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John Lemmo, Chair

John Lemmo holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego, School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, in History from Occidental College. Mr. Lemmo is a Land Use and Environmental Attorney for Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP. Mr. Lemmo has represented public agencies, private developers and landowners in environmental and land use regulation and litigation. His many years of experience in identifying and mitigating environmental impacts concerning historical and cultural resources has given him the opportunity to review designated resources and research architectural design, trends, and history. He is a member of the Land Use and Environmental Sections of the California State Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association Environmental Section, and Urban Land Institute. Mr. Lemmo serves as a public member on the Historical Resources Board and as the Board's Chair.

Dr. Mike Baksh

Michael Baksh has been the Principal Anthropologist and Archaeologist at Tierra Environmental Services for eleven years. His particular focus is cultural resource management and often works on Native American projects. He has conducted numerous surveys, testing projects and data recovery programs throughout the southwest. Dr. Baksh is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at San Diego State University. He is a Fellow with the American Anthropological Association and a Member of the American Ethnological Society, Association of Environmental Professionals and Society for California Archaeology. Dr. Baksh received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from SDSU and his Master of Arts in Anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Anthropology from UCLA. Dr. Baksh serves as the Archaeologist for the Historical Resources Board

Priscilla Ann Berge

Priscilla Berge holds a Master of Arts degree in American Studies from San Diego State University and was advanced to Candidacy for her Ph.D. in History from UC San Diego. Ms. Berge actively participated in the development of the American Indian Studies program at San Diego State University as a lecturer and teaching assistant, was faculty advisor to the Native American students' organization and served on University committees. Ms. Berge is a historian by profession and meets the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for professional qualifications in history. Ms. Berge serves as the historian for the Historical Resources Board.

Alex Bethke

Alex Bethke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of San Diego, and a Master of Arts degree in History/Public History from Arizona State University. Mr. Bethke is a Historian/Cultural Resource Manager for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, and has extensive expertise in historic preservation and cultural resources. His diverse professional experiences and training in historic preservation, public history, architectural history, and cultural resources has given him the opportunity to advise public officials, boards, commissions, architects, and military and civilian officials. Alex has also produced numerous technical reports and made insightful recommendations utilizing his vast knowledge and training in historic preservation planning. Mr. Bethke serves as a public member on the Historical Resources Board.

Maria Curry

Ms. Curry is an architectural engineer from Mexico City with a Masters Degree in Restoration of Monuments from the University of Mexico. She is a Cornell University PhD candidate in the area of Historic Preservation Planning. She has taught at the University of Mexico, School of Architecture and conducted research in the Environmental and Urban Studies Department at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana. She became a grassroots activist after the 1985 Mexico City earthquake and currently is a consultant for grassroots groups, public officials and businessmen in the California-Baja California region addressing historic preservation, environmental, and urban planning issues. Ms. Curry serves as a public member on the Historical Resources Board.

Gail Garbini

Gail Garbini, ASLA, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is a licensed Landscape Architect and has been registered as a California Licensed Landscape Architect since 1984. Ms. Garbini is President and Principal Landscape Architect with Garbini & Garbini Landscape Architecture, Inc, a Landscape Architecture and Urban Design firm specializing in public and private sector projects. She has worked on a wide variety of historic preservation, museum, school, park and recreation, transportation and water infrastructure projects throughout California and the Southwest. She has received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, City of San Diego Water Department and the California Preservation Foundation. Gail previously served on the Historic Resources Board from 1987 to 1992. Ms Garbini services as the Landscape Architect on the Historical Resources Board.

Tom Larimer

Tom Larimer is a classically trained architect with 15 years of experience. He is currently serving as the President and owner of Larimer Design, an architecture and planning firm specializing in business development and project management. Prior to working at his current capacity he worked for one of the foremost authorities on historic preservation, San Diego based Appointments and Reappointments to the Historical Resources Board. Architect Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA (now Heritage Architects) where he became familiar with the guidelines set forth by the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of historic buildings. Tom received Bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Larimer serves as the Architect on the Historical Resources Board.

Linda Marrone

Linda Marrone is a Real Estate Sales Associate for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in La Jolla. She is the owner of Seaside Designs/Design & Color Consulting, which specializes in architectural and historical restoration of homes and gardens. Ms. Marrone was certified as a Historic & Architectural Specialist by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2003. Her professional affiliations and memberships include the California Preservation Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the San Diego Historical Society. She served on the Board of Directors of the La Jolla Historical Society from 1999-2002. Linda is also a life member of the La Jolla Historical Society, Save Our Heritage Organization, and Village Garden Club. Ms. Marrone serves as a public member on the Historical Resources Board.

Evelya Rivera

Evelya Zepeda Rivera is a Small Business Owner. In 2007 she became the founder of Iuvo, Inc., an executive personal assistance service which provides business professionals additional hours to accomplish their many important endeavors. She pursued her education at University of California San Diego. Currently, she holds a position on the Board of Directors as the Membership Chair for MANA de San Diego serves as a Mentor for the Hermanitas program, volunteers for the Friends of Scott Foundation and supports the San Diego Hospice Melisa Keyes annual walk. Ms. Rivera serves as a public member on the Historical Resources Board.

Abel Silvas

Abel Silvas is a performing artist/teacher and an eighth generation San Diegan. He tours a one-man show that is based on California history and frequently performs in historical dramas, such as the ones at the Cabrillo National Monument. His artistic training took place at the Marcel Marceau School of Mime at the University of Michigan. Mr. Silvas sits on the Tribal Council of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians and serves as their Native American Monitor under the NAGPRA law. Mr. Silvas is a Fullbright-Hays Scholar who has traveled to India, Mexico, and was sent to Santiago, Chile by the U.S. Department of State for their U.S. Speaker/Specialist program promoting the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Mr. Silvas is also the artistic director for the Annual Grunion Festivals. Mr. Silvas serves as a public member on the Historical Resources Board.

Dr. Ann Woods

Dr. Ann Woods is a Professor and Lecturer of Art and Architecture for San Diego State University and University of California San Diego with more than 17 years experience in providing unique and enlightening lectures on topics including Ancient Art, Greek Art, History of Architecture, Medieval Art and Architecture, Roman Art, and Castles, Cathedrals & Cities. Her career includes teaching the History of Architecture in the School of Art, Design, and Art History in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University. Dr. Woods' diverse insight into architectural history and art has provided many opportunities for her to present and participate as a panelist for various colloquiums and symposiums including presenting on Leonardo Da Vinci for the Department of Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. Dr. Dr. Woods holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts degree in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Pomona College. Dr. Woods serves as a public member on the Historical Resources Board.