Bob Ashley, Interim Executive Director

Bob stepped in as Interim Director when Ben Filippo left and he will serve until a permanent director is selected. That search is well underway.  Ashley, who spent most of his career in newspaper journalism, served as Preservation Durham’s executive director in 2011-2012.  In May 2012, he returned to the job as editor of The Herald-Sun, from which he had retired in early 2011.  He retired from that post again in June.  He has been a member of the organization’s board of directors since 2012.

Diane Amato, Office Manager

Diane joined Preservation Durham in September 2014.  She is originally from Massachusetts where she worked as a Program Manager for General Electric.  She is the Board President of Liberty Arts and is also on the boards of Frank Gallery and Trinity Park Neighborhood Association.  She served on the board of Durham Habitat for Humanity Restore as Treasurer and then President and also joined on the board of Chatham County Arts Council as Treasurer. In 2009 she founded The Art of Giving, a giving circle committed to granting money to non-profits in the Triangle whose programs benefit women and children.  Since its inception, $130,000 has been awarded.

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