Robbie Aaron

Robbie Aaron is a Planner with the City of Tempe's Design, Preservation, and Long-Range Planning team. As a graduate of Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, he holds a Bachelor and Master of Urban Planning, as well as a certificate in GIS. Robbie served as a Planner and Historic Preservation Commission Liaison in Yakima, Washington before taking his current position with the City of Tempe where he works on a team to integrate Preservation, Placemaking, Long-Range Planning, and…

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Jenny Adams

Jenny Adams

Jenny Adams, Ph.D. is a Research Archaeologist with Desert Archaeology, Inc. in Tucson, Arizona. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Adams’ fieldwork is extensive in Arizona and Colorado, USA and brief in the Humahuaca Valley, Argentina. Her specific interest in ground stone analysis was fostered by the opportunity to work on the Hopi Reservation where she learned that archaeologists and native…

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Cynthia Annett

Cynthia Annett

Cynthia Annett is an environmental scientist with a Doctorate from U.C. Berkeley and research faculty positions at Kansas State University and the University of Alaska at Anchorage. She is a member of the Google Earth Outreach Trainers’ Network and provides training in Google geotools to Indigenous communities, nonprofits, government agencies and educational groups working to increase community participation, cultural sensitivity, and local environmental decision-making. She regularly collaborates with the EPA, the University of Arizona’s American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI),…

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Kurt F. Anschuetz

Kurt F. Anschuetz

Kurt F. Anschuetz (MA, University of New Mexico 1985; PhD, University of Michigan 1998) is an anthropologist and archaeologist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His research includes issues of late Prehispanic and early Historic period Pueblo agricultural land use, development of cultural landscapes, and changing social organization. The scope of his everyday work is to provide technical assistance to traditional and historic Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo communities working to sustain their relationships with the land, the water, and their…

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Gerardo Armendariz

Gerardo Armendariz

Gerardo Armendariz is a software developer in charge of implementing the Cienega Watershed Timeline web interface and the data flow associated with the historical events. Gerardo works at the Southwest Watershed Research Center (SWRC), part of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. At SWRC, he works on full-stack web application development. One current project is the Rangeland Hydrology and Erosion Model (RHEM) Web Tool. RHEM is a process-based erosion model that provides quantitative estimates for runoff and erosion rates specific to…

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Martin Ball

Martin Ball

 Martin Ball A studio member with CCBG Architects, Inc. since the early 1990’s, Martin is an architect and team leader with a practice focus on creative adaptation of existing structures to serve new uses.  This is a one part of the firm’s diverse portfolio of work… an organic outgrowth of our home in the Warehouse District and our commitment to the rediscovery of place in the urban core.  We view each project, new or historic, as a building block with…

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Bonnie Bariola

Bonnie Bariola

Bonnie Bariola returned to college at ASU, after 14 years in the business field, to receive her BS Degree with a major in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture in 1988. Her first position was Planning Director for the Town of Florence. Florence has more adobe buildings than any other city or town in Arizona. In 1990 when the Arizona Heritage Fund was established through a voter initiative, Bonnie began writing grants, utilizing the Heritage Fund to provide partial funding for…

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Alison Bunting

Alison Bunting

Alison Bunting, volunteer archivist and historian for the Empire Ranch Foundation (ERF), has a Masters in Library Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She retired from UCLA in 2002, having served as the Director of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library and as interim University Librarian. She was active in and received several awards from the Medical Library Association and the Association of Health Sciences Library Directors, chaired the National Library of Medicine’s Board of Regents from 2001-2002,…

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Dan Clevenger

Dan Clevenger has experience in multiple phases of design and project development on a variety of building types including Historic Preservation, Adaptive Reuse, Performing and Cultural Arts, and Residential. Mr. Clevenger also continues to be involved as an educator in the Design School at Arizona State University, where he has taught both undergraduate and graduate design studios in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Mr. Clevenger brings the same inventive attitude of discovery and innovation that he conveys in his architectural design…

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Lorey Cachora

Lorey Cachora is a consultant to the Cultural Committee of the Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe. He was appointed by the Quechan Tribal Council and has held that position for over 30 years.

