Speaker Biographies for 2019 Conference

Listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Deborah Edge Abele

Deborah Edge Abele has worked professionally in the field of historic preservation for local and state governments, commercial and development interests and community organizations for forty years. She served as the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Phoenix, AZ from 1989 to 1998 and the City of Scottsdale from 1999 to 2010. Her firm, Akros, Inc. provides a range of historic preservation consulting services related to the recognition, designation, protection, enhancement and interpretation of historic and architectural resources.

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Mark Abromovitz

Mark Abromovitz is a principal of Abromovitz Investment Properties LLC that specializes in commercial property development, investment, and adaptive reuse in downtown Phoenix. Mark's roles include securing institutional & equity financing, investment analysis, property valuation, development, lease negotiations, asset & property management, and project coordination. Some of his projects include the CCBG Architects building, Cooper'stown (now Equality Health) and the historic OS Stapley Buildings (now Tuft & Needle).

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Mark Altaha

Mark Altaha is a proud member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and has served as the Tribe's historic preservation officer since 2005. He is an ex-officio member of the board of the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation.

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Martin Ball

Martin Ball

Martin Ball is a 1993 graduate of ASU and a Phoenix based architect. A special focus in urban infill and adaptive re-use over the course of recent decades has afforded CCBG Architects, Inc. the opportunity to work on many of our historic warehouses. Creative compromise and close coordination with staff at the City of Phoenix has helped to breathe new life into the Warehouse District.

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Susan Bierer

Susan Bierer

Susan Bierer is an Architectural Historian with North Wind Resource Consulting. She works as a contractor for DoD at Fort Huachuca supporting the Cultural Resource Management Program under the direction of the Government Cultural Resource Manager in the Environmental and Natural Resource Division.  Her focus is on the Section 106 and 110 compliance process as they apply to undertakings and the management of historic buildings, districts and the management of historic properties especially the application of Secretary of the Interior's…

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Terry Boyd

Mr. Boyd is the Chief of Facilities Management for the Prescott VA Medical Center, responsible for the execution of a $30 million capital improvement program that includes preservation of the Fort Whipple Historic District. Mr. Boyd holds a masters degree in civil engineering and is a registered professional engineering in the state of Washington. He served 22 years in the United States Coast Guard where he gained experience in the preservation of historic Coast Guard facilities including lighthouses and live…

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Debe Branning

Transplanted from the Midwest, Debe has been fascinated with cemeteries, cemetery art, and gravestone design for years. She orchestrates and leads historic cemetery tours at the Pioneer Military and Memorial Park, re-creating the life (and death) stories of the inhabitants of this little "town." Residents include early Arizona pioneers, as well as Arizona government officials and lawmen, down to ladies of the night and outlaws. She believes in the importance of maintaining Arizona history and honoring these early settlers by preserving their…

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Roger Brevoort

Roger Brevoort has been a preservation activist and advocate in Phoenix for the past 35 years. He is a preservation consultant with specialization in federal historic tax credits for large scale projects, working independently through his firm, Brevoort Preservation Strategies. He began his career as a staff member of the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office. He played a lead role in designating numerous buildings and districts in central Phoenix on the National Register of Historic Places, and later managed the…

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Wendy Bridges

With 20 years experience in government, Ms. Bridges has held positions with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, City of Tempe and Yavapai County. The past 12 years Ms. Bridges holds a degree in Management from Yavapai College, has completed the Economic Development program at University of Arizona, and is presently completing a degree in Public Management from Northern Arizona University. Ms. Bridges earned an AZED Pro designation from AAED, and is a candidate for CEcD from the International Economic Development Council…

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Dr. J. Simon Bruder

Dr. J. Simon Bruder

For over 40 years, Dr. Bruder has been engaged in archaeological, ethnohistoric, and architectural research and development of historic overviews, inventories, and historic contexts related to National Register of Historic Places eligibility and effect recommendations. Her efforts have included assistance with regulatory compliance, archival research, survey, testing, and data recovery for municipal, state, and federal agencies; tribal entities; and private sector clients. Dr. Bruder joined WCRM in 2016 as project manager for the Florence Copper data recovery investigations. In 2018,…

