Professional Staff Bios
Stephanie Allen, Marketing and Events Specialist
Stephanie brings years of nonprofit experience in graphic arts, writing, and editing to her new role as Marketing & Events Specialist. Most recently, she had a fellowship at the Gordon Square Arts District.
Trudy Andrzejewski, Heritage Home Program Assistant
Trudy joined the staff in December 2015. She speaks with homeowners about the program, coordinates site visits and meets with homeowners in the field. Trudy has a Master of Preservation Studies from the Tulane School of Architecture and was a graduate inern with the Presidio Trust in San Francisco.
Liz Cardarelli, Heritage Home Program Assistant
Liz joined the staff late in 2015 as an assistant in the Heritage Home Program. She speaks with homeowners about the program, coordinates site visits and meets with homeowners in the field. Liz has a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University and previously was a preservation intern at the Western Reserve Historical Society's Hale Farm and Village.
Job Christiansen, Membership and Technology Assistant
Job joined CRS in July 2015 after completing his M.A. in History at Kent State University. He works with Kerri to produce CRS publications, manage membership and maintain the organization's web site. Job also reguarly participates in archaeological field work in Jordan.
Kathleen Crowther, President
For over twenty-five years, Kathleen has been the lead professional at CRS, and has grown the organization into a stable, influential, and relatively large NGO that is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Cleveland's landmarks and neighborhoods. CRS, a Local Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is known nationally as an exemplary local preservation organization with innovative programming.
Ruth Dobranic, Business and Accounting Manager
Ruth joined the staff in July 2017, bringing years of professional non-profit accounting experience to CRS. Ruth ovesees the annual budget and works with the board on larger financial projects, such as our real estate ventures.
Michael Fleenor, Director of Preservation Services
Michael joined the staff in early 2000 after working with historic sites at a SHPO. As Director of Preservation Services, he builds relationships throughout the community and seeks ways for CRS to add value to our services to our partners. He also manages the Sacred Landmarks Assistance Program and Easements Program. Michael staffs the Advocacy Committee and oversees legal and rehabilitation strategies for the organization-initiated real-estate projects.
Thomas A. Jorgensen, Chief Operating Officer
Tom joined the staff in late 2011 after being active as a Board Chairman, Board Member and Honorary Life Trustee for over 26 years. As Chief Operating Officer, Tom oversees all aspects of CRS operations with particular attention to the Heritage Home Program, budget and financial matters.
Margaret Lann, Heritage Home Program Associate
Margaret joined the staff in May of 2013 as an assistant in the Heritage Home Program. Her duties include facilitating the home loan process, providing technical assistance, and advising homeowners regarding preservation practices. She also performs community outreach and development through presentations and workshops. Additional responsibilities include assisting the Preservation Services department with special projects, classes and seminars. Margaret holds a M.A. in Historic Preservation.
Dean Pavlik, Preservation Construction Specialist
Dean joined the staff in July 2015 and brings forty years of experience from residential remodeling and the construction industry to CRS. For the last fifteen years Dean worked on many historic architecture projects within the Shaker Heights area. He has worked on projects throughout all phases of remodeling and utilizes his practical experience to consult with homeowners on their technical needs in the Heritage Home Program.