Meet the Commissioners

Meet the Commissioners

The Historic Preservation Commission consists of nine members appointed by the county executive with the confirmation of the county council. Each member is a resident of the county. The four fields of history, architecture, preservation and urban design shall be represented by a minimum of one member qualified by special interest, knowledge or training. The remaining members of the Commission shall, to the extent possible, be selected to represent the geographical, social, economic and cultural concerns of the residents of Montgomery County. 

Sandra Heiler

Sandra HeilerSandra Heiler, a Brookeville resident, was appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission in 2009, serving as Vice Chairman from 2012 to 2018, and named Chairman in 2019.  From 2000 to 2006, Ms. Heiler was a member of the Sudbury, MA, Historic Districts Commission. During that time, she also worked as a historic properties researcher for the Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations and the Curator of the Robert Paine House Museum in Ipswich, MA, where she directed the dendrochronology project to date the 17th c house. Ms. Heiler is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Montgomery Preservation, Inc., and a former member of the Board of Preservation Maryland. She also serves as a Consulting Party to the Maryland State Highway Administration concerning the impact of the planned Brookeville Bypass on historic resources.

Ms. Heiler was Chairman of Brookeville’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and co-producer of the documentary film “Brookeville: Capital for a Day.” She has a BA in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Architectural History and Historic Preservation from Boston University. After a 38-year career as a Computer Scientist, she retired from Verizon Laboratories as Principal Scientist and Director of Verizon’s Information Technology Lab.

Robert Sutton
Vice Chair

Robert K. Sutton retired as Chief Historian of the National Park Service in 2016, after having served in the position for nearly nine years.  He came to this position following his tenure as the Superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park for the previous 12 ½ years.  From 1986 to 1990, he directed the Historic Preservation and Historical Administration public history programs at Arizona State University.  He has published a number of books, articles and reviews on various public history topics.  One of his primary interests as Chief Historian and as Superintendent at Manassas Battlefield was leading the emphasis on expanding the interpretation of the Civil War for the Sesquicentennial. As part of that effort, he encouraged Civil War battlefields to expand their interpretive programs to focus more attention to the social, economic, and political issues during the Civil War Era.

Dr. Sutton is currently serving as a consultant to the American Battle Monuments Commission, assisting commission staff in developing interpretive programs to commemorate the Centennial of World War I. In that program, he is editing a collection of essays by leading World War I historians that will be available in April 2017.

Marsha Barnes

Marsha E. Barnes, a Bethesda resident, was appointed to the Commission in 2013.  Ms. Barnes has a lifelong interest in history and historic preservation.  She was a member of the career Foreign Service for more than thirty years, serving in Washington and abroad, including as an Ambassador.  Ms. Barnes has a BA in history from Lake Forest College and is a distinguished graduate of the National War College.

Brian Carroll

BrianCarrollBrian Carroll was appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission in 2013. Mr. Carroll is a registered architect and LEED accredited professional and currently a Historic Asset Manager with MNCPPC in Prince Georges County.

Mr. Carroll is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston Maine, holds Architecture and Planning degrees from the University of Maryland, and a diploma in Preservation Carpentry from Boston’s North Bennet Street School.

Kathleen Legg

Kathleen_LeggKathleen Legg was appointed to the Commission in 2014. Ms. Legg is a resident of the Town of Chevy Chase, where she is a member of the Long-Range Planning Committee. She has a life-long interest in architecture and historic preservation. Ms. Legg was previously an information technology consultant, specializing in mobile technologies, social media and politics, for organizations such as Yahoo!, National Geographic, Hachette, and Organizing for America. She is also a member of the Preservation Society of Newport County in Rhode Island. Ms. Legg has a BA in political science and information technology from the University at Albany and a Masters in Political Management from The George Washington University.

Karen Burditt

Karen Burditt is an architect with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners in Washington, DC. Her 31-year professional expertise includes urban planning, residential design, multifamily housing, interior design and historic preservation. Burditt has served on the Board of Montgomery Preservation Inc. as the at-large member for Silver Spring since 2010.  She has been active in her local community on the Board of Fenton Village Inc. and on the East Silver Spring Civic Association Committee to Investigate/Evaluate Historic District Status. Burditt earned a bachelor of architecture degree from Catholic University of America.  She is a current member of the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specification Institute.

Jeffrey Hains

Jeffrey Hains is principal of Hains Architects in Bethesda and responsible for completed works throughout Maryland and the Washington metropolitan region.  A Montgomery County resident for more than 24 years, Hains has served as a committee member on the Seven Oaks-Evanswood Civic Association, Old Silver Spring House Tour, Peerless Rockville Preservation Awards program and Springfield Neighborhood Association. He received a master of architecture degree from the University of Maryland and has served a guest critic for architecture school design reviews at the University of Maryland and Catholic University of America. Hains is a current member of the American Institute of Architects.

Cristina Radu

Cristina Radu is a preservation architect with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners in Washington, DC. Radu has more than 20 years of experience working on rehabilitation projects of historic buildings throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and abroad. She is co-chair of the Publications Committee of the Association for Preservation Technology International and sits on the organization’s board of directors. Radu holds an architecture degree from the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, Romania, and a master of arts degree in urban affairs and public policy from the University of Delaware. A resident of north Kensington, Radu is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED-accredited professional.

Commissioner Seat 9
Commissioner: Vacant
Last Updated: December 13, 2019