Our Board of Directors & Staff

Preservation Texas

Preservation Texas is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

2017 Board of Directors


Officers

Dwayne Jones, Galveston, President

Dwayne Jones is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio in history and Asian studies. He holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning and historic preservation from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dwayne is executive director of Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) (2006-present) one of the nation’s largest local preservation non-profits. GHF owns or manages sixteen historic properties, including several historic vessels, as well as manages museums and community preservation programs. Following Hurricane Ike in 2008, GHF formed the Center for Coastal Heritage to address preservation issues and techniques unique to historic coastal communities. From 2000 to 2006, he served as executive director of Preservation Dallas, the local non-profit preservation organization for Dallas. Dwayne earned membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Prior to his work in non-profits, he directed the National Register and Certified Local Government federal programs at the Texas Historical Commission where he worked for twelve years and worked in several preservation planning positions at the local level.

Ann Benson McGlone, San Antonio, President-Elect

Ann McGlone is founding principal of Ann Benson McGlone, LLC, an architecture firm in San Antonio specializing in historic preservation and urban planning. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University, a Masters in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and is a registered architect in Texas. She has served on the national Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). She was a member of the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, and served as Chair for two years. She currently is President Elect of the Board of Preservation Texas, on the Executive Board of the San Antonio AIA, and is a faculty member in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas San Antonio.

Rick Mitchell, Austin, Treasurer

Rick Mitchell is a Historic Preservation Practice Leader for Mead & Hunt in Austin.  He has 23 years of experience as a historic preservation planner, with a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning and Certificate in Historic Preservation from UT-Austin.  Rick formerly worked in the public sector at the Texas Historical Commission and TxDOT’s Environmental Affairs Division before moving into the consulting arena.  His specific professional interests include historic road corridors, historic commercial buildings, and small-town downtown revitalization.

2017 Board Members

Robert Bluthardt, San Angelo

Bob Bluthardt has served as the Site Manager for Fort Concho National Historic Landmark since 1998, prior to which he served as Director of Education (1982-1995) and Assistant Director (1995-1998). He was a founding  member and chair of the Texas Association of Museum’s (TAM) Educators Committee in 1983 and served on the TAM Board in 1989-93. He also served as president of the TAM Permian Basis Museums Association from 1987-1989 and is an ex-officio and original member of the Texas Forts Trail board since 1997. Bob has served on several area and state tourism boards, and has experience in frontier/military and living history, tourism and events, fundraising, and historic site management.

Barbara Brannon, Spur

Barbara Brannon is executive director of the Texas Plains Trail Region, the award-winning heritage tourism initiative of the Texas Historical Commission. Working with volunteers, community leaders, elected officials, and travelers in 52 West Texas counties from I-20 to the top of the Panhandle, she promotes historic preservation and economic development on the local, regional, and state levels. A board member of the Lubbock Heritage Society and a graduate of Leadership Texas, she lives in Spur, Texas, the Tiny House Capital of America

Anthony Crosby, Marshall

Tony Crosby has been a conservation architect in private practice since 1974, including 25 years with the US National Park Service working in the protection of cultural properties (1974-1999). His experience includes the development of a national assessment of heritage protection in Armenia, conditions assessments, historic structure reports, conservation intervention directives and specifications for historic structures and archeological sites. He has written on preservation topics in national and international publications and taught at preservation meetings and courses, such as the International Center for the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Properties in Rome (ICCROM). Currently serving on the Board of ISCEAH as an Expert Member, the International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architecture Heritage, ICOMOS he is based in Marshall and works across the globe, most recently on a project in Luxor, Egypt sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Courtney Read Hoffman, Austin

Courtney Read Hoffman grew up in the world of preservation, inheriting her interest from her mother, Anice Read, of the Texas Main Street program, and father, Julian Read, current board member of Friends of the Texas Historical Commission. Courtney is owner of CRH Capitol Communications, a Texas governmental relations firm that represents non-profit associations, corporations and individuals in the political, legislative and regulatory realms. Active in a number of non-profit and preservation efforts, Courtney currently serves on the boards of Preservation Texas and Mission Capital. She is a member of Friends of the Governor’s Mansion, Texas Downtown Association, and is past president of The Heritage Society of Austin (now Preservation Austin). Courtney graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in English. She and her husband, business consultant Clark Hoffman, have three grown children and live in Austin.

