Expected Exhibitors for 2016
2016 Conference Presenter Biographies
“This Place Matters” Conference Presenters:
Jared is the Supporting Land Use Attorney at the LUSD Law Clinic. He was born in Wheeling, WV and was raised in Leesburg, VA. He holds degrees from The Catholic University of America – Columbus School of Law, the University of Hawaii, Manoa (Masters) and West Virginia University (undergraduate). Jared is an AICP-certified planner and his background includes work as a local government planner and as a planning consultant.
Doug is Rural Tourism Specialist at West Virginia University in the Community, Economic & Workforce Development (CEWD) unit of Extension Service. He is responsible for developing and delivering rural tourism development services and in doing so works collaboratively with the team of Extension professionals to promote sustainable development of tourism businesses in West Virginia. Duties entail development of proactive applied research, teaching, and service programs in tourism development including significance of rural tourism, planning and managing rural tourism, rural tourism business opportunities, marketing, and economics of tourism.
Charlie is currently employed by Hampshire County as their Building Code Official, Floodplain Administrator, Planning Compliance Officer, and Historic Landmarks Director. He also serves as Floodplain Administrator for Tucker County, and the Towns of Bayard, Capon Bridge and Hendricks. Charlie is the Chair of the West Virginia Floodplain Management Association and was also 2014 West Virginia Floodplain Manager of the year, and is a Certified Floodplain Manager with the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Along with government work and farming he also has a firearms business which has sales, and is certified as a NRA Basic Pistol, Advanced Pistol in the Home, and Refuse to be a Victim Instructor as well as a Range Safety Officer. He attended West Virginia University and graduated in 1996 with a degree in Recreation and Parks Administration.
Martha has been involved in trails for many years; initially as Program Administrator and Director for WV Scenic Trails Association, then as Grant Administrator for the Historic Theatre and New Deal/CCC Trails with Preservation Alliance of WV. Ballman is still active with heritage tourism development projects. She is currently developing an entity to "showcase" traditional artists for visitors and travelers through collaboration with bus tours, conferences and event planners. She is active as a board member for Preservation Alliance of WV, FOOTMAD (Friends Of Old Time Music And Dance) and Kanawha Historic and Preservation Society and serves on the Steering Committee for the Advocates for a Safe Water System. Ballman resides in South Charleston, "Someplace Special"!
Craig is a practicing structural engineer, working exclusively in historic preservation. He holds undergraduate degrees in civil engineering and architecture, a graduate degree in structural engineering, all from Georgia Tech, and now lectures in the Clemson / College of Charleston joint program in historic preservation. For the past 26 years, Bennett has led the evaluation and repair of a number of historic structures, covering most areas between New Orleans and Washington DC. Bennett is president of Bennett Preservation Engineering PC in Charleston, SC and considers it a privilege to work on some of our nation’s most cherished structures
Prior to joining WVU in 2008, Jenny served as the Executive Director of Main Street Laurens, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 economic development organization in Upstate South Carolina. Under her direction, Laurens received over half a million dollars in grants and programming. Jenny also served as a Design Services Consultant with South Carolina Downtown Development Association in Columbia, South Carolina where she developed computer-generated renderings of historic building facades while assisting in design-related issues (signage, streetscape/green space development, and master planning) across the state. Jenny designs and teaches classes in Public History and Cultural Resource Management. Her areas of strength include historic preservation, community revitalization and partnerships.
Jessica specializes in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) at Region VII Planning and Development Council. Jessica received her Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering Technology in 1999 from Fairmont State University. In 2007, she completed her Master’s Degree in History, as well as a graduate certificate in Cultural Resource Management, from West Virginia University. Jessica is currently a PhD candidate in GIS and Historical Geography at West Virginia University. While Jessica’s responsibilities center on managing and maintaining GIS data and mapping services for relevant projects at Region VII, she also has a background in engineering, design, construction management, historic preservation, grant writing and heritage tourism. Jessica has not only enabled Region VII to start providing GIS and mapping services, but her background allows for an approach to project development that is wide-ranging and diverse.
