Meet the members
- Updated on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 April 16, 2013
Oscar Hult is a native Oregonian and has been a resident of Albany since 1986. He is the chair of the Landmarks Advisory Commission, President of the Monteith Historical Society, Executive Director of the Albany Downtown Association, and a grandpa. Interested in history since childhood, Oscar's hobby is Civil War era living history. He and his wife own an 1876 Western Farmhouse, with Eastlake elements, in the Monteith Historic District.
Jessica Pankratz is a real estate broker. She is active in the Albany Rotary Club, is a member of the Safe Haven humane society board and is currently the president of the Albany Downtown Association board. Jessica rescues birds and spends a lot of time volunteering and fundraising for good causes.
Dave Pinyerd has more than 15 years of experience as a preservation consultant. His firm works throughout the Pacific Northwest; however, he has worked on historic structures from Alaska to Midway Atoll. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon teaching the historic survey class, which prepares students for describing and evaluating historic resources. Dave moved to historic Albany from Eugene, and is a native Oregonian. Dave owns a 1931 English Cottage west of Elm Street.
Larry Preston has been a general contractor in Albany for over 20 years, specializing in remodels and additions for historic and contemporary homes and commercial buildings. He, his wife and young daughter live in Albany in a 1890s western farm house that they've been slowly remodeling over the years. Larry is an avid reader, traveler and has always had an interest in history.
Bill Ryals is a native Oregonian who grew up in the Albany area. He is a licensed architect and has been practicing for more than 30 years and in this area for 20 years. Bill has won several awards for design and construction excellence. He has volunteered for the Albany carousel, Cheadle Lake Regional Park and Calvary Corvallis. He and his family live in a “really cool” 1930s house in North Albany.
Camron Settlemier was born and raised in Albany; and his grandparents were also raised nearby. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and works as a Product Support Engineer in Corvallis. He owns two historic houses, one in the Monteith District and one in Hackleman. Camron is also a small business owner, Marcam Productions. The company has produced a series of videos about Southern Pacific 4449, a historic steam locomotive owned by the City of Portland. He considers himself an amateur historian and likes to document the relationship (both past and present) and interaction of railroads and small communities throughout the Northwest.
Jolene Thomson is the newest member to the Commission. She and her family live just outside the Monteith district. Jolene is a full-time business woman. She volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul, Boy Scouts of America, Oregon Trail council, Applegate Trail District and for other community projects. She is a history nerd by hobby.