Alycia Reiten always referred people to Historic York if they needed resources or consulting for historic preservation.

Now, she's leading the organization.

Reiten, of Carlisle, took over as executive director of the nonprofit Tuesday.

She holds a bachelor's degree in architecture and a master's degree in historic preservation. Most recently, she was the planning, zoning and codes manager for Carlisle, where part of her job was working with the Historic Architecture Review Board there.

It was a small part of her job, but it was her favorite.

"I just wanted to get more involved in what I studied for," Reiten said. "Preservation is important, but it's also vital and fun."

Reiten replaces Karen Arnold, who left the organization during the summer.

Since then, Suzanne McConkey has provided part-time interim director services through the York Nonprofit Management Development Center, said Mike Stebbins, president of Historic York's board.

The board started a search for a new director and received applications from around the country, Stebbins said. Reiten's education and professional background made her an attractive candidate, he said.

"I think she was appealing to us in her conviction to stepping in and really wanting to do a good job," Stebbins said. "There were just a lot of good things about Alycia that we went with."

Reiten said she hopes she can build on the organization's foundation and help take things to the next level.


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"There's tremendous architectural fabric just in the city of York alone that has such potential for opportunity that hasn't been preserved," she said.

She said she's optimistic for the future, and the board seems excited to support her in taking the nonprofit forward.

"Everyone wants to be involved," she said.

Stebbins said Historic York has sort of "lost its face" in the community, and he hopes the organization can re-establish a presence throughout the county.

"We're going to go out and meet and greet and show Alycia what York's about," he said. "Hopefully 2009 will be a good year for Historic York."
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