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Meet the Board of Directors
Board of Director Officers
Bill Burg (President) I joined the SOCA (Preservation Sacramento) Board in 2007 and served as President from 2012-2015, currently serving as chair of the Project Review Subcommittee and member of the Historic Landmarks & Districts, Preservation Roundtable and Home Tour Subcommittees. I received an MA in Public History from Sacramento State in 2010, work as a historian for the California Office of Historic Preservation, and write books and articles on Sacramento history, planning, transportation and culture. I currently serve as President of Sacramento Heritage Inc. and Vice-President of Sacramento County Historical Society, and previously served on the boards of Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association, Midtown Neighborhood Association, and Capital City Preservation Trust.
Guy Guarige (Vice President) has been a SOCA member since the mid 1990s and joined the Board in 2009 as s chair for membership events. Some of the more notable tours have been the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building, The Elks Building, the Citizen Hotel, 16 Powerhouse and the Maydestone Apartments. Guy came to Sacramento to attend UC Davis from Santa Cruz County and remained in the valley after earning a degree in history. Guy’s career took him away from his interest in history but lucky for him the Sacramento region is so steeped in history that he was able to parlay his interest in history in other ways, most notably buying mid town Victorians when few people were interested in these properties. In addition to helping to restore and sustain Sacramento’s Victorian heritage, in his role as events chair, Guy has arranged member tours of historic, repurposed commercial/residential buildings, as well as newly constructed projects. Guy lives in Midtown with his partner of over 25 years in an 1889 Queen Anne high water Victorian purchased in 1989. The home has been on the SOCA home tour three times as a nice reminder of Sacramento’s past.
Patrick Stelmach (Secretary) is a passionate advocate for classic architecture and urban smart growth. He is a Realtor and Director at Turton Commercial Real Estate, focusing on multifamily, residential income and mixed-use properties. As a public affairs consultant and grant writer, he has been involved in high-density infill housing development projects. In his previous career as a community organizer, he had the opportunity to experience many walkable cities with rich architectural heritage, like Boston, Washington, DC, Denver and Bethlehem, PA. Now back in his hometown of Sacramento, he hopes to champion the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and construction of sustainable, transit-oriented development to repopulate downtown. In addition to serving as Secretary and Planning Chair of Preservation Sacramento, he is active in Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, Urban land Institute, American Planning Association, and Rooftop Alliance. Patrick studied Political Science and Society and Environment at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated cum laude in 2010. He lives in the Southside Park neighborhood in a mid-century triplex.
Greg VanAcker (Treasurer): After getting a Master's degree in Television-Radio from Syracuse University, I worked in broadcasting for 25 years for stations in New York, Illinois, and California, ending up at KOVR-TV in Sacramento in engineering. I decided to become a teacher and spent a transition year at UC Davis working in Distance Learning as I earned two teaching credentials (Business and English). I worked as an educator for the Elk Grove Unified School District for 19 years, finishing as the Business Technology Department Chair at Valley High School. I joined SOCA in the early 80's after reading about it in the Suttertown News. The organization meshed with my interest in both community health and design, an interest which grew after Stuart Brand of the Point Foundation introduced me to A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander in 1978. I have been married for 35 years and have two grown sons. We have owned two older homes. The first was a 1920 Elk Grove farmhouse, and I joined SOCAbecause I wanted to learn more about home maintenance and resources. Our second home is a 1937 Land Park Tony Brasil design, and the maintenance never stops. I am interested in preserving older buildings as well as working to improve our urban fabric. I have been a Rotarian for over 25 years, and am Past President of the Rotary Club of Midtown-Sacramento. I am also a Microsoft Certified Trainer.
