Speakers

Here's who you will be hearing from at the 2018 Florida Preservation Conference.

Annual Meeting Keynote

James B. Lindberg

Mr. Lindberg is Vice President for Research and Policy at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He directs the Preservation Green Lab, the ReUrbanism program for cities, and the National Trust’s work to address the impacts of climate change on our nation’s heritage.

 

Jim has led a range of nationally recognized preservation and sustainable development projects for the National Trust, including the adaptive use of a former dude ranch in Rocky Mountain National Park and the green rehabilitation of a historic school in Denver. He has authored numerous reports, articles, and books on architecture, planning, and preservation.

Friday Keynote

Joseph McGill, Jr.

Mr. McGill is a history consultant for Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, SC and the founder of The Slave Dwelling Project, Inc. His extensive experience in preservation and education includes positions as a field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as Executive Director of the African American Museum located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as Director of History and Culture at Penn Center, St. Helena Island, South Carolina, and as a Park Ranger at Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston, South Carolina. 

 

Mr. McGill is also the founder of Company “I” 54th Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment in Charleston, South Carolina, the regiment portrayed in the award winning movie “Glory.” As a Civil War Reenactor, Mr. McGill participates in parades, living history presentations, lectures, and battle reenactments. He appears in the book Confederates in the Attic and is a member of the South Carolina Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. Mr. McGill is a native of Kingstree, South Carolina.

Other Speakers

Sandy Arpen was a Charter Member and volunteer of the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society until 2010, when she was asked to join the Board of Directors. Since she became President five years ago, the organization has accomplished many things, including the saving, relocation and restoration of the last remaining traditional one-room schoolhouse in Duval County – the St. Joseph’s Mission Schoolhouse for African-American Children. This project was awarded a Florida Trust Historic Preservation Historic Preservation Award in 2016 - Honorable Mention for Restoration/Rehabilitation, as well as an award from the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission in 2017.

 

Robbie Boggs works for the Florida Public Archaeology Network’s (FPAN) Northeast Regional Center hosted by Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.    Ms. Boggs manages the San Sebastian Cemetery Project that aims to record and map one of St. Augustine’s oldest African- American Cemeteries.  She also assisted in planning FPAN’s Cemetery Resource Protection Training Conference in 2017.    She is a National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide and currently serves on the Tolomato Cemetery Preservation Association Board.  She earned her BA in history from the University of Missouri.

 

Leigh Burdett is founder and guide for e2ride bike tours.  Leigh is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she received a BS in Business Administration.  After a career in radio sales in Boston and Jacksonville, Leigh launched her local bike tour company to share with others what she appreciated on her personal rides.  She recognized the opportunity to learn, educate and excite riders with history, nature, architectural gems, the arts, and an appreciation for the elements that make up vibrant, healthy, happy neighborhoods in hopes of creating more voices for such.  She was a City of Jacksonville 2016 Preservation Award Winner.

 

Ann Burt In her life BR (Before Retirement), Ann was a CPA working with the Duval County Schools as an Internal Accounts auditor.  It was a JaxPride charrette on “Revitalizing the Older Suburb” in 1999 that drew her into working with Old Arlington, Inc.  Taking to heart the advice “Use your assets to deal with your issues,” OAI immediately set about saving the then little-known Norman Silent Film Studios from demolition and gathering the stories of Arlington to preserve and share.  This work, along with extensive world-wide travel with her husband Robert led to her love of history and community involvement.

 

Kelly Ciociola, Senior Conservator and Professional Associate of the AIC, holds an M.S. in historic preservation from the joint Clemson University and College of Charleston graduate program in Charleston, SC. Prior to joining RLA, Kelly spent three years serving as an Architectural and Sculptural Conservator for Kreilick Conservation, LLC. Her experience in Philadelphia includes the management and execution of treatments on prominent projects such as the Merchants’ Exchange Building, including the implementation of the Carrara marble capitals treatment plan and the weathervane at Independence Hall. At RLA, she is the lead conservator for projects related to the cities of Miami, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables, FL including the Merrick House, Coral Gables City Hall and the Miami Marine Stadium.

 

Christine Dalton, AICP, is the Historic Preservation Officer and Community Planner for the City of Sanford. She is the staff liaison to the City’s Historic Preservation Board and Public Art Commission. She currently serves as the Second Vice President for the American Planning Association’s Orlando Metro Section. She enjoys teaching at her Alma Mater, and her interests include sailing, traveling, mentoring and the arts.

