Ramona Murphy Bartos is Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and Administrator of the State Historic Preservation Office for the State of North Carolina. She is an alumna of the joint Juris Doctor / Master of Historic Preservation Program at the University of Georgia, and Emory University (BA History and International Studies). Prior to her position in state public service, Ramona practiced law for nearly a decade in Georgia as an attorney in private practice for both private and local government clients, and served as a city attorney. Ramona is now Vice President of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.
Dan Becker is Owner and Consulting Principal of Heritage Arts of NC LLC. He was also Main Street Grants Administrator for the North Carolina Main Street & Rural Planning Center in the NC Department of Commerce during 2017-18. He served 25-years as Executive Director of the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission from 1986-2011, and worked as Manager of the Long Range Planning Division for the Raleigh Department of City Planning from 2006-2015. Prior to moving to Raleigh, Dan was an Associate with James Williamson/Carl Awsumb/Architects in Memphis, Tennessee, which provided design services in restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive use architecture. He previously served in Sidney, Ohio as Director of the River Corridor Project (a two-county program promoting recreation, conservation, and preservation along the Great Miami River), and as Secretary/Director for the Shelby County Park District. He completed eight years of service on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions in 2006, including two years as board Chair 2004 – 2005. He is an ex-officio member of the board for Yates Mill Associates. Past service includes membership on the Center for Preservation Leadership Advisory Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He has also been a board member for Mordecai Square Historical Society, Memphis Heritage, and Lowenstein House. He was awarded the 2007 Robert E. Stipe Professional Award by Preservation North Carolina. Mr. Becker received his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Devereaux Bemis served as an Architectural Historian and Director with the Mobile Historic Development Commission, a department of the City of Mobile and private not-for-profit organization. He also served on the boards of Restore Mobile, the Downtown Mobile District Management Corporation, and the Maritime Advisory Council of Alabama. A founder of Friends of the DFF African American Heritage Trail of Mobile, he served for many years on the Board of the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation serving in every leadership position. Devereaux is active in the community having also served on the boards of the Mobile Theatre Guild, the Mobile Arts Council, the September Celebration Task Force, and the Cathedral Square Committee. He is past president of Historic Mobile Homes Tour. He received his BA in Art History and Russian Language from the University of South Alabama. He also received his MBA from the University of South Alabama and was awarded a study tour of Mexico. His graduate work in Art History was done at Tulane University, where he was awarded a study tour of Western Europe. Devereaux lives in an 1839 house in downtown Mobile that is being renovated following damage by Hurricane Katrina.
Wade Broadhead is currently the Planning Director of Florence, Colorado working on development and preservation issues. He was most recently a Land Use Planner and Staff to the City of Pueblo’s Historic Preservation Commission where he worked from 2005-2014. Prior to his career in planning and preservation Wade worked as an archaeologist and GIS Supervisor conducting consulting work across the southwestern United States. In Pueblo, Wade helped spearhead an engaging neighborhood- based historic context approach which surveyed most historic neighborhoods as well as its Post-War Resources. He volunteered to serve as a grant reviewer for the State Historical Fund from 2010-2011; he was an Endangered Places Reviewer from 2009-2011; and, he presented papers at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, NAPC Forum, APA, and Saving Places Conferences over the past two years. Wade has a passion for Mid- Century Modern Architecture and social history as well as citizen engagement. He especially enjoys revitalization efforts in Right Sizing Cities and working with minority populations and low income neighborhoods to make preservation relevant. Wade is currently establishing a commission and applying for CLG status in Florence Colorado, population, 3800. Wade has four small budding preservationists under the age of 13.
Adrienne Burke is Executive Director at Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) in Jacksonville, Florida. RAP is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to enhance and preserve the architecture, history, cultural heritage, and economic viability of the historic neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondale. She most recently worked for the City of Fernandina Beach’s Community Development Department as the Community Development Director, coordinating Building, Planning, and Code Enforcement. Her work also involved managing the City’s historic preservation program and developing natural resource policies, as well as overall land development code and comprehensive plan compliance. She previously served as Senior Planner for the City. Adrienne has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Virginia, and graduated from the University of Florida with a master’s degree in historic preservation/urban planning and a law degree. She is a member of the Florida Bar, a LEED Accredited Professional, and on the Board of Trustees for the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. She continues to live in Fernandina Beach with her husband, stepson, and three crazy dogs in a 1974 ranch house.
