Carol Gniady, Executive Director
Amanda Duhon, House Coordinator
Board of Trustees
Sandra L. Stokes-- President
Sandra Stokes has served as 2nd Vice 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.
James R. Logan IV--1st Vice President
Michael Duplantier - 2nd 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.
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. He is 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.
Hilary Somerville Irvin --Recording 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.
Carol Allen -- Corresponding Secretary
A native of southwest Louisiana, made New Orleans her home in the early 80's. After living in Paris, France, for more than 22 years, Carol returned to New Orleans. A former superintendent of schools and university professor, Carol has run a non-profit in Paris, organized international conferences, written three books (including the biography of New Orleans chef, Leah Chase), and, since returning home, served VCPORA as committee chairperson of the Quality of Life committee, board member, and president of the board, 2010-2014. She is also a member of French Quarter Citizens, Patio Planners, and worked to raise funds for the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood & Adult Learning Foundation, founded by Phyllis Landrieu. Carol currently serves as Co-Chair of the Neighborhood Council of the Preservation Resource Center.
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.
Elizabeth M. Landis
Elizabeth Mahorner Landis is a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She appreciates that the rich history of our city lives on in our many architectural treasures. As a long-time elementary school educator, Elizabeth loves watching schoolchildren experience history and learn the importance of preservation through the example of the Pitot House.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jay Seastrunk grew up in New Orleans attending Newman through 6th grade and graduating from Country Day. From there he went to Tulane School of Architecture including summers in New York’s financial district, Venice, Italy and Aegina, Greece as well as a semester abroad on Semester at Sea. He has lived and worked in Dallas, Miami, London, Orlando, New York, and San Juan, returning to New Orleans for good in 2002 and lives uptown near Magazine and Audubon Park since 2003. Projects he participated on include London’s Heathrow Terminal 5 and Universal City Walk Orlando for HOK – locally he has worked for Eskew, Dumez, & Ripple on a building for Ochsner Pediatrics and renovations to the Mercedes Benz Superdome, Performance Architecture on university performing arts projects around the United States, and Holly and Smith on Loyola’s Monroe Hall renovation. Currently he is renovating a house next door to where he lives and actively tries to prevent illegal demolitions from taking place as well as lobbying to reject demolition permit applications for historic properties.
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..