2019 Board of Directors
Ann Benson McGlone, San Antonio, President
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 is also a faculty member in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas San Antonio.
Roman McAllen, Denton, President-Elect
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.
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.
Sue Morris Lazara, Linden, Secretary
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.
2019 Board Members at-large
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.
Charles John, San Antonio
With over 40 years of experience as an architect and interior designer, Charles John, AIA, has been involved with an array of building types with a specialization in the restoration and renovation of historic properties. He is a graduate of both The University of Texas and the University of Houston. His historic preservation projects make bold statements about the history of a significant place, and his adaptive reuse projects have led to the transformation of urban spaces by renewing their economic vitality, restoring their architectural character, and re-establishing their place in the historic context of the urban fabric of a city. Charles has spent time with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was on the Board of the San Antonio Conservation Society for nine years, twelve years on the Bexar County Historical Commission, and currently serves on the Board of Mission Heritage Partners and Texas Dancehall Preservation.
Nydia Tapia-Gonzales, Harlingen
Nydia Tapia-Gonzales is presently the director of 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.
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.
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.
Jane Ashburn, Austin, Program Coordinator
Jane Ashburn holds a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation with an emphasis on material conservation. Her research focuses on historic architectural finishes as well as Apairy Architecture, and the effects honeybees can have on cultural resources. She has worked as an Architectural Conservator with RLA Art + Architectural Preservation in Miami and the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in South Carolina, and as a Program Coordinator at Rugby Historic Villiage in Tennessee. Jane is a Preservation Fellow at the Texas A&M Center for Heritage Conservation.
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