Board of Directors

The Washington Trust is governed by its Board of Directors, an active and involved group representing many professions and diverse interests in the field of historic preservation, coming from all parts of our state. 

Board Officers

President
Patrick T. McCutcheon, Ellensburg
Professor, Central Washington University

Vice President
Holly Chamberlain, Vancouver
Architectural Heritage Center

Secretary
Susan White, Des Moines
Community Volunteer

Treasurer
Mark Hannum, Seattle
HomeStreet Bank

 


Board Committees


Board Members

Ginny Butler is a returning board member of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. Although her interest in preservation began in San Francisco, her involvement in preservation is strongly visible in Washington. Ginny was significant leader in the fundraising and restoration of the Columbia County Courthouse in Dayton, a project she took on as a memorial to her father’s lifelong involvement in the Dayton community. She has restored five commercial buildings, all on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Weinhard Hotel in Dayton which she has owned and operated for the last 14 years. In 2003 she received DAHP’s lifetime achievement award. Currently, she serves as president of the Board of Directors for the Dayton Historic Depot Society. She has served on the WA State Heritage Capital Projects Fund board for two biannual cycles.

Holly Chamberlain, Vice President, is a returning board member whose 35-year historic preservation career began with an internship at the Washington Trust (although there were myriad family trips to historic sites prior to that). Since then, she has worked at the federal, state, and local levels of government, and in the non-profit and profit sectors. A native Washingtonian who grew up on the east side, Holly migrated to Seattle for several years after graduating from Whitman College in history-American studies. After receiving her MA in American Civilization from The George Washington University, she returned to the northwest and currently lives in Vancouver USA. Holly is deputy director of Portland’s Architectural Heritage Center, and a cultural resources consultant. Volunteer stints have included service on the Governor’s Advisory Council and Clark County Historic Preservation Commission, and as a judge since 1999 for the SW Washington National History Day competition.

Catherine J. Comerford, AIA, is an architect whose design practice concentrates in historic restoration, historic interior rehab, adaptive reuse and traditional design. Her projects have included the Grant Hall Cadet Restaurant at West Point; restoration of the Bond House Porch for Montclair State University; reconstruction of the historic OGCMA tent/structures in Ocean Grove, NJ; renovations of historic African American homes of the Mission Street District in Montclair, NJ; renovation and alterations of the Majestic Hotel and the Shawmont Hotel in Ocean Grove, NJ; and the renovation of many historic NJ Shore homes. In 2010, Cate and her partner moved to Port Townsend, WA and opened her practice. Cate serves on the Port Townsend Historic Preservation Commission and on the Port Townsend Main Street Design Committee. Cate was commissioned to select the exterior colors and their placement for the Eisenbeis Building in Port Townsend, which won the 2014 Excellence on Main Award for Visual Impact from the Washington State Main Street Program. She has recently begun working with the Fort Worden PDA in their ongoing efforts to refresh/rehab the interiors of residential units, including the Hospital Steward’s Residence, and 6E and 6W of Officer’s Row.

Kelsey Doncaster, a Yakima native, is a fifth generation Washingtonian. His family’s history has been intertwined with Washington State’s from territory era to present day. Kelsey holds a MS in Resource Management from Central Washington University, a BA in History and a BFA in Painting from the University of Washington. Kelsey has done hands-on historic preservation in Washington and Idaho. He has worked to preserve and list a hop kiln and an apple ranch packing house in the Yakima Valley. He composed a primer of architecture for the City of Yakima Historic Preservation Commission and has lectured, written articles, and consulted on the Pacific Northwest fruit industry, architecture, and local history. Kelsey has been an avid collector, lecturer and historian of Pacific Northwest fruit box labels for over 20 years. His current job as an Historian for the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation takes him throughout Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho and western Montana. Kelsey and his wife Karla live in Yakima with their two young daughters, Millicent and Violet.