Monica Callahan is the Planning & Development Director for Madison, Georgia. As such, she coordinates comprehensive planning and community development, managing a variety of volunteer public service boards along with related 501c3 organizations and public-private partnership LLCs. Monica serves as the Executive Director for the Downtown Development Authority, coordinating downtown revitalization and urban redevelopment programs. She is past-President of the Georgia Downtown Association and Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions. Callahan advocates context-based planning policy, specifically leveraging historic and natural resources with community vision to reach defined quality growth objectives. Recent grant/planning projects include: 20YR Comprehensive Plan, 40-acre Urban Renewal/Stormwater Project, next 100YR cemetery design, and foundation of a city-wide trail system.
Abigail Christman is an Associate City Planner in Landmark Preservation at the City and County of Denver. Abigail has a varied background having previously worked for consulting firms, Colorado Preservation, Inc., and the University of Colorado Denver. Her experience includes Section 106 consultation, reconnaissance and intensive-level surveys, National Register nominations, HABS/HAER/HALS documentation, neighborhood pattern books, preservation tax credit certification, interpretation, public outreach, and serving on the Denver Landmark Commission. Abigail also teaches a graduate course for CU Denver titled Historic Buildings in Context. Abigail holds a B.A. in History from the University of South, a M.A. in Public History/Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University, and a M.A. in Histories and Theories of Architecture from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, England.
Kinney Clark is a GIS Specialist with the NJ State Historic Preservation Office coordinating cultural resources GIS development and other information management initiatives. He also administers HPO’s annual federal funding process, and participates in project development and data coordination for the Certified Local Government sub-grant program. He previously worked with the HPO’s Transportation Unit, providing historic preservation review and technical assistance under a variety of federal and state programs. He holds a Masters of Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design, a Bachelors of Business Administration from UGA’s Terry College of Business, and completed a Professional Certificate in Geomatics from the Continuing and Professional Education Program at Rutgers University. Mr. Clark also currently serves on the Historic Preservation Advisory Board in Cranford, NJ.
William Cook is an attorney at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Will has helped challenge federal agency approval of the world’s largest wind farm in the middle of Nantucket Sound, a traditional cultural property, as well as argued successfully for the reinstatement of Mount Taylor’s recognition as a 400,000-acre traditional cultural property in New Mexico. In addition to teaching preservation law at Columbia University, Will lectures regularly to national audiences on issues related to property, land use, and heritage conservation, and is the author of PRESERVING NATIVE AMERICAN PLACES: A GUIDE TO FEDERAL LAWS AND POLICIES THAT HELP PROTECT CULTURAL RESOURCES AND SACRED SITES.
Dan Corson, a former city council member and a 45 -year Boulder resident, holds both J.D. and M.A. (History) degrees from the University of Colorado, the latter obtained after practicing law for 20 years. Corson has served on several city and non-profit boards including the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, PLAN-Boulder County, Boulder Housing Partners, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, and the Colorado Chautauqua Association. His research on Boulder and Boulder County resulted in the 1999 publication of Boulder County: An Illustrated History co-authored with University of Colorado professor Tom Noel. Corson’s preservation background includes board and presidency of Historic Boulder, Inc., board of Colorado Preservation, Inc.; board of National Alliance of Preservation Commissions; Boulder Landmarks Board member and chair; and Boulder Planning Board member and chair. He also served two terms on the Boulder City Council and chaired the city’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2009. Corson was employed for 17 years with the Colorado state historic preservation office supervising state and federal tax credit review, state and federal agency compliance, and local government programs until his retirement in June, 2015. Dan was the recipient of the 2015 Secretary of the Interior award for a state historic preservation office staff member, and in 2016 he received the John and Sue Renaud award from NAPC.