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Jerry Cannon

Jerry Cannon

Mr. Cannon is a structural/civil engineer in Arizona. His 40 years of bridge design experience give him insight into making the conceptual design decisions that are crucial during the preliminary stages of a project. In 1979, he started the consulting firm of Cannon & Associates which gained a national reputation for delivering top quality engineering services. In 2001, he merged his firm with a national transportation engineering firm and served as a Principal/Vice President in the Tucson office. Early in…

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Allison Carlton

Allison Carlton is a native of Peoria, Arizona and works as an archaeological technician for North Wind Resource Consulting. Allison received her B.A. in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and her M.A. in Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has conducted work in the northeastern and southwestern United States.

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Joel Contreras

Joel Contreras

Joel Contreras is a Phoenix native who manages Joel Contreras Design, a full-service design studio focused on creating innovative design within reach. He has designed and developed residential projects ranging from historic home remodels to new construction infill projects. Contreras is known most for historic adaptations in the urban areas of Downtown Phoenix and for his passion for preservation. Joel resides with his family in the Coronado Historic District, a neighborhood where he has specifically focused many of his design…

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Jude Cook

Jude Cook

At an early age Jude attended art classes taught by his mother. After high school he completed a graphic design program at Hawkeye Institute of Technology in Waterloo, Iowa. In 1976 he started his own company, which he later moved to Tucson as Cook & Company Signmakers. In the past nine years Jude has restored twenty-three historic neon signs in Tucson, Casa Grande and Silver City, New Mexico. He has served on Tucson’s Citizen Sign Code Committee for ten years,…

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Walter Crutchfield

Walter Crutchfield

Walter is a fourth generation Arizonan whose family has been developing land in Arizona since 1961. He has been a leading executive of numerous companies, including Master Sports Inc., Computer Decisions International Inc., Solaire, and Jonesport Sports Management. Prior to the formation of Vintage, he had been a principal in Crutchfield and Associates and C2 Commercial Properties, The Paladin Group, and Pentad Investments. Walter has led the acquisition through entitlement of a diverse portfolio of residential, resort, commercial, and industrial…

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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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Dr. Christopher Dore

Dr. Christopher Dore

Dr. Christopher Dore has nearly two decades of experience as an archaeological expert witness. He has trial, deposition, litigation, and consultation experience and is a Professional Member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association and a Director of their Arizona Chapter.  Dr. Dore has provided training in damage documentation and valuation to professional archaeologists, lectured at the University of Arizona’s College of Law, published in legal journals, and was a co-author of the Society of American Archaeology’s Professional Standards for the…

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Peter Drake

With a degree in Architectural Sciences from Harvard and work in the Master of Architecture program from UC Berkeley Peter Drake had a strong foundation for his work as an Urban and Land Planner in Arizona. Growing up in four Blaine Drake residences Peter gained an intimate and thorough understanding of the uses of space and light and his father’s designs. Peter Drake previously presented Blaine Drake's work in 2007 to the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of…

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Katherine Ferguson

Ms. Ferguson, MS, RPA, is an Adjunct Faculty member teaching Anthropology at the Walla Walla Community College. She is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with over 23 years of experience in cultural resource management and regularly provides public outreach to include archaeology presentations. She researched and designed a series of interpretive panels on the history of Fort Walla Walla that are situated around the Walla Walla VAMC Campus. She has worked all over the west, in the southwest, and several states…

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Kasey Fulwood

Kasey Fulwood is a native of Macon, Georgia and she works as a historian for North Wind Resource Consulting. Kasey received her B.A. in History from Georgia College and State University, and her M.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia.  She has three years of experience working in cultural resources management and has worked mostly in the southeastern and southwestern United States.

