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The Cleveland Restoration Society has a highly educated, well-trained, and dedicated professional staff. Most of the staff have advanced degrees and many receive regular training from a variety of sources, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Kathleen H. Crowther President
For over thirty years, Kathleen has been the lead professional at CRS, and has grown the organization into a stable, influential, and relatively large NGO that is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Cleveland’s landmarks and neighborhoods. CRS, a member of the National Preservation Partners Network is known nationally as an exemplary local preservation organization with innovative programming.
Thomas Jorgensen Chief Operating Officer
Tom joined the staff in late 2011 after being active as a Board Chairman, Board Member and Honorary Life Trustee for over 26 years. As Chief Operating Officer, Tom oversees all aspects of CRS operations with particular attention to the Heritage Home Program, budget and financial matters.
Linda Barbero Heritage Home Program Associate
Linda joined the staff as a Heritage Home Program Associate in October 2021. Through her position in the Heritage Home Program, Linda provides assistance to homeowners as they navigate the loan process, conducting site visits, and processing applications from start to completion. Linda currently serves on the Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board, and the Lakewood Historical Society Board of Trustees. Linda is a 2016 Cleveland State University graduate with a MPA & Historic Preservation Certificate.
Jessica Beam Heritage Home Program Manager
Jessica joined the staff in 2018 as an assistant in the Heritage Home Program and was promoted to Heritage Home Program Associate in 2019. She facilitates loan applications, provides technical assistance and preservation advice to homeowners. Jessica has a M.A. in Historic Preservation from Ursuline College and previously worked as a Park Ranger at James A. Garfield National Historic Site.
Scott Bubnick Heritage Home Program Assistant
Scott became a part of the staff in June 2022. As a Heritage Home Program Assistant, Scott supports homeowners by supplying program information and walking them through the initial steps of working with the HHP. Scott has a BA in History and Public History from Baldwin Wallace, and previously spent time working in the mortgage industry closing home loans.
Anne Doten Director of Development
Anne joined CRS in February 2020. In her role as Director of Development, she develops and implements fundraising strategies to secure contributed income through individual gifts, memberships, and grants. Anne has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including nearly five years at a National Historic Landmark in Miami, Florida, where she raised significant grant funding for historic preservation projects. She holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and a M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.
Abigail Enicke Heritage Home Program Associate
Abigail joined the staff as a Heritage Home Program Assistant in October 2019 and transitioned into the Heritage Home Program Associate position in January 2020. She works within the Heritage Home Program department where she helps homeowners learn more about the program and provides information about the various services available to them. Abigail has a M.A. in Public History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and previously worked as the Historic Resources Specialist for the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa.
Aaron G. Fountain, Jr. African American Cultural Heritage Fellow
Aaron joined the staff in January 2022 as the African American Cultural Heritage Fellow. Aaron’s responsibilities include researching and curating content for the Cleveland Civil Rights Trail website; conducting oral history interviews and editing them for publication; coordinating public events; and assisting consulting scholars with other project-related tasks. Aaron holds a MA in History and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in history at Indiana University. His dissertation covers the 1960s and 1970s high school student activism in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Debra Gulick Business & Accounting Manager
Debra brings over 20 years of business management experience to the organization, from the Ozanne Construction Company to the Chartwell Group. She is experienced in working with real estate accounts and handles the audits and financial reporting for CRS.
Sophia Jones Membership & Administrative Assistant
Sophia joined the staff as the Membership & Administrative Assistant in January 2022. She works within the Business and Accounting Department and the Development Department, assisting with membership, fundraising, and data reporting. Sophia previously worked with CRS as a Development & Marketing Assistant in 2019. Sophia is currently pursuing a Master of Urban Planning and Development degree with a specialty in historic preservation at Cleveland State University.
Margaret Lann Director of Preservation Services & Publications
Margaret joined the staff in May of 2013 as an assistant in the Heritage Home Program. She was promoted to the position of Manager of the Heritage Home Program in October of 2015. In August of 2017 she transitioned into the role of organizational development. In January 2020, Margaret transitioned to Manager of Preservation Services and Publications and, in January 2021, she was promoted to Director. In this role, Margaret provides technical assistance and building assessments, conducts surveys and facilitates historic designation. Margaret continues as editor of Facade magazine and has oversight over other CRS publications. Margaret holds a M.A. in Historic Preservation from Ursuline College.
Katie Leskowitz Development & Marketing Associate
Katie joined the staff as Development and Marketing Assistant in June 2019. In January 2021, Katie was promoted to her current role as Development & Marketing Associate. She works within the Development department, assisting with event planning, fundraising, and membership. Katie also assists with writing and editing grant proposals, managing our social media accounts, the monthly email newsletter, Perspectives, and our semi-annual magazine, Facade. Katie is a graduate of the Ohio State University, having earned her B.A. in History in May of 2019.
Greg Malenda Construction Specialist
Greg joined the Cleveland Restoration Society in June 2020 to work on the Dall-Mays houses and shortly after, was promoted to a seasonal Construction Specialist. In December 2020, Greg was promoted to a full-time Construction Specialist. Greg uses his practical experience to consult with homeowners who are participating in the program to answer their questions on a variety of home improvement topics, from basic maintenance to detailed project planning. Prior to joining the CRS Heritage team, Greg owned 2nd Chances Construction & Landscaping. Greg was responsible for managing and supervising all aspects of construction projects.
Jamie Miles Preservation Programs Associate
Jamie joined the staff in September of 2019 as Preservation Programs Assistant and in January 2021, she was promoted to Associate. She works with both the Heritage Home Program, helping homeowners navigate the program’s many available services, and with Preservation Services, assisting CRS’ programming and services offered to our community partners. Jamie is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University’s Art History B.A. program, and is currently working on her M.A. in Historic Preservation at Ursuline College. She previously worked as an intern for the City of Cleveland Heights’ Department of Planning and Development
Dean Pavlik Preservation Construction Specialist
Dean joined the staff in July 2015 and brings forty years of experience from residential remodeling and the construction industry to CRS. For the last fifteen years Dean worked on many historic architecture projects within the Shaker Heights area. He has worked on projects throughout all phases of remodeling and utilizes his practical experience to consult with homeowners on their technical needs in the Heritage Home Program.
Stephanie Phelps Media Relations & Community Partnerships Specialist
Stephanie joined the staff in June of 2019 as the Marketing and Events Specialist. In this capacity she increases connections to the Cleveland story via event planning and production. Bringing over twenty year experience in journalism and media, leveraging opportunities for local, regional, and national media coverage is primary to her position. She is responsible for the marketing and production of signature programs including the Community Luncheon, Celebration of Preservation and the Annual Benefit. Stephanie holds a BA in Mass Communications and Journalism from Kent State University.
Jasmine Prezenkowski Heritage Home Program Assistant
Jasmine joined the staff as a Heritage Home Program Assistant in May 2022. Through her position in the Heritage Home Program, Jasmine assists homeowners as they begin renovation projects by providing information, answering questions, and scheduling site visits. Jasmine has a M.A. in History with a focus on Museum Studies from Cleveland State University and recently, completed her graduate certificate in Historic Preservation.
Peggy Sexton Events Coordinator
Peggy joined the staff in July 2022. In her role, Peggy coordinates the annual Celebration of Preservation program, Annual Benefit, Community Luncheon, Annual Member meeting, the Sarah Benedict Circle dinner and the member SNOOP tours. She previously worked in corporate communications and non-profit development. Peggy is a graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. in Journalism.