Leadership

  Eric Kehoe President | Board of Directors  Eric joined the board in November 2016 with an interest in the connections between historic preservation and equitable community development. He received his M.A. from the University of Maine and his B.A. from Grand Valley State University, and lives in North Rosedale Park with his wife Katie.  Email   ekehoe@preservationdetroit.org

Eric Kehoe
President | Board of Directors

Eric joined the board in November 2016 with an interest in the connections between historic preservation and equitable community development. He received his M.A. from the University of Maine and his B.A. from Grand Valley State University, and lives in North Rosedale Park with his wife Katie.
Email ekehoe@preservationdetroit.org

  Jolene Kijorski   Executive Vice President | Board of Directors  Joining the Board of Directors in August 2016, Jolene brings her educational knowledge and passion for historic preservation to Preservation Detroit. Prior to joining the board she has served to educate and advocate as a volunteer within the organization as well as in her personal life. Through her travels she has made it a mission to educate others about the history and beauty our city possesses. She studied Geography and Historic Preservation and hopes to act as an ambassador for those unfamiliar with Detroit’s preservation potential and to promote sustainability through historic preservation.  Email   jkijorski@preservationdetroit.org

Jolene Kijorski
Executive Vice President | Board of Directors
Joining the Board of Directors in August 2016, Jolene brings her educational knowledge and passion for historic preservation to Preservation Detroit. Prior to joining the board she has served to educate and advocate as a volunteer within the organization as well as in her personal life. Through her travels she has made it a mission to educate others about the history and beauty our city possesses. She studied Geography and Historic Preservation and hopes to act as an ambassador for those unfamiliar with Detroit’s preservation potential and to promote sustainability through historic preservation.
Email jkijorski@preservationdetroit.org

  Jeff Richards    Secretary | Board of Directors  Jeff joined Preservation Detroit as a volunteer in 2014. He joined the board of directors in early 2016, and was elected as Secretary at the end of 2017. He has a BA degree in Communications from Wayne State University. Jeff has a passion for architecture and historic preservation, particularly in Detroit. He is also an interactive producer, working in advertising.  Email   jrichards@preservationdetroit.org

Jeff Richards
Secretary | Board of Directors
Jeff joined Preservation Detroit as a volunteer in 2014. He joined the board of directors in early 2016, and was elected as Secretary at the end of 2017. He has a BA degree in Communications from Wayne State University. Jeff has a passion for architecture and historic preservation, particularly in Detroit. He is also an interactive producer, working in advertising.
Email jrichards@preservationdetroit.org

 
  Steven Levine 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.

Steven Levine
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.

 
  Mickey Lyons   Tour Director | Board of Directors  Mickey joined the Board of Directors in January 2018. She holds a BA from Wayne State in Literature and an MA from Boston College in Irish Studies. Mickey is a passionate believer in the power of storytelling to shape the way we look at the people and places we see every day in Detroit. In addition to being an author on Detroit history, Prohibition in particular, Mickey has been designing and guiding tours of Detroit since 2013.  Email   mlyons@preservationdetroit.org

Mickey Lyons
Tour Director | Board of Directors
Mickey joined the Board of Directors in January 2018. She holds a BA from Wayne State in Literature and an MA from Boston College in Irish Studies. Mickey is a passionate believer in the power of storytelling to shape the way we look at the people and places we see every day in Detroit. In addition to being an author on Detroit history, Prohibition in particular, Mickey has been designing and guiding tours of Detroit since 2013.
Email mlyons@preservationdetroit.org

 
  Amy Elliott Bragg Director | 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. She is also an editor for  Crain’s Detroit Business . She is a graduate of Beloit College and blogs about the Motor City before the motor at  nighttraintodetroit.com .  Email   aelliottbragg@preservationdetroit.org

Amy Elliott Bragg
Director | 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. She is also an editor for Crain’s Detroit Business. She is a graduate of Beloit College and blogs about the Motor City before the motor at nighttraintodetroit.com.
Email aelliottbragg@preservationdetroit.org

 
  Dawn Bilobran 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. Dawn is specifically interested in the correlation between historic preservation, economic development and civic engagement and the roles they play in sustainable community revitalization. A Detroit resident, she also serves on the Board of Directors of the Belle Isle Conservancy and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.  Email   dbilobran@preservationdetroit.org

Dawn Bilobran
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. Dawn is specifically interested in the correlation between historic preservation, economic development and civic engagement and the roles they play in sustainable community revitalization. A Detroit resident, she also serves on the Board of Directors of the Belle Isle Conservancy and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.
Email dbilobran@preservationdetroit.org

 
  Jennifer Ruud Director | 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.  Email   jruud@preservationdetroit.org

Jennifer Ruud
Director | 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.
Email jruud@preservationdetroit.org

 
  James M. Young Director | 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 the 1880s. He is also a professor of English at Macomb Community College.

James M. Young
Director | 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 the 1880s. He is also a professor of English at Macomb Community College.

 
  Miranda Day Director | Board of Directors  Miranda Day is a graduate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, with a Master’s in Community Development. She joined Preservation Detroit in November 2015 as Preservation Associate with an unrelenting pursuit for architectural history in hopes of being a part of Detroit’s revival through advocacy, community engagement, and design.  Email   mday@preservationdetroit.org

Miranda Day
Director | Board of Directors

Miranda Day is a graduate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, with a Master’s in Community Development. She joined Preservation Detroit in November 2015 as Preservation Associate with an unrelenting pursuit for architectural history in hopes of being a part of Detroit’s revival through advocacy, community engagement, and design.
Email mday@preservationdetroit.org