Our Team

Our Team

Our Dedicated HistoriCorps team. Leadership with a difference.

 “Our work is important, simply because if we forget our history, we really won’t have any direction for our future.”
— HistoriCorps Project Supervisor John Bales

HistoriCorps Board of Directors

Molly Fay
Molly FayBoard Chair
Molly serves as HistoriCorps’ Board Chair. She is an enthusiastic HistoriCorps volunteer and historic preservation lover. Hailing from Denver, Molly spends most of her time horseback riding and enjoying the outdoors. Currently, she is a Real Estate Strategic Planner at Lumen Technologies and a member of the global leadership team for the company’s young professionals employee resource group. She has volunteered extensively with organizations in Juarez, New Orleans and Harlan, KY as well as the Blackfeet Reservation in northern Montana. She holds a BA in American Studies and MBA from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA.
Kim Mailes
Kim MailesSecretary

Kim Mailes is a frequent volunteer on HistoriCorps projects and a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He currently serves as chair of the Carver Birthplace Association and supervises restoration of the 1872 Neosho Colored School, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic schoolhouse is the first educational institution attended by George Washington Carver during the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War. Active in civic affairs, he has served on the boards of directors of The Crowder College Foundation and his local public school district and chamber of commerce. He received a BA in English from Missouri Southern State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Missouri-St. Louis. He owns and manages a real estate investment firm and resides in Neosho, MO.

Holly Norton
Holly NortonDirector

Dr. Norton received her BA in anthropology from the University of South Carolina, and an MA and PhD from Syracuse University in anthropology with her dissertation “Estate by Estate: The Landscape of the 1733 St. Jan Slave Rebellion.” She has worked as an archaeologist conducting both prehistoric and historical archaeological investigations, as well as historical architectural surveys, for a variety of state and federal agencies and private environmental firms, including the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the National Park Service. Norton currently serves as the Colorado State Archaeologist and the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer at History Colorado where she focuses on a variety of regulatory issues including the Section 106 process.

Ann Dilcher
Ann DilcherDirector

Ann is a seasoned preservation professional with a love of the back country and passion for making, Ann is a specialist in renovation and adaptive use. A licensed architect and office director for the Michigan offices of Quinn Evans, Ann brings extensive knowledge and a seasoned perspective to both project work and organizational leadership. She has been fortunate to work on many historic sites for the National Park Service from small CCC cabins in Arkansas to the Old Courthouse in St. Louis. When not in the office or on a project site, Ann can be found hiking with her girl scout troop, camping with her family, or at her sewing machine quilting. Ann has a BA in Economics and Art History from Georgetown University and an M.ARCH and Certificate in Historic Preservation from Texas A&M. She is a member of Association of Preservation Technology International, Michigan Historic Preservation Network, Girl Scouts of America, and Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. She joined the HistoriCorps Board of Directors in 2020.

DirectorExecutive Director

W. Bart Berger is a staunch Coloradoan, a fourth-generation Coloradan, entrepreneur, innovator and storyteller with a passion for preserving both the natural environment and the legacy of Colorado leadership, weaving the two together for future generations. Bart founded and now serves on the Board of Directors for the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation. For 21 years, he served on the Board of History Colorado. As chairman of the Board, Bart helped guide the organization from the Colorado Historical Society to History Colorado and build the History Colorado Center. He has also worked with a host of civic non-profits. In 2004, he founded the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation to restore and revitalize the historic Denver Mountain Park system. Bart is currently working with the City and HistoriCorps to transform the 1930s Morrison CCC camp into a learning campus for outdoor education and skills training.

Theresa Marchetta
Theresa MarchettaDirector

Theresa is Director of Strategic Communications and Media Policy for the Mayor’s Office of the City and County of Denver. She joined the HistoriCorps Board of Directors in 2020.

Gillian Bidgood is a shareholder and vice-chair of the Polsinelli’s Employment Advice and Investigations practice. She has served on HistoriCorps’ Board of Directors since 2018.

Robert MusgravesDirector Emeritus
Founding Director of HistoriCorps. Retired former President and COO of Titanium Metals Corp.
Paul FrankeDirector Emeritus
Founding Director of HistoriCorps. Polsinelli PC; attorney pro bono for HistoriCorps
Michael MetcalfDirector Emeritus
Founding Director of HistoriCorps; o-founder of Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc.


