David Crass, Division Director & Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Dave is in his nineteenth year with DNR. Prior to his DNR service, he was a Research Archaeologist for the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. He holds his Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Methodist University, his master’s degree from the College of William and Mary, in Virginia, and his bachelor’s degree cum Laude with Departmental Honors from Wake Forest University. Dave has done archaeological research in the southeast, mid-Atlantic, and southwest US, as well as in Mexico, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. He is a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership and has worked in the areas of marine safety and public affairs in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Recently, Dave became a certified Emergenetics Associate and facilitates the Emergenetics Meeting of the Minds Workshop to enhance communications across the department. Dave serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. Since assuming the Directorship in 2009, Dave has reorganized the division to emphasize economic development assistance, stronger support of local communities, employee development, and efficient execution of federal and state responsibilities. He is particularly interested in the role of leadership in shaping an organization and guiding its long term trajectory through effective succession planning. At home Dave enjoys doing yoga and tai chi with his wife of 34 years, Jeanne, hanging out with his canine Nigel the Pug, and hiking, paddling, and reading biographies.
Dona McKenzie, Administrative Operations Manager
Dona began working with HPD in August of 2013. Primary duties include overseeing accounts payable, accounts receivable, and purchasing. Prior to joining HPD, Dona worked with the Georgia Department of Corrections for 20 years, starting in Offender Administration and later moving to Engineering & Construction and finally to Budget Services. She worked in Budget Services as a Budget Analyst II, overseeing budgets and assessing financial reports to determine expenditure trends for assigned programs. Dona is from Atlanta.
Kim Feagler, Office Administrative Generalist
Kim Feagler began working at the Historic Preservation Division in July 2015 as an Administrative Assistant. She supports the Operation & Outreach Section of HPD with processing invoices, time sheets, vehicle reports, office supplies, and special projects along with front desk responsibilities. Before coming to work for HPD, she worked in the DNR Commissioner's office assisting the Public Affairs Director. And before working with DNR, she worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Environmental Protection Division. Kim is a native Georgian, born and raised in the Atlanta area.
Susan Pursell, Administrative Operations Generalist
Susan joined the Georgia Historic Preservation Division in October 2015 as a Business Operations Generalist. Working in HPD Operations, her role provides support to the Administrative Operations Manager in areas of budget ledger reconciliation, and expense tracking and reporting. She began work with DNR in the Wildlife Resources Division, in 2000, and has held various administrative positions in Fisheries Management, License and Boat Registration, Law Enforcement, and Nongame Conservation. Having grown up in the Midwest, her family moved to Georgia from Iowa in 1970. All have remained in the Atlanta area since.
William Hover, Section Chief & Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
William (Bill) Hover is the Historic Resources Section Chief and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. He has been with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Historic Preservation Division (HPD) since 2000 and previously served as Program Manager for the Tax Incentives, Grants, and Rehabilitation Guidance Program, prior to that being an Architectural Reviewer with involvement in all HPD program areas. Bill has over 17 years experience in private sector building construction, along with half-a-dozen or so years in the retail lumber business, starting at age 14 sweeping floors after school at the lumber yard where his father was part-owner. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. He also maintains memberships with the Association for Preservation Technology International, the Preservation Trades Network, the Construction History Society of America, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Environmental Review & Preservation Planning
Jennifer Dixon, Program Manager
Jennifer holds a B.F.A. in Interior Design from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. She is a LEED Green Associate, as well as a NCIDQ-certified Interior Designer. She began work at HPD in 2012 as the Historic Preservation Assistant, soon becoming the Environmental Review Specialist and later an Environmental Review Historian. She is now the Environmental Review and Preservation Planning Program Manager. Prior to working with the state, Jennifer practiced Interior Design with a local homebuilder for five years and a small design firm in Buckhead for two years. She is the Historic Preservation Chair for the Smyrna Historical and Genealogical Society and Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society, a board member with Inherit Georgia, as well as a regular volunteer at Atlanta's Rhodes Hall.