Lisa Craig serves as Principal for The Craig Group, LLC. In this role she leads a team of design and planning professionals to support community leaders, local government and nonprofit organizations in growing the economic value and protecting the architectural and cultural integrity of historic communities. Her experience in historic preservation, community engagement and resiliency planning has made her a popular speaker and trainer. Previous to starting her own firm, Ms. Craig served for seven years as Chief of Historic Preservation for the City of Annapolis. She led historic research, design, commission training, legislation and procedures drafting, grantwriting, community engagement, and production of educational materials and programs for the City. She spearheaded the Weather It Together intiaitive, a Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a national model for resiliency planning. Previous to her work in Annapolis, Ms. Craig worked as project executive with Forest City Military Communities, Washington, DC leading property development activities for the $82 million housing privatization project at the United States Air Force Academy. As well, she provided technical assistance on design, development, maintenance, Section 106 and historic tax credit activities for more than 350 historic properties within the Company’s historic property portfolio. Ms. Craig’s background also includes contract consulting to Lord Cultural Resources Planning & Management on historic preservation, cultural tourism and corridor planning projects; serving as State Historic Preservation Officer for the District of Columbia; and working for the National Trust for Historic Preservation as the head of the Southern Field Office and Director of Preservation Partnerships. Ms. Craig has published numerous articles and presented dozens of public talks on topics ranging planning for the impacts of climate change on historic properties, to historic military housing to conservation districts. Ms. Craig graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art & Design and went on for Master’s work at the University of Oregon in Historic Preservation. Nationally, she serves as Chair of the Cultural Heritage and Climate Change Committee on the Board of the US International Committee on Monuments and Sites.
Amanda DeCort is the Executive Director of Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, a nonprofit organization committed to enriching Tulsa through the art of architecture and the power of design. TFA brings architecture to life through events such as the popular Second Saturday and Dwell in the IDL tours, as well as its extensive collection of original architectural drawings of significant Tulsa buildings. Prior to TFA, Amanda spent ten years as the City of Tulsa’s historic preservation planner, where she listed numerous buildings and districts in the National Register of Historic Places, provided support to the Tulsa Preservation Commission, and brought popular programs like hands-on window restoration boot camp and realtor education classes to Tulsa. Amanda earned a Master’s Degree in Community Planning with a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. She lives in a 1925 craftsman bungalow in the Riverview historic district.
Roxanne Eflin is a founder and past President of Colorado Preservation Inc. She worked 17 years with Maine Preservation and the Maine Downtown Center, launching numerous innovative place-based programs including Healthy Maine Streets and Green Downtowns, co-led a successful effort to overhaul and expand the state historic tax credit legislation and helped achieve a National Preservation Award to endow and secure the future of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, a National Historic Landmark. Inspiration for her life work in this field first came through the National Main Street Program when she served as Main Street Program Manager in Manitou Springs, Colorado – one of the original 30 demonstration cities in the national program. While in Manitou Springs, she served on the local Historic Preservation Commission and Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Citizens Advisory Council. She went on to serve as Historic Preservation Officer in both Aspen and Pitkin County and in Central City, Colorado before launching her consulting business, Preservation Planning Associates. She holds a BS in Public Administration and a Masters in Urban Planning and Historic Preservation and is a graduate of Leadership Maine, the National Trust’s Preservation Leadership Academy I and II, and is a Certified International Tour Manager. She has held Board positions on the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, Preservation Action, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs (founding board member), Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, three historical societies and the Aspen Historic Trust, which she co-founded.
Sharon Ferraro has been the Historic Preservation Coordinator in her hometown of Kalamazoo MI (Population 75,000 – 2070 historic resources in 5 districts) since 2001. For the past five years she has worked with the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, training historic district commissions throughout western Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. In 1999-2001, she completed a reconnaissance level historic resource survey for Kalamazoo and has also nominated the Village of Richland, the Sand Hills Light Station, the Ahmeek Streetcar station in the Keweenaw Peninsula, a winery, an 1840s farmstead and a part of downtown Kalamazoo to the National Register of Historic Places. She is currently co-writing a National Register nomination for the Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial School for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe in Michigan. In 2003, she co-founded the Old House Network, devoted to teaching old house owners hands-on repair and rehabilitation skills through workshops and an annual Old House Expo. Sharon is a received her master’s degree in historic preservation from Eastern Michigan University in 1994 and worked as a consultant on a wide variety of projects including Study Committee reports for a historic district in Ann Arbor, Michigan, forensic investigation of an 1850s home in Adventist Village Battle Creek Michigan and various highway projects.