 

Ennis Davis is a Senior Transportation Planner with Alfred Benesch & Company. A civic activist dedicated to improving communities, Ennis is also the chair of the First Coast Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), a Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Trustee, author of the award winning books Reclaiming Jacksonville, Cohen Brothers: The Big Store and Images of Modern America: Jacksonville, and co-founder of online media publications Moderncities.com,  MetroJacksonville.com and tactical urbanist group, Transform Jax.

 

Erin L. Deady, P.A. specializes in sustainability, climate, environmental, land use, water law and securing grants for clients.  Clients include local governments, Special Districts, private sector, agricultural and Tribal entities specializing in climate planning issues, Gulf of Mexico & Everglades Restoration, property assessed clean energy (PACE) implementation, code development and all types of land use issues as well as Federal and state litigation on energy, water resources management and environmental regulatory matters.  Ms. Deady previously served as Environmental Counsel to Audubon of Florida and has worked for the Village of Wellington, the Broward County Department of Planning and Environmental Protection and the SFWMD.

 

Dr. Kathleen A. Deagan is Distinguished Research Curator Emeritus at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, University of Florida.  Her research focuses on the archaeology of the Spanish colonial period in Florida and the Caribbean. Dr. Deagan is the author of eight books and more than 70 scientific papers.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the J. C. Harrington Medal for distinguished lifetime contributions to historical archaeology in 2003 from the Society for Historical Archaeology.

 

Rick Gonzalez, AIA, founded REG Architects, Inc., with his father Ricardo in 1988 in downtown West Palm Beach.  Rick holds two architectural degrees from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and has studied design in Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Italy.  He is currently Vice-Chairman of the Florida Historical Commission, a past President of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, and is actively involved with many community organizations.  He has served on the Board of the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Architectural Advisory Boards of the University of Florida and Catholic University of America.  His association with high-profile projects like Donald Trump’s Clubs at Mar-a-lago, West Palm Beach, Jupiter and Doral, the Historic Palm Beach County Court House, the Harriet Himmel Theatre at City Place, Palm Beach County Cultural Council Headquarters and the Historic Boynton Beach High School has led the firm to numerous awards for architecture, historic preservation and planning.

 

Carl D. Halbirt was the city archaeologist for the City of St. Augustine, Florida, from 1990 to 2017. Over the course of 27 ½ years he investigated more than 800 properties slated for ground-penetrating construction projects in accordance with the City’s Archaeological Preservation Ordinance.  Involved were sites dating from prehistory to the recent historical past. The data unearthed enabled Halbirt to gain a unique perspective of St. Augustine’s archaeological landscape.

 

Morris (Marty) Hylton III is Director of the University of Florida Historic Preservation Program and the Center for World Heritage Research and Stewardship. A faculty member of the College of Design, Construction and Planning, he oversees the nation’s oldest, applied learning program for historic preservation – the Preservation Institute Nantucket and, its newly formed sister program, the Preservation Institute St. Augustine. Marty’s research addresses multifaceted strategies for documenting, advocating, and preserving endangered heritage sites, particularly architectural and cultural resources associated with Modernism and the Recent Past. In 2012, he created the Envision Heritage initiative to explore how new and emerging digital technologies like laser scanning can be used to document historic sites and communities, particularly those threatened by sea level rise. Marty is a founding member and President of Gainesville Modern, a Trustee of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation where he co-chairs the endangered sites committee, and member of the Friends of Florida History Board of Directors.   

 

Thomas J. Jackson is Recreation Supervisor for St. Johns County and has been a lifelong resident of St. Augustine and volunteer public servant.  Much of his volunteer service is dedicated to documenting and sharing African American history from his personal life to historical experiences of African Americans.  The local public history programs are enriched from his service and support through the Fort Mose Historical Society, the "Journey-450 Years of the African American Experience" exhibit, St. Benedict the Moore Restoration, the Historic Preservation Advisory Board, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee, St. Johns Oral History project, and as an advisor to the Spuds-Elkton-Armstrong Gullah Geechee Community.  He has also been recognized for service by the Castillo de San Marcos and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Most recently he was appointed to chair the St. Augustine Confederate Monument Contextualization Advisory Committee.

