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Lisa Craig

PRINCIPAL

With 30 years in the historic preservation field, Ms. Craig strives in her professional and volunteer pursuits to promote historic places as economic, resilient, dynamic, and creative community assets by collaborating with public and private partners to make historic communities the preferred place to live, work and visit. Ms. Craig serves as ...

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Keri Ragland

PRESERVATION SPECIALIST

Keri Ragland joins the team with a combination of experience including work in Fine Art Conservation and Restoration as well as Historic Site and Museum Collection Management. Ms. Ragland has 10 years of hands-on experience working with conservators of furniture and wooden objects, sculpture, gilt surfaces, archaeological ceramics and metals and paintings on canvas. She received her ...

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Dr. Leslee Keys

PRESERVATION SPECIALIST

Dr. Keys brings to the firm more than 40 years of professional historic preservation experience with government or non-profit organizations in a variety of locations throughout the United States. In addition, she has served as adjunct or full-time faculty at colleges and universities for 35 years. Dr. Keys meets the Secretary of the ... 

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Mariel Kieval

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Mariel Kieval is a science communicator with a strong interest in climate resilience. She has experience working with both domestic and international organizations on various aspects of climate change, including gender equality, democratic reform, , and climate migration policy. Previously, Mariel worked with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Armenia, Women Engage ...

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Kim Rose

PRESERVATION ASSOCIATE

Kimberly (Kim) Rose graduated from the University of Florida with her Masters in Historic Preservation. Her Master’s thesis looked at the myriad of policy and traditional preservation techniques through the lens of elevating historic buildings in coastal communities threatened by sea level rise. She studied Charleston ...

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LISA CRAIG, PRINCIPAL

With 30 years in the historic preservation field, Ms. Craig strives in her professional and volunteer pursuits to promote historic places as economic, resilient, dynamic, and creative community assets by collaborating with public and private partners to make historic communities the preferred place to live, work, and visit. Ms. Craig serves as Principal for The Craig Group.  In this role she leads a team of design and planning professionals to support communities, governments, and nonprofit organizations in protecting the economic value, architectural integrity, and cultural heritage of historic communities.  Her experience in historic preservation, community engagement, and resiliency planning has made her a popular speaker and instructor. She is qualified as an expert witness under the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards. 

  

Before starting her own firm, Ms. Craig served for seven years as Chief of Historic Preservation for the City of Annapolis. She conducted historic research, design review, and commission trainings, drafted legislation, procedures, and staff reports. She led award-winning community engagement and educational programs and raised project funds through grants and in-kind donations.  She spearheaded the Weather It Together initiative, a Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a national model for resiliency planning. 

  

FROM 200?-200?, Ms. Craig worked as project executive with Forest City Military Communities, Washington, DC leading property development activities for the $82 million housing privatization project at the United States Air Force Academy.  She provided technical assistance on design, development, maintenance, regulatory compliance, and historic tax credit activities for more than 350 historic properties within the company’s historic property portfolio. Ms. Craig’s background includes contract consulting to Lord Cultural Resources Planning & Management on historic preservation, cultural tourism, and corridor planning projects; serving as State Historic Preservation Officer for the District of Columbia; working for the National Trust for Historic Preservation as the head of the Southern Field Office and Director of Preservation Partnerships; and leading the Historic Preservation League of Oregon as Executive Director.  

  

Ms. Craig has published numerous articles and presented dozens of public talks on topics ranging from planning for more resilient historic communities to establishing conservation districts.  Ms. Craig graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art & Design and went on for Master’s work at the University of Oregon. Nationally , she serves as a CAMP trainer for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions and locally, she sits on the board of the Stockton Chamber of Commerce and the Lodi-Tokay Rotary.

 

 

 

DR. LESLEE KEYS, PRESERVATION SPECIALIST

Dr. Keys brings to the firm more than 40 years of professional historic preservation experience with government or non-profit organizations in a variety of locations throughout the United States. In addition, she has served as adjunct or full-time faculty at colleges and universities for 35 years. Dr. Keys meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards in History and Architectural History. She has expertise in research and documentation; compliance and review; preservation law and policy; financial incentives and conservation easements; disaster preparedness and recovery; and community engagement. She has made more than 60 academic and 35 community presentations in 43 cities over 12 states, in Washington, D.C., and internationally. In 2019, she co-chaired the Keeping History Above Water international conference in St. Augustine. 

