is Owner and Consulting Principal of Heritage Arts of NC LLC. He is currently Hurricane Grants Manager administering hurricane recovery funding from the National Park Service 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. 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.
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.
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 from 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.
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 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.
is the Principal with Keys and Associates, LLC, a Heritage, Arts and Cultural Preservation Services firm based in St. Augustine, Florida. She is the immediate past Director of Historic Preservation and Assistant Professor of History/Public History at Flagler College, also in St. Augustine. She has a broad range of professional experience achieved in a variety of locations throughout the United States. Her efforts assist communities through partnerships, particularly with academic institutions, supporting preservation, planning and community engagement efforts. Her focus over the past 3 decades includes disaster preparedness and recovery. She is the immediate past Director of Historic Preservation and a former Assistant Professor with Flagler College. She co-chaired and participated in numerous conferences, including the 2019 Keeping History Above Water program in St. Augustine. Her fundraising expertise has assisted organizations and communities in securing $30 million for arts, cultural, and heritage efforts, including resiliency. She has published numerous books and articles on historic preservation, planning, public outreach, financial incentives for preservation, and sea level rise challenges to cultural resources. Dr. Keys received a doctoral degree from the University of Florida in Historic Preservation and is the recipient of the inaugural Distinguished Alumni in Historic Preservation award. Also, she received the inaugural Roy E. Graham Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation Education from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and serves as a Trustee Emerita of the organization. She completed master’s programs in History with honors and Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and holds a bachelor’s degree in History, Pre-Law and Political Science from Ball State University and is an Honors College graduate.
PE, F-SFPE, MScFPE, NFPA is a Fire/Disaster Management Consultant focusing on protecting our cultural and historic sites and structures from fire, disasters and climate change. Chris is the Founder of Marrion Fire & Risk Consulting, a special expert for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a National Fire Heritage Center Director, a Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Fellow, and has an MSc in Fire Engineering. Mr Marrion has worked for fire/disaster management consulting firms in the USA, Asia and Europe for over 30 years, and continues to work globally with numerous NGOs, Governments, private/public clients. Chris’ work focuses on creating awareness, building capacity, and providing risk-informed, sustainable, cost-effective prevention/mitigation, emergency response and resilient recovery guidance to protect our cultural heritage from fires and other disasters including through integrating local and indigenous traditions, methods and people into developing solutions to effectively protect our cultural heritage from disasters. His work also includes consulting, developing disaster risk management plans and codes/guides, as well as teaching workshops and publishing papers with regards to protecting cultural heritage from fire and disasters, fire/life safety, performance-based codes, emergency response and the disaster risk management process.
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.
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.
Julie Nucci’s Greek Revival home in the Village of Owego massively flooded in 2011. In 2015, it became the first residence on the National Register of Historic Places in NYS elevated for flood mitigation. Nucci is the Flood Resiliency Coordinator for the Village of Owego; a volunteer position she created with village leadership. Her efforts, which integrate village, town, and county governments, are focused on acting in the best interest of flood resiliency and historic preservation for her village, much of which is within the Owego Central Historic District. She is also an Ex-Officio member of the Owego Historic Preservation Commission and serves on the Planning Board for the Village of Owego. Nucci holds a BS in Materials Engineering from RPI, an MS in Applied Physics from Harvard University and MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University. Her professional career in scientific research served her well in navigating the complex process of elevation and her background as a STEM educator at Cornell serves her well in sharing her passion about the importance of historic preservation and flood mitigation. In her day job, she is the Manager of Innovation Engineering Projects for Rheonix, Inc. a molecular diagnostics company in Ithaca, NY.
