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Preservation in Progress: Oklahoma's 30th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference
June 6–8, 2018
Tulsa, OK

We are pleased to have several special guest speakers from across the country participating in this year's statewide preservation conference. They include:

Dan Carmody
Chief Executive Officer
Eastern Market Corporation
Detroit, Michigan
Schooled as a city planner in the Midwest and the North of England, Carmody is a devoted urbanist with special interest in the regenerating of depressed local economies. Educated as a tavern keeper, Carmody understands the needs of independent business owners and the importance of conviviality in successful downtown revitalization. From 1988 until November of 2005, Carmody led Renaissance Rock Island (IL), a consortium of not for-profits, helping to revive that community which had lost 40% of its tax base. From 2005 until 2007 Carmody served as the President of the Downtown Improvement District in Fort Wayne, (IN). In both organizations Dan sought to build success thorough knowledge of local market conditions, profound partnerships with public and private partners, and an incremental approach to improving the climate for business and real estate development. Carmody was hired in November, 2007 as the President of the Eastern Market Corporation where he has been charged with operating the region’s premier public market, renovating and enhancing the market campus, revitalizing the business district around the market, re-building a robust local food system, and leveraging a revitalized Eastern Market District to regenerate adjacent neighborhoods.

Tim Gregg
Turn-Key Enterprises, Founder/Owner
College Station, Texas
Tim has a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. With a wide range of marketing and communication experience—as an award-winning broadcast journalist, a public relations director on the international tennis tour, a corporate manager for a Fortune 100 firm and, ultimately, the founder of his own company—Tim has the know-how, resourcefulness, and record of accomplishment commensurate for achieving success. Tim’s current project is the renovations, safety updates and technological upgrades to the Currie-Gregg Observatory in Enid, Oklahoma.

Steve Kline
Architect
Fort Worth, Texas
Steve has a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ohio State University. He is a consulting Preservation Architect. He retired as the Regional Historic Preservation, Fine Arts, and Art in Architecture Officer for the Greater Southwest Region of the General Services Administration. Covering a five-state region, Steve administered the preservation program for over 60 federal historic structures eligible for or listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Prior to working for GSA, he worked for the National Park Service as Historical Architect in the Denver Regional Office, the C & O Canal National Historical Park, and Washington, DC Heritage Preservation Services. He has given numerous presentations on interpreting the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. In 2000, he received the Texas Historical Commission’s award of excellence in historic architecture for outstanding contributions to the preservation of Texas’ architectural heritage. He currently serves on the Texas Historical Commission’s State Board of Review. He is a former member of the Fort Worth Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission and the Fort Worth Art Commission.

Susan Kline
Historian
Preservation Consultant
Fort Worth, Texas
Susan specializes in the documentation of historic resources for certified rehabilitation tax credits and historic designations. She has successfully prepared National Register of Historic Places nominations for more than 45 historic buildings and landscapes in Texas and Oklahoma. They include the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Plano Downtown Historic District, Montague County Courthouse and Jail, Oklahoma Iron Works—Bethlehem Supply Company in Tulsa, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial. In 2009, she received the Texas State Historical Association’s Cecilia Steinfeldt Fellowship for Research in the Arts and Material Culture of Texas. Her work has been recognized by the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office, AIA Fort Worth, and the Texas Society of Architects.

Kristen McSparren
Tax Credit Coordinator
Rosin Preservation
Kansas City, Missouri
Kristen McSparren leads the company’s efforts on building rehabilitation projects, working closely with clients, architects and contractors to find appropriate designs and treatments to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. For recent mid-20th-century rehabilitation projects, she has helped to identify character-defining features that contribute to the significance and integrity of each building, working closely with the project team and SHPO and National Park Service staff to resolve unique and complex issues such as curtain wall replacement, landscape design, and window/glass replacement.

