preaching the gospel of preservation, Christiana enjoys watching endless marathons of Law & Order, visiting presidential gravesites, and reading cheesy historical fiction. Contact Christiana at climniatis [at] pbnsaves.org.
Mary Begley, Operations Manager
Mary Begley is an artist and connoisseur of wine, food, art, and music. She comes to Preservation Buffalo Niagara after a long career in the music business as GM at Righteous Babe Records. When she is not at PBN she spends time in her renovated attic studio in her Medina Sandstone house on Richmond Ave. Check out her art here.
Tia Brown, Community Engagement Coordinator
Tia Brown is an educator, a writer, and a Buffalo, NY native. She holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University, has taught English in three countries, seen the sun set in over 70 cities, and is currently an editor at Qween City – a lifestyle blog that documents the women in the Western New York region. She’s living proof that English majors can find gainful employment and that you can go home again.
Tabitha O’Connell, Preservation Planner
Tabitha O’Connell completed a BA in Writing, worked as a paralegal at an immigration law firm for seven years, and then went back to school for a master’s degree in Historic Preservation—which she received from the University at Buffalo in December 2019. She dabbles in fiction writing and art and loves exploring, researching, and saying hi to as many dogs as possible.
R. Maura Cohen
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