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Dennis Gallagher

Dennis Gallagher

A resident of Arizona for 60 years, Dennis has developed a passion for the American West, especially regarding the preservation and the promotion of our rich history and heritage in Prescott and Yavapai County. With a B.S. in Engineering from Arizona State University, Dennis spent over 35 years in the Electronics/Semiconductor Industry. He held positions in engineering management, project management, technical sales, and marketing for companies in the U. S. and in Europe. He started sculpting after he was fifty…

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Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia, M.A., RPA, is a 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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Robert Graham

Robert Graham

Bob Graham is Principal Architect of Motley Design Group of Phoenix, Arizona. The focus of his work has been in the areas of historic preservation, urban infill and rehabilitation projects. He has been recognized individually for his volunteer activities and his design work in historic preservation with the Arizona Heritage Preservation Award and also received the Young Architect Citation from the Arizona Division of the American Institute of Architects. He currently serves on the City of Phoenix’s Central City Village…

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Robert A. Greninger

Robert A. Greninger

After more than 32 years as a pharmaceutical executive with Johnson & Johnson, I retired, starting my own management development company, Greninger and Associates, Inc., whose clients included nationally known retailers, realtors and charitable organizations.  Now fully retired, we have been enjoying our ranch, R G BAR Paint Horses, in the small mountain community of Prescott in north-central Arizona.  Most of our adult lives were spent in Southern California (East San Diego County) and North Texas (near Fort Worth) where…

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Dr. Valerie Grussing

Dr. Valerie Grussing

Dr. Valerie J. Grussing is the Executive Director of NATHPO. Previously, Valerie served as Cultural Resources Coordinator for NOAA’s National Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Center and Tribal Liaison for NOAA’s National Ocean Service. She managed a range of collaborative projects including Characterizing Tribal Cultural Landscapes, a Cultural Resources Toolkit for MPA Managers, and the Maritime Cultural Landscape Initiative. Valerie instituted a culture change in how her offices work with indigenous groups by ensuring that staff and leadership are knowledgeable about…

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Matthew Guebard

Matthew Guebard is the Chief of Resources at the Southern Arizona Office and the Chief of Cultural Resources at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments. He specializes in the preservation and interpretation of cliff dwelling architecture in central Arizona. His research interests include earthen architecture, chronometry and the historical development of archaeology in the American Southwest. Matt has a B.A. in Anthropology from Butler University and a M.A. in Anthropology (emphasis Archaeology) from Northern Arizona University. Matt has worked for…

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Margaret Hangan

Margaret Hangan

Margaret Hangan has been a professional Archaeologist for over 30 years working in the Great Basin, California and Southwest. She has worked in both private industry and as a land manager. She is currently the Forest Archaeologist for the Kaibab National Forest.

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Larry Harmer

Larry Harmer has more than 45 years of experience in municipal planning. His experience has encompassed Municipal Planning, General and Specific Plans, Historic Preservation efforts, Downtown Revitalization, Economic Development, Zoning and Development Code preparation and Administration. He has practiced in various western states including California, Oregon and Wyoming and has worked for or with the cities of Buckeye, Prescott, Wickenburg, Litchfield Park and others within the State of Arizona ... and currently works for the Town of Florence. Mr. Harmer…

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Christopher L. Harper

Christopher L. Harper is the Cultural Heritage Manager and Tribal Archaeologist for the AhaMakav Cultural Society of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe. He holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology (emphasis in Archaeology), is a Registered Professional Archaeologist, and has over 32 years of experience in cultural resource management in both the public and private sectors. Over this time, he has directed all aspects of archaeological projects, ranging from archaeological survey to full data recovery efforts, as well as served as…

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Simon Herbert

Simon Herbert

Simon Herbert has worked for Pima County as an Architectural Preservationist and Program Coordinator since 2005. With a strong practical background, including teaching building preservation trades at college level for 10 years, he has also worked for a number of architectural and research firms. Originally from Jersey, Channel Islands (UK), he holds a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Simon is also an architectural photographer and published author.

