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Doug Harbit is the director of development of Preservation Maryland.  Before joining the staff he was the director of the major donor program at 1000 Friends of Maryland.  His career has included being the deputy director of the Alliance for Justice, the director of communications and then president of the National Institute for Dispute Resolution, and the director of financial services of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Doug has been a commissioner of the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission, a director of the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions, and has lectured on preservation finance at various universities around the country.


  Marilyn Benaderet is preservation services director of Preservation Maryland, where she is responsible for providing funding, advocacy and technical assistance to local preservation organizations throughout the state. She administers the Heritage Fund, a joint program of Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust, and is also responsible for management of the easement program. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Delaware State University. She currently serves on the board of the Friends of the Ellicott City Colored School Restored.


 Elizabeth Beckley serves as the Eastern Shore field director. Prior to Preservation Maryland, she worked for six years as principal of Bohemia Manor, LLC, an Eastern Shore firm specializing in historic preservation, restoration and the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. She currently serves as chairwoman of the Kent County Historic Preservation Commission, board president of the Friends of Mount Harmon Plantation and chairwoman of the Millington Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals. She holds a Maryland Home Improvement Contracting license.



Margaret DeArcangelis is our education and outreach director. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from the University of Michigan, then served as the executive director for the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative from 2006 to 2009. She pursued a dual master’s degree at the University of Maryland in Historic Preservation and Community Planning before joining Preservation Maryland in January 2013.

Jana Carey has served as business manager for Preservation Maryland since October 2009, a role she also held from 1998 through 2003.  Her responsibilities include financial reporting, accounting, human resources administration, risk management, record management and procurement.

Elly Colmers

Elly Colmers has served as development and administrative assistant for Preservation Maryland since March, 2014. She recieved her BA in History from University of Baltimore, and her responsibilies include overseeing our social media networks, assisting in development and communications, and maintaining the office.



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