Speaker Biographies for 2018 Conference

Listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Michelle Dodds

Michelle Dodds

Michelle Dodds is the Historic Preservation Officer for the city of Phoenix. She received her Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from Florida State and has worked for the city of Phoenix since 1997 in both the planning and preservation. Prior to receiving her MURP, Michelle was an educator in Florida. She spends her free time chasing after her two rascally shelties, Dixie and Willie. Michelle is a member of the American Planning Association, the Arizona Planning Association and…

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Marge Jantz

Marge Jantz

Known in the community as a passionate historic preservationist and art advocate, Marge Jantz currently serves as Chairwoman for Casa Grande’s Historic Preservation Commission. She has advocated to preserve Casa Grande’s historic signs, was involved in the sign inventory and has collected abandoned local historic signs that will now be included in the new sign park. From 1999-2008 she served as the Casa Grande Main Street Director. Marge is also chair of the Main Street Design Committee, a guide for…

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Kathe Kubish

Kathe Kubish

An Arizona native and Tucson resident with a degree in anthropology, Kathe worked on archaeological digs in Tucson, New Mexico and Belize during the 1970s and 1980s. Also a draftsman, photographer and darkroom technician for over twenty years, she subsequently worked as a property appraiser for the Pima County Assessor’s office for thirty years, falling in love with Tucson’s Barrio Viejo in the process. Now a fulltime volunteer and citizen historian, her current project is focused on Chinese marketplaces from…

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Rina Rien

Rina Rien

As Executive Director of Casa Grande Main Street since 2012, Rina Rien promotes a collaborative approach toward building a vibrant downtown community. Through developing public/private partnerships and engaging local residents, Rien joins a group of highly creative people who share a passion for Historic Downtown that includes preserving the past, celebrating the present and envisioning the future. Rina Rien brings to the table over 20 years of community development and marketing expertise, serving in corporate marketing roles from 1985 to…

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Don Ryden

Don W. Ryden, AIA was born and raised in mid-century Phoenix, and educated at Arizona State University (Architecture 1973). Ryden integrates the practices of architecture, planning, and historic preservation. He has combined his fascination for artistry in buildings, respect for heritage places, and sense of ecological responsibility through his specialization in heritage conservation at Ryden Architects, Inc. In 1994, Ryden received the Arizona Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. Ryden Architects, Inc. was honored as AIA Arizona Firm of the Year…

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Douglas Sydnor

Douglas Sydnor

Douglas Sydnor, FAIA: Principal at Douglas Sydnor Architect + Associates, a Scottsdale-based firm founded in 1993. He has practiced in Arizona for 40 years and completed 225 projects and studies. Sydnor has authored 3 books on local historic architecture in the past 6 years and is the Arizona Contractor & Community ‘Architect’s Perspective’ columnist. Civic involvement with serving on 200 boards, commissions, committees, and design charrettes. Currently serving on an Architectural Archives Committee and the Scottsdale Heritage Connection Committee, and as past Founding Chairman of the Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission. Received his BArch at ASU and MArch at Harvard University. AIA Fellowship in 2011.
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Lindsey Vogel-Teeter

Lindsey Vogel-Teeter received her Master’s of Arts in Public History from Arizona State University and has worked in museum collections management for 11 years. She is the Curator of Collections for Pueblo Grande Museum where she manages the archaeological repository and facilitates NAGPRA consultations. Ms. Vogel-Teeter is currently overseeing a grant-funded NAGPRA documentation and consultation project for the Museum. Lindsey is also a Member of the Registrars Committee Western Region and Member of the Museum Association of Arizona

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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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