Meet the 2019 PTN Board Candidates

Meet the 2019 PTN Board Candidates

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Rory E Brennan

BWA, Inc

Brattleboro, Vermont

James "Rusty" Brenner

Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC & Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC

Dallas, Texas

Robert Mosco

Mosko Cemetery Monument Services

Hanover, Pennsylvania

Jane Griswold Radocchia

Jane Griswold Radocchia Architect

Bennington, Vermont

Amanda Starcher Warren

quercus alba Preservation & Consulting Services

Cadnler, North Carolina

Bob Zoni

Bob Zoni Inc.

Hamden, Connecticut

 

Rory E Brennan

BWA Inc.,Battleboro, Vermont

Tell us why you would like to serve on the PTN Board of Directors:

n the PTN Board of Directors Being that I have been a practicing tradesman for the past 35 years,I have a wealth of knowledge to offer in terms of education and skill. I have taught at several early IPTWs gatherings plus a steady diet of workshops for the past 30 years. The importance of traditional trade training is critical to preserving historical buildings. More than the specific mechanics, the attitude for preservation should be encouraged. The motto from one of my workshops for the National Park Service: Maintenance is Preservation.

Biography:

Since 1986, Rory Brennan has concentrated on the conservation and repair of historic plasters and the preservation of skills and techniques needed to work in historic materials, in the most exacting of client environments. His business, Preservation Plastering and BWA, Inc., specializes in the re-creation and restoration of lime plasters, renders, washes, and the replication of original lime or gypsum ornamentation. The goal is to train people to repair, restore, and preserve the integrity of existing historic flat wall and ornamental plasters.

I've attended the following IPTWs:
  • 1997, Frederick, MD
  • 1998, Gaithersburg, MD
  • 1999, Gaithersburg, MD
  • 2000, Harrisburg, PA
 

Jame "Rusty" Brenner

Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC & Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC, Dallas, Texas

Tell us why you would like to serve on the PTN Board of Directors:

As I have discussed with several current board members of PTN, I am interested in serving on the PTN Board of Directors for many reasons including engaging with a network of tradesmen, furthering the mission of PTN, and personally and most importantly helping to build communities by educating others.

As a cemetery conservator, I've had the privilege of working on countless projects to preserve and restore cemeteries in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana that hold historic and community significance. Most people think only of a cemetery as a city of the dead, however it is a place that holds an endless wealth of knowledge about our past and answers to our questions of where we go in the future. I believe it was Isaac Newton that said, "We stand on the shoulders of giants," although taken out of context here and in most cases, I feel it is an utterly profound statement as it pertains to the significance of historic places and structures. We should strive to learn from the knowledge of those that came before us and PTN is an organization that strives to build on that knowledge and understanding, the craftsmanship of those "giants." In a world where new and shiny is all the rage, it is important to recognize of the foundation of the past on which we stand today. The projects I have been involved with over the past 22 years have shown me that historic places and structures can bring communities together and build pride in the good and the bad of where we have been and show us where we can go as a community. The preservation trades are a noble undertaking and PTN should be proud of the place it holds in our broader community.

PTN is a network of individuals that I would like to be more involved with as a board member to help me accomplish my personal goal of sharing and giving back to individuals and communities that have given me the opportunity to develop a craft that only a few have taken the time to hone.

Although I have attended only two IPTWs since becoming a member of PTN, I have on many occasions passed on the knowledge I have gleaned from the workshops put on fellow members of PTN. The knowledge I have gained at the IPTW events has given me a unique perspective and basis of knowledge that has allowed me to aid clients and prospective clients in their ventures to preserve historic place and structures. My knowledge and enthusiasm in the preservation trades helps me communicate the benefits of utilizing preservation craftsmen and their skills to accomplish the client's goals in preserving their historic structures.

In short, PTN brings preservation trades craftsmen together in a way that is both beneficial to the public and to craftsmen and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the organization and the Board of Directors of PTN.

Biography:

James "Rusty" Brenner is the owner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC and Cemetery Preservation Supply LLC. Rusty founded Texas Cemetery Restoration in 1997 from his love of history, cemeteries and preservation. He later formed Cemetery Preservation Supply in 2012 to bring quality preservation products to the trades and the public.

The mission of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC is to provide exceptional preservation services to cemeteries in Texas and beyond through the conservation of historic gravestones. TCR also utilizing state of the art technologies including GPS, Ground Penetrating Radar, drones, laser scanning and GIS software to help cemeteries better catalog and access their historic artifacts. Cemetery Preservation Supply is an online marketplace for customers to buy quality products to be used in the safe cleaning and preservation of historic structures and features including gravestones and architecture structures.

