Nicholas has led the organization since 2014, and oversees the operations, programs and growing professional staff. Since his arrival he has overseen a complex merger and the subsequent creation of Smart Growth Maryland, a dynamic new program of the organization. Additionally, he has worked in partnership with the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center to establish the Campaign for Historic Trades, a new program dedicated to developing the next generation of traditional tradespeople.
Outside of the organization, he serves as the vice-chair of the National Preservation Partners Network, the national network of statewide and local preservation organizations. Previously he has served as the chair of the Maryland Partners for Open Space, the statewide open space advocacy coalition, and also served as the vice-chair of the Frederick County Historic Preservation Commission.
Prior to arriving at Preservation Maryland, he served in leadership positions at several heritage and preservation organizations including Executive Director of Long Branch Plantation, a 19th century historic site in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and as Deputy Director for Advocacy at the Civil War Trust in Washington, DC. During time spent at the Civil War Trust, Redding led a national coalition to prevent the construction of a casino on the iconic Gettysburg battlefield. Prior to the Trust, he served as a Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
He is a graduate of West Virginia’s Shepherd University and lives outside of Frederick, Maryland with his wife, daughter, and two beagles
Superintendent Historic Preservation Training Center
Moss Rudely, who is a native of Greenbrier County, West Virginia, where he was raised on a working cattle farm filled with historic vernacular structures. He was first exposed to the trades and the field of historic preservation through the care of hand-hewn log structures of the Scotts, Irish, and German. A graduate of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, he’s been with the National Parks Service’s Historic Trades Training Center since 2000. A historic mason by training, after over 17 years at the center, he was promoted to superintendent in 2017.
Historic Trades Program Manager
Natalie earned her AAS from Savannah Technical College’s Historic Preservation and Restoration Program in 2013. During and after this program, she’s worked in hands-on preservation with various non-profits, construction companies, and federal agencies. From 2014 through 2019, Natalie worked on seasonal, cross-country projects with HistoriCorps. In 2016, she founded a preservation company in Savannah, Georgia, specializing in window restoration and historic masonry.
Natalie has also worked extensively in educational fields. She has taught after-school art classes, English in China, TEFL as an online tutor, United States and world history with Savannah Technical College (STC), and historic preservation with STC and Lamar Community College (LCC). She managed LCC’s Historic Building Trades Program. Natalie enjoys traveling and hiking, and typically follows lawful good alignment.
Director of Development
Katie Parks is a formidable development and real estate professional, and as the organization’s new Director of Development, she will bring expertise in organizational fundraising, program efficiency, and property redevelopment at a time of strategic growth of Preservation Maryland major programs, including our revived Revolving Fund.
Katie was previously Vice President of Conservation at the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy leading their programming across land conservation, community revitalization through the Center for Towns, and climate adaptation. Katie was instrumental in crafting the foundational partnership that led to ESLC’s critical role in the developing the Phillips Packing House in Cambridge, Maryland with Cross Street Partners, and other players. Additionally, Parks has governmental experience on the real estate management team of the Office of the Secretary for the Maryland Department of Transportation – valuable experience that will be put to immediate use as part of our preservation and smart growth policy efforts.
In accepting the Director of Development position in July 2020, Katie stated, “I have a passion for preserving and enhancing the natural and built environments of Maryland – and I’m ready to put my real estate skills and entrepreneurial drive into practice for Preservation Maryland to create new investment opportunities for the organization while also supporting the backbone of the organization, our loyal and generous donors.”
Raised on Kent Island, attended Loyola University and received her bachelor’s degree in business administration and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore. She now lives in Easton, Maryland and works remotely with the rest of the Preservation Maryland team.
Sarah works as the Digital Communications Coordinator for Preservation Maryland. She develops social media and web content for education and outreach initiatives through the use of photography, videography, and graphic design. Before her work with Preservation Maryland, Sarah had the pleasure of working as a freelance designer and photographer for athletes, musicians, and other non-profits. Sarah graduated from the Honors College at Towson University and holds a B.S. in History. During her studies at Towson University, her historical research was published in Towson’s Journal of Historical Studies.
Team Member Emeritus
Meagan Baco (they/them/theirs) is new Executive Director of Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Inc. (ATHA). ATHA is one of Maryland’s certified state heritage areas that serves to preserve and promote the historic, cultural, and natural resources of Maryland. Previously, Meagan was the Director of Communications at Preservation Maryland, one of the nation’s oldest and largest historic preservation non-profit organizations. There they led the organization’s state and national communications including major programs, like the Campaign for Historic Trades, Smart Growth Maryland, and PreserveCast from 2015 to 2021. Additionally, they have managed diverse public history projects including about labor history, women’s suffrage and voting rights, and LGBTQ history. Meagan is an inaugural fellow of the ARCUS Preservation Leadership program and recently completed the Baltimore Planning Academy. Earlier work experience includes Acting President of Preservation Action and a Historic Preservation Specialist at Clinton Brown Company Architecture. Meagan holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Clemson University and the College of Charleston, and a B.A. in Environmental Design from SUNY Buffalo. Meagan lives with their partner in the historic Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore.
Meagan lives in Charles Village in Baltimore but spends a lot of time exploring Maryland between Baltimore and Washington, DC, especially, spending time in the National Historic Landmark community of Greenbelt, as a founding board member of the Old Greenbelt Theatre.