HistoriCorps’ field staff travel all across the country to lead crews of volunteers, students, and veterans in the hands-on preservation work that saves historic buildings and structures for public benefit. We have a lot of all-stars on our team. Their skills are as varied as the projects they work on!  They range from passionate experts with over forty years of experience to students just entering the field of preservation.  HistoriCorps field staff include all manner of craftspeople and some of the best outdoor chefs you could ever hope to meet. Field staff don’t only enjoy the preservation work; they are passionate about teaching and guiding the crews of volunteers, students, and veterans on projects.  They make sure that everyone has a hand in saving places for generations to come.

Project Supervisors

Project Supervisors are the technical preservation experts on a HistoriCorps crew. They are responsible for everyone and everything related to their respective work sites. Project Supervisors take on one or more projects in a season. In no particular order, please welcome our new and returning Project Supervisors!

Alan Ash started Ash Stone Masonry in the mountains of Western Virginia and West Virginia in 1983. Western Oregon has been his home since 1997. Along with continuing masonry contracting, Alan has been teaching hands-on masonry courses for 23 years in many different aspects of Stonemasonry and Historical Masonry Preservation/Restoration. He has successfully worked on well over 100 National Register Buildings, Landscapes and National Historic Sites.

Ariel Clark is a working Class-A historic preservation contractor out of southwest Virginia. Her love for the problem-solving and artistry of historic preservation is a natural byproduct of being both a third-generation specialty tradesperson and a Bicentennial baby who has living history ties to Colonial Williamsburg and the First Virginia Regiment. She began doing preservation work with her father and left a career as an art director after she found herself flourishing away from an office while doing the on-site detective and trade work necessary to diagnose and restore historic structures, objects, and their elements. In the decade following and since assuming ownership and leadership of her family’s company, Southwest Restoration, Ariel has cut her teeth completing structural, window, and masonry projects around the region for institutional clients like Virginia’s Military Institute, the Science Museum of Virginia, and Roanoke College, as well as restoring and preserving the assets of multiple historic Virginia residences including Walnut Grove in Shawsville, Fotheringay in Elliston, and Monterey in Hollins.

Dane Cowan first began working in the construction trades in 1976 in Eureka CA, after graduating from College of the Redwoods with an AA degree in Art. In 1978 he began his own construction company focusing on remodeling and historic building repairs. In 1988 he obtained his General Contractors license. Ten years later Dane was invited to teach historic preservation and restoration at The College Of Redwoods in Eureka CA, where he taught Architectural Mill Work, Cabinet Making, and field classes for eleven years. He was also engaged in teaching correct restoration skill to the Trust employees at the Presidio in San Francisco. Dane has spent two seasons with HistoriCorps on projects in Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, and California. He continues restoring windows, milling architectural moldings and parts, building doors and cabinets and other specialty projects. Dane says, “Historic restoration and preservation have and will continue to be one of my greatest passions in life. I delights in giving away what I have learned.” In the 2021 season, Dane led HistoriCorps’ Workforce Training Program in partnership with Denver Mountain Parks and Groundwork Denver.

Ruth Guthrie holds an MA in cultural anthropology from the University of Montana and a BA in History. She has worked to preserve historic structures and sites through her hands-on efforts with HistoriCorps and through legal work in land conservation. At an early age she would convince her family pull over on road trips so she could snap pictures of old barns and homesteads. Now she is thrilled to have found the opportunity to preserve the historic structures so dear to her. She believes that through historic preservation, individuals can strengthen their connection to their past, and in turn, contribute to the revitalization and health of their communities.

Patrick Kennedy has been involved in hands-on historic building renovation since the early ’70s. He began with residential and commercial buildings in Northern Kentucky and then log buildings. Relocating to central Kentucky in the early ’80s he continued to work on all aspects of the renovation and restoration of historic log and wood frame buildings including window restoration. He accepted a position in 1997 with the Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC), the State Historic Preservation Office. He worked there for fifteen years as an adviser for historic building and covered bridge renovations throughout the State. During his tenure at KHC he set up a nationally recognized hands-on restoration skills program at Pine Mountain Settlement School with major assistance from Bob Yapp. Patrick continues his work in historic preservation as a go-to source for historic building projects, contractor for special preservation projects, instructor at hands on education workshops and demonstrations, and supervisor for HistoriCorps volunteer projects.