Tanner Dotzauer grew up near the smell of salt water in Edmonds, Washington, but has been a self described “Thorpian” for the last nine years and has come to love the wind swept Kittitas Valley in eastern Washington. It was through the process of receiving his undergraduate degree in urban planning from Huxley College of the Environment that he realized the importance of connecting people with place and the value of historic downtowns. Since moving to Thorp, Tanner has become very active in his own community by purchasing and living one of its historic downtown building, being on the board of the Thorp Mill Town Historical Society, acting as the coordinator of the Thorp Grist Mill and writing the National Historic Register Nomination for the local elementary school. Tanner completed his Masters in History from Central Washington University in 2010 and recently received his Washington State Teachers Certification for secondary level social studies. He looks forward to helping the next generation of young people to learn to love the places they live through the lens of history.

Megan Duvall is the Historic Preservation Officer for the City/County of Spokane. Prior to taking on her current role in Spokane in 2014, she spent nearly fifteen years as the Certified Local Government (CLG) Coordinator and the Survey Program Manager for the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) in Olympia. During her tenure at DAHP, she helped double the number of participating communities in the CLG program from 25 to 50, was a key figure in helping to develop DAHP’s WISAARD system, and helped implement the online entry of Historic Property Inventory forms. A native of Spokane, she graduated with a Fine Arts undergraduate degree from Washington State University with an emphasis in painting and studied preservation at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia where she earned a MFA in Historic Preservation. She spent a couple of years as the Executive Director of the Enumclaw Downtown Partnership before taking the position with DAHP. Megan is happily married to her husband Lindsay and couldn’t be prouder of her two children, Peyton and Ryder – together, they are loving their 1926 Craftsman Bungalow on Spokane’s South Hill.

Mark Hannum, Treasurer, has been at HomeStreet Bank for almost 18 years in the position of Senior Loan Officer. Mark grew up in Colorado where he was exposed at an early age to preservation. His father, a preservation architect was project director for Historic Denver. Mark spent summers working on old houses and other adaptive reuse projects, most notably the Molly Brown House. After moving to Seattle in 1989, he continued his love for preservation and architecture by serving for the Columbia City Landmarks review committee, being a founding member of the Rainier Valley Historical Society and serving two terms on the Southeast Seattle Design review board. Most recently, he completed service on the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board where he was chair. He and his two big dogs live in a 1908 house he is currently restoring in the Mt. Baker neighborhood of Seattle.

Ryan Hester, initially motivated by the world’s most extreme rollercoasters, began his career as a structural engineer with Martens-Chan and AHBL in Seattle. Over an 11-year timeframe, Ryan’s career focused on a broad range of detail-intensive healthcare, commercial and historic preservation projects. Ryan was appointed by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels to the Pioneer Square Preservation Board, and elected by his peers to the Chairman position in 2012. Ryan has continued to lead the design review process for the District during its greatest period of growth since 1889. During this time, Ryan has led or contributed to design review on the King Street Station restoration, Johnson Plumbing Building restoration, Smith Tower renovation and 200 Occidental new construction. Now a Senior Project Engineer at Sellen Construction in Seattle, Ryan manages the site and technical logistics for a variety of notable Seattle-area projects, specializing in the more structurally-complex and historic preservation designs. When he is not involved in the Seattle design or construction community, Ryan enjoys golf, working on his 1967 mustang, and volunteering in the Seattle community.

Douglas Ito, AIA, Immediate Past President, is a graduate of the University of Washington and joined Stickney Murphy Romine in 1996, becoming an Associate Principal in 2009. The architecture firm has extensive experience in historic preservation, historic tax credits, and adaptive re-use of historic structures. Doug’s architectural background is in adaptive re-use of historic properties and also has extensive background in the design of mixed-use buildings and is actively involved with the niche market of artist live-work housing developments. Douglas was appointed to the Pioneer Square Preservation Board in 2003 and was elected board chair in 2007 through the end of his term in February of 2010. He currently serves on the board of the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle and King County.

