Jay Jacot, Associate AIA
President /Treasurer

Jay has been Treasurer of the Architecture Resource Center since its founding. For nearly five years he also served as Treasurer of its predecessor organization, the Connecticut Architecture Foundation (CAF). While on the CAF Board Jay participated in Architecture Resource Center activities serving on its Advisory and Development Committees. Jay has also served as President of the Architecture Resource Center for the past several years. 

Jay is a career Naval Officer who retired with the rank of Captain after thirty-one years of service. As an officer of the United States Navy Supply Corps, he gained extensive experience in budgeting, budget exe­cution, and financial project management and oversight. In addition, Jay has significant experience, both with the Navy and private industry, in contract management and contract fraud investigation.His last assignment with the Navy was with the staff of the Naval War College.

Throughout his post-military careers, Jay has generously donated his financial services and project management skills to numerous non-profit organization. Jay is also employed as the business and construction manager for Thompson|Edwards Architects LLC in New Haven. He is a graduate of the Navy Supply Corps School and has an MA in Management from Central Michigan University and a BA in Economics from the University of Connecticut.

A life-long educator and administrator, Kathleen began her career teaching Kindergarten in New South Wales, Australia. After one year, she returned to the US and taught at both elementary and secondary levels in Washington State for fourteen years, followed by nine years in administration. 

A Connecticut native, Kathleen returned to her hometown of West Hartford to become Principal of Duffy Elementary School where she remained for thirteen years. It was there that she first heard about and brought Architecture Resource Center (ARC) programs to her students in grades 3-5.

Since her retirement from public education in 2014, she has been involved in a number of non-profit organizations. She serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Walden Woods Community and is the Secretary of the Duplex Council. Additionally, Kathleen is the Secretary/Treasurer of Smart Is Cool, the Vice President of the Windsor Brush and Pallet Club (WPBC), member of the West Hartford Art League (WHAL) and the Lyme Art Association (LAA). 

Kathleen has a BA in Psychology and a Teaching Certificate from Boston College, an MAED in Curriculum Instruction and School Administration from Seattle University, and received her Superintendent's Credential from the University of Connecticut Education Leadership Program. She joined the ARC board as Secretary in 2015.

Kathleen Tracy

Alan began teaching at Yale in 1986 after serving on the faculty of Princeton University for seven years. He is the current director of the School’s Ph.D. program and the Yale Urban Design Workshop and Center for Urban Design Research (YUDW), which he founded in 1992 and which undertakes research and design studies for communities throughout Connecticut and the metropolitan region. Current YUDW projects include planning for a Heritage Park along the Thames River between New London and Groton, Connecticut, and resiliency planning for Bridgeport and the Connecticut coast funded by HUD’s Rebuild by Design program. Alan also directs the School’s China Studio, a collaboration between Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Yale School of Architecture, and recently led a Yale and international team to develop plans for a Peace Park along the Jordan River on the Israeli-Jordanian border.

As a Director and Advisor, Alan assists the ARC as a resource architectural design and history, author of publication case studies, and a liaison to the Yale community. He has served on the boards of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the National Architectural Accrediting Board, the Journal of Architectural Education, and Architectural Research Quarterly, as well as the Connecticut Main Street Center and the New Haven Preservation Trust. He received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.Arch. from Princeton University.

Alan Plattus, AIA

Jill has practiced professionally in the field of interior design for 30 years and is a professional member of American Society of Interior Design (ASID). Before relocating to Connecticut, she was President and CEO of KaiCAD Interior Planning & Design for 12 years, specializing in interior design services for corporate clients interested in space efficiency and department relocations. 

Jill has worked with the Architecture Resource Center in several capacities for more than two decades. She has served as an instructor for the Architecture Resource Center working with middle school students in CT classrooms, and as a Board member and officer.

She is passionate about the quality of the public education system and has lead community events to inspire transformation to her local school system. Jill now holds the elected office of Town Council in her home town. She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Connecticut and is currently pursuing her Masters of Business degree in Business Administration.  She has also enhanced her education with courses in Project Management and Facilitative Leadership Training.

Jill Jackson Jenkins, ASID

In her latest endeavor, iDsusco, Darlene has returned to her passion of working directly with B2B leadership to help grow businesses by creating and marketing brands. For over 30 years she has provided strategy, concept, content, digital marketing, and design services for diverse companies and organizations ranging from Fortune 50 to family businesses. Just prior to launching iDsusco, Darlene worked with Digital Surgeons in New Haven as a partner in the positions of Vice President of Brand Strategy, and Director of Account Services, helping the agency grow from less than 10 people to more than 50.

