Michael J. Meyer

I have served on the HPC since 1988; 2008-2018, as Chair succeeding James S. Keysa, Founding Chair. My background is I am an architect, first registered (NY) in 1984 and currently practicing with a firm that specializes in historic preservation and adaptive reuse of older buildings. My involvement in local projects of note includes the current conversion of the Richardson Complex, the former State Mental Hospital, into the Hotel Henry Hotel and Conference Center; the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Serviceman’s Museum at Erie Canal Harbor; exterior restoration work at ECC City Campus; and a soon to begin restoration of the McKinley Monument for the City of Buffalo. I also serve as a Trustee of the Hull House Foundation, a board that oversees the operation and stewardship of the Hull Family Home and Farmstead Museum (1810) in Lancaster, NY.

Among the successes of the Commission over my tenure has been a successful compromise solution for the widening of Broadway through the Historic District; the  nomination and listing of 10 Village structures to the National Register of Historic Places; the oversight of façade renovations along Central Avenue for the NY Main Street Grant Program; countless interaction and project reviews with homeowners, property owners and businesses; and most recently, the successful nomination and listings of the Central Avenue District and the Broadway District to the National Register of Historic Places.



Joseph W. Keefe, Esq.

Joseph W. Keefe is an attorney practicing law on Central Avenue in Lancaster. He is Vice Chair of the Commission and lives in the Village of Depew. He also serves on the Lancaster Town Planning Board and the Lancaster Rural Cemetary Board. He graduated from St. Mary's High School, Canisius College and University at Buffalo Law School. He has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

Vice Chair


Emma Eckert

Emma started as the secretary of the Village of Lancaster Historic Preservation Commission and has gained the experience and knowledge to become a voting member of the Commission as well. She grew up in a historic home in the Village of Lancaster which inspired her to study architecture. Now a licensed architect who works in downtown Buffalo, Emma believes it is important to be involved in the community that she lives in and would like to see the Village of Lancaster remain a desirable locale in Western New York for both visitors and residents.

Commission Member & Secretary


Sherry Campbell

Sherry  has been a member since 2012 and Vice Chair since 2013.  Sherry and her husband have lived in Lancaster since 1995.  Sherry’s love of old homes and interest in turn of the century architecture led to the purchase of a 1906 Queen Anne Victorian fixer upper.  Sherry and her husband have been restoring the home since they purchased it in 1995, performing the majority of the work themselves.   In 2009 their home was designated Lancaster’s First Local Historic Landmark.  Their restoration work was also recognized by Preservation Buffalo Niagara in 2010 with an Excellence in Preservation Award.  Sherry researched and wrote a nomination for the National Register of Historic Places resulting in her home being listed on the register in 2012.  Sherry’s restored home has also been opened to the public for several local old home tours. Sherry has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology.  She is also a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.  Sherry is currently employed as a mental health counselor but her free time is spent continuing with the restoration of her home.

Commission Member


Edward Mikula

Commission Member

Jeanine Kacala

Commission Member


Caitlin Chaves Yates

Caitlin Chaves-Yates grew up in Lancaster, NY and has returned to live in the village after several years of living in Boston, Germany, and NYC. She has a PhD in Archaeology from Boston University, specializing in the archaeology of ancient Mesopotamia and Syria. She is also interested in more local archaeology and history. She enjoys visiting local historic sites and learning more about the past. She grew up in a historic home in the town of Lancaster and now resides in a 1920s home in the village with her husband and her cat.

Commission Member


Michael Russ

Michael Russ and his wife first moved to Lancaster in 1991.  Since then Mike has been active with the Lancaster Depew Soccer Club and with Lancaster Unleashed, a group dedicated to bringing a dog park to Como Park.

Mike has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA both from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has worked for National Fuel Gas for over 25 years.

Mike’s daughter Kaitlyn owns a pet food supply and treat store at 5 West Main Street in the heart of the village called Purely Pets. Mike’s Wife Reggie, can often be found behind the counter.

Mike became interested in the History of Lancaster when he discovered is third great grandfather was Matthias Schwartz, one of the town’s earliest settlers, and who’s family had run a general store on Old West Main Street in the 1890’s.  He has been very active working on a web site that chronicles the history and genealogy of the people of the town of Lancaster at:


Alternate Commission Member


James Allein

Jim Allein is a life-long resident of the Village of Lancaster.  He loves the small hometown atmosphere, which the village offers with its walkable neighborhoods and business district.  He loves learning about the history of Lancaster and strives to preserve the historic village while allowing progress into the community.  He serves as chairperson of the Village Planning Commission and is president of the Village Community Development Corporation that is working to bring retail and community activities to the Central Business District.  He also serves as vice chair for the Lancaster Opera House and the Lancaster Historical Society.  Jim graduated from Houghton College in 1985 with a B.S. in education.  He retired from the Town of Lancaster as Deputy Town Clerk in 2010 after working there for 14 years.  He and his wife, Prudy, have two married daughters, one who lives in Lancaster while the other daughter is part of a large dairy farm family near Attica.  They have 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. 

Planning Commission Liasion to the HPC

716-432-1212 / jallein@lancastervillage.org

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