At-Large Board Members and Subcommittee Chairpersons
Rick Castro: The new Sacramento Midtown zoning requirements and how they are implemented impact the livability of our neighborhood. Preservation Sacramento has a major voice in how they are developed. I would welcome this opportunity to work more closely with this like minded community by participating on the Preservation Sacramento board and working together to develop the optimum understanding, evaluation and coordinated response to these imminent changes to our neighborhoods. As a long-term MidTown resident, I have been been concerned, impacted by and involved with a variety of issues facing Sacramento including homelessness, traffic, bicycle safety, shade tree canopy, public transportation, housing preservation, housing affordability, community diversity, new housing development and the impact of city regulations. In some ways, my interests are broad – from transportation, to the environment and the homeless, but there is an interconnections to all these issues.My passion for Sacramento has always overlapped with SOCA / Preservation Sacramento’s dedication to protect Sacramento’s historic places and encourage quality urban design through advocacy, outreach and activism. By participating on the board, l would welcome the opportunity to share my expertise and problem solving skills in land-use planning, policy and decision making to protect and improve our neighborhoods.
Evan Elliott: I am a professional archaeologist who has focused on the prehistoric and historic periods of Northern California. I grew up in the East Bay, in a neighborhood filled with 1920's eclectic homes. My love of architecture began between there and trips to my grandmother's Victorian in San Francisco. Since then it has grown and one of my favorite things is exploring the architecture of neighborhoods I don't know, on foot and on my bicycle. I feel that the feeling of a neighborhood rests in its history and that this is often threatened by thoughtless development. While new construction has its place, creative use of the places we have help preserve neighborhoods. Additionally, new development must be considerate of the area that is located in, rather than disrupting it. As Sacramento enters a new era, with redevelopment of the Downtown and the Railyards, an organization such as Preservation Sacramento becomes all the more important. I hope to make a difference in this community through this organization.
Donald L. Cox has worked with Paula Boghosian and Historic Environment Consultants since 1994. He has worked in the capacity of architectural historian, writer/editor and photographer. Mr. Cox has worked on several community and neighborhood surveys. He has participated in the successful nominations of numerous homes and buildings to the National Register of Historic Places. Cox has worked on rehabilitation/seismic upgrade projects involving civic and government buildings such as the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento City Hall, Sacramento Water Filtration Plant and Emeryville Town Hall. Commercial projects have included the Maydestone, Hotel Stockton, Globe Mills, Hotel Marshall and Historic Modesto Post Office.
Prior to joining HEC, Mr. Cox had a 20-year career in Marketing and Advertising where he specialized in software and high technology products. He owned his own advertising and marketing agency, Don Cox & Associates for ten years.
Matt Walker: I have been a resident of Sacramento, California since taking residence in Midtown in August 2012. Born and raised in Richmond, California, Ir earned my M.A. in Public History from California State University, Sacramento in December 2014 and B.A. in History from University of California, Santa Cruz in June 2011. Currently a Research Assistant at JRP Historical Consulting in Davis, CA, while completing his graduate work, I focused my efforts largely on preservation, interning at the California Office of Historic Preservation in Sacramento and ECORP Consulting in Rocklin, CA. My M.A. thesis, National Register Nomination for the George and Eliza Withington House, documented the process of nominating an 1850s Ione home to the National Register of Historic Places. Before moving to Sacramento, I worked at the Richmond Museum of History in Richmond, CA where I assisted with the development of museum exhibitions and spent time working on the Museum-run SS Red Oak Victory, one of the last remaining ships built at the Richmond Shipyards during WWII. I am published in the Richmond Museum of History’s The Mirror and the CSUS chapter of Phi Alpha Theta’s history journal Clio. After moving to Sacramento just over three years ago, I quickly fell in love with the vibrant cultural and diverse architectural landscape within Sacramento. My goal in becoming a member of the Board of Directors is to continue to further the public outreach and visibility of the organization and to be a part of advocating for the preservation of our city’s historic properties and looking for ways to rehabilitate and reuse our existing resources.
