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Community Surveyors


Petra Knapp
Cleveland Restoration Society, Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Email: pknapp@clevelandrestoration.org
Phone: (216) 426-3111

As a senior in high school, while planning my college career, I decided to join the Ohio Army National Guard. I quickly realized that I valued the feeling of being part of something much bigger than myself. During my time in the National Guard, I learned the importance of searching for newer and better methods for making the community, and the world, a better place. After the National Guard, I pursued and received a Bachelor's degree in history and a Master's degree in applied history/historic preservation from Youngstown State University. Now, as a community surveyor for AmeriCorps, I am fortunate enough to be able to apply my passion for historic architecture and the preservation of historic structures as a cultural resource, while again experiencing the feeling of being an integral part of something bigger than myself.

Kimberly Barnard

Cleveland Landmarks Commission, 601 Lakeside Avenue, City Hall Room 519, Cleveland, OH 44114
Email: kbarnard@city.cleveland.oh.us
Phone: (216) 664-7445

My last architecture internship at a historic preservation society was the most enjoyable of my undergraduate career and ultimately led me down south to Savannah, Georgia to complete my Master's degree in architectural history.  My Master's allowed me to discover my love for researching and gave me a deeper appreciation for my undergraduate degree.  I also worked on improving my public speaking skills by working with two different house museums (one in my hometown, the other in Savannah). I was ecstatic when I saw that there were AmeriCorps opportunities in the Cleveland area that were right up my alley! 


Doreen Moore
Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555
Email: dlmoore007@gmail.com
Phone: (330) 941-3452

I moved to Ohio nine years ago to attend Belmont Technical College, so I could pursue my dream to be a preservationist. I was 45. Now, I have a Bachelor's degree in history/American studies (special focus on preservation)a Master's degree in history (special focus on museum studies), and I'm working with AmeriCorps in historic preservation. I have always wanted to be a historic preservationist, and I'm proof that you can follow your dreams (and have them come true) no matter what your age!


Rebecca Torsell
Piqua Public Library, 116 West High Street, Piqua, OH 45356
Email: torselre@oplin.org
Phone: (937) 773-6753 x231

After restoring a mining camp over the summer in the San Juan Mountains, I opted to further enhance my preservation skills by becoming a community surveyor. I am currently documenting 150 buildings and sites in the Piqua area in an effort to take a snapshot of the historic resources of the community. I am a native Ohioan with a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan and an Associate of Applied Science in building preservation and restoration technology from Belmont College. My interests include restoring historic structures and educating and engaging the community in the importance of preserving historic resources.