Board of Directors
Dorothy Canter, Ph.D. – President
Prior to her retirement Dr. Dorothy Canter was a nationally recognized expert in the decontamination of bioterrorism agents and in preparedness activities for responding to and recovering from attacks with weapons of mass destruction, first at the US Environmental Protection Agency and then at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. A volunteer for the National Parks Conservation Association for over 30 years, she has served in a number of capacities including nine years on the Board of Trustees. She was a founding member of the Friends of Fort Hunt Park, Inc., and served as its President for three years. She has visited over 300 National Park units. Dr. Canter received a B.S. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in biophysics from The George Washington University.
Robert G. Stanton – Vice President
Robert G. Stanton, former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U. S. Department of the Interior and former director of the National Park Service, is an Expert Member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) to which he was appointed by President Obama in October 2014. As Senior Advisor to the Interior Secretary from 2010 to 2014, Stanton served as a key senior analyst and provided executive level advice and support to the Secretary on a wide range of environmental, educational, organizational and management issues. From 2009-2010, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Program Management. From 2001 to 2009, Stanton was a consultant in conservation management and served as a visiting professor at Yale, Howard and Texas A&M Universities. During the period from 2001-2003, he also served as the International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN) Ambassador for the Fifth World Parks Congress held 2003 in Durban, South Africa. Stanton's Federal service included a 35- year career with the National Park Service. Stanton was unanimously confirmed in 1997 as the 15th Director of the National Park Service. He served in this position from 1997 to 2001. He was the first director to undergo confirmation hearings before the U. S. Senate and the first and to date only African American to serve in this position. Since 1962 he has dedicated his life work to improving the preservation and management of the nation’s rich and diverse natural and cultural resources. Stanton is active in professional and civic affairs and has served on the boards and councils of a wide range of civic, environmental and youth serving organizations. He has been nationally recognized through awards and citations for outstanding public service and leadership in conservation, historic preservation, youth programs, government relations and diversity in employment and public programs. A native of Ft. Worth, Texas, Stanton, grew up in the era of “separate but equal” in Mosier Valley, one of the oldest communities in Texas founded by African Americans shortly after the U. S. Civil War. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Huston-Tillotson University, did his graduate work at Boston University and received five honorary doctorates.
M. Howard Morse - Treasurer
Mr. Morse is a Washington, DC-based attorney and partner in the Cooley LLP law firm. He is active in a number of philanthropic causes. He was previously Treasurer and is currently the President of the Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum (formerly the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington), which has recently moved and preserved a 150-year old historic synagogue and is undertaking a capital campaign and building a new museum in Washington, DC. Mr. Morse also serves on the National Council of the National Parks Conservation Association, a nonpartisan organization that works to protect and preserve the nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for future generations. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.
Katherine Stevenson - Secretary
Katherine Stevenson retired from the National Park Service after 40 years of government service, 39 with the National Park Service. As Associate Director for Cultural Resources and Partnerships she had responsibility for the National Register of Historic Places, the National Landmarks program, the Historic Preservation Grants in Aid, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the Save America’s Treasures Fund. Later, she spent four years at the National Trust for Historic Preservation on a detail serving as a Senior Policy Advisor. Her last assignment with the National Park Service was as Associate Director for Business Services (Concessions, Fees and Contracting). She is the co-author of “Houses by Mail: A Guide to Houses from Sears and Roebuck.” Stevenson received the Presidential Rank Award in 2011. Since her retirement she served on the Executive Committee of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks. She has a BA from Skidmore College and an MA from the University of Delaware in Art History.
Pamela Bowman is Director of Public Lands Policy in the government relations department of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is responsible for leading a cross departmental team advocating on behalf of historic and cultural resources on public lands, including the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. Prior to joining the National Trust, she served on the legislative staff for two Members of Congress and spent over eight years in the nonprofit sector designing and implementing advocacy and government relations campaigns. Pam received her B.A. in Urban Planning, Geography and the Environment with a minor in history from the University of Texas at Austin.
Stephanie Deutsch is the author of You Need a Schoolhouse, Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South, published in 2011 by Northwestern University Press. She was a speaker at the two national Rosenwald school conferences sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has visited more than two dozen Rosenwald schools and has shared the story with alumni of the schools, church groups and high school students. Her husband, David Deutsch, is the great-grandson of Julius Rosenwald. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Master’s degree (in Soviet Union Area Studies) from Harvard.