Emily Jane Murray
Public Archaeology Coordinator
Florida Public Archaeology Network
St. Augustine, Florida
Emily Jane Murray earned an MA in Anthropology from Brandeis University where she focused on public archaeology and site museums in Northeast Florida, and a BA in Communications from Flagler College. She has worked in CRM throughout the Southeastern United States and created numerous outreach tools including videos, activities and museum displays. She serves on the boards of the St. Augustine Archaeological Association, the Florida Anthropological Society and the Trail of Florida's Indian Heritage. Her interests include Florida's prehistoric archaeology, historic cemeteries and public archaeology and interpretation.

Rebecca O’Sullivan
Public Archaeology Coordinator II
Florida Public Archaeology Network
Tampa, Florida
Becky O’Sullivan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology with a concentration in Cultural Resource Management from the University of South Florida. Becky’s thesis focused on a survey of Bulow Plantation, an early 19th-century sugar plantation located along the east coast of Florida, near what is now Daytona. In addition to using GIS and high-tech survey techniques, another area of interest for her is the archaeology of the more recent past. Becky got her start working with FPAN as a volunteer on the West Central Region’s Driftwood Community Archaeology Project. Working in partnership with local residents, this survey of a neighborhood near St. Petersburg uncovered the remains of an early historic settlement in the area.

Virginia B. Price
Architectural Historian
National Cemetery Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, D.C.
Virginia holds graduate degrees from the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia. Her work appears in the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Landscapes Survey collections at the Library of Congress and in reports for the National Park Service including National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmark nominations as well as in peer-reviewed journals ARRIS, Buildings and Landscapes, and Material Culture among others. Her NHL nomination for Pear Valley was the first recognized for vernacular architecture. She is a co-recipient of the Paul Buchanan award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum for Silent Witness: Quaker Meetinghouses in the Delaware Valley, and co-editor with David Spatz and D. Bradford Hunt of Out of the Loop published in 2015 in conjunction with the VAF Chicago conference. Currently she is an ex officio member of the board for the Society of Architectural Historians and serves as the SAH Chapter Liaison. Since coming to the National Cemetery Administration, she has overseen the listing of fifteen national cemeteries in the National Register, and is assisting the Preservation Office with National Register nominations for VA hospitals built after the world wars, including the recent listing of the “Spirit of the American Doughboy” statue in Muskogee.

Elizabeth Rosin
Principal/Owner
Rosin Preservation
Kansas City, Missouri
Elizabeth Rosin has been a preservation consultant for 20 years. Under her guidance Rosin Preservation has listed over 2,000 resources on the National Register and consulted on historic tax credit projects representing over $1.5 billion of private investment in rehabilitated buildings. These projects have involved a broad spectrum of resource types—commercial, institutional, industrial and residential buildings in big cities and in small towns. Elizabeth’s interest in projects that are out of the ordinary and that require creative thinking to achieve a successful resolution is evident in her work with mid-20th-century resources. Most recently she listed the 1974 Kemper Arena on the National Register, laying the groundwork for the adaptive reuse of this Kansas City cultural icon.

Tim Tielman
Executive Director
The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture
Buffalo, New York
Tim is executive director of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture and principal of The Neighborhood Workshop, an urban design consulting firm best known for its design of Larkinville, aka Larkin Square. He is also a member of the Buffalo Preservation Board. Tielman has been involved in every preservation issue in the city for the past 25 years, usually as an advocate and sometimes as a plaintiff. His causes have included the Richardson Complex, the Central Terminal, the Cobblestone District, Asbury Methodist Church and the Commercial Slip and Canal District. He also served as a member, then executive director, of the Preservation Coalition of Erie County. A Buffalo native who lived four years as a teenager in the Netherlands, Tielman earned dual majors from SUNY Binghamton in political science and geography.

Joining our out-of-state guests are Oklahoma preservation professionals and leaders. Following are short bios for each of them.

Debra Baker
Research Archaeologist/NAGPRA Representative
Institute of the Great Plains
Museum of the Great Plains
Lawton, Oklahoma
Debra has had the privilege of cataloging and stabilizing significant archaeological collections that are held at the Museum of the Great Plains which include the Longest Site, a 250-year-old fortress built by the people known as the Taovaya, who sought refuge from bands of raiders and Spanish attackers near the Red River. She just completed a cataloging project with the Domebo collection, a Clovis associated mammoth kill site for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In addition, she has also had the honor of working with several tribes in the state of Oklahoma, not only in repatriation, but as a museum specialist in assisting tribes to preserve their tribal collections. Ms. Baker has also served as President of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society in which she had the privilege of, not only working with the professional community of archaeology, but was able to work one on one with many advocational archaeologists in the state.

