SCA Board of Directors

Michael Hirsch
President
Michael is an experienced urban planner and design architect with significant experience in the resort and tourism market. His work has included architecture and planning projects, including Red Sky Ranch Member + Guest Clubhouses (Eagle County, CO); Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail; and a new base ski village for Breckenridge Mountain Resort, in Colorado. Serving as a preservation planning consultant to the New York City Department of City Planning, he completed work on design guidelines and signage recommendations for the Coney Island Redevelopment Master Plan, Brooklyn, NY. Prior international planning experience includes the Master Plan for the Lulu Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, U.A. E. Prior architectural experience includes the Doubletree Hotel, Tarrytown, NY (2005); and the Parker Meridien Hotel / Spa / Conference Center, Palm Springs, CA (2004). He is currently consulting on architecture, planning, and historic preservation projects in New York City. Michael received his B.Arch degree from Pratt Institute (1986), and a M.S. in City and Regional Planning, with a preservation planning certification, also from Pratt Institute (2006). Michael has served on the advisory board of The Doo Wop Preservation League, in Wildwood, NJ since 2003. The organization’s educational mission is to foster awareness of the popular culture and imagery of the 1950's and 1960's, and to promote the preservation of the largest collection of Doo Wop (mid-century modern) resort architecture found in the United States. In this role he wrote the “How to Doo Wop” handbook of design guidelines for the Wildwood Hotel/Motel District. He was also involved in the research of the Chateau Bleu Motel for its nomination to the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places, now on the National Register. Mr. Hirsch has received A.I.A. and A.P.A. awards for his urban planning/community design work.
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Raina Regan
Co Vice-President
Raina Regan is the Senior Manager of the Easement Program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC. Prior to working at the Trust, Raina worked as a Community Preservation Specialist with Indiana Landmarks' Central Regional Office and as staff architectural historian for the Indiana Army National Guard. Raina has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Visual Culture from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Ball State University. Raina is a Midwesterner at heart, with roots in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan and loves the culture and architecture of the Midwest.
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Barbara Gossett
Secretary
Barbara Gossett resides in Southern California and is actively involved in local history organizations. She volunteers as a docent and task force member at the Olinda Oil Museum, the site of an old oil company town, and is an assistant archivist at the Garden Grove Historical Society. She completed her Masters in public history at California State University, Fullerton, in 2006, with an emphasis on architectural history. She retired in 2009 after eighteen years with the California Department of Transportation, where she worked as a planner. Barbara’s interest in roads and roadside curiosities began during her childhood in Oklahoma, nurtured with frequent road trips along Route 66 to visit family in Albuquerque. Living in Southern California has made her an enthusiast of Googie signs, architecture, and interiors. She has compiled a collection of photographs, postcards, and other ephemera from travels around the western states. In addition to SCA, she is a member of the Garden Grove and Orange County Historical Societies and the National Council on Public History.
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Jeremy Ebersole
Co Vice-President
Leaping Muffler Men in a single bound, Jeremy is a passionate lover of all things quirky, off-beat, and eccentric. Growing up on a solid 1980s diet of Midwestern drive-in movie theatres, a requisite college cross-country Route 66 road trip, and a stint amongst the exquisite movie palaces of Los Angeles, his appetite for mimetic architecture, neon signs, Art Deco chevrons, and Googie boomerangs is limitless. Jeremy currently connects travelers to the gems of northern New England as a concierge at the Woodstock Inn & Resort. He most recently worked in the North of Boston region with the Essex National Heritage Commission, helping to rally the local community around the unique character and sense of place that exists in Essex County, MA. He previously served as the regional National Heritage Areas Communications Coordinator with the National Park Service, as an Admissions Counselor at his alma mater Elizabethtown College, built a labyrinth along the border of the ancient Roman Empire in Germany, dug through even more ancient dirt pursuing a different kind of archaeology in Israel, and of course worked at an old neighborhood cinema (Annville, PA's Allen Theatre). Jeremy holds fast to his conviction that the best architecture is the kind that makes you smile.
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Carol Ingald
Treasurer
Historic Preservation Specialist. Philadelphia, PA
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Cindy Flora
Board of Directors
Cindy Flora has enjoyed writing, art, travel, and photography her entire life and tried to combine those interests whenever possible. She has worked 32 years for Pinellas County Schools (PCS). She was a high school language arts teacher, yearbook advisor, and multicultural committee sponsor before serving in various coordinator and specialist positions at the district level for the past 16 years. She currently coordinates the Principal’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (PMAC) program and Character Education initiatives under the social studies department. She is the editor of the Pinellas County Schools’ Dimensions of Diversity newsletter which she created in 2002. She is also the webmaster for the PCS PMAC http://www.pcsb.org/Domain/5058 and Character Education http://www.pcsb.org/Page/362 web site pages. She was the past editor for the St. Petersburg Historical Museum newsletter and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Largo, Florida, newsletter. She is a regular contributor to the Storycircle Network and SCA Road Notes. Her interests also include commercial archaeology (she has spent a lifetime exploring this topic informally and collecting its ephemeral), gardening, horseback riding, running, art (painting, folk art, crafts, etc.), mid-century modern architecture and furnishings, vintage clothes, exotica music and Tiki culture, etc…really the list and future possibilities are infinite. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, a master’s degree in Composition and Rhetoric, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, all from the University of South Florida. She has been married 27 years to Tom Flora, has one daughter, Kaycee Flora, in college, and two step-sons, Jason and Shawn.
