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Topic: Introduce Yourself

1.  Introduce Yourself

Posted 27 days ago
Edited by Rebecca Bice 13 days ago
Hi Everyone!

Welcome to your very first thread on Forum Connect. Please take a moment to respond and introduce yourself to the group!

I'll start; my name is Rebecca, and I'm your Forum Connect community manager. I have been working at the National Trust for Historic Preservation for three years and on this project specifically for two years. Needless to say, I am really excited to see this go live! I spend hours biking around DC, watch a lot of Bollywood and love spending time near the Chesapeake Bay.

Now please tell me more about you (hint: click "Reply to Discussion"), and thank you for joining us!

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Rebecca Bice
Associate Manager for Forum Member Engagement
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Washington DC
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2.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 27 days ago

Hello all!

My name is Alison and I've been with the Trust for about three and a half years, mostly working on coordinating our Preservation Leadership Trainings and the PastForward Conference (Chicago 2017!). A few quick facts about me: I grew up in the nearby suburb of Arlington, Virginia, I absolutely love musicals, and I'm currently reading a fascinating piece of dystopian fiction called 'American War'.  I look forward to working with this Community and seeing all the ideas it will generate!

Alison



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Alison Yue
Coordinator, Preservation Programs
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Washington, DC
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3.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 26 days ago
Hi!  I'm Suzanne Germann from Landmarks Illinois.  Glad to be part of the group.

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Suzanne Germann
Landmarks Illinois
Chicago IL
(312)922-1742
sgermann@landmarks.org
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4.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 26 days ago
Hello Everyone,
My name is Jamesha Gibson and I am currently a student at University of Maryland. I've previously worked at the National Trust as an editorial and programmatic diversity intern. I'm excited to meet everyone, and can't wait to engage with you all about your ideas, perspectives, and resources regarding the preservation field!

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Jamesha Gibson
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5.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 4 days ago
Hello from Alabama. My name is Stephen McNair and I own a historic preservation consulting firm in Mobile. We specialize in National Register projects, historic tax credit projects, design, compliance (106), and government relations. You can see more at Home Page - McNair Historic Preservation

I look forward to interacting with everyone across the country and of course supporting the mission of the National Trust.

Stephen


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Stephen McNair, Ph.D.
McNair Historic Preservation, Inc.
Mobile, AL
(334)303-3029
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6.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 26 days ago
Edited by Rebecca Bice 19 days ago
Hello,

Early adopter here, writing from Macon, Georgia.  I work for Historic Macon Foundation as their Preservation Designer. Before transitioning into preservation work, I designed sets for theatrical productions such as Chicago, Sister Act and Boeing, Boeing.  I also enjoy yoga where I strive to burn off the calories from my taco addiction.

Thank you  for the opportunity to test the Forum.  It's a much needed resource.

Sabrinna

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Sabrinna Cox
Preservation Designer
Historic Macon Foundation
Macon, GA
478-742-2008
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7.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 25 days ago
Edited by Rebecca Bice 19 days ago
Hi everybody! I work at The L'Enfant Trust in D.C. mainly with our easement program.  Looking forward to working with you all to get this Forum going!

Kate

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Kate Kenwright
Historic Preservation Specialist
The L'Enfant Trust
Washington DC
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8.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 25 days ago
Greetings fellow 'Early Adopters!'

It has indeed been a long path coming to this phase of the forum--and I hope to see and participate in many interesting conversations going forward.

I am Co-Director of SystemsChange.Org, a consulting practice here in the rural outpost of Western NY State.  These days I am mostly working with tax credit adaptive reuse projects, with concentration on the underwriting and community development aspects of that.

PT

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Patrick Thrush
Co-Director
SystemsChange.Org
Bath NY
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9.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 25 days ago
Hi all,
Glad to be part of the early group here. I've been working in preservation for 25 years but every day is new. The supportive and collaborative community of preservation helps keep me going and my hope is that Forum Connect will be another tool to foster our networks and community.
Kirk

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Kirk Huffaker
Executive Director
Preservation Utah
Salt Lake City UT
(801) 533-0858 (105)
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10.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 25 days ago
Hi all! I work for a regional non-profit preservation organization based in Rochester, NY.  I'm also involved with the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists. We have meetups in different rust belt cities a few times per year. In May we'll be in St. Louis. In July, our young preservationists group will be hosting. Learn more about us: RBCoYP!