David Johnston has worked in historic preservation for the last 25 years, rehabilitating historic buildings as an owner, commercial real estate agent, and asset manager. In that time, he has worked to place 11 building successfully on the National Register of Historic Places. David also has his own small non-profit, Skipping Stone Foundation, which creates new programs for existing non-profits. These new programs are often artistic, intuitive, inspiring, and are born out of a process of collaboration and brainstorming with the groups he works with. The people that are served by the new programs are helped in many different ways, and the goal is that their self-esteem is increased and they understand and experience the benefit of interdependence. David is a board member of Sustainable Connections, a progressive business member organization working and promoting local businesses and sustainable practices. David is a photographer and loves trying to capture and share interesting angles of perspective. He lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his brilliant and beautiful partner Moriah, and their new baby daughter Kaila Cedar.

Kevin Kane is an architect and founding principal of SHKS Architects in Seattle, a practice focused on the renovation and reuse of historic buildings and sites. With degrees in architecture, art history, and graphic design from Evergreen and the University of Washington (UW), Kevin brings an inquisitive and innovative approach to his work and involvement with the Washington Trust. He has taught design and drawing at the UW, illustrated and co-authored the textbook Statics and Strength of Materials for Architecture and Building Construction, and chaired the UW Architecture Department Professionals Advisory Council. As a part-time resident of Roslyn, Kevin is an active volunteer in the revitalization of its historic downtown, a designated Washington State Main Street Community. He has taken an active role in the rehabilitation of several buildings in Roslyn, including the Northwest Improvement Company Building in downtown.

John Lantz has a long history of corporate, entrepreneurial and community involvement with a special affinity for historic preservation. He earned a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from University of California at Berkeley. John held executive positions with Weyerhaeuser Company, General Electric and IBM. In 1979 he joined The Lucks Company and retired in 2007 as President and Grand Strategist of Lucks Food Decorating Company in Tacoma which manufactures edible cake decorations sold worldwide. While deciding not to pursue a degree in architecture, John always has been interested in building and house design, especially older structures, and the concern that we need to preserve our past. John serves on the Board of Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance which is the Main Street organization for Gig Harbor. One of the focuses of Main Street is historic preservation which he fully supports. John enjoys skiing, kayaking and adventure travel. He is a long time resident of Raft Island with his wife Pat who is a former State Representative.

Paul W. Mann has been involved in historic preservation for almost thirty years. He has renovated three historic homes and participated in two large renovation projects in partnership with Wells and Company of Spokane. He is a founding Director and current Board President of the Friends of the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens. He has been an active member of Spokane Preservation Advocates, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, and the Spokane Garden Club. For the last five years he has served on the Board of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. He chaired the finance committee working to bring the National Preservation Conference to Spokane and currently serves as co-chair of the local conference planning group. He attended the National Trust’s Leadership Training in 2009. Paul is currently serving as board President.

Rob McCoy has been involved in historic preservation since studying Historic Resource Management at University of California, Riverside. Throughout his graduate education he interned and volunteered at institutions, agencies, and companies that focused on cultural resource management and historic preservation. After graduating, Rob worked as an adjunct instructor and as a consultant on a number of historic preservation projects. Since 2004, he has been an assistant professor position at Washington State University, teaching public history to undergraduate and graduate students, with a significant portion of his teaching focusing on historic preservation and cultural resource management topics. His primary areas of research and teaching are public history, Native American history, and Progressive Era America. In addition to teaching, he has also continued to consult as an architectural historian. Rob has also served as an appointed member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, chaired the committee that wrote Pullman’s Certified Local Government ordinance, and briefly sat on the Pullman Cultural Heritage Commission.

Patrick T. McCutcheon, President, began his career as an archaeologist in 1997 at Central Washington University (CWU), having completed a graduate degree in archaeology at the University of Washington. His interest in the built environment had not matured at this point; he admits that he saw buildings more as archaeological sites of the future! Because his teaching requirements in the Anthropology Department at CWU included working with graduate students in the Resource Management Program, he was exposed to cultural resources of all kinds. This experience, in combination with his time on Washington State’s Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, helped him develop a much broader appreciation for historic preservation. As an anthropologist, he is deeply committed to understanding what makes us unique as human beings and how our uniqueness varies across our state and region. He has noticed over the last eight years that people who value our history crosscut our state’s geographic and cultural barriers. To see advocates, proponents, and property owners get behind preserving a historic building or site is truly inspiring. Their deep appreciation for the efforts of historic preservation practitioners motivates him to try to do more to teach people about the value of historic preservation.

