Catherine Barrier has a diverse background in preservation, having worked in the public and private sectors in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Little Rock, Arkansas, over the course of her career. She has a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Preservation Studies from the School of Architecture at Tulane University.  Catherine’s formal preservation work began in the Counsel’s Office of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.  She has authored or co-authored design guidelines in the cities of New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Riverside, California, among others.

She worked to survey and evaluate new historic preservation overlay zones in the City of Los Angeles as a consultant and advocated for their designation as the Neighborhood Initiative Coordinator for the Los Angeles Conservancy, as well as consulting with the Getty Conservation Institute on planning for SurveyLA. Catherine has served both as a historic district commissioner and as historic district commission staff.  She has also worked as a consultant on large-scale regulatory compliance surveys and National Register nominations.  Catherine has taught preservation law, theory, and practice as an adjunct in the preservation program at Tulane. For the last five years she has been the state Certified Local Government Coordinator in Little Rock, Arkansas, her hometown.

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 currently is working as Hurricane Grants Manager for the NC State Historic Preservation Office, and 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 a Planner in Pueblo, CO. Previously he served as the Planning Director of Florence, CO. Wade spearheaded the Pueblo Modern Project, a citywide inclusive historic context which also focused on the Chicano civil right movement and all aspect of mid century development. Pueblo Modern was part of a city wide historic context project that won the Colorado Governor’s award in 2013 and sparked creative celebrations in the local arts community. Wade speaks about Mid Century engagement through the NAPC and recently gave a local Ted talk on Mid Century Pueblo In and Out with a colleague. Wade also designs and plays historic board games, and has published one to date, Forged in Steel. He has a passion for making older cities more livable with preservation in all aspects of city planning from historic districts to variances.
Adrienne Burke is a Principal Planner with Miami-Dade County, working on historic preservation and long-range planning. Prior to joining Miami-Dade County, she worked in Northeast Florida as Planning Director for Nassau County, Executive Director for nonprofit organization Riverside Avondale Preservation, and Community Development Director for the City of Fernandina Beach. Adrienne’s expertise is in cultural and natural resource policy, as well as land development code and comprehensive plan management. Preservation specialties include cemeteries, African American history, and sea level rise planning. 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 American Institute of Certified Planners and the Florida Bar, and on the Board for the Florida Public Archaeology Network. She previously served on the board at the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.
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 a Senior 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 106n 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.

Will Cook is a nationally recognized lawyer and scholar with a successful record for protecting National Historic Landmarks, significant landscapes, historic viewsheds, and traditional cultural properties. His practice focuses on balancing historic preservation with economic development so that historic preservation law is more efficient, effective, and predictable.

Will helps his clients navigate the Section 106 process of the National Historic Preservation Act at the project level with an emphasis on historic viewsheds and landscape protection. He negotiates on behalf of tribes, project proponents, local governments, and other consulting parties to achieve creative, win-win outcomes that appropriately balance preservation values and development needs. Examples of his work include helping to find reasonable limits to unregulated cruise tourism in historic port communities, advising a local government with a National Historic Landmark district on its legal rights in response to proposed offshore utility-scale windfarms, and working with a nationally recognized preservation advocacy group on how to address a proposed seawall that would surround a National Historic Landmark district. In 2019, Will assisted the Parks & People Foundation in Baltimore with identifying ways to use Section 106 to leverage shoreline restoration of the Middle Branch Harbor and proposed “green” urban park along its 11-mile shoreline.

Will’s extensive knowledge of preservation legal tools and land use law allows him to serve as a strategic partner with policymakers, developers, and preservation advocates on best practices to make preservation law more effective and efficient. Examples include assisting the City of Philadelphia and the Town of Palm Beach with identifying strengths and weaknesses in their local preservation laws, suggesting opportunities for improvement based on peer city reviews, and helping educate the public about preservation law’s benefits. Through his work with the National Alliance of Preservation Commission’s Disaster Planning Advisory Committee, Will helps historic communities with adaptation planning and disaster relief, including their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will has argued in court and before administrative agencies across the country on behalf of advocates seeking to protect traditional cultural properties: historic places that continue to be used by living communities. His engagements have included arguing on behalf of the National Trust for Historic Preservation before the New Mexico Supreme Court, which affirmed unanimously Mount Taylor’s designation in New Mexico’s State Register of Cultural Properties.

Will earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and is a graduate of Furman University, where he received a B.A. in political science. Prior to joining Cultural Heritage Partners, Will served for eight years as associate general counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and teaches preservation law at Columbia University.

