PTN Board
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PTN Board 2013

Andy Roeper

Andy Roeper - Lyndeborough, New Hampshire, President

Any Roeper has been living in and working on old houses most of his life. In 2006 he founded Winn Mountain Restorations to restore old windows (and some doors). Home and shop are based in a 270 year old connected farmhouse and barn structure which could be a life’s work in itself. He joined PTN in 2005 and had attended St. Clairsville, OH (2005), Casey Farm workshop in RI (2007), Frederick, MD (2007), Barre, VT (2008), Lancaster, PA (2011), demonstrating at all but St. Clairsville. In 2006, His work has taken him to projects throughout New England and beyond. As a direct result of demonstrating at PTN he have taught workshops at Maysville and Pine Mountain Settlement school in Kentucky as well as numerous restoration classes elsewhere. Andy is also restoring several pieces of old woodworking machinery for the shop. He lives with his wife, 4 cats and a rusty dragon (long story) in Lyndeborough NH.

Bob Zoni

Bob Zoni - Tarboro, Hamden, Connecticut

Bob Zoni has been in the restoration business for over 25 years, and worked on numerous old buildings employing much of the knowledge gained from attending many PTN events. Bob Zoni, Inc. is a general restoration contractor whose work includes, roofing, carpentry, masonry, plaster -work, painting and paint-removal, copper-smithing, leaded glass repairs and general restoration repairs. Bob also offers consulting services.

Dave Mertz

David Mertz - St. Clairsville, Ohio

David Mertz continues to serve as the director of the Building Preservation Technology Program at Belmont Technical College in St. Clairsville, OH., a post he has held since the program's inception in 1989. The Belmont Program is seen as a national model for trades-based technical education in historic preservation and has been copied across the country. Mr. Mertz has been an active participant in the development of historic preservation on a local, state and national level. He has served four years as Chair of the National Council for Preservation Education, the consortium of colleges and universities that offer undergraduate and graduate programs in historic preservation, and four years as Chair Emeritus. He served on the advisory board of the Preservation Leadership Institute of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the editorial board of Preservation Forum, the nation’s scholarly journal on Historic Preservation and has authored numerous articles in national publications relating to trades education. He has served as a board member and vice-president in both Heritage Ohio and the Ohio Preservation Alliance, Ohio’s two state-wide preservation non-profits. He is a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelors and masters degree in architecture and a certificate in Regional & Community Planning. He currently serves as architectural consultant to the St. Clairsville Board of Architectural Review and lectures frequently on technical aspects of historic preservation and community revitalization. Mr. Mertz is a third generation home builder having worked with his father and grandfather in the construction of dozens of homes in the Bethlehem/Easton, PA area and having constructed his own home. He is married to his wife Roberta, a former congressional chief-of-staff, and has two adult sons from a previous marriage.

Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart - Ghent, New York

After receiving his BA in Technical Theater, Ian Stewart spent several years as a roadie, with an abiding passion for History. In 2004 he went to work at Historic Huguenot Street as a Restoration Craftsman, it was at that time that he first became involved in PTN. He subsequently worked as a millwright/timberframer with Jim Kricker at Rondout Woodworking and as a Restoration Craftsman at Historic Hudson Valley. In 2011 he entered the Preservation Studies Program at Boston University. During that time he became involved with a project where he spearheaded the creation of a database and treatment plan for the 1400+ fragments of gravestones from 16 historic burying grounds which are owned by the city of Boston. This led him to the subject of his Master's Thesis, which is still in progress. In January of 2014 he founded New Netherland Timberframing and Preservation, a company focusing on many aspects of preservation work, including gravestone preservation.

Lisa Sasser

Lisa Sasser - Amherst, New Hampshire

Lisa Sasser has worked in preservation since 1972, beginning as a Museum Technician at the Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas. In 1977, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Texas Tech University, completing as a thesis project, a Historic Structures Report and restoration plan for a post-1680 houserow at Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico. From 1979-1984 she was employed as a Historical Architect on the Northeast Team of the Denver Service Center, the centralized planning and design office of the National Park Service. In 1984, she entered the National Park Service preservation trades training program at the Williamsport Preservation Training Center (now HPTC) in Williamsport, Maryland. After completing the trades training program, she remained on the Training Center staff as a Supervisory Preservation Specialist and Senior Historical Architect. In 1993, she became the Assistant Chief Historical Architect for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. She worked in the Northeast Region of the National Park Service as a Project Manager and Facility Management Coordinator from 1996 until her retirement from the National Park Service in August 2009. She currently provides consulting, teaching and technical services for documentation, conservation, repair and maintenance of historic structures. Lisa is a founding member and past President of PTN, and past President of the Timber Framers Guild.