Jennifer K. Bailey
Tax Credits Program Coordinator/Historic Preservation Specialist
State Historic Preservation Office
Oklahoma Historical Society
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Jennifer Bailey is the coordinator for the Federal Tax Incentives Program at the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office. She moved to Oklahoma in September 2016 from Alabama where she was the coordinator of the Alabama Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program and Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage for the Alabama Historical Commission. Jennifer holds advanced degrees in History and Historic Preservation from Oklahoma State University and the University of Georgia, respectively, and is a LEED Green Associate. In graduate school, she held internships with the local preservation commissions in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Dothan, Alabama. She also interned with the National Park Service Midwestern Regional Office assessing potential sites and route segments associated with the preparation and return phases of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail for the Eastern Legacy Special Resources Study. Jennifer and her husband (Stephen) live in Oklahoma City.

Bob Blackburn
Executive Director
Oklahoma Historical Society
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Bob, a native Oklahoman, has served as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society since 1999. He joined the OHS in 1980 as editor of The Chronicles of Oklahoma and became deputy director for agency operations in 1990. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Oklahoma State University. Bob published several articles and his first book while still in graduate school, and has since written or co-authored 22 books and numerous articles, journal entries, and screenplays. He is a steady source of historical information to the media, and he has appeared numerous times on the History Channel. He was instrumental in planning and building the Oklahoma History Center, a 215,000 square foot museum and research center with a budget of $61 million. Bob has served on numerous national and regional boards and committees, including the Western History Association, the Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians, the American Institute of Architects, and Leadership Oklahoma City. His hobbies are reading, running, carpentry, landscaping, and golf. Bob is married to former State Representative Debbie Blackburn, and they have one son, Beau, who is a professional photographer in Colorado. Beau and his wife Torie have one son, making Bob and Debbie first time grandparents.

Mechelle Brown
Program Coordinator
Greenwood Cultural Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mechelle is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma where she currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Greenwood Cultural Center (GCC). GCC is a non-profit organization that preserves African-American heritage and promotes positive images of the African-American community by providing educational and cultural experiences encouraging intercultural exchanges and facilitating cultural tourism. She is a former commission member on the Mayor's Committee on the Status of Women and a member of the inaugural class for the North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative.

David Chunn
Historian/Survey Coordinator
State Historic Preservation Office
Oklahoma Historical Society
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
David Chunn is the Historian and Survey Coordinator for the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office. Originally from Alabama, David has a B.S. in history. David has conducted and managed numerous surveys for the OKSHPO and is currently working on a county-wide survey of McClain County. He enjoys historical research, creating GIS maps and finding the perfect empanada.

Kay Decker
Chair/Professor
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Alva, Oklahoma
Kay Decker is Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva where she has been on faculty for the past 27 years. She earned her graduate degrees at Oklahoma State University. She also serves as the founding director of Freedom West Community Development Corporation, which is a non-profit development entity serving five counties in northwest Oklahoma. She has been the Executive Director at Freedom West CDC for the past 18 years, and is a certified Community Development Specialist. She is a past member of the board of directors and board president of Preservation Oklahoma and currently serves on the advisory board for the Oklahoma Main Street organization. She also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Oklahoma Coalition for Affordable Housing. Dr. Decker resides in Alva and is actively involved in the community’s arts and cultural organizations and the revitalization of Alva’s Downtown Cultural District.

