PTN Board
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PTN Board 2013

Amy McAuley

Amy McAuley - Portland, Oregon

Amy McAuley is the owner of Oculus Fine Carpentry, Inc. Started in 2002, Oculus specializes in the conservation of historic windows and doors. Notable projects include the Pioneer Courthouse, Fort Dalles, Heceta Head Lighthouse, and Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon, one year of post baccalaureate work in Architecture at Portland State University and 17 years of on-the-job experience in historic structures. Her emphasis is in working with traditional tools and techniques to conserve and build sash for historic structures. In Oregon she focuses on 19th and early 20th century buildings. She has demonstrated widely throughout Oregon and teaches yearly at the Pacific Northwest Field School run by the University of Oregon.

Andy Roeper

Andy Roeper - Lyndeborough, New Hampshire

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.

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.

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

Sam Newton - Dothan, Alabama

Sam Newton's preservationist training began with conducting historic district tours, docenting at house museums, archiving 400 year old court records, and sharing tantalizing ghost stories with eager visitors on dark damp nights, at old cold buildings (in full costume). That led to board and trustee positions with preservation and grant funding organizations (in business suits), and to evaluating water damage and counting the rodent population in unrestored properties (well-worn jeans, work boots, a very heavy flashlights in one hand, and a clip board in the other). She has graduated from the Leadership Training Institute of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and was selected this year for their first Capstone Experience program. Her state requires continuing professional education for historic preservation commissioners; most recently she has taken classes offered by the National Alliance of Historic Preservation Commissions and the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. She resides in the south-eastern-most corner of Alabama with a retired military (West Point/Army/Air Force) high-tech guru (Cornell/private sector) husband, and a very large family (inherited) white poodle, who barks with a decidedly lady-like southern accent upon the arrival of guests.

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.

 

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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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