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Returning Board Members

Elizabeth Brown


Elizabeth Brown is a graduate of the architecture program at Auburn University and worked for many years at the Alabama Historical Commission. In that capacity she served as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer responsible for many of the day-to-day activities of the Commission. In addition, Elizabeth has spoken at various conferences and before a variety of political bodies. She has been a long time member of the Alabama Trust and has recently retired from the Historical Commission.

Peggy Hair


Alabama Public Television, Foundation Support/Major and Planned Gifts Officer

As first vice president of the ATHP, Hair chaired the 2010 Alabama Preservation Conference. Under her leadership, a new marketing/branding campaign for the ATHP and the first monthly e-newsletter and quarterly Preservation Lyceum Weekend programs were launched. In 2009, she was selected as one of 35 national applicants for the National Trust for Historic Preservation's leadership training institute. Hair has 25+ years as a professional fundraiser; service as a historic interpretive at six national parks (Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania and Wilderness National Battlefield Parks and the National Eisenhower Historic Site); docent at the 1770 Historic Kenmore Mansion (Fredericksburg, Va.); and founding board member for Main Street Gettysburg (Gettysburg, Pa).

Cooper Holmes


Cooper Holmes is a sixth generation Alabamian. He and his family manage one of Alabama's last active plantations, the Moore-Webb-Holmes Plantation in Perry County, which was established circa 1819.  The farm actively supports the production of all natural beef which is sold around the state and timber, as well as providing recreational and cultural events for Perry County and the Black Belt.  Cooper also manages an organic farm for Hunter Lewis, a food editor for Bon Appetit and Southern Living magazines. He serves on the board of the Perry County Chamber of Commerce and is active in the Perry County Historical and Preservation Society.  Cooper and his wife O'Neal Crawford Holmes, originally from Birmingham, live in a historic home outside of Marion.

New At-Large Members

Ian Crawford


Ian serves as the current Executive Director of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society. His education includes a Bachelors of Human Environmental Science, Interior Design from The University of Alabama, and a Master of Preservation Studies from Tulane University.

He has served as director of the Jemison Van de Graaff Mansion Foundation, instructor at The University of Alabama, City of Tuscaloosa Historic Preservation Commission's architectural review board, and is an experienced grant writer.

Garlan Gudger, Jr.


Thriving on the family's passion for rescuing, restoring, and preserving items of historical significance, Garlan, now at 42, has been the owner of Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, Inc. for the past 17 years. His passion for historic preservation and architectural salvage is evident to the customers at his retail store in Cullman's historic downtown and his commitment to continued downtown revitalization in Cullman.

Garlan attended Samford University on an athletic scholarship, later transferring to Auburn University to complete his degree in Building Science, and graduating with a minor in Business. While a student, he was selected from a nationwide search of applicants to participate in the prestigious “Preservation: Institute Nantucket” to document historic landmarks for the Library of Congress. In 2000, he was named the “Alabama Small Business Retailer of the Year: Bronze Award” recipient by The Alabama Retail Association. He was selected as one of only eighteen participants for the state of Alabama's “Leadership Program” in 2011. In 2012, Garlan was recognized in Southern Living's "Heros of the New South Awards" in the category of Architecture for his preservation efforts and in helping to rebuild Cullman after the April tornadoes. Garlan holds the distinction of being Cullman's youngest elected City Councilman, assuming the position in 2004, and now is serving in his fourth term as City Council President.

Elam P. Holley, Jr.


Elam most recently served as President and CEO of First Partners Bank in Birmingham, Ala. Holley has been in banking for almost 44 years, beginning his career in Selma, Ala., with The People's Bank and Trust Company, working his way up to President and CEO of that institution. After moving to Birmingham in 2005, Holley and other original investors started SouthCity Bank (which became First Partners Bank) in Vestavia Hills in 2007. The bank has received many honors and recognitions over the last few years, including Bauer 5 Star Ratings and Small Business Administration Community Bank of the Year and Venture Capitalist of the Year. Holley was named as Jefferson County CEO of the Year (small business category) by The Birmingham Business Journal.

Elam currently serves as a deacon and trustee at Mountain Brook Baptist Church, as Chairman of The Dean's Advisory Committee at the UAB School of Optometry, the Board of the Alabama Bankers Association, trustee of the Birmingham Business Alliance and also the Vestavia Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Alabama Multi Family Loan Consortium, State Board of the Coastal Conservation Association, Director Emeritus of The Marion Military Institute and President of The Birmingham Metropolitan Dinner Club.

Elam is a member of both Leadership Alabama and Leadership Vestavia Hills, Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club, Vestavia Country Club, Alabama and American Bar Associations and in the past was a Rotarian, Chairman of the Selma, Dallas County Chamber of Commerce, a district commissioner, troop master for Boy Scouts of America, Sunday School teacher and more.

Elam is a graduate of Marion Military Academy, The University of Alabama, Jones Law School, as well as the banking institutes of LSU and The University of Wisconsin.

Elam and his wife, Sandra Holley, are the recipients of ATHP's 2014 Preservation Restoration Award for their dedicated leadership and effort in the restoration of 2121 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham. They also graciously hosted the Trust at the Holley family farm during our 2017 Spring Preservation Lyceum Weekend in Marion.

Becky Ingram Mauldin

The Shoals

A lifelong resident of the Shoals, Becky graduated from Auburn University in 1978. While at Auburn she participated in the University of Florida Architecture Department's 1977 Preservation Institute: Nantucket.

Becky is a real estate broker and developer, is married to Preuit Mauldin, and they have two beautiful and successful daughters: Ruth and Anne. She just completed her term on the board of governors of Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club where she served as the club's first and only female president.

Becky has worked in many varied preservation capacities including saving a local historic school structure, the Walnut Street Historic District in Florence, and as a founding member of a local preservation group. She also served on the host committee for the 2014 Alabama Preservation Conference held in the Shoals.

Nigel Roberts


Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Nigel has spent his professional life working in community and economic development across Georgia, Florida and Alabama. He enjoys working in communities to assist with creating and maintaining decent, safe and sustainable environments. He currently calls Birmingham home and serves as a Senior Director in the Community Development Department for the City of Birmingham. He is responsible for the management and oversight of the City's entitlement programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other associated local, federal and state grant programs, including but not limited to Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program, Community Development Block Grants-recovery program (CDBG-R), Home Investment Partnerships ACT (HOME) program, Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG).

Nigel's brings firsthand experience to the board in showing how preservation and economic development work together to achieve stronger communities. As the Urban Development Coordinator for Operation New Birmingham, Nigel specifically looked for new uses for vacant buildings.

Nigel holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Alabama A & M University, and a MSA degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University. In addition to his other duties, he has served as a part-time instructor for Lawson State Community College, teaching classes in marketing, human resource management, grant writing and management. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Barden Smedburg


Barden hales from Virginia and attended the University of Alabama in International Business. He lived in Asia for 10 years before returning to Alabama where he taught International Business classes at the University.

He was familiar with Eutaw and when the 1852, 3-story, Greek Revival Captain Nathan Carpenter House/Twin Oaks Plantation/Everhope Plantation came up for sale he jumped on the opportunity to purchase it and shortly thereafter opened it as a Bed & Breakfast (B&B).

As the owner of Everhope, Barden has restored the old slave quarters into a two bed and bath unit, and is now in the process of restoring the old pecan shelling house into a suite. Once this latest preservation project is completed he will have a total of sixteen beds in his B&B.

Currently Barden serves as Vice President of the Greene County Historical Society.