 

Kathleen Slesnick Kauffman has 22 years’ experience in the field of historic preservation. After receiving her bachelor's degree in preservation from Mary Washington College and a master's degree in preservation from the University of Florida, she started her career with the State of Florida's Division of Historical Resources, first as assistant to the Florida Main Street Director, then as a Historic Sites Specialist. She has been the Historic Preservation Officer for several municipalities around the state, including the Town of Lake Park, the City of Fort Pierce, and the City of Miami. She also spent three years as the Executive Director for the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. For nine years, she served as the Historic Preservation Chief for Miami-Dade County. In June of 2017, she left her position at the County to start KSK Preservation, LLC, a full service historic restoration and consulting firm.

 

Dr. William B. Lees has been Executive Director of FPAN since 2005. He is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and a member of the Florida Archaeological Council. He has a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the University of Tulsa and a Master’s and Doctorate in Anthropology with a specialization in Historical Archaeology from Michigan State University. Dr. Lees is the current president of the Society of Historical Archaeology, is a member of the Florida Historical Commission, and sits on the Florida National Register Review Board. He has previously served as president of the Plains Anthropological Society, the Society of Professional Archaeologists, and the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Throughout his career he has focused on public archaeology and historical archaeology in the Great Plains and Southeastern US, with specialization in the Antebellum Period and the Civil War.

 

Rosa Lowinger, Principal/ Senior Conservator of RLA Conservation, Inc. has over 30 years of experience as a conservator of fine art and architecture. Rosa served as lead conservator for the Bullocks Wilshire 1930 department store in Los Angeles, CA, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, the terrazzo and mosaics at Los Angeles’ Eastern Columbia Building, the bronze features and decorative paintings at Los Angeles’ 1930 Desmond Building, and the brick, wood and marble elements at 1915 City Hall in Atascadero, CA. She has been Vizcaya’s primary conservator for indoor collections since 2009 and served as the lead conservator for Vizcaya’s 2008 survey of sculpture collections and for Vizcaya’s Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded interior collections survey in 2010-2011.

 

Steve Martin holds undergraduate degrees from Florida State University and the University of Florida before serving in non-profit ecological research, and State government natural and cultural resource planning and program management for over 20 years.  He has served as the manager of the Florida office of a private, international historic preservation firm for several years, and has received preservation awards from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Florida Anthropological Society, Florida Archaeological Council, and the Florida Floodplain Managers Association for his outstanding preservation service. He has served as the State NFIP Coordinator and State Floodplain Manager for the past five years.

 

Ron McCarty has been a member of the curatorial staff at the John and Mable Ringling Museum for the last thirty-eight years. He was curator of Decorative Arts in the Art Museum in the 1980’s and worked on the 18 million dollar restoration of the art museum opening the Decorative Art Galleries in the Richard Morris Hunt Astor Rooms. He then worked on the fifty-six room, 15 million dollar restoration of the Ca’d’Zan mansion where is now curator. He has also worked on the Historic Gate House restoration, the 1926 Yacht Captains Cottage, the 18th century Italian Asolo Theater as well as the 1905 Private Pullman Train car called the Wisconsin. He served on the advisory board for the last thirteen years for the Department of Interior Architect and Design at Florida State University, and is on the board of Visit Florida on the committee for Culture, Heritage, Rural and Nature. He also serves on the board of the Sarasota Historical Society of Sarasota County. He is currently working on an 8 million dollar capital campaign for the restoration of the Ca’d’Zan’s barrel-tile roof, the 1925 Aeolian Organ, historic marble swimming pool and the restoration of the terra cotta exterior tiles.

 

Sarah Miller serves as Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network for Northeast and East Central Regions.  She received her Masters degree in Anthropology from East Carolina University in 2001 where she developed archaeology education programs at Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina. Upon graduation from ECU, Ms. Miller supervised field and lab projects with public involvement for the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, as well as reviewed compliance projects for the Kentucky Heritage Council. She also serves as Board of Directors for the Society of Historical Archaeology, Leadership Team and Statewide Coordinator for Project Archaeology, and on the editorial board for the Journal of Archaeology and Education. Her specialties include historical archaeology, archaeology education, site stewardship, advocacy, and historic cemeteries.

 

Friederike Mittner, AICP, is the Historic Preservation Planner and CLG coordinator for the City of West Palm Beach overseeing more than 5,000 cultural resources. Ms. Mittner has worked on the resurvey of the City’s existing historic districts, designation of new districts and sites on both the local and National Register’s, completed Section 106 reviews and coordinated the regulations for building size, scale, and mass within the City's historic neighborhoods. Ms. Mittner is also a member of the Palm Beach County Historic Resources Review Board, which is responsible for the cultural resources in unincorporated Palm Beach County. On a broader level, Ms. Mittner is the President of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and a trainer with the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.