Pete Specht describes himself as a traveler of this world, Builder, explorer of roads and places less traveled, skier, hunter, fisherman, sailing, avid reader, cooking for friends, prefer the high mountains, deserts an open ocean. Pete advises, “Good friends are ones wealth.” Pete learned of HistoriCorps through a volunteer, and led several projects in 2021. He brings a treasure trove of stories, good humor, and knowledge to each crew he’s leading.

Eric White has spent most of his working career in some form of construction and enjoys seeing a project come together. He says, “Most recently, my work has been developing training programs for youth and adults entering into construction and getting them skilled in the trades. I’ve trained 750+ people and counting and love to share the fun of building! I first started out in the industry building custom homes and additions before shifting into commercial finish work and flooring. I ran a handyman business for several years, dabbled in theater set construction, and of course, worked in historic preservation too! I have a keen interest in sustainability and working with natural resources in local communities abroad. I’ve had the privilege of working with the great Historicorps team in previous years and I’m so excited to help keep these historic structures alive for future generations! Each structure has a story to tell and we get to continue that priceless chronicle with perseverance and care. Not to mention the killer burgers after a hard day of work! The top 3 things I am excited about this summer: 1) Working with volunteers! 2) Saving places! 3) Exploring the great outdoors!”

Crew Leaders

Crew Leaders assist the Project Supervisor, as well as prepare meals for project participants. Crew Leaders usually lead several projects throughout a HistoriCorps season, and connect with volunteers all over the country! Please welcome our new and returning Crew Leaders!

Colby Baker-Thayer joined the HistoriCorps team for the first time in 2020, but has been working in historic preservation since 2017. Colby says, “I enjoy getting to explore new parts of the country while expanding my skills. I’m excited to work for HistoriCorps and hopefully spark an interest in historic preservation for more people!”

Remy Buxton is an adventure-loving outdoorsman, drummer, and cook. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Georgia at Athens. He joined the HistoriCorps team in 2021 after discovering the organization in 2020 through their wonderful volunteer opportunities, and he very much enjoys their hands-on approach to the preservation of our shared cultural resources. As an aspiring historic preservationist and teacher he looks forward to working with HistoriCorps’ diverse workforce to improve his preservation skills and learn more about the ways that communities engage with, and relate to their cultural resources.

Erin Crooks has been working in the preservation field since 2018, and joined the HistoriCorps crew in 2020. They got their start serving with AmeriCorps in Minnesota and West Virginia, where they quickly came to appreciate our shared cultural resources, as well as the unique communities in which these resources are located. This love of public lands and resources is what initially attracted Erin to HistoriCorps, and they are excited by the opportunity to promote preservation and the trades among younger and more diverse communities. Outside of work, Erin enjoys Russian history and culture, visiting new places, and trying to roller-skate.

Ethan Raath is a public historian, cook, musician, and outdoor enthusiast living in Colorado. He fell in love with historic buildings at an young age growing up in Ohio and believes every place has a story to tell. Ethan has experience as a tour guide while living in a ghost town near Aspen, Colorado, and spent the last three years as a consulting preservationist working across the country on transportation projects and historic designations. He is excited to rejoin HistoriCorps for the chance to blend his love of history and the great outdoors with hands-on preservation.

Alex Randall joined the HistoriCorps crew in 2020. While studying abroad in India, he found a passion for traditional building forms and the stories they have to tell. Alex shares, “that passion is what led me to Historicorps. I love getting ‘hands on’ and learning about the unique history of each Historicorps project. In my free time I like to explore the outdoors and write music. I look forward to meeting you in the field!”

Reid Saunders officially joined the HistoriCorps team in 2021 after on and off historic preservation work with HistoriCorps and others since 2016. She holds a masters degree in Urban Planning, concentrated in Historic Preservation, from the University of Virginia. Most recently, Reid has been in the desert of Moab, Utah building affordable, straw bale homes with Community Rebuilds. She is drawn to the craftsmanship and character of preservation and natural building and loves working with her hands. On that note, Reid spends most of her free time throwing pottery, among other artistic endeavors.

