Meet the RMC-APT 2022-23 Board Members

Christine Britton | President

Christine is a Senior Project Engineer in the structural engineering department at JVA, Inc. She holds a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and primarily focuses on preservation-based projects. Since joining JVA over nine years ago, Christine has helped prepare numerous historic structures reports and assessments, as well as construction documents for historic buildings across Colorado and the western United States. She is currently preparing a Historic Structures Report for a stacked-log lodge in the Apostle Islands of Wisconsin and she co-led an NPS preservation workshop at Pinnacles National Park in 2019.

Gheda Gayou | Vice President

Gheda Gayou is an architectural historian and preservation consultant who is the president of Perspective Preservation LLC, a Regional Assistant with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, and the vice Chairperson of the Longmont Historic Preservation Commission. With over 27 years of experience in preservation, she holds a Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation and a Master of Science degree in Construction Management from Colorado State University. Projects include the restoration of the Georgetown School, the Barth Hotel in Denver, Perry-Mansfield School of the Performing Arts in Steamboat Springs, and thousands of other projects throughout the state of Colorado. Previously she worked as the Deputy Director of the State Historical Fund, with 21 years with the program.

Bret Johnson | Treasurer

Bret’s interest in Historic My interest in Historic Preservation began with an internship in high school working with a preservation architect from the State Historical Society on the Lebanon Mine and Mill in the Georgetown Loop National Historic District.

He has a BA in Architecture from Washington University and a Master of Architecture in Historic Preservation from the University of Illinois.

Prior to starting his own firm in 2009, Bret worked in the facilities departments at Washington University in St. Louis (a National Register Historic District) and Colorado School of Mines, as well as three architecture firms in the Denver area. His firm specializes in existing buildings and historic preservation.

Bret is currently chair of the Gilpin County Historic Preservation Advisory Commission.

Elizabeth (Liz) Vergillo | Secretary

Liz Vergillo is a Project Architect and Preservation Specialist at Anderson Hallas Architect. Her interest in preservation took hold while participating in the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School at Mount Rainier National Park, where she contributed to the preservation of a CCC-constructed cabin in the Longmire Historic District. Since finishing her Masters of Architecture and Masters of Interior Architecture at the University of Oregon, Liz has had two years of experience at Anderson Hallas. Liz focuses primarily on historic structure reports and rehabilitation design projects. This experience has ranged from Russian log-construction in Kodiak, Alaska, to LBJ’s Texas White House and many small Rustic-era buildings in between. Liz is currently the project architect for the rehabilitation of the Shadow Mountain Fire Lookout at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Ashley Russell | Social Media Coordinator

Ashley is a passionate designer focused on the importance of historic preservation, sustainable design, and cultural heritage. Her interests lie in both the old and new, merging the past with the present. Being an avid traveler, she draws inspiration from her own life experiences, exploring urban landscapes and wandering natural terrains. These foundations led Ashley to undertaking and completing (with merit) her MSc in Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh, which followed her Bachelors Degree in Interior Architecture at East Tennessee State University.

Currently she works with RATIO Design, specializing in a dual discipline of historic preservation and interior design. Ashley engages in a wide array of project responsibilities varying from historic structure report development to construction document production. Her experience focuses on rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, and restoration of historic structures including Loveland Feed and Grain Mill, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Steamboat Springs), and Kremmling Depot – to name a few. As a volunteer with HistoriCorps, Ashley was recently able to put her building knowledge to the test by rehabilitation the Matchless Mine in Leadville, CO. She is an existing member of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) – Rocky Mountain Chapter, as well as Historic Denver and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

Phil Barlow | Membership Coordinator

Phil Barlow is a historic preservation specialist with seventeen years of experience providing consultation, evaluating historic materials, and conducting restoration projects in Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Colorado. Phil has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Eckerd College and received his Master’s of Science degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont in 2005.

Phil’s interest in historic preservation includes both the hands‐on aspects of the field along with consultation and environmental review. Consultation work includes Section 106 reviews, federal tax credit applications, National Register nominations, and many historic resource survey projects.

Physical restoration, and primarily window restoration, comprises Phil’s most recent experience. Prior to starting BCRC LLC Phil has worked as carpenter and mason, completing projects in Colorado that include custom wood storm window fabrication, tuckpointing, wood moulding restoration and replication, and window repairs. Most recently, Phil was project manager at Heritage Window Restoration LLC, where he oversaw multiple window restoration projects, including the Mullen Building, Shoenberg Farms, and St. Paul’s Church.

Currently, Phil is owner of BCRC LLC and working as an independent consultant. Consulting projects include mortar and paint analysis, window surveys and evaluation, and grant writing.

Jennifer Cappeto | Liaison to APTI/CPI

Jennifer Cappeto is the manager of the Landmark Preservation team for the City and County of Denver and has been a member of APTI for nearly twenty years. Her first experience with APT was as a student scholarship recipient at the 2003 conference in which she presented her graduate research on salt crystal morphology in stone treated with various surfactants. Most recently, she served on the APT2013 conference planning committee and was an active board member of APT’s Northeast Chapter prior to moving to Denver in 2014. Although trained as a conservator with a focus on historic masonry and paint finishes, over the past 15 years she has worked with numerous architects and developers on sensitive alterations to historic buildings in New York City and Denver. Jenn has a Bachelor of Arts degree in the history of art and architecture from Middlebury College, and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.


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