Brittani Orona is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and completed her Master of Arts in Public History with a focus on Environmental and Native American History at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Humboldt State University in 2010. She has worked at several Sacramento area institutions including Government Operations Agency, California State Indian Museum, the California State Office of Historic Preservation, California State Archives, and the Maidu Museum and Historic Site. She has also worked with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and the Native American Heritage Commission to coordinate efforts related to AB 52 and the CEQA process. Brittani is currently an Environmental Justice & Tribal Affairs Specialist for the State of California. She currently provides freelance museum, historic preservation, and cultural resources consulting to various Sacramento institutions. Brittani is interested in historic preservation, cultural resources management, sustainability, and environmental justice as they relate to underserved communities.
Sue Mortensen: How lucky am I? After a long life traveled, I have found myself back at the point of beginning, Sacramento. More specifically Midtown Sacramento. For the last two years, I have been involved in the renovation/saving of a wonderful foursquare home in the Heilborn line of family located on Capitol Avenue. We have benefitted from the support of Preservation Sacramento as we have faced challenges to development on adjacent parcels The experience has taken us to the lows and highs involved in the process. Along the way I had developed a deep appreciation of the efforts and support of Preservation Sacramento. My strengths as a contributor to the efforts of Preservation Sacramento come from various experience. I have been a volunteer participant or Board member in the San Francisco Botanical Garden, The UC Davis Arboretum, the Esprit Park Homeowners Association, the Sacramento Young Women's Christian Association and other efforts. I am a past president of the UCCE Placer County Master Gardeners, where I was responsible for the annual "Mothers Day Garden Tour" event, typically drawing 800 to 1000 participants. I have a deep history in motivating and organizing volunteer efforts. Professionally, I am a Real Estate Broker, not agent, retired though still actively licensed. I have held the designation of "Certified Commercial Investment Broker" or CCIM as well as holding an appraisal license. Luxury in the later years has allowed me to return to school to gain an education in environmental horticulture. The two avenues influence and inform my thinking as regards the long term healthy development of our communities.
Vickie Valine: I have always been fascinated by history and historic buildings. In the past 35 years, I have lived in 3 apartments and owned 2 houses with my husband Matt in Midtown Sacramento. I’ve never wanted to live or work anywhere else but Midtown/Downtown Sacramento. When I was growing up in Sacramento, my family and I would frequently visit my grandparents who lived in the Boulevard Park neighborhood. My grandparents owned a “boarding house” (built in 1904), rented out four upstairs bedrooms to single men, and built an attached apartment for a single, elderly woman renter. My sister and I would play on the grass strip “mall” (now called “the Boulevard”) across from my grandparents’ house. I have always felt an affinity for Midtown. When I moved out on my own, I came to Midtown Sacramento to find an apartment. I lived in the Hale Mansion at 1300 H Street (built in 1894) until it turned into the Sterling Hotel. I worked for an attorney who had his office at The Suhn Building at 717 K Street (built in 1895) during the late ‘70s through the mid-‘80s, and later worked 12 years for a nonprofit Quaker lobbying firm at the Cal-Western Life Building at 926 J Street (built in 1923), which is now the Citizen Hotel. After Matt and I moved into our 1911 bungalow 15 years ago, I thoroughly researched our house’s history at the Sacramento Archives and The Sacramento Room, and even arranged a meeting with the grand-daughter of the original owner. I have been attending the SOCA Home Tours since 1990, have volunteered as a docent/House Captain at the Home Tours since 2008, and have been a SOCA/PS Board member since 2009. I have found my niche in being the Home Tour Volunteer Coordinator and working with volunteers and like-minded people who love and respect old houses and neighborhoods as much as I do. If you might be interested in volunteering as a docent for this year’s 41st Annual Historic Home Tour (scheduled for Sunday, September 18, 2016), we would be pleased to have you join us. If you have not already filled out a Volunteer Submission Form on our PS website, please do so. I look forward to working with you!