Amanda DeCort
Executive Director
Tulsa Foundation for Architecture
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Amanda DeCort is the Executive Director of Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, a nonprofit organization committed to enriching Tulsa through the art of architecture and the power of design. TFA brings architecture to life through events such as the popular Second Saturday and Dwell in the IDL tours, as well as its extensive collection of original architectural drawings of significant Tulsa buildings. Prior to taking her position at TFA, Amanda spent ten years as the City of Tulsa’s historic preservation planner, where she facilitated nomination of numerous buildings and districts to the National Register of Historic Places, provided support to the Tulsa Preservation Commission, and brought popular programs like hands-on window restoration boot camp and realtor education classes to Tulsa. Amanda earned a master’s degree in Community Planning with a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. She lives in a 1925 craftsman bungalow in Tulsa’s Riverview historic district.

Kate Ellison
Archeologist
United States Bureau of Reclamation
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
She went to undergraduate school at Mankato State University in southern Minnesota. After spending a weekend surveying on an archeological crew associated with the university, she decided that she wanted to major in archeology and she earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Spanish. She went onto graduate school, and earned her master’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She has lived and worked for various federal organizations and contractors over the years in various parts of the country, and is currently working as an archeologist at the Bureau of Reclamation in Oklahoma City.

Debra Green
Assistant State Archaeologist
Oklahoma Archeological Survey
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma
Debra is the Assistant State Archaeologist at the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, University of Oklahoma. In her position, she assists the State Archaeologist, Dr. Kary Stackelbeck with the Section 106 review process of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). As part of the Community Assistance Program (CAP) at the Archeological Survey, Debra oversees review of proposed development projects across Oklahoma and assess the potential impacts of these projects on prehistoric archaeological resources. In addition to her CAP duties, she also conducts geoarchaeological research with a concentration on developing landscape predictive models that can assess the potential of sediment assemblages to preserve archaeological resources.

John Griffin
Architect
Selser Schafer Architects
Tulsa, Oklahoma
John is an Associate Principal of Selser Schaefer Architects, a regional design firm based in Tulsa. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism. John has a passion for creating urban environments where people want to be. He currently serves as an academic committee advisory board member for the OU Urban Design Studio. He is a member of the board of trustees for the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture and an advisory board member for Smart Growth Tulsa.

Buffy Hughes
State Main Street Director
Oklahoma Main Street Center
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Buffy Hughes is the Main Street Director for the State of Oklahoma. She holds a degree in Interior Design from the University of Central Oklahoma, and for sixteen years was the Chief Interior Designer and a Project Manager for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, State Parks Division. In this capacity, she was the lead in a wide range of Architecture and Design projects including new construction, and the preservation and reuse of CCC and mid-century cabins and lodges. For twelve years, Buffy served as adjunct faculty for the Interior Design program at the University of Central Oklahoma. She taught courses in Rendering, Lighting, Materials, but primarily focusing on Art, Architecture, and Design, and took student groups to Europe.

Jessica Jackson
Executive Director
Claremore Main Street, Inc.
Claremore, Oklahoma
Jessica Jackson became the executive director of Claremore Main Street in 2015. She holds a degree in journalism and a minor in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to her position with Claremore Main Street, she was a newspaper reporter and spent six years in marketing and communication at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Stephanie LaFevers
Executive Director
Circle Cinema Foundation
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Bio unavailable.

Cindy Lawrence
Executive Director
Sapulpa Main Street
Sapulpa, Oklahoma
Cindy has been the Executive Director for Sapulpa Main Street for the past 5 years and has been involved with the programs and events for 29 years. She is the co-founder of the Sapulpa Route 66 Blowout Car Show. Cindy is a native Sapulpan, growing up in her father’s pharmacy on the corner of Main Street and Dewey (aka Route 66), the Crossroads of America. Her family has been in the downtown retail business since 1907, and she carries on that tradition today.

Deana McCloud
Executive Director
Woody Guthrie Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Deana McCloud is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa. She is a member of the Tulsa Arts District Business Association, Folk Alliance International, and the Tulsa Regional Chamber. She currently serves on the Folk Alliance International board as secretary, and is a board member of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice and the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers. McCloud was a charter member of the board for the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture and currently serves on the executive board for Tulsa Regional Tourism. Prior to taking this position, McCloud was a National Board Certified educator. For 17 years, she was a member of the Woody Guthrie Coalition, serving as secretary and president of the board as well as booking and producing concerts for the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma and working with Woody Guthrie Publications to present programs about Guthrie. She currently serves on the festival’s advisory board as well as the advisory board for the Woody Guthrie Journal.

