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Greg Paxton Executive Director, since 2008. He’s a past Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation as founding chair of its affiliate, Statewide and Local Partners; and also served as Chair of Preservation Action, the national lobbying organization. Greg served on the Board of Directors of CEI Capital Management LLC, and on the Communities for Maine’s Future Review Panel; and is on the Maine Downtown Center Advisory Council. He was CEO of The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation from 1981 – 2008, Preservation Administrator for Historic Charleston Foundation from 1977 – 1981 and site manager at Mount Independence in Vermont from 1973 – 1976. He holds a BA from Williams College, and a Master’s Degree in Historic Perseveration from the University of Vermont. Greg resides in Yarmouth with his wife Lynne Werner, has a son, Burke, and Yellow Lab named Amber.


Chris ClossField Service Advisor, since 2009. Chris directs his own consulting business in Concord, NH, where he has advised on historic tax credits for 30 years and managed 65 Certified Rehabilitations totaling $310 million in investments. He was the NH Main Street Program founding chair and Preservation Planner with the National Trust’s New England Office in Boston from 1977 – 1979. He served as Adjunct Professor in Historic Preservation at Plymouth State University from 2007 – 2009. Chris holds a BA from Boston University, and a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Planning and Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont. Chris is also a talented restoration carpenter and stonemason, having rehabilitated two older properties, a historic farm with five buildings in Candia, NH where he drafted preservation easements upon sale. He currently resides in Hopkinton, NH, with his wife Pam and Springer Spaniel, Koda.


Sarah Hansen – Real Estate Manager since June 2017. Sarah discovered her love of community revitalization as a history major at Connecticut College and received a Masters in Preservation Studies from Boston University. After working with Boston Main Streets, she stayed involved in the program as Program Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Regional Office in Denver covering South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. She also worked for Colorado Preservation, Inc. and with Architectural Heritage Foundation in Boston, a nonprofit historic tax credit developer. After 5 years as Coordinator of the Washington State Main Street Program, she most recently worked for the Arkansas Community Foundation as Statewide Outreach Director. She served on the National Main Street Centers’ Executive Council and recently as board Vice President of Development for Preserve Arkansas and on the Economic Development Committee of Think Big! Little Rock, aimed at attracting young professionals. Sarah is a proud Maine native and is enjoying immersing her southern husband Cary Tyson in the wicked awesome culture of the state.


Barbara WheatonOffice Manager since 2016. She co-owned a residential construction business for 26 years. As Community Director of Southern Maine for the March of Dimes, she managed fundraising events in seven communities. As a Designer/Space Planner for Unum, she designed office spaces and planned logistics to execute internal departmental moves. She also owned a commercial photography business, specializing in product and promotional photography of antiques. Barbara has also worked as a graphic designer for a cable TV network, a print shop and corporate clients. She has a BFA in Photography from the Portland School of Art. Barbara enjoys volunteering in the community and was the Parade Director for the Yarmouth Clam Festival parade for seven years. Her hometown is Cumberland, and she has lived in Yarmouth for 30 years.







Protect & Sell Program

McCulloch House The historically and architecturally significant Hugh McCulloch House in Kennebunk, constructed ca. 1782, is now for sale for the first time since 1801, through our Protect & Sell Program! Read more about the McCulloch House in our Historic Real Estate listings.

Honor Awards

Maine Preservation's 20th Honor AwardsIMG_1305 Will be held on Tuesday, November 7th

from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Portland Country Club

Celebrate extraordinary Preservation project around the state.



For more information: visit here.

Field Services

Demo Maine Preservation offers preservation guidance to the stewards of historic buildings in Maine from our professional Field Service Advisor, Christopher Closs. His advice can help get a project off the ground, find resources, or steer a project in the right direction. read more...

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