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Demion Clinco

Demion Clinco

Demion Clinco attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, graduating with a B.A. in Art History, completing postgraduate work at Istituto Marangoni in Milan Italy. He is Executive Director of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, having assumed this role in 2015 after six years as Board president. Clinco was a member of the State House of Representative (2014-2015). From 2007 to 2014, he served as the Tucson Mayor’s appointee to the Tucson-Pima County Historic Commission. Since 2010 has served as the…

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James Cogswell

James Cogswell, Ph.D. has over 30 years experience in archaeology and museum studies. His dissertation was a provenance study of southeastern Missouri Late Woodland pottery based on neutron-activation analysis. Since 2000 he has focused on the archaeology of Arizona. In November 2010 he was hired as a Compliance Specialist-Archaeologist at the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, where he assists state and federal agencies in complying with historic preservation laws.

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Joel Contreras

Joel Contreras

Joel Contreras has been an active real estate agent in the valley for 12 years and has been a designer for the last 6 years.  Contreras started remodeling properties in 2006 and found his groove in the Coronado Historic District, where last year he completed a project that got national attention as a half modern, half historic home that was featured in Dwell Magazine and Houzz.  Contreras currently has several homes under construction as a Designer; mostly in Historic neighborhoods…

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Cavin And Claire Costello

Cavin and Claire Costello

 Cavin and Claire Costello are the husband and wife team behind The Ranch Mine, a national award-winning architecture firm established in Phoenix in 2010. The majority of The Ranch Mine’s work is comprised of infill houses and significant renovations and additions to modest ranch houses, mid-century modern homes and historic properties. The Ranch Mine was awarded the title of “The Future of Architecture” by the American Institute of Architects in 2015, was a finalist in HGTV’s Fresh Faces of Design…

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Dena Cowan

Dena Cowan, a Tucsonan, earned a BFA from New York University in writing and film and worked as a film editor in New York before moving to Spain, where she studied Spanish and photography, staying for 23 years, while she worked as a writer, photographer, editor and translator. She lived in rural ranching and farming communities in the mountains north of Madrid, where she became interested in traditional agro-ecological practices, eventually moving to northwestern Spain where she raised children, vegetables,…

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Jody Crago

Jody Crago

Jody Crago is the Museum Administrator for Chandler, AZ, overseeing threes sites and numerous installations throughout the City of Chandler. Jody’s career has focused on small museums and their connection to their community. He has overseen a major expansion of the museum’s collection and a facility expansion project that increased the size of his organization by three times. His “Museum Without Walls” focus fundamentally changed the way his institution engaged with its community. He co-created the online resource ChandlerpediA which…

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William H. Doelle

William H. Doelle

Dr. William Doelle has more than forty years of experience as a professional archaeologist. He has worked extensively in Mexico, Guatemala, and the North American Southwest. His primary research interest is the demographic history of the Greater Southwest. Bill came to Tucson in 1972 to begin graduate school at the University of Arizona. He earned his Ph.D. in 1980. He is the founder of two Tucson-based organizations dedicated to respectfully exploring the Southwest’s past and sharing that story with everyone.…

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Kurt Dongoske

Kurt Dongoske

Kurt Dongoske has 40 years of experience as an archaeologist working throughout the western United States with a primary focus on Arizona and New Mexico. He has 30 years of experience as an archaeological supervisor with the last 25 years acting in the capacity of project director or principal investigator. Mr. Dongoske currently serves as the principal investigator for the Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise and is also the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pueblo of Zuni. Mr. Dongoske has…

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Helen Erickson

Helen Erickson

Helen Erickson holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and a Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation from the University of Arizona, where she teaches preservation planning. Her numerous historic landscape projects include work at the Faraway Ranch Historic District in the Chiricahua National Monument, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, the Fort Apache Historic District, and the multiple landscapes of the Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska. Appointed to the Tucson-Pima Country Historic Commission and Plans Review Subcommittee, Helen also chairs the…