Catherine Montgomery
President
Preservation and Design Studio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Catherine Montgomery is founder and president of the Oklahoma City-based Preservation and Design Studio, an architecture and interiors firm specializing in Historic Preservation. The Studio’s projects include varied building types including Class A office, multi-family residential and retail. Most projects are preservation tax credits projects, some are for property owners in locally zoned Historic Preservation districts, and others are new construction. PandDStudio prepares existing structures reports, HABS/HAER documentation, historic architectural surveys, and National Register nominations. Catherine’s extensive experience in working with the National Historic Preservation Act programs and helping federal agencies satisfy their obligations under Section 106 of the NHPA is an asset for the Studio’s public sector clients. Most PandDStudio projects meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation either by choice or requirement. Before focusing on her studio, Catherine served 23 years in public service including at The University of Maryland, the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Outreach Division of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and the City of Oklahoma City. She has consulted on hundreds of Oklahoma Buildings totaling over $350 million in successful certified preservation tax credits projects including the Skirvin Hilton Hotel and the Ambassador Hotel in Midtown OKC. A graduate of the architecture program at the University of Kansas, she is a Registered Architect and Interior Designer and serves on the board for the Oklahoma chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Professional Advisory Board for The University of Oklahoma, College of Architecture.

Jeffrey Moore
Executive Director
OKPOP
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jeffrey Moore began his career with the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1994 as a collections curator. His background includes work in the areas of Route 66, American Indian culture, architecture, music and film history. Along with supervising the creation of dozens of interpretive exhibits, he has worked on several oral history projects, conducting interviews with more than 350 of Oklahoma's Cultural Creatives and has co-produced two Telly Award-winning documentaries The Music of Deep Deuce (2001) and The Otoes Discover Lewis and Clark (2005). In 2009 he curated Another Hot Oklahoma Night: A Rock & Roll Exhibit and co-compiled the accompanying book Another Hot Oklahoma Night: A Rock & Roll Story. This grew into a partnership with the Tulsa community to create a new museum in the Tulsa Arts District called the OKPOP. In 2010 Jeff became the project director for the OKPOP, collecting artifact and archival collections and opening exhibits on comic books and cartoonists, Oklahoma @ the Movies, Jim Halsey, Hee Haw, country music, Bob Wills, Patti Page, and Leon Russell. In 2015 the Oklahoma legislature authorized a bond issue to build the OKPOP, and Jeff became the executive director of the project which will explore the state's unique international contributions to music, film, television, radio, stage, comic books, and pop art.

Lynda Ozan
Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
State Historic Preservation Office
Oklahoma Historical Society
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
An Ohio native, Lynda has degrees in both history and historic preservation and brings over 20 years of preservation experience to the State of Oklahoma. Lynda’s research interests span architectural and cultural history and colonial America. She has conducted research in the areas of westward expansion settlement patterns; indentured servitude; and modern architectural styles. She is the author of many National Register of Historic Places nominations, and published journal articles, most recently an article for The Chronicles of Oklahoma on the architectural legacy of Oklahoma.

Steve Palladino
Preparedness/Response Manager
Oklahoma Emergency Management
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Bio unavailable.

Stephen Perkins
Associate Professor
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Stephen is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. Since 2003, he has co-directed with Richard Drass and Susan Vehik, archaeological investigations at the protohistoric Bryson-Paddock site in north central Oklahoma, where Wichita peoples traded with French explorer’s between 1700—1757. Recently, Perkins is the senior author along with Drass and Vehik of “Decolonizing the Borderland: Wichita Frontier Strategies” which appears in the journal Great Plains Quarterly. Currently, they are working on a book manuscript to fully report their findings.

Dan Provo
Director
State Museum of History
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Dan joined the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1999 as the Director of the State Museum of History and part of the History Center Development and Management Team. Previously, he was Executive Director of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, Director of the Harmsen Museum of Western Art in Denver, Colorado and Curator of Anthropology at the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton, OK.

