President & CEO
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.
Director of Historic Trades
Natalie joined Preservation Maryland in 2021 and directs The Campaign for Historic Trades, overseeing apprenticeship registration, curriculum development, and partner relationships. 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.
Molly manages the day-to-day operations of The Campaign’s partnership with Conservation Legacy and the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC), recruits and places corps members for HPTC’S Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP), and assists with outreach and educational program development.
Molly is passionate about the value of historic resources on public lands, as well as the importance of careers in historic trades. She is originally from Annapolis, Maryland and earned her BA from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She started her career working in archaeology and cultural resource management in and around Baltimore, but transitioned to historic preservation after discovering a love of historic buildings and the craftsmanship with which they are built. During her service as an AmeriCorps member and crew leader with the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area, she worked on dozens of historic buildings and sites across WV and Appalachia. She then went on to work as a crew leader and project supervisor for HistoriCorps, which allowed her to continue to hone her skills as a tradesperson preserving historic sites on national parks and forests across the country. Molly now calls Jefferson County, West Virginia home and works from HPTC’S Frederick, Maryland location.
AmeriCorps VISTA Member and Conservation Legacy Steward
Jordan is Preservation Maryland’s first AmeriCorps VISTA member and Conservation Legacy Steward. She will be serving on the Campaign for Historic Trades program to help register Historic Trades Apprenticeships with the Department of Labor and develop related curriculum. Additionally, she will work on outreach material and identify pipelines for historic trades trainees.
Jordan earned her M.A. in Public History and B.A in History from West Virginia University. Her interests of public history and Holocaust studies came together in her M.A. thesis where she analyzed the impact of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List film on a former concentration camp in Poland. Her public history interests have allowed her to complete a variety of projects including developing battlefield tours, creating digital history projects, and conducting oral history interviews. She worked with stakeholders to develop a traveling exhibit on the timber industry for Pocahontas County’s bicentennial, which is now touring several spots in the county.
She recently worked at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park as a Museum Technician intern where she cared for the museum’s collections. She has also worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Oglebay Mansion Museum in her hometown of Wheeling, WV, and Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park in Virginia. While she has always called West Virginia home, she is excited to spend the next year exploring the outdoors and historic sites of Maryland.
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.
As the Historic Trades Curriculum Developer, Benjamin designs and develops multimedia educational content available online. Additionally, he will be coordinates the development and execution of historic trades related workshops around the state of Maryland.
Benjamin is the former Department Head of STC’s Historic Preservation and Restoration Program and the Director of STC’s Center for Traditional Craft. He was the lead faculty instructor for Historic Preservation at Edgecombe Community College in Taraboro, NC. While working in the remote sensing lab at the University of New Hampshire Earth System Research Center in Durham, N.H., he was a co-investigator for research funded by a National Geographic Society/Waitt Foundation grant investigating the impacts of sea level rise on saltwater intrusion for coastal heritage sites. Benjamin received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire and his graduate degree from Plymouth State University where he studied Historic Preservation and Education.
Director of Communications
Dana joins Preservation Maryland after more than a decade working with nonprofit and development clients at a Baltimore-based marketing and public relations agency. An award-winning communications professional who creates and manages strategic campaigns, Dana has a special interest in crisis communications and public affairs. She works with our team and partners to tell the stories about our important preservation work and highlight what makes Maryland’s historic buildings, communities and landscapes special.
Dana, a first-generation Marylander, was raised in Ellicott City and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. She currently lives in Towson with her husband, two kids and two cats in a quaint cape cod.
Cemetery Preservation Workshop Coordinator
Zola joins The Campaign as its new Cemetery Preservation Workshop Coordinator. In her position, she engages with communities throughout the state of Maryland, leading preservation workshops in historic cemeteries to empower Marylanders to care for their local history. Additionally, she assists with the development of educational materials related to cemetery preservation.
Zola holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory. She found her love of community-based work during her undergraduate degree, working with local schools to collaboratively develop music workshops for students age 5-13, and has since continued her community-based work with music nonprofits in Baltimore. Originally from Baltimore City, her interest in historic preservation was sparked when doing research for her final recital of her undergraduate degrees, where she researched the music and history of the Hampden-Woodberry mills. She is excited to learn more about her home-state and explore more corners of Maryland.