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Officers & Board Members

Preservation Idaho was established to preserve the state's historic and cultural resources through education and advocacy. As a statewide organization, we hope to represent all corners of Idaho on our board. If you are interested in learning how to become a board member of Preservation Idaho, please email us at info@preservationidaho.org.


President Paula Benson Retired/Johnson & Johnson Boise
Vice President John Bertram Planmakers
Secretary Steve Trout, AIA, LEED AP Trout Architects Boise
Treasurer Frank Eld Roseberry General Store and Museum, Long Valley Preservation Society Boise
Past President John Bertram Planmakers Boise

Standing Board

Stephanie Clarkson Trout Architects Boise
Jamee Fiore State Historic Preservation Office Boise
Holly Funk University of Idaho Boise
Renee Magee City of Idaho Falls Idaho Falls
Aric Spence Spence Design Sandpoint

Ex Officio

Dan Everhart Restore Oregon Portland
Barbara Perry Bauer TAG Historical Research and Consulting Boise
Sheri Freemuth National Trust for Historic Preservation, Western Field Office Boise
Nancy Richardson Idaho Department of Commerce, Tourism Division Boise
Terri Schorzman City of Boise Arts and History Department Boise


Kathleen Barrett Administrative Assistant Boise
Cyndy Lounsbury Volunteer Coordinator Boise
Amy Pence-Brown Tour Coordinator Boise

Executive Board Member Bios

Paula Benson - President

Paula is retired from Centocor Ortho Biotech Products, the pharmaceutical/biotech division of Johnson & Johnson. She was a Managed Care Director with a focus on biotech/disease management/patient advocacy. Her responsibilities included identifying and contracting with key managed care customers, analyzing marketplace opportunities and developing strategic alliances. 

Most recently, Paula has worked on P eservation Idaho's advocacy, membership, and events committees. She was the liaison for the Idaho Main Street Program before it was launched by the Department of Commerce. She also worked on several specific projects such as updating the Threatened Sites website tab with stories on Preservation Idaho’s Successes and Failures. She was a conduit providing information and communication on the Linger House, the Hurlbut Mansion, and the Hidden Bay Float Homes. She was host for the 2011 and 2012 Heritage Home Tours - gathering teams and organizing volunteer crews and tour guides. She co-coordinated the membership public tour of downtown Nampa in October of 2012.

Steve Trout, AIA, LEED AP - Secretary

Steve Trout earned his BA in Architecture in 1977 from the University of Idaho and is the Principal of Trout Architects / Chartered located in Boise, Idaho. Steve is an architect and designer with an extensive background in architectural design and construction that gives him a unique perspective on historic preservation projects. His award winning design expertise in meeting complex challenges result in architectural works of sensitive and enduring quality. In his 32 years as an architect and 9 years prior as a carpenter and draftsman, Steve has learned his trade well. Steve possesses a unique ability to work with a wide spectrum of projects; facilitating and synthesizing different perspectives into seamlessly detailed projects, historic and contemporary.

Steve's architectural historical projects include preservation and renovation of the Railroad Ranch Dude Barns, Bunkhouse and Harriman Cottage at Harriman State Park of Idaho, the Blaine County Courthouse Historic Stair Reconstruction in Hailey, Idaho, and the R.Z. Johnson Block Renovation in Boise, all of which received Preservation Idaho Orchid Awards.

Other projects include the preservation and restoration of the Bown House, which received the National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award, and Idaho Heritage Trust Award and the Shick-Ostolasa Farmstead which received the Albert B. Corley Award for Excellence in Local Historic Endeavor in addition to Orchid Awards. Both projects are located in Boise, Idaho.

Steve is a registered Architect in Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, and Montana.

