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.
Jeff Murdock, Seattle
Betsy Godlewski, Spokane
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Nancy Ousley, Seattle
City of Kenmore
Ginny Butler, Spokane
Immediate Past President
Holly Chamberlain, Vancouver
The Historic Trust
Student & Young Professional Board Member
Teresa Bendito, Yakima
Central Washington University
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.
Teresa Bendito is a student at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. For the past two years, she has served as a community organizer for The Trust for Public Lands in Wenatchee, working to renovate Kiwanis Methow Park, a small neighborhood park in the City of Wenatchee’s southern end. Towards this end, she founded Parque Padrinos, a 120-member community and neighborhood stewardship group with the goal of creating community ownership of the park. She also serves as President for the Community for the Advancement of Family Education (CAFE), registering new voters at community events across Wenatchee. Teresa was a Washington Trust PreserveWA Fellow in 2019, wherein she attended the National Main Street Conference in Seattle.
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 works as a Historic Preservation Specialist for the City/County of Spokane. He graduated with an MA in History from Eastern Washington University, where he also completed a two-year graduate assistantship at the Washington State Archives’ Digital Archives. 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 works 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, Immediate Past 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.
Kelly Clark holds both an MBA and a law degree from New York University. As founder and CEO of KWClark Executive Consulting, she works to provide advisory services and long-term strategic thinking to organizations seeking to improve performance. For 18 years, she worked for Carnival Corporation/Holland America Group, overseeing ethical, environmental, and regulatory compliance across the company. With nearly two decades’ experience in maritime law, executive leadership, and strategic planning, she’s excited to help the Washington Trust launch the new Maritime Washington National Heritage Area which brings together stakeholders from across the region.
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, Vice President, 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. While working for the City of Walla Walla as a GIS Utility Specialist, he was active in volunteering with the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation. He now serves as a Senior Engineering Technician with the City of Vancouver, Washington. 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.
Ryan Hester, initially motivated by the world’s most extreme roller coasters, 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. During this time, Ryan 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 Preconstruction and Technical Design Manager for Amazon, Ryan also enjoys golf, working on his 1967 Mustang, and volunteering in the Seattle community.
As a graduate from the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Architecture, with studies at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Versailles, France, Matt Inpanbutr has more than 15 years of experience in architecture, concentrating on design, documentation, and construction administration of commercial and public existing buildings, including historic properties. In his capacity as Principal at SHKS Architects, he has worked on such award-winning preservation/restoration projects as the Washington State Legislative Building, Lake Wilderness Lodge, and Bellingham Federal Building. He also serves on the City of Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board.
Claudia Kiyama, an architect and historic preservation consultant living in Langley, holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía in Mexico City. She partnered with the Washington Trust to survey Latino heritage sites across King County for the Revisiting Washington heritage tourism site and volunteered with the Ballard Historical Society for the “Mapping Historic Ballard” project, surveying historic structures in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. She has lectured publicly on diversity in historic preservation, including at the 2018 RevitalizeWA conference and most recently for a 2019 presentation with the Tacoma Historical Society. As a member of 4Culture’s Beyond Integrity team, Claudia works to identify inequity in current preservation processes, engage local decisionmakers in embracing new standards, and foster stronger voices for advocates throughout the region.
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.
Elizabeth Morrier McGree comes from four generations of Yakima Valley hop farmers. She is Vice President of Morrier Ranch, the Morrier family’s hop farm which produces numerous award-winning hop varieties. As Vice President of JEM Development Real Estate, Inc., she leads a team that leases custom office spaces and manages hotels. She oversaw the development of the historic Hotel Maison, a former Masonic temple listed on the National Register of Historic Places. She is also extremely active in the community, sitting on boards for Washington Tourism Alliance, Heritage University, Washington Hop Commission, and Yakima Tourism Board.
Jeff Murdock, President, 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 is an urban planner with a background in meaningful public involvement, active transportation advocacy, and placemaking. A former PreserveWA fellow, Anneka is especially passionate about opportunities to tell diverse community stories through place-based storytelling. After working for the Office of Historic Preservation at the City of Tacoma, she now works for Stepherson & Associates Communications, a firm that specializes in community involvement for large public infrastructure projects. A fourth generation Washingtonian, she holds a BA in History from Bard College and an MA in Community Planning from University of Washington Tacoma.
Nancy Ousley, Treasurer, 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.
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 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 is a small business owner of Petrich Marine Dock, with strong ties to Tacoma’s maritime heritage. She served for 24 years on the Tacoma Port Commission and led efforts to establish the Northwest Seaport Alliance with the Port of Seattle. Co-founder and former chair of the Commencement Bay Maritime Fest in Tacoma, Clare currently serves on the Youth Marine Foundation, the World Affairs Council, and Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. She is also president of Tacoma Sister Cities and Washington State Representative for Sister Cities International. She is a past president of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Economic Development District Board and secretary of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle and Sister Cities International. Previously, Clare was 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.
With a Ph.D. in History from the University of Washington, Raymond Rast is an Associate Professor of History at Gonzaga University in Spokane. His scholarship focuses on tourism, mobility, social and cultural diversity, historic preservation, and “sense of place” in the modern American West. He also serves as a current member of the Spokane Historic Landmarks Commission and Latinos in Heritage Conservation. He has written several National Register and National Historic Landmark nominations and has also worked directly with the National Park Service in various consulting roles, including serving as the lead historian for NPS’s Cesar Chavez Special Resource Study which led to President Obama’s creation of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in 2012.
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 nonprofit 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 live on Decatur Island.
David Timmons has been interested in all things historic since a young age, when at 16 years old he was the youngest charter member of the Livingston County Historical Society in his hometown of Howell, Michigan. He holds degrees from Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University, with majors in Parks and Recreation and Community Development and minors in Criminal Justice and Economics. With a 43-year career in municipal management, David spent 20 years as the City of Port Townsend’s first City Manager before retiring in 2019. David is also a long-standing member of the International City Management Association and was awarded the 2018 Award of Excellence by the Washington City Management Association.
Dr. Stephanie Toothman retired in June 2017 as Associate Director of Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science after 39 years with the National Park Service. In May 2018, she returned to NPS as a Special Assistant to the Acting Associate Director under a special appointment authority for retired employees whose skills and knowledge can continue to benefit the NPS. Before serving as Associate Director, Stephanie was the Chief of Cultural Resources for the Pacific West Region and also served as Regional Historian and Chief of Cultural Resources for the Pacific Northwest Region. She entered the NPS as a historian with the National Register of Historic Places and spent two years with the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service before it was folded back into NPS in 1981. Stephanie brings a multi-disciplinary perspective to resource management, with degrees in American Studies from Smith College and American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. She received the Distinguished Service Award in 2017.
A Principal with Coughlin Porter Lundeen in Seattle, Bryan Zagers’ interest in historic structures started during his research into the behavior of steel-brick masonry infill buildings while obtaining his Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In his 23-year career in structural engineering, he has specialized in historic renovation projects, investigating historic buildings to find their inherent strengths and to reuse old materials and reduce the impact of structural/seismic interventions on the historic fabric of the building. He has helped to preserve some of Seattle’s most iconic structures, including Smith Tower, Washington Hall, Cadillac Hotel, and MOHAI. Bryan chairs the statewide committee of structural engineers that focuses on existing buildings.
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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