Darlene has been an ARC Director, Officer, Advisor, and Communications and Design Director interchangeably since the ARC was founded. In 2015, Darlene also helped create and currently serves on the Board of Teen Cultures Connect (TCC), a non-profit organization aimed at connecting teens from different cultures through the language of common interests. In 2016, TCC coordinated travel for 18 teen baseball players and their families to Cuba, and sponsored and hosted 12 Cuban players and coaches here in Connecticut. Plans for more baseball and the addition of ballet are in the works. Darlene holds a BFA from the University of Connecticut, and an MFA in Advertising Design from Syracuse University.

Darlene Susco

Mark is a second-year student at the Yale School of Management (SOM) who focuses on impact evaluation and strategic planning for non-profits and local governments. Before SOM he worked at a non-profit research and consulting firm focused on healthcare policy. He worked to increase access to and quality of care for disadvantaged populations, doing research and consulting for government, foundation, and small non-profit clients.

At SOM, he's been involved with the Education Leadership Conference, SOM United, and Non-Profit Board Fellows, and will be taking leadership roles on SOM United and Non-Profit Board Fellows next year. He came to SOM to learn more about how to be an effective change agent to reduce racial disparities in the U.S. and how to help government and non-profits operate more efficiently to promote social justice. He grew up in Oak Park, Illinois and received his Bachelor's from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, with an anticipated Master's from Yale in 2017.

Mark Rosenberg

Samuel Gardner has over 30 years of experience with transportation and infrastructure upgrades; downtown revitalization and TOD planning; historic rehabilitation and adaptive re-use projects. For the past 20 years, Sam has played a key role in many of the state’s rail, transit and airport facility design and renovation initiatives. Before joining Greg Wies & Gardner, he ran TAMS Consultants, Inc’s Stamford office for over five years renovating and expanding ConnDOT’s New Haven rail line stations. Registered in Connecticut since 1985, Sam received the “Emerging Architect Design Award” from AIA/CT for a broad body of work preserving and revitalizing the downtown districts of New Haven, South Norwalk, and Stamford, Connecticut.

Sam was an ARC founding member, and helped develop our alliance with the New Haven Public Schools. He is a former ARC Board Member and Past-President. Sam has a BFA from Colgate University, and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.

Samuel E. Gardner, AIA

JoAnn is a sculptor, arts educator, community organizer, and arts advocate committed to formalizing programs and planning for the arts and arts education in her hometown of Gloucester, MA. She Initiated, and was a Group Co-Leader for the City of Gloucester’s Master Plan 2001 Arts And Culture In The Community plan segment which continues to be referenced and used today.

Presently JoAnn is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Grant partner recipient and a member of the Gloucester Arts & Cultural Economic Development Commission planning committee forging efforts with the Gloucester Committee for the Arts for a funded arts director for the City of Gloucester. Jo-Ann is also the Vice President of the Manship Artist Residence and Studio, Inc. an initiative funded in part by the MCC Cultural Facilities to establish an international artists residency and cultural center in Gloucester, MA. She received her Bachelor of Arts in art at Goddard College. 

JoAnn Castano

A registered architect in NY and CT, Tanya has been practicing architecture since 1994. A masters graduate from Tulane University School of Architecture and mother of three, Tanya was a sole practitioner of residential architecture for fifteen years. She has been representing construction and design services for various construction companies in the last decade, most recently taking a position with the S/L/A/M Collaborative for their design build construction division. Tanya is also a member of NCARB, CT AIA COTE and CTGBC. Her passion lies in the promotion of sustainability, healing environments and design education.

Tanya Cutolo, AIA LEED AP

Lorrie currently serves as NHPS Technology and Data Instructional Coach at Lincoln-Bassett Community School. Prior to this she served as a NHPS math coach. She has been the district school-based test coordinator for the CT Mastery Test, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and CCSS practice, and is President of ATOMIC and serves on the Board and as Newsletter Editor for ATMNE. She has written mathematics items and performance tasks for SBAC and currently serves as the national K-5 content lead in their development of modules for the digital library.

Lorrie attended SCSU and received a B.S. in Communications and M.S. in Education and a 6th year in Educational Leadership. 

Lorrie Quirk