 

Robin Moore has worked in archaeology and historic resources management in Florida for over 24 years.  As St. Johns County's first Historic Resources Manager, Mr. Moore spent a decade developing and managing the County's cultural resources preservation program including outreach projects, archaeology and historic preservation ordinance creation, and documentation of historic structures and archaeological sites. During this time he directed a strategy to fund and execute oral history programs for several under-documented historic communities in the county.  He is now an archaeologist with the US Army Corps of Engineers covering a district from Pensacola to Puerto Rico.

 

Gary R. Mormino is professor of history emeritus at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Presently he is scholar is residence at the Florida Humanities Council.  He has written books ranging widely from The Immigrant World of Ybor City to Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida.  In 2015, he received the Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Achievement.

 

Meredith Moreno holds a M.A. in Archaeology from University College London and a B.A. in Archaeology from Boston University. Meredith Moreno is the technical lead archaeologist for Civil Works projects in Jacksonville District.  She has over 12 years of experience as an archaeologist within the Southeast, Southwest, and Pacific Northwest of the United States, in addition to Europe and the Caribbean. Ms. Moreno is responsible for cultural resource compliance for large scale civil works projects in Florida and Puerto Rico. She is the lead archaeologist for coastal, navigation, and environmental restoration projects. Ms. Moreno also provides cultural resources support and ensures compliance for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Office.

 

Lorrie Muldowney has worn many hats during her professional career.  She has been a conservationist, a preservationist, a consultant, an activist, an adjunct professor, a panelist, a trustee, a researcher, a writer, and a manager. While wearing these many hats, there is one common thread which held them all together -- historic preservation.  Throughout her educational and professional career, she has sought to preserve and protect the historical resources in her midst. In 1992 she earned a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and in 1999, an MS in Architectural Studies (Historic Preservation) both from UF.  Shortly thereafter, she was accepted as an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects. Lorrie has now entered the private sector.  She is a consultant for creative planning and historic preservation. 

 

Blair Mullins earned her Master's degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Florida. She is currently a Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Jacksonville where she reviews architectural plans and potential alterations to historic properties for three local historic districts with over 8000 resources. In addition to her work with the City, Blair's preservation interests are very broad and include adaptive use projects, researching historic properties and cemeteries, and grant writing.

 

Ginny Myrick is president and founder of Myrick Policy Group (MPG), a state and local government relations firm with a specialty in economic development incentives for corporate relocations and expansions to Florida.  Ms. Myrick served from 1987-1994 as a City Council Member for the Consolidated City of Jacksonville, Florida.  A devoted community trustee and nonprofit advocate, Ms. Myrick has chaired and served on many local non-profit boards including the Trust for Public Lands (TPL) of North Florida and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of North Florida. She is also a founder and former chairman of the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless and a frequent media source, speaker and debate moderator on Florida government issues.

 

Dr. Timothy Parsons is a cultural resources management professional and archaeologist who has worked in the field since 2003. He completed his Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology at Florida State University, and received an undergraduate degree in

Sociology and Anthropology at Millsaps College. Dr. Parsons is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and a member of the Society for American Archaeology and the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, and serves on the Board of Directors for

the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. Before his appointment as Division Director and State Historic Preservation Officer, he served as the Division’s Deputy SHPO and Supervisor of Federal and State Compliance and Review. Prior to joining the Division, he spent six years with the National Park Service Southeast Archaeological Center, and previously worked as the cultural and historical programs manager for the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in northern Virginia.

 

Regina Gayle Phillips is a retired chef and former newspaper editor residing in St. Augustine, FL.  She is a Florida native, who has attended several Florida schools including the University of Florida, Florida Junior College at Jacksonville and First Coast Technical Institute. She is Executive Director of the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center with husband, Floyd Phillips.  They serve, along with the board of directors of the Friends of Lincolnville, Inc., as the governing board of the museum which presents African American history and culture in the former Excelsior High School building.  She is also serving in a volunteer capacity to the City of St. Augustine Confederate Memorial Contextualization Advisory Committee and the Board of Trustees to the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.