As Director of Advocacy for the Los Angeles Conservancy, Adrian Scott Fine oversees the organization’s outreach, advocacy and response on key preservation issues within the greater Los Angeles area. This includes setting priorities, developing initiatives, working with local governments, and preparing responses to Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs). The Los Angeles Conservancy is the largest local nonprofit historic preservation organization in the country. Previously he was with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as the Director of the Center for State and Local Policy, based in Washington, DC. He provided research and responses on key state and local policy issues affecting historic preservation. From 2000 to 2009, Mr. Fine was the Director of the Northeast Field Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, coordinating the programs and advocacy efforts in Philadelphia, serving the states of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For much of his career he has focused on neighborhood preservation strategies, specifically in regards to teardowns and “mansionization” development pressures. As the coordinator for the National Trust’s Teardowns Initiative, he is the co-author of Protecting America’s Historic Neighborhoods: Taming the Teardown Trend. From 1994 to 2000, he was a Senior Field Coordinator with the Northern Regional Office of Indiana Landmarks, the largest statewide nonprofit preservation organization in the country.
He graduated from Ball State University with degrees in Urban Planning and Development, Environmental Design and Historic Preservation. In 2014 he was selected as a Fitch Mid-Career Fellow by the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation for the project, “Picking up the Pieces: Preserving Urban Renewal’s Modern Legacy.” He is a founding member of Docomomo US/Southern California.
Karen Gordon served as the City of Seattle’s Historic Preservation Officer from 1984 to 2016. In that capacity she served as the director of Seattle’s historic preservation programs. Her responsibilities included developing, implementing and evaluating the city’s preservation policies and programs; overseeing citywide landmarks programs, including the evaluation of sites worthy of preservation and the development of programs to ensure their preservation, rehabilitation or reuse; providing administrative support for the city’s five preservation and special review boards and commissions that oversees eight historic districts and more than 400 individual landmarks. In addition to her responsibilities as CHPO, she also managed the P-Patch and Community Garden, Major Institutions and Schools and Neighborhood Matching Fund for the City of Seattle. Prior to moving to Seattle, Gordon worked with the Office of Public/Private Partnerships at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and with the National Register of Historic Places in Washington DC. Karen Gordon served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Washington State advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Advisors. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, and is currently a member of its Board of Advisors. She serves as a trainer for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions’ CAMP (Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program). She was honored in 2006 as Hon. AIA by the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and with a Career Achievement Award by the Washington State Historic Preservation Office in 2016.
Rory Hays is a sole Practitioner Attorney, specializing in public affairs and administrative law for 27 years. Her practice is active in areas of government regulation, natural resources, environment, criminal justice and health care. Rory is a former Arizona Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division. She has also served as a Caseworker in Phoenix and Washington, D.C. Congressional offices serving as liaison with federal and state agencies for constituent problems. Rory holds a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University and a juris doctor degree from Arizona State University School of Law. She is a former member and chair of the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission and Personnel Board and has served on the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions board of directors. She is a member of the Governor’s Commission on Scenic Highways.
As the Architectural Historian for the State of Washington for almost 20 years, Michael Houser has a long record of helping owners understand the architecture and history of their buildings. Houser has a common sense, down-to-earth approach about historic preservation issues and prides himself on simplifying the often complex issues of preserving historic resources. Currently he manages the State and National Register programs for Washington State; as well as Washington’s unique Heritage Barn Program.
Houser helped bring post WWII resources into the states focus by establishing the “Nifty-from-the-Last 50 Initiative” in 2003 which initially documented over 300 mid-century modern buildings across the state. As the state’s go-to expert, he has reviewed numerous post WWII resources as part of the Section 106 process, from small ranch houses to cold war military facilities. His current pet project includes creating biographies of architects and designers who practiced Washington state, and he has recently developed a study of Seattle area Parade of Homes.
Houser holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho and a Master of Science Degree in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University. A native of Vancouver, Washington, Michael returned to the Washington state via Bend, OR where he served as the Historic Preservation Planner for six years managing the CLG programs for the County and three incorporated cities. His previous work experience includes time at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI; survey work for the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana; and historic home inspections and architectural work for Thomas Hickey Architects in Chicago.
Dr. Leslee F. Keys is Director of Historic Preservation and Special Initiatives and Assistant Professor of History at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Her responsibilities include teaching, stewardship for the college’s fine and decorative arts collection, implementation of special programs, and oversight for the historic buildings on a campus ranked as “one of the most beautiful in the world.” She has been involved in conservation of cultural resources in the government and non-profit sectors at the local, state, and national levels over the past four decades.