Councilmember Joe McDermott, a King County Councilmember since 2010, Joe spent a decade in the Washington State Legislature, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate. As a Councilmember, McDermott serves as an ex officio member of the 4Culture Board of Directors. Joe’s path in life was influenced in 3rd grade when he read “Arthur Denny’s Dream,” leading him to major in History (and Political Science) at Gonzaga University and spend seven summers while in the Legislature working as a tour guide for Bill Speidel’s Underground Seattle Tour. Joe’s current preservation interests include Mukai Farm & Garden on Vashon Island and the Alki Homestead in the Alki neighborhood. Joe and his husband Michael, a filmmaker, live in West Seattle. Among his community involvement activities, Joe is on the Advisory Board for the Highline Historical Society and Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Gary McLean is an attorney, currently serving as the hearing examiner for multiple jurisdictions throughout Washington. His chosen profession allows him to apply the mantra drilled into his outlook on life by high school literature teachers: “Know your own postmark.” The more you learn about and understand the history, significant sites, and experiences unique to your neighborhood, region, and your state, i.e. your “postmark”, the more fulfillment and connection you will feel with where you’ve been and where you are. A native of the South, Gary moved to Washington in the late 1980s, following graduation from Vanderbilt Law School. He began his practice with a large Seattle firm which provided exposure to some of the history and current issues facing our region. Through the 1990s and until 2010, he worked for several Washington jurisdictions, serving as City Attorney and City Manager, where the full menu of community issues was on order, every day, without interruption, working with community leaders to maintain, enhance or create a “place” to be enjoyed by generations to come. With a father who is an avid railroad history buff, Gary has a private tutor regarding bridges, passes, tunnels, and legends that make Washington special. He enjoys free time on Puget Sound, crabbing, biking, cooking, and sipping Washington wines. Who doesn’t?

Paul Parker has spent over 30 years in and around state legislatures, here in Washington and his native state of Michigan. He has worked as committee staff and lobbyist, and taught public policy at The Evergreen State College. His policy experience lies primarily in land use, natural resources, energy, and transportation policy. While Assistant Executive Director for the Washington State Association of Counties in 2005, he worked with the Trust to win the initial funding for the historic county courthouse program. A planner at heart, he has lectured extensively on the Growth Management Act and has been project director twice for the Washington Transportation Plan (WTP), the statewide long-range transportation plan. WTP 2035 looks at transportation as a means (not an end) to sustainable communities, strong economies and a high quality of life. Paul and his family live in Olympia on the edge of the historic Bigelow Neighborhood. A graduate of Detroit Public Schools, he attributes his love of cities and their history to his childhood in Detroit. In addition to a BA in American Cultural Studies from Michigan State University, he has a JD and MPA from the University of Washington.

Alanna Peterson practices government, constitutional, and appellate litigation at Pacifica Law Group LLP. She helps public, private, and nonprofit clients navigate a wide variety of issues, particularly those involving the political process, environmental and land use law, and nonprofit governance. She is passionate about preserving the spaces that sustain and enrich our communities, whether it’s the built environment or natural landscapes. She promotes conservation and stewardship efforts in this region through her involvement in the Recreation and Conservation Office’s Land and Water Conservation Fund Advisory Committee, Forterra’s Regional Leadership Council, and King County’s Land Conservation and Preservation Plan Advisory Group. She also supports the legislative advocacy efforts of the Washington Trails Association, a non-profit organization committed to preserving hiking trails and wilderness areas in Washington State. Alanna received a B.A. from the University of Southern California in Gender Studies and English Literature and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. Alanna is a lifelong Washingtonian and enjoys reading short stories, spending time with family, and getting lost in the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest.

