Staff and Board of Directors

Preservation Chicago Board of Directors and Staff


Executive Board of Directors

Brad Suster – President
Jacob Kaplan – Vice President
Susannah Ribstein – Treasurer
Debbie Dodge – Secretary

Board of Directors

Stuart Berman
Cathie Bond
Debbie Dodge
Joyce Jackson
Jacob Kaplan
Emily Nielsen
Andrea Reed
Susannah Ribstein
Jack Spicer
Brad Suster
Charlie Vinz


Ward Miller
Executive Director

Adam Natenshon
Director of Operations/ Communications

Mary Lu Seidel
Director of Community Engagement

Cathie Bond
Director of Events

Carl Klein
Research Intern

Anney Grish
Communications Intern


Ward Miller

Ward Miller has led Preservation Chicago as its Executive Director since 2013. Previously, he was a founding board member and served as Board President of Preservation Chicago. 

From 2003 to 2011, he was the Executive Director of the Richard Nickel Committee where he co-authored the highly-acclaimed 2010 publication of The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan and prepared the archives of the architectural photographer and preservationist Richard Nickel for the Ryerson and Burnham Library Collections at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Specializing in the restoration, remodeling, and reuse of historic buildings, Miller worked for 20 years as a project architect and project manager at Vinci-Hamp Architects in Chicago (1983-2003).

Over the course of his career in the fields of architecture and preservation, Miller has been awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the American Institute of Architects, a Gold Medal Award by the Independent Publishers of America, and a Chicago Landmark Award by the City of Chicago. He is also a former Vice-president of Logan Square Preservation (2000-2013) and a former member of the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council Board (2006-2009), and a current member of Landmarks Illinois Issues Committee since 1995, among many other community and professional affiliations.