Preservation Iowa's Board of Directors works tirelessly with the Executive Director to build Iowa's premier statewide nonprofit preservation organization and to preserve Iowa's historic resources. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors or a board committee, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gloria is the president of Historia Consulting and served for 7 years as Chair of the Ames Historic Preservation Commission, which recognized her in 2011 with an Award for Significant Achievement in Historic Preservation. In addition to her historic preservation interests, Dr. Betcher is employed with Iowa State University as Assistant Director of Graduate Education and Adjunct Associate Professor of English in the Department of English
Joining the PI board in 2011, John has a degree in construction engineering and has worked for Ryan Companies US, Inc. since 2003. John recently served as project manager on the rehabilitation of several historic buildings in Cedar Rapids: the Iowa Theater Building (Theatre Cedar Rapids), the CSPS Hall, and the Paramount Theatre.
Kevin has been active in the historic preservation efforts of Keokuk for many years. He developed Keokuk's historic Peirce/Hotel Iowa building, in addition to assisting with the efforts to rehabilitate Keokuk's historic Fraternal Order of Eagles building. An attorney at law, Kevin owns Keokuk Abstract & Title, as well as a small solo practice focusing on transactional work and real estate.
Jim is the Director of Business Development, Creative Solutions Unlimited and also the manager of the Historic Windsor Theater in Hampton. He serves on the Hampton City Council, is the chair of Hampton Historical Preservation Commission and a member of the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Main Street Design Committee.
Naura moved to Des Moines in 2006 and joined the board in 2008. She first experienced Preservation Iowa through the Hollywood in the Heartland initiative. Naura is a project architect at StruXture architects in West Des Moines, has a love of the built environment and the preservation of Iowa's historic treasures.
Laura is a Planning Services Manager for the City of Dubuque assisting with administration of the city's historic preservation planning and regulations. She joined the Preservation Iowa board in 2009.
A longtime preservationist, Steve joined the board in 2010. He has served on many local boards including Past President of the Heritage Trust , historic preservation commission, and the Des Moines County Historical Society . Steve is also the executive director of Downtown Partners , Burlington's local Main Street program.
Sheriffa joined the board in 2007 and has served as the secretary for about two years. Her background is in historic preservation and community and economic development. She has worked in those areas for ten years. Currently, she works at the Iowa Lakes Resource Conservation & Development office in Spencer.
Mary joined the board in 2011. She currently serves as Executive Director for a young Main Street program in Fort Madison , where she educates the public about historic preservation and assists district property owners and developers with state and federal tax credit applications.
Leigh Ann has worked as the Curator of the Johnson County Historical Society in Coralville since 1996. She assisted in the research, renovation and re-interpretation of the 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse from a county museum to a schoolhouse museum. Leigh Ann has also been an active participant and presenter at Preservation Iowa's Country School Preservation programs and conferences.
For more than 35 years, Dr. Richard H. Thomas, of Mount Vernon, has been a leader, motivating force, and tireless worker for historic preservation in the state of Iowa and the nation. Locally, Dr. Thomas was the first chairperson and continues as a member of the Mount Vernon Historic Preservation Commission . He has also served in many leadership capacities for the Linn County Historical Society.
Lori's preservation background includes serving as an Assistant Preservation Planner in both Lincoln, Nebraska, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also experienced many facets of preservation architecture during her years as an intern architect for private firms and as an independent consultant. She is currently employed at Brooks Borg Skiles Architecture Engineering, LLP in Des Moines.