Board of Directors
Caitlin Smith, President, 2017
Caitlin Smith is a Conservator and Project Manager at Conservation Solutions, Inc. Caitlin holds an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Historic Preservation and Political Science from the University of Mary Washington. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). Prior to joining Conservation Solutions, Caitlin worked as a Conservator at Kreilick Conservation, LLC, and interned with the Architectural Conservation Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust, Historic Preservation and Museum Studies Internship Program in Jekyll Island, GA, Kenmore Mansion in Fredericksburg, VA, and the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program in Ename, Belgium. Caitlin has presented her professional research and work at a number of industry conferences, including lectures on modern fiberglass sculpture high work at APT Kansas City 2015, the documentation and replication of limestone sculptures at the 3D Digital Documentation Summit at the Presidio of San Francisco in 2012, and cleaning methods for the removal of limewash from painted plaster surfaces at APT LA in 2009.
Katie Hummelt, Vice President, 2017
A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Katie received a BA in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington. Keen to further her study of preservation and travel oversees she attended the University of Edinburgh where she received her Masters of Science in Architectural Conservation. After graduation Katie worked for Historic Scotland, interning with the Climate Change Team where she researched the use of micro-renewables in the historic environment and helped the team disseminate its research on fabric improvements for energy efficiency in traditional buildings. Katie is now a Historic Preservation Specialist for Beyer Blinder Belle architects and planners in Washington D.C. and enjoys exploring historic sites (especially ruins), hiking, and kayaking.
Dana Litowitz, Secretary, 2017
Dana was born and raised in the DC area and returned to the city after obtaining her bachelor's and master's degrees from Haverford and Bryn Mawr colleges, respectively. She worked as lead architectural historian at EHT Traceries before joining A/E firm Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson (JMT) as senior architectural historian. Dana also participates in the Project Review Committee for the DC Preservation League. In addition to preservation, she is passionate about animal welfare and volunteers for K-9 Lifesavers dog rescue.
Bill Marzella, Treasurer, 2017
Bill Marzella joined EHT Traceries in 2012 and serves as the firm's Lead Historic Preservation Planner. Bill enjoys working with the wonderfully diverse architecture of Washington, DC through research and documentation, regulatory compliance, and public outreach projects. Bill also serves as a Volunteer for the National Building Museum and is a member of the board of the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Bill received an MA in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University and a BS in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. He looks forward to becoming active in the DC Chapter of APT and benefitting from the experience and expertise of its membership!
Cindy Zork, Past President (2016), Symposium Chair
Cindy Zork serves as the 2016 President of APT DC. Cindy is currently a Community Advancement Specialist at the US Green Building Council, working with USGBC’s nationwide chapter network in the implementation of community centered sustainable building programs. Previous to USGBC Cindy worked at Heritage Preservation, a national non-profit dedicated to the care of cultural collections. Cindy has a Masters in Historic Preservation from George Washington University, and a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland.
Nakita Reed, Past President (2015)
Nakita is a licensed architect and trained historic preservationist. She has been the LEED AP on multiple historic buildings and is well versed in ways to incorporate sustainable features into existing and historic buildings. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Nakita earned her Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation, Master’s of Architecture, and Certificate in Ecological Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Bryan Fisher, Member at Large, 2017-2019
Bryan is a registered architect and a project manager at GWWO, Inc./Architects. During his career he has contributed significantly to numerous historic preservation projects including work at the U.S. Capitol, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, the Arlington House, Gettysburg National Military Park, Shenandoah National Park, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, Hampton National Historic Site, Washington College, the Maryland Historical Society, and many others. He received a BA in historic preservation from Goucher College and a M.Arch from the University of Florida. During his postgraduate work he spent time in Mexico studying vernacular and mid-century regional architecture. He has moderated panel discussions at past Preservation Maryland conferences and was a guest speaker at the 2013 APT DC spring symposium. In his spare time he enjoys sailing, hiking, and traveling.
Robert J. Hotes, Member at Large, 2017-2019
Bob Hotes is currently Senior Historic Preservation Expert at EYP, where he focuses on the restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings for institutional, governmental, and educational clients. Bob’s career covers a wide breadth of award-winning experience in the restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures, as well as the thoughtful design of new buildings and additions. Significant projects include the Michigan State Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade Project, Restoration and Extension of the Virginia State Capitol, a Master Plan for the Restoration and Renovation of the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the Restoration of Lincoln Cottage. Bob received a BSE in Architecture and Civil Engineering from Princeton University and a MArch and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. He pursued additional training as a US/ICOMOS preservation intern at the Institute Spetsproyectrestavratsiya in Moscow, and as an architectural conservator at ICCROM, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome. Bob was the 2011 laureate of the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship, and he currently serves on the National Arts Council of the Meridian International Center and on the Government Affairs and Project Review Committees of the DC Preservation League.