Her recent efforts focus on sea level rise and disasters, specifically their impacts on cultural resources. Her publications include Hotel Ponce de Leon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Flagler’s Gilded Age Palace, published in 2015. She received the inaugural Roy E. Graham Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation Education from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and the University of Florida’s first Distinguished Alumni Award in Historic Preservation. She has delivered more than 60 academic and 30 community presentations in 45 cities and 11 states and in Washington, D.C.
Ken Kocher is a native Illinoisan who now calls Madison, Georgia his home. Mr. Kocher received a bachelor degree in History from the University of Illinois and completed the master’s program in Historic Preservation at the University of Georgia. After graduate school he began his preservation career as the Design Coordinator for Main Street Louisiana and then served as Certified Local Government Coordinator for the State of Mississippi. Thereafter, Ken returned to Georgia where he helped found Piedmont Preservation, a historic preservation consulting firm. Ken’s work with Piedmont focused on local historic preservation commissions including surveys, district designations, design guidelines, and design review assistance. While still consulting on a limited basis, Mr. Kocher is now in the employ of Madison, Georgia where, as the Design & Information Officer, his duties include overseeing the Madison’s Historic Preservation program.
Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, AIA, is a preservation architect and a professor in the UNC Greensboro Department of Interior Architecture where she teaches advanced interior architecture studios as well as courses in preservation theory and architectural conservation. Jo maintains a small architectural practice specializing in the rehabilitation of historic buildings and consulting with communities regarding preservation planning. She has written and illustrated design guidelines for historic districts and local landmarks in sixteen communities over the past 20 years. Jo served as chair of the Preservation North Carolina board of directors and as board chair of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. She is also a member of the Guilford County Preservation Commission. Jo received a BFA in Studio Art with an Art History Minor from UNC-Chapel Hill and her Master of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University. Prior to teaching at UNCG, she was the Main Street architect for North Carolina.
Adam Lovelady is an Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work includes teaching and researching matters of community planning and land use law. Before joining the School of Government in 2012, Adam practiced law with McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond, Virginia, where he focused on land use regulation, environmental law, and sustainable development. Prior to his legal work, Adam taught second grade in the Atlanta public schools system as a part of Teach for America. He also worked as a historic preservation consultant in Asheville and Shelby, North Carolina, and he worked for the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Landand Community Program. Adam has authored publications on historic preservation, land use and transportation, energy, and green building. Adam earned a BA in history from Auburn University and a graduate planning degree and law degree from the University of Virginia.
Michelle M. McCullough is the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County’s Historic Preservation Officer serves as support staff for the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission, which oversees Winston-Salem’s two historic districts and one historic overlay district as well as Forsyth County’s 140 local historic landmarks. Her other responsibilities include administering designation of new districts and sites on both the local and national levels, Section 106 reviews, contributing to local and comprehensive plans; and supervising architectural surveys. Ms. McCullough also enjoys leading preservation and planning community outreach and education initiatives. Her efforts were recognized in 2017, when she received the Cedric S. Rodney Unity Award for Service to the Community and the AIA Winston- Salem Advocate Award. Ms. McCullough has a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Ball State University in Indiana and meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards in Architectural History.
Annie McDonald is a Preservation Specialist with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, where she provides technical assistance and training for historic preservation commissions in the western part of the state. She previously served as a Preservation Planner for the town of Leesburg, Virginia, where she managed the design review programs in the Old and Historic District and Virginia’s first corridor overlay district governing new auto- oriented commercial construction. She has extensive experience working with non-profit and public boards and commissions and focuses on board development, education, outreach, and public relations. She holds an MA in History with a Certificate in Historic Preservation from Youngstown State University in Ohio.
Friederike Mittner is the Historic Preservation Planner and CLG coordinator for the City of West Palm Beach with over 5,000 cultural resources. Ms. Mittner has worked on the resurvey of the City’s existing historic districts, designation of new districts and sites on both the local and National Register, completed Section 106 reviews and coordinated the regulations for building size, scale, and mass within the City’s historic neighborhoods. This process included an intensive public outreach component. Ms. Mittner is also a member of the Palm Beach County Historic Resources Review Board, which is responsible for the cultural resources in unincorporated Palm Beach County. On the State level, Ms. Mittner is a Board Member of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. She holds a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Florida with a historic preservation track. She meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards in Architectural History. Ms. Mittner has over 20 years of planning, preservation and construction experience. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the American Planning Association (APA), the National and Florida Trust’s for Historic Preservation.
