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Introduce Yourself

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  • 1.  Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-02-2017 10:00
    Edited by Priya Chhaya 09-18-2020 13:01
    Note: As of January 2020 Your Community Manager is Priya Chhaya! Welcome to the Community - Priya. 

    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!

    Rebecca Bice
    Associate Manager for Forum Member Engagement
    National Trust for Historic Preservation
    Washington DC

  • 2.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-02-2017 14:22

    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 Yue
    Coordinator, Preservation Programs
    National Trust for Historic Preservation
    Washington, DC

  • 3.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-03-2017 12:39
    Hi!  I'm Suzanne Germann from Landmarks Illinois.  Glad to be part of the group.

    Suzanne Germann
    Landmarks Illinois
    Chicago IL

  • 4.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-30-2017 16:40
    Hi Everyone,

    My name is Kathy and I am graduate student at Boston Architectural College in Boston, MA. I am also a member of my local historical commission. I look forward to meeting you all on-line and hearing your ideas and insights.

    Kathy Keller
    Carlisle MA

  • 5.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-03-2017 12:39
    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!

    Jamesha Gibson

  • 6.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-25-2017 10:27
    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 McNair, Ph.D.
    McNair Historic Preservation, Inc.
    Mobile, AL

  • 7.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 07-02-2017 14:29

    Greetings from Maine!

    I help people understand and maintain their older and historic buildings. You can catch up with me at my two websites:

    by hammer and hand great works do stand,
    by pen and thought best words are wrought.

    John Leeke, American Preservationeer
    26 Higgins St.
    Portland, ME  04103

  • 8.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    National Trust Advisor
    Posted 07-03-2017 14:02
    Edited by Priya Chhaya 04-03-2018 15:12
    Hello! I'm the executive director of the Nevada Preservation Foundation. We are located in Las Vegas but work across the state doing historic designation campaigns for neighborhoods, individual nominations, and historic tax credit applications. We also curate the archives of Hugh E. Taylor, a mid-century architect who designed many of the homes and neighborhoods that make up early Las Vegas. Lastly, we host an annual 3-day heritage tourism event Home + History Las Vegas.

    We are still pretty new. In October, will be celebrating our fourth birthday. It has been quite the ride since we started and we are excited to be part of historic preservation nationally.

    Heidi Swank
    Las Vegas NV

  • 9.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 07-11-2017 19:35
    11th of July 2017

    After missing a few years, just rejoining the group in this new format. My name is Z. I. Sanchez, it is just z to friends and colleagues, so glad to meet you all. 

    I run  zStudio, my own full service architectural, design and planning studio. Focusing on historic preservation and sustainable community planning. Which definitely includes  working with non-profits and others, on adaptive re-use of the significant quality and quantity of historic building stock here in New York: in the city, the Catskills, also within the historic Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. Providing a multitude of uses, from small business incubators, to charter schools and live/work lofts; all contributing to the revitalization of older villages or city neighborhoods; a very old on-going process, which lately seems to be called re-urbanism?
    I am a Registered Architect in the State of NY; a nationally certified Sustainable Building Advisor; and a NY Dept of State Code Official. And I have taken several LEED trainings in sustainable community planning and existing buildings, with working experience on LEED projects.
    After years of traveling and working in some of the most historic places in Europe, while based in London; and then teaching architectural history, design and sustainability at one of the state university campuses; my studio and I are now based back in my home town of NYC. But still very interested in continuing travels nationally and abroad, to experience, serve and learn from historic, treasured communities around the world. One outstanding adventure, thanks to a teacher's travel grant, was Cuba and it's UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Havana, in 2010.
    So looking forward to an exchange of old ideas, with new names; and of new ideas, methods and tools, all to protect, rehab and or re-envision new life and uses for our oldest buildings, towns and villages. Their special sense of place is always aspired to by many new development formats; but rarely achieved.
    So I am wholeheartedly in, on saving the originals: from individual historic buildings and squares to whole neighborhoods, villages and towns.
    Feel free to reach out, email is below,

    zStudio M/WBE
    architecture planning preservation sustainability
    Ms Z. I. Sanchez, Architect
    certified/Sustainable Building Advisor
    NY Dept of State certified/Code Enforcement Official

  • 10.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 02-28-2018 16:18
    ​Hi Preservation Community, I'm Rick Ferrer, Broward County, Florida's Historic Preservation Officer. I'm pleased to join Forum and you all at this chat space. We all lead busy lives in support of preservation but I always try to take time to read over the interesting commentaries, inquiries and concerns that are expressed. Thank you and a warm (literally) greeting from South Florida to everyone! - RF

    Rick Ferrer
    Historic Preservation Officer
    Broward County PDMD
    Ft Lauderdale FL

  • 11.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-23-2018 09:06
    Greetings to all my fellow preservation professionals! The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple recently engaged me to lead their efforts in restoring and preserving our beautiful  and historic building. While I have raised capital for a variety of projects over the past 20 years, this is my first attempt in developing a capital campaign for a historic building and cultural center. I look forward to listening, learning and hopefully sharing with many of you over the coming months and years.

    Brian Petula
    Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple
    Scranton, PA

  • 12.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-24-2018 07:50
    Hello Everyone

    My name is Joseph Lee, an urban planner and retired educator, who has been involved in heritage preservation and development for many years. While I'm an Alabamian, I've lived and worked in many southern states (North and South Carolina, Louisiana, Maryland and D.C.) and have an affinity for learning about, preserving, developing and promoting African American historic places and sites. I'm particularly interested in heritage tourism and learning how preservation groups include diverse cultures in their preservation work.

    Joseph A. Lee
    (256) 653-6542 Cell

  • 13.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-03-2017 12:39
    Edited by Ana Bice 05-10-2017 18:12

    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 Cox
    Preservation Designer
    Historic Macon Foundation
    Macon, GA

  • 14.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-04-2017 11:09
    Edited by Ana Bice 05-10-2017 18:07
    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 Kenwright
    Historic Preservation Specialist
    The L'Enfant Trust
    Washington DC

  • 15.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-04-2017 11:26
    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.


    Patrick Thrush
    Bath NY

  • 16.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-04-2017 12:45
    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 Huffaker
    Executive Director
    Preservation Utah
    Salt Lake City UT
    (801) 533-0858 (105)

  • 17.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-04-2017 15:06
    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. :-)

    Caitlin Meives
    Preservation Planner
    The Landmark Society of Western New York
    Rochester NY

  • 18.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-04-2017 16:52
    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!

    Marais Bjornberg
    Minneapolis MN

  • 19.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-05-2017 09:58
    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!

    Adrienne Burke
    Executive Director
    Riverside Avondale Preservation
    Jacksonville FL

  • 20.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-05-2017 14:06
    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.

    Brent Runyon
    Executive Director
    Providence Preservation Society
    Providence RI

  • 21.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-08-2017 12:04
    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.

    Robert Hotes
    Senior Historic Preservation Expert
    EYP Architecture & Engineering
    Washington DC

  • 22.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-10-2017 16:57
    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.

    A J Brigati
    Birmingham-Southern College
    Birmingham AL

  • 23.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-14-2017 16:37

    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 Stevens

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