Meg Richardson, Environmental Review Historian
Meg holds a BA in History from Wofford College and a Masters in Historic Preservation from the joint program between Clemson and College of Charleston. She started with HPD in the spring of 2014, and as Environmental Review Historian is responsible for coordinating Environmental Review projects with multiple federal agencies. Before joining HPD, Meg worked on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Florida. While in Mississippi she completed Section 106 reviews for housing grants and forgivable loan programs administered by the Mississippi Development Authority, in addition to survey and written documentation of historic properties in support of the FEMA Public Assistance Program. Meg then worked for a private CRM firm in Florida where she was responsible for completing cultural resource surveys for FDOT projects.
Barbara Fisher, Environmental Review Historian
Barbara joined HPD in March of 2015 as an Environmental Review Historian. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Historic Preservation from Shepherd University, and a Master of Fine Art in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design. Prior to HPD, Barbara worked in Portland, Oregon with an engineering company completing Section 106 reviews for cell tower projects and at a private preservation consulting firm where her duties included research, documentation, and writing related to the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Program and National Register nominations.
Whitney Rooks, Environmental Review Historian
Whitney returned to HPD in July 2017 as a full time environmental review historian. Whitney holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Winston-Salem State University and a Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. Prior to returning to HPD, Whitney worked in Atlanta for an environmental review firm and her responsibilities included completing Section 106 surveys and historic resource reports for Georgia DOT projects. Previously at HPD, Whitney was an intern with the African American Preservation Program and her responsibilities included surveying and maintaining the inventory of Georgia’s historic African American resources.
National Register & Survey
Stephanie Cherry-Farmer, Program Manager
Stephanie joined the staff of HPD in 2013. As the National Register Coordinator and Survey Program Manager, she manages the division’s National Register program, the team of HPD staff responsible for getting Georgia’s historic resources listed on the Georgia and National Registers of Historic Places, as well as working with the Environmental Review and Tax Program staff regarding National Register eligibility concerns. She also oversees HPD’s survey program, coordinating diverse efforts to survey historic resources statewide. Prior to joining HPD, Stephanie was the Senior Programs Director and sole full-time staff of Preservation New Jersey, Inc., the statewide non-profit historic preservation education and advocacy organization for New Jersey. With PNJ, she managed various education, outreach, legislative advocacy and awareness programs, including the annual listing of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey. Raised in Georgia, Stephanie holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism and a Master of Heritage Preservation degree, both from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She has worked with various preservation and history entities, including the Central Park Conservancy, the Trenton Landmarks Commission, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and the Atlanta History Center, and as an independent preservation consultant. She volunteers with DOCOMOMO-GA, and one of her foremost interests is mid-century Modern architecture and design.
Christy Atkins, National Register Historian
Christy joined the Historic Preservation Division in March 2017 as National Register Historian. In her role, Christy reviews eligibility submissions, reviews and prepares National Register nominations, presents nominations to the Georgia National Register Review Board, provides professional expertise in Georgia history and historical development, helps develop techniques for identifying, documenting and evaluating historic resources in Georgia, and conducts site visits and participates in special projects as available. Christy brings preservation experience from several internships including the National Historic Landmark program at the National Park Service, the Southern Labor Archives in the Special Collections at Georgia State University Library, Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, and Lord Aeck Sargent’s preservation studio. She also has 13 years of design experience, having been an Interior Designer for several commercial Architecture & Design firms in the Atlanta area. She holds a Master of Heritage Preservation, Historic Preservation from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science, Interior Design from Georgia Southern University.
Laura Beth Ingle, Architectural Historian
Laura Beth joined HPD in the spring of 2014, and serves as architectural historian for the National Register program. Her duties include determining properties’ eligibility for the Georgia and National Registers of Historic Places, preparing National Register nominations, reviewing historic resource surveys, and coordinating with the tax incentives and environmental review teams on various projects. She holds a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from a joint program with Clemson University and the College of Charleston. Prior to coming to HPD, she worked for a cultural resource management firm near Chattanooga, TN, researching and documenting historic structures for architectural surveys and compliance projects. In addition to her work in the preservation field, Laura Beth has a Bachelors of Science in Communications and Journalism from the University of Tennessee and worked for a textbook publisher in Austin, TX for several years.