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Lucas Hoedl

Lucas Hoedl is an archeologist with the National Park Service duty stationed at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments. Lucas has worked in the American Southwest and Western Mexico for over 10 years. He earned an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado Denver, and his B.A. at the University of Colorado Boulder. He currently specializes in the management and preservation of prehistoric architecture in central Arizona. His research interests include prehistoric economies and systems of commerce, prehistoric architecture,…

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Marge Jantz

Marge Jantz

Known in the community as a passionate historic preservationist and art advocate, Marge Jantz is currently the Chairwoman for Casa Grande’s Historic Preservation Commission. Prior to moving to Casa Grande from Scottsdale, Arizona, Marge got the preservation bug as a member of the Friends of the Orpheum Theatre. As the Executive Director of Casa Grande Main Street from 1999 to 2008, she had the opportunity to express her creativity through design and public art projects in the historic downtown. Those…

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Keith Knoblock

Mr. Knoblock was appointed in July 2018 as Arizona Antiquities Act (AAA) Administrator and coordinator of Mandated Programs at Arizona State Museum (ASM). The position administers the AAA (A.R.S. § 41-841 et seq.), manages ASM’s Archaeological Records Office, oversees business services, and supervises operations of AZSITE, the state’s official electronic inventory of historic properties. Before this position, Mr. Knoblock served for six years as ASM’s Head of Operations. Prior to working at the University of Arizona, Mr. Knoblock worked in…

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Kathe Kubish

Kathe Kubish

A Tucson native and resident, Kathe graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Arizona in 1978 with a degree in archaeology. She worked on archaeological digs in Tucson, New Mexico and Belize during the 1970s and 1980s. Also a draftsman, photographer and darkroom technician for over 20 years, she subsequently worked as a property appraiser for the Pima County Assessors office for 30 years, falling in love with Tucson’s Barrio Viejo in the process. Now a full-time volunteer and…

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Gerald Lamb

Gerald Lamb grew up in Vail and is passionate about public history. He has an MA in History from Northern Arizona University and studied documentary film making. He has worked on: Through the Eyes of Youth: Life and Death in the Będzin Ghetto, Louie’s Legacy, Flagstaff Jewish Lives, was Assistant Curator for Lowell Observatory’s Space Guard Academy asteroid exhibit and completed the Voices of Vail documentary in 2018.

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JJ Lamb

JJ Lamb

J.J. Lamb is Executive Director, and a founding member of the Vail Preservation Society. Her focus is finding ways to connect community through heritage and historic preservation. She is a 2011 Arizona Culturekeeper and completed the AASLH Seminar for Historical Administration in 2012. Her current efforts include the rehabilitation of the 1915 Section Foreman House and 1908 Old Vail Store & Post Office that engages Cienega H.S. Construction Tech students.

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Kimber Lanning

Kimber Lanning

Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur, business leader and economic development specialist who works to cultivate strong, vibrant communities and inspire a higher quality of life for people across Arizona. In 2003, Kimber founded Local First Arizona, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by locally owned businesses. She has led several planning studies and advocated for smart growth throughout the region, earning her the Distinguished Citizen Planner award from the American Planning…

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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.  As a consultant and certified Project Management Professional, Kathryn has assisted federal and state agencies, municipalities and tribes, as well utility and mining companies and developers with…

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Lucas Lindsey

Lucas is an urbanist, optimist, and passionate policy wonk. He works as a Development Manager with Venue Projects, creative real estate practice that specializes in adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and urban redevelopment. A graduate of urban planning programs at both Arizona State University and Florida State University, his work over the last ten years sits squarely at the intersection of planning, commercial real estate, and community development. Last year he completed the adaptive reuse of a 1960s Esso gas station…

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Vic Linoff

Vic Linoff

Vic Linoff has a more than four-decade career in preservation, local history and museum work. He was a founder and first chair of Mesa’s Historic Preservation Board, chair of the Arizona Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, advisor to the Tempe HPC, a member of the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation Board and president of Mesa Preservation Foundation that was instrumental in saving Mesa’s iconic, Diving Lady neon sign. His varied achievements have been recognized by the Arizona Historical Society: Al Merito Award,…

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Astrid Liverman, Ph.D.