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigators lead volunteers on HistoriCorps’ Architectural History Program surveys. They bring an extensive understanding of architecture, and use the information gathered on surveys to build reports for our US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management partners.

Mardita Murphy is an architectural designer and avid preservationist based in Denver, CO. She received her Master’s degree in Interior Architecture specializing in Historic Preservation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. With six years of professional experience, she is involved with preservation efforts in multiple states, such as historic designations, tax credit applications, and architectural surveys. Mardita is the owner and principal of Rooted Preservation + Design, LLC, a design and consulting firm that specializes in the rehabilitation of historic structures. Working with HistoriCorps was an easy decision for Mardita because it is an organization that attracts people who love the outdoors and are committed to the preservation of historic resources on public lands.


Jason Whitehead
Jason WhiteheadExecutive Director

Ever since he can remember Jason has been surrounded by old houses. Jason joined HistoriCorps in 2018 after more than twenty years at Colonial Williamsburg, the world’s largest living history museum. Serving as the Master of Masonry Trades, Jason presented and demonstrated the traditions of pre-1800 brick and plasterwork of the Chesapeake region in Virginia and Maryland. Before taking the helm as Executive Director, Jason served as HistoriCorps’ Director of Operations. He shares, “whether it was growing up surrounded by history in Williamsburg, exploring Civil War battlefields throughout the South, or just investigating old houses, somehow I knew that historic preservation would be my calling.” Today, Jason and his family call their small farm in New Kent County, Virginia home.

Liz Rice
Liz RiceDirector of Workforce Engagement and Communications

Liz joined the HistoriCorps crew in 2017. She brings more than a decade of experience in nonprofit program development and management, especially with environmental and cultural stewardship organizations. As an AmeriCorps VISTA alumna (Southwest Conservation Corps) and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Philippines), Liz has a personal understanding of the incredible power volunteers, youth, and students can contribute to accomplishing organizational and community goals; and as an experienced traveler and outdoors-lover, she enjoys helping others explore new places, learn new skills, and give back to their communities. Liz earned her BS in Public Affairs and Nonprofit Management and is currently pursuing a MS in Environmental Policy and Management. After several years in Colorado, she now lives in Indianapolis with her spouse, cats Quark and Dax, dog Charlie, and enjoys working on her 1900 Craftsman-style home.

Charlotte Helmer
Charlotte HelmerProject Manager and Architectural Historian

Charlotte brings a passion for collaborative preservation projects and particularly enjoys working in the backcountry. She studied architecture, museums, and outdoor leadership at Smith College and holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon. Charlotte previously worked for the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School and Olympic National Park. As a Crew Leader and Project Supervisor, Charlotte co-led HistoriCorps projects in OR, CA, NV, WY, CO, MO, and NY from 2016-2018. Today, she manages HistoriCorps’ architectural history projects and preservation projects in the West.

Sarah Mees
Sarah MeesProjects Manager - Rocky Mountain Region

Sarah is a HistoriCorps volunteer turned Crew Leader, having worked on projects in OR, CA, and CO in 2019. She then became a HistoriCorps Project Supervisor for Hahns Peak in 2019 before transitioning to the Projects Manager for the Rocky Mountain Region in January 2020. She loves the challenges that old buildings provide and especially enjoys the creative problem solving that happens in the field. Sarah studied at Duke University and has a BS in Mathematics from Portland State University. Free time finds Sarah road biking, rock climbing, hiking, and backpacking.

Denis Moran
Denis MoranOperations Manager
Denis grew up in the State of Maine where he learned early in life how valuable modern technology could be had his father, a master carpenter and boat builder, ever employed it. Hauling, dragging, and sawing downed trees in snowshoes was just the beginning of many “traditions” passed down from his family. Upon graduating from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Communications and Business Administration, Denis has worked in variety of fields including residential and commercial construction, TV/Movie set design, and natural resources management. Denis joined HistoriCorps in 2015 as a Project Supervisor, and brings significant experience in leading hands-on historic preservation projects. When he’s not leading crews of volunteers and students, he heads HistoriCorps’ operations – from trucks to tools and all that in between. Denis is based in HistoriCorps’ headquarters in Morrison, CO.
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