Our Team

  • Opened the Philadelphia office for Heritage in 2004 and became president in 2021
  • Industry leader
  • 30 years of experience in historic preservation/historic tax credits

Cindy joined Heritage in 2004 and became president in 2021.  In this capacity, Cindy develops strategies for owners to maximize rehabilitation incentives and she represents clients in negotiations through all aspects of the historic tax credit process. With 25 years of experience in the industry, Cindy has a comprehensive understanding of the regulatory process and is adept at identifying creative solutions to achieve favorable outcomes for clients.

 

Prior to joining Heritage, Cindy worked as a Mid-Atlantic regional historic consultant, listing dozens of buildings in the National Register and managing hundreds of historic tax credit projects. With a background in architectural conservation, Cindy developed specialties in historic building technologies and architectural finishes.

 

Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and Planning from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master in Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Cindy has also completed advanced coursework in architectural conservation at the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education.

  • Project management
  • Prepares historic tax credit applications, National Register nominations, and local preservation assessments
  • Specializes in due diligence

Since joining Heritage as an Associate in 2007, Nick has developed specific expertise in the historic tax credit and National Register programs, having consulted on the historic redevelopment of buildings throughout the country. As a LEED AP BD+C-accredited professional, he is well-versed in the use of sustainable design practices on historic rehabilitation projects. Nick is responsible for overseeing Heritage’s Due Diligence services.

 

Prior to joining Heritage, Nick worked as a program associate at the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office, reviewing projects under the auspices of Section 106. In that role, Nick developed an expertise in transportation project review for federal transportation enhancement-funded initiatives. He also assisted in the eligibility assessments of projects utilizing the federal historic tax credit program.

 

Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jen Davel

Vice President, Midwest Regional Director

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Jen Davel

Vice President, Midwest Regional Director

  • Served as Deputy SHPO
  • 10 years experience SHPO historic tax credit project reviewer
  • 20 years experience as a preservation architect

Jen Davel joined Heritage Consulting Group in 2021 as the Midwest Regional Director. She is responsible for business development and the management of Heritage’s projects in the Midwest region.

 

Prior to joining Heritage, Jen worked in the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) as Deputy SHPO and Tax Credit Reviewer. Prior to working with SHPO Jen worked for Strang Architects where she oversaw the Mineral Point Opera House restoration. An important part of Jen’s training in preservation architecture came from her tenure with both Miller Dunwiddie Architects in Minneapolis and Uihlein Wilson Architects in Milwaukee. Jen takes pride in forming relationships with architects and developers to create the best outcomes.

 

Jen received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and a Master of Architecture with a certificate in Preservation Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Linda Santoro

Senior Project Manager

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Linda Santoro

Senior Project Manager

  • 10+ years of experience as a historic preservation professional
  • Prepares Historic Tax Credit Applications National Register Nominations

Linda Santoro joined Heritage Consulting Group in 2020 as an Associate. Linda prepares National Register nominations and historic tax credit applications.

 

Prior to joining Heritage, Linda worked at the Massachusetts State Historic Preservation Office for nearly a decade as a Preservation Planner. In that role, Linda reviewed historic tax credit applications and reviewed projects under the auspices of Section 106 and environmental law, and assessed the eligibility of historic resources for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Linda received a Master’s Degree in Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts and has completed post-graduate coursework in historic preservation.

Michael LaFlash

Senior Project Manager

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Michael LaFlash

Senior Project Manager

  • Prepares Historic Tax Credit Applications, Historic Assessments, and National Register Nominations
  • Specializes in Due Diligence and Section 106 Consultation

Michael LaFlash joined Heritage Consulting Group in 2020 as a Junior Associate. Michael conducts archival research, assists in the preparation of historic tax credit applications, and performs due diligence services.

 

Prior to joining Heritage, Michael worked as a Historic Preservation Assistant at the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office, reviewing Section 106, historic tax credit, and New Jersey Register Review projects. Michael also has experience working with various non-profit preservation organizations in Massachusetts, Maine, and Pennsylvania.

 

Michael received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Villanova University and a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University.

Erin Ward

Project Manager

  • 3+ years of experience as a historic preservation professional
  • Prepares Historic Tax Applications and National Register Nominations
  • Specializes in Due Diligence

Erin Ward joined Heritage Consulting Group in 2020 as a Junior Associate. Erin assists in the preparation of National Register nominations, historic tax credit applications and due diligence reports.