A Historian with the National Park Service, Astrid is the Intermountain Region National Historic Landmarks program lead. Armed with a Doctorate in Architectural History, she previously served as Preservation Planning Unit Director with History Colorado's Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation overseeing survey, designation, and preservation planning statewide and spearheading the Heritage Diversity Initiative. She previously acted as Architecture Branch Chief with the Hawai'i State Historic Preservation Division and as architectural historian with Mason Architects in Honolulu. Astrid serves as…

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Annie Lutes

Annie Lutes is an archaeologist, architectural historian, and project manager for SWCA Environmental Consultants in Flagstaff. She received her B.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She received her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona in 2007, where she examined how the conflict between Palestine and Israel affected the black-market antiquities trade in the West Bank. She received her MS from Northern Arizona University in Applied Geospatial Sciences, focusing on short-…

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Katie MacFarland

Dr. MacFarland is a Research Specialist at the Arizona State Museum with more than 13 years experience handling the multi-faceted needs of the largest and busiest state-operated archaeological repository in the United States. A focus of her recent work at ASM is the organization and structure of the Archaeological Records Office (ARO), handling long-term curation concerns of legacy collections, repatriation issues, conducting Records Research for archaeologists, and implementing changes to ASM’s fee structure and services. Recently awarded her Ph.D. from…

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H. Jill McCormick

H. Jill McCormick

H. Jill McCormick is the Historic Preservation Officer for the Quechan Indian Tribe. She conducts NEPA and NHPA reviews, Section 106 consultation, and serves as a liaison between the Tribe and State/Federal agencies to preserve the Quechan culture. She works within the community with elders and youth to promote cultural preservation and sustainability. She has also worked extensively with Colorado River Tribes promoting collaboration among the Tribes regarding traditional cultural properties, sacred sites and other matters of specific Tribal importance.…

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Ian Milliken

Ian Milliken

Ian Milliken has over 17 years of experience in archaeological fieldwork, research and heritage management. He began his archaeological career researching multiple locations throughout the Middle East and Europe, working for U.C. Berkeley, Brown University, and Università degli Studi di Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy. He received his Master's Degree from the University of Arizona in 2012, and has worked for Pima County’s Cultural Resources and Historic Preservation Division for over five years. Ian currently is chairperson of the Arizona Governor's…

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Jordan Myers

Mr. Myers s a Project Director with PaleoWest Archaeology. He has experience performing all aspects of cultural resource management required by federal, state, and civic law, including archaeological and historical archival research; site file research; archaeological survey, testing, and excavation; artifact analysis and curation; cultural resource assessment recommendations; and report preparation. Mr. Myers has contributed his expertise in cultural resources management to projects throughout the American Southwest, including New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, California, and Nevada.

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Brooke Nisenbaum

Brooke Nisenbaum is a convener, advocate, and development guru. As Community Planning Manager at Local First Arizona, she promotes quality, creative, and sensitive development by establishing co-productive dialogues and supporting a localized supply chain of development.

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Liza Noland

Liza Noland is Director of Rural Programs for the Local First Arizona Foundation and is known for creating innovative marketing initiatives and facilitating brand identity development for rural municipalities across the state of Arizona. With a focus on marketing in rural communities, and touting accolades like national recognition from Boys and Girls Club of America for the Comprehensive Marketing Strategy and Arizona Association for Economic Development Golden Prospector Award, Liza acts as a bridge-builder, bringing different community pillars together to…

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Lorenzo Perez

Lorenzo Perez

Lorenzo Perez is co-founder and directing principal of Venue Projects, an inspired redevelopment practice based in Phoenix, Arizona. Advocates for LOCAL community, culture and commerce, Venue crafts one of a kind environments and experiences throughout the Metro Phoenix market. A native Phoenician, Lorenzo holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from Arizona State University, an active Arizona real estate license, and has been working in the Valley real estate development industry over 24 years. A long time member of the Urban Land Institute…