Michelle Pearson is an educator and historic preservationist, and is currently establishing a preservation magnet program for K-12 students in the Adams 12 School District in Colorado after serving in the History Colorado and State SHPO office. For 23 years she has worked with her students and community to promote the understanding of historic preservation and the appreciation of our collective cultural heritage. She collaborates with local communities, commissions, and landmark boards to strategically plan, market, implement, and share historic preservation efforts, SOI Standards, survey projects, and historic nominations. She actively works to support historic survey and nominations in communities and works diligently to bring millennial and youth voice to the preservation conversation. She is the recipient of several fellowships in historic preservation and humanities with the White House, NEH, and other organizations. She was recognized as the 2011 Colorado Teacher of the Year, 2007 Colorado APEX Technology Teacher of the Year, and received a Colorado State Honors Award for excellence in Historic Preservation in 2008. Michelle has a B.A. in History, Geography, and Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Her publications include two books on the history and architecture of Denver, Curriculum for a variety of publications and entities, and articles for local and national history and preservation journals.
James K. Reap, is Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the Master of Historic Preservation Program. He was director of the University of Georgia Croatia Study Abroad Program (2007-13) and is an affiliated faculty member of the UGA African Studies Institute.
He is past President and current Secretary General of the Committee on Legal, Administrative and Financial Issues of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and a Fellow and Legal Advisor of US/ICOMOS. He is serving as an Officer of the ICOMOS Scientific Council, an organization of all ICOMOS international scientific committees. He has worked on preservation issues in Eastern and Southern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Professor Reap taught heritage conservation as a Fulbright Scholar at the Jordan University of Science and Technology and law as a visiting professor at the Orenburg Institute of the Moscow State Law Academy.
He is currently a board member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation and the United States Committee of the Blue Shield and a past board member of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Action. He has provided training and technical assistance to preservation commissions throughout the United States. Professor Reap has served as chair of the preservation commissions in the City of Decatur and DeKalb County and as vice chair in Athens, Georgia. He is a founding member of both the Georgia Alliance and National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, and is a former board member of both organizations. He has served previously as President of the Athens (Georgia) Historical Society and the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation. His background in planning includes service as Georgia’s first regional preservation planner and as Deputy Executive Director of the Northeast Georgia Area Planning and Development Commission (now Northeast Georgia Regional Commission.) He has served in several Georgia state agencies including Departments of Archives and History, Natural Resources, and Technical and Adult Education (now the Technical College System of Georgia).
Ray Scriber is the Director of the Louisiana Main Street program with the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation. He began work with Louisiana Main Street as the staff architect in 2003 and then became state director in 2007. He has also had oversight of Louisiana’s CLG program throughout his tenure with the Division of Historic Preservation. His primary professional experience prior to joining Main Street was in the banking and insurance industries and with Desmond-Cuddeback Architects.
He holds a Master of Architecture degree with a concentration in historic preservation from Louisiana State University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Centenary College of Louisiana, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He is on the planning committee for the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual statewide Louisiana Preservation Conference. He is an ex-officio member of the board for the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, is a board member for the Microbusiness Network of Louisiana and is a former board member and Treasurer for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. Ray also has been on several volunteer committees with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Center for Planning Excellence, including the planning committee for the annual Smart Growth Summit, the Code Advisory Committee and the Toolkit Advisory Committee. In addition, he teaches a historic preservation class at the LSU School of Architecture.
Kate Singleton, Executive Director for Preservation Austin, has over 35 years’ experience in historic preservation, downtown revitalization and economic and community development. She has served as Chief Preservation Planner for the City of Dallas, Executive Director of the West Fort Bend Management District, Planning Manager for Downtown Dallas, Inc. and State Coordinator of the Arizona Main Street program as well as Main Street Manager in Waxahachie and Grapevine. She has extensive experience in cultural resources management.
