Roster of Members
The Historic Preservation Commission is comprised of 7 members. Learn how to volunteer to serve as a commission member. A Partial Term less than two years causes the appointee to be eligible for a successive 4-year First Term.
- Anthony Perko, Attorney at Law. Mr. Perko is a Pueblo native with a life-long interest in local history, and he used to live in the Fitch Terrace Apartments on 11th Street. He is a member of the Pueblo County Historical Society. He began his career an attorney at Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth until the firm’s partnership dissolved. He continued practicing law in his independent firm, Perko Law. Appointed to the Commission in 2018. Term Expires December 31st, 2022. Planning and Standards Committees.
- Gregory Howell is a Storyteller and Consultant in the creative industries with a focus on history, culture and the arts. He is active on the Board of Directors at the Arts Academy at Pueblo County High School, Site Council Member at PSAS Fulton Heights School, and a Creative Consultant volunteer at the Project: Inspire Cooperative. Over the years Mr. Howell has been active with historic preservation projects around the world and enjoys working in environments where adaptive reuse of historic properties, economic development and tourism converge to create new opportunities. Currently you will find him at Watertower Place, the former Nuckolls Packing Company, serving as the creative consultant at Colorado's largest historic adaptive reuse development project. Mr. Howell is now launching the Pueblo Youth Docent Training & Certification Pilot Program which aims to engage local youth in the study, appreciation and practice of historic tourism. Gregory Howell received his B.A. in Asian Studies from University of California at Berkeley and his M.A. in East Asian Studies from Cornell University. Appointed to the Commission in 2019. First Term Expires December 31, 2022. Education Committee Chair.
- Jason Falsetto, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Outreach Coordinator for Pueblo Community College. He is an active board member of the Pueblo Heritage Museum, and member of Pueblo Rotary and Pueblo Makes and manager of Pueblo Municipal Band, and past board member for Pueblo South High School Foundation and CSU-Pueblo Alumni Association. He hopes to see Downtown Pueblo transformed into a vibrant, mixed-use district listed on the National Register of Historic Places, where young people, professionals and families focus it into hub for businesses and quality living. Mr. Falsetto researched the history of his 7-generation family from European farmers and laborers migrated in 1875 to work in the coal and steel industries in Pueblo, Trinidad, Walsenburg and Aguilar. Appointed to the Commission in 2018. Second Term Expires December 31, 2023. Planning Committee Chair. Education Committee.
- Laurel B. Campbell, retired from a career as legal assistant, child support enforcer for Social Services, and Realtor. She served as a board member for Pueblo Heritage Museum, Goodnight Barn, and Frontier Pathways. She aspires to educate property owners and businesses about the benefits and responsibilities of owning or occupying historic places, and she advocates to good standards of appropriateness for these places. Ms. Campbell helped owners nominate their homes for landmark designation, presented at many conferences about historic preservation, contributed to museum exhibits, and was integral to saving the Goodnight Barn. Laurel Campbell attained an associates and paralegal degrees. Appointed to the Commission from 2013 to 2021. Standards Committee.
- Suzanne Kuehn, Appointed to the Commission in 2022. Term Expires January 1, 2026.
Members of Standing Committees
These committees will help the Pueblo Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) with important topics that drive historic preservation in our Pueblo community. These topics are Preservation Planning, Standards of Appropriateness (for design review), and Education about Historic Preservation.
The active members are as follows:
- Weston Burrer, Former HPC member. Appointed to the Standing Committees in 2018, and continued to volunteer in 2021 on the Planning Committee.
- William Casey, Historic Pueblo, Inc. Appointed to the Standing Committees in 2018, and continued to volunteer in 2021 on the Planning Committee.
- Janet Dash, Research Scientist/GIS Specialist for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources in the Division of Water Resources. She has read old decrees and statements of claim to determine where water rights belong and about the people who settled the region. She served as a board member for Historic Pueblo Inc. and the Old Historic Northside Organization, and will join the Pueblo County Historical Society. She hopes to inspire pride among citizens about their beautiful city’s heritage. She and her family have renovated historic houses that they lived in. Ms. Dash has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Geology and over 40 years of experience in scientific research, field investigations, report writing and professional presentations. Appointed to the Standing Committees in 2018, and continued to volunteer in 2021 on the Standards Committee.
- Deborah J. Hill, retired from a career in public communications for the City of Pueblo and over 16 years as a broadcast journalist, she is looking to volunteer to listen, learn, and connecting history with the diverse people of Pueblo. She can speak to her experience as an African-American growing up in West Side Pueblo and Bessemer along with Latino-, Slovenian-, and Italian-Americans. Ms. Hill will encourage fellow Puebloans, with particular attention for those with little financial resources, to learn and get involved in our community’s heritage, intangible as our storied-history, and tangible as our museums and landmarks. Volunteered for the Planning and Education Committees in 2021.
- Michael Mahan, Historic building owner. Appointed to the Standing Committees in 2018, and continued to volunteer in 2021 on the Planning and Standards Committee.
- Andrew Sanchez, managing partner with the Walter Brewing Company. He volunteers for the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. Mr. Sanchez aspires to further our community’s knowledge of history so that future generations will be stewards of Pueblo’s historic character. He found a common theme resonating in the great history of Pueblo and Southern Colorado in his decades of experience serving on boards and commissions, particularly higher education with Colorado State University. Andy Sanchez’s higher education is comprised of study in business, marketing, history, arts and humanities. Appointed to the Commission in 2015 to 2018 and the Standing Committees, and continued to volunteer in 2021 on the Standards Committee.
- Matthew Taylor, Artist and muralist. Appointed to the Standing Committees in 2018, and continued to volunteer in 2021 on the Standards Committee..
- Kerrelyn Trent, Former HPC member. Appointed to the Standing Committees in 2018, and continued to volunteer in 2021 on the Standards Committee.
- Steven Trujillo, Latino Chamber of Commerce. Appointed to the Standing Committees in 2018, and continued to volunteer in 2021 on the Education Committee.
- Margaret Ward-Masias, retired from a career in advertising for the Pueblo Chieftain (1968-2001) and Executive Director for the Pueblo Downtown Association (2008-2020). She serves as the photo department director for the Pueblo County Historical Society, and was board member for the Downtown Association for over 21 years. Ms. Ward-Masias would like to see Pueblo retain important images of its past, especially those that were lost to changing times. She has written over 140 articles about historic buildings and businesses throughout the city centers of Pueblo. Margaret Ward-Masias has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. Appointed to the Standing Committees in 2018, and continued to volunteer in 2021 on the Planning Committee.