Frank Eld - Treasurer

Frank is President of the Long Valley Preservation Society, Roseberry, Idaho, an historic townsite with twenty two buildings.  Frank has documented Nordic log construction throughout the United States, focusing on the Finnish.  Born and raised in a Finnish community in Idaho, He graduated from Columbia University, New York and became an educator in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before returning to Idaho. Frank is a lecturer and a 2009 recipient of Preservation Idaho's Orchid Award, recognizing over forty years in preservation. Frank was a teacher, business owner, and county commissioner before retiring in 2010. Today he pursues his passion for restoration at the project, operates the Roseberry General Store and is writing a book on Finnish Log Construction, The Art.

The large number of Finns who came over with the Swedes to the New Sweden Colony prompted his research into what remains of Finnish/Swedish log buildings in the area. An avid historian and preservationist, Frank began his historical passion as a boy of 14, restoring an old pump organ. The year he graduated college, he purchased the old Roseberry General Store building and helped establish the Preservation Society and Museum. Frank has been a presenter at the National Folklore Conference, Idaho Humanities Council programs, Washington State Barn Conference, Idaho State Historical Society, Naselle Finn Festival, and numerous regional and local community events.

John Bertram - Past President

John Bertram, Principal of Planmakers, has helped Northwest communities plan and implement projects since 1977. Throughout his career, he has worked to understand the unique character of an area and create places with strong local identity. 

Projects have ranged from protecting the Oregon Trail to preparing master plans for Boise’s Old Boise, 8th Street Marketplace, and Hyde Park.  A key success was a downtown plan and storefront renovation program for Baker City, Oregon.  Boise rehabilitation projects include the Boise Depot, the Log Cabin Literary Center and Idaho Black History Museum.  For Idaho's Centennial, Planmakers prepared the Capitol Boulevard Plan and Action Plan and headed up implementation efforts to restore the grandeur of the Boise's ceremonial entrance. 

Mr. Bertram currently serves as Idaho Advisor Emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Standing Board Member Bios

Dan Everhart

Dan is an architectural historian with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). He received his undergraduate degree in Museum Studies and History from Baylor University and studied in the historic preservation graduate program at the University of Vermont. After four years as an architectural historian with the Intermountain Region of the National Forest Service, Dan accepted his current position with ITD where he assists in completing the federal Section 106 process. Between 2006 and 2010 he was the President of the Board of Trustees for Preservation Idaho. Dan’s free time is often spent researching the next Preservation Idaho tour, reading historical non-fiction, or spending time with friends and family

Aric Spence

Aric Spence has lived in Sandpoint, Idaho for more than 30 years and has a strong interest in preserving the Idaho's state history. He is currently a member of the Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission and spearheaded the efforts to save the historic Sandpoint Train Depot.

Barbara Perry Bauer

Barbara is president and co-owner of TAG Historical Research & Consulting and has over 25 years of experience conducting cultural resource investigations, litigation support research, and developing interpretive exhibits and programs. Barbara has completed historic context statements, as well as HABS/HAER documentation reports, National Register nominations, interpretive plans, and other technical studies. She has a special interest in the history of neighborhoods and urban development.

Barbara has been recognized for her commitment to history with the City of Boise Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Business History and was also awarded the Merle Wells Public Service Award from Boise State University for imaginative application of scholarship in the promotion of good citizenship and community history.

Maria Walker

Maria is a graphic designer currently pursuing an MBA at Boise State University. She has lived in Boise, Idaho since 1999. A long-time volunteer, she joined the board in 2009.

Staff Member Bios

Kathleen Barrett - Administrative Assistant

Kathleen retired from the design and development unit of Boise Parks & Recreation and has been involved with non profits and several capital campaigns.  She is one of the founding board members of several key Boise groups, including Friends of the Philharmonic, the Log Cabin Literary Center, Arts for Kids, and the Julia Davis Park Second-Century Coalition.  Kathleen also served as secretary to the Greenbelt and Pathways Committee.  She is the granddaughter of Idaho Statesman political cartoonist, Nick Villeneuve, whose boyhood home is the cobblestone way station in Star, ID.  It was built to give Oregon Trail emigrants an overnight resting place and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. She is Preservation Idaho’s administrative assistant.