Staff & Board
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|J. Myrick Howard, President
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|Chrissy Pressley, Office Assistant
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|Annie Jernigan, Marketing Manager and Member Services
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|Mike Utt, Intern
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|Julianne Patterson, Outreach Manager
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|Dawn Williams, HR & Properties Director
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|Shannon L. Phillips, Director of Development
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|Mary Frances Wilson, Donor Engagement Manager
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Since 1978, Myrick Howard has been President here at Preservation North Carolina, the state’s only statewide private nonprofit preservation organization.
A Durham native, Myrick attended Brown University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his Master’s degree in city planning and a law degree in 1978. In 2006, he participated in the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He teaches a graduate seminar on Historic Preservation Planning each year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Through the years, Myrick has received a number of statewide awards, including awards from NCSU’s College of Design, NC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, NC Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the North Carolina Society of New York, and the North Caroliniana Society (UNC). In 1996, he was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr. He has twice been named Tar Heel of the Week by the News and Observer. Myrick lives in a 1939 historic duplex, his eighth renovation.
A native of Morganton and now a resident of Shelby, Ted Alexander has served since 2005 as the Regional Director for Preservation North Carolina’s Western Office covering 37 counties. He obtained a BA in Political Science from UNC-Charlotte in 1982 and a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University in 1985.
Ted has extensive background in both downtown revitalization and historic preservation, working in both Virginia and North Carolina. He served for two and a half years as the first Main Street director for Bedford, Virginia and later as the State’s Main Street Coordinator. He was the Executive Director of Uptown Shelby Association, Inc. for 14 years.
Ted subsequently ran and was elected as Mayor of Shelby from 2003-2011, and is now serving his second term in the NC Senate, being first elected in 2018, representing District 44, comprised of Lincoln, Cleveland, and a portion of Gaston County.
His wife Patti is a retired school nurse and they have two grown children, Will and Christina. He is a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Shelby.
Maggie is the Regional Director for the Eastern Office and has been with Preservation North Carolina since 2016. Prior to that her background was in traditional real estate with a degree in Historic Preservation, among many other studies, though her childhood dream was to grow up to be a mermaid.
Born in Tampa, FL and raised spending much of her time with her grandparents in Brooksville, FL and her grandmother in Williamsport, PA, developed Maggie’s love of old buildings from a very young age. Family trips to Historic Sites furthered her love of history. In middle school her family moved to Greenville, NC, where she graduated from High School and began college.
Maggie has lived in Tarboro, North Carolina for the last decade and shares her home with her three spoiled cats, who really run the household. She is very active in the Tarboro community and sits on the Façade Grant Committee as a founding member, is currently chair of the Main Street Design committee and sits on the executive board, and is host mom to baseball players for the Tarboro River Bandits each year, spending most of her summers at the ballfield.
Maggie is known for her love of holidays and over the top decorating, especially at Christmas, and of sports, especially Carolina Panthers football. She loves to travel, and loves the beach and mountains equally, but is always excited to visit new places. Maggie also owns an AirBnB next door to her house which is an historic duplex and is under restoration. In what free time that leaves, she loves playing trivia with friends at the local brewery, going out to eat, and is an avid reader who is happiest curled up with a book and a glass of wine, and of course her cats!
Cathleen Turner is the Regional Director of Preservation North Carolina’s Piedmont Office based in Durham. She was born in New York and relocated to South Carolina at age 13. She speaks both languages fluently. Cathleen is a graduate of Emory University, with a Masters degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia.
While an undergraduate student, Cathleen worked as an intern in low-wealth historic neighborhoods in Atlanta, which sparked her passion for neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing. Following graduate school, she was a preservation planner in the northeast Georgia Mountains where she spent a few years driving around promoting the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes.
As Executive Director of the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, Cathleen focused on the preservation of Hillsborough’s historic, cultural, and natural environment with a focus on heritage tourism, the arts and downtown revitalization. Cathleen’s work with Preservation NC on neighborhood revitalization in East Durham and rural and urban preservation issues in the Piedmont region brings her full circle in her preservation work.
While not saving old buildings, Cathleen enjoys paddling, sailing, hiking and cooking strange recipes for family and friends. She shares an old house in Hillsborough with her husband, cats Otis and Casper, and a Staffie named Sugarfoot. Her two daughters live in Raleigh while attending NC State.
Annie wasn’t born in North Carolina, but she got here as soon as she could. When she relocated to Raleigh from the Louisiana Bayou at age 9, she quickly fell in love with the beauty and charm of this place, from the Outer Banks to the Great Smoky Mountains and all points in between.
Annie’s path to historic preservation was a winding one. While in school getting her Bachelor of Fine Arts, she fell in love with architectural photography, and specifically historic architecture. It was through this lens that she became familiar with Preservation North Carolina. Annie admires the architectural diversity preserved from this state’s rich history, and she believes that inside of every building there is a story that begs to be told.
After several years freelancing for Our State Magazine, Walter Magazine, and many local interior designers and architects, while also acting as a content curator at a large art firm, Annie decided to follow her heart and make the jump to a career in historic preservation. She joined Preservation North Carolina in early 2018 and now serves as Marketing Manager and Member Services. The highlight of her week every week is creating the #transformationtuesday social media posts.
When she’s not working you can catch her hiking, camping, and canoeing around the state with her husband and 5-year-old pit-mix, baking anything sourdough, or enjoying a beer at a local brewery with friends.
Julianne manages Preservation North Carolina’s education programs including the Shelter Series, annual conference, quarterly magazine, exhibits and publications. She grew up in Florida and traveled north to go to school in the south, first studying Art History at Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) then Historic Preservation at the Clemson/College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.