Peter is the Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, School of Design and Community Development, West Virginia University. MLA (2001, Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University), BLA (2000, Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University, BA (1992, English-Creative Writing with French minor, University of Wisconsin-Madison). Peter joined the WVU faculty in 2008. His research interests include cultural landscape research and planning; community design process; industrial landscape reclamation and interpretation; and design studio pedagogy. His research projects include cultural landscape inventory, analysis and treatment; visualization; brownfields reclamation; land use planning; historic transportation corridor planning; and participatory design methods.
Daniel was hired as President and CEO of Historic Savannah Foundation in December of 2008. He came to Savannah after serving nearly 18 years in various field positions at the National Trust for Historic Preservation from Charleston, South Carolina to Fort Worth, Texas.
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Daniel worked in state and local government in Kentucky before joining the National Trust. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Western Kentucky University. He also earned a certificate in law and public policy from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Daniel leads a strong organization in Historic Savannah Foundation with a seasoned staff of 8, a board of 25, a membership of over 700, and an annual budget of $1.2 million. HSF is proud of its outstanding museum—the Davenport House, its nationally recognized Revolving Fund, and its strong educational and advocacy programs.
For more than 60 years, HSF has been a recognized leader in the preservation movement and Daniel is working to take it to the next level.
Ashley is the Code Official for the City of Summersville. He has previously worked for the City of Charleston and Greenbrier County in code enforcement for nearly 14 years. Mr. Carr is also a licensed West Virginia contractor, Building Construction Supervisor, and Housing Quality Standards Inspector. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.
Todd was formerly the Deputy Director for the Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD); here, he oversaw all federal and state-funded community development programs, including CDBG, ARC, Main Street, HOME housing rehabilitation and Enterprise Zones.
In 2003, Governor Mark Warner awarded Todd the Governors Agency Star, annually awarded to one state employee who exemplifies commitment to the agency mission and customer service.
In 2010, he was appointed as the first
Executive Director of the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage
Foundation and Friends of Southwest Virginia. The Foundation is tasked
to facilitate the future development of a creative economy in the 19
county region of Southwest Virginia. Part of his responsibility was to
oversee the development and construction of Heartwood, Southwest
Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, a 29,000 SF showplace of the region’s
crafts, music, food and culture.
Todd works daily on the mission of using the regions natural assets in order to create a better quality of life for people and committees throughout of the region. Todd has been involved with the revitalization of more than 40 downtowns in Virginia and now works extensively with the communities of Southwest Virginia to help them transform their downtowns into cultural centers and to restructure their economies through entrepreneurial development and a focus on their quality of life. He has assisted in the transformation of Southwest Virginia downtowns including Floyd, Galax, Marion, Rocky Mount, Damascus, Dungannon, Haysi, Clintwood, St. Paul, Cleveland, and the City of Norton.
He played a founding role in the development of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, and was an integral part in the founding and development of ‘Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network. He is currently involved in the development of a similar initiative for outdoor recreation in Southwest Virginia, entitled Appalachia Spring. The Foundation has recently completed a yearlong effort to brand Southwest Virginia as a distinct region and national destination.
Katherine is the Director of the Land Use and Sustainable Development (LUSD) Law Clinic. She is a native of Kansas City, MO and attended the University of Missouri in Kansas City and Vermont Law School. Katherine began her career in federal and local government with a specialization in environmental issues. She then continued her focus on local protection of natural resources as an Assistant Professor of Law and Staff Attorney at the Land Use Clinic at Vermont Law School.
