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.
Holly Chamberlain, Vancouver
The Historic Trust
Alanna Peterson, Seattle
Pacifica Law Group
Paul Parker, Olympia
Washington State Transportation Commission
Ginny Butler, Spokane
Student & Young Professional Board Members
Patrick Hanley, Walla Walla
City of Walla Walla
Hannah Allender is an associate designer at SHKS Architects in Seattle, a practice concentrated on sustainable renovation and reuse of historic buildings and sites. Prior to joining SHKS in 2010, she earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon. Focused on the adaptive reuse of community buildings, Hannah’s projects have included work at the Pike Place Market, the Phinney Neighborhood Association Brick Building, the Northwest Improvement Company Building in Roslyn, the Bellingham Federal Building, the recent renovation of the Seattle Public Library Lake City Branch, and have received awards from Historic Seattle and the AIA Washington Council. As an exceptional communicator and creative designer, Hannah leads public visioning workshops for community spaces and contributes to the Trust’s Youth Heritage Project and RevitalizeWA. She is also a talented artist, continuously finding ways to incorporate her passion for sketching and painting into her work.
Kalpa Baghasingh is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a dual masters degree in Architecture and Urban Planning, and with a specialization in Preservation. Since joining Schooley Caldwell in 2011, Kalpa has provided project management, architectural design, feasibility and planning studies, document production and construction administration services. She is an expert on Historic Tax Credit projects and Historic Structure Reports. She has worked on a variety of building types and, with a background in urban planning as well as architecture, she is able to provide a holistic and contextual approach to design, whether it is interior renovation, master planning or both. Kalpa is passionate about preserving historic buildings, and is a founding board member of the non-profit group Young Ohio Preservationists, which has received national acclaim for its work. She calls herself an “accidental artist” and finds making clay pottery therapeutic. She loves to travel to lesser known places and is a sucker for handwritten letters.
Ginny Butler, Secretary, 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 a 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.
Logan Camporeale is a broadly trained public historian living in Spokane, Washington. He recently graduated with an MA in History from Eastern Washington University, where he also received his BA in History. During his time at EWU, he completed a two-year graduate assistantship at the Washington State Archives’ Digital Archives. He now works at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture as the Volunteer Coordinator and Lead Interpreter in Historic Campbell House. Logan was involved in an effort to create a Local Historic District in Browne’s Addition, meeting with stakeholders and canvassing the neighborhood seeking community feedback. He is also interested in storytelling in our ever-changing digital environment. He has collaborated on historical live-tweet events and Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, is a contributor to SpokaneHistorical.org, and blogs at TheLocalHistory.com. His recent research on segregated housing policies in mid-century Spokane property documents was featured in the Spokesman-Review. Logan loves long walks and picnics in hundred-year-old cemeteries, and when he is not doing that boring history stuff, he is fishing, hiking, biking, or snowboarding.
Gideon Cauffman grew up in Sequim, Washington. He is a member of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and began his career in archaeology in 1996 at the Sequim Bypass Archaeological Site. He later earned a BA in Anthropology from Washington State University and an MS in Resource Management from Central Washington University. He was an archaeologist for the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Yakama Nation where most of his work was on the lower Columbia River. While at Yakama Nation, he assisted with US prosecutors during a site looting case. He completed the nomination of Tamanowas Rock to the National Register of Historic Places while working for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. He lives in Oak Harbor, where he provides oversight to city undertakings and permitted projects as the staff archaeologist for the city. He also serves as Tribal Gaming Commissioner and grant reviewer for No Child Left Inside.
Holly Chamberlain, President, is a returning board member whose nearly 40 years in historic preservation officially 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 for-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. She switched sides of the country to pursue an MA in American Civilization from the George Washington University in DC. She currently lives and works in Vancouver, Washington, as a cultural resources consultant and worked in many capacities for Portland’s Architectural Heritage Center from 1996-2018. Volunteer stints have included service on the Governor’s Advisory Council and the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission (as a founding member) and as a judge since 1999 for the SW Washington National History Day competition.
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 windswept 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 in one of its historic downtown buildings, serving 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 learn to love the places in which 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.