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Jennifer Evans

Jennifer Evans

Prior to joining the Town of Florence staff as Management Analyst, Jennifer Evans managed the Florence Main Street Program for 13 years and worked with the Board of Directors to build a comprehensive strategy for revitalizing downtown Florence. As the organization matured, the Florence Main Street Program expanded its role to include operation of the Florence Visitor Center and formed partnerships with the Town of Florence and Arizona State Parks to operate McFarland State Historic Park. Jennifer is particularly interested…

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Kristine FireThunder

Kristine FireThunder

Kristine FireThunder serves as Policy Advisor on Tribal Affairs for the Office of Governor Douglas A. Ducey and Executive Director of the Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations. Kristine facilitates partnerships and educates the public and private sectors on the unique government-to-government relationship between tribal, state, and federal entities. In addition to research and policy analysis, Kristine promotes workforce development initiatives to enrich economic growth in minority populations. Kristine has also served as Director for the Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity…

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Gina Gage

Gina Gage

Gina Gage has worked as an archaeologist in the Southwest for nearly 30 years. She received her B.A.in Anthropology from Arizona State University in 1985, and her Master’s Degree in History from the University of Nebraska in 2016. Ms. Gage became the assistant archaeologist at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in January of 2017. When not working, Ms. Gage is a rabid amateur genealogist.

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James Garrison

James Garrison

James Garrison graduated from Arizona State University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He has been a registered architect in Arizona since 1974 and has practiced in the field of historic preservation all his architectural career, specializing in the inspection and rehabilitation of historic buildings, and in the stabilization and conservation of adobe. In 1978 Mr. Garrison attended the Architectural Conservation Training Course at the Center for Conservation in Rome. He was hired by the State Historic Preservation…

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Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia, M.A., RPA, Digital Archaeologist / Cultural Resources Team Lead at SWCA Environmental Consultants, Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona. Mr. Garcia is a Principal Investigator and Archaeologist with 18 years of experience providing cultural resource consulting to State and Federal Agencies throughout Arizona. He has expertise in the archaeology, GIS and spatial analysis, and implementing technological solutions customized for cultural resource field, reporting, and resource management.

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Steve Grede

Steve Grede

Steve Grede is a registered landscape architect who received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona. With a thirty-year career in landscape design and preservation practice, he currently teaches Computer Aided Design (CAD) at Pima Community College. Steve’s preservation career began in the 1980s when he volunteered as Co-Chair of the Himmel Park Committee to oppose inappropriate development in the park. Later he served for eight years on the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission and the Historic Landscapes Subcommittee.…

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Melvyn Green

Melvyn Green has been in private practice for over 40 years, specializing in planning, rehabilitating and strengthening historic structures. He teaches historic preservation and building codes as a Professor at Goucher College, and has also been an instructor in structural engineering at the University of Arizona. Mr. Green has been a presenter at a number of preservation meetings related to building codes, seismic rehabilitation, and adobe construction. He is also a member of the Getty International Earthen Building Advisory Committee…

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Suzanne Griset

Suzanne Griset is a Principal Investigator for archaeological projects, an ethnographer, and ceramic analyst working out of SWCA Environmental Consultants’ Tucson Office. She was the Principal Investigator for SWCA’s archaeological testing and data recovery at Pima County’s Sunset Road Project, and drew on her museum background to ensure documentation and preservation of a sample of the human and canine footprints found in an irrigated Early Agricultural period (2,500–3,000 years old) field system.

