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ATHP 2013 NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTION TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Write-in replacements for the candidates below
President
Peg Hair
1st Vice President - President Elect
Devereuax Bemis
2nd Vice President / Finance
Jack Peterson
3rd Vice President / Membership
Wimberly Comer
4th Vice President / Programs
Florence Young
Secretary
Stephanie Rogers

OFFICERS


President
Peg Hair
Birmingham
Foundation Support/Major and Planned Gift Officer, Alabama Public Television (APT), Birmingham
Expertise: Non-Profit Fundraising

Hair brings to the board expertise in fundraising, marketing and event planning. She has two graduate degrees: college/university education administration and an M.B.A. She chaired both the 2010 Alabama Preservation Conference (resulting in a record-breaking number of participants) and the 2012 conference held in Birmingham. Under her leadership, a new marketing/branding campaign for the ATHP and the first monthly e-newsletter and quarterly Preservation Lyceum Weekend programs occurred. In 2009, she was selected as one of 35 national applicants for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s leadership training institute. Her professional and volunteer experience includes 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).

1st Vice President
Devereuax Bemis
Mobile
Executive Director, Mobile Historic Development Commission, Mobile
Expertise:  Non-Profit Management/Historic Preservation

Bemis’ professional preservation experience is invaluable to the ATHP. In his position as the senior officer of the Mobile Historic Development Commission, a department of the City of Mobile, he serves as the executive director of the private, 501(c)(3) organization of the same name. He is one of the longest serving ATHP board members having been newsletter editor; treasurer; secretary; vice president; and president for three terms. In August of 2010, Mr. Bemis coordinated a major post-Katrina preservation-recovery conference in Mobile. He served as co-chair of the statewide Alabama Preservation Conference in 2009. Bemis has been an advisor to the Historic Mobile Preservation Society and speaks often to civic clubs and professional organizations throughout the region. Currently, he sits on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Mobile Alliance; Restore Mobile (a Mobile historic revolving fund); and numerous local boards and committees. He teaches in the continuing education program at the University of South Alabama.

2nd Vice President/Finance
Jack Peterson
Birmingham
Sloss Realty Group, Inc., Executive Vice President/CFO, Cahaba Community Development Fund, Manager; Birmingham
Expertise: Finance/Historic Preservation/Real Estate

Peterson has more than 25 years of experience in capital transactions totaling more than one billion dollars. He specializes in the use of incentivized capital for community development, primarily focused on urban areas of Alabama. He created and presently manages Cahaba’s $40 million New Markets Tax Credit fund. In addition, Peterson has extensive experience in the use of Federal and State incentives for Historic Preservation, Low Income Housing, façade donation and rural conservation easement. His respect for local history is rooted in both his family upbringing – his father was a Docent at the Smithsonian Institute’s National History Museum – and his professional encounters including handling deeds spanning from the colonial times of Lord Fairfax to modern day Howard Hughes. This enthusiasm extends to his weekends as a hike, hobbyist photographer of rural historic structures and beekeeper.

3rd Vice President /Membership
Wimberly Comer
Birmingham/Eufaula
Interim Executive Director, Black Belt Heritage Area; Human Performance Consultant, Accenture
Expertise: Non-profit management/Heritage Tourism/Historic Preservation

Comer brings to the board an expertise in cultural heritage tourism and a connection to young professional membership development. She holds degrees in management and tourism administration, specifically in the management of sustainable destinations for cultural heritage tourism. While completing her master’s degree from George Washington University, Comer served as an intern with the Alabama Historical Commission. The findings and recommendations drawn from her independent research study on successful management strategies for heritage areas nationally was approved by the National Park Service and the U.S. Congress. As a result, work is used by the National Association of National Heritage Areas to help heritage designations/sites develop feasible management plans. Comer’s expertise in finance and strategic planning focuses attention on economic development and its correlation to the ATHP and to the Black Belt Heritage Area where she serves as the interim executive director. Through her leadership, the volunteer-based Black Belt Heritage Area has received approximately $600,000 in grant funding over the past three years. Her volunteer efforts include the Birmingham Ballet Guild and the Birmingham Museum of Art Junior Patrons board of directors.

4th Vice President/Programs
Florence Young
Montgomery
Community Philanthropist/Volunteer, Montgomery
Expertise: Event Management/Historic Preservation

Young’s historic preservation experience and leadership includes, among others, serving as a board member for the Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery and chair for 7 years of its annual Father/Daughter Ball fundraiser. Other activities include serving as chair, at both the local and state levels, of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Alabama (NSCDA-AL) as well as project chair for a documentary about Montgomery’s Old Oakwood Cemetery and publication of “In Grateful Remembrance,” a collection of 140 biographies of the colonial ancestors of Alabama Dames. In addition, she has led workshops on both projects at the regional and national Colonial Dames conventions. She has been the state president and local chair of the NSCDA-AL. Currently, she edits its statewide newsletter and is Vice President of the Old Cahawba Foundation board of directors.