Before moving to NC and joining Preservation North Carolina, she lived in Seattle and worked for The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. Julianne is a passionate “people preservationist” and believes in the value of historic preservation to tangibly connect people to their history and stories.
Julianne lives in Rougemont with her husband, son, and Pithuahua (Pitbull/Chihuahua mix, yes, it’s a thing).
Born and bred in the small town of Hertford, Shannon grew up surrounded by the historic buildings of eastern North Carolina which are steeped in rich history. She joined Preservation North Carolina in the summer of 1998 while completing her degree in Business Administration from NC State University.
Through her nearly quarter-century with Preservation North Carolina, Shannon has had the opportunity to work with amazing people who share her passion for place. As Director of Development, she works closely with the development and communications team to ensure the organization’s success. She has executed numerous major fundraising campaigns to help the organization protect some of North Carolina’s most special historic buildings.
Shannon lives in Clayton with her husband, two sons, and black labs. She enjoys traveling, the beach, and baseball.
Chrissy was born in North Carolina and has primarily resided in Raleigh. She spent her youth either dancing in local performances or riding shotgun with her realtor Mom. The first two decades of her life included some of her most exciting memories of discovering decaying/abandoned dwellings and examining them as much as possible within the limits of the law!
Chrissy’s interest in both human and cultural history led her to pursue degrees in Anthropology and Dance at UNC-Greensboro. She became an administrative assistant as a more stable form of employment, which led to operating her family-owned home furnishings store in Raleigh for 16 years.
Chrissy joined the Preservation North Carolina staff in June of 2021 as a part-time office assistant. She is thrilled at the opportunity to contribute her administrative background and her enthusiasm to assist Preservation North Carolina in recognizing and protecting the historical places and spaces in her home state.
Outside of work, Chrissy enjoys two things the most: exploring creative endeavors with her mother and sister; and, enjoying time at home or out-and-about with her husband and 2 teenaged sons.
A northerner living in Rhode Island until 4th grade, Dawn lived in the central west coast of Florida until she graduated from college with a BA in Women’s Studies. She moved to North Carolina to be closer to her family and fell in love with its varied landscape and natural beauty. Always a lover of historic homes, her background in retail management led her to executive support roles and eventually landed her on the doorsteps of Preservation North Carolina in late 2004.
Starting as the Executive Operations Assistant, she quickly moved to a blended role as the Properties Coordinator and Office Manager. Obtaining her real estate license in 2015, she’s now the HR & Properties Director. She wears multiple hats at Preservation North Carolina and manages the overall Endangered Properties Program administration. Detail-oriented, amusing and assertive, she keeps the ball rolling on so many fronts we’ve lost track.
In her free time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, and dreaming of rehabilitating a historic home of her own someday.
A life-long North Carolinian, Mary Frances spent her childhood touring historic sites across the state with her parents. After graduating from Meredith College with a B.A. in public history, she moved to Atlanta and then to New York. It was the cast iron architecture of SoHo that confirmed her love of historic buildings and their connection to history.
Mary Frances moved back to Raleigh and joined the Preservation North Carolina team in 2008, starting as a volunteer! In 2012, she received her M.A. in history, with a concentration in historic preservation, from UNC-Greensboro.
As PNC’s Donor Engagement Manger, Mary Frances loves connecting with people and Preservation North Carolina’s membership. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, daughter, and Scottish Terrier, and still loves exploring all that our state has to offer.
Bellamy Mansion Museum
|Gareth Evans, Executive Director
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|Bob Lock, Site Manager
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|Jen Fenninger, Education & Engagement Director
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|Leslie Randle-Morton, Operations Manager
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Gareth has been Executive Director of the Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts for PNC since 2010. Prior to that he worked at Historic Wilmington Foundation for nine years, ending up as Associate Director. Before spending this startling amount of time hanging around old buildings, he finished an American History MA at UNC-Wilmington.
Gareth’s interest in history began while growing up in Wales. There are, for example, five major castles, a walled Roman town, and a UNESCO World Heritage site within a thirty-minute drive of his hometown of Pontypool. He went to Swansea University to get a double major BA in History and, after spending perhaps too much time hearing about the roguish monarchs and imperial conquests of Europe, American Studies. A highlight of this was a study abroad year which allowed for much US travel and an epic Greyhound trip, at very low speeds, around 28 states in 35 days.
Wanting to see more, Gareth came to North Carolina and, to his surprise, has lived in Wilmington for 25 years. He volunteers with Historic Wilmington, the local NPR-affiliate, the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, his kids’ schools, and the Associates Board of the NC Museum of History. He has two young daughters with his wife, Jessica, and the family likes kayaking, travel, playing with their dogs, and pretending to listen when Dad talks about history.
A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Leslie spent many childhood summers vacationing at Wrightsville Beach with family and friends. After earning her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Mississippi, Leslie was a middle school teacher in Pontotoc, Mississippi, for almost a decade. As a public-school educator, Leslie was voted Teacher of the Year in 2007 and proudly served as an instructor and curriculum coach with National Writing Project.
In 2011, when her husband’s job opportunities expanded to include North Carolina, memories of those idyllic summers at the beach pulled Leslie and her family to Wilmington. Leslie decided not to return to the classroom but instead pursued her lifelong dream of working at historic sites and museums. Leslie entered the public history program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she earned her master’s degree in History in 2016.
Since 2017, Leslie has been not only the museum’s operations manager but also the research historian for the site. In her tenure at the Bellamy Museum Leslie has written tours, developed permanent exhibits, spearheaded school tours and camps, and helped oversee the expansion of the museum’s interpretation.
In her spare time, Leslie can be found traveling to see friends, to explore history, or to attend one of the many concerts she so enjoys. She also enjoys every streaming TV service that exists, spending time with her husband of 20 years and their dog, Jack, and relaxing on the beach.