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Diana Hadley

Diana Hadley is environmental historian, working independently in Tucson, AZ. She has a degree in archaeology from Washington University and an M. A. in history from the University of Arizona and teaching certification from the Universidad de Juarez del Estado de Durango. Her specialty is the history of environmental change in the Borderlands area. She is currently the historian for the Mission Garden project and a founding board member of Friends of Tucson's Birthplace. She worked as a consultant on…

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Benjamin Hall

Benjamin Hall

Benjamin Hall Design is a Phoenix-based design practice whose commitment is to the lost profession of master builder, one who can perform both design and construction tasks. We're not a traditional architectural studio or a formal design/build firm. Instead, we are architectural designers whose specialized training is in the physical act of fabrication and construction. We believe that good design is best achieved when we have the ability to immerse ourselves in the process, from the moment of conception to…

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Hunter Hansen

Hunter Hansen is a Project Management Coordinator with the City of Tempe's Design, Preservation, and Long-Range Planning team. Named an "Emerging Leader in Preservation" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Hansen has served as the Tempe Historic Preservation Officer and worked to secure successful Arizona Heritage grants, designate Tempe's first Historic District, and integrate Preservation within the framework of Placemaking and Long-Range Planning project including: Tempe General Plan (2030, 2040); the Urban Open Space Plan / Mill + Lake…

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Simon W. Herbert

Simon W. Herbert

Simon W. Herbert works as a preservation specialist within Pima County’s Special Projects and Trades Division, a department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation. Since 2005, he has been providing input for the county’s preservation related projects, which have included all the phases of Canoa Ranch. Since July 2013, he has worked full time as the on-staff preservation specialist for Canoa. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design from Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, in England, and a…

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Jerome Hesse

Jerome Hesse is a principal investigator and project manager in SWCA Environmental Consultants’ Tucson office, where he has 18 years of experience conducting archaeological studies and assisting clients in compliance with environmental and historic preservation law. Mr. Hesse has an M.S. in geology from Northern Arizona University and a B.S. in geology from Tulane University. 

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Julie Hoff

Julie Hoff is the former map librarian for the Arizona State Library and Archives. She retired recently after 30+ years working in map collections in the state archives, the state library, and two academic libraries. She also served as staff researcher for the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names for 20+ years. Ms. Hoff serves on the Historical Archaeology Advisory Committee and volunteers at the state archives.

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Maren P. Hopkins

Maren P. Hopkins is Majority Member and Director of Research for Anthropological Research, LLC, a research company in Tucson, Arizona, that specializes in working with Indian tribes on historic preservation research. Ms. Hopkins is a Registered Professional Archaeologist, with expertise in identifying traditional cultural places and evaluating their eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places. She has 16 years of experience in conducting historic preservation research in Arizona and New Mexico. Ms. Hopkins' primary interest is in understanding Native…

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Richard Hornby

Richard Hornby

Richard Hornby has been in charge of a small crew of maintenance specialists at Canoa since 2011. His wide-ranging practical skills, inventiveness, and methodical approach to solving problems have helped in the diagnostic evaluation and successful repair of numerous "issues" at Canoa Ranch. He is also a professional glass-blower, who with his wife, operate a studio in Catalina, Arizona.

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Amanda Jacobs

Amanda Jacobs

Amanda Jacobs is the Economic Development Manager for the Town of Oro Valley, where she manages economic development programs to attract project development, capital investment and job creation. She is also responsible for business retention and expansion programs and serves as a liaison for large commercial projects, existing businesses and residents of the Town. She joined the Town of Oro Valley in 2002 and has been in her current position since 2007. Ms. Jacobs is a member of the Arizona…

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Eddie M. Jones, AIA

Eddie M. Jones, AIA

Edward (Eddie) Jones, AIA, Principal, Jones Studio and his brother and business partner Neal, were raised in the oil fields of Oklahoma. From a very early age the two brothers aspired to be architects and share a studio. Eddie moved to Arizona in 1973 after graduating from Oklahoma State University.  He founded Jones Studio on June 8, 1979, three months before his 30th birthday. It was not until years later, he realized he had begun his solo professional career on…

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Verlon M. Jose

Verlon M. Jose

Treasurer, Arizona Indian Gaming Association Vice Chairman, Tohono O’odham Nation Verlon M. Jose is an enrolled member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, from Tecolote Community in the Chukut Kuk District. He was elected as the Vice Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation in May of 2015 to a four year term. In 2005, Mr. Jose was elected as a Legislative Council Representative to the Tohono O’odham Nation representing the Chukut Kuk District. He served two four year terms on the…

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Thomas Jones

Thomas Jones

Thomas Jones has over 20 years’ experience in archaeological investigations, historical artifact analysis, historic research and National Register nominations, documentation for HABS/HAER, and historic building inventories. Mr. Jones currently serves on the Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission, Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission (GAAC), and Historical Archaeology Advisory Committee (HAAC).

