Staff & Board

Meagan Baco
Executive Director

Previously, Baco led Preservation Maryland’s communications, public history, and internship programs during a period of unprecedented organizational growth, which included a national historic trades training program and international podcast. As a trained preservationist and planner, they served as project manager of several diverse public history projects, including interpretive signage on labor history throughout the Jones Falls area of Baltimore City, a multi-media women’s history project called Ballot & Beyond, and the groundbreaking Maryland LGBTQ History Context Statement. Baco’s public history projects have been recognized with awards from Maryland Historical Trust, Historic Annapolis, and Baltimore Heritage, Inc.

In this, our 20th year as a certified state heritage area, ATHA must meet new challenges in social equity and public health. We believe that as Executive Director, Baco can make the natural and cultural assets of Northern Prince George’s County a relevant part of these much-needed discussions and opportunities for community building.

Ariel Trahan, President of the Managing Board of Directors of ATHA, Inc.

Baco managed the Waxter Memorial Internship Program at Preservation Maryland and mentored dozens of students from across the country, tackling a massive digital archiving project and a joint architectural internship with AIA Maryland’s Historic Resources Committee. Baco is a Fellow of the ARCUS Preservation Leadership Academy and has practical experience in historic architecture, historic preservation, and legislative advocacy. They are a frequent guest lecturer, including at the UMD School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and conferences across the country. Baco was a founding board member of the Friends of Greenbelt Theatre and Painting for Preservation.

“Heritage tourism represents the opportunity to explore a place through time—right up to the day you are experiencing it. You are part of this story.” Continuing, Baco said, “ATHA has resources and partnerships that must be leveraged for telling authentic history, supporting local businesses, and making connections between visitors and residents alike in service of creating healthier and happier historic communities.”
- Baco, upon accepting the position

Staff

Meagan Baco

Executive Director​

Tantara Person

Program Associate

Kira Cronin-Hennessey

Archivist

Managing Board

Executive Committee

Ariel Trahan

President

Alfonso Narvaez

Vice President

Stefan F. Woehlke

Treasurer

Tracey J. Toscano

Secretary

Board Members At-Large

Ivy Thompson


Board Member

Linda Thompson

Board Member
Governing Board Liason

Jonathan Ebbeler

Board Member

Crystal Sanchez

Board Member

David A. Alicea

Board Member

Doug Bowles

Board Member

Kacy Rohn

Board Member

Organizational Representatives

Gloria Aparicio Blackwell

Office of Community Engagement
University of Maryland UMD Representative

Kevin Cabrera

Director Natural and Culturel Resources M-NCPPC Representative

Leslie W. Graves

President & CEO Experience Prince George's DMO Representative

Governing Board

Joel Biermann

Mayor
Town of University Park

Takisha James

Mayor
Town of Bladensburg

Emmett Jordan

Mayor
City of Greenbelt

Kayce Munyeneh

Mayor
Town of Cheverly

Petrella Robinson

Mayor
Town of North Brentwood

David Lingua

Councilmember
Town of Riverdale Park

Greg Holcomb

Town Manager
Town of Colmar Manor

Ben Simasek

Councilmember
City of Hyattsville

Marcus Monroe

Councilmember
Town of Brentwood

Sarah Turberville

Councilmember
Town of Edmonston

Jarrett Stoltzfus

Councilmember
City of Mount Rainier

Carol Richardson

Town Manager
Town of Cottage City

Lee Fuerst

Historical Committee
Town of Berwyn Heights

Terry Shum

Planning Office Staff
City of College Park

Audrey Barnes

Director of Communications
City of Laurel

Susan Proctor

Historic Properties Manager City of Bowie