Staff

Doug Gasek, Executive Director

dgasek@mnpreservation.org Focused on organizational sustainability and community development that reuses existing buildings, Doug joined PAM in 2012.  During this time, PAM launched two new programs, developed new staff positions, and fostered new partnerships.  Doug gained his knowledge of preservation working as the Executive Director with the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation and as the Alaska State Architectural Historian.  He has degrees in History, Historic Preservation, and Nonprofit Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Montana.

Erin Hanafin Berg, Field Services and Programs Manager

ehberg@mnpreservation.org headshot March 2014 Erin Hanafin Berg, a native of St. Paul, earned an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon and has over fifteen years professional experience in the preservation field. She brings a love of historic architecture and a background in preservation planning, research, and documentation to PAM. Her work is focused on empowering individuals and supporting community development by sharing information, resources, and strategies to undertake successful preservation activities.

Ramona Haines, Development Coordinator

portrait croppedrhaines@mnpreservation.org In January 2014, Ramona Haines joined PAM as Development Coordinator. Her previous experience includes work in the Development office at the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, as well as serving as a History and Diversity Fellow with the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS). Ramona received a Bachelor of Art History with an emphasis in Management from the University of Minnesota, and is excited to promote historic preservation by growing PAM’s partnerships. A transplant to Minneapolis by way of Madison, WI, Ramona recently bought a house in NE Minneapolis with her significant other and is enjoying all that comes with home ownership.

Will O’Keefe, Real Estate Coordinator

wokeefe@mnpreservation.org Will O’Keefe has been with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota since 2010. As the Real Estate Program Coordinator, Will  uses real estate tools to bring about more positive preservation outcomes. His work is focused on partnering with property owners, local governments and concerned citizens to come up with creative solutions to properties in need of a new future. Prior to moving to Minnesota, Will worked in the Legal Department at the National Trust for Historic Preservation supporting efforts to save historic places around the country. Will is certified by the National Development Council as a Historic Housing Development Finance Professional and serves as the Building Reuse Best Practice Adviser for GreenStep Cities.

Emily Northey, Minnesota Main Street Coordinator

enorthey@mnpreservation.org Emily Northey PortraitEmily Northey, Minnesota Main Street Coordinator, joined the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota in 2010 when the new statewide program was launched.  Emily grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and received her bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Political Science from Macalester College.  She has worked for organizations such as the Wilder Research Center, the City of Blaine Planning Department, and the Brainerd Lakes Chamber where she managed their Main Street Program for its first three years.  Emily is an active volunteer with the Minnesota Design Team.

Beth Rutledge, Education Coordinator

brutledge@mnpreservation.org BethPortrait (Resized)Prior to joining PAM first as a volunteer and later as the Development & Marketing Coordinator, Beth worked as a copywriter and editor with two decades of communications experience. She is also a Realtor® with a keen interest in neighborhood activism, old houses, and animal rescue. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in English, Beth has lived in Minneapolis for more than 25 years.

Erin Dorbin, Partnership Coordinator (Southeast Minnesota)

erin pepsiedorbin@mnpreservation.org Equal parts new media historian, preservationist and community organizer, Erin has completed various projects for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, Wyoming Public Media, New York Folklore Society, Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, Historic Milwaukee, Inc. and the Anoka County Historical Society. She believes that the most powerful role an individual can hold is participating in the process which determines the look, feel and character of the place in which they live. As the new Southeast Partnership Coordinator, Erin seeks to unite and strengthen neighborhoods via the economic, cultural and social power of historic preservation.

Chris Brown, Field Services Project Assistant

cbrown@mnpreservation.org Chris Brown began working in his new role as a Project Assistant in the Field Services Department in August 2013, after having served as PAM’s Resource Development Intern and Main Street Assistant.  Chris graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Urban Studies and Geography minor.  Chris’s experience in grant writing and administration, partnership development, and meeting facilitation is put to use in addressing community development challenges throughout Minnesota.