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Keith Kjelstrom

Keith Kjelstrom

Keith Kjelstrom provides consulting services in commercial district revitalization, economic development, land use planning, and strategic planning for local and state governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations.  With 34 years of experience in economic development, he is a seasoned analyst, facilitator, presenter and trainer.  He specializes in helping communities to formulate economic development strategies and harness the tools and techniques of business development, including market analysis, business strengthening, business recruitment, and project funding development.  During the past 16 years, Keith has been…

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Gene Kniaz

Gene Kniaz

Gene Kniaz has worked as an architect in Arizona for 26 years, on such projects as the 1996 renovation of the Royal Palms Inn, Hermosa Inn, and numerous historically-inspired new projects such as Silverleaf Clubhouse, Kukui'ula (Kauai, HI), and numerous private residences in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and the Catalina Foothills in Tucson.

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J.J. Lamb

J.J. Lamb

J.J. Lamb is a founding member of the Vail Preservation Society, a 2011 Arizona Culturekeeper and coordinated the New Deal in Arizona heritage tourism map which earned a 2009 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award. She has developed exhibits related to the New Deal and Vail, Arizona and currently leads efforts to rehab the 1915 Section Foreman House relocated to Esmond Station K8 school, the 1908 Vail Store & P.O., develop student preservation programs, public art, has conducted over 80 oral histories…

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Alex B. Lim

Alex B. Lim is an architectural conservator at Tumacácori National Historical Park (TUMA), where he specializes in conserving archaeological sites and landscape. He has a Bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a Master's degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Before moving to Nogales, Arizona, he worked as a conservator in archaeological sites in the Middle East and in the American Southwest.

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Kathryn Leonard

Kathryn Leonard

Appointed in September 2016, Kathryn Leonard is Arizona’s State Historic Preservation Officer. Kathryn is a professional archaeologist and historian who has worked in both the public and private sectors to provide expertise in National Register of Historic Places eligibility, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act compliance, and tribal government to government consultation. She is a graduate of Vassar College, and holds master’s degrees in anthropology and history from Arizona State University. Kathryn has over fifteen years of experience…

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Lani Lott

Lani Lott

Lani Lott is President and founder of L.L. Consulting. With has over 20 years in the field of downtown and commercial district revitalization, Ms. Lott specializes in organizational formation and training, Main Street Program development and management, business development strategies and programs, strategic planning and visioning, marketing, promotional and branding strategies, business improvement district formation and management, and small business consulting and coaching. Ms. Lott’s clientele include State and local governments, Main Street programs, downtown business associations, business improvement districts,…

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Deil Lundin

Deil Lundin is Cultural Resource Group Manager and Principal Investigator for AZTEC Engineering Group, Inc. She also serves as President of the Arizona Archaeological Council. She received a BA from Albion College in 1992 and an MA from Louisiana State University in 2000, and has 25 years of experience in cultural resource management.

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Jonathan Mabry

Jonathan Mabry

Jonathan Mabry, Ph.D. is the Historic Preservation Officer and City Archaeologist for the City of Tucson. He manages historic preservation, archaeological compliance, and heritage-based economic development for the City. His archaeological investigations have documented new information about the transition to agriculture and development of prehistoric irrigation in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. He was an early leader in the local and heritage foods movements in southern Arizona, coauthoring Tucson, Arizona: An International Culinary Destination, Application for UNESCO Designation as a City of…