Mike started his own consulting practice in 1984 and works on a wide range of historic preservation projects for many types of clients. He is fully versant in interpreting standards for the rehabilitation of existing and historic buildings, and meets the Secretary of the Interior's professional qualifications for Architectural Historian as outlined in 36 CRF 61 through the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, State Historic Preservation Office. This certification assures that the Gioulis firm is qualified and has a background in the performance of historic preservation in accordance with specified standards. Mike's expertise includes rehabilitation projects, master plans, building analyses, design guidelines, tax credit applications, Section 106 proceedings, National Register nominations, historic surveys, and grant applications and management. He has been the Design Consultant to the Main Street West Virginia Program since 1988. His Main Street services relating to design assistance programs for downtown structures have resulted in over 1,000 individual design projects, as well as numerous workshops, committee trainings, resource team visits and technical assistance responses. Multiple entities and individuals consult with Mike for his professional expertise in all phases of historic rehabilitation.
Jeanne’s responsibilities on the Morgantown Historic Landmark Commission include grant writing/management, and collaborating with faculty and students in the WVU Public History Program. She is an NPS 36 CFR 61 historian and her company, GranJean Research and Consulting, has served as a historic preservation consultant in West Virginia and Maryland. Grimm and her staff developed HPIs for downtown Shinnston, WV, and Surrey School, Moller Apartments and Washington Cemetery in Hagerstown, MD. They wrote National Register nominations for Downtown Shinnston, East Wheeling, The Ridge and Old Town Districts, the Graham Building and the Marshall House in New Cumberland, the Greenmont Neighborhood, Morgantown and the Water Street District, Oakland, MD. Grimm and her team facilitated two public planning forums for historic resources in Elkins, WV and performed an intensive historic survey and recording of the Morgan Shirt Factory in Morgantown before it was razed. Grimm wrote three articles for the West Virginia Encyclopedia, six articles for the History of Wetzel County and co-authored Generation of Growth: a Contemporary View of the West Virginia University School of Medicine.
Sonja graduated from Longwood in 1991 with a B.S. in Anthropology. The summer before graduation, she worked as a survey archaeologist in the Sierra Nevadas of northern California. After graduation, she began working for a cultural resource management firm on a village on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania and continued to work in the CRM field for ten years in the Mid-Atlantic, the South and Puerto Rico where she was able to participate on many significant archaeological sites including Sandt’s Eddy, Nina Plantation, Playa Chiva, 46HY89 and in the mogote caves of Puerto Rico.
Between 2000 and 2006, Sonja worked as a Land Preservation Planner for Loudoun County, Virginia and Frederick County, Maryland while studying geography at George Mason University. She also did a short stint as the Associate Director for the Eastern Office of the Archaeological Conservancy.
While completing her Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland, Sonja worked as a Historic Preservation Planner for Frederick City and served on the local Historic Preservation Commission. In 2008, Sonja began the position of Field Representative for Preservation Virginia- Virginia’s statewide historic preservation organization. In this position, she assists individuals and organizations by providing educational and technical assistance and advocating for the protection of Virginia’s irreplaceable historic sites. Two recent Preservation Virginia projects she has been involved with include the Tobacco Barns Program and the Rosenwald Schools Program.
MICHAEL & CARRIE KLINE
Michael Kline and Carrie Kline are folklorists and oral historians who have devoted much of our joint career to the preservation of local voices and memory in the service of cultural heritage tourism. Our most notable of many "spoken history" projects is a seven-part series of full-length CDs exploring memory and connection along the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike, from its prehistoric beginnings as Indian trails across the Allegheny Mountains, through the American Civil War and Reconstruction, the coming of automobiles, the Great Depression and Roosevelt Era, as well as the industrial revolution and the opening of the oil and natural gas fields. The series, commissioned by the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation and the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Alliance, involves 100 recorded voices of local residents and historians, more than fifty local musicians, and a backdrop of sounds recorded on sight along the 200-mile turnpike connecting the Valley of Virginia with the Ohio River. With the completion of the road in 1847 just four years before the opening of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the scene was set for the onset of the Civil War, just thirteen years later. The series, "Voices Along the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike," was years in the making, and casts light on the history and development of the Allegheny Region and points West
Michael and Carrie Nobel Kline operate Talking Across the Lines: Worldwide Conversations, LLC, a folklife documentary consulting and production firm. They seek to give voice to a wide range of views on historical and current events, documenting people of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds through broadcast quality audio recordings and still photography. The Klines record stirring oral testimonials with folk artists and share intimate stories and musical performances through engaging CDs and books which carry listeners into private and sacred spaces. Conducting broad-based community oral history and folklife projects, the Klines weave quilts of truths gathered from varied sources.
