Board of Directors
The AlabamaTrust for Historic Preservation is governed by its board of directors, an active and involved group representing many professions and diverse interests in the field of historic preservation coming from all parts of our state. The Board of Directors meets quarterly, in various locations around the state. The Executive Committee, consisting of officers and at-large members, meets monthly.
Pamela Sterne King
Pamela Sterne King is an Assistant Professor of History and Historic Preservation and Public History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. King has written multiple successful national register nominations, developed Historic Preservation and Design Review guidelines for cities across the state, and serves as the Historic Preservation Officer/Planner for municipalities and non-profits, including the City of Birmingham and Operation Birmingham.
Holmes and his family manage one of Alabama’s last active plantations, the Moore-Webb-Holmes Plantation in Perry County, established circa 1819. The farm actively supports production of timber and all-natural beef sold statewide. The Plantation also provides recreational and cultural events for Perry County and the Black Belt. He serves on the board of the Perry County Chamber of Commerce and is active in the Perry County Historical and Preservation Society.
Elam P. Holley, Jr.
Holley most recently served as President and CEO of First Partners Bank in Birmingham, Alabama. Holley is a member of Leadership Alabama and Leadership Vestavia Hills, Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club, Alabama and American Bar Associations and has been affiliated with many community organizations over the years. Elam and his wife, Sandra Holley, are the recipients of ATHP’s 2014 Preservation Restoration Award for their leadership in the restoration of 2121 Highland Avenue South in Birmingham.
Ashley Dumas, Ph.D
Ashley Dumas manages the eighteenth-century Fort Tombecbe Archaeological site in Sumter County. She teaches archaeology and anthropology courses at the University of West Alabama. Dumas is a past editor of the Journal of Alabama Archaeology, co-founder of the Coalition to Protect Alabama's History and immediate past chairman of the Council on Alabama Archaeology. She serves on the Greensboro Area Business and Tourism Association board. Since 2012 on behalf of the Alabama Trust, Dumas has monitored state and federal legislation pertaining to historic preservation and conservation and been the key spokesperson in terms of policy development for the Alabama Trust in such matters.
Vice offers the ATHP expertise in fundraising, marketing and event management. She serves as Executive Director and Board Member of the Rural Southwest Alabama Arts, Culture, and Heritage Educational Foundation. She is a member of the executive committee of the Alabama Black Belt Heritage Area and sits on the board of directors for the Alabama Folklife Association. She writes the Blog Column “The Front Porch Philosopher,” which was selected by a national publication as One of the 25 things College Students Should Read about Life.
Michael W. Panhorst, Ph.D
Panhorst’s research interests include monuments, memorials, and vernacular architecture. He is the author of The Memorial Art and Architecture of Vicksburg National Military Park, “The First of Our Hundred Battle Monuments”; “Devotion, Deception, and the Ladies Memorial Association, 1865-1898: The Mystery of the Alabama Confederate Monument,”; “Tabernacles: Open-Air Sanctuaries in Nineteenth-Century Alabama,” and “Mount Vernon Arsenal and Searcy Hospital: The State of Alabama’s National Treasure at Risk”. He is currently surveying Alabama’s 67 known extant grave shelters and has an interest in seeking a vintage baseball club 9 in the area.
Rhonda P. Davis
Davis is the Director of Sales and Marketing for USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, home to two National Historic Landmarks. She is heavily involved in the tourism industry in Mobile and serves as a member of the board of directors of the Alabama Travel Council. Davis is a certified National Main Street Manager and loves historic Mobile. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Mobile, an avid community volunteer, and participates in Mardi Gras society.
Marion Cole Baab
Baab recently retired as Director of Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery and their largest preservation project, Old Alabama Town outdoor history museum. Over the last 30 years she has owned or been a consultant to small businesses in Chicago, Ramallah, Washington and Montgomery. Baab is a Birmingham native and currently resides in one of Alabama's leading historic homes - a 110-year-old structure designed by the father of Alabama historic architecture and preservationist, Mobile's Nicholas Holmes, Jr.
Bemis, ATHP’s longest serving board member, recently retired as Director of the Mobile Historic Development Commission. Bemis coordinated a major post-Katrina preservation-recovery conference in Mobile, has served as co-chair of the Alabama Preservation Conference in 2009 and brought the National Alliance of Preservation Commission conference to Alabama in 2016. Bemis has been an advisor to the Historic Mobile Preservation Society and is a speaks often on the subject of preservation. He is currently serving as trainer and speaker for the NAPC, a board member of Restore, and is actively engaged in many civic organizations.
Elizabeth Brown is a graduate of the architecture program at Auburn University and worked for many years at the Alabama Historical Commission. In that capacity she served as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer responsible for many of the day-to-day activities of the Commission. In addition, Elizabeth is a speaker at various conferences and before a variety of political bodies. She has been a long time member of the Alabama Trust and has recently retired from the Historical Commission.
Braxton Bragg Comer
Braxton Bragg Comer, a native of Sylacauga, Alabama, is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College and The University of Alabama School of Law. In addition to legal expertise, he brings a wealth of hands-on experience in historic preservation. Braxton and his family divide their time between Birmingham and a family farm they have been restoring outside of Eufaula. Comer also serves on the boards of The State of Alabama Archives and the Birmingham Sidewalk Film Festival.
Ian serves as the current Executive Director of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society. His education includes a Bachelors of Human Environmental Science and Interior Design from The University of Alabama, and a Master of Preservation Studies from Tulane University. He has served as director of the Jemison Van de Graaff Mansion Foundation, is an instructor at The University of Alabama, and serves on the City of Tuscaloosa Historic Preservation Commission’s architectural review board.