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Reggie Mackay

Reggie Mackay

Reggie Mackay is a master of mud masonry and archaic building systems. For nearly 3 decades he has left his personal mark of excellence on the historic adobe architecture of the Southwest. Reggie learned adobe masonry the hard way. Mostly self-taught in the techniques of adobe preservation, he supplemented his skills by working in the field with traditional ethnic masons and with National Parks Service experts such a David Ybetta. By stabilizing and rehabilitating scores of adobes, Reggie has earned…

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Teresita Majewski

Teresita Majewski

Teresita Majewski, Ph.D.  is a vice president at Statistical Research, Inc., a cultural resource management firm with offices throughout the West. By training, she is a historical archaeologist, with particular interest in historical ceramics. She is also an adjunct associate professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She has conducted archival and ethnohistoric research in both the Old and New Worlds. She is also active in historic preservation in Arizona and lately has been spending more…

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Shela McFarlin

Shela McFarlin

Shela McFarlin will introduce the Cienega Timeline as a collaborative heritage effort in southeast Arizona. She chairs the Cienega Watershed Partnership. She retired in 2009 having worked as an archaeologist and museum director in university, private and federal agencies. Shela facilitates the oral history, timeline, and heritage technical team collaborative work groups focused on the Cienega Watershed. She was the Director of the Anasazi Heritage Center (CO) and planning director for the Hohokam Heritage Center (AZ). She worked on international…

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Ian Milliken

Ian Milliken

Ian Milliken has over 15 years of experience in archaeological fieldwork, research and cultural resources management. Ian began his archaeological career researching multiple locations throughout the Middle East and Europe. Ian moved to Tucson in 2007 and worked for William Self Associates, Inc., before receiving his Master's Degree from the University of Arizona's School of Anthropology in 2012. His Master's thesis focused on an analysis of the significance of heritage value as it applies to material cultural. He has worked…

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Ted Monoson

Ted Monoson

Ted Monoson is the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officer’s director of government relations. In 2016, he led the successful effort to reauthorize the Historic Preservation Fund. Ted has worked in communications and government relations for more than 15 years. Before coming to Washington, D.C., in 1999, he worked as a reporter for the Terre Haute, Ind., Tribune-Star. After moving to Washington, D.C., he worked as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly, The Billings (Mont.) Gazette, The Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune…

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Courtney Mooney

Courtney Mooney

Courtney Mooney, AICP has been the Urban Design Coordinator and Historic Preservation Officer for the city of Las Vegas Planning & Development Department since 2003. Ms. Mooney holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University, New York, a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, College of Architecture, Construction Management, and Planning, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from the Graduate College of Public Administration, University…

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Christina Morris

Since 2013 Christina Morris has served as the Director of the Los Angeles Field Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, joining forces with a range of partners, organizations, and officials across Southern California, Arizona, and the Southwest to lead several National Treasures projects, and provide critical support to local preservation priorities and policies. Before moving to Los Angeles to open the new Field Office, Chris was a Program Office in the Chicago Field Office of the Trust for…

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John Pappas

John Pappas

John Pappas is the owner of the "Duncan MacDonald Home II Residence", and commissioned the design and construction work for the renovation of the home. John did much of the historical research for the project during the design and construction phases of the renovation process, and worked closely with the project team in developing many of the materials and methods used during construction.

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Rob Paulus

Rob Paulus

Rob Paulus is an architect, developer and musician who has been practicing architecture for over 20 years to create unique, award winning, and regionally-specific architecture. His approach to design is holistic and encompasses a broad range of influences that align to produce enlightening environments that improve the human experience. Rob’s approach to each design is to balance the triple bottom line of economic, ecological and social variables to create architecture with the ability to positively transform communities and civic life.…

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Lorenzo Perez

Lorenzo Perez

Designer, Builder, Redeveloper & Entrepreneur, Lorenzo Perez, is co-founder and directing principal of Venue Projects, a dynamic entrepreneurial & opportunistic real estate practice based in Phoenix, Arizona. Passionate advocates for local business, community, culture and place-making, the creative firm focuses on crafting unique commercial and residential, adaptive re-use and redevelopment projects for the Metro Phoenix market. As a long-time member of the Urban Land Institute and sincere believer in context sensitive development, Lorenzo is often invited to participate in technical…