Dan Corson, a former city council member and a Boulder resident of over four decades, 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 ingrowing 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, grant writing, community engagement, and production of educational materials and programs for the City. She spearheaded the Weather It Together initiative, 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 has held leadership positions with numerous national, state, regional and local preservation organizations, and boards for over 35 years. Her private and public sector experience includes positions as Executive Director for Colorado Preservation, Inc. and Maine Preservation, Senior Program Manager for the Maine Downtown Center, plus consultant, public speaker, cultural tourism manager, grants manager and reviewer, and trainer of preservation commissions. Roxanne served as Main Street Program Manager and Historic Preservation Commissioner in Manitou Springs, Colorado – one of the original 30 demonstration cities in the national program, and as Historic Preservation Officer in both Aspen and Pitkin County and in Central City, Colorado. Most recently she consulted on HistoricCOS, the preservation master plan for the City of Colorado Springs.
Roxanne holds a BS in Public Administration, a Masters in Urban Planning and Historic Preservation and is a Certified International Tour Manager. She is a graduate of Leadership Maine, Preservation Leadership Academy I and II, and has held Board positions on the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, Preservation Action, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs (Past President), Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, three historical societies and the Aspen Historic Trust, which she co-founded. She has been honored for her advocacy work in the field of historic preservation and downtown revitalization and helped achieve a National Preservation Award to endow and secure the future of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, a National Historic Landmark.

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 Senior 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, protecting historic places, developing initiatives, working with local governments and community stakeholders, 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. 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.
Adrian Scott Fine serves on the board of trustees for the California Preservation Foundation, is a founding member of Docomomo US/Southern California, and teaches at the University of Southern California Heritage Conservation Summer Program, the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, and as part of the Getty Conservation Institute’s (GCI) Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative.

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.
In addition to her responsibilities as CHPO, she also managed the P-Patch and Community Garden, Major Institutions and Schools and Neighborhood Matching Fund programs for the City of Seattle. She taught preservation planning at the University of Washington and served as an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Goucher College in the Masters of Historic Preservation Program (1997-2016) teaching introductory preservation classes, preservation planning and serving as a thesis director.
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. During her time in Washington, D.C., she was on the Board of Directors and served as President of Don’t Tear It Down (now D.C. Preservation League). In Seattle, she served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and was the Washington State advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Advisors (1989-19970. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. 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.

Lauren Hoogkamer is the Assistant Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Tacoma where she manages the outreach and education program (including social media), as well as staffs the Landmarks Preservation Commission. She holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation and an M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University, as well as a BA/BA in Print Journalism and History and a Minor in Business from the University of Southern California. She has received awards for journalism and poetry and has research published by the World Monuments Fund. Hoogkamer grew up in rural Lewis County, WA, but now lives in Tacoma with her husband, two sons, a dog, and a cat. As a historic preservation professional, she wants to ensure that our built environment represents and meets the needs of our diverse community. Her work is inspired by her experiences as a multicultural woman; she is Mexican, Trinidadian, Black, French, Chinese, East Indian, and a little bit of almost everything else.
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.

Barbara A.M. Howard is the Managing Partner and Director of Heritage Preservation for Stonebridge Learning, a continuing education resource for the heritage industry. She develops mobile applications, digital publications, and online courses, empowering people to recognize the significance of historic resources, to preserve them for future generations, and to integrate them into everyday life through redevelopment, lifelong learning, and community conversations. Prior to starting Stonebridge Learning in 2016, Barbara worked for over twenty years in the heritage industry’s for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental sectors, including leading the State Historic Preservation Offices in Iowa and Minnesota and serving as a principal investigator for architectural history surveys. She also works as a historian for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, serves on the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission, is an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects, and meets the Secretary of
the Interior’s professional qualification standards for architectural history, historic architecture, and

Morris (Marty) Hylton III is Director of the University of Florida Historic Preservation Program and the Center for World Heritage Research and Stewardship. A faculty member of the College of Design, Construction and Planning, he also oversees the nation’s oldest, applied learning program for historic preservation – the Preservation Institute Nantucket (PIN) and, its sister program, the Preservation Institute St. Augustine (PISA). Marty’s research and work addresses multifaceted strategies for documenting, advocating, and preserving endangered heritage sites, particularly mid-twentieth century architectural and cultural including underrepresented communities and those impacted by climate change. As part of research and teaching, he created the Envision Heritage initiative to explore how new and emerging digital technologies like terrestrial laser scanning can be used to document and study historic places with an increasing emphasis on coastal communities and sites threatened by sea level rise. Prior to his appointment at University of Florida, Marty held the position of Initiatives Manager for World Monuments Fund—a New York City-based non-profit dedicated to conserving endangered historic sites globally. At the World Monuments Fund, Marty developed and implemented institutional initiatives that confronted the challenges of saving specific types of heritage, including the Traditional Building Arts Initiative, which focuses on training in heritage trades in the United States. Marty is a member of the Friends of Florida History Board of Directors and a Trustee of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.


Dr. Leslee F. Keys is Director of Historic Preservation 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, and oversight for the historic buildings on a campus ranked as “one of the most beautiful in the world.” She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Honors College at Ball State University in Pre-Law, History and Political Science; completed master’s programs in History and Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech; and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a doctoral degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Florida. 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. This includes preservation staff and administrative positions in the public sector in Dayton, Louisville, the Florida Keys, and St. Augustine. She has served on the boards of directors of Preservation Kentucky, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Action, NAPC, and US/ICOMOS, among others.