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Dr. Robin Pinto

Dr. Robin Pinto

Robin Pinto studies the evolution of cultural landscapes in southeast Arizona and focuses on four topics of historic change: early settlement and homesteading, the New Deal and federal work programs, ranching on public lands, and the arrival and development of national parks. She has an MLA and PhD from the University of Arizona. She has written historical landscape assessments for the NPS and works with the BLM Heritage Technical Team to study landscape change at the Empire Ranch and Cienega…

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Sherry Rampy

Sherry Rampy has been a self described historic geek for over 25 years since moving to Phoenix in the early 90's. She has been a realtor for nearly as long specializing in vintage and historic properties in Central and Downtown Phoenix. In 2014, Sherry was hired as a consultant for the Welnick Arcade Market and Phoenix Motors Company property restorations, both of which have received Governors Heritage Preservation Awards. Sherry walks the talk living in a 1920 bungalow in the…

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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 and consulting from…

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Clare Robinson

Clare Robinson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona where she teaches courses in architectural and urban history. Guided by questions about class, race, and aesthetics, her work looks to social environments on American college campuses, suburban typologies, and regional planning efforts to examine intersections between modernism and society. Recently appointed Chair of the Master of Architecture in Heritage Conservation at the University of Arizona, she now advises students pursuing careers in heritage conservation and architectural preservation…

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Elisabeth Ruffner With Melissa Ruffner

Elisabeth Ruffner with Melissa Ruffner

  Elisabeth Ruffner was co-founder of Arizona Preservation Foundation (formerly Heritage Foundation of Arizona), Yavapai Heritage Foundation, and many other non-profits primarily dealing with preservations and libraries. She has spent many years as a real estate professional teaching and dealing with historic properties, as adjunct faculty in the community college system and at Prescott College, and as a consultant in federal tax act projects, statewide, as well as in presenting National Register nominations for a number of properties. She has…

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Stacy Ryan

Stacy Ryan, RPA, holds a Master's degree in applied archaeology from the University of Arizona and is a preservation archaeologist at Archaeology Southwest.

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Don W. Ryden

Born and raised in mid-century Phoenix, and educated at Arizona State University (Architecture 1973), Don Ryden is a dedicated design professional who tirelessly integrates the practices of architecture, planning, and historic preservation. Don Ryden has combined his life-long fascination for artistry in buildings, respect for heritage places, and sense of ecological responsibility through his specialization in heritage conservation. In 1994, his achievements were recognized by the State of Arizona through the Governor’s Merit Award for Historic Preservation. Under his leadership,…

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Donovan Rypkema

Donovan Rypkema

Donovan D. Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm. The work of the firm is at the nexus of historic preservation and economics. He has undertaken assignments for public and non-profit sector clients in 49 US states. He also teaches a course on the economics of historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania where he received the 2008 G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching. Rypkema was educated at Columbia University receiving a…

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Marshall Shore

Marshall Shore

Marshall Shore is “the Hip Historian" or "Hipstorian” who specializes in finding and sharing the most interesting bits and curiosities from our past: the semi-forgotten people, places, and events that have made us who we are today. As the official “Unofficial Phoenix Historian,” Marshall uses storytelling magic, found film footage, old photographs, sound recordings, ephemera, and artifacts to bring our history to life in his entertaining and educational presentations.