Betsy Godlewski is a returning board member and has been interested with historic preservation since she was a small child growing up in the South. Her early career as an exploration geologist brought her to the Pacific Northwest, where the historic architecture, particularly the Art Deco style, continues to fascinate her. As Development Director of the $31 million capital campaign for the renovation of the historic (Art Deco) Fox Theater in Spokane, she secured Save America’s Treasures and National Endowment for the Arts grants for the theater, and was instrumental in bringing the Historic Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits to the renovation, marking the first time of the NMTC’s use in Spokane. Betsy served on the Spokane City/ County Historic Landmarks Commission (1992-1997) and on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation board (2011-2016). Betsy has been Development Director at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture for the past six years..
Patrick Hanley is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a degree in Geography and a GIS certificate. He now works for the City of Walla Walla as a GIS Utility Specialist. His interest in historic preservation began during his internship for the City of Cheney, where his supervisor was a key figure in many of the local preservation groups. Patrick was involved in nominating the Cheney High School/School House Lofts for the SHPO Sivinski Award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Rehabilitation, and his senior project was nominating a local house for the Cheney Historic Register. Recently, Patrick has been focusing on his new job, but is working to become more involved with the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, and continuing his education in historic preservation.
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.
John Lantz has a long history of corporate, entrepreneurial, and community involvement with a special affinity for historic preservation. He earned a BA from Stanford University and an MBA 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, 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 longtime 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 30 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.
Patrick McCutcheon, Immediate Past 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, has 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 third 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 and Garden on Vashon Island and the Alki Homestead in the Alki neighborhood. Joe and his husband Michael, a filmmaker, live in West Seattle. Joe also serves on the Advisory Board for the Highline Historical Society and the 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?
Jeff Murdock holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He obtained a Master of Architecture degree from University of Washington and is completing a Master of Science degree in architectural history and theory with a certificate in historic preservation. Jeff served on the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board between 2011 and 2017 and was an active member of the Architecture Review Committee. While working at the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Jeff completed original research and assisted with design alterations and the maintenance of historic properties in the forest. Jeff has rehabilitated and adapted several small historic buildings and is an enthusiastic advocate for vernacular architecture, in particular the modest and rural structures that make up the majority of the Pacific Northwest built environment. As a designer, preservationist, and investor, Jeff’s experience has taught him that owning a historically significant resource is an opportunity with unique and irreplaceable potential, not a hindrance to development.
Anneka Olson, a 2017 PreserveWA Fellow, is delighted continue her contribution to the Washington Trust by joining the Board of Directors. She has a background in non-profit program management, active transportation advocacy, and placemaking. Anneka is especially passionate about opportunities to connect cultural and architectural preservation through place-based storytelling, new public spaces, and innovative community engagement. She currently works for the City of Tacoma’s Office of Historic Preservation and has been a team member on the Prairie Line Trail Interpretive Project. She is also a part of the UW Tacoma MA Community Planning program, where she researches community self-determination and the equity implications of historic preservation law.
Nancy Ousley is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Kenmore, home of historic Saint Edward Seminary. She previously managed community development programs for the Washington Department of Commerce (where she was involved in creating the Historic Courthouse Program), the City of Seattle, and King County. She earned a Bachelor’s degree with distinction in sociology from Washington State University and a Master’s Degrees in public administration and social work from the University of Washington. She also received a certificate in business incubator management. Nancy serves on the board of directors of Isle Royale Families and Friends Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural resources of Isle Royale National Park. A native of the Palouse hills of Whitman County, she and her wife live in a 1939 bungalow in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.
Paul Parker, Treasurer, 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, Vice President, 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 BA from the University of Southern California in gender studies and English literature and a JD 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 back country of the Pacific Northwest.
Clare Petrich currently serves as a commissioner for the Port of Tacoma and is a small business owner with strong ties to Tacoma’s maritime heritage. Co-founder and chair of the Commencement Bay Maritime Fest, 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, on which she continues to serve. 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 firsthand 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 BS in urban studies. She and her husband Dick reside in Olympia.
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.
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