Clare Petrich currently serves as a commissioner for the Port of Tacoma, and she is a small business owner with strong ties to Tacoma’s maritime heritage. She is co-founder and chair of the Commencement Bay Maritime Fest, and she is deeply involved in maritime heritage research. Clare serves on the Joint Municipal Action Committee, Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, the Youth Marine Foundation, the Flood Control Zone District Committee, and the Washington Council on International Trade. She is a past president of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Economic Development District Board and continues to serve on this board. She is also a past president and secretary for the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle. Previously, Clare also served a term as the board president of the Tacoma Historical Society. Clare is a graduate of Manhattanville College in New York and received her master’s degree from the University of Virginia.

Steve Stroming is a Senior Project Manager and Director of Commercial/Renovation Preconstruction Services at Rafn Company with some 33 years construction experience. Over the past 23 years at Rafn, Steve has become an expert at estimating, consulting on, and constructing numerous restoration, renovation, and seismic retrofit projects in the Seattle area. Steve’s passion for renovations and seismic retrofits began with the adaptive reuse of Seattle’s Coliseum Theater for the Banana Republic flagship store in 1994. Other favorite landmarked buildings Steve has worked on include the Cadillac Hotel, Camlin Hotel, Trinity Parish Church, Washington Hall, Bethany Church on Queen Anne, and the PACCAR IMAX Theater at the Pacific Science Center. Steve graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Architecture. He and his family and the dog live on Tiger Mountain near Issaquah, which also places him close to the mountains for skiing, hiking, and paragliding adventures.

Marie Strong learned to appreciate the sense of community and belonging a great neighborhood can convey early in life, having grown up in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood. An early member of Allied Arts of Seattle, she began to understand architecture and the importance of preservation through the organization’s efforts to save Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square. Her first-hand knowledge of the preservation process and her success as liaison between the past and present are a result of her time serving on Historic Seattle Foundation Board (2003-2007), the City of Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board (2007-2014), Harvard Belmont Landmark District Review Committee, and the King County Historic Preservation/Programs Special Task Force (2012). As a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain since 1997 specializing in historic homes with a special focus in the Harvard Belmont Historic District, Marie serves as a resource for those wanting to update their homes while retaining historic integrity.

Mary Thompson became a partner at Artifacts in 2013, after a 30-year career in historic preservation, community revitalization and cultural resource management. Her public sector and non-profit career includes serving as Washington State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) from 1992 until 1996, as interim director of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, and as Program Director of the Washington Centennial Commission. She arrived in Olympia in 1984 to create the state’s new Downtown Revitalization Program, which brought the successful Main Street Approach to over 40 communities in Washington. Prior to moving to Washington State in 1984, she worked in Indianapolis revitalizing historic neighborhoods as Executive Director of the Riley Area Revitalization Program, Neighborhood Program Manager for Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, and Preservation Planner for the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. Mary taught Historic Preservation Planning and Historic Preservation Public Policy at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. She is a Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a board member of the National Main Street Center. Mary graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Urban Studies. She and her husband, Dick reside in Olympia.

Susan White is a returning member of the Board, delighted to come back and serve while enhancing her passion for historic preservation and being a voice for its positive effect on communities, culture and history. She first developed a passion for preservation when she was a City Council Member with the City of DesMoines, and was extremely enthusiastic about our own historic park, Des Moines Beach Park. With some federal seed money and a great cheering squad between preservationists and our community in Des Moines, the park was elevated to National Register status and is still working towards rehabilitation of its historic buildings. Recently Des Moines finished a wonderful renewed historic auditorium, which is now a destination place in South King County. For Susan, there is nothing quite like good historic preservation, its positive effects on a community, and its enhancement of economic vitality. Enough will power, good organization, and great people can do so much to preserve historic treasures, and Susan’s enthusiasm and commitment to preservation is a passion she happily pursues. She also currently serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Historic Preservation.

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Directors meets quarterly, in various locations around the state. The Executive Committee, consisting of officers and at-large members, meets monthly.