Preserve Minneapolis promotes and celebrates the city’s historic architectural and cultural resources through advocacy, education, and public engagement.
We were founded in 2003 as an informal group of professionals and enthusiasts helping to organize tours, parties, and other events in Minneapolis for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference. Since then, we’ve evolved into a permanent 501c3 organization promoting preservation throughout Minneapolis. We are led by volunteer board members with diverse interests and backgrounds. Find out more about our leadership below.
Board of Directors
Katie Haun Schuring, President
Katie holds a Master of Historic Preservation from Ball State University and is the author of The History Park Inn Hotel and City National Bank, a history of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel and bank in Mason City, Iowa, for Wright on the Park, Inc. On any given day you might find Katie wandering through your neighborhood, admiring the city’s vernacular architecture.
David Hlavac, Vice President
David is a strategic communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in cause marketing, public relations, content strategy and media engagement. A Minneapolis native with vivid memories of downtown in the 1970s and 1980s, David believes strongly that historic preservation is more than just a feel-good pursuit: it’s the very thing that keeps cities alive, vibrant and unique. David earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History – with an emphasis on Minnesota History – from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he enjoyed exploring every corner of Rarig Center, Ralph Rapson’s brutalist landmark on the University’s West Bank Campus.
Heather Giesel, Secretary
Heather is Grants Services Supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Education, where she manages a team of Grant Specialists who award, monitor and manage state and federal grants. Heather received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from the University of St. Thomas and focused her senior thesis on three different models of preservation in the Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul. Heather began her career as an intern with the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and went on to serve in grants management roles at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The World Wildlife Fund, and the Metropolitan Council. In her spare time she volunteers at the James J. Hill house, gawks at the beautiful architecture in her neighborhood while walking her dog, and enjoys trying new restaurants and traveling with her her husband.
Edna Brazaitis, Treasurer
Kelly is a registered architect who works at Miller Dunwiddie Architecture, primarily on historic preservation projects. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota. She discovered her passion for historic preservation through work, where she has had the good fortune to work on a variety of preservation ventures, including multiple projects at the Basilica of Saint Mary and the Upper Post of Fort Snelling.
Phillip Koski, AIA, is a registered architect and founder of Koski Architecture. His portfolio of design work includes local landmarks and urban places, including the restoration of the Pantages Theater, the Hennepin Theater District Streetscape, and an addition to the historic Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. As a preservation and design advocate, he has served on the Minneapolis HPC from 2001-2008 (the last three years as Chair), has represented his south Minneapolis neighborhood, Corcoran, on several public works projects and is currently it’s Land Use Committee Chair. In 2011 Phillip was the President of the Minneapolis chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and is a regular contributor to Architecture Minnesota and Metro magazines.
Richard Kronick is a freelance writer, writing trainer, architectural historian, and musician. He is co-author, with Rick Harrison, of Prefurbia: Redesigning the Suburbs from Disdainable to Sustainable. More than 100 of Richard’s articles about architecture and engineering have appeared in national and regional journals and magazines. He is a past-president of the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and founded the chapter’s newsletter, With Respect to Architecture. He teaches, lectures, and leads tours on architectural history for the University of Minnesota’s College of Continuing Education, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, and other organizations. He has presented papers at conferences of SAH, The Walter Burley Griffin Society, and the Midwest Art History Society. He is an expert on the architecture of Purcell & Elmslie.
Since 1986, Richard has presented more than 1,000 business writing seminars in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Northern Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong.
In addition, Richard is a professional jazz musician; he plays string bass and electric bass, sings, writes, and arranges. He leads The Kronick Quintet and plays in other groups.
Amy Lake is a nonprofit consultant, specializing in fund development programs. She is a graduate of the Humrphrey Institute’s Nonprofit Management program and a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
Andrew has been volunteering with Preserve Minneapolis since 2013 in the role of social media manager, and has also assisted with the organization’s communications and events. He holds a BA in Art History from the University of Minnesota and is an avid appreciator of vibrant neighborhoods anchored by a strong sense of place.
Gordon has over 35 years of experience providing historic preservation consulting services for governmental agencies and private clients in Minnesota and California. His preservation expertise includes: historic research; preservation planning; documentation of historic elements; building assessment, certifications for governmental approvals and building rehabilitation. He has been committed to public service throughout his career, serving on the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation from 1996 – 1991, The American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee in Minnesota and Los Angeles California and the Angelino Heights Historic Preservation Board in Los Angeles. Notable preservations projects in Minnesota include the Brown Ryan Livery Stable, the Stearns County Courthouse in St Cloud and four adaptive reuse projects in Minneapolis Warehouse District. Notable projects in California include the Los Angeles County Hall of Justice, the Junipero Serra State Office Building, Union Station, the El Capitan Theater, the Mission San Juan Capistrano, and the Ennis House (Frank Lloyd Wright), Gordon currently serves on the Board of the Friend of Christ Church Lutheran in Minneapolis.
John, who has a master’s degree in History Museum Studies from Cooperstown, NY, was with the Minnesota Historical Society for nearly 30 years. At MNHS, he held several positions including Director of Mill City Museum, and most recently Director of Historic Sites and Museums. In that latter role, he oversaw Minnesota’s network of State Historic Sites, including Mill City Museum, Historic Fort Snelling, Split Rock Lighthouse, and 28 other properties. He also served as coordinator/secretary of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board and was Vice-Chair of the Minneapolis Preservation Commission. He currently serves as Chair of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, is a member of the board of the Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund, is President of the Minnesota State Grange, and volunteers for the Hennepin History Museum.
Anne M. Drolet
Anne is a jack-of-all-trades with a Ph.D. and M.A. in Multicultural American Literature from Binghamton University and an Arch-MS in Heritage Conservation and Preservation from the University of Minnesota. Following a long career teaching in the university setting, she currently is a professional researcher focusing on history and historic preservation of place and people’s stories. Her primary passion in terms of architectural preservation is the history of neighborhood movie theaters and the role they and the surrounding neighborhood commercial node had on the local story. She has been a volunteer with Preserve Minneapolis since 2016.
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