Board of Directors

Marilyn Kaplan, RA, FAPT, (President) is a national expert on fire protection for historic building and devotes considerable time working with public officials to incorporate in building codes provisions that not only provide for public safety but also ensure that the historic qualities of older buildings will be preserved. Her firm, Preservation Architecture (Albany, New York), actively works with museums, non-profit organizations, and local governments in maintaining, restoring, and rehabilitating historic properties.  An instructor and lecturer at many public forums, she also serves as a board member and member of a number of community preservation organizations.

Deborah Slaton, FAPT, is a principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (Northbrook, Illinois), an engineering, architecture, and materials science firm specializing in problem-solving for historic buildings and structures nationwide. Her work has included projects ranging from Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina to St. Elizabeths, the nation’s first mental institution in Washington, D.C., and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. She has lectured and published extensively on issues related to historic preservation, including several Preservation Briefs for the National Park Service. She is also a member of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Transportation Research Board Committee ADC-50 on Historic and Archaeological Preservation in Transportation.

Martha Werenfels, AIA, LEED AP, (Secretary) is a partner in the architectural firm of Durkee Brown Viveiros & Werenfels (Providence, Rhode Island) and has extensive experience in the restoration of National Historic Landmarks.  She has been the principal architect for the restoration of the Rhode Island State House and has completed award-winning affordable housing rehabilitation projects.  She is a past president of the American Institute of Architects Rhode Island chapter, and formerly worked for the Rhode Island State Historic Preservation Office and for the Washington, DC, office of the National Park Service, which promotes dissemination of historic preservation information and administers national preservation standards.

Tom Moriarity is vice president of Economic Research Associates (Washington, DC) and heads its retail group working with community revitalization projects and economic development. He was a founder of the National Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and lectures widely on issues relating to center city development and historic preservation.

Richard Pieper is Director of Preservation and Partner in the architectural firm of Jan Hird Porkorny Associates in New York City. Since 1995 Pieper has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where he teaches a course on the conservation of architectural metals. From 2001 to 2005 Pieper directed the exterior restoration of the cast iron and steel cladding of the Battery Maritime Building, and from 1994 to 1997 the restoration of the cast iron drum and dome of the New Jersey State House. He has written numerous publications on historic preservation, including the National Park Service Preservation Brief on the Maintenance, Repair and Replacement of Historic Cast Stone, and has lectured widely on the subject. Pieper has served on the boards of numerous historic preservation organizations, including US ICOMOS and the Historic Preservation Education Foundation. Pieper also co-chaired the 2011 Symposium on the Restoration of Cast and Wrought Iron.