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Ross Pristera, MA, Historic Preservation Planning Mr. Pristera is responsible for preserving the historic buildings and landscapes for the Historic Trust of the University of West Florida properties in Pensacola. Ross also supervises and reviews special building projects and ongoing maintenance.

 

Carter Quina, AIA, has practiced architecture as a principal of the firm in Pensacola, Florida, since 1984. An Auburn University and Tulane graduate, Carter has broadened his education through world travel, volunteer participation, and by teaching graduate level students. His appreciation for the history of place confirms his invested interest in restoration as well as the value of new construction that considers the context of history as a primary factor in design. Making buildings that will be built to last and be preserved, is the defining philosophy of his professional life.

 

John Regan, P.E. is the City of St. Augustine City Manager.  He is a University of Florida graduate in Environmental Engineering and currently serves on the Board of Advocates for the University of Florida Historic Preservation Department.

In 2017, John was recognized by the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning 2017 Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished Achievement Award in Historic Preservation. 

In 2016 John was bestowed the medal of Isabel la Catolica by King Felipe VI, Spain, in recognition of exceptional services to promote the cultural relationship between St. Augustine and Spain. 

 

Mike Renacker earned a Bachelor of Science, in History, from the Mississippi University for Women (1995), and a Master of Arts in Historical Archaeology from the University of West Florida (2001).  In 2003, he became District Archaeologist, leading cultural resources planning and compliance for the District’s Environmental Branch. In 2009, Mike took over as a Senior Project Manager, responsible for several Flood Risk Management and Environmental programs, including the Environmental Infrastructure Program, The Lower Mississippi River Museum, and the New Orleans to Venice levee programs. In 2016, Mike moved to the Jacksonville District and is currently the Chief of the Water Resources Branch, focusing on navigation, dredging, and flood risk management.

 

Jodi Rubin has been involved in Florida’s preservation community since 1989, when she became the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Orlando. She then became a contractor renovating historic houses and then purchased CCS Restoration, a millwork shop specializing in building and restoring wood windows and doors. Jodi is now the Business Development Manager for Restoration Services at Specialized Property Services in Tampa. Jodi has a BS in Landscape Architecture and an MS in Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Trustee of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and is on the Board of the Window Preservation Alliance.

 

Gary Sass is a local historian, entrepreneur and story teller that has been featured in magazines and on television for his customized tours. Sass conducts over 70 different tours in all of North Florida, usually in costume. Sass was honored by the North Florida Hotels Association with a ROSE award for Service Excellence. He also received a Preservation Service Award from the Jacksonville Historic Commission. Sass is a member of the Jacksonville Historical Society and St. Augustine Historical Society. 

 

Dave Scheidecker is an archaeologist with the Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Historic Preservation Office. He graduated Texas Tech University with a Masters in Anthropology, and has worked on historic and prehistoric archaeological sites in Florida, Texas, Ecuador, and Zimbabwe. His historic work with the Seminole Tribe has focused on Military and Seminole War sites.

 

Lisa Sheppard is a historic preservation planner that has worked with the City of Jacksonville’s Planning and Development Department for 20 years.  As a historic preservation planner, she is responsible for reviewing the design of hundreds of projects each year and administers two local preservation incentives.  During her time with the City, she has been instrumental in developing a Downtown Historic Trust Fund that has served as an important revitalization tool, a mothball program for condemned structures and a successful annual preservation awards program.  She has spoken on historic preservation issues at national, state and local conferences.  Her interest in recycling old buildings motivated her to achieve LEED, AP® accreditation and she is proud to work with the very structures that inspired her to pursue her career in historic preservation.

 

Brigitte Stephenson is a graduate from Florida State University with a concentration in Museum Studies. She is a Florida Native, now residing in a carriage house in one of Sanford’s many historic homes. Brigitte has worked for the Sanford Museum in Sanford, Florida for the past three years during which some of her favorite projects have been researching Sanford’s historically rich downtown, working with the Henry Shelton Sanford papers, and researching Henry Shelton Sanford’s mistress. The Sanford Museum houses an archive which is used to help researchers with topics such as historic home research, genealogy, and Sanford’s history.

