Carol Gniady, Executive Director
Executive Director Carol Gniady comes to Louisiana Landmarks Society and the Pitot House from an affiliate organization, French Quarter Citizens, where she served as Executive Director since 2014. During that time she worked with some of Louisiana Landmarks’ committee members on shared preservation advocacy initiatives. Previously, she was Executive Director, Public Relations and Marketing for Delgado Community College from 2000 to 2013. Before Delgado, she was the Executive Director of the New Orleans Film Society from 1996 until 2000. Carol started her career in broadcasting, working as a producer for radio stations WQUE/WGSO, and also as Creative Services writer/producer at WWL-TV. She holds a Masters degree in Organization and Management from Capella University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Loyola University New Orleans, and is a licensed tour guide. Carol is a lifelong New Orleanian who grew up in Carrollton and she has lived in Faubourg Marigny since 2004.
Amanda Duhon, House Coordinator
From Broussard, Louisiana, Amanda Duhon inherited the love of history from her father who insisted upon an understanding of her Cajun heritage. Her interests expanded at LSU where she earned two Bachelor degrees – one in History and the other in Journalism – as well as a Master’s degree in Art History. Amanda worked as assistant for Gladstone Gallery in New York City from 2008-2010, when she moved to Louisville, KY. In Louisville, she honed her skills as an adjunct professor in Art History and gained valuable experience as executive assistant at the growing 21c Museum Hotels. In 2013 she moved back to Louisiana, where she lives near Bayou St. John with her family.
Board of Trustees
Sandra L. Stokes -- President
Sandra Stokes has served as President and chair of the Landmarks' Advocacy Committee for the past year. She has also served on the board of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana for nine years, most notably spearheading the massive effort that raised some $600,000 for a study of the Charity Hospital building and then leading the campaign to show that the building could be returned to use as a 21st century hospital. She is also on the boards of Smart Growth for Louisiana and the Lafayette Square Association. Sandra is the recipient of the National Trust's first Peter Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation.
Michael Duplantier -- 1st Vice President
Michael Duplantier is a native New Orleanian and a practicing attorney. He has been actively engaged in preservation advocacy in New Orleans for more than forty years, and served as a founding commissioner of the CBD Historic District Landmarks Commission in 1978. He recently completed two terms on the board of Save Our Cemeteries and served as its president in 2010. Michael was on the Louisiana Landmarks Society Board in the early 1990s and again in 2001-2002, and is an active member of the LLS advocacy committee. For the past twenty-two years, Michael and his wife Bettye have resided in their 1860 Henry Howard-designed Greek Revival townhouse in the Lafayette Square historic district in downtown New Orleans.
James R. 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 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.
R. Stephen Chauvin, AIA, NCARB -- Assistant Treasurer
A life-long resident of New Orleans, Stephen holds a Masters degree in Architecture from Tulane University. As recipient of the John Lawrence Travel Research Fellowship in 1978, Stephen travelled, researched and lectured on Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928), architect and artist, Glasgow, Scotland. He is the president of Chauvin Arkhitekton, a Professional Corporation, established in 1983. Licensed architect and general contractor specializing in residential design and construction, Stephen has a passion for advocating for the preservation of the architectural/cultural treasures of our city.
Nathan Lott -- Corresponding Secretary
Nathan Lott has been Coordinator for the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative since the fall of 2015. Prior to that, he lived in Virginia where he 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, published in 2005 and revised in 2010. Having completed a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications, cum laude, from Samford University, Nathan completed his Masters of Preservation Studies from Tulane University in 2015. He is married to Elizabeth Mangham Lott, senior pastor of Saint Charles Avenue Baptist Church, here in New Orleans.
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.
Charles A. (Chuck) Berg, AIA
Raised in Mexico City of American diplomat parents, Chuck graduated with architecture degrees from Houston’s Rice University (1974 &1978). An enduring interest in historic preservation brought him to New Orleans, and a Master of Preservation Studies degree from Tulane University (2011) ensued. After a stint with the Vieux Carré Commission, he returned to private architectural practice focusing on the restoration of historic properties throughout New Orleans. He currently resides in an 1853 shotgun house, a work in progress, in the Faubourg Marigny.
A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, Mamie graduated from Loyola University with a B.A. in History and Master of Business Administration. Mamie worked at First Commerce Corporation for more than a decade, eventually serving as Vice-President in the bank’s Retail Banking Group. In 2004, Mamie was co-chair of the Hermann-Grima+Gallier Historic Houses “Amazing Grapes” Wine Auction and subsequently spent three years on the organization’s Board of Managers. She served as Executive Director from 2007 to 2017, the longest-serving Executive Director in the museums’ history. Mamie has been married to Kirk Gasperecz for 28 years. They have one son, Jackson, who will graduate this month from Isidore Newman School. The family lives in an 1880s shotgun house in Uptown New Orleans.
