June 2012 MAHP News

Release date: June 12, 2012

Gina DiBella, a third year MAHP student, is the recipient of a National Alliance of Preservation Commissions scholarship to attend the NAPC Bi-annual meeting in Norfolk, VA in July.  Gina is, Chair, Greece NY Historic Preservation Commission and write frequently on preservation for the local newspaper.

James Hare (MAHP 2001) has accepted the position of Executive Director, National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, headquartered in Boston, MA.  NTSF (USA) was established in 2000 as a not-for-profit organization by a group of Americans with a passion for Scotland.  Its mission is to raise funds and increase membership in America to support the properties of historic interest and natural beauty under the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

Leslie Gottert, a third year MAHP student, is living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she focuses on the historical and cultural resources of the capital region.  She writes that there are a number of international agencies working with the local government to preserve and rehabilitate historic resources, including the Goethe Institute, UNESCO, and the German development agency GtZ.

Christine Dalton (MAHP 2009) works as the preservation planner for the City of Sanford Florida.  She recently chaired the Transportation Committee for the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation for its 2012 annual meeting.  She has also recently won a Preserve America grant allowing the city to establish the Sanford Historic Preservation Lecture Series, which will bring noted regional preservation practioners to town to discuss various aspects of historic preservation.  Christine has also created a partnership between the city and Amtrak to locate over 35 wayfinding signs throughout the community featuring historic sites.

Jennifer James (MAHP 2004) has recently completed an 18 month project to survey the historic resources of the Drake (University) neighborhood in Des Moines, Iowa, where she lived for many years.  Jennifer has also contributed a number of articles and publications on preservation for the Drake Neighborhood Association's web site.

Lisbeth Cort, MAHP faculty, has opened Whidbey Island Style, an interior design consultancy that local sources artists, craftspeople, and contractors for interior design projects.  Lisbeth was formerly head of Cort Communications as well as Executive Director, Washington Trust for Historic Presea5rvtion.  She teaches Organizational Development for Preservation Nonprofits for the MAHP Program.

Julie Fry, a second year MAHP  student won the Julia Rogers (Graduate) Research Prize, Goucher College, for her paper "Preservation in Practice: Adaptive Use of Historic Buildings as Arts Facilities".