Board & Staff

Members of the Preservation Action Board of Directors lead the organization by example, being active preservationists in their states and providing essential information to Preservation Action staff about federal issues concerning their communities. These grassroots volunteers are crucial to Preservation Action’s effectiveness as the voice for preservation in Washington.

Preservation Action Executive Committee
Marsh Davis, IN
Andrew Potts, DC
Vice Chair, Programs & Policy Committee
Nancy Finegood, MI
Vice Chair, Finance & Administration Committee
Briana Paxton-Grosicki
Vice Chair, Membership & Development Committee
Peter Benton
Vice Chair, Treasurer
Trisha Logan
Vice Chair, Secretary
Shanon Miller
Nominating Committee, PA Foundation Chair
Tom Moriarity
PA Foundation

Russ Carnahan, President

Congressman Carnahan served 4 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the St. Louis, MO region. He held several leadership positions including the Chairmanship of the bi-partisan Historic Preservation Caucus and the High Performance Building Caucus that focused on strategies that included use of green building technologies and policies for historic and new buildings. Previously as a state legislator, he was a champion of Missouri’s nationally known State Historic Tax Credit that has successfully spurred saving and restoring countless historic properties. Congressman Carnahan is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law and is a principal in the firm Carnahan Global Consulting.

Bruce MacDougal, Director of Washington Operations

Bruce MacDougal serves as Preservation Action’s  Director of Washington Operations. In this role he represents Preservation Action at meetings and events in Washington and assists with financial and organizational operations. Bruce recently “retired” after 25 years as Executive Director of The San Antonio Conservation Society and the organization created the Bruce MacDougal Award for Young Preservationist in his honor. Prior to this, he directed a statewide nonprofit preservation organization and headed a state preservation program. Throughout his career, he has acted as a leader on numerous boards and commissions, including Preservation Action, the Virginia Art and Architecture Review Board, and the National Preservation Institute, among others. He holds a BA and a Master of Architectural History from the University of Virginia. In 2016, Bruce was awarded the Truett Latimer Award by Preservation Texas for his commitment to historic preservation.

Robert Naylor, Program Manager

Robert monitors policy issues and provides policy updates as part of Preservation Action’s Legislative Update. He is a graduate of Kent State University, where he majored in Political Science and History. While studying at Kent State, he was involved with the May 4th Taskforce, a group on campus dedicated to preserving the legacy, history and physical site of the May 4th 1970 shootings at Kent State University. He has four years experience working on political campaigns. More recently. Robert has been involved with the preservation and redevelopment efforts in the Over-the Rhine neighborhood of his hometown – Cincinnati, OH. Contact Robert at

Board Members
Jon Anderson Indianapolis, IN
Rebecah Ballo Alexandria, VA
Brenda Barrett Harrisburg, PA
Pete Benton Spring City, PA
Susan Bevin San Antonio, TX
Cynthia Birdsall Cedar Point, NC
Karen Bode Baxter St. Louis, MO
Minette Boesel Houston, TX
Peg Breen New York, NY
Allyson Brooks Olympia, WA
Valencia Chrisafulli Madison, IN
Suzanne Cleary Rye, NY
Matt Cole Chicago, IL
Melinda Crawford Harrisburg, PA
Marsh Davis Indianapolis, IN
Mary Werner DeNadai, FAIA Chadds Ford, PA
Alan Downer Window Rock, AZ
Franny Eberhart New York, NY
Matt Elverson San Antonio, TX
Nancy Finegood Lansing, MI
Patty Gay New Orleans, LA
Wayne Goodman Rochester, NY
Barbara Hall San Antonio, TX
Edward Hall San Antonio, TX
Winslow Hastie Charleston, SC
Mary-Anna Holden Madison, NJ
J. Myrick Howard Raleigh, NC
Mickey Howley Water Valley, MS
Steve Jones Ann Arbor, MI
Trisha Logan Miami, FL
Bill MacRostie Washington, DC
Janet Matheson Fairbanks, AK
Lauren McHale Washington, DC
Vince Michael San Antonio, TX
Shanon Miller San Antonio, TX
Thomas Moriarity Arlington, VA
Rochard Nettler Ellicott City, MD
Briana Paxton-Grosicki Washington, DC
Huy Pham San Antonio, TX
Stephanie Phillips San Antonio, TX
Andrew Potts Washington, DC
Peter Primavera Plainfield, NJ
David Richardson St. Louis, MO
Elizabeth Rosin Kansas City, MO
Robert Saarnio Oxford, MS
Nancy Schamu Baltimore, MD
David Schon Washington, DC
Roderick Scott Mandeville, LA
Carol Shull Arlington, VA
Jennifer Stark, AIA, CSBA Yardley, PA
Cade Sterling Chicago, IL
Heidi Swank Las Vegas, NV
John Tess Portland, OR
Philip Thomason Nashville, TN
Will Tippens Chicago, IL
Laura Trieschmann Burlington, VT
Dru Van Steenberg San Antonio, TX
Grady Walter Lexington, KY

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