By Preservation Maryland
As Maryland and the rest of the nation protests racial injustice, Preservation Maryland issued the following statement:
Nicholas has led the organization since 2014, and oversees the operations, programs and growing professional staff. Since his arrival he has overseen a complex merger and the subsequent creation of Smart Growth Maryland, a dynamic new program of the organization. Additionally, he has worked in partnership with the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center to establish the Campaign for Historic Trades, a new program dedicated to developing the next generation of traditional tradespeople.
Outside of the organization, he serves as the vice-chair of the National Preservation Partners Network, the national network of statewide and local preservation organizations. Previously he has served as the chair of the Maryland Partners for Open Space, the statewide open space advocacy coalition, and also served as the vice-chair of the Frederick County Historic Preservation Commission.
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. Prior to the Trust, he served as a Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
He is a graduate of West Virginia’s Shepherd University and lives outside of Frederick, Maryland with his wife, daughter, and two beagles.
Meagan manages the crafting and production of Preservation Maryland’s outreach efforts like our reports, website and blog, newsletters, and invitations – and hopes you like them!
They have a graduate degree in historic preservation from Clemson University and the College of Charleston and previously worked as a practitioner at Clinton Brown Company Architecture in Buffalo, NY, their hometown. Meagan also has a degree in urban planning from the University at Buffalo.
Meg’s passion for bettering the preservation profession led to the co-founding Histpres, a national job board, and has spoken and written about the young preservation movement and job market at conferences across the country.
Meagan lives in Charles Village in Baltimore but spends a lot of time exploring Maryland between Baltimore and Washington, DC, especially, spending time in the National Historic Landmark community of Greenbelt, as a founding board member of the Old Greenbelt Theatre.
From drafting legislation, to meeting with key legislators and their staff, to testifying in front of committees, Elly leads our preservation and smart growth advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. She manages our county wide smart growth coalitions and travels across the state to participate in grassroots advocacy issues. She organizes our annual Maryland History Advocacy Day that brings together over a hundred preservation advocates from across the state to Annapolis and leads the Maryland delegation for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week in Washington, DC.
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.
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.
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.
Victoria helps to raise funds across all donor groups to support the growth of Preservation Maryland. She assists with overseeing events, drafting proposals, and a wide range of other supporting services. Maryland-born and raised, Victoria studied History at Salisbury University and received a graduate degree in Museum Studies & Non-profit Management from Johns Hopkins University. Most recently, Victoria served as a Development Coordinator at the Walters Art Museum before joining Preservation Maryland. Previously, she served in several non-profit development positions throughout Maryland and Washington, DC. She lives in the Market Center Historic District in the heart of downtown Baltimore.
Jermaine Peterson is the Workforce Development Manager for The Campaign for Historic Trades, a partnership of Preservation Maryland and the National Park Service focused on increasing opportunities for all Americans to enter the trades and help restore the nation’s vast and irreplaceable heritage.
Most recently, Jermaine worked at Moveable Feast, a Baltimore-based non-profit that provides meals to those living with life-threatening diseases. He also has 19 years of hospitality management experience having worked for some of the premier companies in the industry in the Baltimore area including hotels, country clubs, catering facilities, and most recently non-profit organizations.
Jermaine was born and raised in Baltimore City and graduated from Baltimore City College High School. He is married with two children Jermaine Jr. and Jada and considers his family his greatest earthly blessing.
Ben is a recording engineer and classical percussion. He is currently pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Recording Arts and Percussion Performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
Sarah recently graduated from Towson University with a B.S. in History. Sarah has a love for history, especially East Asian history, but is also passionate about using her skills in art and design. During her time at Towson University, Sarah was published in the Journal of Historical Studies for her article “Fraternizing in the Face of Femininity: The Fear of Feminization in the Fraternal Order in Victorian Era America.” At Preservation Maryland, Sarah is working as a communications intern. She is currently working on designing digital media content for Preservation Maryland and its major programs. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys photography, lighting design, and surfing.
Thomas S. Spencer, Esq.
Diane L. Caslow
Theresa T. Michel
Samuel K. Himmelrich, Jr.
Matthew J. Daw PE, LEED AP
Rob Brennan AIA
Thomas C. Jester AIA, FAPT, LEED AP
Ann Powell AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Nakita Reed AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP
Ali von Paris