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Robin Pinto

Robin Pinto

Robin Pinto studies the evolution of cultural landscapes in Arizona. Her research centers on 3 periods of landscape development: early settlement and homesteading, the New Deal and federal work programs, and ranching on public lands. She has an MLA and PhD from the University of Arizona. She writes historical landscape assessments and administrative histories for NPS units including Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Chiricahua and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monuments, and Saguaro National Park and volunteers with BLM to reveal…

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Rina Rien

Rina Rien

Rina Rien brings to the table over 25 years of community development and marketing expertise. Her career includes executive management positions for homebuilders and developers including Vice President of Strategic Marketing for the Irvine Company in Southern California. In 2003 she founded Rien Consulting, a strategic marketing firm specializing in customer satisfaction and profiling, competitive research and residential product planning with national clients including Starwood Capital, Standard Pacific and Lennar Communities. Rien relocated to Casa Grande in 2011 to be…

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Courtney Rose

Courtney Rose has 25 years of experience as an archaeologist and has been employed by Pima County since 2008 where her role as a Program Manager has included cultural resources compliance and heritage planning. Prior to working for Pima County, Courtney has worked in contract archaeology in PA and AZ, directed archaeological field schools in Oruro, Bolivia and Tucson, AZ, and taught college-level cultural anthropology and archaeology courses. She earned her doctorate in Anthropology in 2001 from the University of…

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Lawrence Scarpa

Lawrence Scarpa

Lawrence Scarpa, principal of Brooks + Scarpa Architects, has garnered international acclaim for the creative use of conventional materials in unique and unexpected ways. He is also considered a pioneer and leader in the field of sustainable design.  He is the recipient of the 2017 American Institute of Architects Collaborative Achievement Award, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture and the AIA California Council Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received the lifetime achievement award from Interior Design Magazine. His…

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Paula Scott

Paula Scott

Paula Scott is an architectural historian working for Logan Simpson in Tempe, Arizona. Prior to joining Logan Simpson in October of 2015, Paula worked as a survey and inventory intern for the State Historic Preservation Office. She graduated with honors from Arizona State University in May of 2015 with an interdisciplinary degree in Architecture Studies and Interior Design History. Outside of work, Paula serves on the City of Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission and curates a blog about historic buildings encountered…

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John Larsen Southard

John Larsen Southard

Tempe Historic Preservation Officer John Larsen Southard is an historian who specializes in Arizona history, with an emphasis on the Phoenix metropolitan area. Prior to being named Tempe HPO, John worked on contract projects for the Scottsdale HPO, Tempe HPO, Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association (Phoenix), Flinn Foundation / Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, Papago Salado Association, and private clients in Arizona, California, and Kentucky. John holds an MA in History, has taught American history courses at Paradise Valley Community…

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Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens is the Senior Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. At the National Trust, his work focuses on creating compelling and engaging campaigns that combine in-person activities and online engagement to save places, while inspiring others to do the same. He has driven both a branded cargo van and a 26-foot truck, opened a temporary storefront, and worked backstage at a Gloria Estefan concert, all in the name of saving places. Grant is a 2011…

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J. Homer Thiel

J. Homer Thiel

J. Homer Thiel is a native of Traverse City, Michigan. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and an MA in Anthropology from Arizona State University in 1992. He has been the historical archaeologist for Desert Archaeology, Inc. since 1992. Thiel has conducted archaeological research at downtown city blocks in Tucson and Phoenix, as well as at most Spanish Missions and Presidios in southern Arizona. He has conducted genealogical research on all individuals born in Tucson prior…

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Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson is the director of the Historic Program at Statistical Research, Inc., a cultural resource management firm headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. Since 1993, he has served in a variety of public history and cultural resource contexts. He has worked as an archivist at both public and private institutions. As an applied historian and preservation consultant, his extensive background working with historical records has given him a thorough understanding of the needs, methods, and techniques of scholarly research. Mr. Thompson has…

