2023 Board of Directors Winter Election

2023 Board of Directors Winter Election


PTN is happy to announce we received three (3) applications for the 2022 Board of Directors Fall Election. There are three (3) open seats. Kayla Guidry has stepped down from the board and we thank for her time served on the PTN Board of Directors. Filling the other two openings will allow us to operate at full strength during this period of activity preparation for IPTW 2023 and design/creation of our new website.

To vote in the election you must be a current member of the Preservation Trades Network. Your email address is required to verify current memberships. Vote yes or no for each applicant and there is an option to write in a name if you choose. Bios and statements from the applicants are listed below and on the election form. 

Click HERE to vote in the election!




Jeff Larry (Maryland)

I'm relatively new to PTN having only attended my first IPTW event in 2018 but I am a firm believer in the value of preservation trades and the sharing of knowledge to a younger generation. In the early days of establishing my preservation business, I hired graduates from Mary Washington College for the summers of 1998, 1999 and 2000 in an effort to show them the value and joy of a career in the preservation trades. At President Lincoln's Cottage I began a summer program that hired interns in 2010, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021. This is a particularly exciting time to be involved with the preservation trades. I'm excited by the efforts of the folks at the Campaign for Historic Trades. Even the National Trust for Historic Preservation is doing some interesting work on the trades side with their "Lead the Change Case Study Explorer" It is a site that "offers a directory of crowd-sourced preservation case studies on a variety of preservation project types in a searchable format. The Lead the Change Case Study Explorer is a crowd-sourced centralized database that features short-form case studies across a wide range of preservation projects, subjects, and themes." How cool! So, I would like to join the Board to help figure out where PTN best fits into these new efforts and can lead in other efforts to share knowledge, expand the work force and perhaps become a resource for homeowners looking for preservation trade information and contractors.

Bio: Jeff started his career as sole proprietor of a restoration business in Burlington, Vermont soon after receiving a BA in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College in 1996.  After moving to Washington D.C in 2004, he worked with a contractor on the exterior restoration of President Lincoln's Cottage and then, as a sole proprietor, completed projects on several local historic homes and sites, including the Decatur House and the south porch of The Old Naval Hospital. Jeff joined the staff at President Lincoln’s Cottage as the site was preparing to open in January 2008. He is tasked with the administration of the preservation department which includes either doing or supervising the ongoing preservation and restoration at the site. In addition to his work at the Cottage, Jeff uses his preservation and project management skills to bring improvements to his community in Baltimore.  He serves on the Board of the Charles Village Community Foundation, an organization that provides grants for groups and individuals whose projects will enhance the neighborhood’s quality of life; he is the Vice President of the Friends of the 26th Street Corridor, a community lead organization that worked with the city to successfully turn a portion of 26th street into a park and now manages and maintains the space; and he is a member of the community library's facilities committee where he has performed pro-bono preservation work, developed a cyclical maintenance plan and managed numerous preservation projects to the slate roof, brickwork, interior surfaces, and gardens. 

I've attended or presented at these past IPTW:  2022 - St. Clairsville, 2018 - Frederick, MD

John McRitchie (Scotland)

I want to restore great buildings across the globe, build friendships and teach woodcarving.

Bio: Heritage Carpentry and Joinery Lecturer, John set up MTC Artisans otherwise known as McRitchie Traditional Carpentry in 2010 to help the construction industry cope with the demand for sympathetic traditional building repair work, discreet traditional building upgrades and increase the variety of existing traditional skills training programs in Scotland.  He has a great passion and appreciation for traditional craftsmanship and works closely with governing bodies to revive some of the traditional wood trades that are in great danger of being lost.  He established a Sash and Case Window Restoration course, which is aimed at homeowners and contractors, at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust, which is based in Charlestown, Fife. He has also lectured in traditional building crafts for Savannah Tech USA and York University and taught HNC Construction Management for The University of the Highlands and Islands, Perth. John received his Master Craftsman certification from HRH Duke of Rothesay in 2010 and was awarded Fellowship status at The Institute of Carpenters, London in December 2012.

I've attended or presented at these past IPTW: 2019 – Stirling, Scotland

John Rodgers (Missouri)

Previous and current board experience, wanting to jump in headfirst into the organization.

Bio: Born and raised in Florida, John Rodgers graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with degrees in environmental science and management, then joined the desk side of preservation in 2007 as a Main Street Manager and Downtown Development Director in South Louisiana. While working to restore his own properties, word started to spread and it became a hobby, then a side job, then a second full time job. John founded Phoenix Preservation, with the bulk of work at the time being traditional plaster repairs. Windows quickly became the primary focus. The company and family relocated to Northwest Missouri in 2019 and they are now strictly doing window and door restorations and new wooden storm window builds, in addition to being a distributor for both Sarco and Abatron. Currently serving as a commissioner of the Saint Joseph Landmark Commission, as well as on the Board of Directors for Missouri Preservation and the Window Preservation Alliance.

I've attended or presented at these past IPTW:  None yet, but looking forward to it!

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