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Meet the Board

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President

Paul Muir

Paul Muir grew up in Mountainside, moving to Harding Township during High School, where he graduated from Delbarton School. Paul’s drive for serving his community derived from his parents who were always working to improve the community around them, whether that be the municipality in which they lived or the schools and churches they attended. After Delbarton, Paul attended and graduated early from Bucknell University with a BSBA where he met his wife Dawn. Paul was President of his Fraternity, Theta Chi of which the motto is “The Helping Hand” furthering his commitment to serving the community around him.  Paul was also the Theta Chi alumni President for eight years after graduation.  Paul and Dawn moved to Bethlehem Township in 2000 one month after their marriage. Paul has two children, Morgan (17) and PJ (14).

Paul has served nine years as Mayor of Bethlehem Township, and thirteen years on the Township Committee.   Paul has served on Bethlehem Land Use Boards since 2001. As Mayor Paul also serves on the Route 78/22 Economic Development Coalition and Hunterdon County Solid Waste Advisory Committee. Paul is the President of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors as well as Chairing the Intra Municipal Affairs Committee of the Legislative Committee of the League of Municipalities.

Paul serves the community in many ways, especially in his position as the Executive Director of the Red Mill Museum Village as well as the Guild of Clinton President.  Paul is a Board Member of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and Non-Profit Committee Co-Chair. Paul is the former Chair of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Roundtable and Government Affairs Advisory Board Member. Paul is President of Preservation New Jersey where he implements innovative initiatives for adaptive reuse and promotes the positive community impact of Historic Preservation. Paul is a member of the North Hunterdon Rotary where he had received his Paul Harris Fellow, 200 Club of Hunterdon County, and a Trustee of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Hunterdon County.

Paul is also a lifelong entrepreneur starting various businesses with his core operations being a metal recycling business derived from his family’s original business started in 1938 as well as automotive operations including a nationally recognized award-winning automotive restoration business. 

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Board Member

Andrew Thompson AIA NOMA LEED AP BD+C

American Institute of Architects New Jersey- Vice President

Mr. Thompson is currently the County Architect for Passaic County in New Jersey. Projects range from restorations and renovations of Dey Mansion in Wayne NJ, Lambert Castle and  the historic Courthouse Annex in Paterson New Jersey. His projects include the construction of a new County Public Works facility in Wayne New Jersey. Andrew works with the Passaic County Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs on historic renovation and rehabilitation projects.

Mr. Thompson previously was the Director of Campus Operations for the New Community College at CUNY renamed the Guttman Community College. His responsibilities included the fit-out of a 7 story building in midtown Manhattan in proximity of Bryant Park for the College’s inaugural student body. The Stella and Charles Guttman Community College is the first community college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system in over 40 years. CUNY is the largest urban university system in the United States.

Mr. Thompson served as the Chief Architect in the Design and Construction Department Facilities Management for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) for 12 years. He supervised a staff of in-house designers and managed out sourced architects on multiple projects. MSKCC’s Construction Guidelines were created by Mr. Thompson and his staff.

Mr. Thompson received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Pratt Institute in 1991 and is a 1993 Graduate of Columbia University with a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design. He also holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science from New York City College of Technology.

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Board Member

Holly Boyer

Holly Boyer is currently Historical Architect at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, PA. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Design in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. She has over thirty years of experience in preservation practice, project management, and contract administration. The range of her project experience includes buildings that have state, national, and international significance. Her position on the Board of Directors of Preservation New Jersey since 2021 is a continuation of her longstanding role as a community leader and advocate for the preservation of cultural heritage and historic structures.

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Board Member

William H. Michelson

Michelson is a long serving member of PNJ. Serves on the Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission.

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Vice President

William "Billy" Neumann

William “Billy” Neumann has worked in Historic Preservation with involvement in Preservation New Jersey for 15+ years. The last 4 years Billy has been chair of the Marketing, Public Relations and Communications Committee and over saw the revival of PNJ’s newsletter Preservation Perspective. He is is a commercial photographer with 40 years of competitive experience in the NYC/NJ market. He has partnered in three large studios within the NYC Photo District. He was an Adjunct Professor with School of Visual Arts, NYC  for 35 years and proud to add his pro-bono clients including Habitat for Humanity, Public Radio, Public Libraries and social services.

 

For five years Neumann was chairman of Rutherford NJ’s Historic Preservation Commission. He served on the borough’s Planning Board and Visioning Committees and was a former Chair of the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board. Billy is a graduate of Drew University Historic Preservation Certification Program. Along with several Historic Preservation grants, he has authored five nominations to the National and State Registers of Historic Places. 

Neumann is a New Jersey beekeeper and the third generation to live in a quirky 1870’s farmhouse that once anchored the large Beard Farm. For more than half the year he sleeps outside on his porch under 70 year old swaying Hemlocks and gardens on land that has produced a continual harvest for over 130 years. Other interests include Fireworks, Brasilian Music, Tambourines and Golden Retrievers.

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Board Member

Mark Nonestied

Mark Nonestied is the Middlesex County Historian and a Division Head with the Middlesex County Division of History and Historic Preservation. He oversees an array of history and historic preservation endeavors in Middlesex County including the operation of East Jersey Old Town, The Cornelius Low House/Middlesex County Museum, public archaeology programs, historic preservation grants and collections management operations. Nonestied has lectured and written on a number of topics related to New Jersey and Middlesex County history. He is the co-author of New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones: History in the Landscape, published by Rutgers University Press and the recipient of the 2010 New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Award and has received an Award of Recognition by the New Jersey Historical Commission for outstanding service to public knowledge and preservation of the history of New Jersey. He lives in a historic house in East Brunswick.