She has offered professional consulting services in the areas of historic preservation, downtown revitalization, economic development, financial incentives, strategic planning, community development, municipal planning, zoning, urban design, and project implementation. She has written preservation plans, design standards for commercial and residential historic districts, downtown redevelopment plans and preservation ordinances. Kate has also developed financial incentives for cities including the highly successful City of Dallas Historic Tax Incentive Program. She also wrote amendments to the Dallas building code some of which were codified into the International Existing Building Code. Kate has also completed over $150 million in Federal Historic Tax Credit projects.
Kate has conducted training for numerous historic preservation commissions and downtown associations around the state of Texas and has presented at several state preservation and downtown conferences in Texas, Arizona and Arkansas as well as the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference and National Main Street Conference on subjects including advocacy, financial incentives, preservation design standards, downtown authenticity.
Kate has her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of North Texas. She has served on the Dallas Landmark Commission, on the Tourism Commission for the City of Austin, Austin Creative Alliance Board, the boards of Texas Downtown Association, Preservation Texas and Preservation Action.
Chris Skelly is the Director of Local Government Programs at the Massachusetts Historical Commission, where he assists local boards and commissions in community-wide historic preservation planning. He regularly holds regional educational workshops around the state of Massachusetts for local commissions, elected officials and the general public on historic preservation planning and local preservation ordinances. Prior to starting at the Massachusetts Historical Commission in 1997, he was a city planner for the city of Lowell, Massachusetts. His degrees include a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the State University of New York- College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Master in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Massachusetts Historical Commission publications authored or co- authored by Mr. Skelly include the Preservation Planning Manual, Preservation through Bylaws and Ordinances, Establishing Local Historic Districts, A Guidebook for Historic District Commissions, two educational DVDs for local commissions and the five-year State Historic Preservation Plan. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the American Planning Association- Massachusetts Chapter. In his own community, he has served on the regional school committee, municipal planning board and zoning revisions committee. He is currently an instructor in the Master of Science in Design and Historic Preservation Program at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, teaching Cultural Resource Management.
Amber E. Stimpson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and a Minor in Native American Studies from Brigham Young University and a Master of Arts from The George Washington University in American Studies/Historic Preservation. After completing her graduate studies, Amber worked as a preservation consultant for Dewberry in Fairfax, Virginia and was deployed to work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Biloxi, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina and in Birmingham, Alabama from May to November 2011. From 2014-2016, Amber was the Environmental Review Specialist for the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Since November 2016, Amber has served as the Local Preservation Commission/Certified Local Government Coordinator for North Carolina. In her current role, Amber offers technical guidance and training to staff and commissions located throughout the state.
Aimee Sunny is the Director of Education for the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the architectural and cultural heritage of the Town of Palm Beach. Aimee oversees the Foundation’s many educational programs including operating the Little Red Schoolhouse Living History Program, the Heritage Education program, and the Foundation’s Scholarship and Internship programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Aimee was the Senior Preservation Coordinator for the City of Lake Worth, Florida, where she administered all aspects of the City’s Historic Preservation Program. While with the City, Aimee worked on updating the City’s historic resource surveys through grant funding, and implemented a historic preservation awards program, a historic marker program, and a historic district signage plan. She also reviewed building permits and Certificates of Appropriateness in the City’s six historic districts and led community outreach and education efforts. She previously worked for the architecture firm of Fairfax, Sammons & Partners designing classical and traditional residences, the Center for Historic Preservation at Ball State University, the City of Chicago’s Historic Preservation Division, and Indiana Landmarks. Aimee completed her Master of Science in Historic Preservation at Ball State University, and her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. Aimee is an avid traveler, having studied abroad in Italy and Australia, and has traveled extensively both in the US and abroad.
Matt Synatschk serves as the Historic Planner for the City of Georgetown, TX, overseeing various aspects of the local preservation program and downtown revitalization. projects. Prior to joining the City, Matt worked for the Texas Historical Commission for five years, managing the Certified Local Government Program and working in the Visionaries in Preservation Programs. In addition to his work at the City of Georgetown, Matt serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Preservation Commissions, assisting preservation commissions around the nation in enhancing their local preservation efforts. Matt graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Texas in 2001 and completed his Master’s Degree in Public History at Texas State University in 2007.