Besides preservation, I like running, hiking, exploring new cities, and drinking good beer and eating good food. I have two dogs and two cats and am lobbying my husband for a third dog. :-)

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Caitlin Meives
Preservation Planner
The Landmark Society of Western New York
Rochester NY
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11.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 25 days ago
Hi Everyone!

Great to finally see this up and running! I'm Marais Bjornberg and a lifetime Minneapolis, MN resident. I now work for the Minnesota Historical Society as a Project Manager in the Facilities - Historic Properties department. I work on the everyday repair and maintenance of the Historic Sites that we operate and care for across the state. Excited to hear what everyone else is doing!

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Marais Bjornberg
Minneapolis MN
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12.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 24 days ago
Happy Friday! Honored to be part of the early adopters group.

I'm director at a preservation/neighborhood nonprofit in Jacksonville, Florida. I've been here for a year, and prior to that I worked in local government planning for a small coastal city north of Jacksonville (where I still live). I managed the preservation program there for eight years.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Adrienne Burke
Executive Director
Riverside Avondale Preservation
Jacksonville FL
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13.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 24 days ago
Happy Friday!

Happy to be here with all of you. I've been an ED since 2005, after graduating from UGA. Thomasville Landmarks (in GA) and Providence Preservation (in RI) were both crazy enough to hire me. To maintain my own sanity, I run a lot. In fact, this Sunday is my 2nd half marathon of the year. The third is on July 1st which, in most parts of the country, would be way too hot.


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Brent Runyon
Executive Director
Providence Preservation Society
Providence RI
(401)831-7440
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14.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 21 days ago
Happy Monday to you all!
My name is Bob Hotes, and I am a Senior Historic Preservation Expert at EYP, where I focus on projects for our government, higher ed, and other institutional clients.
Looking forward to some lively discussion.

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Robert Hotes
Senior Historic Preservation Expert
EYP Architecture & Engineering
Washington DC
rhotes@eypae.com
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15.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 19 days ago
Hello, I am A. J. Brigati. I direct sponsored programs here at Birmingham-Southern College. We have some great historic buildings here on campus and in the surrounding communities. While I have experience in these types of capital improvement projects, I look forward to exchanging ideas and gaining some new strategies.

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A J Brigati
Birmingham-Southern College
Birmingham AL
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16.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 15 days ago

Hi Fellow Early Adopters -

My name is Grant Stevens and I've been with the National Trust for almost 4 years. I'm the Senior Manager of Community Outreach and am based in our Denver Field Office; I primarily work on marketing campaigns (online, in-person, or both) for our National Treasures and am Project Manager for our Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Portland, Oregon) National Treasure campaign.

I'm often out on the road for the National Trust, but when I'm back in Denver you can find me running (I've noticed several other folks are runners here too!), out in the mountains, or exploring the city. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all more in the months to come!

Grant



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Grant Stevens
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17.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 13 days ago
Hello everyone!

I am so excited that the community has launched. My name is Priya and I am a manager of online content here at the National Trust. I am about to celebrate my 11th year with the organization where I manage the website, blogs, and other pieces of online content for Preservation Leadership Forum. So basically if you have a story to tell let me know!

I am a public historian by training- I went to William and Mary and American University-- who loves thinking about history and storytelling (and anything Star Wars related).


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Priya Chhaya
Manager, Online Content and Products
Washington DC
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18.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 12 days ago
Hello everyone,

I'm Reina Chano Murray, and I'm the GIS Project Manager at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. I've been with the Trust for two years now, and I love all things related to maps and preservation, which has made the Trust a good place to be. You can see some of our recent web applications here. I look forward to exchanging ideas with you all!