John Ryerson
General Manage
W.W. Starr Lumber
Alva, Oklahoma
John Ryerson is the current owner and general manager of W.W. Starr Lumber Company. Named after his great grandfather, Starr Lumber is a fourth-generation family-owned business serving northwest Oklahoma for over 100 years through its 4 locations in Alva, Blackwell, Enid and Woodward. In addition, John and his wife, Amy, created Crimson Investment Partners, whose mission is to rehabilitate dilapidated properties in their hometown. Growing up in Alva, John graduated from Alva High School, received a BBA in Finance from the University of Oklahoma, and later earned an MBA from Harvard University. Prior to graduate school, he began his professional career at JPMorgan/Chase Bank in Houston as a financial analyst and commercial portfolio manager. Balancing his management duties with community activities, John is involved in various capacities with the First United Methodist Church, Rotary International, Community Bank and Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Karla Ruther
Assistant City Planner
City of Enid
Enid, Oklahoma
Karla serves as Assistant City Planner for the City of Enid, and provides support for the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Historic Preservation Commission. Since becoming Assistant City Planner over six years ago, Karla has played a key role in several projects including the completion of the Envision Enid comprehensive plan which was completed in 2015, all certified local government projects along with various projects throughout the department. One of her most recent projects includes the Joint Land Use Study that the City of Enid and Vance Air Force Base is working on through a partnership. Karla was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma State University.

Mark Sanders
Attorney
GableGotwals
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mark Sanders is a fourth-generation Oklahoman who grew up in North and East Tulsa. He left Tulsa for college in 1978, and finally returned with his wife and two youngest children in 2009. He currently practices law with GableGotwals, and is a Shareholder in the Firm. Mark received his B.A. (Economics) from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law in New York City. Mark is the sole member of Preservation Strategies, LLC, which is the owner and rehabilitator of Tulsa’s McGregor House—an early (ca. 1920) Bruce Goff-designed residence individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mark and his family live in a historic preservation zoning overlay district in Tulsa, where they are committed to progressive community activism.

Mike Sikes
President
Sikes Abernathie Architects
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mike Sikes received his Bachelors of Architecture degree from Oklahoma State University and is the president of Sikes Abernathie Architects, located in Tulsa. He has practiced Architecture for over 35 years and has been a principle of his own firm since 1994. Mike has been involved in preservation since the early 1980's and his firm has projects throughout the Midwest region, from Wisconsin to Louisiana. Sikes Abernathie Architects’ has experience in restoration and rehabilitation. Their clients include nationally known developers, the Cherokee Nation and major non-profit foundations, all of which are actively involved in historic properties. Each year, the firm assists many owners in securing the State and Federal historic tax credits.

Hank Spieker
Architect
Selser Schafer Architects
Hank is a Principal of Selser Schaefer Architects, a regional design firm based in Tulsa. Born and raised in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and a graduate of Oklahoma State University, Hank is a home grown, award-winning architect with 20+ years of experience. Notable restoration and historic preservation projects include: 200 East Brady, International Harvester Dealership, Swinney Hardware, NSU’s Seminary Hall and the restoration of OSU’s Edmon Low Library and Student Union cupolas.

Kary Stackelbeck
State Archeologist
Oklahoma Archeological Survey
Norman, Oklahoma
Kary Stackelbeck is an archaeologist specializing in research on early hunter-gatherer populations of the New World. Academically, she obtained her B.A. degree from Missouri State University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky (UK). Before joining the Oklahoma Archeological Survey as the State Archaeologist in 2016, she worked for the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office. During her time at UK and KHC, she became well-versed in the management and use of Kentucky’s archaeological and historic structures site files and the associated GIS project. She is bringing that experience to bear in the development of Oklahoma’s own archaeological GIS system.

Zach Stanford
Special Projects Officer
Oklahoma Emergency Management
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Bio unavailable.

Margaret McIntosh Taylor
Artist
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Margaret McIntosh Taylor is a life-long resident of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and her family have long been prominent and enterprising members of the African-American community there. She is well acquainted with the several black neighborhoods and commercial districts in the city. In addition, Margaret is a talented artist. The 2014 study on the African American experience in Muskogee would not have been nearly so productive without Margaret's knowledge and contributions to it.

