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Staff

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
(216) 426-3105

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
(216) 426-3108

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.

Frances Bachman Development & Events Assistant
(216) 426-3117

Frances joined the CRS staff as the Development & Events Assistant in March 2023. She works within the development department, assisting with event planning, fundraising, and membership database management. Frances holds a B.A. in both Chemistry and English Literature and formerly conducted research in mother-infant bonding at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She has extensive volunteer experience in fundraising and event planning and has served on the board of several nonprofit organizations.  

Linda Barbero Heritage Home Program Associate
216-426-3111

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.

Christian Capretta Heritage Home Program Associate
216-426-3103

Christian joined the staff in March 2024 as a Heritage Home Loan Associate. Through his work with the Heritage Home Program, Christian assists homeowners through the initial application process, and works with clients, contracts, and banks to continue the application and loan processes to completion. Christian graduates from Case Western Reserve University in May 2024 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Anne Doten Director of Development
(216) 426-3109

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.

Debra Gulick Business & Accounting Manager
(216) 426-3104

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.

Charles R. Kaczynski Heritage Home Program Assistant
216-230-9989

Charles joined the staff of the Heritage Home Program in September 2023 after teaching at secondary-school and university levels in Ohio, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Margaret Lann Director of Preservation Services & Publications
(216) 426-3101

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.

Njeri Mbure Development & Communications Associate
(216) 426-3113

Njeri joined the CRS team in June 2023 as a Development and Communications Associate. She works in the development department, where she focuses on strengthening the Cleveland Restoration Society brand by leveraging her communication and multimedia abilities to increase membership involvement and contributions. Njeri has a Master of Science in Applied Communications, Advertising, and Public Relations from Fitchburg State University and a Master of World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development from the University of Turin in Italy. Njeri formerly worked as a project coordinator for UNESCO and as a consultant for the School of African Heritage (EPA) on African Youth Museum Forum.

Jamie Miles Preservation Programs Associate
(216) 426-3112

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

Ava Nicolai    Heritage Home Program Assistant
(216)-200-6843

Ava joined the staff in September 2023 as a Heritage Home Program Assistant. In her role, Ava connects homeowners with program resources, provides technical assistance, and supports the Heritage Home Program’s continued growth. She has previously worked in non-profit communications and grant writing. Ava is a graduate of Oberlin College with a B.A in Studio Art and Environmental Studies. 

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
(216) 426-3106

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 Administrative Coordinator
(216) 426-3110

Jasmine joined th­­­e staff as a Heritage Home Program Assistant in May 2022 and in October 2022, she was promoted to Administrative Coordinator. Through her position in the Heritage Hom­­e Program, Jasmine coordinates HHP events, maintains the HHP website, and assists homeowners as they begin renovation projects. 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
(216) 426-3102

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.

Shannon Stokes Heritage Home Program Assistant
(216) 426-3114

Shannon joined the staff in November 2022. As a Heritage Home Program Assistant, Shannon supports homeowners by supplying program information and walking them through the initial steps of working with the HHP. She is a Degreed Interior Designer and currently is a member of the Sherwin Williams Online Color Advisory Board. She has been a licensed Broker Associate Realtor in Colorado from 2019-2021 and has 18 years of Real Estate Industry experience