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Board of Directors

The first official Board of Directors of the HBFF of PA was elected by a unanimous vote during the Pennsylvania Barns Annual Meeting and Tour held June 7, 2009 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

President:

2013_bio_patrick_donmoyer Patrick Donmoyer, Term 2016-2019.  Patrick Donmoyer is the site manager at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University. Patrick has spent the past six years documenting decorated barns in southeastern PA, and is the author of an upcoming book, Hex Signs: Myth and Meaning in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars. Patrick is also the author of numerous articles and a book on early folk medicine in Pennsylvania. He is also an active speaker and promoter of the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, and is the coeditor of the dialect journal Hiwwe wie Driwwe.

Vice President:

20090527_bio_priscilladeleon  Priscilla deLeon, Term 2014-2017, was appointed to serve as interim Historic Barn and Farm Foundation director on its initial board. She is an elected official in Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County, serving since 1988 as a councilwoman and past president.  She is the president and founding member of the Saucon Valley Conservancy, an all volunteer non-profit organization whose primary goal is the preservation of the Heller Homestead and Barn owned by Lower Saucon Township.She feels very strongly about preserving our heritage through historic preservation and environmental protection.  Future generations depend on us for protection and preservation of these precious resources before they are lost forever. She and has never forgotten Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, the “Environmental Rights Amendment. She was one of the leading proponents for the Township accepting ownership of the Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse in 2002 and the preservation efforts of the Old Mill Bridge acquired by the Township in 1988.  She is a past board member of the Lower Saucon Township Historical Society and currently serves on the Advisory Board.

Secretary:

Chris Witmer, Term 2014-2017,  graduated from the Pennsylvania State University and resides in Berks County. He is a former board member of the Pennsylvania German Society. He is involved in educational activities about the Pennsylvania Dutch through work at Landis Valley Museum, the Goshenhoppen Folk Festival, and Historic Schaefferstown.

Treasurer:

20090527_bio_melissaevansLaura Walker, Term 2016-2019 lives on a small historic farm (1845 log barn) in southwestern PA. Once raising natural colored sheep for spinning fleeces, she now boards and manages broodmares and foals. When not farming, she brings an active curiosity, a scholar’s depth and practical know-how to her study of the rural vernacular architecture of Washington County, a place where sheep dominated the landscape and where the PA Culture Region meets Midwestern and Appalachian influences.With a BA in Anthropology (Brown 1973), Laura has worked in historical archaeology (RI, WA), restored the Mason House on Woodlawn Plantation (VA) for the National Trust, prepared district nominations and participated in surveys of historic structures. She is the Landmarks Chair for Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation. She was instin her township, still serving on the ASA Advisory Committee. In 2003 she was named LWV’s county Environmentalist of the Year for raising awareness of historic farmscapes. She is also a member of PAS and VAF.

Directors:

 