Kelly Tompkins
Director
Main Street Enid, Inc.
Enid, Oklahoma
Kelly Tompkins is the Director of Main Street Enid, revitalizing downtown Enid by preserving and promoting the historic district as the economic and cultural heart of the city. As a member of the Public Art Commission of Enid and a graduate of Leadership Arts, Kelly loves to incorporate the arts in her community building efforts

Sarah Trabert
Assistant Professor
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma
Sarah is originally from Dodge City, Kansas and received her bachelor's degree from Kansas State. She went on to complete her MA and PhD from the University of Iowa focusing on better understanding Dene occupations of western Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming. In addition to this work, Sarah also collaborates with a research group investigating ancestral Wichita fortified village sites in Oklahoma. She has active field projects in Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

David Wanzer
David Wanzer Development
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
David Wanzer is an Oklahoma City-based developer and designer with a passion for modern architecture, adaptive re-use and community building. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Oklahoma State University in 1992, a second bachelor’s degree, in environmental design, at The University of Oklahoma (2002), followed by a Master of Architecture degree from the OU College of Architecture (2004). Community building is at the heart of David’s work. His research into a long forgotten stretch of Sheridan Avenue in downtown Oklahoma City uncovered the rich history of a district that was once a central hub for Hollywood movie distribution in the U.S. This research, along with his design firm, helped developer friend Chip Fudge spearhead the revitalization of the City’s now thriving Film Row District. In 2006, David was awarded a prestigious “Honor Award” from the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter for the design and construction of the 1105 Modern Bungalows project located in the Classen Ten Penn Neighborhood. The project, his masters’ thesis project at OU, was in partnership with Oklahoma City’s Neighborhood Services. David serves on the Board of Directors for Film Row, the Business Improvement District Board for Downtown OKC, Inc. and the Board of Trustees for Price Tower in Bartlesville.

Mary Jane Warde
Historian
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Mary Jane Warde earned a master's degree and a doctorate in history at Oklahoma State University. She is the author of three books including Washita (2003) for the National Park Service and When the Wolf Came: The Civil War and the Indian Territory (2013). She has also prepared more than twenty-six successful National Register nominations as well as National Historic Landmark nominations for Chilocco Indian Agricultural School and Honey Springs Battlefield. In May and June 2014 she conducted a study, “The African American Experience in Muskogee, Oklahoma” for the City of Muskogee.

Tim Williams
Owner
TW-AFAB Catering
Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Proving that historic structures are always reusable and savable, Timothy’s Business operates from 2 historic buildings: The one in Oklahoma City, is a c.1960 Dairy Queen Building complete with the original Split A-Frame roof and is just a few blocks outside of the Plaza District—the one in Tulsa is a c. 1917, 2-story grocery store and apartment building in the Brady Heights Historic District. The restoration of the Tulsa building was the recipient of the State Historic Preservation Officer’s Citation of Merit in 2015.

Catharine M. Wood
Historical Archeologist/Section 106 Program Coordinator
State Historic Preservation Office
Oklahoma Historical Society
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Cate Wood is the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office’s Historical Archeologist and Section 106 Coordinator. In the position, she combines her interests in public education and outreach and historic archaeology. Cate has worked as a professional archaeologist for over twenty years with extensive experience in the Midwest and Southern California. She received her first master’s degree in anthropology at California State University, Fullerton with a focus on public education and outreach in archaeology where she designed an archaeological field school for people with physical disabilities. Cate completed her second master’s degree in archaeology at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík. Her thesis focused on the late medieval period monastic infirmary of Skriðuklaustur that was built in the medieval architectural style of the &rldquo;passage house.” By integrating historical records, archaeological evidence, the study of buildings archaeology and the use of space, she analyzed how the monastic rules of separation were maintained while providing medical care for the secular community of eastern Iceland within this single monastic building. In her current position, Cate coordinates the SHPO’s Section 106 review process and the SHPO’s archeological survey program.