I am a trained historian and historic preservationist with advanced degrees in both fields. I believe in the power of federal- and state-level tax credits as financial incentives for preservation projects. I also believe that LEED concepts and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties can be integrated successfully. I believe in the power of collective memory and that it guides the techniques used to preserve historic resources at the local, state, and national levels. I believe that Criteria Consideration G of the National Register of Historic Places should be used more as a guideline and less as a rule. I believe in transitioning preservation from a reactive to a proactive practice. I am an advocate first and will always work with the resource's best interests in mind.