Sue Morris Lazara, Linden

Sue Morris Lazara, Cass County native, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Southern Methodist University.  In the early 1970s, she worked for the Los Angeles Times and pursued graduate studies at the University of Southern California in theoretical mathematics and statistics.  She was Vice President of Diagnostic Research International, a firm later absorbed by the international marketing giant WPP London. Sue has long supported the arts, conservation, and a broad array of historic preservation initiatives.  She founded the Glendale Youth Orchestra and led a number of public restoration and museum projects in Glendale, California, including the Eastlake Doctors’ House, the Greco-Egyptian Alex Theatre, and the Queen Anne Goode House, as well as La Canada’s Craftsman Lanterman House. She has received state level awards in California and Texas – including the Clara Driscoll Award.  She now lives in Linden, where she does hands-on restoration work investigative research on local history topics.  She founded the Cass County Conservancy in 2003 and served as principal writer and researcher on the Cass County Courthouse Master Plan of 2004, after which she authored the successful grant application for THC funding to restore the historic Cass County Courthouse.

Charles Lynch, Amarillo

Charles Lynch, AIA is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s of Architecture degree. He has made Amarillo his home since 1989. He founded Charles Lynch, AIA, Inc. in 1996 and has worked on many historic building projects in the Texas Panhandle. He has won several design awards for those projects. Chuck has served on several community boards and is currently the President of the Amarillo Historical Preservation Foundation. He served on the local AIA Amarillo Chapter leadership as Chapter Director and President. He is currently a board member of Preservation Texas. Chuck’s firm renovated a 1910 vintage oil warehouse as their offices and has occupied since 2011.

Roman McAllen, Denton

Roman McAllen serves as the historic preservation officer for the city of Denton. Previously he worked for the City of Brownsville as historic preservation officer (2014-2016) and as a planner (2011-2014). He was a founding member of the Brownsville Preservation Society and is a member of the AIA, Lower Rio Grande Valley AIA and Texas Society of Architects. Roman holds a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. He will bring architectural history, government relations, construction and site operation skills to our board. Additionally, he has written numerous articles for regional publications and served as a lecturer and panelist for various regional and statewide conferences.

Nydia Tapia-Gonzales, Harlingen

Nydia Tapia-Gonzales is presently the director for the South Texas Nature Tourism Marketing Cooperative. She is also the publisher of two websites, RGVMOD.com and LaVidaValle.com, as well as devoting time to her writing and art. Nydia leads tours for the AIA Rio Grande Valley chapter as well as visiting scholars and non-profit organizations. She is an important figure promoting awareness of Modern architecture in the lower Rio Grande Valley, and has experience in public relations, communications, architecture, architectural history and art history.

Lynn Vogt, Dallas

A native of Dallas, Lynn Vogt graduated from Rhodes College with a degree in Art. Her professional life has focused on the nonprofit sector where she has served in executive staff positions for several groups:  Highland Park ISD Education Foundation (Exec. Dir.); Center for Nonprofit Management (Dir. of Development); and Easter Seal Society (VP-Development). From 2000-10, Lynn was a senior consultant for Skystone Ryan, an international fundraising firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this role, she co-managed the Dallas office and provided counsel to North Texas nonprofits. Although now “semi-retired”, she continues to assist several local social service groups. Lynn is past President and past Treasurer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)-Dallas Chapter, and she is a past recipient of AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive award in Dallas.

Gary Williams, El Paso

Gary L. Williams has served in the nonprofit sector for over 40 years and currently serves as the Senior Program Officer for the El Paso Community Foundation where has worked since 1998. Gary is responsible for providing staff support to the Burkitt Foundation, and is also responsible for many community related projects involving collaborative partnerships in historic preservation, heritage education, public history, and natural conservation. Prior to working for the Community Foundation, Gary was employed as the Executive Director of the El Paso Rehabilitation Center for Children for 11 years. Other nonprofit work has included serving as the Planning and Allocations Director for the United Way of El Paso County, Executive Director of the El Paso City-County Nutrition Project for the Elderly, Area Agency on Aging Director and planner for the Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments, and eligibility worker for the Texas Department of Human Services.  Gary serves on the board of Preservation Texas. Gary grew up as a military Brat and lived in Japan, Panama, and Taiwan, among other places, before making El Paso his home in 1969. He has a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology from the University of Texas at El Paso and a MSW from the University of Utah. Gary and his wife Cindy have two children and love living in El Paso and the southwest borderlands.

 

Staff

Evan Thompson, Austin, Executive Director

Evan Thompson is the executive director of Preservation Texas. Prior to joining PT in 2014, he served for four years as executive director of the Preservation Society of Charleston (2010-2014) and served for six years as executive director of Historic Beaufort Foundation (2004-2010), both in South Carolina. He is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law (2000) and the University of Richmond (1997). In 2011, he was the inaugural recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s American Express Aspire Award, recognizing an emerging national leader in the preservation field. He was selected to participate in the 2013 Attingham Summer School for the study of English country houses.

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 12832
Austin TX 78711

Our offices are located on the campus of the historic Austin State Hospital in north-central Austin.  If you would like to visit with us or learn more about the Austin State Hospital, e-mail or call us.

(512) 472-0102