Reina


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Reina Murray
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Washington VA
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19.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 12 days ago
Hi, fellow historical preservationists!  I am Peter Garnham, President of the Board of Trustees of the Amagansett Historical Association. Our site is in Amagansett, Long Island, NY.  We have a 1725 cottage museum,  a small collection of local carts, wagons, and carriages, and a new archival facility that is currently focused on sorting, conserving, and digitizing a collection of approximately 5,000 photographic images of local people and structures. Our site is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

This archive is housed in a 1805 house that was donated and moved to our site, and is now restored and equipped with climate control. We are all volunteers, and this summer will have help from a young but experienced intern. We are active in local preservation efforts, and helped to establish two historic districts in our hamlet. Despite our small size, we try to do everything to the highest professional standards. This costs more, of course, but we take our stewardship seriously.

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Peter Garnham
Amagansett Historical Association
Amagansett NY
PeterGarnhamAmagansett Historical Association
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20.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 11 days ago
Hi Folks, I'm Bob Yapp and have been a member of the Trust for so long I can't remember when I first joined. I am the President of Preservation Resources, Inc, a multi-tiered historic preservation consulting firm as well as the founder of the Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation in Hannibal, Missouri. I'm looking forward to the conversations here.

Bob Yapp, President
Preservation Resources, Inc.
Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation
The Belvedere Inn B & B
521 Bird Street
Hannibal, MO 63401
217-474-6052
yapperman@msn.com
bobyapp.com
belvedereinnhannibal.com




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Bob Yapp
Hannibal MO
(217)474-6052
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21.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 11 days ago
Hello, everyone! I'm Barbara Howard and I'm excited to see this Forum resource up and running! I've been working in preservation for two decades, with the majority of that time at the Iowa and Minnesota Historic Preservation Offices. Last year, I decided to leave SHPO-dom to focus on a new way of delivering preservation education online. Stonebridge Learning is just now getting off the ground and I'm looking forward to seeing where it takes me. Feel free to connect with me here or at bhoward@stonebridgelearning.com.

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Barbara Howard
Stonebridge Learning, LLC
Minneapolis MN
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22.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 10 days ago
Hello! I'm the coordinator for a relatively new revolving fund nonprofit called Vital Sites. We are ramping up to be a force for sustainable redevelopment here in Louisville, KY! Our first project will be the rehabilitation and sale of a row of five, ca. 1890 shotgun houses.

I like to say that preservation is my second career. My undergraduate degree is Chemical Engineering, and I worked for about 9 years with the State of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources in both Air and Land Protection. I decided I needed a change and completed my Master's in Heritage Preservation about 2.5 years ago. I worked in research and administration for a small history nonprofit in Atlanta, and last summer was happy to move my family back to my hometown of Louisville, KY to work for Vital Sites.

I love the stories of old buildings, and the stories of my ancestors - big genealogy fan!

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Jessica McCarron
Coordinator
Louisville Preservation Fund DBA Vital Sites
Louisville, KY
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23.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 10 days ago
My name is Bethany Emenhiser and I have been working as the Historic Preservation Program Manager for the City of Bloomington, Indiana for about two years now.

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Bethany Emenhiser
Program Manager Historic Preservation
Housing and Neighborhood Development
P.O. Box 100, Suite 130
Bloomington, IN 47402
812-349-3507
emenhisb@bloomington.in.gov
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24.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 7 days ago
Hello everyone,

Aaron Marcavitch, Executive Director of Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, a certified Maryland Heritage Area based in Northern Prince George's County (just outside DC).  We work to preserve and promote the history, art, culture, and natural resources of this region.  We are a state level heritage area, which is pretty unique.  We are developing a visitors center, have led the War of 1812 bicentennial, and now focus on bicycle tourism.  At the core of the heritage area is Historic Greenbelt, a planned utopian community. Also included are a long history (from rivers to rockets) of transportation and communication as well as historic houses, trails, and an arts district.