Tax Incentives & Rehabilitation Guidance
Rachel Rice, Program Manager & Architectural Reviewer
Rachel started at HPD in 2010 and has previously held the positions of Tax Incentives Specialist and Preservation Architect for the Tax Incentives program. As the Program Manager for the Tax Incentives, Grants, and Rehabilitation Guidance Program she reviews state and federal tax incentive projects, offers design and technical assistance, and reviews grants and environmental review projects. A Georgia native, Rachel received a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from Georgia Tech and attended a joint program between Clemson and College of Charleston for her Masters in Historic Preservation.
Molly McLamb, Tax Incentives Architectural Reviewer and Specialist
Molly joined HPD in 2013 as the Tax Incentives Specialist, while still completing her master’s degree. She began reviewing tax projects in 2015. She has an undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and her Master’s of Heritage Preservation, with a concentration in Historic Preservation, from Georgia State. She was a Georgia Historic Landscapes Initiative fellow, and has previously volunteered for the Inman Park Neighborhood Association Board as Vice President of Historic Preservation, and as a guide at Oakland Cemetery.
Raluca Filimon, Tax Incentives Architectural Reviewer and Survey Specialist
Raluca joined HPD in June 2016 as a Tax Incentives Architectural Reviewer and Survey Specialist. Her duties include reviewing state and federal tax incentive projects, providing design and technical assistance, and reviewing historic resource surveys. Raluca received her Bachelors of Science in Interior Design from Purdue University and her Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Ball State University. Prior to joining HPD, she worked for the Indiana SHPO preparing National Register nominations and at the Indiana Department of Transportation doing Section 106 reviews.
Archaeology, Education and Outreach
Bryan Tucker, Archaeology, Education and Outreach Section Chief
Bryan joined HPD's staff in spring of 2010. He received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida in 2009 and holds two additional degrees in Anthropology: a M.A. from Louisiana State University and a B.A. from Georgia State University. Bryan is a specialist in the application of stable isotopes to archaeological questions and is interested in the use of augmented reality to better convey archaeological interpretation to the public. He has over ten years of archaeological experience, both academic and professional, throughout the Southeast including Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and North and South Carolina. Additionally, Bryan has worked in Belize and Portugal on a diverse array of sites including Bronze Age hill forts, Roman villas, and Neandertal campsites. Since arriving at HPD, Bryan has worked to strengthen our partnerships with governmental agencies and public universities to better educate and involve the public through archaeological outreach.
Rachel Black, Deputy State Archaeologist - Terrestrial
Rachel began working at HPD in January 2011. In addition to duties as Deputy State Archaeologist, she manages DNR's preservation lab which is responsible for the management, curation and interpretation of artifacts from our State Parks and Historic Sites. She has 15 years experience in archaeology primarily in cultural resource management and Section 106 review and compliance concentrating in the Southeastern and Mid Atlantic United States. Rachel has three years experience in historic cemetery site file management and preservation consultation. She worked as a senior mortuary archaeologist for New South Associates and is HPD's historic cemetery specialist. Rachel has a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, a Masters Degree in Bioarchaeology from the University of Arkansas, and is currently working on her PhD in Historic Bioarchaeology at the University of Florida. She specializes in the study of social stratification based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, and age through archaeological means.
Jennifer Bedell, Archaeological Compliance Unit Manager
Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology, focusing in Archaeology, from the University of Georgia in 2000. She then worked for DNR in the Office of the State Archaeologist as an Assistant Staff Archaeologist for two years, until accepting a position with the National Park Service. In her job with NPS, Jenn acquired experience conducting Phase III excavations and associated lab analysis on a variety of historic and prehistoric sites located throughout the southeastern United States. In 2003, Jenn began working with a private cultural resource management firm in Atlanta, gaining valuable experience in ethnobotanical research. As of November 2006, she has now come full circle to work again in the Office of the State Archaeologist as a Senior Staff Archaeologist. Her primary duties include conducting archaeological surveys on DNR properties and assessing sites for their eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Although Jennifer conducts surveys on a wide range of sites throughout Georgia, she is particularly interested in the antebellum African American experience in the Georgia coastal region. She has been accepted as a member of the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, and is a current member of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, the Society of Historical Archaeology and Southeastern Archaeological Conference.