A native New Orleanian, Janie is the owner of Old.New.Blue, LLC, a social event planning company. Janie has been planning special events (weddings, bar-mitzvahs, and corporate social functions) on a full time basis for twenty years. Janie has served as the Development Director for the New Orleans chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has served on the boards of directors of Renew Schools and HopeStone New Orleans. She has long been involved in planning special events for 501(c)(3) organizations and has organized fundraisers for such groups as the Alliance for Affordable Energy and ReNew Schools. She is married to Dr. Louis Glade and has four children and six grandchildren.
Amanda McFillen is the Associate Director of Museum Programs for The Historic New Orleans Collection. In her eight 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 (the most recent one covered preservation and architecture in New Orleans), lectures, a culinary series, film screenings and more. She has 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 currently serves on the advisory committee for Festigals and volunteers with the New Orleans Film Society.
Gordon is the Chief of Staff for the District A New Orleans City Council office, and is a partner with LM Development, a real estate development firm focused on historic renovation and adaptive reuse projects in New Orleans. Through his work with the District A City Council Office, he is a member of the Local Foods, Local Places, Steering Committee, the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative, and has participated in the Urban Water Series presented by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and City of New Orleans in partnership with the Surdna Foundation. Gordon holds a Master’s Degree in historic preservation from the Tulane University School of Architecture and a bachelor’s degree in historic preservation and city planning from the College of Charleston. Gordon enjoys architecture, history, and travel with his wife, Kathryn, and his son, Thomas.
Howard W. Mielke, Ph.D.
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Howard came to New Orleans to settle in September, 1989. He is employed by Tulane University School of Medicine as a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology, where he studies and maps environmental chemicals that have life-long effects on children's health and behavior. His goal is to promote improvements in New Orleans communities to transform them into safer areas for present and future generations. He hopes ideas about inter-generationally sustainable communities ultimately support the long-term preservation goals of the Louisiana Landmarks Society.
Thomas W. (Tommy) Milliner
Mr. Milliner is a native New Orleanian with a passion for preservation of the urban fabric. A 1980 graduate of Tulane Law School, he is a former Deputy City Attorney and is currently a partner in the Anzelmo, Milliner & Burke law firm. He has handled a number of city planning and zoning matters while serving in the City Attorney's Office and in his private practice.
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, 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 the Louisiana Landmarks Society.
Mary Price Robinson
Ms. Robinson, the granddaughter of legendary preservationist and founding member of Louisiana Landmarks Society Martha Gilmore Robinson, continues the family tradition of community service and activism. She owned and managed Beaucoup Books, Inc., which for twenty-three years was a beloved destination in its Upper Magazine Street district. She worked actively to ensure that the design and footprint of the Magazine Street Whole Foods development would be an optimum asset for its location. Today one of her volunteer focuses is protecting the threatened historic, small-scaled architecture in her Faubourg Avart neighborhood. Possessing a background in accounting and finance, she professionally serves as a bookkeeper/daily money manager and senior move manager for private clients. Mary Price received her Bachelor of Arts in Divisional Social Science from Hollins University, from which she received the Jane Kuhn Award for her thesis in international relations.
Robin is an appraiser of antiques and fine art with over twenty years experience in the local antique auction and retail field. In addition to appraisals, she was in the employ of New Orleans Auction Galleries for many years as auctioneer, consignments agent and cataloguer of fine art, furniture and decorative objects, specializing in Southern Regional Art and American Furniture. Ms. Ruiz was in the employ of the Neal Auction Company for four years as an auctioneer, appraiser, consignments agent, and decorative arts cataloguer. Ms. Ruiz graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and studied for one year at the Université du Mans, Le Mans, France. She was an active member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America and is a past Candidate for Membership with the Appraisers Association of America, Inc.
Jerry Pepper, a New Orleans native, graduated from Jesuit High School, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University, and a Juris Doctorate from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert School of Law. He is an Orleans Parish commissioned notary public and currently serves on the Board of Save Our Cemeteries and the Police Citizens Advisory Board for NOPD’s 3rd District. He is a member of numerous other New Orleans, Louisiana, and national historical, civic, military, and preservation organizations including Friends of the Cabildo, the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Evacuteer.org, the U.S. Naval Institute, and the National Revolutionary War Museum.
A native New Orleanian and LSU graduate, Drew returned home in 2012 after a nearly 30 year career in Washington DC as a producer/director of high profile video communications for corporate, government, and international non-profit organizations.