Secretary
Stephanie Rogers
Monroeville
Executive Director, Monroe County Heritage Museum, Monroeville
Expertise:  Non-Profit Management/Heritage Tourism/Journalism

Rogers oversees Monroeville’s famous Old Courthouse Museum and Monroe County’s Alabama River Museum, the Hybard House Museum and Cultural Center, Old Bethany Baptist Church and Rikard’s Mill Historic Park as well as historic programs serving more than 25,000 visitors annually. She is a member of the Old Federal Road Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, Alabama Steering Committee of Southern Literary Trail, the Alabama Black Belt Heritage Area Task Force, and former board member of the Monroe County Health Foundation.


NOMINATION FOR SECOND TERMS


Donna Castellano
Huntsville
Principal, Embark Software Development; Embark Alabama Inc., Huntsville
Expertise:  Journalism/Historic Preservation

Castellano has more than 25 years of experience in researching, teaching, and preserving Alabama history. She has a M.A. in History from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she taught for over a decade before becoming involved in historic preservation. She is the immediate past chairman of the Historic Huntsville Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Her preservation efforts include successful National Treasures applications and projects listed to the National Register of Historic Places. She is the author of Through the Garden Gate: Gardens of Historic Huntsville, a publication that generates dollars for preservation projects in Huntsville and currently serves the ATHP as editor-in-chief of the organization’s newsletter.

Donna Castellano



NOMINATION FOR FIRST TERMS


Lee Anderson
Birmingham
Certified Financial Planner, Merrill Lynch, Birmingham
Expertise: Estate Planning/Investments/Preservation

Anderson has 25 years of experience in the financial and investment advisory profession. His undergraduate and graduate work included a focus on history with plans to obtain a Ph.D. in history.  He has a passion for all things historical and currently advises several local charitable organizations on the management of their endowment funds. Anderson is a local director of new unit development for the Boy Scouts of America, and is actively engaged in the American Numismatic Association.

Ashley Dumas
Livingston
Assistant Director, Black Belt Museum and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UWA, Livingston
Expertise: Archaeological resources, state and federal historic preservation law, public outreach

Dumas is the assistant director of the Black Belt Museum, where she oversees program development, fund-raising and budget administration and planning.  She also serves as the manager of the eighteenth-century Fort Tombecbe Archaeological site, Sumter County, leading students and volunteers in archaeological research, and she is the editor of the Journal of Alabama Archaeology and a co-founder of the Coalition to Protect Alabama's History.  Dumas is a member of the Council on Alabama Archaeology, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the board of the Greensboro Area Business and Tourism Association.

Nancy Lutchendorf
Talladega
Expertise: Historic Preservation & Local Government

Lutchendorf serves as chair of the Talladega Historic Preservation Commission, program and docent volunteer for the Jemison-Carnegie Heritage Hall Museum  and is an active member of Talladega’s Silk Stocking Historic District. 

Robert (Bo) J. Osborn, Jr.
Florence
President, The Assurance Group, Inc., Florence/Muscle Shoals
Expertise: Finance/Insurance/Historic Preservation

Osborne has completed several terms on the board of Heritage Preservation, Inc., a non-profit, historic preservation organization serving northwest Alabama. In addition to several community outreach stabilization and rescue projects focused on endangered historic structures and/or districts, he, from a personal ownership standpoint, has been and continues to be involved with the restoration of Barton Hall, a circa 1840’s Greek Revival, National Landmark in Colbert County, as well as a late 1940’s warehouse located in the East Florence historic district. The latter was converted to offices for The Assurance Group, Inc. in 2001.

Michael Panhorst, Ph.D
Auburn/Montgomery
Curator, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn/Montgomery
Expertise: Art Historian/19th Memorial Sculpture/Museum Management

Panhorst is a historian of art and architecture and an advocate for historic preservation. He has lectured and published on outdoor sculpture and public monuments, focusing on Civil War battlefield monuments. In the 1990s, he coordinated Michigan SOS! Save Outdoor Sculpture! and served on national advisory boards for SOS!. He was director of Chesterwood, a National Trust historic site in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, and a founding member of the Historic District Commission of Midland, Michigan, which is home to an extraordinary collection of modern architecture by Alden Dow, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Panhorst studied at The University of Alabama (B.A. cum laude) and the University of Delaware (M.A. with Museum Studies certificate, and Ph.D.). A native of Montgomery, he is now a curator of art with the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Ben Thompson
Birmingham
Senior Vice President, Willis Inc. Property-Casualty Insurance Company, Birmingham
Expertise:  Finance/Insurance

Thompson is a native of the Wiregrass.  He and his Staci are interested in antiques and historic sites. Currently, he is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham and Cathedral Church of The Advent, among other pursuits.
Vote for slate as-is
Write-in replacements for the candidates below
Lee Anderson
Ashley Dumas
Nancy Lutchendorf
Robert (Bo) J. Osborn, Jr.
Michael Panhorst, Ph.D
Ben Thompson