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

President & CEO

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Nicholas A. Redding

President & CEO

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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.

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Katie Parks

Vice President

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Katie Parks

Vice President

Katie Parks is a formidable development and real estate professional, and as the organization’s new Director of Development, she will bring expertise in organizational fundraising, program efficiency, and property redevelopment at a time of strategic growth of Preservation Maryland major programs, including our revived Revolving Fund.

Katie was previously Vice President of Conservation at the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy leading their programming across land conservation, community revitalization through the Center for Towns, and climate adaptation. Katie was instrumental in crafting the foundational partnership that led to ESLC’s critical role in the developing the Phillips Packing House in Cambridge, Maryland with Cross Street Partners, and other players. Additionally, Parks has governmental experience on the real estate management team of the Office of the Secretary for the Maryland Department of Transportation – valuable experience that will be put to immediate use as part of our preservation and smart growth policy efforts.

In accepting the Director of Development position in July 2020, Katie stated, “I have a passion for preserving and enhancing the natural and built environments of Maryland – and I’m ready to put my real estate skills and entrepreneurial drive into practice for Preservation Maryland to create new investment opportunities for the organization while also supporting the backbone of the organization, our loyal and generous donors.

Raised on Kent Island, attended Loyola University and received her bachelor’s degree in business administration and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore. She now lives in Easton, Maryland and works remotely with the rest of the Preservation Maryland team.

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Dana Cohen

Director of Communications

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Dana Cohen

Director of Communications

Dana joins Preservation Maryland after more than a decade working with nonprofit and development clients at a Baltimore-based marketing and public relations agency. An award-winning communications professional who creates and manages strategic campaigns, Dana has a special interest in crisis communications and public affairs. She works with our team and partners to tell the stories about our important preservation work and highlight what makes Maryland’s historic buildings, communities and landscapes special.

Dana, a first-generation Marylander, was raised in Ellicott City and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. She currently lives in Towson with her husband, two kids and two cats in a quaint cape cod.

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Elly Cowan

Director of Government Relations

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Elly Cowan

Director of Government Relations

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From drafting legislation, to meeting with key legislators and their staff, to testifying in front of committees, Elly leads our preservation and smart growth policy work at the local, state, and federal levels. She manages our Smart Growth Maryland program and is active in advocacy issues across the state.

She organizes our annual Maryland History Advocacy Day that brings together over a hundred preservation advocates 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, in Northeast Baltimore.

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Laura Houston

Historic Property Redevelopment Manager

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Laura Houston

Historic Property Redevelopment Manager

Laura Houston is Preservation Maryland’s first full-time Historic Property Redevelopment Manager. She will support the unprecedented growth of the program, including flagship projects in Hagerstown and Annapolis.

Previously, Laura worked as a Historical Sites Specialist for the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources managing preservation projects and the spending of federal and state funds for the Division Grants Program. She also served as Research Associate for the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation where she oversaw research projects and assisted in writing and editing organization publications. Laura earned her M.A. in European Cultural Politics and Policy from New York University and B.A. in International Studies from Texas State University.

Born and raised in Texas, Laura loves to travel and soak up the histories of the places she visits as well as the stories of those whose lives have given significance to each place. It is this appreciation for history and cultural heritage that cemented her desire to invest in historic preservation. She could not be more excited to get to know Maryland and her fellow Marylanders as she, her husband, and their rescue pup Roscoe make the beautiful state their home.

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.

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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.

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Natalie Henshaw

Historic Trades Program Manager

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Natalie Henshaw

Historic Trades Program Manager

Natalie earned her AAS from Savannah Technical College’s Historic Preservation and Restoration Program in 2013. During and after this program, she’s worked in hands-on preservation with various non-profits, construction companies, and federal agencies. From 2014 through 2019, Natalie worked on seasonal, cross-country projects with HistoriCorps. In 2016, she founded a preservation company in Savannah, Georgia, specializing in window restoration and historic masonry.

Natalie has also worked extensively in educational fields. She has taught after-school art classes, English in China, TEFL as an online tutor, United States and world history with Savannah Technical College (STC), and historic preservation with STC and Lamar Community College (LCC). She managed LCC’s Historic Building Trades Program. Natalie enjoys traveling and hiking, and typically follows lawful good alignment.

Michael Richter

The Campaign for Historic Trades Corps Manager

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Michael Richter

The Campaign for Historic Trades Corps Manager

Michael brings a decade of diverse experience to his role as corps manager for the Campaign for Historic Trades. An alumnus of the Montana Conservation Corps and the Peace Corps, he has supervised trades projects from Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful Village to Eastern Europe. Prior to joining the Preservation Maryland team, Michael worked with CHT partner Worcester Eisenbrandt restoring historic structures throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. Michael graduated with a BS in Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Scheller College of Business. In his free time, you are likely to find Michael getting the most out of one of Baltimore’s parks or trails with his partner and mischievous pooch.

Ruby Nwaebube

Advocacy Associate

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Ruby Nwaebube

Advocacy Associate

Ruby Nwaebube is the Advocacy Associate for Preservation Maryland. She will be coordinating and advocating plans, legislation, collation programs, and policies for historic preservation and Smart Growth at the state and local level.

Ruby’s background ranges from documenting African-American historical sites through design to developing educational simulation games on current public policy issues. In May 2019, Ruby earned a Bachelors in Urban & Environmental Planning with a minor in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Patrick Mooney

Development Associate

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Patrick Mooney

Development Associate

Patrick works as a Development Associate for Preservation Maryland. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Patrick has a deep appreciation for the history and cultural heritage of the state. He recently worked for Vote Blue in Pennsylvania during the 2020 election cycle. Patrick performed voter outreach and policy advocacy during his time with the campaign. He now assists the Development Director with fundraising and outreach efforts, while also managing the donor database. Patrick received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics from New York University in 2020, with Minors in History and Environmental Studies.

Sarah Patarini

Digital Communication Coordinator

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Sarah Patarini

Digital Communication Coordinator

Sarah works as the Digital Communications Coordinator for Preservation Maryland. She develops social media and web content for education and outreach initiatives through the use of photography, videography, and graphic design. Before her work with Preservation Maryland, Sarah had the pleasure of working as a freelance designer and photographer for athletes, musicians, and other non-profits. Sarah graduated from the Honors College at Towson University and holds a B.S. in History. During her studies at Towson University, her historical research was published in Towson’s Journal of Historical Studies.

Officers

Chairperson
Thomas S. Spencer, Esq.

Vice-Chairpersons
Diane L. Caslow
Ann Powell AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Secretary
Theresa T. Michel

Treasurer
John Leith-Tetrault

Assistant Treasurer
Matthew J. Daw PE, LEED AP

Directors

Delbert Adams
Karla Aghajanian
Todd Anderson
Bill Arthur
Rob Brennan AIA
Samuel Himmelrich, Jr.
Dean Jagusch
David Katz
Eric Nixon
Michael Raphael
Nakita Reed AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP
John Renner
Lisa Sasser
Ali von Paris
Jennifer Webber
J.D. Zachry

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