 

Prior to joining Heritage, Erin worked as Preservation Coordinator at Preservation Design Partnership (PDP) in Philadelphia. At PDP, Erin worked on the restoration of the New Jersey State Capitol and the conservation and preservation of the National Historic Landmark Alamo in San Antonio. She also worked at Lominak Kolman Smith Architects (LKS) in Savannah, GA. At LKS Erin partnered with local governments to complete historic resource surveys and the National Park Service to complete an assessment of the Savannah Historic District, a National Historic Landmark district in Savannah, GA.

 

Erin received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual and Critical studies from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and a Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Tracey A. Fortier

Project Manager

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Tracey A. Fortier

Project Manager

  • Prepares historic tax credit applications, National Register nominations, and historic assessments
  • Specializes in project management

Tracey A. Fortier joined Heritage Consulting Group in 2022 as an Associate. Tracey prepares historic tax credit applications and National Register nominations.

 

Prior to joining Heritage, Tracey worked at the Massachusetts State Historic Preservation Office for nearly 8 years as a Preservation Planner. In that role, Tracey managed construction and preservation planning grant projects and prepared preservation easements. Tracey also worked for Historic New England as a regional administrator for historic house museums and study properties. 

 

Tracey holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Smith College. 

Nate Curwen

Project Coordinator

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Nate Curwen

Project Coordinator

  • Prepares historic tax credit applications, National Register nominations, and local preservation assessments
  • Specializes in state HTCs

Nate Curwen joined Heritage Consulting Group in 2017 as a Junior Associate. Nate conducts archival research, writes National Register Nominations, and assists in the preparation of historic tax credit applications.

 

Prior to joining Heritage Consulting Group, Nate worked as an intern for the York County History Center and the Huntingdon County Historical Society, both of which are located in Pennsylvania, where he assisted in archival research and documentation.  He also worked as an intern for a historic tax credit consulting firm in New England where he assisted on historic tax credit projects.

 

Nate received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Penn State University, and Master of Arts in Preservation Studies with a concentration in Architectural History from Boston University.

Mariana Melin-Corcoran

Project Coordinator

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Mariana Melin-Corcoran

Project Coordinator

  • Prepares historic tax credit applications and National Register nominations

Mariana Melin-Corcoran joined Heritage Consulting Group in 2022 as a Project Coordinator. Mariana conducts archival research, writes National Register Nominations, and assists in the preparation of historic tax credit applications.

 

Prior to joining Heritage, Mariana worked for the City of Chicago, where she assisted on zoning projects in the Old Town Triangle Historic District. She also has experience with non-profit arts and architecture organizations, including the Chicago Architecture Center.

 

Mariana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural History from Yale University and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. 

Mary Ellen Wilson

Project Coordinator

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Mary Ellen Wilson

Project Coordinator

  • Prepares historic tax credit applications and National Register nominations

Prior to joining Heritage, Mary Ellen worked for 25 years as a writer and editor in the publishing industry. She served on the boards of preservation nonprofits in Delaware and Pennsylvania, focusing on the research and interpretation of African American historic resources.

 

Mary Ellen earned her Master of Arts in historic preservation from Delaware State University and her Bachelor of Arts in art history and French from Smith College.

 

 

Sam Wharton

Window Specialist

  • Window specialist with a degree in Architecture
  • Documentation and drawings
  • 47 years in construction including 38 years of experience in the window industry

After collaborating with Heritage on dozens of historic rehabilitation projects, Sam formally joined the company in 2013. In his role as Window Specialist, Sam assists clients in the evaluation of existing window conditions and the selection of proposed replacements where necessary. With over 30 years of experience in the commercial window industry, Sam’s familiarity with commercial window manufacturers and their products is unsurpassed. His comprehensive knowledge of the requirements of historic regulatory programs helps streamline the review process by identifying replacement windows that will meet design review requirements. Sam’s longstanding reputation within the industry and with state and federal reviewing agencies is a valuable asset to the Heritage staff and our clients.

 

Prior to joining Heritage, Sam represented several large commercial window manufacturers for over three decades. He was instrumental in bringing the commercial aluminum window industry into the historical window replacement marketplace, guiding the industry toward the design of custom products and new strategies for window replacement in historic buildings.

 

Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Chris Beard

Advisor

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Chris Beard

Advisor

Working in the field for over thirty years, Chris has developed a well-rounded background in historic preservation. While earning a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania, she was employed by the Clio Group to conduct paint and mortar analyses of historic structures. Her preservation work continued in Boston as a consultant for the Architectural Conservation Trust for Massachusetts, preparing historic tax credit applications and National Register nominations. Chris subsequently cofounded Tremont Preservation Services, where she worked on a wide range of interesting and challenging projects over a period of twenty years before establishing Essex Preservation Consulting in 2018. Essex Preservation formally affiliated with Heritage Consulting Group in 2022.