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.

The Preservation Maryland staff in their offices at the historic Meadow Mill complex in Baltimore City.

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.

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.

Elly Colmers Cowan

Director of Engagement

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Elly Colmers Cowan

Director of Engagement

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From scheduling and attending meetings with key legislators and their staff to testifying in front of committees, Elly is active in 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.

Elly provides essential project management to all of Preservation Maryland’s programs, events, and outreach campaigns. She plans and organizes our major annual events, while also managing our communication and development database.  Chances are if there’s something Preservation Maryland is working on, Elly has some hand in it.

Baltimore-born and raised, Elly studied history with a focus on economic history at the University of Baltimore. She lives in the Lauraville Historic District northeast of downtown Baltimore.

Renée Novak

Field Director, Ellicott City Preservation Resource Center

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Renée Novak

Field Director, Ellicott City Preservation Resource Center

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As Field Director in Ellicott City, Renée is overseeing Preservation Maryland’s on-the-ground preservation technical services to property owners and community members affected by the flood.

Renée’s most recent work has been with the Maryland Historical Trust, the State Historic Preservation Office, as a Tax Credit Review Officer in the Office of Preservation Services. Her primary role there was to assist homeowners, business owners, architects, and the general public with the review and approval process for historic residential and commercial tax credit projects throughout Maryland.

Renée received her Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has worked in the private sector for both architectural and cultural resource firms in Baltimore City, where she participated in adaptive-use and transportation-related projects. During her undergraduate years at Mary Washington College’s Historic Preservation program, she interned with the Federal government at Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Department of Cultural Resources in their Environmental Conservation and Restoration Division.

Benjamin Israel

Producer, PreserveCast

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Benjamin Israel

Producer, PreserveCast

Ben brings his experience in history education and improv to launch and produce Preservation Maryland’s podcast, PreserveCast. Previous projects with Preservation Maryland include developing the organization’s digital archive database and publishing thousands of annotated photographs to Flickr as a public resource.  He is a recent graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with BA in History with minors in Biology and Museum Studies.

Michelle Eshelman

Preservation Associate, Ellicott City Preservation Resource Center

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Michelle Eshelman

Preservation Associate, Ellicott City Preservation Resource Center

Michelle provides architectural and design assistance to historic property owners at the Preservation Resource Center in Ellicott City. She is also working closely Preservation Maryland’s partners at many of our selected Six-to-Fix sites to document, illustrate, and envision their revitalization including Holly Hall in Elkton and the Valve House in Baltimore. Michelle received her Bachelor of Design in Architecture and minor in Studio Art from the University of Florida.

Stephen Israel

Producer, PreserveCast

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Stephen Israel

Producer, PreserveCast

Stephen provides his audio engineering experience to produce Preservation Maryland’s podcast, PreserveCast. He also researches and writes about Maryland’s rich musical history for our blog. Stephen is a recent graduate of The College of William and Mary with degrees in music and history.

Officers

President
Anthony Azola
Baltimore City

Vice-Presidents
Diane L. Caslow
Timonium, Baltimore County

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

Tyler Tate PE, LEED
Timonium, Baltimore County

Secretary
Mary C. Gregory
Reisterstown, Baltimore County

Assistant Secretary
Theresa T. Michel
Frederick, Frederick County

Treasurer
Samuel K. Himmelrich, Jr.
Baltimore City

Assistant Treasurer
Thomas S. Spencer, Esq.
White Hall, Baltimore County

Directors

Delbert Adams
Baltimore City

Heather Arnold
Bethesda, Montgomery County

Rob Brennan AIA
Ellicott City, Howard County

Matthew J. Daw PE, LEED AP
Chevy Chase, Montgomery County

Amanda Fenstermaker
Cambridge, Dorchester County

Dale Glenwood Green AAIA, APT, LEED AP
Baltimore City

Richard E. Hall AICP
Baltimore City

Sandra Heiler
Brookeville, Montgomery County

Belinda Kilby
Baltimore County 

Joshua Neiman
Baltimore City

Jeffrey A. Penza AIA, LEED
Baltimore City

John J. Petro
Mitchellville, Prince George’s County

Ann Powell AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Baltimore City

Peter Trozze AIA
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County 

Jayson Williams
Baltimore City

Ronnie Younts
Baltimore City

Laura Zimmerman DDS
Washington County

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