Conference Presenters

Heather Bailey, Ph.D.

Heather Bailey has a Ph.D. in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University and over a decade of professional experience as a preservation planner. She has also served as a technical adviser for the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, board member for the Tennessee Preservation Trust, and a board member for Colorado Preservation, Inc. In April 2015, the University of Minnesota Press
published her chapter “Does This Place Really Matter? The Preservation Debate over Historical Significance in Colorado’s Post World-War II Suburbs,” in Making Suburbia: New Histories of Everyday America. She continues her research and advocacy for historic places as a preservation planner for the City of Madison, Wisconsin.

Claire Bushemi

Claire Bushemi grew up in NW Indiana. She studied architecture at Miami University in Ohio and received her Master’s in Historic Preservation from Clemson University. She lived and worked in Charleston, SC for a few years after graduating, at an architecture firm that worked primarily in the historic downtown. She enjoys boating, reading, and spending time with friends/family. Claire joins
the Wisconsin SHPO staff reviewing tax credit projects in the western part of the state.

Mike Jackson, FAIA

Is preservation architect in Springfield IL. He was the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) in Illinois from 2009 – 2013. He was the Chief Architect for the Illinois SHPO from 1983-2013 and was actively involved in the review of thousands of Illinois historic properties undergoing renovation. He is an active member of the Assoc. for Preservation Technology (APT) and Co-Chair of the Codes and Standards Technical Committee. He also directs the APT Building Technology Heritage Library, a free online archive of pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, builder’s guides, technical manuals, house plan catalogs and building codes. He is
active in the national movement for downtown revitalization through an economics and design training program called Upstairs Downtown. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters in Historic Preservation from Columbia University in New York. Since 2014 Mike and Dan Carmody have consulted with communities on Upper Floor Housing Development, revitalizing downtowns one story at a time.

Lisa Lefeber

Is Vice President of Operations of Destination Lake Winnebago Region for over 30 years. She serves on the City of Fond du Lac Historic Preservation Commission (president), Downtown Architectural Review Board, and Fond du Lac County Historical Society. She has served on the Taylor Park Pavilion restoration and “Fond du Lac’s Talking Houses and Historic Places” tour. She was awarded Friend of Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership in 2015. Lisa serves as the treasurerfor WAHPC.

Paul Robert Porter

Has returned to his hometown of Madison. He completed his Bachelors in historic preservation at Southeast Missouri State University and did his Masters in Historic Preservation with an emphasis on Preservation Technology at the University of Oregon, Eugene. Paul has restored 7 houses (6 for clients and 1 for himself). His last 12 years were spent working for SHPO offices. In South Dakota he managed the federal and state tax incentive programs, and Section 106 reviews pertaining to buildings. During the past 6 ½ years he managed the County Courthouse Restoration Grant Program and the Conservation Easement Program in Arkansas. Paul joined the Wisconsin SHPO staff reviewing tax credit projects in the Eastern District of the state in July 2020. Since then he has worked diligently with his counterpart in the Western District to serve the people of Wisconsin. In 2021 they reviewed 601 projects that included over $170 million in Federal and State tax credit approved projects and over $11 million in Homeowner approved projects across the state.

Wm. Jason Flatt, P.E

Is a licensed, professional engineer, educator, and a historic preservation generalist whose credentials meet the Secretary of the Interior’s professional qualification standards for architectural history. He holds a B.S. in naval architecture & marine engineering and an M.S. in ocean tech from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and an M.A. in historic preservation from Goucher College. He served for more than twelve years in various positions at Marinette Marine Corp, culminating as chief naval architect. Jason has been a member of Marinette Historic Preservation Commission since 2003. He is a consultant to the City of Green Bay Landmarks Commission, serving as Green Bay’s historic preservation specialist. He is a founding member of Fairchild & Flatt, an engineering & historic preservation consulting firm in Marinette. Jason serves as WAHPC board president.

Tyler Howe, Ph.D.

Came to Wisconsin SHPO in August 2019 as the supervisor of the compliance work unit after spending over two decades in Cherokee country. He recently finished his PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His dissertation explored the development and maintenance of displaced Cherokee communities in the southeast, and west of the Mississippi River, during the tribal removal crises from the 1810s through the 1840s. He earned an MA in American History / Cherokee Studies from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. For over 11 years he served as the Section 106 Coordinator for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Historic Preservation Office in Cherokee, NC. As an anthropologist and ethno-historian, Tyler brings a view of cultural resources management as a relational stewardship engagement wherein we all work together to understand the varied and nuanced voices embedded in the fabric of historical narrative.

Arlan Kay, FAIA

Is an architect. He chairs the Village of Oregon Historic Preservation Commission. Their major projects have included creating two historic districts and obtaining funding for the rehabilitation of the downtown streetscape through the CLG process. He is a member of the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board (SCERB) which oversees maintenance and modifications to these vital State buildings, currently serving as vice-chair. Arlan has been the principal of his own firm for over forty years, with a practice that emphasizes existing and historic buildings.

Daina Penkiunas, Ph.D.

Is the State Historic Preservation Officer at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Prior to assuming her position as Wisconsin’s National Register coordinator in 2000, Daina worked as a private preservation consultant, a college lecturer, and in the Hawaii State Historic Preservation Office. Daina holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural history and preservation from the University of Maryland and a Master’s and Ph.D in architectural history from the University of Virginia.

Matt Sadowski, MUP, AICP

Is retired as the Planning Manager for the City of Racine. He has been employed in township, county, city, and regional planning for 31 years for organizations and communities, such as Racine County, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, the Village (town) of Mount Pleasant, the City of Muskego, and since 1999 the City of Racine. As part of his duties Matt was staff to Racine’s Landmark Preservation Commission. During his career he has written & administered nine design and preservation codes and ordinances.

Jason Tish

Is the Certified Local Government (CLG) & Preservation Education Coordinator for the State Historic Preservation Office and the SHPO Advisor to WAHPC. He began his career in cultural resources as a field archaeologist for the National Forest Service in South Dakota, and then evaluating historic Army Reserve properties in the Great Lakes region for the Department of Defense. He earned a Master’s degree in 2008 in Planning and Landscape Architecture from UW-Madison and studied architecture history, landscape design history, and federal historic preservation policies. He has worked in the public and private sectors as a specialist in historic preservation policies and practices. Jason has also been an advocate for historic places as the Executive Director of the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, and as a self-employed consultant.