The Klines weave West Virginia stories and folklore with spine tingling harmonies on voice and guitar. They live and breathe Appalachian music and culture. Their voices carry the songs with truth and authenticity. The Klines present their music both as entertainment and social history, with engaging ease and hard-hitting passion. They have spent years recording music and spoken narratives from Cherokee, North Carolina throughout the southern coalfields and mountainside farms of Kentucky and West Virginia into Pennsylvania's anthracite country. They have documented southern mountain experience and music in industrial cities from Cincinnati to New England.
The Klines' high mountain harmonies meld with
their intertwining bass lines on two guitars, with Michael's melodic
flat-picking and Carrie's rhythmic backup. They have performed in Italy,
Germany, and across the United States in living rooms, and concert
halls, prisons to picket lines from Maine to Ohio, New York City and
Washington, D.C., Wisconsin and California. To hear them and be
encouraged to join in on a chorus is to be transported to a country
church, a primeval forest, a coal miner's picket line, or grandma's
kitchen. From songs such as Walk with Granny One More Time, to The Coal
Tattoo, all of them wrapped in a patchwork quilt of vivid images, the
Klines evoke emotions that touch the soul. Kitchen songs. When they
sing, you can smell the biscuits baking. The Klines' CDs featuring
regional history, music and folklife are generally on hand, including
five of their own music and duet singing, Eyes of a Painter, Patchwork,
Damp as the Dew, Working Shoes and Wild Hog in the Woods.
Hunter, a native West Virginian, is a consulting archaeologist and historical interpreter. His career has been wide ranging, and his writings on America’s past span topics from ancient Native Americans to Kentucky moonshine stills. A lifelong student of the Civil War, he is the author of Rebels at the Gate: Lee and McClellan on the Front Line of a Nation Divided, a History Book Club main selection. He guides visitors from around the world on tours of the Civil War drama that forged West Virginia.
Nicole is an AmeriCorps VISTA with the WV Community Development Hub where she coordinates the Abandoned Property Coalition, a network of individuals, organizations, and communities that work together to develop statewide solutions to abandoned and dilapidated property. Driven by a personal interest in the revitalization of America’s once-thriving industrial centers, Nicole came to West Virginia in 2014 to serve as an AmeriCorps with the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia.
THOMPSON M. MAYES
Tom is Vice President and Senior Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and has specialized in both corporate and preservation law since he joined the National Trust in 1986. He is the author of many articles relating to, and has lectured widely on, preservation easements, shipwreck protection, historic house museums, the Americans with Disabilities Act, preservation public policy, and the importance of old places. For many years, he taught historic preservation law at the University of Maryland Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize in Historic Preservation in 2013, Mr. Mayes authored a recent series of essays titled Why Old Places Matter. Mr. Mayes received his B.A. with honors in History in 1981 and his J.D. in 1985 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University.
CATHERINE V. MOORE
Catherine is a writer and independent producer based in Fayette County, West Virginia, whose work has been published by theOxford American, VICE, Yes!, the Virginia Quarterly Review, various public radio stations across the U.S., and on the BBC. She is secretary of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum and co-founder of the Paint Creek Audio History Project. More info at beautymountainstudio.com.