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Daniel Sorrell

Mr. Sorrell has more than 25 years of professional experience in archaeology and cultural resource management. He has experience in project management, archival research, cultural resources survey, testing and data recovery, damage assessments, GIS database management, ceramic analysis, and statistical analysis. His specialties include statistical analysis and the analysis of the prehistoric ceramics of central and northern Arizona. Mr. Sorrell has worked in the public and private realms of cultural resource management and has authored or contributed to more than…

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Vivia Strang

Vivia Hammontree Strang was raised in Phoenix, Arizona.  Her family came to the Valley in 1910 and probably wouldn’t even recognize the place today.  She is a former Arizona State employee who retired two years ago, after 14 years with the Arizona Game & Fish Department and 15 years with Arizona State Parks - part of the time as the National Register Coordinator for Arizona.   For the past two years she has served as President of the Pioneers’ Cemetery Association. …

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Douglas Sydnor

Douglas Sydnor

Douglas Sydnor, FAIA, is an architect & Principal of Douglas Sydnor Architect + Associates, a Scottsdale-based firm. He has been practicing in Arizona for over 40 years and completed 225 projects/studies. Body of work has received 60 design awards and published extensively nationally. Mr. Sydnor has authored 3 books on historic Arizona architecture, past Scottsdale Republic columnist, and currently a columnist for Arizona Contractor & Community Magazine. He has been active on Scottsdales' Historic Preservation Commission, Development Review Board, Library…

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Marilyn Szabo

Marilyn Szabo

Marilyn Szabo is a photographer who has been capturing striking imagery fueled by her love of history and photography for over twenty five years. Szabo was traditionally trained in photography, receiving her BA from Virginia Commonwealth University in history with a minor in photography. She has been curator of the "At Work in Arizona" collection for 15 years. At Work in Arizona is a collection of historic and current photographs of Arizona’s economic and commercial history over the past century.…

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Douglas Towne

Douglas Towne

Douglas Towne is the editor of Arizona Contractor and Community magazine, which was launched in 2012 to cover the state’s construction industry, past and present. Since 2004 he’s been the editor for the Society for Commercial Archeology, the oldest nationwide group devoted to roadside vernacular architecture. He’s written more than 60 history articles for PHOENIX magazine including a story about the Green Book, “Righteous Recommendations,” in 2011. He also authors a monthly history column for the Arizona Republic and has…

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Kathryn Turney

Kathryn Turney

Kathryn Turney is the Cultural Resource Manager for Yavapai County and a member of the Cottonwood Historic Preservation Commission. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Arizona in Anthropology, her MA in Anthropology/Archaeology at Northern Arizona University and recently completed her Masters of Indigenous Peoples Law at the University of Oklahoma. Her interests include historic preservation, indigenous peoples law, oral history and spatial analysis. Kathryn is employed by Yavapai County as the Cultural Resource Manager and is a member…

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Shannonn Twilling

Shannon Twilling, M.A. is a key member of ASM’s Archaeological Records Office (ARO) for more than 12 years. Her professional experience in Arizona archaeology, GIS and mapping, and regulatory process has proven invaluable in ARO functions and its interface with contract archaeologists. Ms. Twilling coordinates and reviews Arizona Antiquities Act (AAA) permit applications and assists with the enforcement of the AAA reporting requirements. She brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in cultural resources management, including more…

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Arthur Vokes

Mr. Vokes is the manager of the Archaeological Repository at Arizona State Museum since 1990. In this role, he oversees the reception and processing of archaeological artifacts and associated materials generated through cultural resource management excavations curated at the museum under the terms of repository agreements, as well as overseeing the integration of other material generated through the University of Arizona Archaeological Field Schools. Other responsibilities involve supervising the documentation of material being repatriated under the state and federal burial…

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John R. Welch

John R. Welch

John R. Welch directs the Landscape and Site Preservation Program at the Tucson-based nonprofit Archaeology Southwest and is a professor of Archaeology and Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. Professor Welch has published widely on Apache history and applied archaeology and directs SFU Archaeology’s online Professional Graduate Program in Heritage Resource Management. 

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Kristina Whitney

Kristina Whitney is an archaeologist with the National Park Service, based in Chiricahua National Monument. She has been with the National Park Service for three years, both with the Southeast Arizona Group parks and Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Previously, she worked in the private sector, for both local and international contract archaeology firms. She earned her M.A. from the University of New Mexico in 2017 and her B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014, although her career started…

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