Brenner has helped plan and coordinated projects like the cleaning of over 5000 Veteran headstones at Stones River National Cemetery, all performed by volunteers. He has worked with FEMA and the NPS as an instructor on several Cemetery Preservation Workshop in Texas after Hurricane Harvey. He has also taught numerous cemetery preservation workshop for the Arkansas Preservation Program, many Texas County Historical Commissions, and at Kalaupapa National Park in Hawaii teaching undergrad and graduate students, NPS staff, Conservation groups and the general public best practices in gravestone conservation.

Rusty is a member numerous preservation and conservation organization including PTN, APT-Association for Preservation Technology, AIC-American Institute for Conservation, AGS-Association for Gravestone Studies, Texas Cemeteries Association, Southwest Monument Builders Association, and PAAC-Preservation of African American Cemeteries.

Rusty is a dedicated craftsman and advocate for the preservation of historic cemeteries in Texas and around the region and is committed to educating the public on the best practices of cemetery and architectural preservation.

I've attended the following IPTWs:
  • 2013, Frederick, MD
 

Robert Mosco

Mosko Cemetery Monument Services, Hanover, Pennsylvania

Tell us why you would like to serve on the PTN Board of Directors:

he Preservation Trades Network is supposed to be a network of professional tradesmen that come together to promote their trade and as well as each other. It was founded on the principles of professionalism, integrity, genuine professional skills, and the in the best interest of those who seek out trade or specific services and skills.

With hectic schedules and full schedules it is easy to lose focus on networking, craftsmanship as well as our membership. Not only do we need to be able to respond to each other, but to better respond to those seeking particular skills and services and direct them the closet most cost effective resources and individuals and businesses that can provide those services.

With consumers wanting the most amount for the least amount of cost, and most preservation projects going to the cheapest bidder, it is imperative that as a Preservation Trades Network, that we actually physically net work and provide the consumer with a professional that is highly skilled, experienced and in the closest proximity to them so that they are not paying more in 'travel fees' than they should. I want to put the Network back into The Preservation Trades Network and assure that all the trades get equally promoted and recognized and make our members feel that they are.

Biography:

Robert Mosko is a third generation stone mason with a Masters Degree in Historical Preservation. He is the founder and owner of Mosko Cemetery Monument Services which has been in practice since it was founded in 1998. Robert specializes in the study of American Cemeteries, their history, landscape, design, lay out and hardscapes. He has successfully conserved and preserved more then 80 cemeteries and more than 7,000 gravestones and monuments. Extensive documentation on pre and post conservation/preservation treatments have been completed along with long term preservation and maintenance plans.

In addition to being a member of the Preservation Trades Network, Robert is also a member of the Association for Gravestone Studies, as well as a member and standing board member for the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites. He has also sat on the advisory board for the Maryland Office of Cemetery Oversight for the Cemetery Preservation Prisoner Inmate Program as well as for Preservation Alliance for the Preservation of Baltimore's Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

Robert just doesn't teach and talk about cemetery conservation and preservation, he practices and promotes it.

I've attended the following IPTWs:
  • 2007, Frederick, MD
  • 2011, Lancaster, PA
 

Jane Griswold Raddochia

Jane Griswold Raddochia Architect, Bennington, Vermont

Tell us why you would like to serve on the PTN Board of Directors:

1 - I am willing to serve on the Board, to give time, thought, and energy to help PTN flourish.

2 - I have read the by-laws and mission statement - the whole website, actually.

3 - I like PTN: I like the diversity of knowledge and craft we bring to our workshops. I like that we welcome others, no matter what their background and skill level. We welcome them when they show up at our presentations and when we socialize.I want that acceptance to stay an important part of PTN's culture.

4 - My background may be useful to PTN. You know me as a Geometer - I have given Practical Geometry presentations at PTN for 4 years. I am also an old house architect. I have worked closely with many crafts people to repair homes for families. I have run my own office since the 1970's. That means I don't know a lot about bureaucracies. This may be a detriment.

I would like us to share information about PTN more clearly and widely than we do now. Specifically, we need to post more information sooner before our annual workshops for people who are curious, not yet members. I want them to feel welcome too and plan to come. I am willing to help make this happen.

Biography:

I'm an architect. I take care of ordinary houses, not museums.I became an architectural historian as I learned on each job new details about how a house had been built and how we could restore it. I am still learning. I wrote about vernacular architecture and technology for the local newspaper, 200+ columns over 10 years. Now I focus on Practical Geometry. - my 'preservation trade' is Practical Geometry. Hands on, yes, but not often seen as a traditional craft, or even one people recognize as a skill.

I have been a member of the Timber Framers Guild and the Vernacular Architecture Forum. I have watched them function. I am involved with various historical societies and museums. I serve on town boards.

