Historic Resources Board Biographies

BERNSTEIN, Martin Martin Bernstein is the Founder and Principal of Martin Bernstein Architect.  Mr. Bernstein obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  Martin lived in Italy where he studied Italian and European tradition.  He is well versed in styles ranging from historical to contemporary architecture and has been active in the Bay Area home design since 1984; he is familiar with the unique character of various neighborhoods, as well as local building regulations.

Martin’s recent and past projects and awards include a major renovation and addition to the Slonaker Residence in Palo Alto, California, which earned him the Historic Residential Renovation Award from Palo Alto Stanford Heritage.  His project work is in Professorville Historic District, Palo Alto, California, and he is working on a major alteration and contemporary addition to a significant residence in Woodside, California.

David Bower
BOWER, David
David was born in Palo Alto and has worked in residential construction for close to 40 years, including seven years of residential construction consulting.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from San Francisco State University.  His community activities include serving on the boards of Western Ballet in Mountain View, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission.

COREY, Brandon Biography not yet available.

"Roger Kohler"
Biography not yet available.

Michael Makinen
MAKINEN, Michael
Mike Makinen served three years in the United States (U.S.) Army as a Captain where he worked as an aeronautical engineer at the U.S. Army Aviation Test Board in Fort Rucker, Alabama testing prototype helicopters.  His career continued at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 1966 to 2005, first in Cleveland, Ohio and then at Moffett Field, California. 

Mike worked as an Aerospace Engineer, a Design Engineer, a Facilities Planner, and a Project Manager.  Additionally he worked as Chief of the Ames Facilities Planning Office and as the NASA- Ames Historic Preservation Officer.  Mike has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Mike currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Historic Resources Board and previously served as the Chairman; he has served on the Historic Resources Board since 1999.

"Deborah Shepherd"SHEPHERD, Deborah
Debbie Shepherd is a resident of a Category 2 historic property in Palo Alto and has restored a number of historic residential properties around the country. She has a long standing interest in and knowledge of American architecture and historic preservation as a student (B.A. Stanford, M.A. and Museum Certificate, Michigan, auditor in architecture/preservation Columbia, Wellesley and Boston University), homeowner and museum professional (Detroit Institute of Arts, FAMSF, Cantor, National Gallery of Art).

Debbie served for many years on the board of the Cow Hollow Association in San Francisco, a neighborhood organization seeking to preserve the historic residential character of this community. She is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Palo Alto and will serve a two-year term as chair of the Membership Executive Council of the Cantor/Anderson Museums at Stanford in 2018-20.

Margaret Wimmer
WIMMER, Margaret
Margaret Wimmer is a Palo Alto based Residential Designer with over 24 years of professional experience in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is a Graduate from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design from Arizona State University.  Margaret enjoyed working as a Docent and Intern at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona prior to moving to California.

With a special interest in Historic Architecture and Design, Margaret currently serves on the Historic Resources Board for the City of Palo Alto.  In addition, she volunteers at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House and at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.