R Thomas Berner is a freelance writer and photographer who has self-published two books about barns, Pennsylvania Barn Stories and Pennsylvania Quilt Barns. A native of Harrisburg, he grew up in Schuylkill County, home to many of his ancestors. He is a professor emeritus of journalism and American studies at the Pennsylvania State University.
161024-clouse-jerry.jpg161024-clouse-jerry.jpg Jerry A. Clouse Term 2016-2018 began his career as architectural historian as a surveyor for the county wide survey of Cumberland County from 1987 to 1988. In 1988 he began work in the National Register Division of the Bureau for Historic Preservation at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission where he worked for seven years. In 1995 he began work at McCormick Taylor, Inc. where he has worked as Architectural History Group Coordinator for the last 20 years. A long-time member of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF), he was a tour leader for the 2004 VAF conference held in Harrisburg and also produced segments of the Tour Guide for that
conference. He presented a paper titled, “Philip Haun and His Legacy of Agricultural Re-building in Western Cumberland County, PA” at the 2014 VAF conference at Galloway, New Jersey. He is co-founder of The Perry Historians and is currently president of the Board of Directors. In 2015 he organized a tour of barns in Raccoon and Pfoutz vallies, Perry County.
Joe Glass, Term 2015-2018. Joe Glass was born and raised in Chambersburg, Franklin County. He, along with Bob Ensminger and John Heyl, were HBFF of PA’s honorees at our 2008 conference and historic barn tour at Kutztown, Berks County. “Older barns are being lost at I believe to be at an alarming rate by both natural and man-made forces. I think efforts to preserve them might be improved. I’d like Pennsylvania barns to become more widely recognized and better known first as landscape features, then as complex structures, historical artifacts and cultural symbols. Perhaps my service on the board might be helpful in that regard.” Dr. Glass earned his bachelor’s degree from Millersville in 1953, his master’s and doctorate in geography from Penn State in 1959 and 1971, respectively. He served in the United States Army from 1953-1955. He taught at Hempfield High School from 1955-61, and was a professor of geography from 1961-1990 at Millersville University. He and wife Susan live in Millersville, Lancaster County.
20090527_bio_greghuberGregory D. Huber, Term: 2015-2018, is a house and barn historian, an independent scholar, consultant and principal owner of Past Perspectives, a historic and cultural resources company based in Macungie, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. His special focus is in House Histories of historic homesteads in southeast Pennsylvania and beyond. A student of early vernacular architecture since 1971, Huber has specialized in pre-1830 barn and house architecture of Holland Dutch and Pennsylvania Swiss-German. He has documented nearly 6,500 vernacular buildings including more than 2000 Pennsylvania barns in the east since the mid 1970’s. He is author of more than 105 articles on barn and house architecture and is co-author of two books – the second edition of The New World Dutch Barn (2001) and Stone Houses – Traditional Homes of Pennsylvania’s Bucks County and Brandywine Valley (2005). He won the Alice Kenney award in 1997 and the Allen Noble Book Award in 2003 issued by the Pioneer America Society.
Michael Term 2015-2018, has participated in HBFF of PA’s annual barn tour for a number of years with camera in hand. He is our webmaster and making the organization’s website more current. “My interest in barns started with the photography angle and grew from there as I attended a few barn tours in different areas. I think of my photography as helping to preserve the barns that are out there from a historical standpoint. Meeting several directors in the HBFF of PA has really helped me to learn the more technical aspects of barns and why and how they were built. I live in the Lehigh Valley area.
2013_yvonne_ramsey_lefevreYvonne Ramsey-Lefevre Term 2014-2017, lives in Perkasie, Upper Bucks County. She works for a manufacturing company in Montgomeryville and is concerned about the loss of the region’s rural character. She commented that this loss is occurring at an alarmimg rate and she would like to be part of saving the barns which are an integral part of area.. Yvonne has participated in HBFF of PA’s annual meetings in 2009 and 2010 and all of the historic barn tours — Oley in 2008, Gettysburg in 2009, and Chester County in 2010.
Larry LaFevre Term 2016-2019 is a founding member and Chair of the Holland Twp. Municipal Agricultural Advisory Committee and township liaison to the Hunterdon County CADB. Since 1995, he has chaired the HollandTwp. Historic Preservation Commission, whose accomplishments include listing of the Riegel Ridge Community Center as a historic site, publication of a sample barn survey, survey of all 88 Twp. barns, listing of the Finesville Historic District (with Pohatcong History and Heritage Society), historic house and outbuilding documentation projects, publication of the ‘Early History of Holland Twp.’ and the dating of barns using dendrochronology. Larry has a BS in Economics and worked as an IT Manager at the Office of Information Technology, State of NJ, for more than 20 years. He has been involved in the Hunterdon Land Trust for more than 16 years, a trustee since 2008 and is currently serving as the Land Acquisition and Stewardship Committee chairperson and Board Secretary.
2013_bio_judy_lengle Judith Ann Lengle Term 2015-2018, lives on a farm in the Pine Grove area of Schuylkill County. Her son lives on a farm close by so together they have two old barns. “I have loved barns and farms since I was a child visiting my uncle’s farm. I have been keeping my own horses since I was 10 years old. My dream was to have a farm of my own. I thank God every day that the dream has come true. My husband Scott and I have three horses and we trail ride together, doing horse camping in the mountains of Pennsylvania during the summer months. I have two grandchildren that I keep two days a week and truly love having the opportunity to watch them grow up and enjoy farm life with them. My son does most of the farming now. We raise hay, a few beef calves, produce maple syrup, and we do our own butchering. I think of old barns as hallowed places, and I can’t see enough of them. I have discovered many log cribs barns in my local area, and I look forward to finding more.
20090527_bio_jeffmarshall Jeffery Marshall, Term 2014-2017.  Vice President of Resource Protection at Heritage Conservancy in Doylestown, PA has been involved in historic preservation for 30 years having been involved with the documenting, photographing and researching of over 10,000 old buildings. He is a recognized expert in southeastern Pennsylvania historic architecture. He has taught courses on local history and preservation at the Bucks County Community College. Mr. Marshall has been a presenter at the National Trust for Historic Preservation annual conference as well as numerous other state and regional conference. Marshall serves on the Board of Directors of the National Barn Alliance and Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania. He is the co-author of the recently published Barns of Bucks County as well as other books on various aspects of Bucks County history and architecture.In 2003 he was the recipient of inaugural “Bucks County Preservation Legacy Award” created in his honor for more than 20 years of leadership and dedication for the preservation of historic places and open spaces by the Bucks County Commissioners. He is also the recipient of Governor, Senate and Pennsylvania of Representatives commendations for career achievements in conservation and preservation
Terry Necciai Term 2016-2019 is a licensed architect specializing in historic preservation and documenting historic buildings and landscapes in Western Pennsylvania .  He has prepared National Register nominations for many rural properties including 20 farms.  As the 2011 recipient of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia’s Peterson Fellowship, he conducted an intensive study of “The Pennsylvania Farm Landscape as a Historic Resource,” identifying the parts of agricultural landscapes shaped and designed to function like outdoor rooms, especially in relation to barns and other outbuilding, such as meadows, upland crop fields, pastures, haystack yards, composting areas, woodlots, orchards, and gardens, as defined by waterways, fences, and similar features.

Doug Reed Term 2014-2017