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Contact: mfesak@mail.umw.edu

Education

Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at Clemson University and the College of Charleston • Charleston, SC • 2016-Present

Concentration: Historic Building Materials, Techniques, and Treatments

University of Mary Washington • Fredericksburg, VA • 2012-2016

Major: Historic Preservation
Concentration: Architecture
GPA: 3.89

Major: History
Concentration: Gender, Nineteenth-Century United States History, and Technology
GPA: 3.94

  • Summa Cum Laude
  • University Honors
  • Departmental Honors in Historic Preservation
  • Departmental Honors in History
  • President’s List (Fall 2015, Spring 2016)
  • Dean’s List (2012-2014, Spring 2015)

Fairfax High School• Fairfax, VA • 2009-2012

  • Honors Class of 2012
  • Cumulative GPA 4.387
  • Advanced Studies Diploma

 

Projects

 

Workshops

  • HistoriCorps Volunteer, Clermont Farm Slave Quarters (2015)
    • Planed and installed siding, and constructed knee walls and collar ties
  • Project Assistant, Pope-Leighey House Exterior Conservation Treatment, National Trust for Historic Preservation (2015)
    • Cleaned the exterior of the Pope-Leighey House
  • Student, Historic Landscape Institute (2013)

 

Work Experience

Building Documentation Intern at President Lincoln’s Cottage, National Trust for Historic Preservation (Summer 2015) • Washington, D.C.

  • Measured and completed hard line drawings of the water tower roofing system
  • Completed documentation of the interior of the vestibule
  • Undertook an investigation into how the vestibule may have appeared during Lincoln’s occupation and completed AutoCAD drawings and a 3D model

Research Aide to the Digital History Reviews Editor for the Journal of  American History (2014-Present) • Fredericksburg, VA

  • Edit Digital History Reviews and locate digital history projects and reviewers

Preservation Intern at Woodlawn and the Pope-Leighey House (Summer 2014) • Alexandria, VA

  • Completed interior, exterior, and foundation conditions assessments for Woodlawn, its outbuildings, Grand View, and the Pope-Leighey House
  • Completed new building assignments per the NTHP policy for Woodlawn and Grand View
  • Worked on the Pope-Leighey House architectural conservation test panel
  • Performed chain of title research on Grand View

Substitute Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools (2013-Present) • Fairfax, VA

  • Provide a safe and productive learning environment for elementary students during their teachers’ absences

Private Cello Instructor, Self-Employed (2012-Present) • Centreville, VA

  • Teach and mentor beginning and intermediate cello students

Various Positions, Elway Farm (2007-Present) • Lovettsville, VA

  • Exercise rider
  • Farm-sitter -Caring for a variety of animals including injured horses
  • Groom -Brushing, bathing, and preparing horses for shows
  • Summer camp assistant -Helping children safely learn to care for and ride horses

 

Special Skills

  • Building documentation through AutoCAD and hard line drawings
  • Laser Scanning
  • Total Station Survey
  • Photogrammetry
  • Photographic documentation
  • Chain of title research
  • Archival research
  • Research methodology
  • Primary and secondary source analysis
  • Source interpretation
  • Proposal writing
  • Intermediate knowledge of Spanish

 

Technology

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • TachyCAD
  • PhoToPlan
  • Agisoft PhotoScan
  • Faro X330
  • Faro Scene
  • Google SketchUP
  • Google Earth
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Google Drive
  • WordPress
  • Wikis
  • Hypothes.Is
  • Zotero Online Archival Systems
  • Omeka (Dublin Core archival systems)
  • Timeline JS
  • MapStoryJS
  • Skype
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

 

Awards

  • Highest GPA in Historic Preservation (2016)
  • Joseph Carroll Vance Award for Excellence in Historical Research (Best 2016 History Thesis)

Scholarships

  • David W. Wright Scholarship (2016-Present)
  • University of Mary Washington Undergraduate Research Grant (2015-2016)
  • James Farmer Scholarship (2015-2016)
  • Joseph C. Vance Memorial Scholarship in History (2015-2016)
  • Milton Grigg Northern Virginia APVA Scholarship  (2015)
  • J. Binford Walford Scholarship in Architecture (2014-2016)
  • William B. Crawley, Jr. Scholarship in History (2014-2015)
  • University of Mary Washington Merit-based Scholarship (2012-2016)
  • Northern Virginia Electric Co-op Scholarship (2012)

Honor Societies

  • Phi Alpha Theta (2016-Present)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2015-Present)
  • Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society (2014-Present)
    • Membership Co-Chair (2014-2015)
  • Pi Gamma Mu (2014-Present)
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2013-Present)

 

Interests

  • Horseback riding and horse care
  • Playing cello
  • Fiddling
  • Creative writing
  • Collecting antiques