Adam Thomas is an architectural historian as well as the founder and managing principal of Denver-based Historitecture, LLC, a leading architectural history and historic preservation consulting firm. He has inventoried and documented thousands of properties across Colorado and the West and has published numerous historical and architectural contexts. He has also written and produced a number of interpretive guides and video documentaries. With the City of Pueblo and Historic Pueblo, Inc., Adam won the 2013 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation, the state’s top honor in the field, for the Pueblo Neighborhood History project . Adam earned his BS in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University and his MA in history and historic preservation from Colorado State University. He is currently working on his doctorate in history at Johns Hopkins University, where he concentrates on the intersection of space, race, and culture in the American Southwest.
Kim Trent is currently the Executive Director of Knox Heritage and has spent 22 years working in the field of preservation. She started as a neighborhood volunteer who led the effort to establish a local historic district in a Knoxville neighborhood. She went on to become board president of Knox Heritage and then became its first executive director 14 years ago. Working with a dedicated volunteer board and staff, they have changed the culture of our community to one that understands and appreciates preservation more than it ever has before and transformed Knox Heritage into one of the most effective and respected preservation organizations in the country. Throughout that time, she has worked cooperatively with the Historic Zoning Commission to protect
Knoxville’s historic fabric. She has served on the board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and spoken at National Trust conferences multiple times over the last decade. She has also mentored multiple preservation organizations across the country and sharing her experiences with others in our field.
Chris Wand is a Registered Architect in Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Nebraska; NCARB Certified; and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED Accredited Professional. He has been working in the field of architecture since graduating from Iowa State University in 1991 and has served as Project Manager on such projects as Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School and the Port of Dubuque Public Parking Structure in Dubuque, and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, the Kirkwood Continuing Education and Training Center, and Crystal Group in Cedar Rapids. He currently resides in Cedar Rapids where he works for Primus Companies, a design-build firm, and serves on the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street and The History Center Boards. In Dubuque, he continues to serve on the Dubuque Main Street Board of Directors and the Dubuque Museum of Art Board of Trustees. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of SaveCRHeritage, the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) and the Dubuque Historic Preservation Commission.
John (Jack) Williams is the founding principal of John Williams I Architect. His firm provides design services to private clients and consultant services to the preservation community. As the Principal-In-Charge, he leads project teams designing private residences, rehabilitating historically significant resources, and conducting workshops focused upon preservation topics. His current responsibilities include project management, coordination, and design. Mr. Williams was appointed by former President Bush and has served on the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for the past eight years. John was also appointed by then Governor Locke to the Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and reappointed by past Governor
Gregoire as its Chairman where he served for ten years. He has served as Vice President of Preservation Action and enjoyed serving as Chairman of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. He was the Chair of the Pike Place Market Historical Commission, Chair of the Oysterville Design Review Board, and a past member of the King County Landmarks Commissions.
Kelly H. Wong is currently the Project Specialist for the Earthen Architecture Initiative, Seismic Retrofitting Project at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI). For the past 16 years, she has worked on preservation projects in the US and abroad including Turkey, Italy, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in the private sector, at public agencies, and for academic institutions. At the GCI, she is responsible for the development of construction documents including the seismic rehabilitation of two adobe structures in Peru, as well as facilitating its implementation with the Ministry of Culture. Before the GCI, Kelly was Preservation Technical Specialist and Preservation Enforcement Planner at San Francisco Planning Department where she provided technical assistance to
preservation and planning staff for the treatment of historic structures and materials. Prior to the Planning Department, Kelly was Preservation Project Manager at The Presidio Trust where worked on the rehabilitation of San Francisco’s second oldest building The Officers’ Club. She began her career at Architectural Resources Group, a private historic preservation architecture firm where she worked in both the architecture and conservation groups. Kelly has an architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley and master’s in historic preservation with an architectural conservation concentration from the University of Pennsylvania, and currently President of the Western Chapter of APT (Association for Preservation Technology).
Robin Zeigler is the historic zoning administrator for the Nashville- Davidson County Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission. Previously, she served as senior historic preservation planner for the Planning Division of the Salt Lake City Corporation, and the preservation planner for the City of Bowling Green in Kentucky. While in Kentucky, she served as the vice-chairperson of the state-wide non-profit, Preservation Kentucky and was an adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University’s Public History Program where she worked for the Center for Historic Preservation and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.