BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

 

Michael Duplantier — President

Michael Duplantier is a native New Orleanian and a retired attorney. He has been actively engaged in preservation work in New Orleans for more than forty-five years, and served as a founding commissioner of the CBD Historic District Landmarks Commission in 1978. Michael was first on the Louisiana Landmarks Society Board in 1984, served again from 2001-2002, and re-joined the board in 2016. He served as second vice-president and first vice-president these past two years, and has been active on the LLS advocacy committee. For the past twenty-four years, Michael and his wife Bettye have resided in their 1860 Henry Howard-designed Greek Revival townhouse on Baronne Street in the Lafayette Square historic district in downtown New Orleans.

 

Sally Reeves — 1st Vice President

A lifelong New Orleanian, Sally has contributed tirelessly and for many years to the preservation of the city. With degrees from Newcomb College and UNO, she served with distinction as the archivist at the former New Orleans Notarial Archives, where she worked among “the hidden world of Creole cottages, cabinet galleries, wrought iron balconies, [found in] legal documents clothed in art.” Sally is also a gifted author and speaker on diverse architectural and historical subjects, including co-author on volumes 4-7 of the lauded New Orleans Architecture series.Sally has remained active in the historic preservation community, including the Louisiana Historical Society, the Southern Garden History Society, New Orleans City Park, and Louisiana Landmarks Society. 

 

James Logan, IV — 2nd Vice President

Over the years, James Logan developed a specialized practice with recognized expertise in historic preservation litigation and administrative procedures. He has served on the boards of numerous neighborhood associations, historic preservation organizations and planning groups, most notably on the board and as vice-president of the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents & Associates in the mid-1990s, and as a longtime trustee with the Louisiana Landmarks Society, including two terms as President in 1996-2000. Post-Katrina, he served on the Bring New Orleans Back Commission as a member of its Historic Preservation Sub-committee. More recently, he has been an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, including a stint on the National Trust’s Law and Public Policy Committee.  

 

Louis W. McFaul — Treasurer

Louis attended St. Martin's Episcopal School where he received the Art Award in his Junior and Senior years. He took art lessons from John McCrady in the French Quarter.  He graduated from Tulane University in 1974. He was an Art History major and took Sam Wilson’s class at Tulane.  He worked as Registrar of the Louisiana State Museum 1977-1978.  He received an MBA from Tulane 1980. From 1980 until his retirement in 2013 he worked in banking (mostly at JPMorgan Chase and local predecessor bank, First Commerce Corp.). One exception: In 1984-1985 he had a small company producing art prints. From 1992 to 1998 he lived in Alexandria, Louisiana, working at Rapides Bank, where he was on the Board of Directors of the River Oaks Square Arts Center. 

 

Betsy Stout - Assistant Treasurer

Betsy Stout has lived in NOLA her whole life - she first became aware of preservation matters while riding the streetcar with her mother, who would point out where there used to be grand mansions, that were now drug stores or banks. She felt cheated at never being able to enjoy seeing these historic homes. She entered the preservation fray with the controversial reuse of the Magazine St. Bus Barn. Would it be a shopping center with a 200 car surface parking lot, or a Whole Foods store with parking in the back of the building? The battle raged for almost a year, with a rare win for preservationists and forBetsy's neighborhood. Betsy also served on the board of Smart Growth Louisiana, which led to the adoption of New Orleans Master Plan.

 

Nathan Lott — Recording Secretary

Nathan Lott is staff director for the Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans, where he has worked since 2015. He previously served as Executive Director of the Virginia Conservation Network and also as Public Relations Specialist for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Nathan is the author of a guidebook, 60 Hikes within 60 miles: Richmond, and was project manager for Capt. John Smith's Trail on the James River, a boat and auto tour. Having earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Samford University, Nathan completed his Master's of Preservation Studies from Tulane University in 2015, receiving the Outstanding Thesis Award for his research on climate change in cultural heritage. He is married to Elizabeth Mangham Lott, senior pastor of Saint Charles Avenue Baptist Church.

 

Hilary Somerville Irvin -- Corresponding Secretary

A native of Minter City, Mississippi, Hilary moved to New Orleans 42 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island, where she had the pleasure of working with the grand dame of preservation, Antoinette Downing, who whetted her appetite for urban preservation. Hilary holds a B.A. in history from Hollins College and an M.A. in history from the University of New Orleans. From 1985 until her retirement in 2013, Hilary served as the principal architectural historian with the Vieux Carré Commission. She is now an independent historical and architectural consultant.

 

Fallon Samuels Aidoo, Ph.D.

Fallon Samuels Adioo, an urban planner and scholar, is Jean Boebel Chair of Historic Preservation in the University of New Orleans' Department of Planning and Urban Studies. For 15 years, she has researched and rehabilitated the aging infrastructure of historic communities and cities with consulting firms such as HNTB, DMJM, Ochsendorf DeJong Block and Hector Design Service as well as city agencies, anchor institutions, community based organizations and constituency-building conservancies. Her multidisciplinary expertise in adaptive reuse of built environments includes consulting and service to advance equity and justice in urban resilience. In addition to developing and evaluating academic programs, archival projects and activist scholarship, Fallon has led community outreach, advised minority recruitment and organized civic engagement of the National Society of Black Engineers, the American Institute of Architects, the National Building Museum, and architecture schools of Harvard, MIT and Columbia Universities. Fallon holds a Ph.D in Urban Planning, M.S. in Architectural History and undergraduate degress in Architecture and Civil Engineering.