  

Her fundraising expertise has assisted 30 organizations and communities in securing $30 million for arts, cultural, and heritage efforts. She has published five books and numerous articles on historic preservation, planning, heritage conservation, public outreach, financial incentives for preservation, and sea level rise challenges to cultural resources. From 2008-2015, she served as the liaison for commemorative heritage events in St. Augustine, Florida including the visits by Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, Havana city historian Dr. Eusebio Leal, Ambassador  Andrew Young, and other distinguished visitors to the historic city. 

  

Dr. Keys received a doctoral degree with honors from the University of Florida in Historic Preservation and is the recipient of the inaugural Distinguished Alumni in Historic Preservation award. Also, she received the inaugural Roy E. Graham Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation Education from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and serves as a Trustee Emerita of the organization. She is a Research Associate with the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute. She completed master’s programs in History with honors and Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and holds a bachelor’s degree in History, Pre-Law, and Political Science from Ball State University’s Honors College. A former member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, she continues to serve as a Commissions Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP) trainer for the organization.

 

 

 

 

KIM ROSE, PRESERVATION ASSOCIATE

Kimberly (Kim) Rose graduated from the University of Florida with her Masters in Historic Preservation. Her Master’s thesis looked at the myriad of policy and traditional preservation techniques through the lens of elevating historic buildings in coastal communities threatened by sea level rise. She studied Charleston, South Carolina; Nantucket, Massachusetts; and Schenectady, New York in order to better understand the development of research and benchmark where historic communities were in their adaptation and mitigation efforts. In addition to her work with climate change, Kim is proficient in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the ERSI Collector App, to which she has published several platforms to expediate and maintain a field data collection. 

  

Prior to attending the University of Florida, Kim attended Martin Methodist College (MMC) in Pulaski, Tennessee where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in History. During her time at MMC, Kim completed an internship to preserve the mausoleum of Thomas Martin, the founder, which helped her decide to further her education. Her undergraduate thesis was on the social and cultural implications of the First Barbary War (1800-1805) and the creation of the U.S. Navy.  

  

Kimberly "Kim" Rose serves as Co-Director of the University of Florida Preservation Institute Nantucket. She believes in whole community adaptation and places value on community engagement with every project. Kim founded and previously served as Coordinator of ACKlimate Nantucket, a public-private partnership for holistic climate action and communication. With The Craig Group, she has worked on projects that further strengthen her community engagement toolkit and her knowledge of what it means for communities to be resilient. She holds a Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science from Martin Methodist College (now the University of Tennessee Southern).  

 

 

 

 

KERI RAGLAND, PRESERVATION SPECIALIST

Keri Ragland joins the team with a combination of experience including work in Fine Art Conservation and Restoration as well as Historic Site and Museum Collection Management. Ms. Ragland has 10 years of hands-on experience working with conservators of furniture and wooden objects, sculpture, gilt surfaces, archaeological ceramics and metals and paintings on canvas. 

  

She received her B.A in Art History and Chemistry in 2012 from Virginia Commonwealth University after which she continued to work in Richmond, Virginia managing the cultural resources of a National Register property and working with consultants on preservation planning and policy.

  

Mrs. Ragland received her M.A. in Historic Preservation from Goucher College in 2017 where she published her thesis, ““Hoi Toide”: Sustaining Adaptations and Mandating Action in Historic Flood-Prone Communities”.  In addition to her thesis, she produced multiple graduate papers over a three-year period focusing on historic communities in danger of sea level rise and nuisance flooding. She focused her work on small communities in North Carolina and in 2015 won the Goucher Master of Arts Historic Preservation Alumnae/i Prize for her paper, “Sea Level Rise and Historic Structure Salvage” which proposed a matrix of salvage priorities for National Register listed properties in Dare County, North Carolina. 

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In addition to Project Assistant with The Craig Group, Mrs. Ragland continues to work in Richmond, VA as the Assistant Manager with Richmond Conservation Studio. 

 

 

 

 

MARIEL KIEVAL, COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Mariel Kieval is a science communicator with a strong interest in climate resilience. She has experience working with both domestic and international organizations on various aspects of climate change, including gender equality, democratic reform, and climate migration policy. Previously, Mariel worked with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Armenia, Women Engage in a Common Future, the Wilson Center and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Mariel is passionate about creating better science and policy communication tools to work towards a better future.

 

Mariel concurrently serves as the Communications Officer for Crude Accountability and the Managing Editor for the Antarctic Science Journal. She is holds bachelors degrees in International Relations and Environmental Studies from Tufts University.