2020 Board of Directors
Roman McAllen, Houston, President
Roman 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.
Robert Bluthardt, San Angelo, Vice President
Bob 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.
Charlene Orr, Kaufman, Vice President
Charlene is returning to the board after a three year hiatus. She is a past president of Preservation Texas and will retire as executive director of Historic Mesquite at the end of 2019 after 24 years. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, and has served as chairman of both the Kaufman County Historical Commission and Friends of the Kaufman County Historical Commission as well as marker chairman of the Dallas County Historical Commission. She was a founding member of the Texas Lakes Trail board, where she served as treasurer. Charlene has consulted on a variety of preservation issues, including the drafting of preservation ordinances, creating outreach programs, working with city officials, preserving archives, photos and textiles, and writing collections management policies.
Katherine Seale, Dallas, Vice President
Ms. Seale is an architectural historian and preservationist practicing in Dallas, Texas. She is a native Texan and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and a Master of Science in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. She has completed additional programs in architecture, history and urban planning both domestically and abroad. Ms. Seale began her career in 2001 directing a city-wide survey of Dallas neighborhoods for Preservation Dallas. This multi-year project was designed to help neighborhoods develop identity, nurture character, and self-determine their future. From 2007 until 2011, Ms. Seale served as the executive director of Preservation Dallas. Currently, she is Mayor Rawlings’ appointment and chairman to the Dallas Landmarks Commission. She also serves as chairman to the Downtown Preservation Solutions Committee whose primary focus is an updated downtown historic resources survey.
Ms. Seale leads an emerging focus, among preservationists, of re-establishing the effectiveness of preservation as a tool for economically positive growth management. She has created important cooperative relationships between planners, architects, and preservation through various outreach efforts, including speaking at the 2015 Texas Chapter APA conference. In this new partnership of shared vision, preservation is challenged to move from its traditional interest in designation to a more form giving influence that shapes the future urban landscape.
Ron Siebler, Dallas, Treasurer
Ronald L. Siebler, President of Siebler, Inc. is a historic preservationist and residential remodeler. Mr. Siebler has worked with many museums to restore historic buildings and objects using materials and historically informed techniques that meet the highest preservation standards. His museum clients and project include Dallas area institutions such as Dallas Heritage Village, Farmer’s Branch Historical Park, the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, as well as the Sharock-Niblo Cabin for the City of Dallas Parks Department and the Caruth, Family Curing Shed on the grounds of the Communities Foundation of Dallas. His most recent project was a Holocaust era, Belgium boxcar for the new Dallas Holocaust Museum. In addition to extensive evaluation and planning for each of his projects, he has also helped develop the Master Plan for the Nance Farm in DeSoto and guidelines for the restoration of the windmill and historic water collection systems at Plano Heritage Farmstead. Ron has won numerous awards from Preservation Dallas for his excellent work, including Craftsman of the Year in 2016. He volunteers at museums, interpreting historic crafts, and teaches classes in preservation repair techniques, demonstrating his devotion to both historic structures and education.
Sue Morris Lazara, Linden, Secretary
Sue, a 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.
2020 Board Members at-large
Andrea Barefield, Waco
Andrea is the executive director of the Texas Brazos Trail Region and has been a member of Waco City Council since 2018. She previously served as Main Street manager for City Center Waco. Andrea is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and serves on the Waco ISD Foundation Board, Creative Waco Cultural Arts Task Force, NAACP Executive Committee as 2nd Vice President, Waco Civic Theatre Board, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce Economic Development subcommittee, and Texas Downtown Association.
Barbara Brannon, Spur
Barbara 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 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.
August Harris III, Austin
August Harris is a Realtor with Moreland Properties in Austin, Texas. His experience extends to real estate investment analysis, due diligence and compliance, real estate portfolio management and disposition as well as advising on land use and historic preservation matters. Since 2011, he also has been affiliated with Seeds for Change Consulting, also of Austin, providing expertise in governance, management, finance, fund development, advocacy and strategic planning for nonprofit organizations. He currently serves as a Public Member Director on the State Bar of Texas and as a Commissioner on the City of Austin’s Downtown Commission. Prior to that, he served as Commissioner and later as Vice Chair of the Texas Historical Commission. August has served in leadership roles for numerous civic organizations including Leadership Austin, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Preservation Austin, the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation, Jourdan Bachman Pioneer Farms, and the Austin High School Continuing Education Foundation among others. In addition to participating in Leadership Austin’s flagship program, he also was selected by the Austin Area Research Organization as a McBee Fellow. August graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts with concentrations in history and economics from the University of Texas at Austin, is a state certified mediator and holds a Texas Real Estate License.