Garlan Gudger, Jr.
Garlan is the owner of Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, Inc. While a college student, he was selected to participate in “Preservation: Institute Nantucket” to document historic landmarks for the Library of Congress. He has received the 2000 “Alabama Small Business Retailer of the Year: Bronze Award”. He participated in Alabama’s “Leadership Program” and in 2012, Garlan was received Southern Living's "Heroes of the New South Awards" for his preservation and rebuilding efforts in Cullman after the April tornadoes. Garlan currently serves, in his fourth term, as Cullman’s City Council President.
As first vice president of the ATHP, Hair chaired the 2010 Alabama Preservation Conference. Under her leadership, a new marketing/branding campaign for the ATHP and the first monthly e-newsletter and quarterly Preservation Lyceum Weekend programs were launched. In 2009, she was selected as one of 35 national applicants for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s leadership training institute. Hair has 25+ years as a professional fundraiser; service as a historic interpretive at six national parks; docent at the 1770 Historic Kenmore Mansion; and founding board member for Main Street Gettysburg (Gettysburg, Pa).
Lutchendorf has served as chair of the Talladega Historic Preservation Commission, program and docent volunteer for the Jemison-Carnegie Heritage Hall Museum and is an active member of Talladega’s Silk Stocking Historic District.
Becky Ingram Mauldin
Becky is a real estate broker and developer. She recently completed her term on the board of governors of Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club serving as the club’s first female president. Becky’s preservation work has included efforts on behalf of saving a local historic school structure, the Walnut Street Historic District in Florence, and as a founding member of a local preservation group. She served on the host committee for the 2014 Alabama Preservation Conference held in the Shoals.
Robert (Bo) Osborn, Jr.
Osborn has been an active member on the board of Heritage Preservation, Inc., a non-profit, historic preservation organization serving northwest Alabama and the University of North Alabama Public History Center Advisory Board. In addition to several community outreach and rescue projects focused on endangered historic structures and/or districts, he, from a personal ownership standpoint, has been and continues to be involved with the restoration of Barton Hall, a National Landmark in Colbert County, as well as a late 1940s warehouse located in the East Florence historic district. Osborn co-chaired the 2014 Alabama Preservation Conference Committee.
Roberts serves as a Senior Director in the Community Development Department for the City of Birmingham. He enjoys working in communities to assist with creating and maintaining decent, safe and sustainable environments. Nigel brings firsthand experience to the board showing how preservation and economic development work together to achieve stronger communities. As the Urban Development Coordinator for Operation New Birmingham, Nigel specifically looked for new uses for vacant buildings. Nigel, is also a part-time instructor for Lawson State Community College.
E. Barden Smedburg, Jr.
Smedburg is the proud owner of the 1852, Greek Revival Captain Nathan Carpenter House/Twin Oaks Plantation/Everhope Plantation and has revived and converted it to a successful bed and breakfast inn. After living in Asia for 10 years, Barden returned to the University of Alabama where he has taught International Business classes. Barden also serves as Vice President of the Greene County Historical Society which is currently undertaking significant historic preservation projects.
Caroline T. Swope
Caroline T. Swope recently moved to Huntsville from Seattle where she was an instructor of art and architectural history at Seattle Central Community College. She holds a doctorate in American art and architectural history from the University of Washington and a master's in historic preservation. She has worked on preservation projects at the federal and local levels, and is active in local historical organizations.
Leigh Bishop Taub
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Leigh Bishop Taub is the Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office where she has served for almost 19 years. Taub is a member of The New York Victory Theater Council, the board of directors for Dancing Classrooms, Toxoplasmosis Research Institute and Center, and Rhodes College Alumni Association. Taub brings to the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation a passion for her home state and serves as a proud ambassador.
Ben Thompson brings expertise in finance and risk management to the Trust. He and his wife, Staci, devote their interests to antiques, American art and historic preservation. They live in the only remaining one-story Mediterranean-style home designed by Warren, Knight, and Davis. The historic 1922 house is the second built in Birmingham’s historic Redmont Park, which overlooks the city. Thompson is a member of the Birmingham Museum of Art (American Art Collection), Cathedral Church of The Advent and Kiwanis Club of Birmingham among others.
Formerly the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Alabama Historical Commission (AHC), Walker now oversees the daily operation of the Freedom Rides Museum. Walker is vice president of the Black Belt Heritage Area where she has served the Black Heritage Council for many years on behalf of the AHC. She has served as the cultural heritage and services manager for Alabama State University’s (ASU) Levi Watkins Learning Center. Walker worked with the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail’s Montgomery Interpretative Center. Walker is a friend and asset to Alabama’s historical and Civil Rights organizations throughout the state.
National Trust for Historic Preservation Advisor
- Samuel H. Frazier (Birmingham)
- Spain & Gillion Law Firm
- Robert Gamble
Endangered Properties Trust
- Lisa Jones
Alabama Historical Commission
- Frazine Taylor
Black Heritage Council
- Mary Helmer
Main Street Alabama
- Steve Murray
Alabama Department of Archives and History
Directors Emeriti (non-voting)
- Barbara Adkins
- Alice Bowsher
- Hannah Brown
- James E. (Bo) Grisham
- Tina Naramore Jones (Livingston)
University of West Alabama
- Will Ponder
- Garland Cook Smith
- John White