 

Geoffrey Steward has been involved with the restoration of historic buildings and interiors for over forty five years. Trained as a Quantity Surveyor in the U.K., he has completed projects in Kensington Palace, Windsor and Buckingham Palaces, the Sultan of Brunei’s Palace in Bandar Sera Begawan in Brunei and King Hussein’s Palaces in Amman Jordan. In the twenty seven years he has owned and managed International Fine Art Conservation Studios Inc. (IFACS), their U.S. interior projects include the State Capitols in Ohio, Michigan, Alabama and Georgia, Biltmore House in Asheville, NC (where he served on the Board for two years), and historically significant buildings in over twenty states.

 

Linda Stevenson is the principal architect of Stevenson Architects, Inc., a Florida-based architectural firm specializing in historic preservation, with award-winning projects throughout the state. Notable projects include the restoration of the Ca’d’Zan at the

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and award winning restoration projects at the Venice Train Depot, Cortez Schoolhouse, Olga Schoolhouse, and projects at the Koreshan State Historic Site.  Her work in educating our next generation of preservationists includes serving as adjunct faculty for the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Florida and she has served as co-director and lecturer for the UF Preservation Institute Nantucket. Stevenson is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Building Design and Construction, (BD+C).

 

James Suggs is the Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) Manager and a Senior Project Manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Jacksonville District, Program & Project Management Division, Water Resources Branch for the past 19 years, 9 of those as District CAP Manager. He manages CAP projects and flood risk management for USACE, Jacksonville District. He also served as a Survey Tech/Civil Engineering Tech with the USACE, Jacksonville District, Engineering Division, Survey Branch, for 7 years. He has a total of 26 years of Federal service with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 

Adonnica Toler is the Museum Administrator at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, a restored historic movie theater in the LaVilla neighborhood in Jacksonville, FL.  Revived in 1999, the theatre and museum mission is to preserve and celebrate the rich African American culture and history in Jacksonville. Adonnica has curated over 40 national and local history exhibits in the Ritz Museum gallery, of which, two received a Jacksonville Historic Preservation Award.  Her work has also has received international recognition and will curate and ship an art exhibit to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum in Neslon Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa July 2018. She is a noted tour guide, historian and has a B. A. Degree from Florida State University.

 

Jennifer Wolfe  is a writer, facilitator, and business owner who’s been facilitating change for corporate clients for the past 20 years. As the owner of LEARN INC and her latest business, Women Writing for (a) Change®, Jacksonville, Jennifer uses writing as a powerful tool to help facilitate personal, community, organizational, and planetary change.  Jennifer helps facilitate community change through her involvement as a board member for City Beautiful Jacksonville, the UNF Thomas G. Carpenter Library, and Women's March Florida, Jacksonville Chapter. A member of the Circle of 100 of The Women's Center of Jacksonville, she facilitates writing circles for their Bosom Buddies program for cancer survivors. She also conducts weekly writing circles for incarcerated women at the Community Transition Center in Jacksonville and supports communications for Generation W, particularly their Generation Works annual initiative.

 

Ronnie Wood is the State Coordinator of the Florida Main Street Program which is administered by the Florida Department of State, Bureau of Historic Preservation.  Ms. Wood is a Nationally Certified Main Street Manager with 25 years of experience in downtown revitalization utilizing historic preservation, strategic planning, organizational leadership, marketing, training, public/private partnership, grant writing, fundraising, and business development. Prior to becoming the State Coordinator, she was the Main Street Executive Director in Lake Wales and Winter Haven.  As a Main Street Executive Director, she coordinated over a hundred successful and profitable special events.

 

Dr. Wayne Wood, Hon. AIA, is widely regarded as one of the foremost chroniclers of Jacksonville’s history and architecture and has been called “the undisputed godfather of preservation in Jacksonville.”  In 1974 he founded Riverside Avondale Preservation, one of the largest neighborhood preservation groups in the South. Wayne was also founder of the Riverside Arts Market (RAM), a massive weekend marketplace for artists, local farmers, and entertainers. He has published thirteen books about Jacksonville’s history, including the classic Jacksonville’s Architectural Heritage.  For forty years he has played a key role in saving many of this city’s endangered landmarks. Folio Weekly called him “The Most Interesting Man in Jacksonville.”

Melissa Wyllie is a preservationist, author and nonprofit leader. After working in Nashville with preservation organizations like Historic Nashville and the Tennessee Preservation Trust, she returned to Florida to serve as Executive Director of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation in 2016. In that role she collaborates with partners around the state to protect Florida's extraordinary history and heritage. She’s been recognized for her preservation work, as an entrepreneur and was named to the Nashville Business Journal '40 Under 40.’

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