Max Grossman, El Paso
Max has been a professor of architectural history at the University of Texas at El Paso since 2009. He received his undergraduate degree from Berkeley and his graduate degrees in art history at Columbia. He completed his dissertation on Italian civic architecture and urbanism in the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance. He served for several years as vice chair of the El Paso County Historical Commission, is currently vice chair of the Texas Trost Society, and founded the El Paso History Alliance, a virtual cultural community with more than 52,000 followers online. Max has been a leading activist and litigant in the fight to save Duranguito, the oldest neighborhood in El Paso.
Dixie Hoover, Mexia
Dixie Hoover was previously the Site Manager at the Confederate Reunion Grounds in Mexia, Texas. She holds a MA in Museum Studies from Texas Tech University, a BA in History/Geology from McMurry University and is a Holland Scholar. Dixie is an Archaeology Steward with the Texas Historical Commission, an editor for the Texas Archaeological Society, a member of the Limestone County Historical Commission, and a board member of several organizations including Texans for State Parks, the Limestone County Historical Museum and the Old Fort Parker Historic Site in Mexia. She is now retired and enjoys spending time with her family.
Charles John, San Antonio
Charles John has over 40 years of experience as an architect and interior designer and 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.
Kate Johnson, Kyle
Kate lives near Kyle (Hays County) on a ranch along the Blanco River. She is the chairman of the Ascension Seton Hays Foundation board and has served as chairman of the Hays County Historical Commission since 1999. As chairman, the commission has listed numerous properties to the National Register of Historic Places, erected many Historical Markers, and produced over a dozen historical documentaries on the county’s history. She played an instrumental role in the restoration of the Katherine Anne Porter Childhood Home in Kyle, the Old Hays County Jail in San Marcos, the Winters-Wimberley House in Wimberley, and the Kyle Depot. She has served on the boards of the Wimberley Institute of Cultures, the Kyle Train Depot Committee, Old Town Kyle Advocates, and Preservation Associates, Inc. – a county-wide nonprofit association devoted to the preservation of historic and cultural resources. She also founded the Historic Bridge Foundation, a national nonprofit devoted to the preservation of historic bridges across the United States. She is the 2010 and 2020 recipient of the John Ben Shepperd Leadership Award.
Julie McGilvray, Carlsbad
Julie is the cultural resources program manager for Guadalupe Mountains National Park (GUMO) in West Texas and is presently on detail as the acting deputy superintendent of Carlsbad Caverns. At GUMO, Julie manages the preservation of historic buildings, vast cultural landscapes, and archaeological resources ranging from Paleo-Indian sites to stagecoach roads from the nineteenth century. Before joining GUMO staff, she led the National Park Service Intermountain Region cultural landscapes program in Santa Fe, NM. She received her BA in anthropology from UT Austin, her MLA from the University of New Mexico, and her MS in historic preservation from UT Austin. Julie grew up in Waco and on her family’s ranch in the Texas Hill Country. She also serves on the board of Texas Dance Hall Preservation and the Design Advocacy Committee of the Trinity River Conservancy.
Kathy Rodriguez, San Antonio
Focused on assisting communities through change, Kathy Rodriguez has 13 years of public administration experience leading design review, historic preservation, and other programs focused on neighborhood revitalization. She has developed a variety of community engagement programs aimed to build public participation reaching a diverse audience, including the youth of San Antonio. Her work reflects her knowledge of architecture, professional experience in heritage preservation and her calling to be a public servant. As the Deputy Historic Preservation Officer, Kathy is responsible for administration of the Living Heritage and the Vacant Building Programs. She previously worked for the City of Castroville as the Community Development Director and Historic Preservation Officer. Kathy has served on the City of San Antonio’s Historic and Design Review Commission and Building Standards Board. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has completed graduate studies in Historic Preservation and Public Administration
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, College Station, 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 Apiary 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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