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Matthew Hayes
Board of Directors
Matt Hayes is a doctoral fellow at the University of Florida. He holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and is currently a professor at Miami-Dade College. He has presented on the subject of historic stadia and arenas at numerous national and international conferences, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Association of Preservation Technology, the Society of Industrial Archeology, the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, the American Planning Association, and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Matt serves on the board of the Florida chapter of DoCoMoMo (Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement) and continues to conduct research on the architectural and social evolution of ballparks, stadia, and arenas.
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Peter B. Ives
Board of Directors
Peter was born in west Texas and raised in New Mexico, living in many small towns in that region as a child. He has in BA in Geography with a minor in History from the University of New Mexico, 1970; was in the USAF from 1971-1973 in England, where he took courses in a Masters program in International Relations. Once back in Albuquerque, he took classes in Art History and worked as Library Information Specialist in Government Publication & Maps, running the Map Room's map and atlas collection for three years. He earned his MS in Library & Information Science from U. of Illinois in 1983. After working a year at the Illinois Dept of Energy & Natural Resources, he was hired by the Universary of New Mexico’s William. J. Parish Memorial Library as a Business Librarian in 1984. He retired as its Collections Manager in 2009, having spent the better part of his career doing reference and collection management for Business and Economics, plus 15 years also as Geography selector.
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Ronald Ladouceur
Board of Directors
Ron is the principal and founder of POSTMKTG, a strategic branding and digital marketing firm in Schenectady, New York. Prior to POSTMKTG, Ron was the executive vice president and executive creative director for a large Albany, NY-based advertising agency, where, among other duties, he helped design more than 1,000 shopping center and strip mall music and movie stores across the country. He attended college at SUNY Oneonta as a sometimes art, sometimes geography and sometimes anthropology major. He earned a BA in General Studies in 1981; spent a life-changing year in Japan as an exchange student; and went back to school in his 40s to earn an MA in Liberal Studies from Empire State College. In addition to his duties as a business owner, Ron teaches a popular class in branding and marketing at the University at Albany, volunteers his web and promotional skills to support several causes (and lost causes) and maintains a journal devoted to the intersection of history, science and visual rhetoric at textbookhistory.com. He has been married for 30 wonderful years and has three grown children.
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Irene Lule
Board of Directors
Born and raised in Texas, Irene is currently in her final semester at The University of Texas at Austin's School of Information. She currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Alexander Architectural Archives on the UT-Austin campus. In this role, she had the opportunity to process the SCA collection, where she became very acquainted with the history of the organization. Irene also attended the recent SCA conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Along with Stephanie T., she co-presented on the SCA collection during the paper sessions. After learning more about SCA, Irene is eager to be a part of SCA's future.
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Travis Ratermann
Board of Directors
Travis Ratermann is the Survey Historian for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, located in Little Rock, AR. He has a B.S. in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Ball State University. As the Survey Historian, Travis is involved with reviewing Residential and Commercial District Surveys from throughout the state. In the past, Travis has surveyed the Historic Roadside markers located in the eastern portion of South Dakota. Travis has also surveyed Historic Route 66 from Chicago to St. Louis through a grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation program, as part of the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office, where he surveyed historic roadbeds of the famed Route 66, but also its iconic architecture which can be found in most of the small communities that once flourished along the road.
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Janice Rohn
Board of Directors
Janice Rohn has been an SCA member for approximately 6 years, and has participated in 3 conferences. Janice designs for a living, and absolutely loves the roadside architecture, neon signs, architectural follies, and other interesting historical icons of our heritage as an SCA member. Janice has worked in high-tech since the inception of personal computers, starting as a researcher at Stanford when the personal computer industry was born, then joining Apple as a designer, where she worked on the design and usability of the operating system, hardware, and other products, including QuickTime, and was a co-author of the Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines. Since Apple, Janice has founded and led User Experience departments at multiple companies, including Sun Microsystems, Siebel, AT&T, Experian, and others, where she has been responsible for the design and usability of websites, web applications, mobile, and interactive TV. She was a founding Board Member and past President of the Usability Professionals' Association, and regularly publishes and presents at conferences.
Emily Taggart Schricker
Board of Directors
Emily Taggart Schricker has been enjoying neon signs and abandoned gas stations since she drove solo across the country on her move to Los Angeles, California. Add seven years of living on the west coast, surrounded by amazing twentieth-century goodness, and she was well prepared to join the SCA in 2014. Following her time in the television industry and roaming the streets of Hollywood, she moved to Fredericksburg, VA to make her Historic Preservation education official. There Emily studied at the University of Mary Washington and received her Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Historic Preservation. Her focus was on historic materials and building documentation as well as grant writing; she received a variety of awards upon her graduation from the program in 2015. Between her studies and work at a local CRM company, Emily explored and documented Fredericksburg's untapped roadside history of U.S. Route 1. While volunteering at the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. (HFFI) Emily coordinated an annual event focusing on Fredericksburg’s twentieth-century history, the Vintage Route 1 Event, it included tours and exhibits focusing on the local road's history and more modern architectural treasures. In 2016 Emily joined the HFFI staff and soon became Executive Director. Now living in Philadelphia, PA Emily is closer to her family and hometown of Lancaster, PA where giant shoes, the occasional 15-foot Amish statue, and rarely appreciated early-twentieth century architecture lurks.
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