Luis Sumpter is a licensed Realtor-Associate with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Mason McDuffie, working in its Midtown office. He has represented Buyers and Sellers for 15 years with a focus on historic properties in the City’s older neighborhoods. Luis’ community involvement includes Alkali Flat/Mansion Flats Historic Neighborhood Association (AMFHNA), Board of Directors; Preservation Sacramento, Board of Directors; Preservation Sacramento Annual Home Tour Chair; Sacramento City Management Academy, Alumni, Sacramento Police Chief Interview Panel, Appointed by City Councilmember Hansen; and his professional involvement includes: Sacramento Association of Realtors (SAR) “Masters Club”: President; SAR Leadership Academy, Chair; SAR Grievance Hearing Committee, Boardmember and Life Member of SAR’s Masters Club. Luis lives in a 1909 4-plex in the Alkali Flat neighborhood and some of the units in his building make up the “FStreetLofts”, fully furnished guest accommodations, that are rented to visiting professionals.
Sarah Kozal is an attorney currently practicing energy and corporate governance law in Sacramento. She has prior experience in historic preservation, land use, and environmental law – most notably assisting in bringing NHPA and CEQA litigation and in drafting both model and actual land use ordinances. Her research in law school focused on the protection of Native American cultural resources and federal Indian law generally. Sarah also has international preservation experience, assisting in negotiations on the Paris Climate Accord for island nations at risk of losing cultural resources to sea-level rise. Sarah currently serves on the Education Committee of the California Preservation Foundation and has organized and moderated panels at their past two annual conferences. Prior to law school, Sarah created and organized educational events and materials at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Her work focused on unique programming designed to bring first-time visitors, underserved student populations, and military veterans to the museum. She oversaw and trained the docent corps, internship, and student groups, and handled contracts, budget, and targeted fundraising for the department. While in Los Angeles, Sarah also served as a volunteer docent at the Getty Center for eight years, giving architecture and garden tours and participating in the overhaul of their training materials. Sarah has a degree in art history from UCLA, where she primarily studied the history of architecture, and a graduate certificate in heritage conservation from USC, in addition to her law degree from UCLA.
Karen Jacques: I have lived in the Central City for over thirty years and am a long-time preservation/neighborhood activist and resident of Midtown. I love Sacramento’s old neighborhoods and historic buildings. My husband and I have rehabbed nine historic buildings in the Central City, doing most of the work ourselves. I founded the Midtown Neighborhood Association (formerly Winn Park/Capitol Avenue) in 1991 and began serving on the SOCA board in the mid 1990’s. I coordinated the Fainted Ladies Tour - a bus tour designed to call attention to old buildings in danger of demolition due to neglect (1994 to 2003). I have served on both the Preservation Commission, including two years as chair and the Sacramento Heritage Board.
Bob Chase: I am glad that I finally have time to actively participate as a PS board member, after many years of involvement with the local AIA chapter. My background is 40 years of private practice as an architect in Boston, Los Angeles and Sacramento; and then the last 12 years in public service, as Chief Building official for Sacramento and Stockton. I have been very active in the AIA Central valley chapter and served as president in 2013. In 2012 I was appointed by Governor Brown as Deputy State Architect, a position I held until I retired last year. I now work as a consultant to the California Architects board. Having served on numerous commission and boards over the years, including as Chair of the City of Sacramento Design Review and Preservation Board, I look forward to committing my support and time to Preservation Sacramento.
Matthew Piner is a midtown resident since 1989 of a 1903 Foursquare that was on the (then SOCA) home tour back in 2007. He is a Family man, small business owner, an Architect, General Contractor and teaches Green Building at Cosumnes River College since 2010. He chaired the Midtown Neighborhood Association for 8 years from 2007-2015 and served as Preservation Commissioner for 5 years, 2012 - 2017. He joined SOCA (now PS) back in the 90’s and has always appreciated their active advocating for Preservation. He believes: Old buildings are a treasured record of our past. In preserving them, we respect their makers and carry their stories forward. Good things should not be thrown away. We should cherish the past, but think at least 100 years into the future. Climate change is here, and we are running out of time to do something about it. What motivates him to be involved with PS: He wants our City to be a shining example of the best of the old and the best of the new as we move into the 3rd decade and beyond of the 21st Century. It would be my honor to join this esteemed group working to make Sacramento a model City of a future we can all believe in.