My resume is on my website: www.janegriswoldradocchia.com.

The 3 paragraphs below are specific to PTN.

4 years ago IPTW read my presentation application and took a chance on me.

When I gave my first PTN Workshop I was welcome, not an outsider who had to prove that I was good enough. No one said I was imagining this way of designing and measuring, laying out a frame. You tried using a compass and asked good questions. You gave me excellent feedback. Then you said, "Come again!"

So, I researched, studied my craft, practiced how to give a better workshop, and came. Again, I was supported. The third year you asked me to mentor. This year that mentee was my assistant. Next year he will give his own presentation. This is good stuff. I want to help it continue. I want this welcome to be for every presenter; for visitors who listen, watch, and try their hand in a workshop; for the staff who make the workshops possible. I know this doesn't just happen. It takes thinking and planning. It takes organizing.

I've attended the following IPTWs:
  • 2015, Burlington, VT
 

Amanda Starcher Warren

quercus alba Preservation & Consulting Services, Cadnler, North Carolina

Tell us why you would like to serve on the PTN Board of Directors:

I would like to serve on the Board of Directors for many reasons. One of my main visions for PTN is to further our involvement in trades education. I would love to see more outreach to schools that offer traditional trades education and advocacy assistance for schools that are struggling to retain or grow those opportunities. I attended a local community college that, at the time, offered a traditional carpentry and cabinetmaking program- but a few years after I left that school stopped offering those courses and instead shifted to construction management and related courses. Gone were the courses that put tools in the hands of students, replaced with estimating software and workplace management. I feel that both tracks have a place and fill a need, but without trained and skilled people actually performing the work our community now lacks people to actually do the work. I see this everywhere. PTN has the ability to reach out to communities like my own and guide the conversations we need to have to bring the traditional trades training back. I have myself worked in the construction industries for nearly 20 years now, starting as a lowly assistant in new "fast and cheap" construction (that didn't last long) to working as the site superintendent for the massive restoration of a state historic site after a terrible fire. I now do a variety of consulting projects and am working to build a wood window restoration business. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve PTN and continue the great work that this organization that I love does. I would love to see our own networking continue to grow and for us to keep sharing all the amazing opportunities that are available and share our own expertise with one another.

Biography:

My career started, in of all places, the theater. I started college as a theater major and very quickly realized that it wasn't the theater that I loved, it was designing and building. After a grueling summer doing stock theater I knew that I did not want to work in theater but I did love working with my hands. I got a part time job working for a local contractor while taking a semester off, but his ethics were questionable, and I left that job when he asked us to build something that was blatantly unsafe. During my last semester of college I enrolled in night school at a local community college taking carpentry and cabinetmaking from two "old school" instructors. My carpentry instructor was a third generation carpenter and still had a contracting business. He hired me directly from the first class because he "liked that way I naturally held a hammer". From there I slowly worked my way through new construction and ended up working on older and historic structures. I fell in love with this field the day I held a hand-wrought nail made by slaves in Alabama named Lev and Griff Borders. I still have that nail. When it sits on my desk it just looks like some old nail... but when I hold it I am holding a humbling piece of history. Today I still do occasional work on large projects but as I've gotten a little older I am transitioning to restoring windows. I also consult on numerous projects, anything from materials identification, preliminary surveys for historic significance, and more.

I've attended the following IPTWs:
  • 2007, Frederick, MD
    • 2011, Lancaster, PA
     

    Bob Zoni

    Bob Zoni Inc, Hamden, Connecticut

    Tell us why you would like to serve on the PTN Board of Directors:

    I have been with PTN since the beginning. So I know the ins and outs and how everything works. Due to my many years I have come to know practically every member of PTN and therefore feel I could be a leader. My dedication to the trades and my interest in the organization could make me a good board member.

    Biography:

    Bob Zoni has been involved in the slate roofing business for over 25 years. He has been apart of the PTN family since 1997. He has worked on historical buildings and traveled as far as Europe to learn the trade well.

    I've attended the following IPTWs:
    • 1997, Frederick, MD
    • 1998, Gaithersburg, MD
    • 1999, Gaithersburg, MD
    • 2000, Harrisburg, PA
    • 2001, Brooklyn, NY
    • 2002, Fairmont, WV
    • 2003, Columbia, MD
    • 2004, Mobile, AL
    • 2005, St. Clairsville, OH
    • 2006, New Orleans, LA
    • 2007, Frederick, MD
    • 2008, Barre, VT
    • 2009, Leadville, CO
    • 2010, Frankfort, KY
    • 2011, Lancaster, PA
    • 2012, Charleston, SC
    • 2013, Frederick, MD
    • 2014, St. Clairsville, OH
    • 2015, Burlington, VT
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