received her undergraduate degree in City Planning with a minor in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and a graduate degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia. Prior to establishing Commonwealth Preservation Group, she managed the Virginia Department of Historic Resources Local Government Assistance Programs as well as the department’s Tidewater Region Preservation Program. In that role, one of her duties was to manage the Certified Local Government program. Prior to working at the VDHR, Paige worked for the City of Norfolk as a historic preservation planner. In that role, she revised the local historic district design guidelines, expanded the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register listed Downtown Norfolk Historic District, and reported to the Norfolk Design Review Committee, City Planning Commission and City Council on issues related to historic resources. Paige founded Commonwealth Preservation Group in 2004 and remains a Principal with the firm. CPG is a full service historic preservation consulting firm; within the firm, Paige specializes in building treatment projects, including historic tax credit applications, design guidelines development, and retrofit recommendations for historic properties. She is also a partner in Building Resilient Solutions, a joint venture established to collect empirical data through materials testing to inform resiliency and retrofits for historic resources.
serves as Co-Director of the University of Florida Preservation Institute Nantucket where she assists with projects focused on resilience and sustainability in historic contexts. She also contracts with The Craig Group as Preservation Associate on projects where historic preservation and climate resilience meet. Previously, Kim served as the Founder and Coordinator of ACKlimate Nantucket, which encourages the holistic adaptation of Nantucket to a changing climate and rising seas through local and global engagement. Kim graduated from the University of Florida with her Master’s in Historic Preservation in 2020. Her Master’s thesis looked at the myriad of policy and traditional preservation techniques through the lens of elevating historic buildings in coastal communities threatened by sea level rise. She studied Charleston, South Carolina; Nantucket, Massachusetts; and Schenectady, New York in order to better understand the development of research and benchmark where historic communities were in their adaptation and mitigation efforts. In addition to her work with climate change, Kim is also proficient in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the ERSI Collector App, to which she has published several platforms to expediate and maintain a field data collection. Prior to attending the University of Florida, Kim attended Martin Methodist College (now University of Tennessee Southern) where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in History.
Based in Biloxi, Jeff Rosenberg is the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area Historic Preservation Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, working to promote historic preservation and architectural history in Mississippi’s six coastal counties. A graduate of the Belmont College Building Preservation & Restoration Program and the Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art & Historic Preservation, from 2007 to 2014, he was a technical preservation specialist for the Mississippi Department of Archives & History, overseeing Hurricane Katrina rehabilitation grants for historic properties. He is the Mississippi Representative for the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. His research interests include Gulf Coast architecture, roadside architecture, and twentieth-century buildings & materials.
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.
Rod has over 30 years of historic preservation experience at the local, county, state and national level. Rod served on a community and County historic preservation commission and chaired both. Service as a board member and Chair of Preservation Iowa and now as a board member of the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation along with several years of service on the State Historical Society of Iowa board along with many years as a board member of Preservation Action has prepared him to provide NAPC Camp education programs. In addition to this non-profit sector service, Rod’s professional career has gathered over 30 years of contracting experience, specializing in historic rehabilitation, grant funded and tax credit applications have provided him a well rounded base of experience. Since 2008 Rod has focused his work in the flood hazard mitigation/adaptation field across the US.
is a Registered Architect in Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas; 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.
Alex Westhoff, AICP, is a San Francisco-based planner with fifteen+ years public sector experience. Professional focuses have included climate resiliency, historic preservation, current and long range planning, and public involvement. Since 2019 he has served as a Senior Preservation Planner for San Francisco's Southeast Quadrant reviewing development proposals for both new and historic properties. His work has included bolstering outreach protocols to San Francisco's eight Cultural Districts. From 2014-2019, Alex helped to spearhead Marin County's award winning sea level rise adaptation program, including co-authoring two Vulnerability Assessments, an Adaptation Plan, co-creating the Game of Floods, and coastal hazard mitigation planning. Holding a joint Master of City Planning/Master of Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley, his Master’s Thesis proposed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as California’s first National Heritage Area leading to enabling congressional legislation. Prior to working for Marin, he spent seven years with the Delta Protection Commission, focused on establishment of the Heritage Area in addition to environmental planning. Racial and social equity has been a key focus and Alex has had experience working on projects with Native American, Asian-American, and LGBTQ associations.
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