Damien Dwin is co-CEO and co-founder of Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC, a leading alternative asset manager with $4 billion in assets under management (as of March 31, 2018). Mr. Dwin is a member of the executive committee and serves on the investment committee of all the Brightwood funds. He currently participates on the boards of many of Brightwood’s portfolio companies and has managed capital for hundreds of limited partners, including many prominent public, private and corporate pension plans, endowments, family offices, and high net worth persons. Under Mr. Dwin’s leadership Brightwood exclusively focuses on capital solutions for borrowers in sectors including technology and telecommunications, transportation and logistics, business services, healthcare services and franchising. Brightwood currently manages a portfolio of over 50 middle market companies that employ about 50,000 employees in total in the US. Since Brightwood’s founding in 2010, Mr. Dwin has overseen over 150 completed transactions by the firm. Prior to founding Brightwood, he worked for Goldman Sachs from 1998 to 2004 and for Credit Suisse from 2004 to 2010, where he managed a portfolio of over $1 billion in assets. He serves on philanthropic boards including NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Doe Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He is a Trustee of the Boys Club of New York and the Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. Mr. Dwin received a B.S./B.A. degree from Georgetown University where he served two terms on the Board of Regents.
Theresa Pierno is President and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). Theresa joined NPCA in 2004 after a distinguished career in public service and natural resource protection. Theresa’s leadership has helped to solidify the organization's role as the voice of America's national parks, and she is focused on connecting more diverse and younger people to our National Parks. Prior to becoming President and CEO, Theresa served as Vice President of Regional Operations and Chief Operating Officer. In these roles she successfully doubled NPCA's field program to include more than 60 staff working in 24 offices across the country and led the development of strategic priorities with a focus on water and land use policy. Theresa is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of America’s Great Waters Coalition, a group of 70-member organizations working together to protect and restore waters in and around our National Parks that are central to the health of the ecosystem and the recreation of their visitors.
Carol Shull is the retired Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places and manager of the National Historic Landmarks program for the National Park Service. She served as editor of the National Register Bulletin series and has published and made numerous presentations aimed at making the National Register as inclusive as possible and widely available to the public. She started the Teaching with Historic Places program, a series of classroom ready lesson plans, and the Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series promoting visits to registered historic places—both available on the National Park Service website. The Partnership for Public Service honored Ms. Shull as a finalist for a Service to America Career Achievement Award for leading the expansion of the National Register. The Secretary of the Interior presented her the Department’s Distinguished Service Award. She is a Fellow and former Trustee of the US Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ ICOMOS). Ms. Shull is a consultant and volunteer, a member of the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks, active in other preservation and history related organizations, and on the executive committee of the board of Preservation Action, the national grassroots lobby for historic preservation. She received a B.S. in education and an M.A. in United States history from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jordan Tannenbaum has been a fundraiser for 37 years. Currently he is
the Chief Development Officer for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
and is responsible for a $1 Billion Comprehensive Campaign. His
former positions include Vice President for Development at Hillel
International, Executive Director of Development at the National Trust
for Historic Preservation, Associate Dean for External Affairs at the
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Executive Director for
Development at Georgetown University. An expert on Federal
Historic Preservation Law, he currently is a member of the U.S.
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and Vice Chairman of the
Fairfax County History Commission. Mr. Tannenbaum served in the JAG
Corps, U.S. Army Reserve for 27 years attaining the rank of Lieutenant
Colonel and currently is on the Finance Committee for the Army
Historical Foundation. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and the
Washington College of Law.
Bradford J. White
Bradford J. White is the Associate Director of the Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago-based private foundation working for an equitable, just and humane society. Prior to joining Alphawood in 2012, Brad focused on affordable housing and community development. Brad was appointed by President Barack Obama as a General Public Member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in 2011; he was reappointed in 2014. For the Advisory Council he led the task force on Historic Preservation and Rightsizing and directed the development of a policy statement on community revitalization. Brad is on the Board of Enrich Chicago, a not-for-profit organization focused on racial equity and inclusion in the arts. He is currently the Chair of the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, a board member of DOCOMOMO-US, a member of the Illinois Housing Council, and a member of the Public Policy Committee of ULI Chicago. He is the former Chair of Landmarks Illinois, Preservation Action, and the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha. Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan; he received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law.
National Parks Conservation Association Legislative Liaison
Alan Spears joined the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) in May 1999 as an intern for the Enhancing Cultural Diversity program. In that capacity, he helped manage the National Parks Community Partners Program, a six-city effort to better connect racial and ethnically diverse groups and individuals to national parks. He currently serves as the Cultural Resources Director for NPCA and a lobbyist for the Government Affairs department, as well as NPCA’s in-house historian.
He has served as the staff lead or co-lead on successful campaigns to establish the Fort Monroe, Harriet Tubman, First State, Colonel Charles Young, Pullman, Belmont Paul Women’s Equality and Birmingham Civil Rights national monuments. Alan previously helped win introduction and passage of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Funding Reauthorization Act of 2008, which helped raise the authorized funding limit for this program to $2.5 million per year. Alan’s current priorities include defense of the National Heritage Area program and the designation of a national park for businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.
Alan has a B.A. in American History with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Clark University (Worcester, MA) and an M.A. in American History from Howard University (Washington, DC) where he wrote a thesis on the “Washington, DC Race Riot of 1919.” Alan was born and raised in Washington, DC.