John is Professor of Civil Engineering and Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs a research program in historic masonry structures. He is the author of more than 30 technical papers on the mechanics of traditional structures, and a monograph titled Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010). He has won numerous awards for his research on historic structures, including a Fulbright scholarship to Spain (1999), the Edoardo Benvenuto Prize from Italy (2002), the Rome Prize in Historic Preservation (2007), and a MacArthur Fellowship (2008). Ochsendorf earned a B.Sc. in structural engineering and archaeology from Cornell University, an M.Sc. in civil engineering from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in structural engineering from Cambridge University in England. He is a partner in the engineering firm Ochsendorf DeJong and Block (www.odb-engineering.com) Ochsendorf is a native of Elkins and he was recently featured in the West Virginia Public Broadcasting series "Inspiring West Virginians." http://wvpublic.org/post/john-ochsendorf-accidental-professor
David is a native of southwest Virginia, where his family has resided in the region of the New River Valley and Blue Ridge Plateau going back to the late 18th century. He has coursework in Appalachian Studies and anthropology at the University of Kentucky, with a degree in Appalachian Heritage Resources from Radford University. Rotenizer is currently the tourism development manager of the Division of Tourism & Film with the Franklin County Office of Economic Development (VA).
He has served environmental and tourism capacities with several agencies, including: director of Environmental Conservation, Montgomery County (VA); director of Tourism, Carroll County (VA); and director of Tourism, Martinsville-Henry County (VA).
Rotenizer served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA participant assigned to the Carroll County Office of Economic and Education Development, where he targeted community capacity building through tourism and historic preservation. In 2014-2015, he served as a site supervisor for an AmeriCorps position through Preserve WV AmeriCorps in partnership with the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia.
David has a background in oral history, including “Oral History of the Prater Farmstead at the Head of Rough and Tough Creek in Floyd County, Kentucky” and “Oral History of the Butcher/Coulter Farmstead on Shanty Branch of Powell’s Mountain in Nicholas County, West Virginia.” Through the University of Kentucky, Department of Anthropology and the Center for Developmental Change in partnership he conducted oral history/ethnographic research in a rural farming community in Powell County, Kentucky, which also included cultural landscape studies and related research.
He has been involved with national register nomination projects including: the Martinsville Speedway, Otter Creek Site - A Late Woodland Hamlet along the Blue Ridge escarpment; Carter Hydraulic Water Ram System; Childress Rock Churches Thematic Rural Historic; multiple-resource nominations in Montgomery County; and the Hillsville Downtown Historic District. Rotenizer has been involved with several downtown revitalization efforts, most notably the Hillsville Downtown Revitalization Project.
In 2003, the Preservation Alliance of Virginia [now Preservation Virginia] recognized Rotenizer with the statewide Historic Preservation Award with presentation by now vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine. David is a member of Lambda Alpha (national anthropological society). The Virginia Research Center for Archaeology [now Virginia Department of Historic Resources] recognized him three consecutive years for volunteer contributions to Virginia archaeology. He has been recognized for contributions to the Martinsville, VA Main Street Program.
From 2013-2015, Rotenizer served as extension agent in community with West Virginia State University where he was assigned to Raleigh County in partnership with the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority. As an agent, his areas of specialization were historic preservation and tourism development. Rotenizer collaborated with the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia and the National Coal Heritage Area. Rotenizer coordinated Bridges to the Past: Historic Preservation Initiative that covered four southern West Virginia counties. He also coordinated the Helen preservation project which focused on the preservation of that property. He served on the Raleigh County Historic Landmarks Commission. He is a former member of the PAWV board of directors.
David has extensive background in festivals and cultural heritage trail development including - the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail; the Wilderness Road: Virginia’s Heritage Migration Trail, the Franklin County Moonshine Fest; the Bedford-Franklin Heritage Trail; the Barn Quilt Trail of Franklin County; the Carroll County and Franklin County Agricultural Fairs; and Fiddlin’ on the Lot.
Rotenizer has a strong background in archaeology. He has undertaken fieldwork throughout nine states the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley regions on a variety of site types and levels of investigations. Employers include a number of private sector, government and universities. Rotenizer served on the staff of the Program for Cultural Resource Assessment at the University of Kentucky. He was the site manager of the West Virginia Division of Culture & History’s Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex from 2009-2013.