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Cole Van Norman

Cole Van Norman

Cole Van Norman is the founder of Van Norman Development LLC, a company that focuses on small, urban, multifamily infill in central Phoenix. Native to Arizona, Cole desires to foster urban growth in the core of the city- "We need to continually enhance the vibrancy of our downtown community, including the surrounding neighborhoods. My goal is to create unique designs that will attract people to underutilized neighborhoods." The Triangle Neighborhood is one of the areas where Van Norman Development is…

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Betty Villegas

Betty Villegas

Betty Villegas is known for her professional career in affordable housing and is the Pima County Affordable Housing Program Manager. A life-long resident of Pima County, she has spent over 32 years as a volunteer to preserve, support and advocate for Mexican American culture and heritage, which started while helping the first Mexican American youth mariachi, now 52 years old, established in the United States, “Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson.” In 2012, Betty represented Pima County at a symposium…

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Jon Vlaming

Jon Vlaming

Jon Vlaming is the Community Development Director for the City of Eloy, Arizona. He manages the Planning and Zoning, Code Compliance and Building Safety Divisions. In his capacity as Director, he also provides staff support for the City’s economic development efforts, Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment and Downtown Advisory Commission. Prior to his employment with the City, Jon had an extensive career in the private consulting industry, leading and preparing a wide range of land use, downtown and…

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Mary-Ellen Walsh

Mary-Ellen Walsh

Mary-Ellen Walsh is a compliance specialist with SHPO since August 2013 and has more than 30 years’ professional experience as an Arizona archaeologist. Prior to joining SHPO, Mary-Ellen worked for private engineering, environmental, and archaeology consulting firms where she developed expertise in ceramic analysis, laboratory management, and compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.

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Philip Weddle

Philip Weddle

Philip Weddle co-founded WEDDLE GILMORE in 1999 with partner Michael Gilmore. Philip has completed projects in the fields of architecture and urban planning that demonstrate his unique approach to discovering appropriate responses to site development across a range of ecological and urban contexts. Committed to the public good, his award-winning firm has actively sought out project opportunities that directly benefit under served and culturally diverse communities. WEDDLE GILMORE was awarded the AIA Arizona Sustainable Firm of the Year in 2008 and…

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Betsy Wirt

Betsy Wirt has a Master’s Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona. She is accomplished in botany, biology, and conducted many surveys of native pants and botanical species for the National Park Service, the US Geological Survey and the US Air Force in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts. She conducted research and survey work for Desert Tortoise diet and ecological habitat analysis. She was one of the founding members of the Ajo [Arizona] Community Supported Agriculture,…

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Jerry Wood

Jerry Wood, Principal of Esmond Station K-8 in the Vail Unified School District has earned degrees in special and elementary education and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from NAU. Jerry began his teaching career in Vail where his leadership and relationship building skills were quickly noticed. Jerry’s school, Esmond Station K8 has preservation embedded into its culture with the 1915 Section Foreman House that is being rehabbed by Cienega H.S. Construction Tech students, Museum and Heritage Garden Clubs. He is…

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Aaron Wright

Aaron Wright

Aaron Wright is a Preservation Archaeologist at Archaeology Southwest, where he serves as the lead researcher for a collaborative initiative to establish a Great Bend of the Gila National Monument in southwestern Arizona. Aaron studied at the Ohio State University and earned his graduate degrees in anthropology at Washington State University. For his dissertation, Aaron undertook an extensive study of the rock art in the South Mountains in Phoenix, which was published as the award-winning book Religion on the Rocks:…

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David Yubeta

David Yubeta

David Yubeta retired from the National Park Service in 2010 after serving as a preservation specialist and nationally certified adobe expert based at Tumacacori National Historic Park. Mr. Yubeta has helped repair hundreds of buildings, and continues to serve as an educator and advisor on many projects, including, Steam Pump Ranch, Fort Lowell, Empire Ranch, Vail Post Office, and Canoa Ranch, where he is a member of the conservation committee. He has also been involved for many years with the…

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