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. In addition, Keys is the Principal for Keys and Associates, LLC, a cultural resources and fundraising consulting firm based in St. Augustine.

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.

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.

Laurie Matthews is Director of Preservation Planning + Design at MIG and a nationally recognized expert in preservation planning and cultural landscapes. Her work has helped to maintain and manage some of the most iconic and precious historical sites in the country such as Hearst Castle, Ellis Island, and Yosemite National Park. Laurie is fascinated by the complexities and stories associated with landscapes and the history they reveal. Her expertise and experience are invaluable in assisting clients interpret and apply The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and the National Register of Historic Places guidelines to the historic properties under their stewardship. Her work is guided by the principle that landscape preservation requires managing rather than halting change. Laurie’s analytical and communication skills enable her to readily identify issues and clearly outline potential choices and tradeoffs related to design and management. Laurie has an M.L.A. and B.L.A. from the University of Oregon where she also teaches, is the Historic American Landscape Survey representative for Oregon, and serves on the board of Restore Oregon. She has garnered national and regional awards for her work, and she frequently speaks at national conferences on historic preservation and design.

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.

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.

James K. Reap is Professor and Coordinator of the Historic Preservation Program in the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design. 

He is currently a board member of the United States Committee of the Blue Shield and an executive committee member of the United Stated Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).  He is a past board member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Action.  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 and former board member of the Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions and National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, and has provided training and technical assistance to preservation commissions throughout the United States. 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.)

Dr. Angela Schedel is the Director of Community Resilience Planning at Taylor Engineering in Jacksonville, Florida. She leads projects conducting vulnerability assessments, climate adaptation recommendations, and coastal resilience plans. Her experience conducting resilience planning for National Historic Landmark communities is unmatched in the coastal engineering industry. A trusted project manager executing multi-million dollar contracts, Dr. Schedel excels at organization, public speaking, attention to detail, and technical acumen. She is well-known within her field as a respected change agent who is enthusiastic and encourages, motivates, and persuades.
A a recently retired Naval Officer, Dr. Schedel served 20 years as a helicopter pilot and an engineering professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. While teaching there, she worked on the Superintendent’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Council, which assessed the coastal flooding threat to the historic campus and provided adaptation recommendations. Dr. Schedel also served as the Deputy Director of the Naval Academy’s Engineering Division, a leadership post equivalent to the Assistant Dean of Engineering at a civilian university.
Dr. Schedel’s research interests focus on climate change resiliency and adaptation. That research, including a Ph.D. dissertation, “Sea-Level Rise and its Economic Effects on Naval Installations” and practical adaptation projects, have earned her recognition as a subject matter leader and resulted in her being invited to speak to a variety of forums and conferences related to sea-level rise research, policy, and adaptation solutions. She currently serves on the Florida Building Commission’s Hurricane Research Advisory Board and The Nature Conservancy of Florida’s Nature-Based Solutions Planning and Permitting Workgroup.

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, consultant with Post Oak Preservation, has over 40 years’ experience in historic preservation, downtown revitalization and economic and community development. Kate is the former

Executive Director for Preservation Austin. 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.

Kate 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 (NC HPO) and subsequently served as the Local Preservation Commission/Certified Local Government Coordinator for North Carolina from November 2016-November 2019. As the CLG Coordinator she offered technical guidance and training to staff and commissions located throughout North Carolina. Following a move to Atlanta, Georgia, Amber accepted a position with Edwards-Pitman, Inc., as a Senior Architectural Historian in February 2020. Her duties at Edwards-Pitman, Inc., include offering technical guidance in matters of regulatory review and compliance to Georgia’s largest power company for undertakings that have the potential to affect cultural and historic properties in Georgia and Alabama.

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 the Little Red Schoolhouse Living History Program, the Heritage Education program, and the Foundation’s Scholarship and Internship programs, and also leads advocacy initiatives, grant writing, and preservation projects.

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 and design guidelines 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. Aimee serves on the Palm Beach County Historic Resources Review Board, is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), and is a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) licensure candidate.

Kim Trent serves as principal at Preservation Strategies where she works with commercial developers of historic properties to access financial incentives for their preservation projects. In addition, she works with non-profit preservation organizations to develop their capacity to save historic places across the country. Her background in historic preservation, community development banking, community organizing, and marketing provides valuable insights and long-term benefits for her clients.

She formerly served as the Executive Director of Knox Heritage and has spent more than 25 years working in the field of preservation. She started as a neighborhood volunteer who led the effort to establish a local historic district in her Knoxville neighborhood. She went on to become board president of Knox Heritage and then became its first executive director. Working with a dedicated volunteer board and staff, they have changed the culture of the 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 served on the board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has spoken at National Trust and statewide preservation conferences multiple times over the last two decades. She has also mentored multiple preservation organizations across the country and shared her experiences with others across our field.

Chris Wand Chris 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 History Center Board. In Dubuque, he continues to serve on the Dubuque Main Street Board of Directors. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of SaveCRHeritage, the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC), the Dubuque Museum of Art, Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street and the Dubuque Historic Preservation Commission.

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.