Greg Galer
Executive Director

Greg Galer, PhD, HonAIA, HREDFP, began this role in early 2022, having previously served as Executive Director of the Boston Preservation Alliance where he impacted over $5 billion of real estate development. His 30-year career spans the breadth of public history including historic preservation, collection management, museum exhibits, documentation of historic sites, and adaptive use projects.

Greg holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Ph.D. in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology from MIT. His past research includes the evolution of iron truss bridges and American ironworking history. When not focused on APT work, you're likely to find Greg slowly restoring his ca1880 house in southwest Virginia, fly fishing, or hiking.

Contact Greg: [email protected]

Rebecca Harris
Director of Operations

Rebecca Harris has been in the field of historic preservation since 2002. For the last five years, she was with the National Preservation Partners Network, most recently as Executive Director. She also worked in the Boston Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for more than a decade, was part of the development team at Historic New England, and started as an independent preservation consultant in Vermont. She earned her master's degree from the University of Vermont's Historic Preservation program and has volunteered at conservation field schools in California and Texas. Rebecca lives in Massachusetts in a 1930 bungalow with her husband and two young preservationists.

Contact Rebecca: [email protected] 

Sandra Sanchez Pierre
Director of Educational Programming

Sandra Sanchez Pierre began part-time work for APT as liaison to our Getty Scholars at APT's 2022 conference in Detroit. She has played a critical role in the evolution of our management team from the fall of 2023 until January 2024. She is now focused on the management and facilitation of our webinars and on-site workshops. Sandra has more than twenty years experience in higher education, professional development, and nonprofit management. She holds a bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University and an MBA from the University of Arizona. Sandra lives in Texas. 

Contact Sandra: [email protected] 

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Megy Karydes
Director of Communications

Megy Karydes joined APT as Director of Communications starting April 1, 2024. She runs Karydes Consulting with expertise in media outreach, marketing, communications, and writing. Since launching her agency 18 years ago, she’s worked with clients ranging from national nonprofit science advocacy organizations to health and wellness corporations. She’s an active member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA), a master gardener, and teaches graduate-level communication courses as a professor at Johns Hopkins University. She holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature from University of Illinois Chicago and an MBA in Marketing from DePaul University.