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About the Commission: RIHPHC Members

J. Michael Abbott, AIA
Mr. Abbott is an architect with over thirty years professional experience with historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse projects.

Morgan Devlin
Ms. Devlin manages a marketing campaign to promote family events at a coalition of 21 historic sites throughout Rhode Island.

Mohamad Farzan, RIBA, AIA
Mr. Farzan is an architect and a principal at NewPort Architecture in Newport, R.I. The firm specializes in historic preservation, commercial, educational and residential projects.

Omur Harmansah, Ph.D.
Dr. Harmansah works in the field of archaeology, architectural history and material culture of the Near East.

Karst R. Hoogeboom
Mr. Hoogeboom is a practicing landscape architect and a historian. He chairs the National Register Review Board.

Patrick M. Malone, Ph.D.
Dr. Malone teaches American and Urban Studies at Brown University, and is an expert on the history of industry and former director of the Slater Mill Historic Site.

E. Pierre Morenon, Ph.D.
Dr. Morenon teaches Anthropology at Rhode Island College. His research spans from pre-European archaeology to study of recent immigrants.

Ronald J. Onorato, Ph.D.
Dr. Onorato teaches Art History at the University of Rhode Island. He is an expert on American Architectural History, and was author of the Commission's survey of outdoor public sculpture.

Pieter N. Roos
Mr. Roos is executive director of the Newport Restoration Foundation where he manages 71 historic properties, oversees fine arts and decorative arts collections at Rough Point museum and Whitehorne House museum, and carries out public education programs.

Clark Schoettle
Mr. Schoettle is the executive director of the Providence Revolving Fund that offers financial and technical assistance to historic rehabilitation projects.

Janet Coit (ex officio)
Director, Department of Environmental Management

Kevin Flynn (ex officio)
Chief of Statewide Planning

John P. Leyden (ex officio)
State Building Code Commissioner

Jonathan Stevens, State Historic Preservation Officer (ex officio)
Mr. Stevens is Governor Chafee’s Senior Adviser and Director of Special Projects. He has a distinguished 30-year career in government service including serving as a U.S. Senate Legislative Director and serving as Planning Director for the City of Warwick.

Marcel Valois (ex officio)
Director, RI Economic Development Corporation

In addition to Commissioners Hoogeboom, Malone, Morenon, and Onorato, Michael Hebert serves as a member of the National Register Professional Review Board:

Michael Hebert
Mr. Hebert is an archaeologist and Supervising Historic Preservation specialist at the R.I. Department of Transportation.