 

Greg Arceneaux

Greg Arceneaux, artist and craftsman, seeks to impact people's life on a daily basis with his work crafting unique furnishings, a combination of beauty and utility. He uses indigenous materials in a creative way to connect the past, present and future through the use of the decorative arts that celebrates Louisiana's unique heritage. Arceneaux crafts early Acadian and Creole Colonial design furnishings using traditional 18th century joinery and techniques. Only a few original examples still exist. Creole and Acadian style are some of the most unique yet overlooked forms of antiquity in the decorative arts. On this path he hopes to share, preserve and perpetuate the Louisiana heritage and create appreciation for diversity in our greater culture.

 

Mary Ann Barkerding

Mary Ann is chair of the Education Committee. Under her leadership, Louisiana Landmarks Society launched the annual Life on the Bayou Heritage Fair, which showcases Louisiana lifeways and cultural diversity. She also helped develope field trip curricula for schools visiting the historic Pitot House.

 

Gabrielle Begue

Gabrielle Begue co-founded in 2013 Clio Associates LLC, a local historic preservation consulting firm specializing in research, documentation, planning and design. Her consulting work delves into historic rehabilitation tax credits, property and material research, building assessments and documentation, National Register nominations, historic structures surveys, design consulting, and other areas. Her prior positions include Consulting Architectural Historian in 2012 and 2013 for R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Proofreader and Copy Editor from 2008 to 2012 for Princeton Architectural Press, Research Assistant from 2012 to 2013 for Friends of the Cabildo and Koch and Wilson Architects, Assistant Editor, 2010 to 2011 and Editoria Assistant, 2007 to 2010 at NYU Press, and other work publishing in New York, including Sales Assistant from 2006 to 2007 at Workman Publishing and intern in 2004 at Cabinet Magazine. Her connection to the Pitot House includes completing an internship and serving as a docent in 2011. She holds a Master of Preservation Studies from Tulane School of Architecture, completed coursework in appraisal studies, history of decorative arts, interior design, and more at New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature from New York University. Gabrielle wrote several articles for Preservation in Print, and was named one of Gambit Magazine's "40 under 40" in 2017. She also received two 2017 Louisiana Landmarks Society Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation: May & Ellis Building (221 Chartres Street); and, Pontchartrain Hotel (2013 St. Charles Avenue).

 

Keith Hardie

Keith Hardie, a New Orleans native, is a civic advocate, preservationist and practicing attorney. Keith holds a PhD. in Literature from the University of Oregon and a law degree from LSU. A long-time member and former chairman of the Advocacy Committee of Louisiana Landmarks, Keith has also served several other organizations, including Parks for All, Save Audubon Park, and the Maple Area Residents, which he also served as president.  His support and hard work on behalf of preserving public parks has been a hallmark of his career, along with his drafting of zoning legislation and his zealous representation of the broad public interest in numerous lawsuits seeking to prevent commercialization of residential neighborhoods and to protect historic landmarks. Keith has long been a consistent, reliable, generous and important contributor to parks advocacy, historic preservation and neighborhood protection in New Orleans and seeks to continue his valued service with Louisiana Landmarks.

 

Julie Martin

Julie Martin is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She received her Bachelor's of Fine Art, with a focus in furniture design from Herron School of Art and Design. She completed a 10-week immersive restoring and preserving Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee, in Stratford, Virginia, and she received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation in 2015 from Ball State's School of Architecture. Julie worked at Arch Inc., a nonprofit preservation firm in Fort Wayne after graduation. Her time at Arch Inc. allowed her to develop her skills in architecture surveying, research. an condition assessment. In 2015 Julie worked as project manager for Staub Window Restoration in New Orleans which allowed her the opportunity to work on houses across south Louisiana, including Kleinpeter Plantation in Baton Rouge. She then joined the South Park National Heritage area in Park County, Colorado, working directly with the National Park Service, History Colorado, and helping to manage and initiate preservation efforts for rural landscapes. Julie returned to New Orleans in 2016 and has volunteered at the Pitot House, serving on the Museum and Collection Committee, and also volunteers at New Orleans Mission, Hogs for the Cause, Ogden Museum, and with other organizations. 

 

Amanda McFillen

Amanda McFillen is the Associate Director of Museum Programs for The Historic New Orleans Collection. In her ten years there, she has worked as a curator on many exhibits covering a wide scope of New Orleans history and culture including the current exhibit: Voices of Progress: Twenty Women Who Changed New Orleans. She also produces public events for The Collection such as the annual history symposium, lectures, a culinary series, film screenings and more. She has a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. Amanda served on the board of the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans for three years and was chair of their programming committee for two years. She also volunteers with the New Orleans Film Society.

 

James Rolf

James Rolf is a fifth-generation Gretna resident and graduate of Jesuit High School. He attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he received his B.S. in Business Administration.  While living in Natchitoches, he worked to restore homes in the Natchitoches Historic District, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase.  Passionate about preserving the community in which he lives, he is active on the board of the Gretna Historical Society. James continues to preserve Gretna’s built environment through his restoration efforts of both residential structures and churches. James’ preservation group, Rolf Preservation Works, L.L.C., is directing the tax credit work for the Saint Joseph’s Church and Auditorium restoration. Most recently, through the joint venture Calhoun + Rolf Preservation Works, James has started the McDonoghville National Register District nomination process. James is involved with various preservation advocacy groups throughout Louisiana, including VCPORA, playing an active role in last year’s Tricentennial Celebrations. During his free time, he enjoys the great outdoors and DJing dance music under the moniker DJ Carpenter aka DJ Preservation.

Sally Sinor

A native of New Orleans, Sally has recently returned to the city to serve as Archivist for the Orleans Parish Clerk of Civil District Court. With a BFA in 19th century photo processes from Arizona State University and an MLIS in Archives from LSU, Sally has a rich background in cultural repositories including the Northlight Gallery for Fine Photgraphy, the Telluride HIstorical Museum, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Louisiana Masonic Library Museum, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.