I have been a member of several preservation organizations, including BAHA, OHA, and the National Trust; and was Board President of the Alameda Victorian Preservation Society (AVPS, now AAPS) in 1983 (on the Board 1982-84), Founding Board Vice President of the Alameda Main Street Project in 1983 and President of the Board 1985-1986, and a Board member of the VPCO (the Cohen-Bray House) since 1997 and Board President 1999-present. I have researched and led walking tours in both residential and commercial districts in Alameda and given several lectures on historic residential architecture in Berkeley and Alameda and on Victorian designer/builder A.W. Pattiani, architect Joseph Cather Newsom, and turn-of-the-century photographer Edgar A. Cohen.
In my other life I study air pollution and the effects of air pollution on health. I have done work on air pollution all over the U.S. and in Juarez, Mexico and Cairo, Egypt; this has given me many opportunities to visit historic houses! I have done work on air pollution in schools very near major freeways in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.