Donna Lednicky, Director of Business Operations
Donna Lednicky joined Louisiana Landmarks Society in 2018 as the Director of Business Operations. She previously worked as the Director of Marketing and Development for the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre in Luang Prabang, Laos and as the World Centre Manager for Sangam World Centre in Pune, India. Her experience combines non-profit administration in the US and abroad with a strong foundation in development and museums. She has a Master of Arts in Art Education with a specialization in Museum Education from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Parks from Texas A&M University.
Jenny Dyer, House Coordinator
Jenny’s previous work includes Education Director at Hermann-Grima+Gallier Historic Houses where she received the Emerging Louisiana Museum Professional Award from the Louisiana Association of Museums. She also worked at the Beauregard-Keyes House and assisted with projects at several other historic houses such as Oak Alley and Destrehan Plantation. Jenny is a certified national interpreter with the National Association for Interpretation which specializes in the advancement of cultural and heritage interpretation. Jenny holds 2 Bachelor’s degrees from Loyola University of New Orleans and a Master’s Degree in Public/Applied History from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is a native of New Orleans and grew up in Lakeview.
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.
James R. Logan IV -- 1st 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.
Sandra L. Stokes -- 2nd Vice President
Sandra Stokes served as President of Landmarks Society for the previous two years as well as chair of the Advocacy Committee for the past six years. She previously 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. Sandra is the recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's first Peter Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation and Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation's Preservationist of the Year.
Sally Reeves -- Treasurer
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.
Louis W. McFaul -- Assistant 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.
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, 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. More to come.
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).
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 is now Vice President, Private Banking and a Branch Manager, Magazine Street, for Gulf Coast Bank. Mamie has been married to Kirk Gasperecz for 28 years. They have one son, Jackson, who is attending Trinity University. The family lives in an 1880s shotgun house in Uptown New Orleans.
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 intitiate 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 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.
T. Gordon McLeod
Gordon is the Chief of Staff for Joe Giarrusso, Councilmember for District A of the New Orleans City Council. He is additionally a partner with LM Development, a real estate development firm focused on historic renovation and adaptive reuse projects in New Orleans, where he is currently working on the mixed-use redevelopment of the long-abandoned yet highly distinctive 1894 McDonogh #30 School building near the new VA hospital in Mid-City. GOrdon holds a Master's Degree in historic preservation from Tulane University School of Architecture and a bachelor's degree in historic preservation and city planning from the College of Charleston. Gordon serves on the Preservation Resource Center's Executive Board of DIrectors as an At-Large member where he co-chairs the Advocacy Committee. He is also a charter member of the Historic New Orleans Collection's Caillot Circle and is active with federal and state lobbying efforts with the Louisiana Historic Tax Credit Coalition.
Jerry F. Pepper, a former New Orleans resident, is a Jesuit High School graduate who recieved his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University, and a Juris Doctorate from LSU's Paul M. Hebert School of Law. He now resides in Covington and is a St. Tammany Parish commissioned notary public currently serving on the Board of Save Our Cemeteries, Inc. He is a member of numerous other New Orleans, Louisiana, and national historical, civic, military, and preservation organizations including the American Battlefield Trust, Friends of the Cabildo, the Foundation for Historic Louisiana, Evacuteer.org, the National World War II Museum, U.S. Naval Institute, and the National Revolutionary War Museum.
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.