Aimee Bouzigard, Staff Archaeologist - State Parks and Historic Sites
Aimee joined HPD in Fall of 2012 as the State Parks and Historic Sites Archaeologist, conducting surveys on DNR properties and assessing sites for their National Register of Historic Places eligibility. Prior to her arrival at HPD, Aimee was an Interpretive Ranger for Parks at Wormsloe State Historic Site in Savannah. She also assisted HPD with numerous underwater archaeology projects. Aimee holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology, with a concentration in Archaeology, from East Carolina University and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from North Carolina State University. Although her graduate studies were geographically focused on the Middle East, Aimee has worked on several prehistoric and historic sites in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Jamaica. She is particularly interested in Mississippian-period mound sites, and the later Muscogee (Creek) Confederacy.
Jennifer Weber, Staff Archaeologist - Wildlife Resources Division
Jennifer first joined HPD in 2010 as an intern, while attending Georgia State University where she received a Masters degree in Anthropology, with a concentration in Archaeology. She received a Bachelor in Anthropology from Kennnesaw State University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Bonn, Germany. Jennifer has worked on numerous historical and pre-historical archaeological projects in the US, Canada, Germany, and Belize, where she has also been co-directing an archaeological field school since 2010. Her research focus lies with Maya archaeology, as well as the application of computational analysis in archaeology. In Fall of 2012, Jennifer joined HPD as the WRD Staff Archaeologist.
Debbie Wallsmith, Preservation Specialist
Debbie began working for DNR's Parks & Historic Sites Division as Curator of Collections in 2000. She has spent the past ten years focusing on interpretation of the PRHS cultural resources and has participated in the development of museums at the Little White House, Fort McAllister, Sweetwater Creek and Magnolia Springs. She has also acted as liaison to production companies filming on PRHS properties. Debbie grew up in British Columbia, Canada where she earned a BA and MA in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University. She then moved to Dallas, TX, where she received an MA and PhD in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University. She is interested in stone tool technology and has worked in Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa and Egypt.
Josh Headlee, Senior Preservation Technician
Josh began working for DNR's State Parks & Historic Sites division in May 1999. He is responsible for overall hands-on work of artifacts throughout the Parks historic sites. In addition, he constructs mounts and minor exhibit cases for use in the historic sites museums. Josh also advises and educates site staff on pest management and environmental monitoring, as well as general preservation and collections management procedures. He is also DNR's contact for Historical Markers. Before being employed by DNR, he worked with the Civil War collection at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. A native of southern Illinois, Josh holds a B.S. in Historic Preservation (Museum Studies) from Southeast Missouri State University.
Allison Asbrock, Outreach Program Manager
Allison joined HPD in November 2015 and serves as the Outreach Program Manager. Within the Outreach Program, Allison functions as both Certified Local Government (CLG) and Grants Coordinators. She provides assistance to local historic preservation commissions and communities interested in incorporating preservation into their community programs and oversees HPD’s two grant programs: the Historic Preservation Fund Grants for Certified Local Governments and the Georgia Heritage Grants. Allison also oversees the Regional Planning Program for preservation and the Centennial Farms Program. Prior to joining HPD, she held positions with Nashville Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission and the National Park Service.
Sarah Love, Archaeology Outreach Coordinator
Sarah joined HPD in August 2015 as the Archaeology Outreach Coordinator, specializing in public engagement efforts, education, and training. In 2012, while interning for HPD, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Georgia State University. She continued her academic career by pursuing concurrent Master’s Degrees in Anthropology and Historic Preservation. While Sarah's educational background was based around pre-contact archaeology and paleoanthropology, she has recently discovered her passion for historic archaeology in the Southeast. Her interests include community engagement, public archaeology, and the intersection of archaeology and preservation of the built environment. Sarah is a member of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, the Society for American Archaeology, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and the Association for Preservation Technology.
Melissa Jest, African American Programs Coordinator
Melissa joined the Georgia Historic Preservation Division in July 2016 as the African American Program Coordinator. She also serves as liaison to the Georgia African American Preservation Network (GAAHPN). In her role, Melissa assists individuals and communities in identifying and preserving African American sites and properties significant to Georgia’s heritage. She also coordinates the production of the Reflections quarterly newsletter, and develops other outreach strategies to initiate, promote and increase engagement in historic preservation activities and programs in communities across the state. Melissa brings 15 years of outreach experience, having worked in Savannah, Ga., Philadelphia, Pa., and with a national-level program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington D.C. She holds a Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Florida and a Masters in Urban Studies from Savannah State University.