Please note: at this time, we are working remotely and are only occasionally in the office location.
A part-time job typing National Register Nominations in 1982 turned into a long career for Mindy. She has been the Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania since 2006, after spending 24 years at Historic York, Inc. (20 years as Executive Director). A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from York College coupled with a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College has opened up many opportunities for work and volunteering. Mindy is an adjunct professor at Penn State Harrisburg and York College of Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.
In her spare(?) time, you’ll find Mindy exploring the Lincoln Highway and other old roads looking for great roadside architecture and searching for the perfect plastic snow globe. You might also find her wearing seven layers of period clothing to participate in Civil War dancing or living history events with her husband, Rodney.
As Communications Director, Sabra's goal is to raise awareness of Preservation Pennsylvania's mission, success stories, and resources available to help people meet local preservation challenges. In addition to writing newsletters, monthly e-news and the like, Sabra also manages the website and social media channels (join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) as well as using her preservation expertise to assist with program planning and technical assistance inquiries.
Sabra's career path has zigged (from NYC publishing house) and zagged (to pr and corporate communications), before leading to the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and a Masters in Historic Preservation. Since then, Sabra has worked in preservation at the local, state and federal levels, working as as Advocacy Associate at the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and as an Architectural Historian at the National Park Service's Northeast Regional Office. She's organized charettes for National Historic Landmarks (such as the Abel & Mary Nicholson House and the ex-USS Olympia), managed the NHL photo contest, preservation project grants, lighthouse deed covenants, helped edit Revealing Women's History: Best Practices for Historic Sites and wrote "Philadelphia's Carnegie Libraries" published in CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship.
While she's fascinated by architecture and history and how the public engages with both, she also embraces the new, honing her skills with groups focused on audience engagement, social media, content strategy and web development.
Development and Advocacy Assistant
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A native of Massachusetts, Melonie moved to Harrisburg after completing the M.A. program in American Studies at Penn State University. She was drawn to Shipoke and Hummelstown for their historic buildings and fell in love with the area's agricultural landscape, dotted with farms that she enjoys on her daily walks.
When Melonie is not contra and English country dancing, she finds time to bike, kayak and paint with watercolors. With her husband Ivan, she enjoys target shooting and archery.
Melonie offers a broad range of experience in museums, libraries, education and advertising. She looks forward to furthering the mission of Preservation Pennsylvania in her role as Development and Advocacy Assistant.