Susan Pommerer, Member at Large, 2017-2019
As an Associate and Historic Preservation Project Manager in the Washington, DC office of SmithGroupJJR, Susan specializes in the architecture and technical preservation of historic structures and landmarks. Susan has experience in managing and coordinating complete building assessments for clients such as the British Embassy in Washington, DC to provide preservation guidelines and planning for future growth, upgrades, and maintenance of existing facilities. Susan is a graduate of the University of Florida, College of Design, Construction, and Planning, where she completed a Master of Architecture with an Interdisciplinary Concentration & Certificate in Historic Preservation. She is a licensed architect in Florida and Maryland, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Construction Documents Technologist (CDT), a certification offered by the Construction Specifications Institute. As a member and active participate in the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI), Susan has served as a presidential appointee for the APTI College of Fellows Jury Committee. She is currently also serving as the Events Coordinator for the Alexandria, VA Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America.
Ronda Bernstein, Communications Co-Chair (Public Outreach)
Ronda Bernstein originally hails from Memphis, TN. She attended Vanderbilt University where she received her B.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She worked as a structural engineer for Bechtel Corporation for three years before returning to school to obtain her M. Arch from Catholic University. It was there that she was introduced to and fell in love with the historic preservation field. Upon completing graduate school, Ronda had a NCPE internship with GSA, followed by jobs with several private architecture firms. She ultimately ended up working as a federal contractor for the National Park Service. After a detour into the political and non-profit worlds, Ronda returned to historic architecture by running the Octagon Museum for the American Institute of Architects. A licensed architect in the State of Maryland, she is now a historical consultant doing research for private and government clients as well as a licensed tour guide in DC.
Sara Johnson, Communications Co-Chair, 2017
Sara is a Project Coordinator at United Building Envelope Restoration (UBER), a preservation contractor specializing in the restoration and renovation of historic masonry buildings. At UBER, Sara participates in all phases of project planning and management and performs analysis of historic mortars. Sara has previously worked as a conservator at firms in Washington, DC and Charleston, SC. She has a Bachelor’s degree in historic preservation from College of Charleston and a Master’s degree in historic preservation from University of Pennsylvania.
Kim Daileader, Marketing Co-Chair, 2017
Kim is a Historic Preservation Specialist with EHT Traceries and serves as a Senior Project Manager and the firm’s Lead of Technical Preservation Services. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the Pratt Institute in 2012. After graduation she interned at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater where she lived on the grounds of the National Historic Landmark and learned and executed rehabilitation practices throughout the property, including patching, stone repairs, and repointing. She also received a nine month-NCPE internship with the General Services Administration Central Office. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University in 2006, after which she worked at an engineering consulting firm in King of Prussia, PA.
Kara Johnston , Marketing Co-Chair, 2017
Kara is an architectural associate and trained historic preservationist at Davis Buckley Architects and Planners (DBA). She enjoys a range of architectural and historic preservation expertise ranging from early colonial to post-war architecture. Kara studied at the l’Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles (ENSA-V), received her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and recently graduated with a Master of Architecture and a Master of Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland College Park where she earned the Faculty Award for Academic Achievement. She was awarded the 2016 Emerging Professional Sponsorship which has sparked her interest in getting more involved in APT-DC. Kara enjoys a good conversation about concrete, a tasty Chicago-Style hog dog and is looking forward to working with our current and future APT-DC Partners to make our goals possible!
Naomi Doddington, Events Co-Chair, 2017
Naomi Doddington is an architect with the NPS’s Heritage Documentation Programs (HABS/HAER/HALS). She received her MSHP from the joint Clemson University/College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. Her diverse background includes years as a professional wedding and events photographer and a BFA in Theatre Production with an emphasis on set design. Naomi enjoys meeting members at APT events and learning about the fascinating projects they are involved in.
Lindsay McCook, Events Co-Chair, 2017
Lindsay is currently a licensed Architect at GWWO, Inc./Architects in Baltimore, Maryland where she enjoys working on preservation projects ranging from rehabilitations to modern additions to historic properties. A graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Architectural History, she holds Master’s Degrees in Architecture from Tulane University and Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Before joining GWWO, Lindsay had worked in the non-profit sector and was also an Americorps*VISTA in New Orleans post-Katrina. She has previously been involved with the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee, Docomomo-Louisiana, and the UVa, Tulane, and Columbia alumni organizations.