Kyle is currently completing his M.A. in Public History and certification in Cultural Resource Management at West Virginia University. Kyle actively works with the Morgantown Historic Landmarks Commission in aiding with writing grant proposals, completing survey work, and completing National Register Nominations. When not in Morgantown, Kyle works for the National Park Service as a historian at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Middletown, Virginia. Kyle aids in planning, conducts interpretative programs, documents historic features within the park, and assists in landscape preservation initiatives. Kyle also served on the Historic Preservation Commission in Stephens City, Virginia during the 2015 fiscal year. Upon graduation in 2017, Kyle hopes to work full time with the National Park Service or another landscape preservation organization.
Kelli became interested in historic preservation and the wider field of public history while growing up in a Route 66 community in California. In 2014, she completed a Graduate Certificate in Public History at Texas State University. She had previously received an MA in Museum Studies and a PhD in American Civilization, both from Brown University. Her doctoral dissertation was titled, “Saving Suburban Sites and Rescuing Roadside Relics: The Historic Preservation of the Recent Past through Adaptive Reuse.” Over the years, Kelli has served as a volunteer, intern, student employee, or staff member at multiple public history institutions (from a town heritage society and a regional museum to a metropolitan preservation organization, an archive, and an academic center devoted to public history).
In August 2015, Kelli became the 2015-2016 Preserve WV AmeriCorps member at the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia. Kelli is thankful for the opportunity to help preserve and revitalize the Mountain State's historic built environment and to promote its significant cultural heritage. Some of Kelli's projects for the year include expanding the WV Historic Theatre Trail, working with the Endangered Properties Program, and assisting in planning the 2016 statewide preservation conference.
Lynn is the Statewide Field Services Representative for the Preservation Alliance of WV. Lynn attended West Virginia University and is both a Summa Cum Laude graduate and Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Scholar. Stasick holds a Masters degree in Public History and a certificate in Cultural Resource Management. In addition, Stasick has also gathered credits toward a PhD in Appalachian economic and social history and has worked for the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia since 2009.
David (Ph.D. Kansas, 2008) is an associate professor in the Department of History and director of African and African American Studies at Marshall University. Dr. Trowbridge has authored several articles on African American history in leading academic journals and is completing a book on the experiences of African Americans in the Great Plains. A leading advocate of the potential of free and low-cost educational materials, Dr. Trowbridge is the author of A History of the United States a collegiate textbook published under a Creative Commons license. He is also the creator of Clio, a free website and mobile application that connects thousands of people to information about nearby historical and cultural sites.
Jamie is currently the Supervising Archaeologist of the Wheeling office of Archaeological Consultants of the Midwest, Inc. He studied history and archaeology at Marshall University and has over 28 years of experience in the Cultural Resource Management field in 14 states.
His areas of expertise include Archaeological Phase I, II, and III investigations, cemetery recordation and documentation, lithic and ceramic analysis, field methods, historical research, and report preparation. Mr. Vosvick also has a vast amount of experience with Public Education and Consultation, Cultural Resource Management Plans, Tribal Consultation, National Register Assessments and deed research. Mr. Vosvick manages a project from its inception with client consultation, fieldwork strategies, report preparation, and SHPO consultation to bring a project to a close.
Richard was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. He spent 26 years in the Marine Corps, retiring as a Major in 1998. He has been a long time student of the American Civil War especially as it relates to West Virginia. Rick is associated with the Clarksburg Civil War Roundtable, Morgantown Civil War Roundtable, and is President of Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation. He is a volunteer on the Civil War Task Force, for West Virginia’s Division of Tourism, which is responsible for West Virginia Civil War Trails. In June 2009 he was appointed by Governor Manchin to The West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. Since retiring, from the Marine Corps, he has worked in the Information Technology field with The Department of Justice. In December 2013, he retired from Lockheed Martin. Rick is author of a book in the Images of America Series titled West Virginia in the Civil War.
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