I have my degree in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University (1995, Go Hawks) and my masters in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University (2005, Go Blue Raiders).  I've worked on Nantucket Island at the Historic District Commission and as the Director of Housing Nantucket (affordable housing) before coming here in 2010.  I study leisure related architecture mostly (roadside, amusement park, camps, etc.) but am interested in most history between 1880 and 1930.

Thanks
Aaron Marcavitch
aaron@anacostiatrails.org

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Forum Member Maryland Milestones
Maryland Milestones/ATHA Inc.
Hyattsville MD
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25.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 7 days ago
Hello! I'm Kim Trent, the executive director of Knox Heritage in Knoxville, Tennessee. We've been a National Trust Partner since 2003 and have learned so much from our colleagues around the country. I look forward to networking and learning with everyone!

Kim
knoxheritage.org


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Kim Trent
Executive Director
Knox Heritage, Inc.
Knoxville TN
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26.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 6 days ago
Hi Everyone,

This is John Staicer with Historic Madison, Inc. in beautiful Madison, IN.  HMI has been a local partner since 2006.  We are currently in the middle of a major rehabilitation of the Shrewsbury-Windle House National Historic Landmark, one of the 15 properties we own, operate and maintain.  The Trust was very helpful with early grant funding to help us with our preservation plan to get this project rolling.   Thanks to all our friends at the Trust and the Partners who have assisted us in so many ways with this and other projects the past few years.

One of my favorite parts of the project at Shrewsbury-Windle House is taking place right now - the conservation of the original, never refinished, 1859 varnish-over-paint finishes in the Drawing Room of the home.  Check us out on facebook or our website Historic Madison, Inc..

In my spare time, I'm repairing the 1920s masonry porch on my shotgun home.  It's an unusual combination of cement brick laid in black mortar (made from coal soot?) and then parge coated with the masonry joints struck to maintain the look of brick.  I'd be interested to hear if anyone has come across anything like this.

Looking forward to keeping up with all of you!





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John Staicer
President
Historic Madison, Inc.
Madison IN
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27.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 6 days ago
Hi Everyone,
Advisor Pam O'Connor chiming in from rainy Kalamazoo, MI.  Glad to join you all, and thanks to the Trust for getting Forum Connect up and running!

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Pamela O'Connor
Preservation Practices
Kalamazoo MI
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28.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 5 days ago
Good morning!
Happy to be joining this group of preservation friends and advocates.
I am the Executive Director of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and previously ran the St. Croix Landmarks Society on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands (tough job, but someone had to do it :-)
Looking forward to sharing and receiving great information.

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Nancy Finegood
Michigan Historic Preservation Network
Lansing, MI
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29.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 5 days ago
Good morning everyone! This is Linda Stevenson, I am a preservation architect and an adjunct professor in the University of Florida's Historic Preservation program. Looking forward to great discussions and knowledge-sharing with colleagues. And also the inspiration and encouragement that comes from interaction with smart and dedicated fellow preservationists.

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Linda Stevenson, PhD, RA, LEED AP
Stevenson Architects, Inc
Bradenton FL
(941)747-3696
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30.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 5 days ago
Greeting. I'm a consultant in southwestern New Jersey. I came to historic preservation by activating in my community and by working as a designer for a preservation architect after careers in biology, photography, and civil engineering. I received my Master's degree at the University of Delaware and specialize in building documentation, National Register nominations, and surveys. Looking forward to being part of this forum.

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Janet Sheridan
Down Jersey Heritage Reserach LLC
Salem NJ
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31.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 5 days ago
Hi Everyone,

I'm Ross Bradford, and I've been an attorney for the National Trust since 2004. I focus on real estate transactions for the organization, and I also oversee our easement program staff. If you have questions about preservation easements, feel free to reach out to me. Check my bio out to see what other areas I focus on here at the National Trust!

Sincerely,
Ross

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Ross M. Bradford | SENIOR ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL
P 202.588.6252 F 202.588.6272
NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION
The Watergate Office Building
2600 Virginia Avenue NW Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20037 www.PreservationNation.org
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