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Board Member

Dr. Richard Veit

Richard Veit is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University. He received his B.A. from Drew University in 1990, his M.A. in Historical Archaeology from the College of William and Mary in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. In 2007 he was the recipient of Monmouth University’s distinguished teacher award and in 2012 he received Monmouth University’s Donald Warnecke Award for outstanding university service. At Monmouth he teaches courses on archaeology, historical archaeology, New Jersey history, Native Americans, and historic preservation. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and reviews and five books including Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State (Rutgers Press 2002), New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones History in the Landscape (co-authored by Mark Nonestied, Rutgers Press 2008), New Jersey: A History of the Garden State (co-authored with Maxine Lurie, Rutgers Press 2012), Historical Archaeology of the Delaware Valley (co-edited with David Orr, U. Tennessee Press 2014) and The Archaeology of American Cemeteries and Gravemarkers (co-authored with Sherene Baugher, U. Florida Press, 2014).

His first book, Digging New Jersey’s Past, received awards from the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, New Jersey Academic Studies Alliance, and the New Jersey Center for the Book at Rutgers University. Two of his books, Digging New Jersey’s Past and New Jersey: A History of the Garden State are listed on the New Jersey State library’s 101 Great New Jersey books list. He serves on the New Jersey Historical Commission and on the boards of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology, Crossroads of the American Revolution, and the Archaeological Society of New Jersey. He is the President of the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference. His work research has been featured on NPR, in Archaeology Magazine and at TEDx Navesink in 2014.

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Board Member

Frank Banisch

Banisch is a long serving member of PNJ. He owns an architectural and planning practice.

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Board Member

Melissa Ziobro

Melissa Ziobro is Specialist Professor of Public History in the Monmouth University Department of History and Anthropology and the primary point of contact for the University's public history program. Her regularly taught classes include Intro to Public History, Oral History, Museums and Archives Management Basics, and Exploring History and Heritage Sites: Preservation, Interpretation, and Management. Melissa has served for many years as the editor of New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a joint venture of the NJ Historical Commission, Rutgers University Libraries, and Monmouth University. She was the last Command Historian at Fort Monmouth prior to the base's closure, and would love to connect via LinkedIn

Maria Boyes

Board Member

Maria Boyes

As a member of the Board of Trustees of Preservation New Jersey, Maria looks forward to lending her time and experience to the commitment of historic preservation. She has volunteered on the Marketing and Communications Committee for several years, where she penned articles and contributed to the revival of PNJ's newsletter, Preservation Perspective. Maria has worked as both a journalist and public relations professional and holds a degree from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.

Currently, Maria serves as the Chair of Westfield's Historic Preservation Commission. During her tenure, she's lead the HPC in the revision of the Design Guidelines, created workshops to help keep residents informed, both in person and through virtual presentations, and was instrumental in updating the Town’s ordinance to comply with MLUL. These efforts, with the help of her commission members, resulted in a notable increase of owner-requested local designations as well as having the honor of receiving PNJ’s Historic Preservation Commission Award.

Additionally, Maria is a real estate professional affiliated with Coldwell Banker in Westfield. She was drawn to this profession, not only because of her love of traditional architecture but because she finds it crucial to provide homeowners, particularly seniors, with an honest evaluation of their most valuable asset. Maria has been involved in several community organizations, including Imagine: A Center for Coping with Loss, Westfield High School Parent-Teacher-Student Organization, BeSmart for Kids Campaign, St. John's Mission Kitchen, and Reach to Recovery International.

Maria and her husband raised their three children in a Victorian home which they renovated and have lived in Westfield for over thirty years. In addition, they own a locally designated historic cottage in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

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Board Member, Treasurer

David Reading

Elected to the board of Preservation New Jersey in 2018 and currently serves as Treasurer and chairman of the Governance committee. David is the founder and President of the Mount Amwell Project, Inc, a NJ non-profit corporation and historical preservation 501 (c) (3) charity dedicated to cultural and historical preservation in Hunterdon County. The Mount Amwell Project under David’s guidance has made important contributions to historic preservation over the last 18 years including the preservation and maintenance of eight abandoned cemeteries. Readington Township awarded the Mount Amwell Project their Preservation of the Year award in 2022 for restoration and preservation of the Haypress cemetery in Whitehouse Station.

 

He grew up in Hunterdon County, attended Fairleigh-Dickinson University, and served in the U.S. Army from 1964-1968. He later graduated from the University of Maryland University College, Summa Cum Laude, with a BS in Computer Science and joined an aerospace software company in Melbourne, Florida. David served on the Board of Directors and was Vice-President of Development when he left in 1998 to form his own firm. He provided consulting services to the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. until he retired in 2013.

 

He is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Sons of the Revolution in NJ - Hunterdon Chapter and in 2017 he was elected to serve as a member of the Council of West New Jersey Proprietors. David is a Patron of the Hunterdon County Historical Society, a member of the Descendants of Founders of New Jersey, and a life member of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey. GSNJ published his article on Abraham DuBois in the May 2022 (Vol. 87 No. 2) edition of their journal.  David has also published several articles in the Mount Amwell Project’s newsletter over the past 15 years, and two books on the Reading family:  Gov. John Reading’s Diary and an updated Reading genealogy.   

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