Leon Steele

Leon Steele - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

After earning my historic preservation degree from Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans, I taught history of interior design at Louisiana State University with design studios spent in the field studying the design and materials of historic structures and furnishings rather than classroom exploration of fantasy projects. As the Design Coordinator for Louisiana Main Street since 2006, similar educational opportunities are employed at community levels for 37 Louisiana historic commercial districts.

Having restored two personal residential properties with historic character (a New Orleans 1870’s Victorian shotgun double of bargeboard construction, and a 1927 Craftsman bungalow in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where I currently reside) I am hoping my next project will be an historic warehouse type of building where I can develop a live-work-create space.

Peter Janko

Peter Janko - Marengo, Illinois

Historic lighting restoration actually represents my third career change. My first career was at a major accounting firm performing market share analysis of various industries and forecasting future trends within those industries. My second career change took me to a fortune 500 manufacturer of high tech communications equipment where most products were designed to military standards. The background acquired in structural and materials properties would later come to be invaluable the field of historic lighting restoration. If there was ever a field where one has to be somewhat of a "country doctor", it is historic lighting restoration. You work with materials which may not have been used for 50-75 years such as 1) different metals - sheet and cast - involving soldering, brazing, and welding; 2) a variety of plastics, glass, and crystal; 3) wood; 4) different finishes - plating and painting, spray painting and hand brush painting; 5) even fabrics; as well as 6) electrical wiring and keeping up with the latest lighting technologies and UL requirements.

Sam Newton - Dothan, Alabama, Secretary

Sam Newton started in preservation by conducting historic district tours, docenting at house museums, archiving 400 year old court records (found a deed signed by George W. when he was an Englishman), sharing tantalizing ghost stories with eager visitors, on dark damp nights, at old cold buildings (in full costume), and checking for water damage in old bank attics and unrestored mansion basements (in well-worn jeans and work boots, a very heavy rodent-whacker/flashlight in one hand, and a clip board in the other). For fun, she graduated from the National Trust’s Professional Leadership Training, their first Capstone Experience program, the National Alliance of Historic Preservation Commissions’ (summer) CAMP, the first class of the Leadership Institute of the Association of Non-Profits, and their Board Management program. (For work, there were academic degree programs at Woodbury, Harvard, and George Washington Universities.) Non-profit board activity has included an historic society, an arts council, a neighborhood association, an architectural review board, a local historic preservation commission, the Neighborhood Restoration Corporation, the National Alliance of Historic Preservation Commissions, and, since 2012, PTN. After 30 corporate transfers, Sam moved to the southeastern corner of Alabama, the ancestral home of husband John (in a 3rd career of shooting golf and skeet), where they were adopted by a very large white poodle, with a decidedly lady-like southern-accented bark.

Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson - Natchitoches, Louisiana

Graduated from Texas A&M University in 2003 with a Bachelors of Environmental Design and from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation in 2005. While a student at SCAD I came to NCPTT as summer intern and have now been here over 8 years! I completed NCPTT's Study on the Durability of Traditional and Modified Limewash in 2005 and have continued with additional testing. I have spoken on the topic at AIC's Annual Meeting, APT's Annual Meeting, Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference and several times at PTN events. I have also completed research on removing paint from historic bricks and am beginning a study comparing different types of lime for use in mortars. I have spent countless hours renovating my 1930's cottage just outside the historic district in Natchitoches, LA. I am interested in making historic buildings more energy efficient while retaining their historic fabric. Some of these things are inherent in the design and have been lost over time.

Zak Dunne

Zak Dunne - Galena, Illinois

Fifteen years ago, I started painting historic structures at night; while attending college classes during the day. I immediately fell in love with the craftsmanship that went into building these structures. The craftsmanship that is lost today; as today's buildings are only built as temporary structures. After being torn away from my education to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom, I decided upon my return that I would dedicate the rest of my career to preservation. After laboring in the field for over five years; I gained first hand knowledge on proper masonry restoration techniques. Be it lime putty mortars, working with stone patch materials, or hunting around to find the perfect brick match; I love masonry. My second love would be historic windows. I have reworked thousands of wood and steel windows on many prominent structures. Over the last six years I have acted as project manager/estimator. There have been numerous courthouse towers, train depots, libraries, a few Frank Lloyd Wright's, and other commanding structures that have won numerous awards. I do what I love, and love what I do. It's about saving these treasures so that future generation have the opportunity to touch the buildings; not just see them in pictures.

PTN Staff

Carole Briggs

Carole Briggs, PTN Attorney - Columbia , Connecticut

Carole Briggs has over nineteen years experience in commercial, real estate, construction, environmental and OSHA legal matters. She has represented private and public-sector owners and contractors in both transactions and litigation, in administrative, state and federal courts. Carole became involved with PTN as a demonstrator in 1999, at the IPTW in Gaithersburg , Maryland . Following Carole's involvement at IPTW, she became a legal representative for PTN. In 2001 her law firm handled the incorporation of PTN and became an Agent for Service. Since 2001 she has been PTN's corporate counsel.


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