Meet The Team

Our staff and leadership are experts on and passionate about Maryland’s history and the landmarks that make this state special. Learn more or get in contact with a staff member below.

Our Staff

Nicholas A. Redding

Executive Director

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Nicholas A. Redding

Executive Director

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Nicholas is responsible for coordinating Preservation Maryland’s busy daily operations as well as managing and improving its programmatic initiatives, including the signature Six-to-Fix program. In addition, he is a registered Maryland lobbyist and directs the organization’s legislative advocacy efforts in Annapolis and Washington, DC.

Prior to arriving at Preservation Maryland, he served in leadership positions at several heritage and preservation organizations including Executive Director of Long Branch Plantation, a 19th century historic site in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and as Deputy Director for Advocacy at the Civil War Trust in Washington, DC. During time spent at the Civil War Trust, Redding led a national coalition to prevent the construction of a casino on the iconic Gettysburg battlefield. In addition, he has also served as a Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

Redding was twice appointed to the Frederick County Historic Preservation Commission, serving as its vice-chair and currently sits on the Advisory Board of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War. He is a published author and frequently gives tours of Maryland and Pennsylvania’s battlefields and historic towns.

He is a graduate of West Virginia’s Shepherd University and lives outside of Frederick, Maryland in a historic home with his wife, daughter, and two beagles.

Douglas Harbit

Development Director

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Development Director

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Doug works to inspire individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations to support the work of Preservation Maryland.

His career has included working with a variety of public agencies, private corporations, as well as non-profit and preservation organizations at the city, county, state, and national levels. He has held professional staff positions with the Alliance for Justice, the National Institute for Dispute Resolution, the Council for Urban Economic Development, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and others.

Doug has a master’s degree in urban planning from the George Washington University and has lectured on historic preservation finance at the University of Maryland, Columbia University, and Harvard.

Doug’s passion is collaborating with others to make seemingly impossible projects a reality.

He and his husband live in the Lake Evesham National Register Historic District in Baltimore with their two American Staffordshire Terriers.

Meagan Baco

Director of Communications

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Meagan Baco

Director of Communications

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Meagan manages the design and production of Preservation Maryland’s outreach efforts like our website, newsletters, and invitations – and hopes you like them!

Previously, she was Acting President of Preservation Action, the grassroots lobby for preservation, and is a founding member of Buffalo’s Young Preservationists and Painting for Preservation.

She has a graduate degree in historic preservation from Clemson University and the College of Charleston and worked as a practitioner at Clinton Brown Company Architecture in Buffalo, NY, her hometown. She also has a degree in urban planning.

Meg’s passion for bettering the preservation profession led her to co-found Histpres, a national job board, and has spoken about the young preservation movement and job market at conferences across the country.

While she lives in Charles Village in Baltimore, she spends a lot of time somewhere between Baltimore and Washington, DC, especially, the National Historic Landmark community of Greenbelt, where she serves on the board of the Old Greenbelt Theatre and in Hyattsville, where she volunteers at Community Forklift.

Elly Cowan

Director of Advocacy

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Elly Cowan

Director of Advocacy

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From drafting legislation, to meeting with key legislators and their staff, to testifying in front of committees, Elly helps lead our advocacy efforts. She organizes our annual Preservation Advocacy Day which brings together over a hundred preservation advocates from across the state to Annapolis. She also leads the Maryland delegation for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week in Washington, DC.

In addition to her advocacy work, Elly provides essential project management to all of Preservation Maryland’s programs, events, and outreach campaigns. She plans and organizes our major annual events.  Chances are if there’s something Preservation Maryland is working on, Elly has some hand in it.

Baltimore-born and raised, Elly studied history and economics at the University of Baltimore. She lives in the Lauraville Historic District northeast of downtown Baltimore.

Jessica Feldt

Preservation Initiatives Manager

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Jessica Feldt

Preservation Initiatives Manager

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As Preservation Initiatives Manager, Jessica coordinates Preservation Maryland programs such as the Heritage Fund grants, Six-to-Fix and the Old Line State Summit. She can also help connect preservationists to resources and each other.

Raised in Michigan, Jessica has a Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a Master’s from Penn State University. Jessica worked at the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations before she moved to Baltimore. Once here, she spent close to five years at Preservation Maryland as Education and Outreach Director before joining the team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC. After the birth of her daughter, she keep busy working part-time with groups like Poe Baltimore and Baltimore Heritage before returning to Preservation Maryland.

A life-long fan of history, Jessica has fallen in love with her new home state of Maryland and enjoys exploring all the places she has left to discover – including in her own neighborhood of Waltherson where she lives in a 1920s bungalow with her husband, daughter, and their cat and dog.

Kimberly Golden Brandt

Director of Smart Growth Maryland

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Kimberly Golden Brandt

Director of Smart Growth Maryland

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Kimberly leads our smart growth education and advocacy efforts, which support preservation of forests, farms and open space and revitalization of Maryland’s cities and towns.

She advises officials and advocates working to advance sustainable growth in their communities and provides technical analysis of local planning efforts. She led a successful smart growth campaign in Charles County that serves as a model for on-going campaigns in Anne Arundel, Calvert, and Frederick Counties.

Kimberly has a graduate degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She has worked as a professional planner for twenty years. Her work experience includes local land use planning and natural hazard mitigation planning for the State of Maryland, where she served as the state’s Hazard Mitigation Officer. More recently, she served as the Local Policy Director at 1000 Friends of Maryland, a smart growth advocacy organization, with which Preservation Maryland has merged.

Kimberly originally hails from Fredericksburg, Virginia, a city well known for its colonial and Civil War history. She has been a proud resident of Baltimore City since 2000.

Jana Carey

Director of Operations

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Jana Carey

Director of Operations

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Jana aptly handles the business operations of Preservation Maryland, like all the very important details or running a stable and effective non-profit – check out our Gold star on GuideStar. Her responsibilities include financial reporting, accounting, human resources administration, risk management, record management and procurement.

Our longest serving staff member, Jana has been part of the Preservation Maryland family since 1999, with a five year break to consult for Ripken Baseball – a Baltimore-based group that supports youth and amateur baseball. She is also very generous in donating her time and talent to the Baltimore Public School’s her children attend.

Jana originally hails from Salisbury on the Eastern Shore and has been a proud resident of Baltimore City for many years and resides in a historic property that dates to 1895.

Officers

President
Thomas S. Spencer, Esq.
Baltimore County

Vice-Presidents
Diane L. Caslow
Baltimore County

Tyler Tate PE, LEED
Baltimore County

Secretary
Theresa T. Michel
Frederick County

Treasurer
Samuel K. Himmelrich, Jr.
Baltimore City

Assistant Secretary
Matthew J. Daw PE, LEED AP
Montgomery County

Directors

Delbert Adams
Baltimore City

Karla Aghajanian
Baltimore City

Todd Anderson
Baltimore City

Heather Arnold
Montgomery County

Anthony Azola
Baltimore City

Rob Brennan AIA
Howard County

Amanda Fenstermaker
Dorchester County

Dean Jagusch
Prince George’s County

Tom Jester AIA, FAPT, LEED AP
Montgomery County

John Leith-Tetrault
Baltimore City

Joshua Neiman
Baltimore City

Jeffrey A. Penza AIA, LEED
Baltimore City

Ann Powell AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Baltimore City

Marsha Ramsay
Baltimore City

Michael Raphael
Baltimore County

Nakita Reed AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP
Prince George’s County

Dale Sams
Allegany County

Ellen Stifler
Baltimore County

Ali von Paris
Baltimore County

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