FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Amy Elliott Bragg
DETROIT — The board of directors of Preservation Detroit, the city’s largest preservation organization, welcomes new executive officers as well as two new board members.
During regular elections on Sept. 12, the board elected as president Amy Elliott Bragg, a historian, author, and media professional who has served on the board of directors since April 2013. Outgoing president Melanie Markowicz will stay involved with the organization as its heritage conservation planner.
Jen Ruud was elected Executive Vice President and James Young, previously Vice President, was elected Secretary. Steven Levine was re-elected as the organization’s treasurer.
Preservation Detroit has also recently welcomed two new directors to its board. Timothy Boscarino, a city planner and architectural historian, joined the board in September 2013. Dawn Bilobran, a historic preservationist, joined the board in July. Both new board members bring a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and vision to the organization.
Several long-standing Preservation Detroit directors are leaving the board after years of dedicated service. They will continue to participate in an advisory role. Robert Hovansian led Preservation Detroit’s efforts to preserve the historic Ulysses S. Grant House and headed PD’s involvement in a city-wide historic building survey as partners with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (MSHPO) and the City of Detroit. Marion Christiansen served admirably as the Interim Executive Director during a time of transition and led Preservation Detroit’s tours and events; under her guidance the organization offered hundreds of unique heritage tours and special programs. (Christiansen will continue to lead tour programming through December 2013.) Melanie Markowicz guided Preservation Detroit’s mission and strategy with a focus on neighborhood and community revitalization, right-sizing, and heritage conservation. Markowicz worked tirelessly to reconnect Preservation Detroit with state and national preservation partners and formed new partnerships within the city that addressed its changing preservation needs. She also led the rebranding of Preservation Detroit, which had been known as Preservation Wayne since its founding in 1975.
We thank these board members for their commitment, leadership and service and recognize their immeasurable contribution to the organization’s continued health and success.
PRESERVATION DETROIT BOARD OF DIRECTORS – AS OF SEPT. 12, 2013
Amy Elliott Bragg
President | Board of Directors
Amy Elliott Bragg joined the board of directors in April 2013. A noted writer and speaker on Detroit’s pre-automotive history, she is the author of Hidden History of Detroit and an independent docent and tour guide. Elliott Bragg also brings her professional experience in media to her leadership role at Preservation Detroit. Currently she is content director for Issue Media Group, an Inc. 5000 media company dedicated to telling the story of growth, development, leadership, and transformation in cities across the country, including Detroit (Model D and UIX Detroit). She is a graduate of Beloit College and blogs about the Motor City before the motor at nighttraintodetroit.com.
Vice President | Board of Directors
Jen joined the board in April of 2013. She received a BA from the University of Detroit Mercy with a focus in advertising, public relations, and writing. Her professional and volunteer experiences span many industries and have made her highly versatile and adaptable in anything she gets involved with. She cut her community organizing teeth most notably by taking on a variety of roles with Detroit Synergy over the course of several years. She subsequently built on those skills by working for and with Inside Detroit, D:hive, and Green Living Science. Her involvement over the last 10 years in the Detroit community has turned her into a natural and genuine ambassador for the city as well as an instant connector to people, places, and anything else noteworthy in the city.
James M. Young
Secretary | Board of Directors
Joining the Board of Directors in October 2011, Jim brings to Preservation Detroit historic restoration and rehabilitation experience, coupled with education expertise and a great enthusiasm for community awareness. A long-time Detroit resident, Jim has had a hand in the restoration of five historic apartment buildings and is currently working on a house built in 1868. He is also a professor of English at Macomb Community College and director of the Cass Park Area Neighborhood Association.
Treasurer | Board of Directors
Steven joined the Board of Directors in October 2010 and currently serves as Treasurer. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and also attended Wayne State’s M.B.A. program, majoring in Accounting. With his own accounting practice, Steven brings to Preservation Detroit over 30 years of public accounting experience. Born in Detroit, he has a long family history rooted in Eastern Market. His grandfather started a wholesale produce business there in the 1930s, and Steven has shared his family experiences during Preservation Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market tours, offering a unique perspective on commerce and Jewish life in Detroit.
Director | Board of Directors
Dawn joined the Board of Directors in August 2013. She holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and a B.A. in Political Science and Jewish Studies from Indiana University. As an Association for Preservation Technology International Student Scholar and National Trust for Historic Preservation Diversity Scholar, she presented on the practice of deconstruction and its role in Detroit and surrounding communities for last-ditch preservation effort and community development. Dawn is passionate about educating people on the social, economical and cultural benefits of historic preservation and increasing appreciation for built heritage. Preservation-related interests include photography, conditions assessments and researching historic structures and architects to save their stories for the future. Dawn is employed with The Christman Company, in business since 1894 and responsible for constructing many Detroit gems such as The Fisher Building and the Masonic Temple. She is honored to reside in one of Albert Kahn’s designs and proud to call Detroit home.
Director | Board of Directors
Timothy Boscarino is a city planner and architectural historian who lives in Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood. Formerly of the City of Detroit City Planning Commission and Historic Designation Advisory Board, the Central Park Conservancy, and Indiana Landmarks, he now works as a freelance writer and historic preservation consultant when he’s not busy procrastinating on his master’s thesis at Eastern Michigan University. He joined the board in September 2013.